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Chuck del Prado: mission accomplished?

Chuck del Prado is stepping down as CEO at ASM International, the company his father Arthur founded. Did he do him proud?

Headlines

Global semiconductor revenue tops 500 billion this year
Sioux sets up shop in Apeldoorn
Philips and ESI make Comma tool available through Eclipse
Dawn Aerospace validates B20 Thrusters in space
Imec.istart balloons to ‎€30M as maximum investment doubles
Layoffs at Ampleon during surge of RF activities in Nijmegen
Easics eyes expansion and elects a new CEO
NXP raises 2 billion for green projects
Microsure shores its coffers with €2.7M in new investment
Intel: Benelux fab an option
VDL in talks to acquire Neways
Cottonwood plants €1M into Sencure’s biometric sensing chip

After litho, ASML targets chip metrology market

Data is increasingly influencing ASML’s activities. Digital technologies are now essential to keep wafer fabs humming with profitable yields, but for ASML, the underlying knowledge and instruments also translate into growing business opportunities.

In other news

Why Tesla quietly acquired ML start-up Deepscale (Fortune)
The future of Windows is dual-screen (The Verge)
What Google’s quantum supremacy claim means for quantum computing (IEEE Spectrum)

The worst of both worlds

As a leader, you either adopt a new architecture, way of working or organization or you do not and instead keep things as they are. You should, however, avoid any form of compromised, design-by-committee, halfway changes like the plague.