The Moore’s Law offramp

We worry a lot about Moore’s Law running out of gas right about now. Now comes former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz with this piece on Harvard Business Review’s blog: “There, however, is a possible “off-ramp” to Moore’s Law that offers new hope — not just of continued improvement in semiconductors but of an open, competitive playing field unlike the Intel-dominated

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Building a culture of innovation

By Brian Fuller If you followed us for the past couple of years on drive for innovation, this info graphic should come as no surprise. A lot of what we’ve covered, the interviews we’ve done, and the insights we’ve heard from the road tell us how to build a culture and from innovation. But I have to say that this


The Future of Demand Response Technologies

LOS ANGELES–So often, we get ahead of ourselves a consuming public, especially when it comes to technology innovation. Take power generation and smart-grid management. We know that electronics that drive enormous efficiency gains on the grid. After all, our smart phones can guide us to someplace we’ve never been, so why not immediately optimize all our home appliances to help

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STEM education today: A grass roots view

By Jennifer Delony You’ve seen the highlights here on the Drive for Innovation; programs across the U.S. are beginning to deliver more resources and funding to help students thrive in technology studies and deliver on an innovative future. We met Don Morgan of Brooks County High School, who strives to build an engineering program in an agriculture town, and we made

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Belly Up To The Bar (Code)

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer SURREY, B.C.—Most revolutionary inventions come from years of grueling research and hours in a lab, but not the bar code. N. Joseph Woodland was sitting on a beach drawing lines in the sand with his finger. Woodland left a historic legacy in his wake, when he passed away on Dec. 8, 2012 at the age of 91.

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Once-in-a-generation shift in semiconductor design focus

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer LOS GATOS, Calif.—Sometimes, an inflection point only comes along once in a generation. When it comes to power consumption, that time is now, according to Bruce McWilliams, President and CEO of SuVolta. For decades, the electronics-design paradigm was all about the megahertz arms race, as Intel pushed out faster and faster microprocessors in a battle for supremacy

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Apple’s innovation problem

By Brian Fuller Apple’s got a problem these days, and it’s not just a shareholder value problem. It’s a problem that faces most mature electronics companies at one point or another: It’s new-product innovation pipeline is gummed up. But first let’s recap: The popular concern today is that Apple share price is off significantly since last year and that there

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Is innovation dead?

By Brian Fuller PHOENIX–Was beer really the last great innovation in civilization? Of course the answer is “not really,” but Wade McDaniel and I share a good laugh when he brings it up. We’ve seen tons of innovation since the Sumerians figured out how to craft a fermented elixir that wouldn’t kill whoever consumed it. But the argument’s been put


The arc of innovation

By Brian Fuller SAN JOSE, Calif.–So much is written and spoken about innovation and yet it remains so very difficult to do. I’m endlessly fascinated by it, because there are companies such as Apple that make it look effortless. When we herded Paul Cunningham into a room here at Cadence Design Systems’ headquarters, it afforded us an opportunity to ask

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