In today's world of computer vision AI, there is a significant challenge of running AI models on the limited compute power of edge device chipsets, as they are typically too large, process heavy and consume significant power. Furthermore, there is the rising costs of IT infrastructure (e.g. cloud) to support AI models, which is not green-tech friendly, as well as the costly process of spending months to manually optimizing AI models, while trying to maintain accuracy.
Massive demand for rapid, secure, and stable transmission of data and information in the age of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 is attracting solution providers to seek opportunities in the manufacturing space. Solace, a middleware solution provider founded in 2001 in Ottawa, Canada, also has its eyes set on the manufacturing sector in Taiwan, and is expanding its business in the market.
Taiwan stands a good chance of becoming a global top-3 exporter of machine tools in the next 7-10 years, up from its current foruth place, according to chairman Jimmy Chu for machine tool maker Fair Friend Enterprise.
IC testing interface solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test (CHPT) has upgraded its factory in northern Taiwan into 5G-based smart facility through cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), its parent company, according to CHPT.
Natural disasters represent a major threat to infrastructure, industries, and human civilization. That is why the scientific and technological communities have always paid close attention to research related to earthquake prediction. The R&D team at Symroc, an innovative technology company in Canada, has developed an earthquake monitoring solution based on high-performance ultra-low frequency sensing technology. It has been applied to oil wells and natural gas extraction operations, and has been tremendously successful in many cases.
Based in Montreal, Quebec, one of Canada's three artificial intelligence (AI) innovation clusters that host world-leading AI technology firms and talent, startup Dataperformers endeavors to incorporate AI technologies into the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing industry. The Dataperformers team specializing in deep learning and computer vision has decided to begin with end-to-end automated material and process defect inspection solutions with a focus on maximizing the corporation's ROI for its adoption of AI technologies so that Dataperformers' customers can reap the biggest AI benefits.
Canada-based startup FLITE Material Sciences focuses development efforts on two main areas. First, FLITE develops innovative processing techniques and manufacturing technologies that protect and strengthen materials or products. The FLITE product R&D team is especially interested in green and sustainable technologies. Second, FLITE takes an in-depth look into challenges facing the manufacturing sector today and tackles them with enthusiasm and courage, particularly critical challenges that pose risks of loss or damage to corporations and societies.
The stethoscope may be the one instrument common to all medical professionals today in the 21st century. Its development process from invention to widespread use over the past 200 years is probably hard to imagine. The traditional stethoscope is an easily accessible tool, so too will be the future ultrasound device. Canada-based biotech startup MEDO.ai has developed a software platform based on AI and cloud computing technologies. When coupled with a handheld ultrasound device, MEDO.ai's solution can simplify the acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound images for diagnosing common and critical conditions for medical professionals, allowing them to work more efficiently and reliably.
Ultracompact and low-cost perovskite laser with low energy consumption is an ultimate goal for monolithic all-optical integration, and a cross-country team has confirmed that the key is the development of the crystal-fiber/nanoperovskite hybrid architecture, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
Taiwan's New Media Entertainment Association (NMEA) has launched a project to unite small content creators vertically and horizontally, calling for the establishment of a holding company to help domestic media companies support and cooperate with each other.
Taiwan is the leader in many semiconductor sectors, but the "last mile" in terms of logistics and shipping centers is missing in the country - a gap that WPG Holdings is ready to fill with its plans to support the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, according to Frank Yeh, vice chairman of the IC distributor.
COVID-19 and the US-China trade war have combined to accelerate a split of the global supply chain in two - namely a "G2" pattern with one serving China and the other the rest of the world. Such a scenario has also highlighted Taiwan's importance.
Heron Neutron Medical has invested NT$800 million (US$27.7 million) to set up an A-BNCT (accelerator-based boron neutron capture therapy) R&D and production base at Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park, northern Taiwan
Even with the birth of quantum computers, instruments for data collection and measurement will still need semiconductor components and Taiwan's ICT industry should see how they can play a major role in the quantum computing era, according to James Liao, president of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top academic institution.
Amid concerns that quantum computing could threaten the existence of the semiconductor industry, Taiwan's minister of science and technology Tsung-Tsong Wu has noted that his ministry will continue to provide support to companies such as TSMC to help them maintain their competitiveness in the industry.
Taiwan government-sponsored Institute for Information Industry (III) has developed Chameleon software to be matched with gateways, enabling Internet connection of machines and equipment at production lines to boost smart manufacturing.