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EMVision cashed up from three government and non-government grants Medical imaging company EMVision Medical Devices expects to receive $8.8 million in funding from three grant programmes in the current quarter. The company received in November $1.2 million in milestone payments from the Australian Stroke Alliance which is funding its development of a system utilising microwaves…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: The opportunities for Australia in the semiconductor industry

As our Australia’s place in the semiconductor world editorial series draws to a close, Steven Duvall and Glenn Downey provide the final part of their four-part feature. Here they propose steps to help build the semiconductor industry in Australia 1) Introduction This article concludes our four-part feature on semiconductors, continuing the themes from the three…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world — Barriers to bringing wafer production home

Today in Australia’s place in the semiconductor world, Andrew McLellan illustrates a case where local innovation requires overseas fabrication, and why the situation is unlikely to change.  While improvements in technology and knowledge have driven significant advances in life sciences and healthcare industries in recent decades, methods for identifying and tracking important biological samples stored…

Navy to acquire Ocius Bluebottle drones

The Royal Australian Navy has signed contracts to acquire five Bluebottle unmanned surface vessels (USVs) from Australian manufacturer Ocius. In the last 15 months, five Bluebottles under a Defence Innovation Hub contract have already completed nearly 23,000 nautical miles at sea , the equivalent to around the world at the equator. The deal to deliver…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world — tech wars and factory floors

Beginning week three of Australia’s place in the semiconductor world, Sercan Altun considers the role of chips in enabling a nation’s self-sufficiency goals in manufacturing, and the implications for Australia. The seeds of the current “Cold War 2.0” discussions were laid due to a rising China on the global stage, with massive economic and military…

UniSQ researchers attract $1.1 million funding

The Australian Research Council Discovery Projects scheme is to support research at the University of Southern Queensland ranging from extreme weather-resistant building materials to next-generation advanced composites and fine tuning cybersecurity systems. Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer Judi Zielke PSM announced more than $221 million under its Discovery Projects scheme. UniSQ’s successful initiatives…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world: Some humble thoughts on developing a native semi industry

Today in or ongoing editorial series, Australia’s place in the semiconductor world, Dr Venkata Gutta considers why we need a domestic semiconductor industry, what other countries have done to develop theirs, what we can learn, and some proposals. Millibeam is a mmWave fabless semiconductor company based in Sydney, Australia and we develop high-performance integrated circuits and…