June saw the return of the Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany, after two years of the pandemic. The world of electronics has changed significantly in that time.
For instance, Renesas Electronics looks to revive its prospects in the wider microcontroller market, adding the RISC-V instruction set to its roll call of ISAs and rolling out the first version of ARM’s higher performance microcontroller core, the CortexM85.
With rampant global inflation, a war on the European continent and a cost of living crisis, consumer and business spending is collapsing. At the same time semiconductor demand remains buoyant, and cars are still rolling off the production line as the result of missing low cost microcontrollers. Malcolm Penn’s analysis of the market for this year and next looks ever more likely to be accurate rather than less.
An impending global recession with inflation has perhaps taken the heat of the US-China trade war, but hostilities remain. The latest casualty this month is the deal for Welsh graphene maker Perpetuus by Shanghai Kington Technology over security concerns.
Apple’s latest processor, the M2, shipped in 5nm process technology and a boosted transistor count. Look out for future spins with multiple versions on a chip and on a substrate, following the same pattern as the M1 Max and M1 Ultra variants as TSMC opens up its 4nm and 3nm process technologies.
That same move to 2.5D and 3D chip technology was driving the opening of a key design centre in Dresden at the heart of Europe’s semiconductor industry.
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