A comprehensive directory for the electronics and supporting industries in Singapore.


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Flexibility key to manufacturing's future here

IN ORDER for our manufacturing industry to tide over the tough times, we must begin to position ourselves ahead of the curve, by finding new ways to add greater value to the global economy ("Manufacturing needs new strategies"; May 4). Advanced manufacturing techniques like additive manufacturing and advanced materials have been touted as the future. Yet, countries all over the world are already ...more

IT and healthcare among five highest-paying sectors: Report

AIMING for the big bucks? A new report says the five highest-paying sectors here are banking and finance; semiconductors; oil, gas and petrochemicals; pharmaceuticals and healthcare; and information technology. The report by staffing firm Kelly Services found that in the banking and finance sector, changes in financial regulations have boosted demand for compliance managers, who make an average ...more

Jump-starts for Spintronics and S'pore-based startups

SINGAPORE'S tech ecosystem is primed for a leg-up, as a consortium for an up-and-coming technology and a locally based startup on Tuesday announced multi-million-dollar jump-starts. Spintronics, an emerging area of research said to hold great potential in creating the "next generation" of electronic devices, has been awarded S$5 million in new funding from the National Research Foundation (NRF). ...more

CSA has work cut out as Singapore already in cross hairs of cyber attackers

AS Singapore's apex cyber security watchdog Cyber Security Agency (CSA) gets down to work from the start of this month, a report by security vendor FireEye sheds light on the kind of challenges it faces. According to a report prepared by the company, a hacker group called APT30, with apparent links to China, has been targeting Singapore, other Asean states and India for at least the past 10 years ...more

Global security firms strut their stuff

AWARE INC (US) BASED in Bedford, Massachusetts, Nasdaq-listed Aware is a leading provider of biometrics software products and development services to government agencies and departments, system integrators and solution suppliers globally. Its products include software development kits (SDKs), workstation applications and modular, centralised, service-oriented platforms that fulfil a broad range of ...more

Singtel snaps up stake in US cyber security firm

IN line with its ambitions to be a global player in the cyber security market, Singtel is acquiring a 98 per cent stake in US-based Trustwave for US$810 million in its biggest acquisition outside the telecoms segment so far. Trustwave chairman and chief executive Robert McCullen holds the remaining 2 per cent stake in Trustwave, which has an enterprise value of US$850 million. The deal will be fu ...more

Over $380m invested in R&D: A*Star

COMPANIES working with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) invested more than $380 million in research and development (R&D) over the April to December period last year. This amount was more than double the $160 million invested for the fiscal year ending in March last year, largely because more corporate labs were set up, the agency said yesterday at a media briefing about i ...more

CenturyLink begins offering its public cloud service in Asia-Pacific

CENTURYLINK, the third largest telecom company in the US and a major provider of network services, announced on Wednesday the availability of its CenturyLink Cloud service in the Asia-Pacific region. The cloud platform will be hosted in the company's data centres in Singapore. The public cloud platform - already available in the US, UK, Canada and Germany - delivers enterprise-class control, agil ...more

MDA to nurture digital film and video sectors

THE Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) is looking at developing a Creators' Space to nurture the country's digital film and video sectors by increasing collaboration within the community. Announcing this in Parliament on Tuesday, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said the MDA will work with industry partners to organise master-classes and workshops to hone crea ...more

SingPost invests US$1.1m in e-commerce JV

SINGPOST is teaming up with Indonesian mobile phone retailer Trikomsel in another move to strengthen its e-commerce foothold in the region. The two companies will set up an Indonesian joint venture to import and supply goods to e-commerce and online retailers in South-east Asia's biggest economy, the Singapore mail carrier said in a Singapore Exchange (SGX) filing yesterday. SingPost will pay US$ ...more

How Singapore became a hub for tech start-ups

"You are crazy." That was the predominant sentiment I heard a little more than five years ago when I told US-based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight's nascent investment and incubation arm. "Why Singapore? You'll never find any interesting deals there." At the time, Singapore didn't have a sizzling start-up scene. But the conditions seeme ...more

Singapore ranked No. 5 for IP protection

SINGAPORE has won praise for creating a robust environment where intellectual property (IP) rights are protected and enforced. The Republic has been ranked No. 5 among 30 economies assessed by the Global Intellectual Property Centre (GIPC), part of the US Chamber of Commerce that manages IP-related issues. It scored 25.38 points out of a possible 30 in the International IP Index, behind the US - ...more

Micron starts work on US$4b wafer fab expansion

SEMICONDUCTOR giant Micron Technology kicked off a US$4 billion expansion of its wafer fab on North Coast Drive in Woodlands with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. The fab, which is Micron's major NAND flash memory fabrication facility, will see a 255,000 square foot expansion in an adjacent building that will allow the company to expand its state-of-the-art 3D NAND production here. Singapore ...more

Equity crowdfunding platform launched

A NEW equity crowdfunding platform was launched yesterday, in the latest move in Singapore's burgeoning crowdsourcing scene. The platform FundedHere, open to accredited investors, is subject to legal approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which last month issued a public consultation paper on securities-based crowdfunding. MAS is proposing to facilitate securities-based crowdfu ...more

Zooming ahead with technology

IT is no longer enough for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to work hard these days - it is now imperative to work smart. More companies are now seeing the advantage of leveraging on technology to quicken and improve business processes, giving them an advantage in today's competitive market. While the importance of technology solutions is undeniable, not many SMEs have the knowledge or capacity ...more
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