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How ASMI became the key supplier of semicon ALD equipment

Twenty years ago, a small Finnish company called Microchemistry held the key to continuing Moore’s Law. From twelve contenders, it picked ASM International to scale up – to the great delight of Intel.

Headlines

Dawn Aerospace validates B20 Thrusters in space
Imec.istart balloons to ‎€30M as maximum investment doubles
Layoffs at Ampleon during surge of RF activities in Nijmegen
Easics eyes expansion and elects a new CEO
NXP raises 2 billion for green projects
Microsure shores its coffers with €2.7M in new investment
Intel: Benelux fab an option
VDL in talks to acquire Neways
Cottonwood plants €1M into Sencure’s biometric sensing chip
Connect Group expands global reach with IKOR acquisition
Solliance hits perovskite/silicon and perovskite/CIGS records
ICT: “Covid makes it hard to attract talent”

Eindhoven-connected Grai Matter Labs edges to the AI market

According to the fabless semiconductor scale-up with Eindhoven roots, Grai Matter Labs, its Grai One is the world’s first AI chip optimized for ultra-low-latency and low-power processing at the edge.

In other news

Intel buys AI chipmaker Habana for $2 billion (Techcrunch)
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tesla sued over cobalt mining deaths (Fortune)
Barco fixes Clickshare wireless flaw, but users still at risk (Computer Weekly)

Ask the headhunter

Several factors, including the inability to attract suitable experts and a complete lack of managerial support, meant that my team couldn’t make progress. Last week, I was informed that my contract would be terminated.