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German chipmaker Infineon to set up R&D center in Taiwan (The Silicon Shield gets Stronger!)

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Photo courtesy of Ministry of Economic Affairs June 17, 2024


Photo courtesy of Ministry of Economic Affairs June 17, 2024

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) Germany's Infineon Technologies AG, the world's top automotive chipmaker, will set up a research and development center in Taiwan which it is estimated will cost NT$1.2 billion (US$37.06 million), Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs announced in Taipei on Monday.

The ministry and the company jointly announced the establishment of the advanced automotive and wireless communication semiconductor R&D center, at a publicity event held at the German Institute Taipei.

The center will involve transferring Infineon's new generation of technology to Taiwan for bluetooth chip development and manufacturing, marking the first time a major European chipmaker has set up such a R&D facility in Taiwan, highlighting Taiwan's increasing influence in the global semiconductor and automotive chip fields, the ministry said.

Economics Minister J.W. Kuo (郭智輝) said that the establishment of Infineon's R&D center is expected to introduce the world's leading automotive wireless remote control technology to Taiwan, strengthen technical cooperation between domestic manufacturers and international automotive electronics experts, and help domestic industry players enter the international automotive market.

Speaking at the event, Sam Geha, executive vice president of IoT, compute and wireless business at Infineon, said that the company has had a strong presence in Taiwan since 1999 and he is impressed by Taiwan's vibrant innovation ecosystem, including highly skilled R&D talent and strong industrial clusters.

Geha said that the R&D center represents an upgrade from Infineon's wireless communication R&D lab in Taiwan by in part receiving financial support from MOEA through its global R&D and innovation partnership program.

According to data posted on MOEA website, Infineon will receive a subsidy of NT$480 million through the program and raise NT$720 million on its own for the establishment of the center.

After its establishment, the center could potentially result in Infineon investing NT$2.7 billion in Taiwan and generating NT$60 billion in production value for Taiwan's automotive industry, according to an estimate provided by the ministry.

 
If by "Silicon Shield" you mean Taiwan's semiconductor industry as a deference from China invasion, I am not sure how this is a factor anymore. As US banned Taiwan's industry from working with China, what's China to lose in case of invasion?
 
If by "Silicon Shield" you mean Taiwan's semiconductor industry as a deference from China invasion, I am not sure how this is a factor anymore. As US banned Taiwan's industry from working with China, what's China to lose in case of invasion?

It is the #1 factor for Taiwan's safety. Do not underestimate the importance of semiconductors in the world economy. It will be the entire world against China and China will lose, absolutely.

How do you feel about this?

 
It is the #1 factor for Taiwan's safety. Do not underestimate the importance of semiconductors in the world economy. It will be the entire world against China and China will lose, absolutely.

How do you feel about this?

Agreed. China's "wolf warrior diplomacy" has backfired spectacularly. China is building an alliance against itself including, Vietnam, the Phillipines, Japan, United States, Australia, India and others. All because China wants to bully its neighbours. Really just poor strategic thinking by Xi. Almost wonder if he is a plant at this point by the bang up job he's doing at destroying china economically and diplomatically :LOL:
 
Agreed. China's "wolf warrior diplomacy" has backfired spectacularly. China is building an alliance against itself including, Vietnam, the Phillipines, Japan, United States, Australia, India and others. All because China wants to bully its neighbours. Really just poor strategic thinking by Xi. Almost wonder if he is a plant at this point by the bang up job he's doing at destroying china economically and diplomatically :LOL:

Powerful men like Xi and I worry about our legacy. Does Xi really want to be THAT GUY that starts world war 3? I don't think so. I let my grandchildren eat cookies for breakfast.... That is my legacy.
 
Zeiss also opens innovation hub in Taiwan:

Zeiss opens innovation hub in Taiwan, plans NT$10 billion investment
06/18/2024 09:15

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Germany-based optics giant Zeiss on Tuesday inaugurated an innovation center in Taiwan, saying the company is planning to invest NT$10 billion (US$309 million) here over the next 10 years.

Speaking with reporters, Cheong Peng Tat (章平達), head of Zeiss Taiwan, said compared with other foreign tech companies, Zeiss had lagged in investing in Taiwan, but the company will use the innovation center as a good beginning to speed up its pace in its investment in the country.

Zeiss poured more than NT$300 million to build the innovation center, which is located in Hsinchu Science Park. The center has introduced Zeiss' advanced Crossbeam Laser Microscopy technology to serve its clients by shortening work time to only 30 minutes from 117 days in the traditional focused ion beam (FIB) technology.

Many semiconductor suppliers in Taiwan, including contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), are clients of Zeiss's and use the German company's services including surveying solutions.

Cheong said Zeiss has faith in Taiwan's industries and is planning the NT$10 billion over 10 years in the country.

Cheong said Zeiss started to invest in Taiwan in 2018 with a small workforce of only 121, and after years of expansion, the number has topped 400.

He said Zeiss Taiwan is expected to hire an additional 50 to 100 next year.

According to Cheong, Zeiss has a wide range of businesses in Taiwan, such as semiconductor solutions, medical technologies, microscopy solutions and industrial surveying.

In addition to Taiwan, Cheong said, Zeiss has innovation centers in South Korea, Germany and the United States.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

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It is the #1 factor for Taiwan's safety. Do not underestimate the importance of semiconductors in the world economy. It will be the entire world against China and China will lose, absolutely.

How do you feel about this?


Clever move by CCP ... push the narrative that the US is goading them into invading. So when they ultimately dont invade , coz they know no positive from it , they can say they are not falling into US trap instead of being called weak.
 
Clever move by CCP ... push the narrative that the US is goading them into invading. So when they ultimately dont invade , coz they know no positive from it , they can say they are not falling into US trap instead of being called weak.

If the US is determined to defend TW,then why would they so desperately push TSMC and other Taiwan semi supply chains to move out of TW?That's seems contradictory. Not to mention build fabs in places which are much more expensive to produce chips than TW,makes no economic sense.

You don't need to move your treasure out of your home,if your are determined to defend your home at all costs. The only reason you would do it,is because you are not sure about your determination or capability to defend it.
 
Zeiss also opens innovation hub in Taiwan:

Zeiss opens innovation hub in Taiwan, plans NT$10 billion investment
06/18/2024 09:15

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Germany-based optics giant Zeiss on Tuesday inaugurated an innovation center in Taiwan, saying the company is planning to invest NT$10 billion (US$309 million) here over the next 10 years.

Speaking with reporters, Cheong Peng Tat (章平達), head of Zeiss Taiwan, said compared with other foreign tech companies, Zeiss had lagged in investing in Taiwan, but the company will use the innovation center as a good beginning to speed up its pace in its investment in the country.

Zeiss poured more than NT$300 million to build the innovation center, which is located in Hsinchu Science Park. The center has introduced Zeiss' advanced Crossbeam Laser Microscopy technology to serve its clients by shortening work time to only 30 minutes from 117 days in the traditional focused ion beam (FIB) technology.

Many semiconductor suppliers in Taiwan, including contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), are clients of Zeiss's and use the German company's services including surveying solutions.

Cheong said Zeiss has faith in Taiwan's industries and is planning the NT$10 billion over 10 years in the country.

Cheong said Zeiss started to invest in Taiwan in 2018 with a small workforce of only 121, and after years of expansion, the number has topped 400.

He said Zeiss Taiwan is expected to hire an additional 50 to 100 next year.

According to Cheong, Zeiss has a wide range of businesses in Taiwan, such as semiconductor solutions, medical technologies, microscopy solutions and industrial surveying.

In addition to Taiwan, Cheong said, Zeiss has innovation centers in South Korea, Germany and the United States.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

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These kind of investment don't mean anything,politically. Before the current Ukraine crisis,there was also lots of investment in Russia from Western companies,did you know that ?
 
Do not underestimate the importance of semiconductors in the world economy.

You are talking about men who don't care about the economy on one side, and nearly totally technically illiterate men who can't tell microchips from potato chips on the other side.

Both sides make the impression of knowledgeability because there would be few knowledgeable bureaucrats who manage to keep policy sane, and put speeches for higher ups, but the ultimate decision makers aren't them obviously.
 
Powerful men like Xi and I worry about our legacy

You are clearly misunderstanding what power means, and I mean like the power to order to kill people on a whim.

The regime preservation is not a part of Xi's self-interest.

You may think a man like Xi will do everything to prolong his power, but no, because he simply does not need to. He is so powerful now that he can set his palace alight, and run around naked, and nothing will happen to him.

A man who got so powerful that he can order the death sentence of thousands of hardcore criminal regime members is truly not afraid of losing nor power, nor the nation.

Take a look on Putin, similarly he could've died a very rich man, if he simply did nothing stupid, but now he signed the death warrant for Russian regime members, who themselves are very dangerous men. He is clearly not striving for their wellbeing, nor is he afraid of them trying to unseat him at all.
 
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