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The wars at the leading edge have begun

TSMC and Samsung seem destined to claim the throne for themselves, but Intel still feels it can catch up. How many leading-edge semiconductor manufacturers will be left standing at the end of this decade?

VDL sees Neways hook up with investment firm

Through his investment firm Infestos, Neways shareholder Bernard ten Doeschot is upping the ante in the takeover game with VDL.

Headlines

Kendrion locks up 3T acquisition
Quantum computing unicorn considers European HQ near Imec
Semiconductor boom might turn to glut in 2023, says IDC
The Netherlands joins European chip collaboration
$12M seed round brings Dutch stealth startup Axelera AI to light
Loop Robots cleans up with a $2M seed investment
TU Delft and NFI investigate next-gen forensic photography
Pharrowtech field-tests mm-wave-based fixed wireless access
Funding for large-scale research infrastructure “insufficient”
Dutch TUs stumble further in 2022 THE rankings

Linking optics to systems thinking and AI offers great opportunities for the Netherlands

Its multidisciplinary character and its high-tech aspects make optomechatronics a subject that fits TUE’s High Tech Systems Center like a glove. Bits&Chips sat down with HTSC fellow Ton Peijnenburg to discuss the trends and latest developments.

Microscopy takes a quantum leap

A new type of imaging device takes advantage of quantum mechanical entanglement to see finer details.

Brainport’s printed-electronics industry is gaining momentum

With the value chain all lined up, the Brainport area is ready to take printed electronics to the next level – both commercially and technologically.

In other news

Intel CEO meets with European heads of state (Twitter)
Imec’s ultrasound sensor determines arterial stiffness (press release)
Panasonic sells Tesla stake for $3.6B (Reuters)
Northern France to host €2B EV battery gigafactory (EE Times)
Nissan to build £1B gigafactory in the UK (Sky)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Frank Rood

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, time management and Lean coach Frank Rood discusses how engineers can be more effective..

We can do better than Moore’s Law

We shouldn’t write off electronics just yet. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up the pace, argues Bram Nauta.

Outdated belief #3: Manual testing is superior to automated testing

Modern software development is about “doing it often” and automating what we can. That includes testing as it’s obvious that testing early and often is better than testing late and only once.