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ASML’s sales to surge 30 percent this year

Due to the chip shortage and exploding demand for 5G, AI and high-performance computing ICs, ASML’s sales might break the 18-billion-euro barrier this year.

Nexperia is growing into a new set of clothes

Liberated from its cash-cow yoke, Nexperia has been growing healthily since it was divested from NXP in 2017. Now, the semiconductor company has cranked up the ambition level, venturing out beyond standard products.

Headlines

Lightyear rides with Finnish manufacturing partner over VDL
Smart lens from Flanders sees €8M in Series A investment
Intel rumored to be interested in buying Globalfoundries
Dutch companies join hands to supply commercial quantum computers
New center for THz technology launches at TUE
Neuromorphic AI developer Innatera boasts new chairman of the board
Printed-electronics startup Keiron sees funding lift off with NWO grant
Robin brings Scarecrow into its nest for airport bird control
Intel offers to spread chip investments across Europe
Qutech unveils scalable system for quantum communication

Prodrive streamlines software development with its own platform

With the in-house built PMP platform, Prodrive Technologies has succeeded in its efforts to make sure software development is no longer a bottleneck. By modeling and analyzing at an early stage, the dynamic behavior of the physical system can be predicted very accurately. Various industrial parties are already using PMP for their own motion applications.

Will corona save ASML’s Building 1?

In February 2019, Eindhovens Dagblad reported that ASML’s first office and factory were going up to be demolished – the landmark establishment with which the litho company made a statement visible to all: we’re going to conquer the world.

In other news

Continued strong logic/foundry demand fuels record quarterly orders at ASMI (press release)
Strong orderbook offers Barco encouraging signs of recovery (press release)
Eindhoven corona algorithm goes international (TUE)
TSMC founder: Intel’s fab push is ironic, Taiwan engineers more devoted than Americans (WCCF Tech)
Foxconn mostly abandons $10B project touted by Trump (Reuters)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Rex Bierlaagh

René Raaijmakers talks to the innovators driving the high-tech industry. Listen (in Dutch) to researchers, developers and decision-makers speak about trends, technology, business and their motivations. In edition 12 of the Bits&Chips podcast, High Tech Institute trainer Rex Bierlaagh on how Design Thinking increases the success rate of new product introductions..

Ask the headhunter

I’ve been working in the Netherlands for almost two years now. Recently, I was told my department will be closed. Unfortunately, the rules for highly skilled immigrants make me too expensive for most new employers.

Rule 4: Automate repetitive tasks

You should actively seek to identify repetitive tasks in your work and investigate ways to automate them. This allows you to spend the majority of your time and energy above the API, where your unique skills, education and creativity are optimally used.