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34 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2021 UK Enterprises Step Up Intelligent Automation Projects E More enterprises in the U.K. are deploy- ing intelligent business process automation, partly in response to the effects of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report published by Information Services Group, a leading global technology research and advisory firm. T-Mobile, Georgia Tech and Curiosity Lab Team Up to Fuel 5G Innovation E T-Mobile and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Cor- ners, in collaboration with the Georgia Insti- tute of Technology, announced the creation of the 5G Connected Future incubator program designed to support the growth and develop- ment of entrepreneurs and startups as they work to build the next big thing in 5G. Purdue to Co-lead U.S. DoD-funded Project to Advance Adoption of Lead-free Electronics E A new consortium funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Defense has selected Pur- due University to co-lead its first project aimed at advancing the adoption of lead-free electron- ics in defense systems. North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts $3B Billings in January 2021 E North America-based manufacturers of semi- conductor equipment posted $3.04 billion in billings worldwide in January 2021 (three- month average basis), the first time monthly billings have reached $3 billion, according to the January Equipment Market Data Subscrip- tion Billings Report published by SEMI. European Semiconductor Sales Up 6.4% YoY in January E e European Semiconductor Industry Asso- ciation announced that European sales of semi- conductors reached to US$3.453 billion in Jan- uary 2021, an increase of 6.4% versus the same month one year ago. SIA Applauds Sen. Schumer Announcement on Promoting U.S. Competitiveness E e Semiconductor Industry Association released the following statement from Presi- dent and CEO John Neuffer in support of Sen. Schumer's announcement about strengthen- ing U.S. competitiveness. Light-Emitting Tattoo Engineered for the First Time E Scientists at UCL and the IIT–Istituto Ital- iano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Tech- nology) have created a temporary tattoo with light-emitting technology used in TV and smartphone screens, paving the way for a new type of "smart tattoo" with a range of poten- tial uses. TruSpin Announces Breakthrough in Battery Technology E TruSpin Nanomaterial Innovation, an advanced materials company engaged in battery tech- nology, has announced the positive results of third-party tests evaluating the performance of the company's prototype batteries.

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