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A challenge to Bits&Chips readers

Now that the coronavirus is surging again, people need a ray of hope, a credible perspective that they can regain some of their freedom soon. Can technology provide it?

Headlines

Qutech and co want to quantum-connect the Randstad
Neways acquiesces to automotive angst, axes 250
Academic Startup Competition announces its top 10
Ebusco and Rocsys link up for automated bus depots
Applied Materials bumps ASML back to runner-up in semi equipment market
Fastned lands France and €17M for further growth

Training is key to superior chip knowledge at NXP

For semiconductor giant NXP’s failure analysis department, training employees and broadening its knowledge base is instrumental in holding the leading edge.

In other news

125 years of X-ray imaging (Philips)
Koreans unhappy with 5G performance (Electronics Weekly)
Virgin Hyperloop completes its first test run with passengers (Yahoo Finance)

Government-directed innovation is not the answer

Massive government investment in science and technology for the prevention of pandemics and climate warming is warranted. However, innovation based on the outcome of this must continue to be driven by the forces of the market.