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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

NUS tech firm spin-off marks 25th anniversary

A COMPANY that spun off from the National University of Singapore (NUS) to develop cutting-edge technologies in the electronics industry celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday. Semicaps, the first firm to spin off from the NUS, began operating in 1989 led by the late Professor Jacob Phang, one of Singapore's pioneering academic-technopreneurs. Its first innovation was an invention that helps ...MORE

MediaTek commits over $250m to R&D in S'pore

TAIWAN-LISTED chipmaker MediaTek will spend more than $250 million in the next six years to expand its research and development (R&D) operations in Singapore, the company announced yesterday.MediaTek - the fourth-largest fabless semiconductor company globally - will set up an innovation centre to develop products in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable technology such as ...MORE

CitySpring in JV to develop and lease data centre

CITYSPRING Infrastructure Trust is forming a joint venture with architectural and engineering firm Shimizu Corporation to develop and lease a data centre, as it seeks to deepen its presence in telecommunications infrastructure.The joint venture, in which its wholly owned subsidiary CityDC Pte Ltd will hold a 51 per cent stake, will design and build a data centre building and install all plant, ...MORE

Fostering growth in e-commerce

Sandeep Bagaria Chief Executive Officer Tagit THERE is tremendous potential for e-commerce, and increasingly m-commerce, in Singapore. The city-state is home to tech-savvy consumers, who are increasingly purchasing products and services online and via mobile devices to fit with their busy lifestyles. We expect this trend to continue, and expect ...MORE

Psiber develops new IT cable tester

THEY may all look the same from the outside, but network cables have had to evolve in order to keep up with rising bandwidth needs, especially with the advent of data analytics and high-speed broadband. The devices used to test if the cables are functional and meet international standards have had to evolve as well, as local company Psiber Data (which makes these devices) will attest. The current ...MORE

Osram opens new office here to tap Asian market

GERMAN lighting giant Osram has officially opened a new office here as it seeks to capitalise on what it sees as a bright future ahead for its Asia business. The 40-man office in Toa Payoh, which replaces its headquarters in Sin Ming Road, serves customers across South-east Asia, including Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines. The cost of the new facility was not disclosed, but ...MORE

STATS ChipPAC shares surge on takeover talks

STATS ChipPAC shares surged as much as 17.8 per cent yesterday amid renewed speculation that the firm might be taken over. Trading was frenetic with 59 million shares changing hands before the stock ended the day eight cents higher at 61.5 cents. Talk of a takeover of the semiconductor packaging and testing services firm has been swirling since mid-May, and pushed the stock from 33.5 cents on May ...MORE

S'pore, Brunei ink info-comm technology pact

SINGAPORE will assist Brunei in its quest to develop its info-communications technology industry (ICT), which has been identified as one of the strategic goals to achieving the country's Wawasan 2035 vision.The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei (AITI) yesterday signed an agreement with IDA International - a subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of ...MORE

Her team designs chips that let you channel-surf

WHEN Ms Chan Sack Lee sees a television on, she is thrilled because she has a hand in making the chips in set-top boxes that allow channel-surfing and more. The manager of the physical design team at American chipmaker Broadcom says: "It is quite an honour knowing that a product found in almost every household has been made possible by something you have designed." What makes it especially ...MORE

Electronics a cornerstone of S'pore's economy with bright future

TINY parts made by Singapore's electronics sector pack a huge punch: Almost half of the world's data is stored on hard disk media made here. The big companies are here, and more are likely to come. "Singapore continues to attract new HQ, R&D and advanced manufacturing projects that add a diversity of good job opportunities in the industry," says Economic Development Board director of electronics ...MORE

The French edge in engineering, tech

[SINGAPORE] Visitors to the showroom of security technology company Morpho in the Parisian suburbs might feel somewhat unnerved. Once their fingerprint details, facial and eye structures are stored inside Morpho's system (which it assures will be deleted after the trial), being identified is a piece of cake. Swipe your fingers over a sensor without touching it, and your passport details appear on ...MORE

$1.2b govt IT tenders planned for this year

[SINGAPORE] Smaller and more focused IT projects will feature prominently in this fiscal year's $1.2 billion worth of government infocomm tenders. The areas in which tenders will be called include cybersecurity, infrastructure, system development and maintenance, data and analytics, cloud and mobile services.At the annual industry briefing on infocomm initiatives in the public sector yesterday, ...MORE

Cisco's big push into cloud

[SAN FRANCISCO] NETWORKING, and now increasingly, cloud and data centre vendor, Cisco, believes that a brutal consolidation is taking place in the IT industry and many of today's top companies will not be around 10 years from now. Speaking at the company's annual summit, CiscoLive 2104 last week, the company's chairman and CEO, John Chambers candidly admitted that even his company is under threat ...MORE
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