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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.

Nvidia’s Arm deal investigated

Last week's news that the UK government had invoked 'National security' to probe Nvidia's Arm deal means that the CMA, which was already investigating the possible effect of the deal on competition in the UK, will also now be considering national security interests

Light at the end of the tunnel?

A couple of weeks ago Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) said that while it was doing all it could to increase productivity and alleviate a worldwide chip shortage, tight supplies were expected to continue well into 2022.

Biometric door locks

With consumers increasingly clued-up about the importance of robust home security and the rising number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, creating new implementation options, this is a sector set for long-term growth.

Designing a secure PCB

Hackers are a risk to the security of any device but while they can hack machines and steal essential details and data, it is possible to prevent hackers accessing your printed circuit board (PCB) design and it’s not as difficult as it seems if you implement security using a series of steps.

Back to the future

More governments around the world are now looking at the possibility of subsidising construction of semiconductor factories as the worldwide chip shortage continues to impact the auto and electronics industries.

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