Taipei ― The Taiwan government is taking a critical step in developing an ecosystem for artificial intelligence (AI) innovation in Taiwan, announcing 2017 the 1st year of AI in Taiwan. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is going to budget more than NT$10 billion to support AI industry development in Taiwan. On October 24, the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) signed a strategic alliance letter-of-intent (LOI) with Synopsys. Chen Liang-gee, Minister of Science and Technology, witnessed the signing for close cooperation to develop key AI technologies to help advance AI and related emerging industries and generate another momentum of growth for the Taiwan semiconductor industry.
The collaboration aims at ecosystem development for AI innovation and cultivation of high-caliber AI professionals
“In the next five years, a total investment of NT$16 billion in AI hardware, software, key technologies, and related applications is expected to be available for us to step by step develop an ecosystem for AI innovation in Taiwan,” said Chen Liang-gee, Minister of Science and Technology. “Moreover, relevant platform and service development as required by local technology R&D is an important mission of our NARLabs”
“The signing between NARLabs and Synopsys is part of the Semiconductor Moonshoot Project and AI Innovation Research Center of our Ministry’s five major AI strategies, and we will actively engage ourselves in cultivating top talents for semiconductor manufacturing and IC design, so that high-caliber professionals needed by the semiconductor industry when entering the era of AI would be readily available.”
Cooperation between NARLabs and Synopsys to lay a solid foundation for the development of AI, related emerging industries, as well as applications
Synopsys has been contributing significantly to the cultivation of semiconductor and chip design talents for Taiwan in addition to its long-term partnership with NARLabs’ Chip Implementation Center. The letter-of-intent signed today covers AI system-on-chip (SoC) design platform, AI algorithm and engine development, as well as many key technologies such as AI cloud computing and SoC modeling. The cooperation is expected to lay a solid foundation for the development of AI, related emerging industries, as well as applications in Taiwan.
Further growth of Taiwan semiconductor industry to be driven by development of AI and its applications
Dr. Aart de Geus indicated in his speech that “Synopsys will work closely with the National Applied Research Laboratories on AI research and development. And assist Taiwan semiconductor industry to further its leadership.”
“Nowadays the two major drivers of the IC design industry are AI and automotive electronics. The AI industry output value is expected to reach US$38.6 billion and the industry output value of automotive electronics is expected to reach US$58.4 billion by 2025,” said Robert Li, Country Manager of Synopsys Taiwan.
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