1

Interview

Power duo puts all their effort into Eindhoven Engine

Background

Keeping an AI on astronauts’ emotions

Opinion

Chip socialism

Analysis

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

Opinion

Chip socialism

It’s crucial that Europe regains a significant position in advanced semiconductor manufacturing, but it would be foolish to rush into it.

Opinion

The usefullness of a good adversary

Having a formidable adversary helps to mobilize the resources and keep the eye on the ball. This is also very useful in business.

Opinion

Bringing AI to the edge

AI belongs on the edge, but there’s a lot of work around it that needs to be put in place at the same time. And as it won’t happen by itself, it’s critical that we get going on this yesterday.

News

Why ASML isn’t going full-throttle on EUV this year

ASML isn’t utilizing its full EUV scanner manufacturing capacity this year, even though customers would love to get more. Why?

News

NXP closes the books on a tumultuous year

It’s been a year with two faces for NXP, but all’s well that ends well.

News

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.

Opinion

Green bananas

Excessive time pressure creates the green bananas of our high-tech industry. It’s the responsibility of the middle manager to oppose the pressure from his seniors, and allow the project sufficient time to ripen.

Opinion

Ask the headhunter

My daughter is moving back from Sweden but would very much like to continue her work there. Within Dutch law and tax requirements, do you see a way for her to keep her job with her Swedish employer?

Opinion

Good product ownership key for high predictability

Assigning a key role to the product owner is far more effective than traditional project management with a focus on planning, registration and known unknowns. I believe this traditional approach is one of the root causes of low predictability.

Interview

Analog electronic design without the trial and horror

Not unlike the arts, analog electronic design often hinges on intuition and sparks of inspiration. Anton Montagne has no qualms about that, but it’s no way to teach the subject. The self-described free spirit has made it his life work to offer a structured approach to analog electronic design.

Analysis

“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.

Background

Keeping an AI on astronauts’ emotions

The European Space Agency turned to the PDEng Software Technology program to develop an artificial intelligence system that can detect the emotions of astronauts on challenging deep-space missions.

Background

The hidden costs of software inventory

Many CEOs, CFOs and business owners will have experienced the impact of not delivering planned innovations on time. Oftentimes, the software team is (perceived to be) the main bottleneck. While investments in skills and processes can help, a significant contributor is frequently overlooked: the software inventory.

Background

Fraunhofer readies 5G for industry

With a response time of a millisecond, a 5G network makes it possible to perform advanced control tasks, hosting computing power in the cloud. Very attractive for industrial automation, but it’s far from easy to get such a network up and running. Fraunhofer IPT’s Niels König is working on a solution.