The Scottish Semiconductor Supplier Forum

Posted in About on December 17th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Scotland is home to a wide range of world class companies that specialise in the design and manufacture of semiconductor products. Invariably, such companies choose to do business in locations that offer them a competitive advantage. Scotland has a well educated workforce, many first class universities, good transport and communications links, but for semiconductor manufacturers a further key attraction is its infrastructure of hi-tech suppliers and semiconductor specialists.

The Scottish Semiconductor Supplier Forum, with the support of Scottish Enterprise, is the organisation that represents the semiconductor infrastructure community in Scotland. Member companies range in size from very small SME’s who operate only on a local level, through to regional divisions of multinational organisations that supply semiconductors throughout the world. What they have in common is a desire to add value to their customers and in turn grow their own businesses in a highly competitive environment. Being a member of the Forum helps companies to achieve this by offering practical support, which includes:

  • Organising exhibitions at semiconductor manufacturing sites.
  • Acquiring specialist industry reports for the  use of its members
  •  Organising training and networking events
  • Representing members , at a strategic level, within the  Scottish Technology Forum (STF).
  • Providing a channel for information to flow to government.

Since its formation in 1998, the Forum has endured the characteristic roller coaster ride of boom and bust that plagues the worldwide semiconductor industry, but the SSSF continues to thrive. It does so through the strong support of Scottish Enterprise and the Local Enterprise Company Network, who work to develop strong, sustainable industries based upon high value -added activities.

In its short history, the organisation has undergone numerous changes and it will continue to do so in order to adapt and survive. An active steering group, drawn from the membership, meets most months to drive the organisation forward and feedback from the wider membership is always welcomed.

If you supply goods or services to Wafer Fab’s, silicon foundries or other hi-tech manufacturing operations, then please consider joining us to make our group even stronger than it is now.


The Scottish Semiconductor Supplier Forum has of lately decided in favor to merge with the National Microelectronic Institute to form an even stronger force on the Electronic market in Scottland. As a network we’re now even larger, which has always been our goal – to keep expanding and growing. After many years of successful collaboration between the two companies, we are now happy to announce that we will from here on work together as one corporation.

As of this event, from here on out, the National Microelectronics Institute will be solely responsible of the activities of the former SSSF. For more information of this, please visit the homepage of the NMI, where future updates will be announced. However, this remains an unofficial website about the SSSF and the further developments will be updated continuously here.

Blackjack – An introduction

Posted in Other on November 17th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

As an avid gambler, I have tried out most forms of games in both online casinos as well as brick and mortar casinos in different cities of the world. I have probably tried out over a hundred different slot machines, most kinds of video poker and tried the various games that are constantly being launched by online casino websites. During my years as a gambler I have naturally come to know my favorite games, and although slot machines might be very entertaining, it’s still the classic games that really do it for me. I’m talking, of course, about blackjack – the Rolls Royce of the casino community.

Blackjack is in many peoples opinion the very essence of casino gaming. It involves only cards and a dealer. I’m not going to go in to too much detail here on how the game is structured and how to play it, as you can easily find detailed guides about this. One that is particularly good is this blackjack guide that I found on a Swedish casino website called (these guides might be available in their English version as well).

Basically, the goal of the game of blackjack is to beat the dealer and get a hand as close to 21 as possible without going over it. The dealer will give you and himself a set of cards, and you then aim to be closer to 21 than he is at the end of the hand. At first, both dealer and player are dealt two cards each, and you then have the option to hit or to stand. By choosing to stand, you will be dealt no more cards. You do this when you think that your hand is already strong enough and that the dealer will go over 21 by trying to eat it. If you choose to hit, the dealer will deal you another card, at which point you are presented to the same two options again.

As soon as you decide that you are happy with you hand, the dealer will stop giving you cards. If you keep hitting until eventually your hand gets over 21, you are what the casino community refers to as “busted”, meaning that you will lose your bet to the dealer. When you stop, the dealer will then deal new cards to himself in order to try to get his hand closer to 21 than yours is. If he succeeds, you lose your bet to the dealer, but if the dealer busts you will get your bet back along with a 100% reward. That is the basic concept of the game of blackjack. There are a few more rules that apply to the game which I won’t go into detail on in this article, but you can find them in the guide provided above.

So why is it that blackjack is so extremely popular amongst casino players around the world? Well, first of all, it’s easy to learn. As soon as you have read a guide you can start playing right away. Secondly, the reason that the game is so beautiful is just because of its simplicity! Think of it, a lot of forms of entertainment that have gotten a “classic” status are very simple. Take Tetris and Checkers, for example. Simple games, but very enjoyable!

Playing Roulette

Posted in Other on October 15th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Roulette is a casino game that have entertained me for many years. As I’m sure you know, it is one of the most common games when it comes to online gambling and one of the true classic games that have been around for ages and never really go out of style. In my opinion, this game is best enjoyed in a real casino. Personally, I think of it as a rather glamorous activity, and you just feel right playing it in a real casino wearing a nice suit enjoying a good drink. However, roulette works just as fine when it’s played online. Technological development has made it possible for online game developers to create simulations of the game that are nearly as good as the real casino itself.

These days, a lot of casino websites even offer roulette at a “real table” although you are at home by your computer. If you ever see a Live-casino feature at your online casino, I strongly urge you to try it out. Here, you will get a video-link to a real roulette table, with actual dealers spinning the wheels for you. This is as close as you are going to get to playing real roulette without leaving your home!

So, what is roulette then? You’ve probably seen then game featured in countless movies and on TV. The game consists of a spinning wheel that is numbered 1-75, as well as a betting board where players can place their bets. A ball is then thrown in to the spinning wheel, which has a slot for each number. The goal, of course, is to predict in which slot the ball will finally come to rest in.

There are several types of bets that you can make, and I won’t go in to them all here, but I’ll quickly explain the two most common bets. First of all, you can choose to place you be on a certain color. The roulette wheel’s slots are colored in either black, red or green. There are 37 red slots, 37 black slots and one green slot. In other words, if you bet on either red or black, you’re chances of being right is roughly 50 percent. The reason that the green slot is there, is to give the casino an edge over the player, as you automatically lose when the ball ends up on the green slot. As I’m sure you already know, all casino games are designed like this – There’s always a slightly higher chance that the dealer will win over the player than the other way around. The other is to bet on a certain number on the wheel. Of course, when doing this the chances of you ending up winning decreases quite drastically. However, the reward for this type of bet is much higher.

If you are new to casino gaming, roulette is definitely the game I would choose to start off with. It’s a real classic game, and sure to keep you entertained for hours. However, make sure to read up on some roulette guides before you start playing, so that you get a real good idea of how the game works.

Where to find your Broker

Posted in Finance on August 22nd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

At the moment, financial trading online have reached an all-time peak in popularity. Everyday new people are joining in this exciting and fast paced form of trading. Whether you are just out to find a hobby that you can make money off or looking into becoming a full time trader, binary options is a financial instrument that can really pay off. It provides an opportunity for experienced traders to gain quick profits on several different assets such as currencies, stock, indices and commodities such as gold or oil.

If you are new to this form of trading and looking to learn more, I wanted to create a little guide on what you should look for in a binary broker. As the demand keeps rising, so do the brokers. Nowadays, there seem to be new binary brokers entering the scene on an almost weekly basis, so it’s important to choose one that is serious and reliable. I’m sure you’ve read about fraudulent websites that are out for your money, but as long as you are careful you really don’t have to worry too much about anything.

In terms of finding a safe broker, it’s best to visit Binary portals online. They often gather up several different brokers which get reviewed and evaluated so that users can quickly form themselves an overview of which sites suits them. is an example of such a site, and they have a large set of reviews over trusted brokers famous worldwide, such as TopOption, which is one of the most well used binary brokers on the European market today.

The good thing about Binary Portals is that you don’t have to worry about whether you are going to run in to a fraudulent company. The Binary portals are usually operated by financial professionals, and some of them even put out warnings for websites you shouldn’t visit.

Another good tip that you can use when you are trying to find the optimal broker for your needs, is to start off by creating a demo account. They are meant to be used for practice when you are first starting out so that you don’t have to risk losing any money in the beginning. However, these accounts also give you an excellent opportunity to try out the brokers trading software for free. Usually, a demo account has access to all the same functions and features that a standard account has, so it can be a good idea to just try a couple of different sites out like this to get an idea of what’s out there! An example of a good site for beginners is Anyoption, which even has a lot of good guides on how to get started in trading!

Another important aspect to take into consideration when it comes to brokers, is what types of offers they can offer a new trader. It’s not uncommon for binary brokers to have high starting bonuses in order to compete with other brokers. If you can start your trading career by getting a big bonus when you make your first deposit, why not take it?

Three keys to Forex trading

Posted in Finance on February 2nd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Forex trading has really started to take off amongst private people in later years. Whereas before trading on the foreign exchange market was something that was done almost exclusively by large financial firms and professionals, more and more people are now doing it as a private form of investment. Forex trading has gotten popular as it’s an easy-to-understand form of trading, where basically no previous knowledge or education is necessary in order to get started, but also because it is such a vibrant and fast paced market. Here are three important tips for anyone looking to start trading on the Forex market.

Know the market

When you are trading on the forex market, it’s important that you keep up to date on what’s going on in the world. After all, the price of a currency does not just change at random. The more you know about a certain currency, the higher your accuracy will be when predicting that specific currency’s future projection. Start reading the financial section in your newspaper, and try visiting various Forex portals in order to get the latest news on what’s going on in the market. Another good idea is to be active at trading forums, and exchange tips with other traders from around the world. This is also a great ways to network and collaborating with other traders. A good broker for this is eToro, which offers a works as both a broker and a community of traders!

Choose your brokers carefully

With Forex trading having become so popular, there are several websites trying to take advantage of this. Try googling “Forex brokers” an you will see for yourself – there seems to be whole jungle of Forex brokers on the internet today and, naturally, they can’t all be as good as the next one. In order to find a secure and respected broker, keep an eye out on sites like, which has a large review section where some of the world’s most popular brokers are reviewed, such as plus500 for example. What’s great about these sites is that you don’t have to visit each broker in order to determine for yourself whether they are good or not. Instead you can have a look and compare them all in one place, thus giving you the opportunity to filter out the ones that you don’t like straight away.

Don’t throw your money around

A common mistake that many traders do early in their career is to aim for the stars straight away. You have to realize that there’s a risk involved in Forex trading, and there’s always the chance of you losing money on a bad investment. That’s why it is important to be careful with your money. Don’t start big scale trades unless you have already gained enough experience to know what you are doing. It’s always a better idea to start on a small scale while you are learning.