Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: Defence could be the new champion for a sovereign microchip industry

Today our Australia’s place in the semiconductor world series looks at ways Australia can address its precarious dependence on overseas chip suppliers, and the role of defence in this. There is no time to waste, argues Martin Hamilton-Smith.  In March 2023 the Albanese government’s Defence Strategic Review will be handed down by Sir Angus Houston…

Gilmour, Macquarie Uni partner to develop thermal camera for space

Gilmour Space Technologies and Macquarie University have announced a partnership to develop and manufacture infrared sensors to be included on a satellite scheduled for launch in late-2023. In a statement on Tuesday, Gilmour said Macquarie’s Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) team was internationally-recognised for its work on precision instrumentation for telescopes.  AAO Project Lead Dr Lee…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: Silicon is quantum, quantum is silicon, and Australia might finally have an edge

Beginning the second week of our editorial series, Australia’s place in the semiconductor world, Dr Andre Saraiva looks at Australia’s heritage in quantum computing, and suggests that the nation could turn a chip crisis into a quantum opportunity. A stone’s throw away from Bondi and Coogee, silicon-based quantum computing was invented. This was 1998, and…