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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

Ebusco and Rocsys link up for automated bus depots
Applied Materials bumps ASML back to runner-up in semi equipment market
Fastned lands France and €17M for further growth
TU Delft working on smart and communicative solar cells
Chip industry to grow 6 percent, top 15 by twice as much
Imec and KU Leuven flout Tesla’s keyless entry
Plant imaging goes low code
Grai Matter Labs gets $14M boost to edge AI
Major setbacks in China’s efforts to boost chip industry
TUE turns up the heat on e-waste
FME and TNO bring together Dutch electrolyzer companies
Agfa inks deal for Clariant’s printed-electronics materials
Samsung takes on TSMC in race to 3nm chips

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?