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Monday 18 October 2021
RETINA surgical navigation system to enter global smart medical devices market
Improving medical technology and better quality of life have led to longer average life expectancies around the world. According to a UN estimate, the average life expectancy of the global population in 2019 was 72.3 years, but may soon grow to 74.3 years in 2030. This positive trend however is an increasing strain to the healthcare systems of many countries. To maximize the utilization of progressively limited medical resources, development towards smart and precision medicine is inevitable, subsequently driving up demands for surgical navigation systems. Furthermore, even though minimally invasive surgeries are safer, require smaller incisions, and allow patients to recover in shorter period of time, its usage is limited to just some cases in neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery or ENT surgery, because the areas to operate are not accessible to the naked eye. In these cases, doctors still have to rely on traditional surgeries which require larger incisions. With the latest technology, nonetheless, it is now possible to perform minimally invasive surgeries using surgical navigation systems, which allow the surgeons to see 3D radiology images in real-time while their surgical instruments are guided by the system into the surgical site.
Tuesday 12 October 2021
Net-zero carbon emission goal constrained by rare earth bottleneck
Geopolitical tension and the net-zero carbon emission policy deadlines of governments worldwide are driving up demands for rare earth metals. However, trying to secure local supplies only by investing huge capital to build domestic production in the US or the EU alone is mission impossible. To achieve their carbon neutrality plan, innovation for rare earth demand reduction is also needed.
Wednesday 1 September 2021
Taiwan could play main role in SpaceX LEO satellites, says Eric Lin, Infinio Capital managing partner
Innovative new business models by SpaceX and Blue Origin have reduced the costs of space tourism and satellite launches, creating a gradual paradigm shift in the new space industry supply chain.
Tuesday 17 August 2021
High-precision QA automation in 5G era: Q&A with Relimetrics CEO Kemal Levi
Industry 4.0 is no longer a new concept, but there are always some parts of the manufacturing process that are so difficult to automate, including quality management or quality assurance (QA). Relimetrics is a startup that offers full-stack computer vision and machine learning software for quality audit, process control and predictive maintenance in Industry 4.0 applications, according to company founder and CEO Kemal Levi. In a recent interview, Levi shared with DIGITIMES about his vision of Relimetrics' role to play in the Industry 5.0 era and their solutions for high-precision QA automation.
Wednesday 21 July 2021
Revolutionizing biosensing approaches with light sensing, Instant NanoBiosensors' FOPPR technology creates vision of mutual benefit
In times of illness that necessitate physical exams at the hospital, most people have the experience of having to wait long periods of time for computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results. Although spinal fluid extraction and biopsy of organic tissue are mature technologies, patients are daunted by the invasive nature of these procedures. The fiberoptic particle plasmon resonance (FOPPR) technology developed by Instant NanoBiosensors not only has sensitivity far exceeding other mainstream instruments on the market, but is able to, using just a small amount of peripheral blood (serum, less than 20uL) and three simple steps-- sample injection, analysis and report generation, produce testing results in just a few minutes.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
The mmWave opportunity: Q&A with MixComm CEO Mike Noonen
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.
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Connecting AI and supply chain: Q&A with Scale AI CEO Julien Billot
Scale AI is Canada's artificial intelligence (AI) platform dedicated to building the next-generation supply chain and boosting industry performance by leveraging AI technologies.
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Laser-as-a-service: Q&A with InPhocal CTO and co-founder Martijn Boerkamp
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.
Friday 19 March 2021
The Canadian EV vision: Q&A with APMA SVP of innovation Warren Ali
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).
Thursday 4 March 2021
QaaS ecosystem emerging
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.
Thursday 28 January 2021
Taiwan urged to focus on quantum computer hardware initially
Felix Gwo, director of the Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, has noted that Taiwan should focus on optimizing the hardware as the initial target in the development of quantum computers.
Friday 22 January 2021
TSMC, NTU expand R&D partnership to quantum materials
TSMC and National Taiwan University (NTU) have expanded their collaboration in technology development to quantum materials research.
Monday 18 January 2021
Dell optimistic about emerging technology development in 2021, says company CTO
Dell is optimistic about the development of quantum technologies, heterogeneous architecture of semiconductors, 5G and edge computing in 2021, according to company CTO John Roese.
Tuesday 29 December 2020
Taiwan IT firms need direction for quantum development, says expert
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.
Friday 18 December 2020
Foxconn research director believes quantum computing popularity will take time
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.
Thursday 17 December 2020
Taiwan firms face critical moments in next 3-5 years in quantum computing, says Foxconn chair
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.