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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

Global semiconductor revenue tops 500 billion this year
Sioux sets up shop in Apeldoorn
Philips and ESI make Comma tool available through Eclipse
Dawn Aerospace validates B20 Thrusters in space
Imec.istart balloons to ‎€30M as maximum investment doubles
Layoffs at Ampleon during surge of RF activities in Nijmegen
Easics eyes expansion and elects a new CEO
NXP raises 2 billion for green projects
Microsure shores its coffers with €2.7M in new investment
Intel: Benelux fab an option
VDL in talks to acquire Neways
Cottonwood plants €1M into Sencure’s biometric sensing chip
Connect Group expands global reach with IKOR acquisition

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?