Hon Hai teams up with partners on AI applications

01/08/2020 08:30 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, has partnered with Yokohama-headquartered Socionext Inc. and California-based video management software developer Network Optix Inc. to introduce artificial intelligence (AI)-based solutions.

In a statement, Socionext, a multinational system-on-chip (SoC) provider, said Wednesday that through the cooperation with Hon Hai and Network Optix, the company has developed BOXiedge, a high density, fanless, and highly efficient edge server for the Taiwanese company, known as Foxconn in the global market.

"Socionext, as a provider of SoC-based solutions, looks to create a solid synergy by working with leading high-tech companies such as Foxconn and Network Optix," Kotaro Goto, vice head of Socionext's Automotive & Industrial Business Group, said in the statement.

The advanced servers are powered by a scalable, 24-core Arm Cortex-A53 SoC which provides excellent processing speed and power-savings, Socionext said.

The new system is designed to support the most demanding edge computing, smart energy, Internet of Things (IoT), and real-time data processing applications, Socionext added.

"Socionext has been a reliable and trusted technology partner in ASSP (application specific standard product) for many years and shares the same vision with us at Foxconn of innovating the next-generation AI solutions," Gene Liu (劉錦勳), vice president of Hon Hai for the company's semiconductor development, said in the statement.

The cooperation with Socionext provides further evidence that Hon Hai is keen to make inroads in semiconductor development, with a plan to penetrate the electric car, digital medical care and robot businesses.

Hon Hai has laid out a roadmap to develop high-end semiconductor technologies over the next three to five years, ranging from chiplets to power management chips, to driver ICs for flat panel use, to control ICs and video ICs.

In June Last year, Liu Young-way (劉揚偉) succeeded Terry Gou (郭台銘) as chairman of Hon Hai, which also shows the company's ambition to transform itself from a pure contract manufacturer into a company that integrates its hardware and software strengths.

Before being elected as Hon Hai's chairman, Liu had been in charge of Hon Hai's semiconductor development initiatives, with the company setting up a "S sub-business group" for that business.

Hon Hai's consolidated sales for 2019 increased 0.82 percent from a year earlier to NT$5.34 trillion (US$178 billion), which beat its forecast and was the biggest annual revenue in its history.

(By Chung Jung-feng and Frances Huang)


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