Top articles in December on eeNews Europe

Top articles in December on eeNews Europe

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As 2021 comes to a close, December saw significant interest in a mix of chips for 5G radios, quantum computer, RIC-V and edge AI on eeNews Europe.
By Nick Flaherty

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The latest chip from Analog Devices for 5G radio systems was the most popular article in the month, marking the maturing of the technology with the move from programmable hardware to software-defined architectures.

Anti-5G devices were also in the news, but as a warning. The Dutch nuclear agency raised warnings that a ‘quantum pendant’ marketed as protecting against 5G was itself radioactive and represented a health hazard from ionising radiation.

The RISC-V open instruction set architecture continues its push into chip designs, with the tape out of an IoT chip by a Finnish consortium, four new processor families from Imagination Technologies in the UK and new extensions for the Fraunhofer processor for machine learning at the edge of the IoT. These were all popular articles, alongside the E100m European project led by STMicroelectronics to develop the next generation of edge AI microcontroller. Expedera raising $18m for its edge AI chip development was also popular.

The problems of Nvidia’s bid to buy UK chip IP designer ARM continue, with the US now suing Nvidia over the deal, and TSMC’s discussions on a fab in Dresden progress as part of the debate over whether 12nm or 3nm capability is needed for sovereign semiconductor capability.

Quantum technology saw a boom in development this year, and December was no exception with a deal for a next generation of quantum processor and a project to look at how quantum computers can be used in the data centre.

And finally December saw the launch of the world’s first drone developed specifically for long distance cargo. The Black Swan was launched in a snow storm at Sofia airport in Bulgaria, a fitting environment ahead of the Christmas break.

Seasons greetings to all our readers.

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