The end of an era – National Semiconductors, ARM and Brexit

2016 has brought about the end of a very personal association with the UK’s semiconductor design and manufacturing capabilities. At the start of the year, Texas Instruments (TI) announced the phased closure of its fabrication facilities in Greenock, Scotland. And then yesterday Japan’s Softbank confirmed plans to acquire ARM Holdings. While neither of these decisions have…

Will you unroll your next TV

We’ve all seen pictures of newspaper printing – the huge rolls of paper streaming through massive presses, with hundreds of finished copies coming off the line every minute. Now imagine TVs being produced in a similar way. With the emergence of electronic devices printed onto flexible substrates, it’s not such a far-fetched idea. For most…