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54 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2021 Russian Government Announces Competitive Selection of AI Research Centers E e Russian government will allocate 5.4 bil- lion rubles for establishing and supporting AI research centers in Russia. e competitive selection of candidate centers announced by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko started on July 15. European Semiconductor Sales Up 31.2% YoY E European semiconductor sales in May 2021 reached US$3.777 billion, an increase of 31.2% compared to the May 2020 sales, the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) reported based on World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) data. Qi 1.3 Wireless Charging Reference Design to Accelerate Automotive, Consumer Qi Transmitter E e Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has recently released the Qi 1.3 specification that requires authentication for improved safe- ty when transmitting up to 15W of power be- tween a transmitter and a receiver. Semiconductor Equipment Forecast to Post Industry High of $100 Billion in 2022 E Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufac- turers are forecast to surpass $100 billion next year, a new high, aer jumping 34% to $95.3 billion in 2021 compared to $71.1 billion in 2020, SEMI announced. Survey: Companies Lagging the Industry in Digital Transformation E 46.6% of survey respondents believed that their own companies fell behind the industry average when it comes to utilizing digital tools as part of business processes, according to a survey con- ducted by AIBP and Oracle from March to April. Researchers Develop Fabric-friendly Sensors E Sensors are part of modern-day technology. From contactless payment to key fobs, cred- it card chips to smart devices, near-field com- munication (NFC) allows for humans to com- municate with objects. The World's Thinnest Technology— Only Two Atoms Thick E e innovative technology may significantly improve electronic devices in terms of speed, density, and energy consumption. Purdue to Lead Indiana Coalition to Develop Quantum Technologies E Purdue University is leading efforts to establish a National Science Foundation-backed quan- tum research center that would bring dozens of scientists from four research partners and industry together to tackle applied research in the field. Samsung, KT Launch First Commercial 5G SA Network in Korea E Samsung Electronics and KT Corporation (KT) announced they have successfully launched Korea's first commercial 5G SA network, turn- ing on next-generation service in the country.

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