What caught your eye this week? (Chip industry, Microchip MCU family, Inmarsat green light)

David Manners, components editor

What caught my eye this week was a dire warning of what’s coming for next year’s chip market – Chip industry in “hopeful denial” says Penn

Steve Bush, technology editor

Microchip EV81X90A PIC32CM JH01 Curiosity Pro development boardMicrochip is to be praised for wrapping ISO 26262 functional safety and ISO/SAE 21434 cybersecurity around the humble but capable Arm Cortex-M0+ core in a microcontroller family, as well as offering it Autosar support. Perhaps the only shadow is that the parts need a companion chip to achieve ISO/SAE 21434 security.

Alun Williams, Web editor

That the U.S. acquisition of Inmarsat – which was first announced in November 2021 – has been given the go-ahead to proceed by the UK government (by the the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Jacob Rees-Mogg).

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  • Amid anticipation of the UK (Spaceport Cornwall) seeing the first European launch of satellites (horizontal launch), the Spanish company PLD Space successfully completed a full mission test of its small launcher, the rocket MIURA 1. “PLD Space enters history by performing for the first time in Europe a full mission test of an integrated microlauncher,” it said. The first launch of MIURA 1 is scheduled for the last quarter of 2022 in El Arenosillo, in the region of Huelva in Spain.
  • Digantara and Rocket Factory Augsburg have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to “expand their partnership in the areas of launch procurement and Space Situational Awareness (SSA)”. RFA will launch two Digantara satellites into low Earth orbit using its RFA ONE launch system.
  • BT has announced it will feature Proto’s hologram platform at its Innovation Centre at the head office in London as well as at their global R&D facility at Adastral Park in Ipswich.

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