Most Read articles – LPWA networking, Hype Cycles and a 7nm FinFET programme


What topics have your peers been reading? There is the emergence of LPWA networking technologies, the Gartner Hype Cycle for 2018, a Top Ten for national broadband speeds and Global Foundries giving up on its 7nm programme…

Here they are, in reverse order:

LoRa5. IoT smart cities: the long-range forecast for wireless connectivity
The IoT relies on data, and lots of it, as sensors gather and send data from around a network. There are many ways to enable this. Bluetooth Low Energy, ZigBee, Wi-Fi and cellular technologies are all established, but LPWA networking technologies, such as Sigfox, LoRa, LTE-M and NB-IoT are emerging as IoT disruptors.

4. Hype Cycle [Mannerisms]
Gartner has posted its 2018 Hype Cycle for emerging technologies. Here it is

3. Top Ten Countries For Broadband Speeds [Mannerisms]
Thanks to Cable for this one – the top ten countries for broadband speeds, plus where the UK stands in the world rankings.

2. GloFo cans 7nm
Globalfoundries is giving up on 7nm. Instead, the company will concentrate its resources on its 14/12nm Finfet process. “GF is putting its 7nm FinFET programme on hold indefinitely,” says the company. It is assumed that the 5nm and 3nm programmes are also scrapped. The 7nm process, which was expected to see customers’ designs tape out in Q4, will not now be used by anyone.

1. Japan starts space elevator experiments
Arthur C Clarke’s concept of a space elevator could start to be realised by experiments beginning next month by a Japanese university and construction company. Shizuoka University and contractor Obayashi aim to launch two small (10 sq cm) satellites connected by a 10m steel cable from the International Space Station.

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