Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

By Baohua Jia, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We might even call today’s information-driven society the Silicon Age. Since the 1960s, silicon nanostructures, the building-blocks of microchips, have supercharged the development of electronics, communications,…

EOS raising confirms investor appetite for manufacturing

By Peter Roberts Defence, space and communications group Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has raised $85 million from investors and shareholders, confirming investor appetite for progressive manufacturers. The company announced it had raised $17 million – $10 million more than initially sought – in a share purchase plan from existing shareholders. This came on top…

Motherson Innovations to make ground communications modules

By Stuart Corner of IoT Australia South Australian company Motherson Innovations is to manufacture the modules that will transmit user data to the IoT nanosatellites being deployed by Adelaide based Myriota. The Myriota Module is a credit card sized device that accepts input from sensors and communicates direct to Myriota satellites. According to Myriota’s web…

Is Industry 4.0 the most important economic and social topic for Australia?

Today I spoke at the National Press Club on a topic close to my heart: Industry 4.0.
I opened by saying that the most important topic the nation can focus on is preparing for the 4th industrial revolution – or as the Germans call it, Industrie 4.0.

What’s at stake in Trump’s war on Huawei: control of the global computer-chip industry

By Clinton Fernandes, Professor, International and Political Studies, UNSW Silicon Valley may now be more popularly associated with software companies such as Google and Facebook but it takes its name from the material most used to make semiconductors. Semiconductors – or computer chips – power everything from mobile phones to military systems. The semiconductor industry…

Electro Optic Systems buys satcom company

Canberra’s Electro Optic Systems ASX:: EOS) has bought satellite communicatons systems maker EM Solutions for a total of $26 million in cash and shares. The company will be added to EOS’s new communications systems business segment, announced in @AuManufacturing news earlier this week. EOS is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated weapons systems and laser…