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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

Automotive drought forces Neways to ax another 100
ASML bags 4.3 billion dollar EUV order from Hynix
A peak inside Samsung’s EUV-made DRAM chips
Eleo gets recharged with Lumipol investment
Holst Centre breaks through with next-generation ultrasound monitor
ASML and Imec take EUV patterning to the limit
VLSI goes quantum in EU Flagship project

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.