Qualcomm lifts sales target after record quarter

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SAN FRANCISCO–Fabless chip giant Qualcomm Inc. Wednesday (Jan. 30) raised its sales target for the fiscal year after reporting record quarterly sales and profit that exceeded analysts’ expectations. Qualcomm’s quarter was boosted by better than expected chip sales and licensing revenue, said Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s chairman and CEO, speaking to analysts following the quarterly […]

First 25G boards may ride Panasonic’s Megtron-6

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The first boards to carry 25 Gbit/second serial signals could emerge from the factory this year, but they won’t be easy or inexpensive, said a contract manufacturing executive in an interview on the DesignCon show floor. New board materials are expected to be a key enabler with Panasonic’s Megtron-6 the […]

Tesla CEO: Boeing Batteries Needed Better Cooling

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Questions about the cooling of the Boeing 787’s batteries came up again this week, as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk publicly stated that the plane’s large pack design is a risky one. “Unfortunately, the pack architecture supplied to Boeing is inherently unsafe,” he wrote in an email to Flightglobal.com. “Large cells without enough space […]

Beeping Oven Called for a Debugging

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On New Year’s Eve, I was cooking fillet steak for a party with some friends. I first put it in the pan to sear it and then in a hot oven for a few minutes to finish it. As I was pulling it out, a beeper in the oven control panel started screeching. As the […]

IT certifications no longer sure path to premium pay

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There’s been a raft of good news about the IT jobs market lately: Hiring is strong, and salaries climbed about 5 percent over the course of 2012. Now another, more complex piece of the jobs story is in, and it’s absolutely essential for IT pros to understand. Premium pay for certifications, which has been dropping […]

Java is still the most secure widespread runtime

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The recent Java bug is in the SecurityManager. In other words, the hole threatens mainly applets or Web-delivered Java fat clients. I generally don’t enable that stuff because little I use on the Internet can’t live without it. You probably know the SecurityManager as Java’s “sandbox” introduced with Sun’s marketing of Java Applets. It also […]

Tech companies claim more H-1B visas will fill IT labor gap

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Microsoft, HP, Intel, Cisco, and Oracle are among the heavyweight IT companies throwing their support behind proposed legislation that would nearly double the number of H-1B visas the feds could dole out each year, from 65,000 to 115,000. The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I-Squared, for short) would funnel some of the money from H-1B-related […]

Big-Data Gets Bigger

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As the machine-to-machine (M2M) revolution gets underway, there are some interesting developments in the technology that makes it possible and cost effective. The term normally used is big-data, and there are lots of moving parts where big-data is concerned. The main thing is the reduction in the cost of storage. There have been […]