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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

TSMC calls worldwide plans for boosting chip production “unrealistic”
Trillion+ semiconductor units shipped again this year
Airbus and TNO link on laser-based aircraft communication
ICT accelerates growth plan with Profit and Strypes NL acquisitions
Port of Rotterdam commissions 77 hybrid-electrical AGVs with VDL
Sirius Medical goes international with US approval and UK implant
TSMC pouring 100 billion in capacity expansion
Delft SEM tweak results in 20x faster imaging

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.