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After litho, ASML targets chip metrology market

Data is increasingly influencing ASML’s activities. Digital technologies are now essential to keep wafer fabs humming with profitable yields, but for ASML, the underlying knowledge and instruments also translate into growing business opportunities.

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

Tech talk

As English is now the working language in high tech, acquiring sufficient language skills is as important as a strong background in math. Universities and higher vocational education institutions should better prepare future engineers for an English-spoken career, says Marcel Pelgrom.

In other news

Elon Musk aims to put SpaceX’s Starship in orbit in six months (The Verge)
AMS lights up Osram bidding war with new $4.9 billion offer (Reuters)
Baidu rolls out Level 4 self-driving cars for public trial (CNet)

Streamlining software development for space

Since adopting Parasoft’s C/C++test tooling, Qinetiq Space has seen a significant increase in software quality.