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Seven Dutch hopefuls in battery technology

The Dutch high-tech ecosystem has sprouted seven companies that are looking to improve lithium-ion battery technology, or market completely different battery designs.

ASML’s offering in its first years: one size fits all

With its current 10,500 developers, ASML has a formidable engineering squad. In its first ten years, however, the company had to make do with one-seventieth of that number. The consequence: it had to focus on only one machine.

Headlines

TSMC calls worldwide plans for boosting chip production “unrealistic”
Trillion+ semiconductor units shipped again this year
Airbus and TNO link on laser-based aircraft communication
ICT accelerates growth plan with Profit and Strypes NL acquisitions
Port of Rotterdam commissions 77 hybrid-electrical AGVs with VDL
Sirius Medical goes international with US approval and UK implant
TSMC pouring 100 billion in capacity expansion
Delft SEM tweak results in 20x faster imaging
Quantum photonics company Quix makes its first sale

How to measure a planet

Angelo Hulshout has the ambition to bring the benefits of production agility to the market and set up a new business around that. His journey is taking a small detour.

NTS’ new commercial approach removes the seams between sites

By opting for a more commercial approach, new NTS director Tjarko Bouman expects the various global branches and offices will be able to work more seamlessly together and will realize an unambiguous proposition for mainly international customers.

In other news

Solar Team Eindhoven unveils concept for new solar camper (TUE)
How TU Delft unintentionally helps the Chinese army (Delta)
Turing Award goes to researchers who made programming easier and more powerful (CNET)
Diamond-based quantum accelerator might make quantum practical (EE Times)
VW rebrand turns out to be April Fool’s joke (BBC)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Emile Asselbergs (part 1)

René Raaijmakers talks to the innovators driving the high-tech industry. Listen (in Dutch) to researchers, developers and decision-makers speak about trends, technology, business and their motivations. In edition 9 of the Bits&Chips podcast, Emile Asselbergs on the success of the Phenom tabletop SEM (part 1).

Rule 1: Clarify your purpose

In a world where the opportunities are seemingly infinite, you need direction to ensure that you’re using your time and energy in the best way possible.

The power of the why

Don’t tell your people how they should be doing things, but why they’re tasked with doing them, says HR manager Hans Odenthal.

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