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What’s ATIP?. ATIP = Asian Technology Information Program A US not-for-profit company (12 th year) Both government and corporate contracts HQ in the US, but most staff abroad Mission: To improve Western understanding of Asian technology developments

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    1. What’s ATIP? • ATIP = Asian Technology Information Program • A US not-for-profit company (12th year) • Both government and corporate contracts • HQ in the US, but most staff abroad • Mission: • To improve Western understanding of Asian technology developments • To improve collaborations for mutual benefit • To build communities of common interests • Think Tank for corporate and govt orgs

    2. Advanced Technologies in Japan Dr. David K. Kahaner kahaner@atip.or.jp AF Asian Science & Technology Forum May 25, 2006 National Strategies to Foster Innovation in Japan

    3. Advanced Japanese Technologies • R&D in many sectors at world class levels • Driven by commercial & social needs primarily (e.g., not defense) • Rapid diffusion into products & services • Other countries (especially in Asia) are copying/using this model • Examples in this talk are: • Instrumented transportation • Microelectronics, Sensors • Wireless applications & devices • Human interfaces • Robotics • Fuel cells • Advanced computers • RFID applications • Safety structures for homes • Medical technology for people

    4. Instrumented transportation • Hi tech infrastructure (trains, roads,…)

    5. Transportation & IT • An integrated system including Vehicle Information & Communications (2 way), Electronic Toll Collection, Advanced Highway System, Universal Transportation Management System

    6. Subway map (Tokyo)

    7. Buses too • Internet delivery of real-time schedule info (PCs & cell phones) including time required to destinations & position info of buses

    8. Leads to the following From my secretary…. David, you should leave our office at 10:45 and walk to the Oeda subway station (five escalators down from the street). Please take the 10:53 Oeda line to Shinjuku, which arrives at 11:03. At Shinjuku go up four escalators You have nine minutes to transfer to the JR Orange Line which leaves there at 11:12 from track 10. This arrives at Higasi Koganai station at 11:38. Please leave that station by the North exit. You will have 7 minutes to walk to the CoCo (local) bus stop which is just outside the station. That bus leaves at 11:45. Get off at bus stop #11, where Prof Pasco will be waiting for you at 11:55.

    9. Microelectronics • No secret about this • All aspects of semiconductor manufacturing, minus the processors • Advanced system-on-chip (SoC), combining different devices in one package • Microelectronics manufacturing • Moving toward smaller, more agile fabs • NEC, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Renesas, etc. • Moving toward advanced materials (SiGe, GaN, SiC, etc)

    10. Sensors (related to microelectronics) • Ubiquitous sensing • Networking of sensors • RFID solutions • GPS-enabled devices including phones • Medical technologies (blood pressure, calorie meter, body composition, etc.

    11. Mobile technology • Advanced CDMA (3G+) • NTT DoCoMo and AU are the main competitors now • NTT exporting DoCoMo i-Mode now • Features not to be seen in US market for at least 2-3 years • Fujitsu leading in base stations

    12. Human Interfaces

    13. Human Interfaces

    14. Human Interfaces • Japanese banking system creaks but their ATMs are the world’s most sophisticated. • Multilingual • Color, animation • Audio • Bankbook • Some biometrics

    15. Human Interfaces • Japan: Land of the talking elevator

    16. Interacting with Humans

    17. Robotics • Not only manufacturing robotics • Robots aimed at everyday apps: • Security • Assisting the elderly • Exoskeletons, muscle suits • Humanoids (e.g. Asimo) • Robot intelligence

    18. Base technologies

    19. Fuel Cells + Micropower Generators • Large (for cars) • Large fuel cell programs at Toyota, Honda, Nissan • Hydrogen infrastructure development underway • Small (to power portable electronics) • Sharp, Casio, Fujitsu, NEC, NTT, etc.

    20. Other Energy Sources

    21. 40.00 35.00 30.00 25.00 Tflops 20.00 15.00 10.00 5.00 0.00 0 640 1280 1920 2560 3200 3840 4480 5120 Number of CPUs Sustained Peak Advanced Computers • Earth Simulator (world’s fastest in 2002)

    22. Advanced Computers • New project: Kei-Soku • Preparing to build ~US$1.1B next generation computer (10PF), operational by 2011 • For life science and nanotech simulations • Just behind US efforts

    23. Others • Nanotechnology • Carbon Nanotubes and Nanosheets invented in Japan • Possible “megacity” of CNT trusses • RFID for non-logistics applications • Tracking children via tags in backbacks and readers in vending machines

    24. Conclusions • Japan is at or near world levels in many advanced technologies. • Drivers are commercial and social needs rather than defense. • Japan rapidly diffuses technology out of the labs into prototype products and services.

    25. Thanks for the opportunity to speak Contact anytime by email [kahaner@atip.or.jp] or telephone [(505) 842-9020, +81 3 5411 6670] ATIP Japan (below)