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By Lambert Strether of Corrente Trade “Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso warned on Friday that the U.S. shouldn’t expect that a bilateral trade deal will result in the same concessions Tokyo offered in TPP talks. …. ‘Twelve countries have worked on the TPP, that is why the U.S. had gained something from Japan,’ Aso […]

Intel Trades ‘Club’ for ‘Scalpel,’ Says Microprocessor Report

The venerable semiconductor newsletter Microprocessor Report today describes how Intel's (INTC) manufacturing “roadmap” for its chips is becoming more complex: the company still clearly leads the competition, but it must also be more selective than in years past about how and when it uses that lead. "Previously, Intel’s manufacturing strategy was a club with which it could bludgeon competitors,” writes the Report’s David Kanter. (Subscription required to read Microprocessor Report articles.) "In contrast, this new approach is more akin to a scalpel: it must be used in exactly the right place and at the right time, but it’s no less powerful if wielded properly." In the long article, Kanter goes through a number of technical details that were revealed by Intel during a meeting with analysts last month. Kanter writes that Intel correctly dismissed the various technical claims to leadership of Samsung Electronics Continue reading "Intel Trades ‘Club’ for ‘Scalpel,’ Says Microprocessor Report"

Energy Jobs: Rhodes Replaces Zibelman at NY PSC, Plus Enphase, Trina, Vivint, Dr. Moniz at Emerson

Another week brings moves and shifts at the upper levels of renewable energy.

<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jing-tian-39b1a2/" >Jing Tian</a> has been promoted to president of North American region at Trina Solar. Trina Solar CEO Goa Jifan was recently quoted in <a href="https://global.handelsblatt.com/companies-markets/trina-solar-ceo-declares-german-rival-dead-737417" ><em>Handelsblatt Global</em></a> as saying that European anti-dumping measures against solar companies are unfair, and that &ldquo;SolarWorld is a company with no competitiveness,&rdquo; adding, &ldquo;It has to drop out of the market sooner or later, and it will. You cannot rely on government protectionism or subsidies forever. SolarWorld will die, the only question is when."

<a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Residential-Solar-Installer-Vivint-Posts-Flat-2016-and-Flat-2017-Forecast">Vivint Solar</a> named <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-heile-3458834/" >Maggie Heile</a> as VP of marketing for the residential solar specialist. <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vivint-solar-appoints-maggie-heile-as-vice-president-of-marketing-300433011.html" >Prior</a> to Vivint, Heile led marketing for the retailer brands division of Sun Products, a laundry product manufacturer.

Microinverter and energy storage system builder <a href="http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Enphase-Still-Looking-to-Turn-the-Corner-on-Microinverter-and-Battery-Profi">Enphase</a> named <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/badri-kothandaraman/" >Badri Kothandaraman</a> as its first COO. Kothandaraman started with Cypress Semiconductor in 1995 and worked in process technology and <div class="post-limited-image"><img alt="" height="41" src="https://dqbasmyouzti2.cloudfront.net/assets/content/cache/made/content/images/articles/Enertech_Logo-in-article_150_41.png" width="150" /></div>
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