The governments of Singapore and Israel have recently agreed to fund four million-dollar projects that aim to boost the research and development capabilities of the two countries, mainly through their private sector.
The two countries announced that they are investing S$2.8 million (US$2.3 million) into the Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (SIIRD) to fund new projects on gaming and entertainment, wireless networking, business intelligence and radiation therapy.
The foundation was set up in 1997 by Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) and Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) to promote, facilitate and support joint industrial R&D projects between Singapore-based companies and Israeli high-tech companies. The foundation can fund as much as 50 per cent of eligible joint R&D projects and facilitates matchmaking for companies from the two countries.
For this new round of funding, SIIRD said it will also be implementing two new initiatives to further bolster Singapore's R&D sector during their next round of project approvals in December. The funding ceiling will also be raised from the existing US$750,000 to US$1 million, and will also be expanded to include non- commercial research entities. The foundation said it is introducing these changes as the two countries believe investments in innovation will boost their economies.
Solving real-world problems with technology
SIIRD said the four new projects are pioneering in their respective fields as they try to solve real-world problems using innovative technologies.
The first project is a collaboration between Israel's Scentcom, a start-up on the cutting edge of Digital Scent Technology and Singapore's Lynxemi, an independent semiconductor company providing manufacturing development and supply chain management. The two companies are looking to develop a low-cost Miniature Digital Scent Module suitable for mass production. The module is embedded into devices to emit scents to bring out true four-dimensional (4D) entertainment experience to handset devices, home theatre systems, mobile gaming devices and desktop computers.
Lynxemi's other project with Israel's Wilocity is also getting funding to bring a faster wireless networking technology to the market. The two companies are designing a smaller form factor that can encapsulate Wilocity's 60-GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipset into a smaller module. Wilocity's chipset is said to have a transfer rate of 7 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than today's wi-fi. The companies said the new packaging will be the "first-ever 'active antenna array' to be integrated within commercial portable computer products in a reliable, cost-effective and high performance manner".
The third project - between Israel's Traffix Systems and Singapore's Elixir Technology - involves developing advanced business intelligence solutions for telecommunications providers. The solution will be based on signalling information as a main source of network intelligence.
Said Lau Shih Hor, CEO, Elixir Technology: "Through the combination of our award-winning software and the Diameter control plane expertise of Traffix Systems, I am confident that we are pioneering a new era of network intelligence and optimisation in the telecoms sector. With the assistance of SIIRD, we have found an ideal Israeli partner with complementary technological know-how and with whom we can achieve an accelerated rate of commercialisation."
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