This year more than 26 people provided predictions for 2015. Most of these came from the EDA industry, so the results may be rather biased. However, ecosystems are coming closer together in many parts of the semiconductor food chain, meaning that the EDA companies often can see what is happening in dependent industries and in the system design houses. Thus their predictions may have already resulted in their investment in tool development. The predictions are segregated into four areas: Markets, Design, Semiconductors, and Tools and Flows. In this segment predictions related to markets are explored.There is a general buzz of excitement about 2015 as stated by Lauro Rizzatti, a verification consultant. He says “the buzz about the Internet of Things (IoT), automobile electronics and wearables will continue into 2015 and keep the semiconductor industry buoyed with optimism. In the New Year, we’ll see more creative thinking about new chip applications.” That last … [Read more...] about New Market Expectations For 2015
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Amazon.com made $10 billion in fiscal 2006 selling items in 35 product categories to some 59 million registered users around the world. To do that, dozens of data centers must process millions of transactions and terabytes of data each day. “We work as hard as we can to make the guts of Amazon invisible to consumers and sellers,” says Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos, who delivered a keynote speech at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference on September 27. Now, however, the company is bringing its invisible back-end operations front and center. In a series of initiatives launched over the last year, Amazon has begun to rent out parts of its IT infrastructure as Web services. Startups in the social-networking or media-sharing arenas, for example, can use Amazon’s S3 database service to store their users’ photos and videos, rather than buying their own servers. In another service, the Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, business … [Read more...] about Servers for Hire
Some of Great Britain’s most iconic sights will soon serve as more than the backdrop for your Instagram photos — New York City-based Bar Works, a co-working company, is planning on outfitting those classic red telephone boxes with 25-inch screens, scanners, printers, a wireless mouse, and Wi-Fi connection. That’s right — there will soon be tiny little offices scattered about the streets of a number of British cities, and the best part? Like any true 21st-century co-working space, they come complete with free coffee.Bar Works is starting small with this new venture, turning 15 of these classic British booths into mini workstations. Situated across five British cities, including Leeds, Edinburgh, and London, the first office is set to be opened in July. “It’s an alternative to, say, Starbucks but obviously it provides you with total privacy,” said Jonathan Black, the British founder of Bar Work. In New York, the company allows … [Read more...] about Need a temporary office? Step into one of Britain’s red telephone boxes
Late last year, technical ski apparel company Trew Gear opened a brick-and-mortar shop on a buzzy section of Southeast Division Street in Portland, Oregon. The striking black-and-white exterior attracts walk-in customers headed to nearby shops and restaurants. However, a quick peep inside shows that it is an unconventional retail space.As much an office and storage space as it is a showroom, Trew founder and lead designer Chris Pew said, “It’s more of a workspace and hub for us to gather. Once you start opening retail stores, you lose the advantage of being able to put all your overhead into your product.”Trew is just one of a growing number of outdoor gear manufacturers who opt to sell their gear directly to their customers through their own website or store, rather than through a retailer like REI or Backcountry.com.Internet-savvy customers are moving towards the direct-to-consumer model.Direct-to-consumer isn’t a new business model, particularly for … [Read more...] about Direct-to-consumer outdoor gear is a win-win for consumers, manufacturers
We’ve finally gone there. People are now renting out their homes during the day. That’s the notion behind new startup Hermit Offices, which aims to enable startups and other small businesses to set up office in residential homes and apartments in central London when the owners are at work or otherwise away.Here’s how it works: Entrepreneurs and small businesses peruse the properties open for renting on Hermit’s website — the current offerings range from £600 (about $750) to £1,800 pounds (over $2,200) per month and can accommodate four to seven team members. The renters pony up a month’s rent as a deposit, and Hermit takes care of rental payments, month-to-month leases, supplementary insurance, and identification verification. The property owners agree not to occupy the space during their scheduled rental, such as when they are at work, and to provide a work surface, broadband Wi-Fi internet, a place to sit, a bathroom and ideally a … [Read more...] about The new frontier in London office rentals: Your home
As mobile phones gained widespread use in the 1990s, the operator of London’s red telephone boxes seemed to lose interest – perhaps not surprisingly – in maintaining them. More often than not you’d find yourself dropping a coin in the slot only to find the phone was out of order.If you were lucky, hitting the coin eject button would cause your cash to drop into the compartment below, but then you had to hope the cover wasn’t jammed so you could actually get your money back.People complained at the time that idiots were going around vandalizing the phone boxes, breaking the telephones in the process. But as Monty Python’s John Cleese once said, “It’s not that they don’t work because they’ve been vandalized; they’ve been vandalized because they don’t work.”Well, that was all a very long time ago, and these days, instead of housing out-of-order phones, some of the iconic red boxes are being refurbished to … [Read more...] about Now here’s an unusual use for one of London’s iconic red phone boxes
Empty office space litters skylines, freeways and office parks. Once-busy hives of cubicles have become empty steel and concrete caverns. Their previous occupants met with a variety of fates: Some were victims of a deep recession; others were washed away by tsunamis of cheap labor in foreign lands; still others were unleashed by virtual technologies. Only the last group of former office dwellers have freed themselves willingly. They did so by exchanging their physical presence for a virtual existence."My partner and I have run the business from a lakeside dock in Canada and a hotel in Barcelona, for around US$200 per month for all the necessary tools," Stephanie Pakrul, cofounder of TopNotchThemes, told the E-Commerce Times. "Our virtual assistant wakes up on the East Coast, checks the mail, checks for voicemail, answers support emails, and I get a report of anything pressing by the time I'm awake in Pacific time," explained Pakrul.The TopNotchThemes team uses the following tools to … [Read more...] about How to Run a Business Without the Office Space
The market to distribute premium video content (mainly TV episodes and feature-length movies) is currently going through one of its most dynamic periods, as experimentation with business models, delivery mechanisms and consumer tastes is in full swing.In the age of online entertainment, consumers get virtually unlimited choice of content and the means to entertain themselves. They can stream their favorite episode of "Lost" from ABC.com, watch full-length movies on Hulu, or download episodes of shows like "The Office" from NBCDirect, and they can do it all for free.These choices offer consumers unprecedented amount of control over their entertainment experience, which is bad news for incumbent content aggregators: cable, satellite and IPTV companies. The incumbents have to create a way to deliver increasingly sophisticated entertainment to consumers for free.Amy Banse, the president of Comcast Interactive Media, alluded to some of these challenges during her keynote at Connections in … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Are Web Video Providers on the Wrong Track?
In an effort to attract users from the small business arena, eBay has forged a deal with office outsourcer Regus to help businesses find and rent equipped offices.The new service is part of eBay Real Estate, an online marketplace for realestate-related properties and services that was launched in August 2000.Office space is the latest addition to eBay's online marketplace, which already features residential homes, time-shares, foreclosures, land plots and industrial properties."As the percentage of small- and medium-sized businesses continues to grow, services like those provided by Regus will continue to increase in demand," said Doug Galen, vice president and general manager of eBay Real Estate. "By working with one of the best-known brands in the industry, we are helping business owners lower their occupancy costs."The Regus office space featured on eBay Real Estate is available in advertising format rather than as auction-style items. This lets each seller receive leads from … [Read more...] about EBay Targets Office Rental Market
Microsoft's Internet Explorer has had a lead in the Web browser battle for years, and that lead is still alive, but it's not well. IE has been losing some serious market share over the last few years, mostly because of young Turks like Firefox and Chrome. Not helping matters is the fact that the ancient IE6 browser is still tottering around like a sick old dog that won't die on its own, and it seems nobody has the heart to put it to sleep.So Microsoft's pressing on with a public beta release of its next-generation browser, IE9. The goal is lighter and faster. Faster because that's just what every browser is after these days - life is short, gotta shave those nanoseconds off rendering time. Lighter because this time around, Microsoft has emphasized that the webpage is the star of the show. The browser should give you as much window space as possible, sorta like Chrome, and then fade into the background once you're there.IE9 has support for HTML 5, as well as a download manager and a … [Read more...] about PODCAST Microsoft’s Next IE: Ninth Time’s the Charm?