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European semiconductor distribution decline slows

According to the latest figures from DMASS, semiconductor revenues in the third quarter continued to decline but at a slower pace than in the second. Sales fell by 12.1 per cent, from a previous decline of over 20 per cent, and were worth 1.8bn Euros.

Could the UK revisit its 5G ban?

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, the vice president of Huawei has said that the UK should revisit its decision to ban the Chinese telecom equipment maker from its 5G network, following the Presidential elections in the US and the defeat of Donald Trump.

Record robotic sales

According to the World Robotics 2020 – Service Robots report, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the sales value of professional service robots increased by a remarkable 32% to $11.2 billion worldwide in 2018-19.

Boom and now bust?

Amazon posted some impressive financial results last week with turnover hitting $96bn for the last quarter and net income topping $6bn. AWS recorded turnover up by almost a third at $11.6bn.

EU fails to back photonics

Worries over the impact of cuts to the European science budget has seen scientists, including Nobel Laureates, issue a warning about jobs, economic growth and the impact a budget cut could have on healthcare.

UK science collaboration at a crossroads

Doubts are being raised about the UK’s future collaboration with the EU’s Horizon research programme after news emerged last week that the EU had made what Vivienne Stern, the director of Universities UK International, said was ‘an unappealing offer’.

Monopolistic practices

The times are changing, especially when US lawmakers bring antitrust charges against Google which they accuse of monopolistic practices.

A hideous Venusian invasion

Boris Johnson’s call for a green energy revolution still leaves an awful lot to be done before the UK can hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Further consolidation in the chip industry

NVIDIA's $40 billion deal to acquire Arm and Analog Devices’ $21 billion deal back in July to acquire Maxim Integrated have been the stand out deals of 2020, but could they now be joined by AMD acquiring Xilinx?

UK innovation

However the UK government responds to the proposed acquisition of Arm by Nvidia, it raises questions about its plans to boost innovation in the UK.

Arm sold to Nvidia

In a move that could re-shape the semiconductor industry Arm is set to be be sold, by current owners Softbank, to Nvidia for $40bn.

Splitting down the middle?

After 40 years of engagement divisions between the US and China are becoming more obvious and acrimonious, and China is certainly less willing to accept US leadership than it was at the turn of the century.

SMIC in the firing line

SMIC, China’s biggest chipmaker, is facing potential US sanctions in an escalation of the on-going trade clash between the US and China.

Navigating lengthy component lead times

Lengthy component lead times have been a problem since before the global pandemic of COVID-19. Component shortages, political tensions and manufacturing limitations are just a few of the factors that have contributed to these extended, and often frustrating, lead times.

State of Wireless WAN Report

A newly published report –‘State of Wireless WAN’ - has found that 78% of companies use or plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity, while 82% said that they believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds over the coming 12 months.

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