A science park to give the nation a boost: Tsai
Hsinchu Science Park X Would Help Nation Consolidate Its “Software Power” In Areas Like Artificial Intelligence and 5G, President Tsai Says
Taiwan has laid a good foundation for the development of high technology and plans to invest more in software innovation, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the first Hsinchu Science Park X building.
Located near Hsinchu Science Park – home to many of the country’s tech heavyweights, such as contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) – Hsinchu X Science Park is slated to become the second technology corridor in the country. city and the first step to create a new technology cluster focused on software development, Hsinchu city government said.
The first building is due for completion in March 2024 and is expected to create 2,800 jobs, the city government said.
Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Taipei Times
The central government plans to spend NT $ 18.3 billion ($ 659.74 million) for the development of the park, the city government said.
Hsinchu Science Park X, which is jointly developed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Hsinchu City Government, is expected to help Taiwan consolidate its “software power” in a wide range of fields such as artificial intelligence, 5G, information and communications. technology and big data, Tsai said.
Taiwan is a global powerhouse in semiconductor development, and after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation has played an even bigger role in the global supply chain, she said.
Regarding hardware, Tsai said Taiwan has taken the world’s top spot in the pure-play wafer foundry industry by capturing a market share of over 70%, while the country ranks second. suppliers of integrated circuit design, packaging and testing services.
Taiwan is also among the top three in the global LCD, LED and solar panel industries, which is further proof of the country’s success in developing computer hardware, she said.
TSMC is the world’s largest contract chip maker, while ASE Technology Holding is the leading provider of integrated circuit packaging and testing services.
Hsinchu Science Park X is expected to attract more investment and talent, paving the way for integrating its software and hardware skills into Taiwan’s high-tech industry, Tsai said.
Science and Technology Minister Wu Tsung-tsong (吳 政 忠), who also attended the ceremony, said that Hsinchu Science Park started from scratch four decades ago to become the base for semiconductors the most. largest in the world, adding that he believed that Hsinchu Science Park X could use its software focus to support Hsinchu Science Park.
Also at the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said that to maintain the country’s technological advantage, he was pushing for the merger of Hsinchu City and Hsinchu County into one. special municipality, which would concentrate the resources of the two areas.
The merger is an urgent matter on which Taiwan cannot afford to hesitate, Su said.
The Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) is pushing for the merger to create the country’s seventh special municipality next year, while some oppose the plan say the DPP is rushing the merger to help Hsinchu mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) to circumvent the mandate restrictions to be mayor of the merged municipality.
Lin, from the DPP, was first elected mayor of Hsinchu in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.
He is not allowed to run for another term, but in the event of a merger, he could run again.
Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Comments containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.