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July/August 2013
In This Issue
More-than-Moore &
The Internet of Things


I attended the GSA (Global Semiconductor Alliance) Silicon Summit in Mountain View, California a while back which addressed "More-than-Moore" (MtM) developments.   


It was an interesting meeting and had an excellent group of speakers addressing the subject.  In considering what to say about that meeting, I decided that general background information leading up to MtM would be helpful.   


The White Paper "More-than-Moore" by Wolfgang Arden, and others, provides a wealth of information in this regard - see the CSS Blog for a summary. 


One of the sessions at the GSA Summit was "How More than Moore Impacts the Internet of Things".     

Although the concept of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has been around for some time - the term was first used by Kevin Ashton in 1999.  I think the following quote from Wikipedia expresses both the concept and potential of the IoT:  


"If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things-using data they gathered without any help from us-we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best. The Internet of Things has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did."


With respect to CSS and the work that we do, it was interesting to me that one of the points expressed regarding IoT is that when one gets to the edges of the system - where the sensors reside - custom chips and in particular mixed-signal custom chips will be much more important.  


See the CSS Blog for more details taken from the discussion on the IoT at the Silicon Summit. 




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Welcome to the July/August 2013 edition of the CSS Newsletter.  We hope you find these articles informative and helpful in your work.

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CSS Successfully Completes Annual ISO 9001:2008 Audit

2013 ISO Audit
Keith Shelton (CSS) and Richard Cornick (QAS International) at 2013 Audit 


CSS successfully completed an annual audit for ISO 9001:2008 on June 28, 2013.  Pictured above on the left is Keith Shelton, CSS Quality Manager, with the auditor, Richard Cornick, from QAS International

These annual audits are to assure that CSS is performing to the requirements of ISO: 9001:2008, but is also a way to discover opportunities to improve beyond the basic ISO requirements.  Richard was very helpful in this regard by providing suggestions for improved internal auditing procedures and notes on how to audit our suppliers.  His comment in the audit report:

"During the opening meeting and subsequent discussions with the management team it became very evident the primary focus (of CSS) is Quality and ISO Compliance".  This comment was very much appreciated as it does reflect the CSS commitment.

This begins our 5th year using our Quality Management System (QMS) that was established in 2009 with the assistance of "International Management Systems Marketing Limited" (IMSM). 

IMSM typically assists small companies, like CSS, to establish a QMS that fits their needs.  They did a great job helping us get the system set-up in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost.

We feel that the QMS is necessary to maintaining quality in all we do - the design, production and delivery of custom mixed-signal ASICs.  The ISO 9001 Procedures, Forms and Work Instructions all work together by providing the framework for our work at CSS.



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