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Surveilling aging infrastructure using fiber-optics

Somni Solutions, a small startup from The Hague, provided fiber-optic tilt sensors for the new Genoa bridge, which recently reopened, two years after the tragic collapse. CTO Remco Nieuwland explains how his company acquired this prestigious assignment and why we should start monitoring our own aging infrastructure.

Headlines

ASML bags 4.3 billion dollar EUV order from Hynix
A peak inside Samsung’s EUV-made DRAM chips
Eleo gets recharged with Lumipol investment
Holst Centre breaks through with next-generation ultrasound monitor
ASML and Imec take EUV patterning to the limit
VLSI goes quantum in EU Flagship project
Elusive amorphous perovskites may increase solar cell efficiency
Imec finds energy-consumption milestone with new UWB transmitter chip
ASML’s Van den Brink and Imec’s Van den hove inducted into National Academy of Engineering (update)
Report: EU getting more serious about building a European fab

Holst Centre betting big on the foil battery

Can billions of micropillars make for a better battery than we currently have? Yes, Holst Centre believes, after the final piece of the puzzle fell into place in the lab recently. Now, the institute is looking to scale up and commercialize the technology.

In other news

Inventor of the pixel Russell Kirsch dies at 91 (Gizmodo)
Thermo Fisher will be fine without Qiagen (Seeking Alpha)
Signify to close Kansas facility, moving production outside of the US (Evertiq)

Planning for business agility

The world has moved from planned and offline to real-time and online. The risk is that we lose track of the long term in favor of an overly strong sprint focus.