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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.

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.

Second hand news

It’s 50 years since the first electronic watch was unveiled by the Swiss Centre Electronique Horloger, now part of the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM). The move could be seen as one of the first steps in the development of today’s wearable electronic devices.

Another sector wakes up to the threat of automation

Is the banking industry facing its ‘uber’ moment? And should we care? Well, whatever your views on the banking industry, according to a growing number of senior bankers it is as the march of automation accelerates and hundreds of branches are closed.

Security is the heart of the matter

In a recent blog on the New Electronics website, we noted that more than 65% of medical device makers questioned in a recent survey believed that an attack on one or more of the products built by or in use in their organisation was likely to happen in the near future.

Semi sales set to surpass $400bn in 2018

In 2002, seemingly back in the mists of time, a semiconductor industry executive noted: “It is now clear that we are going through the worst semiconductor industry recession ever. Yet, we are told, the industry is bound to resume its growth curve as it did many times in the past. I am afraid it might not.” Guess what? It did.

It’s hard for software developers to imagine life without GitHub

The software development platform and code sharing repository GitHub celebrates its 10th birthday in early 2018. Already, it’s hosted tens of millions of projects, racked up an enviable customer list and become home to what it claims to be the world’s biggest developer community, with 22million and counting.

Rail commuters unhappy with mobile phone connectivity

Anyone remember the ‘good old days’ when office work only took place between 9am and 5pm? Since those ‘good old days’, there has been a significant extension in the working day. Now, as soon as someone hops on the train to work, they are more than likely to start looking at emails or whatever – if they can.

Breaker, breaker …

An email in this morning’s inbox mentions CB radio, causing me to cast my mind back to the late 1970s, when significant efforts were made by the government to stop people communicating.

Don't just pass rules, enforce them

People in the UK are getting the right to force social media companies and online traders to delete their personal data under news laws that will be brought forward over the summer.

The tale of the tape

The recent focus on creating solid state drives based on multilayer, multilevel flash memory could convince you that other means of storing data are redundant. But they aren’t. While SSDs are becoming popular – particularly in the enterprise sector – many other storage formats remain in use.

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