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News
24 July

Dutch silicon anodes inch closer to the gigafactory

Nanotextured silicon anodes perform even better than expected, boosting battery energy density to world-record levels, startup Leydenjar found. Now the Dutch company has set out to develop high-throughput deposition equipment to take its superior anodes into gigafactories.

News
16 July

CITC and HAN course taps into increasing chip packaging complexity

As IC packaging becomes increasingly complex and integral to the success of the overall semiconductor design process, front-end engineers need to cooperate ever more closely with their back-end colleagues. CITC and the HAN University of Applied Sciences set up a packaging course to help them out.

Opinion
3 July

The AI of digitalization

This article is the last of four where I explore different dimensions of digital transformation. Earlier, I discussed business models, product upgrades and data exploitation. The fourth dimension is concerned with artificial intelligence. Similar to the other dimensions, our research showed that there’s a clear evolution path that companies go through as they transition from being traditional companies to becoming digital ones (see the figure).

Background

Background
2 July

Personal leadership is the key to a successful organization

In its five years of existence, the High Tech Systems Center (HTSC) has acquired a prominent position as a link between business and academia. Companies like to work with them and researchers like to be connected. What’s the key to this success? According to Katja Pahnke, HTSC’s co-director, leadership is as vital as technical excellence.

From Idea to Industry

News & Analysis

News
15 July

Holst Centre betting big on the foil battery

Can billions of micropillars make for a better battery than we currently have? Yes, Holst Centre believes, after the final piece of the puzzle fell into place in the lab recently. Now, the institute is looking to scale up and commercialize the technology.

Interview

Interview
2 July

“My PhDs weren’t allowed to leave without leaving something on the table”

A pioneer in the design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with an additional passion for everything mechanical, a pragmatist and a very good teacher. That’s professor Bob Puers in a nutshell. He was chosen lecturer of the year in 2018 for his excellent MEMS training.

Background

Background
23 June

Signify and ESI connect on cleverly connecting smart lighting

Smart lighting systems bring the potential for big cost and energy savings. The public-private Prisma project has produced tooling to streamline their development and deployment. Partners Signify and ESI (TNO) are now building on their successful collaboration to put the results to broad practical use.

Interview
22 June

Making Europe a globally recognized force in software

Embedded and cyber-physical systems are at the core of Europe’s future competitiveness. Value is shifting from components to systems and solutions. Artemis president Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni explains how this upcoming market is both an opportunity and a threat to our continent.

Interview
8 June

Branding mechatronics with the Dutch approach

The Netherlands has long worked to put its stamp on mechatronics design and development. One way the country maintains its ‘Dutch approach’ is through trainings to transfer the knowledge. But how does that differ from other regions in the world? Vinicius Licks, professor of mechatronics at Brazil’s Insper College, shares what he observed attending Dutch mechatronics training.

Editorial
2 July

Chip poker no more

The US cutting off Huawei from advanced semiconductors will have consequences far beyond economic damage, bad enough as that will be. Tech companies all over the world will have to pick a side.

Opinion
26 June

Exploiting your data well

Based on our research, we’ve developed a four-dimensional model for the digital transformation in the software-intensive embedded systems industry. In the last two posts, we explored the business model and product upgrade dimensions. This post is concerned with the data exploitation dimension.