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Blockchain: The Etherium Merge has Shipped and GPU prices are Dropping

By Dick Weisinger

Last week, September 15th, marked the completion of the Etherium cryptocoin’s ‘Merge‘. Etherium has migrated from a Proof-of-Work model to a Proof-of-Stake model. With ‘Proof-of-Work’, Etherium ‘miners’ needed to use massive amounts of computer cycles to derive new Etherium coins.

Semiconductors: Export Controls on EDA Software Will Hurt Chinese Chip Manufacturers

By Dick Weisinger

Today’s computer chips can contain more than a billion transistors, and because of their complexity are only possible to layout using sophisticated electronic design automation (EDA) software. On August 12, 2022, the US Commerce Department announced a ban on EDA

Semiconductors: Moore’s Law Gets a Reprieve?

By Dick Weisinger

It’s dead. No, it’s alive. Moore’s Law seems to survive despite the annual death knell. Gordon Moore predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors on a computer would double every two years. For more than 50 years the ‘law’

Semiconductors: US CHIPS Act for Expanding Domestic Chip Production

By Dick Weisinger

On July 19th, the Senate voted 64-34 for bipartisan support of the US CHIPS act, a bill designed to pump $54 billion into the US semiconductor development. Competition from China is a major driver for support of the package. The

Semiconductors: Chip Cycle Boom and Bust Timings Accelerate

By Dick Weisinger

For the last year and one half, we’ve heard about the computer chip shortage and how it is affecting the manufacture of everything from automobiles to appliances. A move towards embedding chips into a huge variety of consumer and industrial