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IBM's sale of its microelectronics business is the end of an era

When the news broke in February that Lenovo was buying IBM's x86 server business, the industry began composing obituaries for its microelectronics business. The effort intensified when investment bank Goldman Sachs was retained to determine the unit's future.

Rumours then surfaced in September, claiming Globalfoundries was not only set to acquire IBM's semiconductor business, but would also be paid to take it off its hands. And the rumours have turned out to be ...

Tomorrow’s engineers; today’s problem

A survey conducted by design software giant Autodesk amongst UK secondary school students has found that 57% of respondents believe a lack of technology in the classroom is holding them back from pursuing a STEM (science, technology and maths) based career.

Does CSR’s acquisition weaken the UK’s electronics sector?

Early in September, CSR rejected an approach from Microchip to acquire it. The company issued a terse statement saying it was 'considering its 'options'. Those options have become a bit clearer today with the news that Qualcomm is to take over the Cambridge based Bluetooth pioneer for £1.6billion ($2.5bn) in cash. Earlier estimates at the time of Microchip's rejected approach suggested the company could change hands for $3bn, so Qualcomm may have got a bit of a bargain.

BEEAs Grand Prix winner is an example to all companies

When we launched the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) in 2009, our intention was to celebrate the achievements of those UK companies and individuals that have demonstrated the skills, invention and dedication, not only to compete on an international stage, but also to succeed. Each year since then, the BEEAs have consistently seen these demonstrations of excellence.

ARM looks even more closely at the industrial world

The news that ARM has added another member to its highly successful Cortex-M family is not in itself a showstopper. What is of interest is the leap in performance which is likely to be available from microcontrollers built around the Cortex-M7 core.

Can the electronics industry meet ESCO’s ambitions?

When Electronic Systems: Challenges and Opportunities - aka ESCO - was launched in June 2013, it was impossible to accuse those who produced the report of lacking in ambition. Amongst the goals set out for the new organisation was to grow the sector's financial contribution from £78billion to £120bn by 2020, as well as adding another 150,000 jobs.

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