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It’s official: Intel is playing catch-up

Things are heating up in the X86 processor market. After taking a backseat to Intel for more than a decade, AMD (together with TSMC) has edged itself into technological leadership.

Headlines

Intel: we’re getting ASML’s first high-NA tool
TSMC mulls building a fab in Germany
Lightyear rides with Finnish manufacturing partner over VDL
Smart lens from Flanders sees €8M in Series A investment
Intel rumored to be interested in buying Globalfoundries

TUE, NXP and KPN roll out the red carpet for 5G

In an effort to ensure the rollout of the next-generation 5G network, the Dutch private and public sectors are teaming up as Eindhoven University of Technology joins industry giants NXP and KPN to pave the way.

In other news

Grai Matter Labs launches its first low-latency edge AI chip (EE Times)
Fooling your Amazon Echo or Google Home with a laser (The Verge)
El Al says goodbye to 747 by painting plane in the sky (Business Insider)

Oh, the humanities!

The liberal arts and humanities take great offense at seeing their budgets cut, with the proceeds going to technical universities. However, there really is no ground for that. In fact, a budget correction in favor of engineering and natural sciences seems overdue.