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What to make of Tesla’s “best in the world” self-driving silicon?

Tesla designed “the best chip in the world” for autonomous driving at its first try. Really?

Headlines

ASML and ASMI stand to gain from huge TSMC capex boost
Victor van der Chijs steps down from UT executive board
Grai Matter Labs launches low-latency vision inferencer
Braincreators to launch surveillance anonymizer at Schiphol
Demcon delves into sports performance data with Johan Sports acquisition
Photonics-based spectrometry startup Mantispectra finds seed capital
Eindhoven looks to bolster AI and data science prowess for the future
Technobis carves out its photonics activities as Photonfirst

Ask the headhunter

“We’ve spent several months talking to VCs for our series A round, but no results have yet been achieved. The most important reason is the trade restrictions the US has imposed on Iran. Some of our company’s key figures have an Iranian background.”

In other news

Google’s Wing has landed FAA approval for drone delivery (Recode)
Tesla lost 702 million dollars last quarter (The Verge)
No 10nm on leaked Intel roadmap (EE Times)

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.