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UK to review Nexperia’s fab acquisition

After being pressured by Members of Parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a review of Nexperia’s purchase of a Welsh wafer fab on security grounds.

Security study on cleaning robots also shows Chinese innovative strength

It turns out, cleaning robots suck in data just as well as they suck in mess. This begs the question, just how private and secure are these robots?

Airbus takes PDEng trainees on a flight into the future

“Whenever people ask me about the project I’m doing for Airbus, I tell them that we’re working with lasers in space, like in a sci-fi movie,” describes PDEng Software Technology trainee Nastaran Bajalan one of the two collaborations the aerospace giant has embarked on with the TUE’s post-graduate program.

Picoo’s plan to get kids outside to play

In the advanced tech world of computers, tablets and smartphones, what’s the trick to getting kids off their screens and outside playing? According to Picoo co-founder and CEO Iris Soute, the answer is simple: technology.

In other news

Acoustic imager with Sorama tech mounted on robo dog (Youtube)
Swarm of autonomous tiny drones can localize gas leaks (TU Delft)
78 researchers receive NWO Vidi grant (press release)
TSMC looks to 12nm Dresden fab (EENews Europe)
Chipmakers getting serious about integrated photonics (Semiconductor Engineering)
Need to fit billions of transistors on a chip? Let AI do it (Wired)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Frans Greidanus

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 this week’s edition of the Bits&Chips podcast, former Philips executive Frans Greidanus on his extensive experience with doing business in China.

Brainport needs more salespeople

Brainport is so infatuated with its own technologies that it has lost sight of what matters most: whether people want to buy them.

Outdated belief #5: Bill of materials trumps everything

Rather than squeezing the last drop of blood out of the stone, focus your energy on maximizing the value and revenue you can create with your products throughout the entire economic lifecycle.