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Tech Smorgasbord Archives - 20

A huge collection of my 'Factoids' can be accessed from my 'Kirt's Cogitations' table of contents.

Tech Topics Smorgasbord, another manifestation of Factoids, are be found on these pages:

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All pertain to topics that are related to the general engineering and science theme of RF Cafe.

Nuclear Fission Event Reported in Earth Orbit
(source: Space.com)
RF Cafe: Iridium satellite constellationA news report on February 11, 2009, told of a "very low-probability" impact between an expired Russian Cosmos satellite and one of the operational Iridium satellites. Both were traveling more than 16 kmph at an altitude of 491 miles. Total destruction ensued, with two clouds of debris to be added to the ESA's animation. The Iridium System originally was to consist of a constellation of 77 satellites - think Bohr atomic model of the 77th element in the periodic table. Budget cuts forced a reduction to just 66 satellites - the Dysprosium System. We now have the Terbium System (65). Can you hear me now?


2009 Economic Freedom
World Rankings

(source: The Heritage Foundation)
Ten freedoms are factored in, from property rights to entrepreneurship.
1Hong Kong90.0
5New Zealand82.0
6United States80.7
10United Kingdom79.0
40South Korea68.1
179North Korea2.0
100-80=Freest, <50=Most Repressed


Conspiracy Uncovered
(source: Sky & Telescope)
Is there a common theme with these two images? Maybe that both are religious symbols seen all throughout the land? One is a church building, and the other is... a power distribution pole. I smell an ACLU lawsuit here demanding the removal of such blatant religious symbols as are these poles - at least those on public land. Separation of Church and State requires as much (is that really in the Constitution?). The source of the images? Sky & Telescope magazine; it is part of their monthly all-sky star chart. Those fanatics at S&T must be sending a subliminal message.
Remember, you heard it here first!


More Print Tech Media Admits to e-Pain
(source: Military & Aerospace)
"...We’ve switched from a tabloid format... It fits easily into a briefcase... or even folded into a jacket pocket. This is what we’re telling everybody, anyway. When we deliver this schpeil[sic] to friends at trade shows and other gatherings, they listen patiently and politely. Then comes ... 'Yeah, yeah, that’s all nice; what’s the REAL reason you’re changing the book from a tabloid to standard magazine?' Here’s the honest answer: We’re keeping our print magazine relevant in the Internet age.
Some folks say print is dead. We say print is as important as it ever was–except that it has to reinvent itself to live happily and productively beside that 500-pound gorilla we know as the Internet."
- John Keller
Print might not be dead, but it is on life support.


The Average Electronics Asian Engineer in 2008
(source: EDN)
When you boil down all of the statistics, here is what the average EE looked like in 2008:

• $47,585 salary
• 7.4% raise
• 4.7 yrs in current job
• 5.3 yrs w/employer
• 51 hours/week
• years of experience
• 32% ≥Master's degree
• Works at big company
• Wears many hats


U.S. Trade Balance in High-Tech Goods 2000-2004
(source: NSF Website)
If you think that the U.S. has gotten into the bad habit of importing more high tech products than it exports... then you are correct.
RF Cafe: NSF chart of U.S. import vs. export of high tech products
It is not difficult to extrapolate to the next few points through 2007, but seeing the 2008 and 2009 data will be very interesting.


30 Best Small Electronics Companies
(source: Electronic Business)
This list represents the 2004-2006 timeframe. Rankings are based on yr/yr revenue increases. I picked a few RF Cafe visitors might recognize.
1SunPower 370.1
2Acme Packet 129.3
5Tessera Technologies 69.4
9IPG Photonics 53.6
12Sirenza Microdevices 49.3
14Hittite Microwave 45.3
15Measurement Specialties 42.0
20Volterra Semiconductor 30.4
26Pericom Semiconductor 26.3
28Spectrum Control 25.0


Top 20 Semiconductor Suppliers of 2008
(source: iSuppli)
iSuppli released their preliminary list of the top IC producers in 2008. #1-5 are the same as in 2007. Total revenue was $267M, which is down 2% from 2007.
3Texas Instruments
See the complete list here.


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