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Factory blaze adds to computer chip supply crisis

Factory blaze adds to computer chip supply crisis

Technology
RenesasOne of the car industry's biggest computer chip suppliers has warned that a major fire at one of its factories in Japan could have a "massive impact" on its ability to fulfil orders.The incident comes at a time when supplies of chips to the auto industry were already running short.Shares in the semiconductors firm Renesas fell, along with its clients including Toyota, Nissan and Honda.Elsewhere, Volkswagen has said chip scarcity might last until the autumn."I think things will get stable by the fall but certainly its going to be complicated, and its going to be challenging but I think we'll navigate it," Scott Keogh, VW's North America chief executive told the BBC.He added that some of the company's plants were likely to run less shifts a day, but added that he hoped factory shutdow...
Scientists unlock mysteries of world’s oldest ‘computer’

Scientists unlock mysteries of world’s oldest ‘computer’

Science
Prof Tony Freeth / UCLA 2,000-year-old device often referred to as the world's oldest "computer" has been recreated by scientists trying to understand how it worked.The Antikythera Mechanism has baffled experts since it was found on a Roman-era shipwreck in Greece in 1901.The hand-powered Ancient Greek device is thought to have been used to predict eclipses and other astronomical events.But only a third of the device survived, leaving researchers pondering how it worked and what it looked like.The back of the mechanism was solved by earlier studies, but the nature of its complex gearing system at the front has remained a mystery.Scientists from University College London (UCL) believe they have finally cracked the puzzle using 3D computer modelling. They have recreated the entire front pane...
EU seeks to supercharge computer chip production

EU seeks to supercharge computer chip production

Business
Getty ImagesThe European Commission has set an ambitious target to boost production of cutting-edge computer chips by the end of the decade.It wants 20% of such chips, in terms of value, to be manufactured within the EU by 2030. It was 10% in 2020.The pledge comes at a time when supply has failed to meet demand, causing problems for car-makers and others.Part of the challenge will be that the US and mainland China are also seeking to increase their own output.At present, Taiwan's TSMC and South Korea's Samsung dominate, with the two companies being the only ones capable of physically producing the very latest in chip tech."We are in a sort of paradoxical situation where Europe is using a lot of these different types of technology, but we're producing little," said European Commission execu...
‘Scorching-hot hacked computer burned my hand’

‘Scorching-hot hacked computer burned my hand’

Technology
Bullets rained down from all angles but Abdelrhman Badr kept calm. Suddenly an enemy burst through a window. Abdelrhman swung round to face the soldier and save his team. He lined up his sights for a fatal shot and squeezed the trigger but… his screen went black. His computer had silently and suddenly shut itself down without warning.Abdelrhman was confused. The game he was playing had never caused problems before. He reached down and looked inside his computer, which he liked to leave open and on display in his bedroom.Instinctively he touched one of the components, cursed and pulled his hand back. The graphics card was so hot it had burned his fingers.The 18-year-old from Sheffield hadn't real...
Computer inside the heart aims to aid treatment

Computer inside the heart aims to aid treatment

Technology
A new tiny computer injected into the body could help millions of people suffering from heart failure. The V-LAP travels through a patient's veins to the heart where it opens up and then sends data to doctors helping them give better treatments and allowing them to adjust medicines at an earlier stage.BBC Click finds out more.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology