News
12 September

Demcon acquires slice of FPGA specialist Qbaylogic

UT spin-off Qbaylogic intends to position its Clash language as the third language for programming FPGAs, in addition to and above VHDL and Verilog. Demcon’s involvement will enable the company to grow further and develop new products.

News
11 September

NLR launches first drones beyond the visible line of sight

With swarms of drones now filling the sky, air traffic safety is identified as a primary challenge. In a joint European effort to address these concerns, NLR is ushering a public-private collaboration for the implementation of new regulations.

Opinion
12:22

Low code is not no code

Today, the work of software developers influences every life on this planet. Every company is becoming a software company. Experts predict that the demand for application development will continue to grow exponentially. The problem of talent shortage has exploded in software development. In 2020, the available jobs for software developers in the US alone are expected to exceed qualified applicants by a million (!). The future is bright for software developers.

Background

Background
12:01

Merging mechatronic systems engineering and software engineering

Model-based design is a powerful method for developing high-tech products and systems. Traditionally at Demcon, the mechatronic systems engineer took the lead in developing the model, but the software engineer turned out to be indispensable in defining a software architecture that resulted in efficient and maintainable control code generated by that model. Therefore, over the years, both disciplines have come together.

News & Analysis

News
3 September

Asperitas looks to flood the IT cooling industry

After development of its immersed cooling system for maritime-based data centers, Asperitas opted to change plans and instead focus on deploying its solution for a greater global impact. Now, with a focus on terra firma, this clean-tech scale-up wants to paint the data center industry green.

Interview

Interview
10 September

“We don’t distinguish ourselves by software alone”

Do Dutch high tech companies invest enough in software development? Bits&Chips poses the question to Guustaaf Savenije and Ton Peijnenburg of VDL ETG, the largest tier-1 high tech supplier and hardware company in the Netherlands. “Software is just one of the disciplines – no more, no less. Better participate in the multidisciplinary world!”

Background

Background
27 August

Software engineering: balancing what you make and how you make it

How does Itility view the software engineering discipline? Software engineers Aran Vink, Nick van der Veeken and Thom Koomen put that into words using three statements on topics such as best software practices, CI/CD, DevOps and consistent documentation.

Interview
1 July

Despite advances in technology, systems reliability is getting worse

With a steady increase in global product recalls, highly publicized fines for automotive companies and the recent Boeing tragedies, it’s clear that reliability is a major issue. According to world-renowned expert Michael Pecht, things are getting worse. In fact, he says many of these problems are completely self-created and entirely avoidable – that is, if companies are ready to get serious about reliability.

Interview
25 June

Billions from the gaming world give digital twin momentum

With a game engine under the hood of its digital twin toolbox, Unit040 is leveraging the developments in the gaming industry. The impact of gaming technology on simulation and visualization in high tech has taken the traditional CAD industry by surprise. “We’ve been tapping into the knowledge from the game engine development race for years,” says Guido van Gageldonk, the CTO of Unit040.

Opinion
12 September

It’s not what AI can do for you

Virtually any company that I work with is exploring its data sets and business processes to identify opportunities for productivity improvements, higher accuracy or lower cost. The constant question that these companies struggle with is how can artificial intelligence, and specifically machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), support existing processes and ways of working. This results in a number of challenges.

Opinion
10 September

R&D and growth: it’s complicated

In July, the Belgian-Dutch biotech firm Galapagos made headlines. Securing a big long-term support agreement with a US pharma giant, it succeeded in guaranteeing its long-term survival as an independent company. In an environment where large companies are aflush with money and innovate (or stifle competition) by acquiring successful start-ups, this is no mean feat. As Het Financieele Dagblad wrote in an editorial, value is usually created by scientists and then turned into money by entrepreneurs. Galapagos wants to do both, which takes a lot of guts. After successful innovation (research), it wants to drive this innovation to market (development) on its own as a big independent company.