Archive for August, 2011

Hsin-Chu Science Park

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Nowadays, technology becomes one of important things in our life to make our work easier and more practical. Speaking of technology, it is close or identical to electronics. Beside Japan and United States who are leading in this market since long time ago, Taiwan in the last 20 years has become one of new players that has to be considered. Their achievement in the last few years was pretty awesome. Most of notebooks, LCD monitor, computer hardware, chips, and LED, were manufactured in Taiwan. And behind this successful, there lie science park. One of the oldest and famous science park is Hsin-Chu Science Park which was established on December 15th, 1980 by the government of Taiwan with the investment of Kuomintang.

There are several reasons behind the science park establishment. Flashback in the late 70s, Taiwan’s industrial parks gradually ran out of its competitive advantage in low cost manufacturing due to the rapidly rising wage. It made the foreign investments in Export Processing Zones slowed down and some of them moved to neighboring South-East Asia countries. As the result, stagnation of economic growth could not be avoided.

A new strategy to help Taiwan’s economy was needed. Fortunately, Taiwan government received valuable advice from Stanford’s Dean, Frederick Emmons Terman, to established indigenous high-tech industry base. It referred to adopt Silicon-Valley in US, which has been proven  of its successful. Then the strategies continued with luring back some expatriate, engineers, scientists, and other high-tech professionals. University engineering enrollment was also increased.

To realized the project, Taiwan government spent 500 millions USD in ten years plus 500 hectares park development plan. They built infrastructures, selecting and recruiting park’s clients, facilitating investment environment, facilitating living environment, building bridge between universities, R&D institutes and park clients.

As a result, today at Hsin-Chu Science Park, around 400 companies were established. They are working on semiconductor, computer peripheral and hardware, telecommunication, and opto-electronic. The two top semiconductor foundries, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), are in Taiwan.

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Score : 85
#3 of 4 writing assignment in Scientific Taiwan Class, Spring 2009

E-Taiwan : The Secret Behinds The Modern Life of Taiwan

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

In the first meeting of the class, Prof.Sheen talked about how Taiwan is always updating their technology in order to improve their quality of life. It was started with E-Taiwan program. E means Electronic or Digital. This program was adopted as the key component of the “Challenge 2008 : The 6-Year National Development Plan”. The program began in May 2002. The government at that time had an e-agenda which aiming to develop the information and communications infrastructure across the country, boosts industry competitiveness, upgrade the government’s performance, and transforms Taiwan as an e-leader in Asia. The program contains five core aspects which are: e-Infrastructure, e-Government, e-Industry, e-Life, and e-Opportunity.

Five goals had been determined for this program. (1) Demonstrate to the world the ICT usage policy and initial investments and effectiveness of e-Taiwan project. (2) Based on the viewpoints of sociology and QoL (Quality of Life), to clarify the Taiwanese digital usage state, subjective awareness, perceptions on e-services and the following cognition toward e-Life. (3) Aim to construct localized QoL indicators for information society in Asia, which is reacting to the ongoing research framework and trend on the developed nations. (4) Do the best to facilitate Taiwan’s NII (National Information Infrastructure) achieving main concerns on building a user-centered information society. (5) To make good use of project results, and try to distribute and integrate the resource and government’s investments.

Some methods had been done to reach the goals. (1) Qualitative and quantitative methods are co-adopted to do data collection and therefore to accomplish the first wave baseline model. (2) 2124 subjects, with different sex, age, education, marital status, occupation, and income are involved in the 6-months project, ICT using in work, internet access, and ability to operate the e-service are all inquired inside a list of 70 questions. (3) Besides a one-month sampling interview through telephone, deeply focus groups are invited to express theis experience, influence, satisfaction, and expectation in e-Life. (4) EFA and CFA are used to help Taiwan’s indicator of QoL, which contains of 5 segments. (5) Regression Analysis are adopted to get thorough understanding toward e-Life and QoL.

By running the program with all means, and got positive responses from the people, no wonder if nowadays ICT has become important part of Taiwan.

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Score : 84
#2 of 4 writing assignment in Scientific Taiwan Class, Spring 2009

I think it should be the #1. My bad, I did not write the date on the paper.

M-Taiwan

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Being considered to be the top of ICT manufacturer by conquering 90% of WiFi market share in the world, Taiwan has moved to the next level of ICT industry. The E-Taiwan program which was established in 2002 had developed very well and fast in order to support Taiwan to enter the new era of mobilization technology. This evolution brought Taiwan to evolve their program from E-Taiwan into M-Taiwan. M-Taiwan (M stands for mobile) became the next stage of ICT industry in Taiwan.

It was starting from December 2005 when the Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG) of Executive Yuan developed a WiMax blueprint. They believed if WiMax would be the preferred technology to deliver M-Service, M-Learning, and M-Life in the M-Taiwan program. And to realize the program, the government should dive into the pocket deeply. In the year 2005, 42 million USD has been spent, and more 70 million USD in the year after. All in all, this four year program will cost around 212 million USD totally, and for the exchange, it is expected to stimulate Taiwan’s industry to invest approximately 630 million USD on WiMax network infrastructure.

To strengthen Taiwan’s ICT infrastructure and services to provide a world class broadband access environment for internet users has become one of the major objectives of the program. Hence, the government needs to encourage all corporate, both local and foreign companies, to take apart on this project. Enhance infrastructure, upgrade the communications equipment, creating a mobile data service industry, and build a competitive mobile industry environment, are specified objectives of M-Taiwan.

Some strategies which were adopted for the technology development, also has been planned to achieve the goals. The first strategy is, build a complete WiMax ecosystem. Then, developed differentiated applications and design a coupled WiFi/WiMax network to leverage strength of Taiwan’s WiFi industry. For non-technical strategies, the government plans to leverage government sponsored research and development projects, and participate in international standards activities and collaborate with international organizations. To assist all the projects which belong to M-Taiwan program, the government has built M-Taiwan support center to conduct network entrance and interoperability test. And after the M-Taiwan succeeded, Taiwan will move to the top level of ICT life, which they named U-Taiwan. U is for ubiquitous.

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Score : 82
#1 of 4 writing assignment in Scientific Taiwan Class, Spring 2009

Sorry for my bad English.

Ngabuburit Sahur

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Biasanya istilah ngabuburit dipakai orang-orang sebagai kegiatan menunggu waktu beduk magrib. Untuk kasus saya kali ini berbeda. Saya lagi menunggu waktu sahur yang akan datang sekitar 1,5 jam lagi. Jam 3 pagi saya bersama Bapak akan pergi ke warung gudeg ceker yang ada di kota Surakarta. Maaf, tidak akan ada laporan pandangan mata ataupun pandangan rasa. Soalnya nanti sampeyan ngiler-ngiler waktu baca tulisan ini di saat puasa.

Walaupun bisa berinternetan, tapi sungguh, internet di sini sungguh-sungguh menguji kesabaran. Tapi syukurlah, karena saya lagi sedang ingin mengurangi dosis berinternet. Sekedar pamer, entah berapa belas biji duren bergantian memasuki rongga mulut saya yang menguliti daging buah dari bijinya. Dan saya malah merasa mabuk internet daripada mabuk duren. Untuk beberapa hari ke depan saya nggak tahu masih bisa berinternet lagi atau tidak, karena di rumah Kakek tidak ada koneksinya. Eh, ada sih, telkomnet instan (masih ada nggak ya? Haha). Pilihan lain, kalau mau harus berjalan beberapa tapak keluar rumah dan singgah di warnet.

Susah. Kalau mau hiatus tapi setengah-setengah ya gini jadinya. Saya malah bawa kertas tugas yang rencananya dulu isinya mau saya pindahkan di blog supaya dibaca orang. Tugas dari mata kuliah yang nggak ada ujiannya, cuma ngerjain tugas 4 biji dan voila, 90 di tangan. Pertama untuk sharing, karena saya rasa isinya cukup lumayan menambah wawasan. Kedua, karena agar target setiap-bulan-minimal-4-post terpenuhi.

Akan ada empat tulisan, isinya tentang teknologinya Taiwan. Tentu dalam bahasa Inggris. Tapi tenang, kata-katanya nggak akan susah-susah. Malah cenderung memalukan karena grammar and vocab limitation saya.