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Despite advances in technology, systems reliability is getting worse

With a steady increase in global product recalls, highly publicized fines for automotive companies and the recent Boeing tragedies, it’s clear that reliability is a major issue. According to world-renowned expert Michael Pecht, these problems are completely self-created and entirely avoidable.


ICT sheds minority stake in Greenflux
Automotive IC market share slips in 2020 after steady gains since 1998
Arcobel and Core Vision acquired by partner Dual Inventive
Philips and Elekta enhance partnership for personalized oncology care
Demcon delves into the defense domain
ASML suspects stolen IP is being commercialized in China
Dutch hydrogen battery goes commercial

Lightyear unveils first solar car prototype

Late 2016, a group of Solar Team Eindhoven alumni decided to build a long-range solar-powered car that could be sold on the market. Two years later, the team from Lightyear made good on their promise as they unveiled their prototype – the Lightyear One.

In other news

Electric cars: new vehicles to emit noise to aid safety (BBC)
Boeing’s 737 Max software outsourced to $9-an-hour engineers (Bloomberg)
One polymer to make two semiconductors, by controlling the solvent (TUE)

Photonics, a Noord-Brabant specialty

The Dutch province of Noord-Brabant houses leading global players in photonics: Smart Photonics and Morphotonics.