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Critical technologies: February 2024

The monthly round-up of critical technologies news from February 2024 gathered global coverage of those developments that are of crucial importance, whether economically or strategically, at the nation-state level.

The critical tech news summary for February 2024 captured items including, for instance: the European Union’s growing focus on critical techs; the Linux Foundation’s launch of the Post-Quantum Cryptography Alliance; Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellites and cybersecurity; China’s moves into the RISC-V chips architecture; and many more, covering space launch, satellites, semiconductors and beyond.

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Semiconductors in 2024 - Deloitte

Deloitte: Global Semiconductor Industry Outlook in 2024

“NVIDIA began 2023 worth $350 billion, and ended it at $1.2 trillion. At the start of the week, it stood at $1.8 trillion
worth more than the entire Chinese stock market;
more than all the energy stocks in the S&P 500…”

“Quantum technology is on the minds
of at least some EU policymakers
but as the European Parliament elections
loom in June and the European Commission
enters the final months of its mandate,
will it be a priority in 2024?”

“Three factors — supply chain security, sustainability, and subsidies — feature prominently as semiconductor companies expand into new countries or regions…”

“Space-based solar power offers tantalizing possibilities
for sustainable energy – in the future, orbital collection systems could harvest energy in space,
and beam it wirelessly back to Earth.”

Quad Cyber Vulnerabilities

ORF: Fixing Cyber Vulnerabilities – A Quad Agenda

Quantum Security for Financial Sector

World Economic Forum: Quantum Security for the Financial Sector

Digital Risks to 2024 Elections

Digital Risks to the 2024 Elections: Democracy in an Era of Disinformation

“…China’s leading chipmaker, predicted
a ‘global supply glut’ in the types of semiconductors
his company produces. Simultaneously, he announced a $7.5bn increase in capital expenditure…”

Taiwan: “Within just 3 square miles, Hsinchu contains
more than 150 semiconductor companies and suppliers, more than 600 manufacturers, three universities,
and more than 160,000 highly skilled full-time employees…”

Global Cybersecurity 2024

World Economic Forum: Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2024

China: “…Huawei Ascend 910B currently achieves
near 80% of the performance level of Nvidia’s A100.
Data-center service providers consider this chip
to be the preferred alternative for domestic companies.”

India downstream space tech

Deloitte, NASSCOM, ISA: Opportunities for Indian downstream spacetech

Video: ‘Inside Micron Taiwan’s Semiconductor Factory’, part 1 of a 5-part series looking at Taiwan’s cutting-edge mega-factories

Quantum Economy Blueprint

World Economic Forum: Quantum Economy Blueprint – January 2024

“The disparity between CubeSats and small satellites is stark… Five years ago, the two categories stood on equal footing. Today, small satellites outnumber CubeSats counterparts by approximately 4 to 1.”

Orbiting Now satellite data

Orbiting Now / Active satellite orbit data

“I understand that SpaceX is possibly withholding broadband internet services in and around Taiwan — possibly in breach of SpaceX’s contractual obligations with the U.S. government…”

NBR Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains

NBR: Bolstering and Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains

South Korea National Cybersecurity Strategy

South Korea: National Cybersecurity Strategy (direct pdf link)

“Prices of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4090… are soaring across Asian markets as people are willing to pay hefty sums of cash for them and then resell them in China or Hong Kong at a higher price…”

Lithium mining in Tibet

The impacts of lithium mining on Tibet and Tibetans

“In 2022, the bulk of its research and development engineers were based in China but [Taiwan’s] Alchip has begun moving roles overseas, many to Japan…”

DDoS Cyber Attacks in 2023 in Asia Pacific

StormWall: Analysis of DDoS cyber-attacks in 2023 in Asia Pacific

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