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“We don’t distinguish ourselves by software alone”

According to Guustaaf Savenije of VDL ETG, the largest tier-1 high tech supplier and hardware company in the Netherlands, software is just one of the disciplines – no more, no less.

Headlines

Intel: we’re getting ASML’s first high-NA tool
TSMC mulls building a fab in Germany
Lightyear rides with Finnish manufacturing partner over VDL
Smart lens from Flanders sees €8M in Series A investment
Intel rumored to be interested in buying Globalfoundries
Dutch companies join hands to supply commercial quantum computers
New center for THz technology launches at TUE

Reparations

Dutch Finance Secretary Wopke Hoekstra proposes to set up an investment fund for scientific and technology research. Experience has shown, though, that such a fund isn’t necessarily safe from politicians’ grabby hands.

In other news

AI chip market to more than double in 5 years (EE Times)
Door blows out during ground test on Boeing 777X (Seattle Times)
Flying taxi start-up Volocopter raises $55 million (The Verge)

R&D and growth: it’s complicated

Having been on both sides of research and development for all of my professional life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a strong believer in societal progress being driven forward by R&D.