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IBM launches joint research with Taiwan institutions

2012/04/25 22:01:13

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) U.S.-based IBM announced Wednesday in Taipei a joint research project on an integrated circuit design with Taiwan's Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University with the aim of applying the technology in the field of medicine.

The goal of the open collaborative research project is to develop a type of integrated circuit called optimized field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and to use it in cancer radiotherapy and tumor detection, according to IBM Taiwan.

With the use of such technology, hopefully the course of cancer treatment will be shortened, IBM Taiwan said.

The company said the research team will integrate solutions and resources from IBM Research Austin, one of the company's nine global research laboratories, and IBM's Power Systems research centers.

The research team will also work with MD Anderson Cancer Center in the U.S., it said.

Wang Po-hsia, an executive at IBM's Power Systems research centers, said intelligent computing is a very important part of workload optimization and the FPGA can help achieve rapid computation in different industries.

(By Stacey Wu and Jamie Wang)
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