I’ve been in a non-blogging mode due to classes starting and being a bit overwhelmed by everything, but the news came out today that Microsoft Silicon Valley is closing. Although the article says that some researchers may find new homes at other MSR campuses, it’s not clear who is staying and who is going. As with all of the recent industrial research lab closures/downsizings, my first thoughts are to the researchers who were working there — even if one has an inkling that things are “going bad” it still must be a shock to hear that you won’t be going to the office on Monday. Here’s hoping they land on their feet (and keep pushing the ball forward on the research front) soon!
Broadcom is planning to buy Beceem for a cool $316 million. This was announced a week after we had an event here at ITA called “From GSR to CTO,” for which there was a panel with the CTOs of Qualcomm (Padovani), Broadcom (Sheshadri), and Beceem (Paulraj).