With the prolonged US-China trade war causing Taiwan's position in the tech supply chain to become more and more prevalent, many hidden titans of the nation are starting to surface. Besides being home to the internationally renowned Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Taiwan is also the world leader in the field of power supplies, among which ranks Delta Electronics, the company with the world's largest market share in power supplies and whose products are used in fields including automotive, industrial, networking, servers, and personal computers. Not one to rest on its laurels, Delta Electronics is still constantly striving to strengthen its lead. In addition to investing considerable funds into R&D, the company also announced the establishment of an Academia-Industry Research Center (AIR Center) with the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (hereafter referred to as Taiwan Tech) in 2020, committing to the investment of at least NT$30 million over the next three years. Research in the initial stages will focus on topics such as green server rooms and energy storage, with the overall focus targeting the three major areas of 5G, cloud, and artificial intelligence.
Mike Noonen has witnessed the vicissitudes of the semiconductor industry over the past 20 years. With a vision to lower the threshold of innovation for semiconductor startups, he co-founded the world's first semiconductor startup accelerator, Silicon Catalyst. Now he serves as CEO of MixComm, a startup that manufactures beamforming ICs used in mmWave components and 5G infrastructure.
Selected as one of the 46 must-see startups by the Garage+ program of Epoch Foundation at the Computex Taipei 2021 Virtual Exhibition, Netherlands-based InPhocal develops laser technology, which it demonstrated during the event.
Canada is the fourth largest vehicle exporting country in the world, making 2.1 million cars a year. And the country is keen to take its car industry to a new level. Last year, Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) launched Project Arrow - an initiative for developing electric vehicles (EV).
Some public cloud platform operators have recently launched QaaS (Quantum as a Service) business, seeking synergies between software and hardware suppliers and enterprise users - a move which will help explore potential applications and accelerate the integration of new and old computing technologies, according to Digitimes Research.
Taiwanese enterprises still do not know what they can do with quantum technologies and are not ready to take part in long-term projects, according to Chung-Yu Mou, director of National Tsing Hua University's (NTHU) Center for Quantum Technology.
Min-Hsiu Hsieh, who is set to take the helm at Hon Hai Research Institute's Quantum Computing Research Center in January 2021, believes large-scale commercialization of quantum computing is unlikely to materialize any time soon.
Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision Industry) chairman Young-Way Liu has pointed out that quantum computing is attracting more global attention, and the next three to five years would be a crucial period for Taiwanese ICT firms to establish a meaningful presence in this new trend.