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News coverage of technology developments in the broad Asian and Indo-Pacific regions in March 2024 for obvious reasons touched on a huge range of items and issues, opportunities and challenges.

In March of 2024, these included, for instance: Samsung and SK Hynix in South Korea ending sales of used semiconductor equipment to China; India’s space moves with the New Generation Launch Vehicle project; Japan’s quantum computing partnership with NVIDIA; Australia’s new Cicada HealthTech Hub; China’s moves to phase out Intel and AMD processors, and Microsoft products; and many more.

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Critical technologies news, globally in March 2024.

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Future Today Institute 2024 Tech Trends

Future Today Institute 2024 Tech Trends Report

Australian tech news: March 2024

  • Online now: Australian Signals Directorate Blueprint for Secure Cloud, an online tool to support the design, configuration and deployment of collaborative and secure cloud and hybrid workspaces, focusing on Microsoft 365
  • Australian global payments firm, Airwallex, partners McLaren Formula 1 racing team to offer acceleration grants to startups

More from Australia: March 2024 >

ASPI Sydney Dialogue

ASPI: The Sydney Dialogue – critical, emerging & cyber technologies

Cambodia snapshot: March 2024

  • National Incubation Center of Cambodia launches, sited in Royal University of Phnom Penh, to build tech skills in the Kingdom’s youth, with key startup relationship in place with South Korea…

More from Cambodia: March 2024 >

Stablecoins and de-dollarization

Stablecoins – a potential counter to de-dollarization?

China’s tech news: March 2024

  • China reportedly planning lunar surveillance camera network based on the country’s domestic surveillance system, using AI systems to identify and respond to perceived issues
  • China & critical minerals: Which controls can China meaningfully deploy, in line with which specific interests, and with what domestic consequences?

More from China: March 2024 >

MERICS: China - Aligning economic actors with Party goals

MERICS: Aligning economic actors with China’s strategic goals

HONG KONG tech: March 2024

  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority rolls out Phase 2 of e-HKD Pilot Program, opening applications for proposals on potential use cases of a digital HK dollar
  • Hong Kong: HSBC now allows retail investors in Hong Kong to purchase real gold using digital ledger-based digital tokens…

More from Hong Kong: March 2024 >

XPrize quantum technologies competition

XPrize quantum technologies competition

Indian tech news: March 2024

  • India preps for 3 unmanned space launches prior to manned launch, with first G1 mission set for July to test Gaganyaan Crew Module and featuring a humanoid robot
  • India: Azimuth AI gains backing from UAE’s AUM Ventures with first generation of System-on-Chip products, developing purpose-built SoCs for smart city and broad EV applications…

More from India: March 2024 >

EY - the AIdea of India - the potential for Generative AI

EY: The AIdea of India – the economic potential for Generative AI

Indonesia snapshot: March 2024

  • Indonesia: Microsoft AI Founders Club launched recently to provide a community for AI-based B2B startup founders, with 18 Indonesian startups so far selected
  • Indonesia’s Telkomsel partners Taiwan’s AppWorks to launch 9th edition of TINC startup accelerator program…

More from Indonesia: March 2024 >

Deloitte - Tokenization of real-world assets

Deloitte: Tokenization of real-world assets (pdf link)

Japanese tech news: March 2024

  • Researchers from Japan and Switzerland successfully laser-etch circuits onto glass, triggering generation of electric current upon light exposure
  • Japan: Taiwan’s TSMC to partner Sony and Toyota for over $20BN investment in second Japan plant, producing chip-on-wafer-on-substrate semiconductor packaging…

More from Japan: March 2024 >

SusHi Tech Tokyo 2024

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South Korean tech: March 2024

  • Samsung is set to receive $6BN from the US gov’t with plans for a second chip manufacturing facility in the US, adding to chip project already underway in Texas
  • South Korea: Rebellions AI chip firm preps for mass production of energy-efficient ATOM chips with Samsung as manufacturing partner for 5nm tech in H1 2024 and 4nm in H2…

More from South Korea: March 2024 >

The Defender's Dilemma

Google: How AI can reverse the defender’s dilemma

Malaysia snapshot: March 2024

  • Malaysia: An intro to Graphjet Technology, converting palm kernels into graphite for EV batteries and commencing production in H2 2024 with carbon and cost reductions compared to synthetic graphite
  • Malaysia: MYStartup and Growth Charger accelerator unveil 26 startups selected for the MYStartup Pre-Accelerator Cohort 3 Programme…

More from Malaysia: March 2024 >

Malaysia Venture Capital

Malaysia Venture Capital Roadmap 2024-2030 (pdf link)

New Zealand snapshot: March 2024

  • New Zealand: Sandfly Security gain seed backing with focus on protecting the Linux systems underpinning critical infrastructure, and apps in robotics, edge devices, networking gear and more…

New Zealand: March 2024 >

New Zealand UpStart Nation 2023 Report

New Zealand: UpStart Nation 2023 Report

The Philippines: March 2024

  • The Philippines and Australia ink agreements around boosting maritime commitments, and for cooperation on cyber and critical technologies
  • Philippines: A brief interview intro to AllSchool, an all-in-one digital campus solution which includes use of blockchain to issue and verify student certificates…

More from The Philippines: March 2024 >

Philippines VC 2024

Foxmont & BCG: Philippine Venture Capital Report 2024

Singapore tech news: March 2024

  • Singapore’s Silicon Box semiconductors firm to invest $3.5BN in Italy to build a chip fabrication facility in the country’s north
  • Singapore: SynPhNe lands $5M Series A with wearable tech for treatment of neurological disorders including ageing challenges – memory and functional decline – chronic stress and pain…

More from Singapore: March 2024 >

Cisco 2024 cybersecurity readiness

2024 Cisco Cybersecurity Index – Underprepared, Overconfident Companies

Taiwan’s tech news: March 2024

  • Taiwan: A deep dive into the work of the Industrial Technology Research Institute’s Central Region Campus in developing plant-based and microbial alternatives to animal proteins
  • Startup Island TAIWAN and Singapore’s Action Community for Entrepreneurship ink MOU to facilitate ‘soft landing’ support for startups in both countries…

More from Taiwan: March 2024 >

Taiwan's response to disinformation

NBR: Taiwan’s response to disinformation – a model for coordination

Thailand tech: March 2024

  • Thailand: Ramathibodi teaching hospital at Mahidol University gains US grant for WiFi tech feasibility study and pilot project, aiming to boost digitally-supported healthcare
  • Thailand: Financial regulator to open applications for virtual banks within 6 months, hoping to address the 50% of the population that has no access to financial products…

More from Thailand: March 2024 >

Semiconductors in 2024 - Deloitte

Deloitte: Global Semiconductor Industry Outlook in 2024 –

Vietnam tech snapshot: March 2024

  • Vietnam: An interview intro to NativeX English language learning platform focusing on working professionals and targeting uptake by 10 million domestic users…

Vietnam: March 2024 >

Electric vehicles in Thailand

KPMG: Electric vehicles in Thailand

critical Technologies: March 2024 news

  • HP launches world-first business PCs with chip-level measures to protect firmware against quantum computer hacks
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center’s moves to develop a European presence in RISC-V chip expertise and manufacturing
  • United Kingdom commits $45M to $1.4BN European Union research and innovation fund, aiming to develop and manufacture advanced semiconductors in Europe…

Critical technologies: March 2024 news >

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