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Automotive is suddenly NXP’s problem child

The automotive chip market was poised to become the place-to-be in the semiconductor industry. But right now, the corona pandemic is throwing a wrench in the gears, as NXP is experiencing.

Headlines

ASML bags 4.3 billion dollar EUV order from Hynix
A peak inside Samsung’s EUV-made DRAM chips
Eleo gets recharged with Lumipol investment
Holst Centre breaks through with next-generation ultrasound monitor
ASML and Imec take EUV patterning to the limit
VLSI goes quantum in EU Flagship project
Elusive amorphous perovskites may increase solar cell efficiency
Imec finds energy-consumption milestone with new UWB transmitter chip
ASML’s Van den Brink and Imec’s Van den hove inducted into National Academy of Engineering (update)
Report: EU getting more serious about building a European fab
Rob Postma takes the controls at Airbus NL
E-Magy energized with 5 million in funding
Nexperia bets big on boosting manufacturing and R&D

ASML projects immunity amid the corona crisis

The corona pandemic has prompted hiccups in the supply chain, as well as operational difficulties, but so far ASML has managed to keep things going. Customers keep ordering enthusiastically as well, so the company remains cautiously optimistic despite the uncertainty ahead.

In other news

The promise and pitfalls of neuromorphic computers (EE Times)
Tesla improves on its ‘million-mile battery’ (Electrek)
EUV displays potential to enhance study of Alzheimer’s (Eurekalert)

What’s with all the Ops?

For all the value-adding activities and processes in your organization, how can you increase the cycle time and create your own “Ops” setup where it matters the most?