IBM (www.ibm.com) executives have gone through many pens in recent weeks. Joint agreements with Chartered Semiconductor (www.charteredsemi.com) and Infineon Technologies (www.infineon.com) will let the three companies work together to make parts with 65-nm size features. Development will be done in the IBM facility in East Fishkill, NY. Under a separate pact with Raytheon (www.raytheon.com), the two will jointly develop custom ICs for the defense and aerospace markets under a deal that could be worth $100 million to IBM over five years.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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