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Will EUV finally make it to production?

One of the showpieces in TSMC's quarterly financial statement is an update on the foundry's progress in developing new semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Mark Liu, president and co CEO, claimed on the conference call that TSMC's 7nm technology development is 'well on track' and that it is 'ahead of our competition'. However, the next generation process – 5nm – has now entered technology development, which is one step away from production. Interestingly, Liu ...

Investment in PragmatIC could suggest a sector beginning to gain momentum

The flexible – or plastic – electronics sector in the UK was once regarded as the world leader. In fact, the Labour Government at the end of 2009 got so excited about the prospects that it unveiled a plastic electronics strategy. Championed by Lord Mandelson, then industry secretary, the strategy was intended to help UK companies to capture the lion’s share of a burgeoning market.

Chancellor looks to transform commercialisation

Industry and academia will, no doubt, welcome the announcement of a £120million fund to help commercialise technology breakthroughs. Talking to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said: “My ambition is clear: I want to see what is invented here, developed here. I want to see what is developed here, produced here. I want to see jobs, profits and tax receipts here in Britain.”

BlackBerry phones bite the dust as plug pulled on hardware development

At the beginning of 1999, Research In Motion (RIM) announced the BlackBerry, which it described as ‘a breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals’. The adoption of email push technology meant BlackBerries became the ‘must have’ mobile phone for anyone who perceived themselves as having an important business role. Importantly, the BlackBerry was designed to be wearable, to operate 24 hours per day and to run on a single AA alkaline battery. The introduction brought with it CrackBerries – those seemingly addicted to using the device.

Storm clouds gather over academia

Could the UK lose 15% of staff at its universities? Margaret Wintermantel thinks so. Head of the German Academic Exchange Service, which represents more than 300 higher education institutions, Wintermantel has warned that uncertainty around the UK’s intentions following the Brexit vote was causing a growing number of academics to turn down jobs in British universities.

Is a lack of action since Brexit undermining confidence?

Since the announcement on 24 June that the British public had voted for ‘Brexit’ – to leave the European Union – there has been a conspicuous lack of action. While that is, perhaps, good news to those who voted to remain, the apparent inertia is not being received with any great delight by UK universities and the technology sector.

Raspberry Pi passes the 10million mark

Last week, an event at the Houses of Parliament celebrated the fact that 10million Raspberry Pi computers have been shipped since its launch early in 2012. The milestone underlines Pi’s position as the most successful UK computer.Not bad for an idea that originated during a conversation between a couple of people walking through London’s Hyde Park and for which there were limited expectations; Pi Foundation trustee Pete Lomas, who designed the board, said the original idea was to make ‘a couple of thousand’.

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