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Dyson plans software lab in Alabang, eyes local technical people

BRITISH technology company Dyson Ltd. is planning to open a software lab in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, creating 400 software engineering jobs for research and development (R&D) work over the next three years. The project is part of a global Dyson research expansion, in which £2.75 billion (P177 billion) will be invested into developing new technologies and products over five years. Scott Maguire, Dyson chief operating officer, said in an online press conference on Thursday that the company plans to tap into the talent pool from local technical universities. “The investment that we’re putting in there is very much around us [...]

2021-05-24T08:32:28+00:00 November 27, 2021|

Startup Funding: November 2020

Numerous chipmakers pulled in funding in November 2020, with investors putting money into interconnects, memories, AI hardware, and quantum computing. Launching from stealth was a startup aiming to combine AI and 5G. Autonomous delivery did well, too, with one company raising a massive $500M. This month, we take a look at 28 companies that raised a collective $1.1B. Semi & design Connectivity company Kandou drew $92.3M in Series C funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners and joined by new investors Climb Ventures and Swiss Select Opportunities among other existing investors. Kandou provides ultra-short reach (USR) SerDes PHY IP using its Chord multi-wire signaling approach to improve signal integrity and latency. [...]

2021-05-24T08:30:43+00:00 November 24, 2021|

This Filipino Student Invented Solar Windows Made from Rotten Vegetables

Carvey Maigue of Mapua University has been shortlisted for the James Dyson Award 2020 for his system called AuREUS, a device that transforms rotten fruit and vegetables into clean, renewable electricity. His invention was among 1,800 entries from young inventors and design engineers from 27 countries around the world. The brief was simple: Design something that solves a problem. Despite the pandemic, students met virtually to come up with solutions to global problems. From all these entries, only 20 were chosen to be potentially crowned as International Winner, Sustainability Winner, or International Runners-Up by the James Dyson Foundation. Maigue's AuREUS system [...]

2021-05-24T08:28:46+00:00 November 16, 2021|

5 fintech startups to get funding from ING-Unicef program

Dutch financial giant ING and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) have selected five promising local fintech startups that will receive fresh funding and mentorship under their joint program that scouts for ground-breaking and scalable solutions that will benefit the financially excluded and hardest-to-reach communities. Agriculture marketplace provider Agrabah, remittance platform provider BeamAndGo, education technology firm Educ4All, microinsurance provider Reach52 and microinsurance enabler Saphron qualified for ING Bank and Unicef’s “Fintech for Impact” program. “In the Philippines, over nine million children live below the poverty line. They not only suffer from poor health and nutrition but also miss out on [...]

2021-05-24T08:19:39+00:00 October 14, 2021|

Why there is a global semiconductor shortage, how it started, who it is hurting, and how long it could last

Semiconductors, also known as microchips and integrated circuits (ICs), are essential components in every electronics product, whether it be a simple remote control unit for changing channels on the television, or a supercomputer used to simulate weather patterns. While chips themselves are resilient, made to handle extreme temperatures, vibrations and other external shocks, the global semiconductor supply chain is relatively fragile, prone to disruptions from natural and man-made shocks. The supply of chips cannot be turned on and off with a switch. Multibillion-dollar wafer fabrication plants are finely tuned and run 24/7, 365 days a year. Changing the production line [...]

2021-05-24T08:54:54+00:00 May 12, 2021|

End of the road: Honda PH announces Jazz to be discontinued

When we first learned that Honda was looking at replacing the Jazz (international name: Fit) in the Philippine market, we felt it was a shame. Honda had just premiered a new generation Jazz/Fit which included a crossover-inspired variant at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Now the news is official: Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has just announced that they are discontinuing the Jazz for our market. The Jazz was first launched in the Philippines in July 2004, meaning the nameplate is about to celebrate its 17th birthday in our market. Internationally, the Jazz/Fit will be turning 20 as it was first launched [...]

2021-04-12T05:13:06+00:00 April 9, 2021|

Yamaha begins production of 155cc scooters at its new facility in Batangas

Yamaha Motor Philippines (YMPH) has formally opened its second assembly plant at the Lima Technology Center (LTC) in Malvar, Batangas. This event signals the start of local manufacturing of the best-selling NMax 155. Former congresswoman Charito Plaza, now director-general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, joined YMPH president Hiroshi Koike to witness the ceremonial roll-out of the first NMax from the new assembly line. “This is really a gesture of support that Yamaha has provided the Philippine Economic Zone Authority,” says Plaza. The new facility was originally scheduled to open in August last year, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In all, it has created some [...]

2021-04-12T05:10:08+00:00 February 23, 2021|

Apple partners with TSMC to develop micro OLED displays for AR devices – Nikkei

Apple Inc has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to develop micro OLED displays, which it plans to use in its upcoming augmented reality (AR) devices, Nikkei Asia reported on Wednesday. Apple is collaborating with TSMC, the sole supplier of iPhone processors, as micro OLED displays are far thinner, smaller and use less power, making them more suitable for use in wearable AR devices, the report said. The displays under development are less than 1 inch in size, Nikkei added. Bloomberg News in January reported that Apple was still working on underlying technologies for its AR glasses, codenamed N421. It [...]

2021-02-22T03:38:43+00:00 February 10, 2021|

Here’s why there’s a global computer chip shortage

A group of lawmakers is asking the Biden administration to intervene in what has become a global computer chip shortage. "We believe that the incoming administration can continue to play a helpful role in alleviating the worst impacts of the shortage on American workers," the senators wrote in a letter. So what's going on? Automakers and consumer electronics companies are vying for computer chips These chips have become a crucial part of the supply chain. Car companies like Ford use them to power the modern-day technology in their vehicles — the engine, Bluetooth capabilities, seat systems, collision and blind-spot detection, transmissions, WiFi, and video [...]

2021-05-24T08:49:55+00:00 February 6, 2021|

Ayala Corporation officially begins Husqvarna operations in the Philippines

Swedish motorcycle manufacturer, Husqvarna, has been selling its street motorcycles in KTM dealerships around the country for nearly a month now. Consisting of 3 models, Husqvarna’s lineup is composed of the Vitpilen 401, Svartpilen 401, and the Svartpilen 200. Unlike its sister company, KTM’s edgy and sharp two-wheelers, Husqvarna's lineup gives a more retro and sophisticated aesthetic to would-be customers. That said, the Ayala Corporation has finally made it official that they will be taking the helm of Husqvarna's operations in the country. This comes as no surprise, as the conglomerate in 2017, inaugurated the first KTM manufacturing plant in the country, located in [...]

2021-05-24T08:45:40+00:00 February 1, 2021|