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US report recommends sinking more ASML exports to China

Denying China access to ASML’s EUV scanners isn’t enough, says a group of experts advising the US government. Immersion lithography equipment should be subject to export controls as well.

How to solve the energy problem of AI

AI models have the potential for huge carbon footprints. To make them energy efficient, we need to tune innovations in data usage, hardware and software, argues Imec’s Axel Nackaerts, opening speaker at the Bits&Chips Machine Learning Conference 2021.

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
Dutch mobility experts join forces to accelerate transition to EVs
Sylvia van Es appointed president Philips Netherlands
Rikus Wolbers to step down as NTC director
Surfix’ biophotonic diagnostic platform attracts €8.5M investment

Chasing a single source of truth

At last year’s Sysarch conference, model-based systems engineering expert Jon Holt sat down with High Tech Institute’s Ger Schoeber to discuss MBSE. “In five years, all systems engineering will be model based,” according to Holt, currently the technical director of Incose UK.

“It’s not the products we make, but our people that are our greatest asset”

How do high-tech companies ensure they keep their talent in house? For Sioux Technologies, it’s all about putting an emphasis on the people, and keeping them happy and challenged with interesting projects, life-long learning and custom training opportunities.

ASML’s coming of age

In an intensive meeting in November 1984, the ASML team plotted its product roadmap in a day. The actions and results that followed formed the basis of the time-to-market attitude and culture that still exists in the company today.

In other news

Audio cassette tape inventor Lou Ottens dies aged 94 (BBC)
Roosegaarde’s Urban Sun claims to make spaces “virus-free in minutes” (Dezeen)
Bosch’s massive wafer fab in Dresden is ready for production (Evertiq)
Agfa advances transformation despite pandemic challenges (press release)
Ericsson pulls out of Mobile World Congress 2021 (Techradar)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Anne-Johan Annema

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 editions 6 of the Bits&Chips podcast, UT scientist Anne-Johan Annema on silicon-integrated optical communication.

Your money isn’t real

Digitalization brings with it new digital assets that are valuable in ways that for us skeptics and traditionalists are hard to understand and appreciate.

Blind

Your career may already be inching towards the abyss right now because you fail to see the signs. Some career advice from analog IC designer Marcel Pelgrom.