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Creating digital superhighways with optical wireless communication

By developing free-space optical communication technology and deploying it on Earth as well as in space, a recently formed Dutch consortium is going to give RF communication – and the optical fiber, for that matter – a run for its money.

Machine learning isn’t hard with OpenML

Developed in the heart of the Brainport region, boasting more than 150 thousand users worldwide and yet, the Open Machine Learning platform is largely unknown in the local industry. With the support of initiator Joaquin Vanschoren, Georgo Angelis from TUE’s High Tech Systems Center and EAISI wants to change that with his startup PortML.

Headlines

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
New center for THz technology launches at TUE
Neuromorphic AI developer Innatera boasts new chairman of the board
Printed-electronics startup Keiron sees funding lift off with NWO grant
Robin brings Scarecrow into its nest for airport bird control
Intel offers to spread chip investments across Europe

“Sometimes we forget, soft skills can be the hardest skills of them all”

According to High Tech Institute trainer and autism expert Peter Vermeulen, neurodivergent brains are playing an essential role in high-tech development, and if utilized correctly, can lead to great benefits.

ASML’s tech DNA was formed by an immigrant

With a crucial decision in the early 70s, visionary Hajo Meyer paved the way for the development of the compact disc and ASML’s wafer stepper.

In other news

NWO-Vici grant for building a programmable quantum simulator (UvA)
Intel in talks to produce chips for automakers within 6-9 months (Reuters)
Chinese companies hold only 5% of global IC marketshare (IC Insights)
Nvidia enters CPU market (EE Times)
Drones fly off the factory line (BBC)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Emile Asselbergs (part 3)

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 edition 11 of the Bits&Chips podcast, Emile Asselbergs on the success of the Phenom tabletop SEM (part 3).

Industry 4.0 is a means to an end, not an end in itself

It’s counterproductive to define Industry 4.0 through the technologies that make it possible, argues Robert Howe. It’s much more useful to define it in terms of the practical benefit it delivers.

Rule 3: Instrument and use the data

To thrive in a digital world, you need to instrument the activities and processes you use to achieve the desired outcomes and to track if you’re actually making progress. It’s about collecting the data and then also using it for decision-making.