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A new chapter in ST’s history?

Reports in the French media suggest that STMicroelectronics is to spend more than $3billion on building two 300mm fabs. If so, it would represent a fairly impressive turn round in the company’s fortunes – and maybe the resolution of a boardroom struggle. So far, the company hasn’t announced the move.

It wasn’t too long ago that ST was regarded as a ‘hospital case’. In 2012, the company was weighed down by ST-Ericsson, its loss making joint venture, but was also ...

Imagination joins the list of foreign owned companies

Imagination has become the latest so called jewel in the UK’s electronics crown to head into foreign ownership. While Imagination has sold itself to the Chinese backed Canyon Bridge partnership, it has also offloaded its MIPS operation to a US consortium called Tallwood for $65million.

Dyson announces plans to launch EV

Dyson has revealed that it has begun work on an electric vehicle, with a proposed launch date of 2020. According to Sir James Dyson, in an email announcement to Dyson’s staff, there are already 400 people working on the project, which has a budget of $2billion. and Sir James says he is ‘recruiting aggressively’.

Finding its voice

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, providing the foundation for a whole host of technological advances – whether quantum communications, 5G, Advanced Materials or data. All require reliable measurement if they are to succeed.

Metrology for nanotechnology

Brian McLay, metrology business manager of precision measurement specialist, Starrett, examines how precision metrology will support the rise of nanotechnology.

Right place, right time for Newport's old wafer fab?

Way back in the mists of time, a semiconductor fabrication facility was built near Newport in South Wales. Construction of the fab – designed by fabled architect Richard Rogers – started in 1980 and was completed in 1982. The name on the sign said Inmos.

Are 'interesting times' finally a thing of the past for Toshiba?

It is an understatement to say that Toshiba has experienced ‘interesting times’ over the last few years. Focus turned to the Japanese industrial giant in 2015, when news emerged that it had been ‘tweaking’ its financial statements. In fact, the company had been overstating its profits by $2billion over a period of seven years.

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