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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.”
“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.
“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.
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.
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.