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Coventry ‘gigafactory’ proposed

Following the announcement by Nissan earlier this month of its plans to open a ‘gigafactory’ as part of a new electric vehicle hub at its manufacturing facility in Sunderland, ‘mission critical’ plans have now been submitted for an electric car battery plant at Coventry Airport that could create up to 6,000 new jobs.

A mountain to climb

The European Union's Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton has said that the bloc is aiming to increase its production of chips to 20% of global supply, from the current 10%, over the next ten years.

Cut the 'overblown' rhetoric

The announcement of Nissan’s new £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub in Sunderland, that will see an electric battery plant, a battery recycling facility and production of a new all-electric car model, was a welcome bit of news for the wider economy and the UK's automotive industry.

Consumers embrace hyperconnectivity

A majority of consumers, according to a new report from Cadence Design Systems, believe hyperconnectivity driven by hyperscale computing will positively impact them within five years.

Sunderland 'gigafactory'?

Nissan is expected to announce plans to build a ‘gigafactory’ in Sunderland which would be capable of building 200,000 batteries for electric vehicles every year in the UK.

A new network contender

Earlier this month the British telecoms group Vodafone unveiled its strategic O-RAN vendors, a list that included the likes of Dell, NEC, Samsung Electronics, Wind River, Capgemini Engineering and Keysight Technologies.

Digital transformation momentum to continue

A survey of 750 UK business leaders, conducted by Studio Graphene, has found that the pandemic has affected long-term digital transformation plans with UK businesses set to increase IT spending and hiring in the year ahead.

Is the silicon crunch set to continue?

Speaking at TSMC’s Technology Symposium Dr. C.C. Wei, the company’s CEO, talked about how the digital transformation all around us was opening up a new world of opportunities for the semiconductor industry and spoke of, “unleashing our customers’ innovations.”

Sweet Harmony

Huawei Technologies’ announcement and launch of its Harmony operating system for smartphones is a significant step by the company, that’s looking to recover from the sanctions imposed on it by the US.

Big and bold

A couple of weeks back an emergency funding proposal was brought forward by US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that will approve $52 billion in spending to significantly boost US semiconductor chip production and research over five years.

EV charging network gets £300m boost

The news that Ofgem is to fund the installation of 3,550 new ultra-rapid charging points on motorways and in towns has been welcomed as an essential part of the UK’s efforts to shift to cleaner energy.

Construction turning to technology

Swiss giant, ABB, has said that it is looking to tap into a skilled labour shortage in the fast-growing construction sector to help drive the post-pandemic recovery of its robotics business as it looks to diversify away from the automotive industry.

Robber barons of the C21

Amazon generated record sales income of £38bn in Europe last year, while income in the UK soared by 51 per cent to reach almost £20bn – mind-blowing figures!

AIoT momentum building

A new XMOS research report, The Edge of Today, has suggested that significant advances in chip technology are helping to drive growth in the nascent artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) market.

Infineon warns of car production cuts

While profits may be booming at Infineon, and revenues have soared, the company has warned that the on-going chip shortages bedevilling the automotive industry could cut car production by 2.5 million in the first half of 2021.

Pay by palm technology raises security worries

News that Amazon in trialling palm-scanning technology at one of its Whole Food stores in Seattle is raising privacy concerns, due to the fact that the technology Amazon is using links a customer’s palm signature with their credit details.

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