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Gordon Moore (1929-2023) saw the future – but did he also create it?

Did Gordon Moore, may he rest in peace, set the exponential cost improvement of integrated circuits in motion or was it inevitable anyway?

Nexperia expects disaster for Newport fab after a forced sale

Nexperia argues that reversal of the Newport Wafer Fab acquisition would have devastating consequences for the facility, according to legal filings

Chicken or egg

Semiconductor history teaches us that experimental results can precede theory. We should keep that in mind as we develop next-generation devices.

Taste of Philips gives appetite for more

After graduating from the EngD Software Technology program, Priyanka Patel went right back to Philips to continue where she left off in her final assignment. During the traineeship, she’d gotten such a good vibe from the company that she decided to start her professional career there.

Sirius localizes on €12M in series B funding

Eindhoven-based medtech developer Sirius Medical has announced the successful closing of a series B round, raising 12 million euros in additional funding.

Prodrive expands to Delft

Prodrive Technologies has opened an R&D hub in Delft.

Industrial action at Ampleon in Nijmegen called off

At Ampleon in Nijmegen, actions and possibly even strikes to enforce a better collective labor agreement for the approximately 250 employees have been called off.

Delmic raises €4M to make electron microscopy accessible

Delmic has attracted 4 million euros from Value Creation Capital (VCC) and the European Investment Council (EIC).

Tesla’s claim of rare-earth-free drive trains has sector reeling

Tesla’s announcement of designing a rare-earth-free permanent-magnet motor has stunned the industry. What technology could possibly compete with the strongest magnet on the market?

ASML teams up with Nvidia for computational litho

ASML has been working with Nvidia to add support for GPUs in its computational-lithography software, the companies announced following the launch of Nvidia’s new Culitho library for computational lithography.

Fab equipment spending looking at 2024 recovery after slowdown in 2023

Global fab equipment spending for front-end facilities is expected to decrease 22 percent year-over-year to 76 billion dollars in 2023, down from the record high of 98 billion dollars in 2022.

Protagonist rule #3: Compete intentionally

Focus on competing in areas that are driven by your intrinsic motivators and, where possible, focus on competing with yourself.

Netherlands lands NATO Innovation Fund headquarters

The Netherlands has been selected as the headquarters of the NATO Innovation Fund.

ASML’s medical-isotope brainchild doesn’t make it to the finish line

Efforts to industrialize ASML’s serendipitous discovery to bypass nuclear reactors in medical-isotope production – a project deemed a Dutch National Icon – have been shelved.

(Super)conducting research into a compact all-in-one antenna

The size of a milk carton, a quantum RF antenna has the potential of replacing a wide range of traditional, much larger antennas. At the joint lab of Thales and CNRS, near Paris, Juan Trastoy and his fellow researchers are putting their award-winning innovation on the path to maturity.

Ask the headhunter

J.F.K. asks: A year ago, I fled from my hometown Kharkiv in Ukraine to the Netherlands to escape the Russian invasion. I had to leave everything behind: my new apartment, my friends and especially my parents. They insisted I go because I’m a young woman and the invaders are ruthless. My parents chose to stay … Read more

Chinese car industry gets marching orders: switch to domestic chips

Beijing is pushing the Chinese car industry to source semiconductors domestically,

Twente laser chip fires white light

University of Twente researchers have found an extremely efficient way to generate white laser light inside a chip.

Why ASML isn’t worried about Applied’s pattern-shaping tool

Anything that keeps Moore’s Law chugging along is to ASML’s benefit as well.

TSMC founder Morris Chang backs US chip sanctions on China

For the first time, Morris Chang has openly voiced support for US efforts to curtail China’s access to the most advanced semiconductor technology.

TSMC and Germany reported to close in on fab deal

TSMC has selected the Dresden chip cluster to build a specialty fab, Chinese-language media outlet Commercial Times reported based on sources from the foundry’s supply chain.

Protagonist rule #2: Have a purpose

Failing to choose a purpose may easily cause you to waste your life. You need to own it and put your time and energy into it.

Former ASML CEO Eric Meurice chairs Nearfield supervisory board

Eric Meurice has joined Nearfield Instruments as chair of the supervisory board.

Samsung pledges $230B investment in semiconductor hub

Samsung Electronics says it will contribute 230 billion dollars to South Korea’s push to become the world’s largest chip-making base.

Enzyme conjures electricity out of thin air

Researchers from Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute in Melbourne have discovered an enzyme that can ‘burn’ hydrogen to generate electricity.

AI is teamwork

Like with any tool, it’s knowing how to use it that makes a deep-learning algorithm useful, observes Albert van Bremen.

Graphene-based antibiotic resistance screening test attracts investment

Using graphene to detect tiny changes in bacterial movement when exposed to different antibiotics, a pair of Delft-based companies found funding to develop a commercial antibiotics resistance screening tool.

East Asia rolls out welcome mat for Brainport as China loses allure

Brainport companies are looking beyond China to expand manufacturing operations in Asia, but cooling relations between Beijing and the West play only a minor part in those plans.

East Netherlands and Brabant join semiconductor alliance of EU regions

Thirteen European regions, including East Netherlands and North Brabant, are joining forces to improve the growth and competitiveness of the European chip industry.

Intel demands additional €5B for German fab

Intel is petitioning the German government to top up the previously agreed upon 6.

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