KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Happy 40th birthday to the chip that unwittingly changed the world

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.


With 2,300 transistors (today’s PC microprocessors have up to 1 billion) the idea was that the 4004 would transform the market for the most important business product of the day, deskside calculators. It was spot on and the 4004 was the making of Intel, the company it helped to found.


Because it wasn’t the size or the power of the 4004 that was important, it was its architecture. What the inventors Faggin, Hoff and Shima had created, was the ability to commoditise computing by adding the micro in microprocessors. Prior to the 4004, most computers were the huge machines you now see in black-and-white films as room-sized equipment. Henry Ford brought the motorcar to the wider public through mass production, while Intel brought computing to the masses by miniaturising it.


The microprocessor is now accepted as the most significant element in the industrialisation of computing second to the transistor itself. It was the block from which computing power could be cheaply buried in any device from the PC to the car. But back in 1981 it was Japanese calculators which the chip helped to sell

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