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Performing an ultrasound on a wafer to align it

The markers used as ‘beacons’ to precisely position wafers during semiconductor manufacturing may become hard to find after several chip layers have been deposited on them. Researchers at ARCNL may have found a way to spot them: using acoustic waves.

News
3 July

Qblox readies its modular controller for a variety of quantum computers

Though recently developed prototypes still consist of 50 qubits maximum, Delft startup Qblox is paving the way for building quantum computers with up to a 1,000 qubits and beyond.

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.

News & Analysis

News
25 June

Pink RF and America’s Odyssey link to bring RF repair to Nijmegen

Dutch radio frequency specialist Pink RF is expanding operations. In collaboration with the American RF repair company Odyssey, European RF and semiconductor customers will have a new option located in Nijmegen.

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.