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Viewpoint: Take a lesson from the past about product repair

Consumer goods should be repairable, freeing owners from the cycle of ‘throw it away and buy a new one’. If, like me, you are angered by the increasingly “throw-away” culture which pervades technology products you might wonder, like me, why the government can’t be more active in encouraging, even forcing companies that make consumer goods ...

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IoT smart cities: the long-range forecast for wireless connectivity

LoRa is emerging as the champion for low power data exchange for the ‘smart’ utilities the IoT relies on, writes Caroline Hayes. Smart city low power wide area (LPWA) is expected to achieve over 140 million connections. According to analyst ON World, there could be as many as 2.6 billion connected, wireless IoT devices for ...

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Viewpoint: Broad-brush investment creates market winners

Darpa’s decision to spread the R&D love will keep US tech ahead of big-spender China. Thirty-three years after Sematech was founded, the Americans are embarking on a new semiconductor research and development programme which could be just as significant. Unlike 1985, when the Japan had overtaken the US in memory process technology and in semiconductor ...

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VLSI Symposia: Samsung eyes EUV for mainstream chip-making at 7nm

At VLSI 2018, Samsung unveiled its forthcoming 7nm FinFET platform technology, said to be the first mainstream semiconductor manufacturing technology to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for single-patterning of middle- and back-end-of-the line features – EUV is expected to offer better pattern uniformity and cost advantages versus standard multiple-patterning approaches for extreme scaling. by Gary ...

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Four ways LEDs make cities smarter

Russ Sharer spells out four reasons for using LED lighting as the hardware foundation for smart city IoT connectivity. Smart cities demand smarter systems integration. If we are to build a variety of community and citizen services upon an internet of things (IoT) infrastructure deployed initially for outdoor lighting control, the network will require a ...

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Comment: Accelerating datacentre ICs could boost economy

Xilinx may be experiencing a seven-year ‘itch’ that could reinvigorate the global mojo. The programmable logic market, and its leader Xilinx, have had no growth these past seven years. However, two months after taking over, the new CEO of Xilinx has a plan to get growth going again. Not growth for the programmable logic market, ...

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