Google readies Taiwan data center
Summary: Web giant looks ready to launch its data center in Changhua Country, Taiwan, as it begins recruiting for the third such facility in the region after Singapore and Hong Kong.
Google appears ready to launch its data center in Changhua Country, Taiwan, as it begins recruiting for the third such facility in the region.
The company put up at least seven job positions on LinkedIn to be located in Changhua County, including a datacenter security specialist, datacenter facilities engineer, as well as datacenter environmental and safety technician.
The Web giant in September 2011 unveiled plans to invest US$300 million to build a new data center in Changhua County, spanning 15 hectares of land. The site would support its users in Taiwan and Asia, and was scheduled to go live by the second half of this year. At its groundbreaking in April 2012, Daniel Alegre, president of Google’s Asia-Pacific operations, said the investment was part of over US$700 million the company had set aside for its expansion plans for the region, which included two other data centers in Singapore and Hong Kong.
It added then that 25 full-time employees would be hired to support the Taiwan facility when it was operational, alongside “a number of” part- and full-time contractors in other roles.
When contacted, a Google spokesperson in Singapore declined to provide any details: “We have nothing to announce at this time.”
In announcing its plans for the Taiwan data center, the company said the site would be the first to feature energy-saving measures such as night-time cooling and thermal energy storage system.
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Apple Supplier Foxconn to Invest Millions in Pennsylvania
Foxconn Technology Group, the Taipei-based maker of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone, plans to invest $40 million in Pennsylvania to develop robotics, joining other manufacturers seeking to build products in the U.S.
Foxconn flagship company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (2317) will invest $30 million over two years to build a high-tech manufacturing facility for goods including components for telecommunications equipment and Internet servers, said Terry Gou, the founder and chairman of Foxconn. It will also fund $10 million worth of research and development at Pittsburgh’sCarnegie Mellon University, he said at an event in Washington yesterday.
Foxconn will invest in a manufacturing unit in Harrisburg, the state capital, to create about 500 jobs, according to a company statement. It already has a manufacturing facility there that employs about 30 people.
“We have a long-term history in Harrisburg,” Gou said yesterday, adding that the investment is part of an American manufacturing “renaissance” that will boost U.S. employment.
As the maker of some of America’s most popular consumer electronic devices and the operator of sprawling manufacturing facilities in China, Foxconn has emerged as a symbol of U.S. outsourcing. The company, which counts Cupertino, California-based Apple as its largest client, said in December that it’s seeking to expand North American operations as customers request more of their products be domestically made.
“Hon Hai wants to put its dream into action,” Gou said, according to a statement from the company. “We’ll go from original component R&D through to a complete high-end production chain. However this is not, as assumed, manufacturing for a specific brand.”
Foxconn, also a major supplier to Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), has 1.6 million workers globally, including at factories in California and Texas that make partially assembled electronics products, Louis Woo, a company spokesman said at the time.
“We won’t be migrating Chinese production lines, but creating high-precision, high-tech, high value-added manufacturing in the U.S for future technology trends,” Gou said.
Hon Hai shares fell 0.5 percent to close at NT$74.60 in Taipei. Taiwan’s benchmark Taiex index climbed 0.2 percent.
An increasing number of technology companies are relocating manufacturing facilities to the U.S. because they want their product designers to be near the manufacturers for quality control, according to Scott Andes, a senior policy analyst at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington.
“We’ve seen a lot of new insourcing,” Andes said in an interview. “A lot of this is because companies are beginning to have a greater sense of the full cost of production.”
Some companies found overseas manufacturing more costly than expected, he said. “I think a lot of companies jumped the gun on labor costs alone” and didn’t take into account energy and transportation costs, which are relatively high in China when compared to the U.S., he said.
“We are very, very pleased that companies from overseas are looking to locate and grow in Pennsylvania,” C. Alan Walker, the state’s secretary for the Department of Community andEconomic Development, said at the announcement in Washington. He said Gou made the decision to invest in the state in recent days after speaking with Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican.
Hon Hai’s net income for the third quarter rose 1.6 percent to NT$30.8 billion ($1 billion), beating analyst estimates, according to a Nov. 13 filing by the company to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Gou is part of a business delegation to the U.S. led by former Taiwan Vice President Vincent Siew. In addition to Gou, members of the delegation visiting New York, Washington and San Francisco this week include Douglas Hsu, chairman of Far Eastern Group — which has holdings in industries including energy, retail and construction — and Susan Wang, vice chairman of chemical manufacturer Formosa Plastics (1301) Group.
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Acer Liquid S2 at a glance
•General: Quad-band GSM, dual-band GPRS/EDGE, tri-band UMTS/HSPA, 42.2 Mbps LTE
•Form factor: Touchscreen phablet •Dimensions: 166 x 86 x 9mm
•Display: 6” 16M-color 1080p (1080 x 1920 pixels) capacitive touchscreen TFT, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
•CPU: Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
•GPU: Adreno 330
•Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
•OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
•Memory: 16GB storage, microSD card slot of up to 128 GB
•Camera: 13 megapixel auto-focus camera; 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video recording at 24fps, Full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps; 2MP front-facing camera with FullHD video capture
•Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
•Battery: 3300 mAh
•Misc: DTS sound enhancement, 4 LED flash plus diffuser
MediaTek Launches MT6592 True Octa-Core Mobile Platform
The MT6592 is the world’s first heterogeneous computing SOC with scalable eight-core processing for superior multi-tasking, industry-leading multimedia and excellent performance-per-watt
HSINCHU, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek Incorporated (2454:TT) today unveiled the MT6592, the world’s first true octa-core mobile platform. The MediaTek MT6592 System on a Chip (SOC) combines an advanced eight-core application processor with industry-leading multimedia capabilities and mobile connectivity for a perfect balance of performance and power consumption.
The greater computational capabilities of the MediaTek MT6592 deliver premium gaming performance, advanced multi-tasking and enhanced web browsing for high-end smartphones and tablets. The MT6592 builds on the success of existing MediaTek quad-core mobile platforms, which have revolutionized price-performance efficiency for mobile devices, and is expected to be available in devices running Android ‘Jelly Bean’ by the end of 2013. MT6592 enabled mobile devices running Android ‘Kit-Kat’ are expected in early 2014.
Building on the advanced 28nm HPM high-performance process, the MT6592 has eight CPU cores, each capable of clock speeds up to 2GHz. The true octa-core architecture is fully scalable, and the MT6592 runs both low-power and more demanding tasks equally effectively by harnessing the full capabilities of all eight cores in any combination. An advanced MediaTek scheduling algorithm also monitors temperature and power consumption to ensure optimum performance at all times.
The MT6592 features a world-class multimedia subsystem with a quad-core graphics engine, an advanced video playback system supporting Ultra-HD 4Kx2K H.264 video playback and support for new video codecs such as H.265 and VP9, a 16-megapixel camera and a Full HD display. The SOC also features MediaTek ClearMotion(TM) technology for automatic frame-rate conversion of standard 24/30fps video to high-quality 60fps video for significantly smoother playback.
Enhancing mobile performance still further, the MT6592 incorporates the MediaTek advanced multi-mode cellular modem and a full connectivity capability for dual-band 801.11n Wi-Fi, Miracast screen-sharing as well as Bluetooth, GPS and an FM tuner.
In addition to MediaTek’s leadership in Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) in CPU, all of its mobile SOC’s including the MT6592 have been using a Heterogeneous Computing (HC) architecture, distributing the workload to different kinds of processors and other specialized computing engines to optimize performance. These HC building blocks include the CPU, GPU, DSP, multiple connectivity engines, multiple multimedia engines, camera engines, display engines, navigation, and sensor cores. MediaTek is committed to apply the best-in-class technologies to each of these building blocks.
"We are thrilled to offer the new MT6592 to our customers as part of our ongoing commitment to providing inclusive mobile technology," said Jeffrey Ju, MediaTek General Manager, Smartphone Business Unit. "The MT6592 delivers longer battery life, low-latency response times and the best possible mobile multimedia experience. Being the first to market with this advanced eight-core SOC is testament to the industry-leading position of MediaTek."
"MediaTek has taken a pioneering position with the MT6592 by being the first to use the power-efficient ARM(R) Cortex(R)-A7 processor in an octa-core configuration with the ARM Mali(TM) GPU," said Noel Hurley, ARM Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division. "We are delighted that our partnership with MediaTek continues to deliver new and innovative mobile consumer products, extending our low-power and high-performance leadership in mobile devices."
About MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The company is a market leader and pioneer in cutting-edge SOC system solutions for wireless communications, high-definition TV, optical storage, and DVD and Blu-ray products. Founded in 1997 and listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange under the “2454” code, MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan and has sales or research subsidiaries in Mainland China, Singapore, India, United States, Japan, Korea, Denmark, England, Sweden and Dubai. For more information, visit MediaTek’s website at http://www.mediatek.com.