Jul 17
Taiwan pays US$4.75 billion for defense since 2022; Trump says it's not enough
In recent years, Taiwan has significantly increased its defense procurement from the US. However, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to assert that Taiwan has taken "100% of the US semiconductor business" without providing anything in return, suggesting that Taiwan should pay the US for its defense.
The Goddard Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has introduced Augmented Reality (AR) technology into the spacecraft assembly process for the first time. This innovative approach is set to significantly enhance the assembly efficiency of the Roman Space Telescope, setting a new standard for precision and efficiency in space technology development.
Europe's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, Ariane 6, is scheduled to launch from French Guiana on July 11, carrying satellites and experimental equipment.
During his inauguration speech on May 20, 2024, President William Lai announced the development of "Five Trusted Industry Sectors": semiconductors, AI, military, security and surveillance, and next-generation communications.
With Boeing's current struggles and no clear turnaround in sight, Taiwan's aerospace supply chain is increasingly looking to "domestic defense autonomy" as the primary driver for market growth. Taiwan's aerospace supply chain representatives recently revealed that the aerospace industry's challenges are having a cascading effect on the machine tool sector, as aerospace suppliers purchase machine tools for manufacturing and processing.
Min Chun Precision, traditionally an aerospace stalwart, is now setting its sights on the lucrative space industry. The company has been making significant strides in ground station platforms, securing orders from international satellite operators and even drawing interest from SpaceX.
Taiwan's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in aerospace manufacturing face a unique challenge: the high cost of obtaining necessary certifications.
VIGO Photonics, a Polish company specializing in mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) detectors and modules, is becoming increasingly central to European efforts to gain greater autonomy on key semiconductor technologies, especially when the photonics sector sees growing aerospace and defense applications in sensing, optical communication, and laser-based weapons.
Unitech Printed Circuit Board has expressed optimism about the demand for Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Revenue generated from the sector will significantly surpass the previous year's level in 2024, according to company VP Kanty Wu.
As AI demand surges, data centers are consuming critical levels of energy, raising concerns about an impending energy and environmental crisis.
As China marks the fifth anniversary of the commercialization of 5G mobile networks in 2024, 5G Advanced networks (also known as 5.5G or 5G-A) have begun to attract much attention.
Ever since the Polish scientist Jan Czochralski discovered a way to crystallize metals in 1915, the technique that eventually becomes known as the Czochralski method to grow high-purity semiconductors has long underpinned the global electronics industry with its ability to scale up the single-crystal production of silicon and germanium. A decade later, Czochralski was invited back to his native land where he consolidated his research and passed on his legacy to the Warsaw University of Technology.