ASML’s first high-NA tool is almost ready for action
ASML’s and Imec’s joint High-NA Lab in Veldhoven is about to open its doors to chipmakers, kicking off the next stage in high-NA development: getting the process technology and associated infrastructure ready.
Epiphany points the way in the integrated-photonics jungle
In an industry still lacking standardization, Twente-based design house Epiphany Design is making itself available as a guide in the thick jungle of integrated photonics.
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How a mechatronics course pushed the synchrotron community forward
As an engineer working on particle accelerators, Curt Preissner ran into the limits of their design philosophy. That’s why he and a colleague took the “Mechatronics system design – part 1” course at High Tech Institute. This allowed them to introduce a new design approach into the synchrotron community, and better talk to vendors. “You need to be able to communicate what keeps you up at night.”
Academia and industry mix to master complexity
Led by TNO-ESI, the Mascot program helps manage the increasing system complexity by creating an innovation funnel from academic research to applied research to industrial embedding. Participants in the four projects share their experiences. “Mascot allows companies to take on high-reward topics that they would otherwise put off for being too risky.”
“Without statistics, you’re unlikely to find your best performance and realize consistency”
It’s easier than ever to do complex calculations and design simulations. Yet in the end, according to Wendy Luiten, it all boils down to how a design will work out of the lab, in a real product, in a real environment. That’s why she’s teaching a new course called “Applied statistics for R&D” at High Tech Institute. “Statistics is often under-applied, which is a pity because it can really contribute to success.”
CEO leaves Photondelta with one last piece of advice: “Never think you’ve won”
Ewit Roos, the man who at the helm of Photondelta helped put the Dutch integrated-photonics prowess on the map, is stepping down. Having infused the ecosystem with a healthy sense of urgency, he leaves strengthening the links between the photonics and the semiconductor industry to his successor.
Strategic digital product management: stakeholders
Product managers need to clearly separate needs from wants, distinguish the critical from the less important stakeholders and act on strategic opportunities even if no stakeholders are advocating for these.