Friday 1 December 2023
Canada's GestureTek Health aims to expand its video-gesture-control-based physiotherapy solutions to new markets
The Toronto, Canada-based GestureTek Health is looking to bring its Interactive Rehabilitation Exercise (IREX) system and other physiotherapy solutions to new markets as part of its efforts to grow back up following the conclusion of the Covid pandemic. The company is a global frontrunner in developing and applying video gesture control technology, especially for healthcare and rehabilitation.
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Tobii's driver monitoring system aims to improve Asia's bus safety
Monitoring the driver's state is critical to facilitate road safety. Stockholm-headquartered Tobii has launched a software for driver monitoring system (DMS) leveraging its eye-tracking technology. The company plans to scale the solution in Asia's public transportation and the car sector, enhancing the safety of bus systems.
Wednesday 22 November 2023
The current state and future of autonomous driving technology
In less than 40 years since the inception of the first self-driving car, we have witnessed significant progress and changes in the automotive industry. However, the journey toward the widespread adoption of fully autonomous driving still has its last mile to cover. While the industry focuses on commercially viable, limited advanced driver-assistance systems, the ultimate goal is to achieve truly hands-free, fully autonomous driving.
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Generative AI is all the rage, who can monetize from the trend?
Global opportunities in the generative AI (GenAI) application market have exploded with the rise of ChatGPT, leading to a substantial increase in demand for AI-related hardware and software. While the establishment of cloud data centers presents a lucrative opportunity, the long-term trajectory of the hardware and software industry remains uncertain. From hardware and software, who are the ones that are capable of reaping the largest benefits from the GenAI trend?
Tuesday 21 November 2023
The future of hardware and software development for artificial intelligence
Reflecting on the history of the computer industry, it all began with a small transistor, evolving into integrated circuits and eventually transforming into powerful CPUs capable of processing billions of instructions per second. Intel dedicated decades to optimizing CPU for complex instructions and refining branch predictors to enhance computational speed. However, this focus on intricate processing was rendered historical with the rise of GPUs by Nvidia. Instead of relying on complicated branch predictors, GPUs use hundreds of thousands of small cores to achieve significant computation throughput, which is particularly useful in large-scale computer graphic processing. This shift has empowered us to recreate real-world environments in the digital realm, unlocking immense potential.
Monday 20 November 2023
German reliance on 'special funds' highlights the challenge of sustainable investment
Following a November 15 decision from Germany's Federal Constitutional Court against the transferring of EUR60 billion - granted during the Covid-19 pandemic but unspent in fiscal 2021 - into its Climate and Transformation Fund (Klima- und Transformationsfonds, KTF), the three-way ruling coalition led by German Chancellor Scholz is left to confront a budget shortfall that potentially undermines Germany's long-term chip investment, along with the problem posed by so-called special funds (Sondervermögen) that have long functioned as a shadow budgetary source unconstrained by the country's constitutionally enshrined debt brake introduced in 2019.
Monday 20 November 2023
Dive into dopant diffusion in semiconductors: Q&A with Atomera CTO Robert Mears
During an email interview, Atomera founder and CTO Robert Mears discussed how dopant diffusion affects chipmaking and options for delving into the dopant diffusion process to accomplish gate-all-around (GAA). Mears also explored the impact of AI on the semiconductor manufacturing industry.
Monday 20 November 2023
Recent activities of SMEE and CIOMP show EUV development efforts progressing in China
Chinese semiconductor equipment manufacturers are luring experts to develop their extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment to decrease reliance on ASML EUVs, which was blocked by the US and its allies from selling to China.
Friday 17 November 2023
Taiwan IC industry production value projected to decline by 11% in 2023
Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) recently unveiled its statistics for Taiwan's semiconductor industry, which includes IC design, IC manufacturing, IC packaging, and IC testing. The entire IC industry in Taiwan created NT$1.116 trillion (US$37.5 billion) of production value in the third quarter of 2023, up 10% from the previous quarter but declined by 10.2% from the same period in 2022. It is calculated by the foreign exchange rate of one dollar to NT$29.8. (See table below)
Thursday 16 November 2023
How Generative AI changes how we create art and live
I currently work as a software engineer at a tech company in Silicon Valley. The extent to which Generative AI (Gen AI) has integrated into daily life today has exceeded my expectations. It's fair to say that it has become an indispensable part of life.
Thursday 16 November 2023
Baseband chip startup Ranictek believes chip solutions are the key to 5G O-RAN mass adoption
Ranictek, an IC design startup founded in 2022, aims to solve the pain point of 5G deployment through innovations in Massive Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) technology. Based in Taiwan, Ranictek believes that the lack of cost-effective baseband chip solutions is a key reason behind the current slow pace of 5G penetration based on Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN).
Wednesday 15 November 2023
Supply Chain Summit: India rolls out red carpet for Taiwan to accelerate semiconductor success
India is aggressively recruiting Taiwanese partners for its semiconductor dream. Not only aiming to produce mature-node semiconductors for its 1.4 billion population market, it also sends out a clear message to IC design houses – come design for India and make for India, don't miss out on the chance.
Tuesday 14 November 2023
How SMIC takes advantage of the semiconductor industry business downcycle for capacity expansion
The most notable point from China's leading foundry SMIC's Q3 conference recently was its counter-trend upward revision of the 2023 capital expenditure to a substantial $7.5 billion. This adjustment is primarily attributed to geopolitical influences rather than anticipating future demand for increased capacity. SMIC stated that the total capital expenditure for the first three quarters of 2023 reached $5.1 billion.
Monday 13 November 2023
US chip giants reduce chip specs for China to circumvent ban, TSMC to benefit
Amid increased US restrictions on chip exports, major players like Nvidia and Intel are navigating challenges by offering lower-spec products to maintain their dominance in China.
Monday 13 November 2023
Government incentives for developing semiconductor industry (3): Subsidies for R&D activities
Cash subsidies targeting research and development (R&D) investments and R&D consortiums are conducive to the development of semiconductor technologies, so governments can play a more proactive role in using this mechanism to galvanize R&D activities in the semiconductor industry. There can be variations in the ways of executing subsidies for R&D activities.
Monday 13 November 2023
How solar fish farms boost Taiwan's energy transition
Since Taiwan published its "Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050" early last year, the region has made great strides toward a wider adoption of renewable energy. In March 2023, the state-owned Taiwan Power Company announced that wind and solar had reached about 15% of the energy mix over seven consecutive days and even outpaced coal at one point. Further exemplifying that our pathway to net-zero is well underway, throughout 2022, Taiwan connected 2.5 GW of solar (on rooftops and fishponds) as well as more than 1 GW of offshore wind power capacity, the utility provider shared.
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