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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

Intel: we’re getting ASML’s first high-NA tool
TSMC mulls building a fab in Germany
Lightyear rides with Finnish manufacturing partner over VDL
Smart lens from Flanders sees €8M in Series A investment
Intel rumored to be interested in buying Globalfoundries
Dutch companies join hands to supply commercial quantum computers

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.