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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

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
TU Delft working on smart and communicative solar cells
Chip industry to grow 6 percent, top 15 by twice as much
Imec and KU Leuven flout Tesla’s keyless entry
Plant imaging goes low code
Grai Matter Labs gets $14M boost to edge AI
Major setbacks in China’s efforts to boost chip industry

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

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