Unsurprisingly, the semiconductor industry’s largest ever deal has been the top story in September on eeNews Europe.
Nvidia’s $40bn deal to buy UK processor designer ARM is fraught with challenges, both from the industry and geopolitical forces. China in particular is set to challenge the deal, which may take longer than the expected 18 months if it happens at all.
The long-awaited Battery Day from electric car maker Tesla highlighted a move back to vertical integration. Plans to mine its own lithium, build its own silicon anode battery cells and use these as a structural part of the car have implications for its current battery partners Panasonic, CATL and BVD.
German manufacturer Skeleton’s plans to make a battery that will charge in 15 seconds also caught the imagination. The company says it has potential orders of E1bn for the technology, which is an evolution of its graphene-based ultracapacitor designs.
Technical solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic are also of significant interest. While Bosch in Germany slashed the time for testing and can handle multiple tests at once, TT Electronics in the UK started making AI-based optical systems that claim a result in just 15 seconds.
Of course, Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on trade shows, not least electronica. After plans for a scaled down physical show had to be changed, the even is now fully virtual from the 10th to 13th November
On the technology side, there was significant interest in the latest MRAM startup, IBM’s quantum roadmap with plans for a million qubit computer and a French CMOS terahertz imaging chip startup that raised equity funding from a European Commission fund in a significant change to the way companies are supported in Europe.
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