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Chinese government implicated in tech theft at ASML

Former ASML Brion employees likely funneled ASML technology to a state-sponsored Chinese company. The report puts ASML in an awkward position, as protection of its intellectual property is crucial, while the Chinese market is growing too fast to ignore.

Headlines

Vodafone probes Effect Photonics’ optical transceivers
Think tank: rejuvenate European IC design before building a fab
New investment primes Delft Circuits for industrialization
Amolf creates perovskite paintings by having the ink react with the canvas
National Growth Fund funds quantum and AI research agendas

Manufacturing chips in the office

The Japanese Minimal Fab consortium brings small chip series within reach at affordable prices and a fast time to market. On 14 May creator Shiro Hara will present the concept in Nijmegen.

In other news

AI generates book on lithium-ion batteries (The Register)
Amazon to launch thousands of satellites (The Verge)
Boston Dynamics robots show off their stacking skills (Engadget)

Bits&Chips is reaching out to an international audience

Starting this week, Bits&Chips will be published exclusively in English. That’s only a few months before the magazine will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary. We wrote in Dutch for quite some time, but from now on it will be 100 percent English.