Acer's subsidiary Acer Gadget and Startbit have jointly established Jcard 2.0, a NFT (non-fungible token) platform for listing and transaction of fashion, entertainment products/services and arts, according to Acer Gadget president Allen Jong.
Intel announced an agreement to acquire Granulate Cloud Solutions, an Israel-based developer of real-time continuous optimization software. The acquisition of Granulate will help cloud and data center customers maximize compute workload performance and reduce infrastructure and cloud costs.
Slovakia-based battery startup InoBat Auto, developing lithium-ion batteries for EV and aviation sectors, will visit Taiwan in April/May to seek manufacturers and potential customers, as part of its plan to consolidate its global supply chain, company CEO Marian Bocek said in an interview.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has joined forces with Taiwan's Sysage Technology and government agencies to set up a Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) in southern Taiwan, for incubating startups and digital talent.
Eight Taiwan companies, with the coordination of Infinio Capital, participated in Satellite 2022 conference and exhibition hosted in Washington D.C. to connect with space-tech industry companies in the U.S.
Vehicle sales in 2020 and 2021 showed widespread adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Typical BEVs currently use lithium-ion batteries, which are unstable and require expensive rare minerals, notably cobalt. Because it is crucial to refining these minerals, China controls several key chemicals even though it does not contain deposits of the ores from which these chemicals originate. Other countries, including Portugal, Sweden, Germany, France, and the USA, are seeking to localize their supply chains to resist China's market dominance.
Last year, a total of 959 private startup companies around the world reached US$1 billion valuation and were recognized as unicorns, according to a report by CB Insights. The number of unicorns has risen by 69% from 2020. In the first half of 2021, ten unicorns were born in Canada.
SiFive, a fabless semiconductor company and provider of open-source RISC-V processor designs, announced on March 16 that it has raised US$175 million in a Series F financing round, valuing the company at over US$2.5 billion. SiFive is now officially the first unicorn startup (with valuation more than US$1 billion) in the RISC-V space.
Taiwan has witnessed two golden years following COVID-19 outbreak, but it must deliberate how to sustain the momentum in the next decade, said Chien Lee-feng, former managing director of Google Taiwan.
The news regarding many people using Airbnb platforms to send money to support the people in Ukraine inspired Taiwan-based cycling app startup Velodash to organize a Peace Ride on March 5, hoping to galvanize support for Ukraine.
According to Tuoi Tre News, Vietnam's trade has been strained by the Russia-Ukraine conflict with exports to Russia obstructed due to lack of transport and high risks. Vietnam also imports wheat, corn and fertilizer from Russia; prices of these items have increased and supply is running low. Vietnam's agricultural exports to Russia reached US$550 million in 2021 alone.
How can small and medium enterprises that lack data apply artificial intelligence (AI) to digital transformation and automate their operations? Memorence AI, a startup made it to the list of top 10 teams joining the final round of 2021 Qualcomm Taiwan Innovation Challenge and a silver medal winner of 2021 APICTA awards under the category of "industrial application – manufacturing and logistics," discovered an answer to that question.