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News
11 May

IBM 2nm chip might put Intel back on track

IBM has just popped the lid on 2nm technology. As a research partner, it might help Intel catch up with TSMC.

Wafers
News
6 May

ST says ‘no thanks’ to EU chip alliance

The European Commission is preparing an EU chip alliance that will focus on the design and production of 20-10nm chips. One of the three European semiconductor companies has already bowed out.

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Opinion
10 May

Rule 7: Think holistic

The traditional way of organizing companies was in functional departments where people with the same skillset and education could focus on specific challenges, solve these and then hand over the result to the department that would integrate all the parts from all the functions into one working system. The perceived advantage was that each expert could just focus on his or her domain and not bother about anything else.

Background

ASML NXE3400 Twinscan
Background
3 May

Clearing the critical software path

For a highly complex machine like the Twinscan to be able to operate smoothly, its system control should run without any unnecessary interruptions. Within the Concerto project, ASML, ESI (TNO) and TUE have developed a model-based methodology to analyze the software execution and keep computational tasks out of the critical path as much as possible. The partners see great potential for the approach to be widely adopted in the high-tech industry.

News & Analysis

Asperitas 15 inch module top
News
6 May

Asperitas and ITRenew bring sustainable, PnP datacenter solutions full circle

In the quest to realize a sustainable digital future, OCP members are once again showing that collaboration is key. This time, platinum members Asperitas and US-based ITRenew are teaming up to show how combining immersion cooling and IT recycling can not only enhance the circular economy but help customers realize serious gains in computing power while reducing environmental impact and cutting the total cost of ownership.

Interview

20210402 TWNQL Rex Bierlaagh RRA_9015
Interview
5 May

Design thinking leads to a higher success rate in innovation

The high-tech industry is extremely innovative, but what if you want to innovate more effectively and even faster? Design thinking is an effective method for that, says Rex Bierlaagh, trainer at High Tech Institute. “Everyone can learn it. It changes the mindset of organizations.”

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ASML cleanroom
ASML history files
6 May

Fighting dust in a research lab where almost everyone smoked

One of Frits Klostermann’s main jobs as the manager of the litho workshop at the Philips Natlab in the 60s was fighting dust.

Peter Vermeulen 2021
Interview
12 April

“Sometimes we forget, soft skills can be the hardest skills of them all”

High-tech development relies heavily on diverse teams of multidisciplined experts, each with a specific role. But in today’s cutting edge, it’s not just the expertise that’s diverse. According to High Tech Institute trainer and autism expert Peter Vermeulen, neurodivergent brains are also playing an essential role, and if utilized correctly, can lead to great benefits.

Marco Allegri
Interview
7 April

“Prepare to be frustrated and try to remember, it gets better”

For even the most culture-savvy expats, Dutch directness inside the workplace can serve as a bit of a shock. According to ASML design engineer Marco Allegri, who joined the Dutch work culture from Italy, the transition can be a little frustrating. But, he says, once you learn where it stems from, you’ll learn to appreciate the typical Dutch communication style.

VBTI Albert van Breemen
Opinion
5 May

AI reality check

For the last three years, I’ve been active in the middle of the ‘AI storm’: I quit my well-paid job at the largest high-tech company in the south of the Netherlands, started an AI consultancy company, supported setting up several AI initiatives and had many discussions on the topic. Those discussions were at the extremes of “We’re too late as all AI innovation happens in the US and China” up to “We need to make all people in organizations data and AI aware including the receptionists.” Perhaps we should get a little grip on reality.

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Opinion
3 May

Rule 6: Build skills, not position

When I was a teenager, I thought the pinnacle of professional success was being responsible for hundreds of people in an organization. My dad was a regional manager in a big supermarket chain in the Netherlands and had thousands of people working in his area of responsibility and my view of success might have been shaped by that.