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Shrinking lidar down to a chip offers big rewards

Still a rather clunky and expensive instrument, the automotive and many other markets eagerly await the availability of an affordable and compact lidar system. Integrated photonics is coming to the rescue.

Linking product development and sales in a model-based environment

Configuring, instead of re-engineering, complex high-tech solutions increases development efficiency, reduces errors and saves money. For this, constructing a stable link between configurable modules and customer-facing variations is paramount. Vanderlande and TNO’s ESI have developed an approach to overcome this configurability challenge.

Cut the constraints and find your inner child

Being creative isn’t always easy, especially working in high tech. After all, the best answer to a technical problem is a practical solution, right? But even if you can’t apply creative thinking in every situation, a little practice and a willingness to think out of this world can offer a whole new perspective.

Ambitious Axelera aiming to bring edge AI to the masses

Eindhoven-based stealth startup Axelera AI stepped into the spotlight with a €10M seed investment. Leveraging expertise from IBM, Imec, Intel and Qualcomm, the ambitious young company wants to lower the AI threshold for European SMEs by supplying a cost-effective range of plug-and-play products based on its own chip.

In other news

Netherlands drops to #6 in Global Innovation Index (report)
Xsens is now Movella (press release)
ABB launches world’s fastest electric car charger (press release)
Amazon announces Astro the home robot ... (BBC)
... and readies its in-home surveillance drone for take-off (The Verge)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Bram Nauta (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, IC design professor Bram Nauta on the future of electronics as a discipline.

Entrepreneur lesson #1: Too much early funding kills a startup

The balance for investors is to give startups enough funding so that they don’t have to raise money all the time and the founders can focus on building the business. And, at the same time, not so much that the company stops feeling the dread of possible extinction.

Ohm’s Law and the chip shortage

To lower the shortage of chips V or increase the additional chip supply I, roadblocks R need to be removed.