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“High up in an organization, you’re busy with keeping management at ease”

Ben Pronk gained fame as a system architect at several Philips divisions. A year ago, he decided to round off his career by joining a startup in robotic surgery. In the run-up to his keynote at the Bits&Chips System Architecting Conference, we ask him about his 30 years of experience as a system architect.

Headlines

Dutch forensic lab first to decrypt Tesla’s driving data
ASML experiencing growing pains
Government scrutinizes security ramifications of High Tech Campus deal
Kitepower’s first airborne wind energy system lifts off in Aruba
EC accelerates Hardt Hyperloop with €15M investment
Novel-T and Imec.istart team to accelerate Dutch tech startups
Midiagnostics to commercialize Imec’s Covid-19 breathalyzer test
Dutch want photonics, AI and quantum in European Chips Act
Axelera AI attracts CTO from IBM Zurich
Samsung increases EUV layers in DRAM to five

Comma interfaces open the door to reliable high-tech systems

Once a research project initiated by ESI (TNO) and Philips, the Comma framework is developing into a mature product for creating and managing software interfaces. Now, Thales is also looking to use it to streamline its software engineering, as are Thermo Fisher Scientific and Kulicke & Soffa.

In other news

First photonic quantum computer on the cloud (IEEE Spectrum)
German EUV developers nominated for Deutscher Zukunftspreis (Fraunhofer)
How Microsoft built its folding Android phone (The Verge)

Mastering complexity

Designing complex systems requires a comprehensive approach, from personnel selection to documenting the daily progress. Mastering complexity is foremost an exercise in discipline, a virtue desperately needed in today’s world.