Top news in March

April 06, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Top news in March
Fabs, fires and funding dominated the news on eeNews Europe last month

The biggest news in March was not on the pages of eeNews Europe. A fire at cloud provider OVH in Strasbourg shut down the eeNews servers for a period, raising a number of issues over redundancy, power supplies and data backup strategies.

Back up and running on Microsoft's Azure cloud service, the early details of the i.MX9 from NXP saw signficant interest with its support for edge AI, as well as a new,  low power implementation of the i.MX8 on a fully depleted silicon on insulator (FD SOI) process. 

The challenges facing the global semiconductor industry continue to be a key thread. With GlobalFoundries set to take up-front payments for capacity and Intel looking to boost its capacity in Europe, particularly at its fab in Ireland, the issue of getting sufficient chip making capacity is of concern right across the electronics industry, from automotive and telecoms to embedded. 

TSMC’s plans for six fabs at a new site in Arizona, as well as a $100bn investment in capacity over the next three years also shows the significant moves. All of this is part of the positioning of the US, Europe and China for the supply of all kinds of electronic components that are only now recognised as critical to the global economy. That is recognised in other regions, as China-backed fund Wise Road has bought power chip maker Magnachip

Away from the chip industry, Europe has ambitious plans for its supercomputer clusters to join together to create a digital twin of the entire Earth. Global data from space, smart cities and the Internet of Things would be combined across multiple sites to model the world for true data-based economic and environmental planning.


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