Most Read Articles – EU Chips Act, Honeybee Robotics, 5G O-RAN

What are the topics covered? There’s NEC doing a 5G acquisition, upgrading RRAM to 50nm, news around the Mullen FIVE EV crossover, Blue Origin buying Honeybee Robotics, and the EU Chips Act…

5. NEC acquires Blue Danube
NEC has acquired Blue Danube Systems, a US provider of CBRS/4G/5G RAN products and AI/ML-based software solutions that help mobile operators manage 5G network construction and spectrum optimization. The acquisition expands NEC’s customer support capacity and assets in North America, and expands the breadth of its O-RAN solutions portfolio to meet customer needs and demands. Blue Danube will join NEC with a team that will leverage NEC’s 5G R&D capabilities

4. RRAM intrinsic scales at 50 nm
Intrinsic Semiconductor and its partner imec have evolved Intrinsic’s RRAM technology to 50 nm. Intrinsic claims that at 50nm the technology demonstrates “excellent switching behavior”. “We are delighted to have reached this critical milestone, confirming our theoretical analysis that devices can be manufactured at the nanoscale,” says CEO Mark Dickinson, “it means, finally, there will be an easy way and inexpensive to integrate non-volatile memory into any chip.

3. Comau and Mullen Auto connect to electric vehicles
Comau has partnered with Mullen Automotive – an emerging manufacturer of electric vehicles – to build a vehicle body shop at Mullen’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC) in Tunica, MS, USA. Comau and Mullen Automotive are joining forces to develop the state-of-the-art body shop for the new and upcoming Mullen FIVE EV Crossover.

2. Jeff Bezos Gathers Honeybee Robotics for Blue Origin
Space company Blue Origin, owned by Jeff Bezos, is buying Colorado-headquartered Honeybee Robotics, which specializes in space robotic systems. Honeybee will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Origin, headquartered in Kent, Washington. And the deal — between Honeybee’s parent company, Ensign-Bickford Industries, and Blue Origin — is expected to close in mid-February.
According to the companies, Honeybee’s experience in planetary robotics, drills, motors, actuators, drive electronics and specialized space mechanisms is complementary to Blue Origin’s goal of “making spaceflight routine.” and to open up space resources for the benefit of the Earth”.

1. EU to publish Chips Act proposals on February 8
The EU is due to publish proposals for its chip law on February 8, according to Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Markets. Asked about the value of the financial incentives envisaged under the proposed law, Breton said it would be “proportional” to the US chip law, i.e. $52 billion. To get the money, the companies would have to show that they are “the first of their kind” in Europe, agree to ensure security of supply and commit to investing in cutting-edge technologies in the future.

Amanda J. Marsh