It was the first day after Lunar New Year in February 1974 when seven men gathered over breakfast at the Little Xin Xin Soy Milk stall in central Taipei and mapped out Taiwan's foray into semiconductor manufacturing. In an anecdote that is now legendary, Pan Wen-yuan, a Chinese expatriate who was then a US-based research director at Radio Corporation of America (RCA), advised Sun Yun-suan, the minister for economic affairs, to develop integrated circuits. It would cost US$10 million (S$13.8 million) and four years for the technology to take root in Taiwan, Pan said. The plan was approved and Taiwan managed to persuade RCA, then a dominant electronics company in the US, to agree in 1976 to transfer semiconductor technology. That April, the first batch of engineers were sent to RCA's facilities for a year of intensive on-the-job training in various functions from design, process, manufacturing to equipment. Billionaire Tsai Ming-kai, 69, chairman of smartphone chipmaker MediaTek, was one … [Read more...] about Can Taiwan keep its perch as top chip manufacturer?
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SHANGHAI/HONG KONG: Since the U.S. government put Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on a trade blacklist, effectively banning American firms from doing business with it, China's leaders have spoken boldly about achieving self-sufficiency in the critical semiconductor business.But industry insiders are less optimistic that Chinese chip makers can quickly meet the challenge of supplying all the needs of Huawei and other domestic technology firms.The prospectuses of Chinese chip companies preparing to list on a new tech-focused stock exchange are blunt, characterizing the domestic industry as "relatively backward", lacking in talent and requiring "a long time to catch up".Chinese chip engineers tell tales of local manufacturing that just is not up to snuff, while analysts point out the many areas where China remains reliant on technology from the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Europe, with some questioning whether government policies are in the right place."Compared to the … [Read more...] about China chip industry insiders voice caution on catch-up efforts
The thrill of building your own PC may have faded somewhat with the popularity of laptops. But nothing quite beats the control and feeling of setting up a gaming machine with your own hands. If this is new to you, we outline the key components that you will need. MOTHERBOARD AND MICROPROCESSOR (CPU) Also known as the CPU, the microprocessor sits at the heart of every computer. It fits into a dedicated socket on the motherboard, which is a large circuit board measuring around 20cm to 30cm along each side - though it can be slightly smaller or larger. You can opt for an Intel or AMD CPU, and either will work with mainstream operating systems such as Windows 10 or Linux. The CPU is where things can get a bit confusing to newcomers, as both Intel and AMD offer different families of CPUs designed for typical consumers and gamers, professional "workstations" for users that require additional horsepower (such as rendering AutoCAD drawings), and to power servers in data centres. For gaming, an … [Read more...] about How to build your own gaming PC: All you need to know
No country should have to choose sides, Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday, even as he acknowledged that neutrality appears increasingly difficult in such areas as technology, security alliances and business partnerships. "If ever any of us is asked to choose, all sides lose," he told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) CEO Council meeting in Tokyo. "Even now with the uncertainty for businesses, the fact that you have to hedge whether to leave your factories in China or take them out of China (affects) your supply lines. "Even American businesses lose because they are supplying component parts to Huawei, and everybody has to go back and have another ledger perhaps, think how they are going to do this, so it is very unproductive." He was referring to the United States' restrictions on Huawei, which have led American tech firms like Google and Intel to shut the Chinese electronics giant out of their hardware, software and services. Dr Ng is in Tokyo on a four-day working … [Read more...] about Vital to stay neutral amid US-China spat: Ng Eng Hen
WASHINGTON/BEIJING: A U.S. bid to block China's Huawei Technologies from buying vital American technology threw into question sales from some of the largest tech companies and drew a sharp rebuke on Thursday from Beijing, which warned it could hurt trade talks.Shares of Huawei's U.S. suppliers fell on fears the Chinese firm would be forced to stop buying American chips, software and other components after the Trump administration banned it from buying U.S. technology without special approval.Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker, said that losing access to U.S. suppliers "will do significant economic harm to the American companies" and affect "tens of thousands of American jobs.""Huawei will seek remedies immediately and find a resolution to this matter," the company said in a statement.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg the order blacklisting Huawei will go into effect on Friday.The U.S. crackdown, announced on Wednesday, was the latest shot fired in a … [Read more...] about Huawei ban clouds US-China trade talks, tech sector