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NXP closes the books on a tumultuous year

It’s been a year with two faces for NXP, but all’s well that ends well.

Chip socialism

It’s crucial that Europe regains a significant position in advanced semiconductor manufacturing, but it would be foolish to rush into it.

ASML’s first job ad

If you’re tiny, it might help to shout that you’re the biggest and the brightest in the business. In 1984, while being a semicon litho outcast, ASML boasted it was a world leader in its field. In the end, the company made this ambition come true.

Headlines

ICT sheds minority stake in Greenflux
Automotive IC market share slips in 2020 after steady gains since 1998
Arcobel and Core Vision acquired by partner Dual Inventive
Philips and Elekta enhance partnership for personalized oncology care
Demcon delves into the defense domain
ASML suspects stolen IP is being commercialized in China
Dutch hydrogen battery goes commercial
National quantum HQ arises on campus TU Delft
Nearfield Instruments gets €17.5M capital injection
Omnidots’ Swarm sensor secures €1M investment

Analog electronic design without the trial and horror

Not unlike the arts, analog electronic design often hinges on intuition and sparks of inspiration. Anton Montagne has no qualms about that, but it’s no way to teach the subject. The self-described free spirit has made it his life work to offer a structured approach to analog electronic design.

Fraunhofer readies 5G for industry

With a response time of a millisecond, a 5G network makes it possible to perform advanced control tasks, hosting computing power in the cloud. Very attractive for industrial automation, but it’s far from easy to get such a network up and running. Fraunhofer IPT’s Niels König is working on a solution.

In other news

UT partners in European quantum consortium (press release)
IBM promises 100x faster quantum computers (CNET)
Tomtom on track for 10% growth in location tech (press release)
Netherlands enters world innovation top 10 (Bloomberg)
TSMC to raise $9B for expansion amid shortages (EE Times)

Bits&Chips presents: podcasts

René Raaijmakers talks to the innovators driving the high-tech industry. Listen (in Dutch) to researchers, developers and decision-makers speak about trends, technology, business and their motivations. In the second edition of the Bits&Chips podcast, Jos Maas (CEO of Nearfield Instruments).

Bringing AI to the edge

AI belongs on the edge, but there’s a lot of work around it that needs to be put in place at the same time. And as it won’t happen by itself, it’s critical that we get going on this yesterday.

The usefulness of a good adversary

Having a formidable adversary helps to mobilize the resources and keep the eye on the ball. This is also very useful in business.