The news in Europe has of course been overshadowed by the war in Ukraine this week, with sanctions set to hit chip makers and space projects.
But over the last month, it was the completion of AMD’s takeover of Xilinx that was the most read article, with the prospect of the Xilinx name disappearing after almost forty years in developing field programmable gate arrays.
Despite a boom year for most chip makers during the pandemic, Intel is predicting a fall in its turnover in 2022. While it has made a number of announcements on large scale capital expenditure, it has pulled back with more realistic financial management and what looks like its first a sale-and-leaseback setup. This was also a key part of the launch of the Intel Foundry Service (IFS), with Intel joining RISC-V International to offer the open instruction set architecture alongside ARM and x86 to customers, along with a billion dollar fund to boost developers. And the fourth most read article was the details of Intel’s move into accelerator chips and systems for bitcoin mining with its BonanzaMine chip.
The rise of in-memory computing was a strong theme at last week’s ISSCC conference, but it was in-fibre computing, using optical fibres for AI processing, that raised significant interest earlier in the month. At the same time, a new centre of excellence for atomic layer deposition (ALD) highlights Europe’s strength in equipment for the coming 2nm and 1nm process technologies.
This week sees Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which, alongside Open RAN and the latest telecoms chip technologies, is also highlighting the quantum computing and automotive telematics advances in the region.
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