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The UK government has confirmed the formation of an expert semiconductor panel to advise on the future of the country's chip industry, and also disclosed the first design incubator to support startups. This UK Semiconductor Advisory Panel was announced in May, when the government finally detailed its long-delayed national …

  1. wiggers

    If all else fails...

    ...form a new committee.

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: If all else fails...

      So the committee is going to listen to Scully ... that's going to be helpful because the UK government has too many Mulders, but Scully always did a better job!

    2. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge

      Re: If all else fails...

      And make sure it is well rewarded for the effort of putting in a couple of days per month

      So thats the first 50 million spent of the tories seed money

  2. 3arn0wl Bronze badge
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    2 in the ARM corner

    ... To ensure that RISC-V doesn't get a mention?

    1. steelpillow Silver badge

      Re: 2 in the ARM corner

      Will be interesting to see if Eben scents a market for even-cheaper Risc V Pis.

      1. 3arn0wl Bronze badge

        Re: 2 in the ARM corner

        Well, in a recent interview he gave, he was either woefully ignorant or being deliberately deceptive about the progress RISC-V has made, and the ability to order RISC-V chips at the specified time, which leads me to conclude that he's steadfastly in the ARM camp.

  3. Howard Sway Silver badge

    identify some points of leverage where the government can apply relatively modest amounts of support

    I wonder if the points of leverage they end up identifying will by some large coincidence turn out to be the companies whose representatives sit in this brains trust, and just how relatively modest the amounts of support turn out to be? (And indeed, relatively modest compared to what, exactly?)

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Can you spell "delusional"?

    TSMC is spending around a hundred billion (with a "b") dollars on seven fabs in Arizona, USA.

    Intel is alleged to be spending fifty billion (with a "b") dollars on fabs in Ohio, USA.

    .....and the UK idea of "strategy" is a hundred million (with an "m") be decided in a couple years by a fantastic new committee.

    Delusional? Sigh!!

  5. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    First item on the agenda

    Colour coordinated office equipment.

  6. cantankerous swineherd

    the transputer: reloaded

  7. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Ouch! That hurts, that accurate low blow :-)

    "Properly engaging and listening to the experts at the heart of researching, designing and producing semiconductors is essential if we're serious about growing our domestic sector, protecting our national security, and unleashing rapid innovation across the British economy,” which would surely rank as a first for the British government.

    Dan Robinson and El Reg telling it like it is for more than just IT with nodding donkeys leading stupefied lions? And you know that to be true even if you dislike it.

  8. Tron Silver badge

    The Tories are on the job.

    £1m and five years down the line, no British company will want for 2N3904s.

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

      Re: The Tories are on the job.

      I think they'll go no expense spared, full metal jacket. AC127 {the target was BC109C}

  9. leppy232

    Here's hoping they at least meet up with RED.

    If not, I'd be highly disappointed, considering they're doing good enough work that lkcl is now basically the main person in the OpenPOWER ISA TWG.

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