Singapore - News Flash

11 August 2010

Chia Ling Koh

3 Feb 2010 - Singapore became the 41st country to be included in the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) initiative. EPEAT is an influential environmental rating system for electronics. The EPEAT system evaluates electronics - which are eligible for a Bronze, Silver or Gold rating - based on key benchmarks such as elimination of toxics, design for recycling, extended product longevity, increased energy efficiency, packaging waste reduction, and takeback and recycling services. Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd has registered the first EPEAT Gold-rated products in Singapore.

25 Mar 2010 - The Economic Development Board (EDB) has identified green electronics, bioelectronics, plastic electronics and security products as new growth areas for Singapore's electronics industry. These new growth areas currently contribute about 10% of Singapore's total electronics output. This figure is expected to increase to 30% by 2020.

Companies with R&D activity in Singapore in these areas include: Medtronic, Fluidigm, Nitto-Denko and STMicroelectronics for bioelectronics; Bosch, BASF and STMicroelectronics for plastic electronics; and Gemalto, Infineon and STMicroelectronics for security products.

8 Apr 2010 - The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) (a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)) has launched the Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) Consortium. The Consortium, a public-private sector research collaboration involving 8 MNCs and local enterprises, aims to establish a technology platform to grow the MEMS industry in Singapore. The members include Coventor, Inc., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, NEC-Schott, Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd. (SSMC), Intellisense Software Corp., EPCOS PTE. LTD. (a Group Company of TDK-EPC Corporation), Seiko Instruments Inc. and Tango Systems, Inc.

The Consortium adds to two other industry consortia spearheaded by A*STAR - the 3-Dimensional Through-Silicon Via Consortium and the SERC Aerospace Programme.

14 Apr 2010 - The Business Times reported that use of cloud computing services in Singapore is expected to grow 43% over the next five years - from US$42 million this year to US$177 million by 2014. Industry experts have called for industry and/or regulatory standards to regulate and monitor the industry, as well as to protect data integrity and confidentiality.

14 Apr 2010 - The Media Development Authority (MDA) plans to launch a nationwide 3D television trial in August, in conjunction with the start of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. The trial will last between one and six months, involve all the major broadcasters and telcos, and be conducted on free-to-air television, cable, IPTV and online. The MDA is already commissioning 3D programmes, which are expected to include "live" sporting events, movies and documentaries.