Could looming chip supply issues derail the mobile market?

Over the past several years, the semiconductor market has changed from a primarily vertically integrated model (e.g., ownership of design through manufacturing), to one of chip design efforts separated from production fabs (the foundry model). This has allowed many new entrants into the market that no longer needed to raise incredible sums to build and operate their own fabs.

With Ivy Bridge, Intel poses a new threat to Nvidia and other graphics chip makers

Intel’s just-unveiled Ivy Bridge processor family promises faster processing power and better graphics, thanks to a massively-enhanced integrated graphics system. The news has prompted some analysts to say that Ivy Bridge could mean doom for manufacturers of dedicated graphics cards, such as Nvidia and AMD, because Ivy Bridge is just that good.

Kodak hits the skids — not a pretty picture

So, it’s now official. What’s been rumored for some time has come to pass. Kodak has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This is indeed a sad day and not just for nostalgic 35mm film fans (remember those big SLRs we used to carry around our necks?), nor for Paul Simon music fans. Kodak was a rock solid megalith that no one ever would have thought could fall so far, although the writing has been on the wall for some time.