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Stolen ASML software in theory still a threat

ASML’s computational litho has become a crucial part of the Veldhoven company’s chip production offering. If copies exist of the stolen Brion software, these could help the Chinese litho supplier Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment to get its machines ready for more advanced production.

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”

AI predicts battery life

Using machine learning to sort through hundreds of millions of data points, US researchers came up with models to predict useful battery life.

In other news

TSMC books steepest quarterly profit drop in over seven years (Reuters)
5G mobile modems: Apple and Qualcomm strike deal, Intel exits (The Verge)
IBM posts mixed Q1 results but stresses cloud sales (ZDNet)

The fuss about IP theft at ASML is pure hypocrisy

A few former ASML employees have stolen unique knowledge. Parliament is upset. Our high tech knowledge has been pinched and Dutch interests have been damaged! Really!?