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New investment beams Xenomatix lidars down the road toward mass production

Since hitting the market with its first-generation solid-state multibeam lidar technology in 2013, Belgium’s Xenomatix has transformed itself into an established tier-2 supplier in the automotive sector.

Twenty years in the making, the photonic big bang is near

Over the past two decades, on more than one occasion the time seemed right for integrated-photonics technology to move beyond niche applications. Now finally, everything is lined up for that to happen, says Lionix International CEO Arne Leinse. It will require one more bold investment push, however.

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
Nexperia invests $700M in manufacturing and R&D
IC Insights raises IC market forecast to 24 percent
SRON and TU Delft join forces for ESA’s Venus orbiter Envision

VDL-Neways courtship turns hostile

VDL isn’t prepared to let Neways go without a fight after all. With the relaunch of its public offer, it seems to be sowing the seeds for a hostile takeover battle.

ASML supports European leading-edge fab

ASML CEO Peter Wennink thinks there’s an excellent business case for leading-edge semiconductor companies to build fabs in Europe.

In other news

TSMC: N5 ramping faster, better yields than N7 (Anandtech)
New NXP automotive processors on TSMC 16nm FinFET tech (press release)
TI continues as world’s top analog IC supplier, NXP ranks 6th (IC Insights)
Arm upgrades its entire PC and mobile portfolio (EE Times)
Nvidia CEO confident of getting OK for Arm deal (Bloomberg)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Tom Oomen

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, TUE professor and motion control specialist Tom Oomen.

Stop saying: we’re the Silicon Valley of Europe

The Dutch and European tech scenes have different working dynamics than Silicon Valley, but that doesn’t mean they’re inferior. They just need to start attracting and spending more capital, argues Silicon Valley resident Sander Arts.

Rule 10: Engage with your ecosystem

To remain successful in the digitalization age, you have to continuously engage with your ecosystem to identify challenges and changes, maintain positive relationships with partners, develop new relationships where necessary and identify when the time is right to transition from one state to the next in the ecosystem.

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