Monday, January 2, 2023

Intel marks first EUV light at Fab 34 in Ireland

Intel celebrated first light from a new extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography system at its Fab 34 site in Leixlip, Ireland.

The EUV scanner, which was supplied by ASML, generated its 13.5-nanometer wavelength light for the first time. The activation represents the first use of a high volume EUV scanner in Europe. 

Intel said the milestone ushers the way its Intel 4 technology, with manufacturing of products such as Meteor Lake expected in 2023.

Qualcomm: Digital divide remains at 37% globally

 An estimated 37% of the global population remains without access to high-speed internet and other digital technologies, according to an ITU white paper called Measuring Digital Development – Facts and Figures 2021. The three greatest obstacles are:

  • The lack of internet connectivity where people live, work, or learn,
  • The lack of affordability, and
  • The lack of digital skills to navigate the connected world.

Qualcomm argues that 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has become an alternative to fiber for fixed broadband, because it is a highly affordable solution for households and businesses due to lower deployment costs and increased market competition.

Qualcomm 5G technology has the potential to close the digital divide and create transformational change, particularly for disadvantaged and underserved populations,” said Kirti Gupta, Vice President, Technology & Economic Strategy, Qualcomm Incorporated. “As a leader in advanced 5G solutions, it is our responsibility to ensure the world understands the importance and potential of this technology. With everyone pulling in the same direction, the world will benefit greatly from the widespread implementation of 5G mobile and FWA technology.”

A 26-page presentation from Qualcomm on 5G FWA and the Digital Divide is posted here.

Digital Realty appoints Andy Power as CEO

Digital Realty  appointed Andrew P. Power as its Chief Executive Officer, replacing William Stein who has departed from his role as CEO and resigned from the Board of Directors. 

Power has served as President of Digital Realty since November 2021 and as the Company's CFO since 2015, with responsibility for global portfolio operations, technology development and innovation, service provider and enterprise customer solutions, asset management and information technology as well as the Company's financial functions across Digital Realty's global platform. Prior to joining Digital Realty, Mr. Power held positions of increasing responsibility in investment banking, having most recently served as Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Power was also a member of the lead underwriting team that advised Digital Realty on its initial public offering in 2004.

"I am honored to be named Digital Realty's CEO, and I want to thank Bill for all that he has contributed to Digital Realty and for nearly two decades of partnership," said Mr. Power. "I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this irreplaceable platform and our enormously talented and driven colleagues into the future. As CEO, I look forward to meeting the needs of our growing customer base and supporting our dedicated employees as we deliver on our strategic priorities, strengthen our value proposition and improve the core growth of our portfolio."

Mr. Power will remain President of Digital Realty and will continue to serve as CFO, with plans to announce a permanent successor in early 2023.