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IT managers stay up to date on smart technology

A GROUP of 50 top information technology (IT) managers from Singapore has just returned from a trip to Japan where they had a first-hand look at the latest IT advances. The trip included insights into the country's ambitious plans to become a "smart" nation in time for the 2020 Olympics there. Mr Steve Lee, chairman of the Infocomm Technology Managers Association (ITMA), said trips of this type ...MORE

Robot gives surgeons an extra set of hands

"ViKY, move left. Stop," a surgeon calls out. His command is obeyed. No questions asked. But he appears to be speaking to no one in particular. ViKY is not human. "She" is a fully voice-controlled, bluetooth-enabled robot designed for gynaecological surgery. It is now in use here for the first time at the Singapore General Hospital. The US$75,000 (S$93,000) gizmo known as the ViKY Uterus ...MORE

STATS ChipPAC's new technology sees strong demand

STATS ChipPAC yesterday said that its more advanced semiconductor technology - unveiled two months ago - has seen strong demand and accelerated adoption across its customer base.The chip maker said that its encapsulated Wafer Level Chip Scale Project (eWLCSP) solution, which is aimed at future electronics markets including space-constrained mobile devices and wearable technology, has made ...MORE

Scheme gives new start-ups a crack at govt tech deals

NEW home-grown technology firms will be given preference over established companies when applying for Government contracts under a new scheme, it was revealed yesterday. Nine such new businesses have already applied for Accreditation@IDA, which was launched in April by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). Normally start-ups without a track record or financial muscle would not meet the ...MORE

$200m boost for R&D on tiny semiconductors

THE Government and 10 industry partners are injecting $200 million over the next three to five years for research and development into the manufacture of smaller, more efficient semiconductors. The R&D will be carried out in four joint labs set up by the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and the 10 companies. IME executive director Kwong Dim-Lee told The Straits Times yesterday that there is ...MORE

A*Star, partners unveil 4 joint semicon labs

FOUR advanced semiconductor labs - representing a commitment of S$200 million from the public and private sectors - were launched yesterday by A*Star's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and 10 industry partners. The joint labs will provide an integrated platform for semiconductor R&D, to facilitate "earlier, faster and cheaper" commercialisation, said A*Star, Singapore's agency for science, ...MORE

SMEs, I2R pair up for high-tech solutions

TWO high-tech products developed by local firms with a government agency stole the limelight at an inaugural session on innovation held for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) yesterday. The aim was not just to showcase the products but to demonstrate the possibilities in teaming up with the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a unit of A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and ...MORE

Cloud security a big concern for firms

RECENT data from a number of research agencies show that cloud computing has become an integral part of the IT roadmap across almost all industry verticals. A recent study by Forrester Research found that the public cloud market is expected to reach US$191 billion by 2020, up from US$58 billion in 2013. Cloud applications will likely lead this growth and is forecast to hit US$133 billion in 2020. ...MORE

Innotek target of possible takeover

UNUSUAL trading activity in the shares of mainboard-listed precision engineering firm Innotek could be linked to a possible takeover of the struggling company. Innotek told the Singapore Exchange (SGX) yesterday that one of its substantial shareholders, Gazelle Capital, had notified it of a transaction that could lead to a possible offer for the firm. Gazelle holds 13.5 million shares, or 5.56 ...MORE

SUTD-JTC research centre takes off with at least 3 projects

JTC Corporation and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will collaborate on projects involving real-estate solutions, with the launch of a new research centre at the university yesterday.The SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation (I3) centre aims to promote the development of innovative and sustainable industrial infrastructure solutions here.One of its first projects ...MORE

Win-win landmark deal for Apple, IBM

TECH giants Apple and IBM were mortal enemies 30 years ago and fought a bitter turf war over the PC business, but these were all put behind them with a landmark deal on Tuesday. The historic pact between the pair involves IBM becoming in essence a value-added reseller for iPhones and iPads for the business world. The deal is a win-win for both American firms. Apple will get IBM's huge salesforce ...MORE

ST Electronics bags Q2 deals worth $580m

ST ELECTRONICS, ST Engineering's electronics arm, has won contracts worth about $580 million in the second quarter of this year. About $272 million in contracts were for rail electronics and traffic management projects, work on which has started and will be completed progressively over the next five to nine years, said ST Engineering yesterday. Another $211 million in deals were clinched in the ...MORE

Asian firms more likely to embrace public cloud: survey

CLOUD computing is the top spending priority in technology for companies in Asia, and businesses are keen on moving backend needs to third-party cloud providers, Gartner found in a recent survey. The global study surveyed 2,339 chief innovation officers (CIOs) from firms that make over US$250 million annually, and found that the cloud was nominated as the top area for new technology spending by ...MORE

Two new S'pore-built satellites take off

SINGAPORE has a new eye in the sky. On Monday, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) launched two locally built satellites, which will monitor the haze and other environmental conditions as well as stress-test sensors for their sturdiness in space. The new additions mean that at least four made-in-Singapore models are orbiting Earth. "Satellites involve a lot of precision engineering. If one ...MORE

It's all about Android at Google conference

N o Google Glass. No Nexus devices. No gadgets. Like Apple's WWDC, Google's I/O developer conference last week was more about the software than the hardware. Google's senior vice-president Sundar Pichai got the ball rolling by boasting that there are now a billion active monthly users of the Android platform, up from 538 million last year. Mr Pichai, who heads Android and Chrome, also revealed ...MORE
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