RISC-V, funding projects, China, quantum technologies and the prospects for the semiconductor market were all among the top articles on eeNews Europe in July.
The news that over 10 billion RISC-V cores have shipped around the world was a key article highlighting the increasing use of the open standard technology. Many companies are using the technology for internal use, and Renesas has been using RISC-V for new designs. A European project for a RISC-V development kit for the Internet of Things was also a popular article, along with Ashling in the US producing tools for a RISC-V space processor from CAES in Sweden.
The passing of the US CHIPS Act of 2022 is focussing attention on European projects, with France and Germany positioning for funding. Bosch is boosting its spending on fabs, while the UK was asking for input from industry on the supply chain. Leading chip making equipment maker ASML has accelerated shipments of systems, but this has hit its results for 2022.
The slowing semiconductor market has also been of key interest, particularly with the increasing funding for capacity coming online. Predictions from ICinsights earlier in the month have been overtaken by those from Gartner, but are coming more in line with those from Future Horizons.
The increasing cold war with China is also impacting the UK. During the month the security service MI5 and the US FBI warned of the risks of engaging with companies with state connections, while the UK government blocks deals to acquire a graphene maker in Wales and AI imaging technology from the University of Manchester.
Quantum technology is maturing, with deals and funding growing. Infineon signed a key collaboration deal for ion trap qubits during the month, while Oxford Quantum Circuits saw the region’s largest investment in quantum technology. Israel is also looking to boost its position, commissioning a quantum centre that will include a range of quantum computers from France, the UK and Canada.