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Tech Smorgasbord Archives - 19

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.

National Competitiveness Rankings for 2008
(source: Financial Times)
Here is the Global Competitiveness Index rankings as determined by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.
Country2008
2009
2007
2008
U.S.11
Switzerland2 2
Denmark33
Sweden44
Singapore57
Finland66
Germany75
Netherlands810
Japan98
Canada1013
Hong Kong1112
Britain129

Who would have guessed with all the U.S. bashing that we would still be in the #1 slot?

12-25-2008

 

Patent Prowess 2007
(source: IEEE Spectrum)

IEEE uses a variety of metrics to determine ranking in its patent survey. Total number of patents awarded weighs highly, but other factors like how often your patents are referenced by other patents also factors in.

718Honeywell Int'l
463Lockheed Martin
402Boeing
97Airbus
96Hamilton Sundstrand
82Northrop Grumman
68Rockwell Collins
64BAE Systems
56EADS NV
56Raytheon

12-18-2008

Top FLOPers of 2008
(source: IEEE Spectrum)
Here is the latest list of the world's top 10 supercomputers. It is a very dynamic list.
1DOE/NNSA/LANL Roadrunner
2Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jaguar XT-5
3NASA/Ames Research Center/NAS Pleiades
4DOE/NNSA/LLNL BlueGene/L
5Argonne National Laboratory Blue Gene/P
6Texas Advanced Computing Center/Univ. of Texas Ranger
7NERSC/LBNL Franklin
8Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jaguar XT-4
9NNSA/Sandia National Laboratories Red Storm
10Shanghai Supercomputer Center Dawning 5000A

RF Cafe: Map of the world's supercomputers in 2008Here is a cool map by NY Times.

12-11-2008

 

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.

1Intel
2Samsung
3Texas Instruments
4Toshiba
5STMicroelectronics
6Renesas
7Sony
8Qualcomm
9Hynix
10Infineon
See the complete list here.

12-4-2008

Top 10 Irritating Phrases
(source: Oxford U.)

This list has been compiled by researchers at Oxford University.

1At the end of the day
2Fairly unique
3I personally
4At this moment in time
5With all due respect
6Absolutely
7It's a nightmare
8Shouldn't of
924/7
10It's not rocket science
Add your most hated phrase to the list here.

11-27-2008

10 Top Design Skills for Tough Times
(source: Electronic Design)

According to one man's opinion, these are the most desirable skills to possess in order to be competitive in these tough time. In order:

#1Analog Design
#2Radiation Hardening
#3Programming
#4RF ¬ ¬
#5Optics
#6DSP
#7Emerging Power Tech
#8Quantum Physics
#9Nanotechnology
#10Mechanical Design

11-2-2008

TIME's Best Inventions of 2008
(source: TIMES)

TIME just published their opinion of the 50 best inventions. Here are the top 10 of those.

1OTC DNA Test
2Tesla Roadster
3Lunar Recon Orbiter
4Hulu.com
5Large Hadron Collider
6Global Seed Vault
7Chevy Volt
8Bullets That Shoot Bullets
9Orbital Internet
10Roadrunner Supercomputer

11-13-2008

 

2008 Electronic Design Salary Survey
(source: Electronic Design)

ED just released its 2008 results based on nearly 3,000 responses. Here are numbers by age for total compensation.
24$54,989
25-29$73,445
30-34$84,917
35-39$93,666
40-44$108,594
45-49$109,218
50-54*$117,768
55-59$114,739
60$108,544
* This is my age group. Boy am I ever pulling the average down! My apologies.

11-6-2008

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