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Intel Partners With Taiwan Chipmaker UMC on New Foundry

Intel and semiconductor foundry UMC of Taiwan have signed a collaboration agreement to develop a 12-nanometer semiconductor process platform for high-growth applications such as mobile communication devices. Intel said the partnership will deliver an expanded process portfolio, combining its at-scale U.S. production capacity with UMC’s mature nodes foundry experience. The company’s Ocotillo Fabrication site in...

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South Korean Authorities Raise Security, Economic Concerns Over Private Sector Work With Taiwan

South Korean authorities said marine engineering company SI Innotec’s $12 million contract to supply equipment to a Taiwanese shipbuilder posed a national security threat because it might trigger economic sanctions from its top trading partner, China, which claims Taiwan as its territory. According to a Feb. 17, 2022, police affidavit obtained by Reuters, SI Innotec’s...

US OKs $80M Arms Shipment to Boost Taiwan’s Self-Defense
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US OKs $80M Arms Shipment to Boost Taiwan’s Self-Defense

Washington has cleared $80 million to fund the shipment of military supplies and services to Taiwan under the Department of State’s Foreign Military Financing program. A CNN report said that according to a letter the department addressed to Congress, the approved transfer of equipment under FMF, a program normally reserved for sovereign nations, would bolster...

Microsoft: A China-Linked Hacking Campaign Is Targeting Taiwan Networks
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Microsoft: A China-Linked Hacking Campaign Is Targeting Taiwan Networks

Microsoft has tracked down a China-linked hacking operation called Flax Typhoon that appears to target Taiwan-based organizations for long-term access to their networks. In a blog post, the tech giant said the activity used vulnerabilities in operating systems and applications to access the networks. Based on Microsoft’s observations, the threat actors linger on breached systems....

State Department Clears Proposed Sale of F-16 Tracking System to Taiwan
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State Department Clears Proposed Sale of F-16 Tracking System to Taiwan

The U.S. Department of State has approved the possible sale of F-16 Infrared Search and Track systems and related equipment to Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the fighter jets, is the principal contractor for the proposed acquisition. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States submitted the...

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Gorilla Technology Secures 5G Law Enforcement Solutions Contract From Taiwan

A Taiwanese law enforcement agency has selected Gorilla Technology Group to provide telecommunications and network solutions for a 5G communications surveillance system project.  Gorilla Technology, a London-based provider of artificial intelligence-based edge video analytics, internet of things technologies and cybersecurity, said the undisclosed agency awarded a $20.8 million contract in June to support the security...

Northrop Grumman Appoints Lead Executive for New Taiwan Office
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Northrop Grumman Appoints Lead Executive for New Taiwan Office

Northrop Grumman has hired Fisher Huang to oversee the company’s operations in Taiwan, where it recently opened a new office to provide local customers and industry with increased access to Northrop offerings.  As the lead executive for Taiwan, Huang will develop and facilitate the implementation of Northrop’s market strategy and business development plan and manage...

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US Must Share The Load With Trusted Partners to Protect Critical Technologies

The United States needs to establish a multilateral supply chain and customs agreement to stop bad actors or countries of concern from accessing critical technologies such as semiconductor chips, according to Nicholas Henderson, a research associate at the U.S. Naval War College. Henderson, who specializes in Chinese international economic policy, wrote in a post on...

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