The UK has some clusters of excellence in semiconductors, but it was badly exposed by recent shortages.
Semiconductor chips are electronic devices that store and process information. Today they can contain billions of microscopic switches on a chip smaller than a fingernail.
Taiwan dominates the global market for microchips – something that Washington is well aware of.
China’s innovation plans and international trade tensions may risk an economic ‘decoupling’ with the West.
Europe’s share of the global microchip market has dropped from 44% to 8% in three decades.
In the short term, the war is causing energy prices to soar and prompting fears of famine in some countries. In the long term, it could remake the modern global supply chain.
The story of how America’s great chipmaker’s main strength became an albatross around its neck.
Wingtech Technology is taking over Newport Wafer Fab for £65 million.
Shutdowns at microchip factories, panic-buying by electronics manufacturers, and legions of workers and home-schoolers needing new devices, have put a global squeeze on the electronics market.
Quantum communication has the potential to provide truly secure global communications.
Modern supply chains have become very efficient, but that means disruptions of any kind can lead to delays and shortages.
The high cost and long lead times for building computer chip factories makes it difficult for the U.S. to reverse the steady decline of its domestic semiconductor manufacturing capacity.
Welcome to the great silicon famine of 2021. And 2022. And 2023. And …
Arm defied the traditional notion of how a technology company competes in the global market place. That could all change.
These tiny nanoparticles might provide a new way to see what’s happening in the brain and even deliver treatments to specific cells – if researchers figure out how to use them safely and effectively.
US actions do more than just keep Huawei away from critical infrastructure. They choke off the supply of semiconductors to China.
Historical grievances, domestic politics, the US-China trade war and a looming global recession are all at play.
It turns out to be fairly complicated to figure out how electricity will flow through materials – a crucial question for designing new electronics and semiconductor materials.
Silicon is cheap and a good semiconductor, but it’s bulky and rigid. Using organic polymers as semiconductors could yield solar panels with the physical characteristics of plastics.
Layering substances like graphene in new ways could help us to build quantum computers or transmit electricity over long distances.