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Why is ASML suddenly paying lip service to the Eurofab?

After singing the praises of the global frictionless semiconductor ecosystem, in which every country or region has its own role to play, ASML somewhat reversed course and started supporting the EU’s ambitions to construct a leading-edge fab in Europe. Why?

Prodrive optical sensor drives clean air in the car

Prodrive Technologies has developed a sensor that can measure dust particles in and around a car. With this data, car manufacturers can improve the air quality in the vehicle. Production is already in full swing.

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

Bruco diminishes dependency on NXP

Over the last four years, Bruco’s dealings with NXP have reduced dramatically. By deploying a strategy focused on turnkey ASICs, the chip design house from Borne has ensured a stable business.

NLR’s Stunning project departs for next-generation composite planes

The aerospace industry is looking for a flight path to sustainability. The Clean Sky 2 Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD) with its 8.5-meter long composite-made fuselage section with 4-meter diameter gives a glimpse of what a next-generation aircraft could be. Now, NLR’s Stunning project is set to turn heads as the MFFD’s largest component, the lower fuselage skin, has been laid.

Amazec recycles ASML technology to diagnose heart failure

Technology originally developed to measure vibrations in ASML equipment can also be used to diagnose heart failure. It got Technobis founder Pim Kat so excited that he’s postponing retirement to bring it to the market.

In other news

How software is eating the car (IEEE Spectrum)
ST’s analog, MEMS leader to be CEO of Ferrari (EENews)
Intel looking to buy Sifive for $2B (EE Times)
Biden chooses tech critic to lead trade commission (CNET)
The concept phone that expands and contracts (The Verge)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Tim Tiek

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, CEO Tim Tiek on the strategy shift Bruco has made in recent years..

I love risk

Managing risk is a key element of the value we add towards our customers, and it would be silly to try to avoid it. According to Han Schaminee, we need to organize ourselves to deal with the unexpected rather than trying to predict the unpredictable.

Outdated belief #1: Requirements are instrumental

We’re moving away from the traditional requirements-driven approaches and adopting more continuous, outcome-based and data-driven ones. Any software-intensive system will be in perpetual beta, meaning it continues to evolve for its entire economic life.