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Happy 50th birthday to the microprocessor

Fifty years ago, on 15 November 1971, a prophetic advertisement in Electronic News appeared to announce “a new era of integrated electronics.” The debut of Intel’s 4004 ushered in the revolution of the general-purpose programmable processor, and, by extension, the modern computer age.

Smart industry – what’s in it for me?

Angelo Hulshout has the ambition to bring the benefits of production agility to the market and set up a new business around that. He sees three big questions pop up with (potential) customers: what does it cost, what’s the return on investment and how long does it take to break even?

“We’re blessed that there are no alternative facts for physics”

How does a project leader cope with busy bosses, square techies with big egos, system architects and lonesome inventors? In the tech world, this is made easier by the common rule set of physics that everybody agrees to, according to Wilhelm Claussen.

In other news

NXP’s Kurt Sievers to lead ESIA as president (press release)
TSMC begins pilot production of 3nm chips (Tom’s Hardware)
Bosch gives go-ahead for volume production of SiC chips (Evertiq)
Europe to surpass $100B in startup funding this year (Bloomberg)
Honeywell-backed company to sell super secure quantum encryption key (Reuters)
The vice president should not be using Bluetooth headphones (The Verge)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Technolution

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, Gerard Rauwerda and Theo Tieman on the Nxtgen Hightech project for nanometrology systems initiated by Technolution with ASML, Nearfield Instruments, Delmic and TU Delft.

10 learnings about platforms

Platforms represent a powerful concept that can be incarnated in a variety of ways. It’s critically important to understand what you’re looking to accomplish with the platform and to drive incentives accordingly.

Deep tech = high tech 2.0

It’s urgently necessary to bring the Dutch high-tech manufacturing experience to the table. Not just for producing deep-tech equipment but also to ensure Europe-based deep-tech production facilities.