Chip sales rise 12.5%
Global semiconductor sales rose 12.5 percent last month on higher demand for chips used in personal computers and consumer electronics, a trade group said. The growth marked the sixth consecutive monthly gain. Sales increased to US$13.42 billion from US$11.93 billion in August of last year, the San Jose, California-based Semiconductor Industry Association, or SIA, said in a statement. Sales gained 4 percent from July. Demand for semiconductors used in PCs, mobile phones and DVD players is starting to recover after chip sales fell or stagnated for the past two years. The benchmark Philadelphia Semiconductor Index has gained 47 percent this year. "August sales confirm the broad-based strength of the semicon-ductor market, led by demand in the consumer, computer and wireless sectors," SIA president George Scalise said.
Samsung will be NAND king
South Korean microchip giant Samsung Electronics yesterday unveiled an array of new memory technologies designed to leverage its industry leadership globally. Samsung's new technologies include the world's first 70-nanometer, four-gigabit NAND flash memory and an 80-nanometer dynamic random access memory (DRAM) device. The world's largest DRAM maker said it has developed a single chip memory solution, called fusion memory, which takes the multi-chip package and system-in-package concepts a step further to deliver a single design combining memory and logic. Samsung hopes to keep a 65-percent share in the NAND flash market, which will jump from US$3 billion this year to US$16 billion by 2007.
Singapore MDs can use ads
Medical practitioners in Singapore could soon get the green light to advertise their services, allowing them to compete better with their regional rivals, the Straits Times reported yesterday. The medical fraternity, whose attempts to capture a slice of the lucrative regional health care services sector have been handicapped by the ban on advertising, has pushed for the policy change, the newspaper said. The changes could take effect from January next year. Singapore is aiming to build itself as a regional health care service provider and a government-appointed panel has set the target of bringing in one million foreign patients each year by 2012. The target, if achieved, could pump US$3 billion into the economy and create 13,000 jobs. In 2000, the city-state earned US$345 million from foreign patients.
Deutsche Bank sells land
Deutsche Bank, the biggest bank in Germany, is close to reaching an agreement to sell 1 billion euros (US$1.14 billion) worth of real estate in Europe to the private equity firm Blackstone with a view to strengthening its own funds, the Financial Times reported yesterday. Two thirds of the properties in question were situated in Germany, in Munich, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt. The remainder was in Barcelona, Brussels, Milan, Lisbon and Zurich, the newspaper said, without revealing its sources. The transaction would be effected in such a way that the bank would continue to occupy most of the property, FT added. A Deutsche Bank spokesman refused to comment on the information. Separately, the bank said it was considering farming out its information technology services activities, particu-larly software programming and writing.
SAFETY RISK: The government is working to categorize countries based on their COVID-19 cases and prevention efforts, which would determine quarantine periods The government plans to rank countries based on their COVID-19 risks to determine how to treat tourists and other travelers from those nations once Taiwan reopens its borders, but it is still working out the categories, a top health official told lawmakers yesterday. “We would divide countries around the world into several categories. One category would comprise those countries with very few confirmed COVID-19 cases, such as New Zealand and Palau. Travelers from the countries in this category would only need to practice self-health management,” Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) told a Legislative Yuan seminar hosted by
China would attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, Chinese General Li Zuocheng (李作成) said yesterday. Speaking at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on the 15th anniversary of China’s “Anti-Secession” Law, Li, who is chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Central Military Commission, left the door open to using force. The 2005 law is China’s legislative basis for military action against Taiwan. “If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the people’s armed forces will, with the whole nation, including the people of Taiwan, take all necessary steps to
SECURITY CONCERNS: The Telecom Technology Center ran black-box tests for the Executive Yuan on devices and software from Chinese, US and South Korean firms Network devices from several Chinese manufacturers are insecure and allow personal information to be leaked, testing commissioned by the Executive Yuan has shown. A variety of devices and software, including apps, from Chinese, US and South Korean manufacturers that are used by government agencies at the central and local level were subjected to black-box testing — in which the functionality of an application is examined without knowing about its internal structure, an information-security official said yesterday on condition of anonymity. The Telecom Technology Center conducted the tests, which simulated cyberattacks, to determine their resilience to the attacks, the official said. The center
CASH BOOST: Foreign spouses with residency permits are also eligible for the coupons, which can be bought at post offices or linked to digital payment options Stimulus coupons for Taiwanese and foreign spouses with residency permits can be ordered starting on July 1 and can be used from July 15 to Dec. 31, the Executive Yuan said yesterday. Aimed at boosting domestic spending, the coupons worth NT$3,000 (US$100.04) are to cost NT$1,000. “For our consumers, this is a very good deal as they get three times as much value for their money,” Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told a news conference in Taipei. While the coupons are to have a wide range of uses, including at department stores, restaurants, book stores, night markets, beauty and hair salons, hotels, and to