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Monday 21 June 2021
The ability to innovate: Q&A with RISC-V International CTO Mark Himelstein and Andes Technology CEO Frankwell Lin
RISC-V is seeing strong growth as an open-source platform for innovations across many different industries. The RISC-V architecture is also enjoying increased adoption in high-performance computing and storage systems.
Friday 30 April 2021
VC, startup ecosystem expansions: Q&A with AppWorks founder Jamie Lin
AppWorks, the largest venture capital (VC) firm in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, manages three VC funds with a total asset of US$212 million after 10 years of efforts. Not only has the firm reached profitability, but it has also incubated an accumulated total of 56 startups, including four successful IPOs, one centicorn (worth over US$100 billion), one decacorn (worth over US$10 billion), one unicorn and six centaurs (worth over US$100 million). The entire ecosystem is made up of 400 active startups reaching an estimated total worth exceeding US$10 billion, employing 17,000 professionals and generating annual revenue of US$8 billion.
Thursday 29 April 2021
Canadian firm Solace to power smart manufacturing and IoT in Taiwan
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.
Thursday 8 April 2021
Business opportunities in Vietnam: Q&A with Keven Cheng, Taiwan Trade Center director in Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam has joined the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), and has signed FTAs (free-trade agreements) with the EU and the UK. These deals have positioned Vietnam as a preferred location for manufacturers seeking to disperse their capacity deployments amid the US-China trade disputes.
Wednesday 7 April 2021
Virtual Antenna: Q&A with Ignion VP of innovation Carles Puente
Fractus Antennas, formed by engineers who invented the technology allowing smartphone antennas to automatically switch between different bandwidth networks and launched mini-antennas for the Internet of Things (IoT) era, has recently rebranded itself as Ignion.
Friday 26 March 2021
SaaS for component pricing: Q&A with Lytica chairman Ken Bradley
How much should one pay for a chip or a component? Lytica, a Canadian supply-chain pricing analytics company, has the answer. Founded by former Nortel chief procurement officer Ken Bradley, who, like many others in the IT industry, was once bemused by component pricing, Lytica is transforming itself into a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, helping OEM and EMS make well-informed deals when buying or selling.
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).
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Ecological transition in transportation: Q&A with Propulsion Quebec CEO Sarah Houde
As electrification becomes a clear trend for future cars, solutions for infrastructure, power supply and batteries are very much in need to develop a sound and sustainable ecosystem in line with such a trend. Propulsion Quebec is an NPO created to support the ecological transition of transportation by enhancing the collaborative efforts of the industry.
Tuesday 16 March 2021
Notebook chip overbooking concerns: Q&A with Edom chairman Wayne Tseng
Pandemic-driven demand for notebooks supporting remote work and study has brought explosive growths in orders for CPUs, power management ICs (PMIC), display driver ICs (DDI), and interface chips, with many IC distributors, including Edom Technology, also benefiting significantly with record revenues for 2020.
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Epi-wafer key to compound semiconductor: Q&A with VPEC chairman Jian-Lian Chen
Compound semiconductor catches global market attention with rapidly advancing 5G and Wi-Fi communication technologies and rising IoT trends. Following first-generation semiconductor materials including silicon (Si) and germanium (Ge) and second-generation compound semiconductor materials including gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium phosphide (InP), third-generation compound semiconductor materials including gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) featuring high power density are taking center stage.
Monday 8 March 2021
Connecting Canada startups with Taiwan: Q&A with Jordan Reeves, executive director of Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is endeavoring to accelerate collaboration between Canadian startups and Taiwanese companies. Canada's AI strength and car-manufacturing prowess and Taiwan's competitiveness in ICT hardware manufacturing are complementary and have great potential to create synergies.
Friday 5 March 2021
Liberalizing 5G: Q&A with Polish startup IS-Wireless CEO Slawomir Pietrzyk
Window of opportunity has opened up for Polish startup IS-Wireless, which was nominated for DigitalEurope's Future Unicorn Award 2021, having won several other awards in Europe with its innovative 5G mobile communications technologies. They have joined the Garage+ accelerator of the Epoch Foundation in Taiwan, hoping to find hardware partners from Taiwan to deliver their new model of 5G communications at lower cost and better performance.
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Contract PCB drilling service: Q&A with Key Ware CEO Chen Po-ying
Taiwan suppliers of high-end IC substrates, HDI boards, rigid PCBs with high layer counts and flexible PCBs are expected to have another busy year in 2021 after benefiting from pandemic-induced upgrades in electronics devices in 2020. Their increasingly tight capacity has prompted them to farm out PCB drilling operations, providing plenty of business opportunities for drilling services providers including Key Ware Electronics.
Friday 5 February 2021
RISC-V: Q&A with SiFive head of global communications James Prior
RISC-V has grabbed headlines recently as the open-source technology is now viewed as a hotbed for innovation. It is also a source of intellectual properties (IP) freely open to the market and free from political wrestling between the two largest economies in the world.
Monday 1 February 2021
Challenges of cross-cultural management: Q&A with Evy Chang, head of investor relations at Wiziin
For startups expanding overseas, the most challenging is often not about obtaining capital or orders, but rather cross-cultural operations and collaboration. Evy Chang, head of investor relations at Vietnam-based Wiziin, comes from a mixed cultural background - Taiwanese and Indonesian - knows much about such challenges. Before moving to Vietnam two years ago, Chang had worked as management consultant at the Business Development Institute (BDI) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in Shanghai.
Wednesday 27 January 2021
WPG to build last mile in semiconductor supply chain at Taoyuan Aerotropolis
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.