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Will Intel save Europe’s semiconductor ambitions?

Yes. No. Maybe. Let’s not rush into things.

Photonfirst ready to claim world leadership in integrated photonic sensing

Photonfirst is looking to become the world’s innovation leader in integrated photonic sensing. It’s just a matter of reaching the stepping stones that will take its technology to high-volume sales. With a few dozen of potential applications in six different markets, the Alkmaar-based company is quickly closing in on a pivot point.

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

ASML reduces DUV overlay error to 1 nanometer

In a balancing game between precision and productivity, ASML has increased the throughput to 295 wafers per hour, while reaching an overlay error milestone of 1 nanometer in its new Twinscan NXT:2050i. The first 15 systems have already been shipped.

The circle lords: a testament to Willem Maris’ leadership at ASML

The much-praised leadership of Willem Maris, ASML CEO from 1990 to 1999, didn’t develop under the influence of the headstrong crowd in Veldhoven. It was more or less innate to him, according to the stories of colleagues who knew him from early on in his career at Philips.

“Prepare to be frustrated and try to remember, it gets better”

For even the most culture-savvy expats, Dutch directness inside the workplace can serve as a bit of a shock. According to ASML design engineer Marco Allegri, the transition can be a little frustrating. But, he says, once you learn where it stems from, you’ll learn to appreciate the typical Dutch communication style.

In other news

Besi reports order record (press release)
Smart algorithms make meat packaging more efficient (TUE)
AI startup Areanna transforms compute-in-memory (EE Times)
NASA’s Mars helicopter could change space exploration forever (CNET)
Dutch consortium to boost early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s (Dutch News)

Bits&Chips podcasts: Emile Asselbergs (part 2)

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 edition 10 of the Bits&Chips podcast, Emile Asselbergs on the success of the Phenom tabletop SEM (part 2).

Partial de-globalization appears inevitable

What if China would invade Taiwan and take possession of the largest semicon foundry in the world, filled with ASML EUV and DUV machines?

Rule 2: Focus on outcomes

Defining a purpose without connecting concrete, tangible, quantitative outcomes to it easily becomes aspirational without actual progress.