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Interviews with executives in the supply chain

  • Whittaker Cheng, Minmax Marketing and Technical manager
    Taiwan-based Minmax Technology is the largest supplier of DC-DC converters and AC-DC power supply units for general industrial equipment in Taiwan. Currently, the company is seeing stable demand for railway products from China, while in Japan and Europe it has also experienced impressive growth in orders from the regions'...
  • Artila director of IoT Division Mike Kao
    Artila Electronics is a long-term player in the IPC industry, but unlike most others that focus on developing x86 applications, Artila has chosen ARM-based systems as the main direction for its IPC road trip. Although its products are considered niche devices, the company has still managed to grow rapidly in the solar...
  • Martin Lin, director of marketing center, Macronix
    Prices of memory chips, including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and all types of flash memory, have rallied throughout 2017, buoying the business value of five of the top 10 semiconductor companies that design and manufacture chips. American and Korean players have long dominated the memory market and none of them...
  • UnlimiterHear chairman Dr. Kuo Ping Yang (right) and CEO Tony Huang (left)
    With the growing popularity of smart speakers and voice assistance tools offered by first-tier Internet service providers, many have focused on the development of emerging home devices. But for UnlimiterHear, which develops audio solutions, it sees the potential of integrating voice assistance functionality into mobile...
  • Aurotekˇ¦s Special Assistance to Chairman Nelson Chang
    Aurotek, founded in 1981, was one of the earliest automation equipment component suppliers in Taiwan. The company started the business as a distribution agent of mechanical equipment components such as bearings, ball screws, and universal joints from Japan, according to Aurotek's special assistance to chairman Nelson...
  • Sesto CEO Michael Leong
    Singapore-based Sesto Robotics is an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and intelligent mobile robot (IMR) developer that recently participated in Semicon Taiwan 2017 to push its products into the Taiwan market.
  • Heraeus reinforces competitive edge as innovation of PV technology accelerates
    2017 is definitely a highly volatile year for PV industry in terms of technology advancement, market demand, and international trade barrier. At 2017 PV Taiwan held recently, Andreas Liebheit, the President of Heraeus Photovoltaics, broadly talked about the issues of technology trend, market competition, as well as how...
  • Linde LienHwa's new electronics R&D center in Taichung, Taiwan
    Linde LienHwa, a joint venture between the Germany-based Linde Group and Taiwan-based LienHwa Industrial, is a manufacturer of bulk and electronic specialty gases used during the manufacturing of semiconductors, displays, solar panels, LEDs and others.
  • NXP's Director of IoT and Security Solutions Steven Tateosian,
    The launch of Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X has highlighted wireless charging, a function that will also be featured in other smartphine vendors' upcoming models. However, besides smartphones, NXP Semiconductors also sees potential in wireless charging for larger-size applications such as notebooks and even home appliances...
  • Arbor CTO Karl Chen
    Taiwan-based Arbor Technology has been in the industrial PC (IPC) secor for over 20 years and has always been an important upstream partner of worldwide IPC brand vendors. With automated production lines and Industry 4.0 gradually becoming the new trends of the IPC industry, Arbor also is keenly developing solutions for...
  • Taiwan-based IPC maker Neousys
    With autonomous driving becoming a new trend in the IT market, many first-tier IT players including Google and Nvidia have been aggressively expanding their presence in related development. Taiwan's hardware providers have played a key role in the supply chain of the emerging industry.
  • Digital transformation in manufacturing is one of the key topics for the upgrading and transformation of Taiwan industries. It also shows new types of business models are emerging and leveraging the disruptive technologies. While industry 4.0 being welcomed overwhelmingly by the governments around the globe such as "Made...
  • Lelon focuses on the development of high-end aluminum electrolytic capacitors
    According to the Transparency Market Research, the global connected car market is expected to reach US$131.9 billion by 2019 continuing to maintain its steady growth. Businesses are scrambling for a share of the automotive electronics market in recent years. Lelon Electronics, Taiwan's No. 1 manufacturer of aluminum electrolytic...
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) has grown to become more mature due to aggressive development by related players over the past few years and is now able to support more applications including autonomous driving, robots and voice assistant platforms. NVIDIA has been a pioneer of AI technology development and its expertise...
  • According to GTM Research's Global Solar Demand Monitor, global PV installations are expected to reach 85GW in 2017, after seeing a 30% growth to 78GW in 2016. China as a major solar energy producer has become the world's largest market of photovoltaic technologies.
  • Richard M. Eglen, Ph.D.<br>Vice President and General Manager Life Sciences<br>Corning
    As part of Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen's five-plus-two innovative industries initiative, Taiwan is looking to transform into a center of biotechnology and medical R&D in Asia and has budgeted NT$10.94 billion (about US$360 million) in 2017 for a biomedical promotion plan.
  • CEVA is a global leader that provides the semiconductor industry with digital signal processing (DSP) silicon intellectual property (SIP). The firm has been developing DSP technology since 1991. DSP is capable of real-time data processing and can satisfy and support applications that require real-time response without...
  • Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming powerful driving forces of business transformation. The technologies to connect devices for monitoring and managing things have inspired many startups to explore the immense possibilities in the IoT industry.
  • Neural networks
    In 2012 Google set off a big bang in the artificial intelligence (AI) community and brought deep learning into the eye of the public when it announced that Andrew Ng and the Google Brain project had taught an army of servers how to recognize cats simply by showing them hours and hours of YouTube videos. This was a milestone...
  • Alex Mei, Vice President Marketing, GM of Etail/Retail SSDs
    OCZ, an SSD brand offered by Toshiba for the consumer market, has been further strengthened presence in high performance solid-state storage drives (SSDs) market with resulted in improved system performance, lower power and more reliability. Alex Mei, Vice President Marketing, GM of Etail/Retail SSDs, talked about the...
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