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The only way Europe is getting that leading-edge fab

Almost twenty European countries want a 2nm fab built in Europe. Impossible, you say? Future Horizons analyst Malcolm Penn doesn’t think so.

“We underestimated the demand for DUV”

ASML closed the last quarter with unexpectedly high sales in DUV systems and upgrades. In all of 2020, the orders totaled 7.3 billion euros. This shows that the chip lithography workhorse is still in a rock-solid position in the coming years.

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

ASI captures Thorbjoern Schoenbeck as new CEO

After three and a half years of rapid growth with CEO Hans Brouwer and CFO Steven Tan at the helm, Nikhef spinoff Amsterdam Scientific Instruments will enter its next growth phase with a new captain: Thorbjoern Schoenbeck.

The stable and efficient blue OLED makes its debut

High efficiency, low cost and long lifetime: pick two when it comes to making a blue OLED. Though not quite ready for commercial application, Japanese researchers may have found the solution.

In other news

NXP: a strong end to a year with two faces (press release)
Qualcomm warning shows semicon shortages are spreading (Bloomberg)
TUE renames renovated Laplace building to Neuron (press release)
Anyone wanting money from NWO will need a lot of luck (Delta)
Tesla set for at least 1 billion euros in German subsidies (Reuters)

Bits&Chips presents: podcasts

A podcast by and for people in the high-tech industry. Listen (in Dutch) to researchers, developers and decision-makers speak about trends, technology, business and their motivations. In the first edition of the Bits&Chips podcast, René Raaijmakers talks to Marc Hendrikse (former director of NTS).

Wi-Fi 6E: the new kid on the block

Over the last 20 years, Wi-Fi has accelerated from 11 Mb/s to almost 10 Gb/s – close to a factor of 1000! The 6 GHz addition will pave the way for engineers to figure out whether another factor of 1000 is achievable over the coming two decades.

Activity isn’t the same as progress

Hard work is necessary but not sufficient. It’s also about working smart. How do we make sure that the things we spend our time on indeed result in the outcomes we’re looking for?