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Will the technology sector’s Brexit concerns be taken on board?

It's a historic week for the UK, with the delivery on Wednesday of the UK Government's official notice that it will invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. There will now follow a two year period for negotiating Brexit.

In her January speech, Prime Minister Theresa May outlined a 12 point Brexit plan. Included in that list was an indication that the UK would want to continue its involvement in European research programmes. "We have a proud history of leading and ...

Can UK companies buck the long term trend and invest more in R&D?

The Government must commit itself to spending more on research and development in order to deliver an economy fit for the 21st Century. That’s the view of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which, in a recently published report, calls for spending on R&D to rise to 3% of GDP by 2025, with the private sector and Government chipping in. At the moment, the UK is only investing 1.7% of GDP into R&D, which is ‘well below’ the amount spent in other countries.

Is academia failing graduates? Survey claims so

Research commissioned by Intern Tech among 2000 UK adults claims the UK’s university system is failing both students and businesses. According to the survey, 41% of graduates have had to take an entry-level job below graduate level once they left university, while 26% of those surveyed regret the time and money they spent on their university education. Meanwhile, 28% of respondents said their degree courses were ‘outdated’ in relation to current requirements.

3D XPoint based drives launched, but we still don’t know how it works

It’s getting on for two years since Intel and Micron launched their 3D XPoint memory concept. Describing the approach as ‘the first new class of mainstream memory technology since 1989’, they claimed 3D XPoint would be ‘up to 1000 times faster than NAND flash’. However, since its launch, the performance advantage claims have been reduced.

NXP boosts power efficiency with FD-SOI

FD-SOI – or fully depleted silicon on insulator – was developed by STMicroelectronics and has remained, until recently, as something of an outsider. But deals with Globalfoundries have seen its fortunes improve significantly. The company is expanding 22nm FD-SOI capacity at its Dresden fab by 40% and building a 300mm fab for 22FDX based products in China.

The fruits of their labours

Believe it or not, it’s five years since the Raspberry Pi burst onto the scene. Would be users scrambled to get their hands on one, websites crashed and frustration mounted.

Three things industry can learn from the BSI robotic standards

The British Standards Institute (BSI) recently released a new set of standards for the ethical design of robots and robotic devices. The standards highlight the growing need for guidelines on robotic safety, contact with human beings, robotic deception, addiction and possible sexism or racism exhibited by self-learning artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

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