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“Testing is tattooed on my forehead”

When he was a student, he didn’t have the slightest interest in chips, let alone in testing them. Now, Erik Jan Marinissen is an authority in the IC test and design-for-test arena and even teaches on the subject.

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

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?

In other news

Qualcomm receives US permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei (Reuters)
Apple unveils first Mac powered by its own M1 chip (BBC)
Python creator Guido van Rossum joins Microsoft (ZDNet)

So much data, so little value

Many companies claim to gather so much data, but the amount of value generated from that data is very small. In my experience, there are at least three factors at play: sense of ownership, local optimization and cost of ‘productizing’ data.