From gaming and cloud computing to mobile banking, the chip is core to the technologies you reach for every day – and many chips and chip technologies, including some of the latest game-changers, are developed or made in Singapore.

Infineon’s REAL3™: Small But Mighty

We have come to expect phones to deliver reliable face authentication and stunning photos, yet reliable 3D image data is only made possible by the image sensors behind them. Infineon Technologies AG, which has its regional headquarters and Design Centre here, is collaborating with pmdtechnologies ag to develop REAL3™, the world’s smallest and most powerful 3D image sensor. Measuring in at just 4.4 x 5.1 mm, it can be incorporated into the smallest of devices to support critical 3D image matches, like when facial recognition is used to complete bank transactions and unlock devices. Cooler applications include enhanced autofocus, and that dreamy bokeh-effect in Instaworthy pictures . It can even support authentic augmented reality experiences.

Micron: Not a Flash in The Pan

Opened last year, Chipmaker Micron’s cutting-edge plant in Singapore has as its focus the latest-generation 3D NAND flash memory chips, used in everything from smartphones and cameras to high-end computers in data centres. Singapore is also home to Micron’s NAND Center of Excellence, where it conducts everything from R&D to assembly and testing. It’s a long way from when Toshiba invented flash memory in the 1980s and displaced hard disks and floppy disks as a way to store information. Today, Micron’s technology continues to break new ground in speed and features, including ever-increasing storage capacity. 

NVIDIA: Game-Changing Graphics Card

For Minecraft fans, the game might have reached its pinnacle, but some of the latest graphics cards from Nvidia Corporation just keep making things better. The Made-in-Singapore Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series uses an artificial intelligence processor to boost frame rates and increase the resolutions gamers can play at, stimulating light in games more realistically, for instance, ensuring reflections appear on water surfaces and that shadows fall where they should. Game on!

AMS 3460: Revolutionising Noise-Cancellation 

Sensor solutions company ams, which uses Singapore as its core R&D and manufacturing centre, has been revolutionising the world of sound. Its chips have amped up noise cancelling power – whether you’re using loose- or closed fitting earbuds. Its as3460 sensor combines two microphones that listen to your environment while an algorithm is used to figure out if you’re in a noisy club or an airplane, and automatically adjust its noise filter to suit. The as3460’s Digital Augmented Hearing engine could eventually be used for personal health monitoring, and even treating the symptoms of tinnitus.

Semiconductor Industry Communication Campaign

Over the last 50 years, semiconductors have underpinned Singapore’s success. Today, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the semiconductor industry powers our global digital infrastructure and underpins vital sectors of the economy. Semiconductors are also essential components of the technologies that control and enable essential infrastructure and life-critical equipment such as health care and medical devices, water systems and the energy grid, transportation and communication networks, and the financial system.

Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) will soon embark on a campaign to tell the untold stories of the microchip and the resilience of the industry, to attract passionate, driven and skilled school leavers and professionals into the sector.

If you have any stories or know someone worthy of being to be highlighted in the campaign, drop us an email at secretariat@ssia.org.sg, telling us the details or who they are, and their contact information, if possible.

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Websites of Infineon, Micron, NVIDIA and AMS