Following my retirement, we have closed our company for new business.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly, our email portal remains open and I would be delighted to hear from you and provide ongoing support or advice.

Richard Thomson

Companies represented up to the end of December 2023. Please now contact them directly.

k-Space Associates, Inc.
Phone: +1 (734) 426-7977

Phone: +49 8761 76 24 0

Monday 28 October 2019

Friday 18 October 2019

Optimism extends life

It may be post vacation blues, but it is difficult to avoid a feeling of malaise when absorbing current events. From climate change to national politics, it is not easy to be sanguine. However, solutions are often found in a mix of "something must be done" and "KBO". Amidst this lot it was pleasing to note a Boston University study found that individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve “exceptional longevity,” that is, living to age 85 or older. Pragmatic optimism sounds good to me.

Wednesday 16 October 2019

North of Greenwich?

For the first time in 360 years, compasses in Greenwich, London last month pointed directly at true north.

Monday 14 October 2019

Happy birthday COBOL

COBOL maybe 60 years old but 95% of ATM transactions pass through COBOL code, 1.5 million new lines of which are written daily.

Friday 11 October 2019

Young Scientists Prizes in Semiconductors Physics

Nominations are now open for the Young Scientists Prizes in Semiconductors Physics awarded by the IUPAP for outstanding contributions to semiconductor physics and its applications. Winners will have a maximum of 8 years of research experience following the award of their PhD.

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Earnings from chips

According to Future Horizons, throughout the history of the semiconductor industry the average revenue per square centimetre of silicon has been constant at $9.

Monday 7 October 2019

Quantum supremacy?

Last month the Financial Times reported on a scientific paper, briefly published on a NASA website before being deleted, claiming that Google has built a quantum computer that achieved quantum supremacy. A plain text version has been anonymously posted on-line. It says that Google created a quantum computer with 54 quantum bits and used it to perform a very specific set of operations in 200 seconds that would take a supercomputer about 10,000 years to complete. One summary is: rudimentary quantum computer is better being at being a rudimentary quantum computer than a supercomputer

Thursday 3 October 2019

Weird but wonderful

This year’s Ig Noble Prizes continue to demonstrate the weird and wonderful spread of scientific achievements. The Georgia Tech team added to their 2015 award with the Physics Prize for How Do Wombats Make Cubed Poo? [It helps them mark their territory]. Japanese scientists rightly won the Chemistry Prize for Estimation of the total saliva volume produced per day in five year old children. [500 ml].