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  1. Not cheap, but Texas Instruments, TI, will do very well here, I think. They have a large portfolio of electronic systems for automotive, defence, industrial control, robotics, grid, .... Gateway/EDGE Computing Programmable logic controller (PLC) Machine tool with CNC Machine vision Transport and handling Tool control Robot control Environmental control Industrial communication Autonomous guided vehicle (AGV)
  2. Not really, imo. Their submarine PWR is about 145 MWt. Highly enriched fuel, very compact. The proposed SMR is 1200-1300 MWt. I’m sure they can get it done, given time and money. I hope it happens.
  3. Having said this reactor is a paper design right now, I’ve seen a few things today suggesting the government are very interested. Kicking off some major industrial spending. Perhaps for Wylfa site even. https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/09/17/mini-nuclear-power-lifeline-for-wylfa-site/
  4. @onlyme I am also very sceptical this method would work in reality. Resolving SARS-CoV-2 from other coronaviruses? I am doubtful.
  5. I looked into this last night. I think they’ve read: Particle-Aggregation Based Virus Sensor Using Deep Learning and Lensless Digital Holography Yichen Wu, A. Ray, +5 authors A. Ozcan Published 2019 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) Or https://innovate.ee.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Lensless-Microscopy-Ozcan-Group-Methods-2017.pdf You can overcome the diffraction limit using holography.
  6. Cemaes? Nice today, I’m sure. No third bridge either. It will be interesting to see what happens. I read that the cost of Hinkley Point C would have been halved (or more) if the UKGOV had borrowed the money, instead of EDF. Instead, HPC is going to end up being “the world’s most expensive power plant”.
  7. Let’s hope it gets more traction. Looking around, I see Samsung have also made use of RISC-V in their 5G chips. So it has caught on to a fair degree. I think that’s what it’ll take: someone like Samsung to produce all the surrounding, essential infrastructure.... compilers, Linux port, Etc. Arm get royalties on 20 billion cores/ chips a year, so a big target to aim at.
  8. I agree. If New Build ramps up, the energy service companies will pick up lots of nuclear work.
  9. @JMD Plans for a £15-£20bn nuclear power plant in Wales have been scrapped. Work on the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey was suspended in January last year because of rising costs after Hitachi failed to reach a funding agreement with the UK government. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54158091 What happens next? I think the UK knows it needs this. It’s popular locally (very good jobs, in an area without many). And what’s 15 bn?
  10. RISC-V is an instruction set architecture only. Very promising. But you still need to do the design and implementation, plus all the ecosystem, libraries, compilers etc. Hard to replicate what Arm provides. Apple could probably do it, but it would take time.
  11. There’s an open letter going round from one of the Arm founders. savearm.co.uk They might get lucky. There is resistance in the US, ( Apple, QCOM, etc.). BAE? Can’t see it. Someone like Siemens could be the best bet for the UK. They would be independent enough of any one of the US fabless giants, and likely to leave things to be run from Cambridge.
  12. Anyone watch The BP week videos? Have to say, I was amazed at the waffle.
  13. I can’t see the big oil going near nuclear myself. And Centrica want out. I’ve come around to thinking, basically, the state has to do nuclear, in one form or another. CEGB 2 would be best, but I guess, there’s no chance of that. I’m watching Wylfa. Let’s see what happens. Big subsidies probably. We’re already way behind where we should be on new build. I looked at the RR modular reactor a couple of months back. I concluded getting one of those going is a long way off. (It’s pretty big, and a new design. I.e. It’s not a submarine reactor in a shipping container.)
  14. Trump already had Huawei and associated HiSilicon, plus Chinese foundry SMIC, under huge pressure from design tool and equipment restrictions. As you say, now this on top. CCP must be desperate for Biden to win. I wonder what Apple think of this Nvidia move. It’ll be interesting.
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