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ST says ‘no thanks’ to EU chip alliance

The European Commission is preparing an EU chip alliance that will focus on the design and production of 20-10nm chips. One of the three European semiconductor companies has already bowed out.

Clearing the critical software path

For a highly complex machine like the Twinscan to be able to operate smoothly, its system control should run without any unnecessary interruptions. ASML, ESI (TNO) and TUE have developed a model-based methodology to analyze the software execution and keep computational tasks out of the critical path as much as possible.

NXP enters long-term growth cycle

NXP is convincingly bouncing back from the pandemic-caused lull. And the best is yet to come.

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
Dutch companies join hands to supply commercial quantum computers
New center for THz technology launches at TUE
Neuromorphic AI developer Innatera boasts new chairman of the board
Printed-electronics startup Keiron sees funding lift off with NWO grant
Robin brings Scarecrow into its nest for airport bird control

Avular and Sorama team up to soothe the buzz of drones

As the number of drones continues to explode, so too is the raucous sound of the blades piercing through the air. By taking a page out of nature’s book, sound imaging specialist Sorama and robotics expert Avular are teaming up to calm the shrill of the machines and limit noise pollution.

Design thinking leads to a higher success rate in innovation

The high-tech industry is extremely innovative, but what if you want to innovate more effectively and even faster? Design thinking is an effective method for that, says Rex Bierlaagh, trainer at High Tech Institute. “Everyone can learn it. It changes the mindset of organizations.”

Fighting dust in a research lab where almost everyone smoked

One of Frits Klostermann’s main jobs as the manager of the litho workshop at the Philips Natlab in the 60s was fighting dust.

In other news

“TSMC to build five additional fabs in Arizona by 2024” (Tom’s Hardware)
Samsung expected to recapture #1 semi supplier ranking in (IC Insights)
Swedish autonomous trucking startup Einride raises $110M (Techcrunch)
SpaceX Starship prototype makes clean landing (BBC)
3D-printed house in Eindhoven is ready for its first tenants (CNN)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Arthur del Prado (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, tech historian Jorijn van Duijn on Arthur del Prado, the godfather of Dutch high tech (part 2).

AI reality check

Should your organization act on the AI storm? Yes, of course! AI outperforms traditional techniques in many areas, impacting many businesses. Should everybody be an AI expert? No! Organizations use many other technologies without everybody being an expert.

Rule 6: Build skills, not position

Don’t let your technical skills go stale and lose agency over your professional life as others decide for you what your next role will be.