Texas power grid struggles a year after cold stopped semiconductor plants

Samsung workers at a semiconductor fabrication plant [Photo courtesy of Samsung]A heat wave in Texas took at least six power plants offline Friday with high temperatures forecasted to blaze throughout this week.

A record cold snap in February 2021 took NXP Semiconductors and Samsung chip fabrication facilities offline for weeks, contributing to a global semicondcutor shortage that is still throttling medical device production.

There’s no indication yet that the power grid’s latest struggles will reduce or stop semiconductor production, but the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has asked residents to curb their electricity use ahead of more heat.

“With unseasonably hot weather driving record demand across Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the power industry to make sure Texans have the power they need,” ERCOT Interim CEO Brad Jones said in a news release.

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Texas power grid struggles in heat one year after record cold stopped semiconductor plants

Samsung workers at a semiconductor fabrication plant [Photo courtesy of Samsung]

A heat wave in Texas took at least six power plants offline Friday with high temperatures forecasted to blaze throughout this week.

A record cold snap in February 2021 took NXP Semiconductors and Samsung chip fabrication facilities offline for weeks, contributing to a global semicondcutor shortage that is still throttling medical device production.

There’s no indication yet that the power grid’s latest struggles will reduce or stop semiconductor production, but the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has asked residents to curb their electricity use ahead of more heat.

“With unseasonably hot weather driving record demand across Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the power industry to make sure Texans have the power they need,” ERCOT Interim CEO Brad Jones said in a news relea…

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Microsoft CMO: Using the cloud to improve medtech design, manufacturing and care

Dr. David Rhew is Microsoft’s global chief medical officer and VP of healthcare. [Photo courtesy of Microsoft]Dr. David Rhew, Microsoft’s global chief medical officer and VP of healthcare, has been studying how technology can improve health outcomes for nearly three decades.

His focus has long been on access to care, quality of care, patient safety, improving experiences for patients and providers, and finding ways to improve the overall efficiency of care.

He was previously CMO at Samsung and Zynx Health before that. But his role at Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) — one of the world’s cloud-computing leaders — offers his best opportunity yet to shape the future of medtech.

Rhew spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing as part of an ongoing series of conversations about cloud computing’s contributions to medtech and the potential ahead.

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Microsoft CMO: Using the cloud to improve medtech design, manufacturing and care

David Rhew is Microsoft’s global chief medical officer and VP of healthcare. [Photo courtesy of Microsoft]

Dr. David Rhew, Microsoft’s global chief medical officer and VP of healthcare, has been studying how technology can improve health outcomes for nearly three decades.

His focus has long been on access to care, quality of care, patient safety, improving experiences for patients and providers, and finding ways to improve the overall efficiency of care.

He was previously CMO at Samsung and Zynx Health before that. But his role at Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) — one of the world’s cloud-computing leaders — offers his best opportunity yet to shape the future of medtech.

Rhew spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing as part of an ongoing series of conversations about cloud computing’s contributions to medtech and the potential ahead. The discussion that f…

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