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Meet Charles Smit, chairman of BCSemi NL

Charles Smit, recently installed as chairman of Business Cluster Semiconductors The Netherlands, hopes to make a clean sweep of Dutch high tech industry organizations and help make the Chip Integration Technology Centre a success.

Headlines

The Netherlands loses leader status in EU innovation ranking
NXP holds off on European fab ambitions
Former ASML executive Frits van Hout to support Smart Photonics
Wind of €3M investment sends Kitepower soaring
Bavaria in fab talks with Intel
Dimenco’s simulated reality reels in €2.5M and Acer
Intel to decide about European fab before end of year

AI predicts battery life

Using machine learning to sort through hundreds of millions of data points, US researchers came up with models to predict useful battery life.

In other news

GloFo to sell 300mm New York fab to On Semi (Anandtech)
Student used USB device to destroy college computers (The Verge)
Samsung’s folding-screen phones fail within days (The Register)

Stolen ASML software in theory still a threat

ASML’s computational litho has become a crucial part of the Veldhoven company’s chip production offering. If copies exist of the stolen Brion software, these could help the Chinese litho supplier Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment to get its machines ready for more advanced production.