Semiconductors’ Midlife crisis – Chip companies need to start thinking about how they want to spend their golden years – save up for retirement or blow it all on big splashy initiatives that remind them of the glory days.
Everybody Wants to Be a Technology Company – Big companies working with start-ups requires a lot of patience and flexibility on both sides
Going to space has gotten a lot cheaper over the past few years. Once solely the domain of the nation sates, it is now possible for almost “anyone” to launch […]
AI accelerators are special purpose chips whose appeal is economic rather than technical. And it is now likely that China has more stand alone AI accelerator companies than the US has, or maybe ever will have.
Financial models – This is the Way. Build simple, cash models. Models do not give answers, they show constraints and trade-offs, and are a tool for making informed decisions. We have a few suggestions on the right way to build them.
Nvidia for Arm first impressions – Softbank almost doubles its money in 3 years, Arm execs get $1.5b, RISC-V gets a huge boost. Nvidia can use its stock to buy an important asset, but a lot could go wrong – customers/competitors regulators, and China.
Who benefits from Huawei’s predicament? – Foreign and domestics competitors win, foreign suppliers see little change, customers lose a supplier, but the biggest losers are China’s aspiring component vendors.
Trouble at Intel – Intel’s delay of 7nm chips is a near-term financial problem, a boon to its data center competitor, a geopolitical problem and not least a major identity crisis for the company.
5 chip companies revisited – With elevated stock prices and cheap debt the large companies have the means to further consolidate the industry. But this time even the biggest companies may be targets.
What if you threw a WAN Party on no one logged on? Cloud gaming sounds great on paper, but the details matter. Candy Crush does not need it, and Call of Duty does not want it. How are we going to get it all to work?