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Brainport’s printed-electronics industry is gaining momentum

With the value chain all lined up, the Brainport area is ready to take printed electronics to the next level – both commercially and technologically.

Aircision and TNO raise the bar for high-speed, long-distance laser communication

Using laser beams, Aircision and TNO succeeded in 10 Gb/s data transmission over a distance of 2.5 kilometers. This ‘fiber-optic-through-the-sky’ technology can now make its way into 5G broadband connectivity.

Headlines

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

A family of engineers

An electromechanical designer turned operations manager, Roel Vossen is the prototypical Neways employee. “Looking to combine a diverse working environment at the cutting edge of technology with a familial atmosphere.”

Technology ownership is no birthright

Now that the US is increasing its pressure on China, what can we learn from the semiconductor war with Japan in the early eighties?

Bruco diminishes dependency on NXP

Over the last four years, Bruco’s dealings with NXP have reduced dramatically. By deploying a strategy focused on turnkey ASICs, the chip design house from Borne has ensured a stable business.

In other news

VDL Nedcar to build electric vehicles for American company Canoo (press release)
Prodrive joins Nvidia partner program (press release)
“Eindhoven poised to become Netherlands’ No. 2 tech hub” (Techcrunch)
Intel and Qualcomm looking to combine strengths (Electronics Weekly)
Software mogul McAfee dies by suicide in Spanish prison (Reuters)

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Bits&Chips podcasts: Tim Tiek (part 2)

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 this week’s edition of the Bits&Chips podcast, Tim Tiek on the priorities of the Dutch semicon industry in a European and global context.

Ask the headhunter

I’m talking to an American high-tech company looking to set up shop in the Netherlands. I’ve signed an offer letter and a separate document with restrictive covenants, but I’ve grown unsure about their legal value.

Outdated belief #2: A carefully designed architecture is critical

Software architecture is about doing just enough architecture work at the start of a new system to get the MVP in place and then growing the architecture with the system in response to the needs of the business supported by the architecture.

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