Date
22 April 2018
Google plans to scale up its Taiwan research and development center as it seeks to push development of AI technologies. Photo: Reuters
Google plans to scale up its Taiwan research and development center as it seeks to push development of AI technologies. Photo: Reuters

Google to boost hiring for Taiwan R&D hub amid AI focus

Google announced Wednesday that it plans to hire over 300 professionals in Taiwan as it seeks to boost its main research and development hub in Asia.

Chien Lee-feng, managing director of Google Taiwan, said at an event that the hiring would be the biggest one ever in Taiwan for Google, Nikkei Business Review reported.

According to the report, new job openings include positions in software and hardware engineering across testing, product development, semiconductor design and supply chain management, as well as specialists in data center servers.

Google will partner with government organizations, training colleges, and businesses in the island to implement its expansion.

The new hiring plan would double its original team of around 300 staffers in the island, according to report.

The headcount does not include 2000 engineers that Google received from acquiring the smartphone design unit of Taiwanese handset maker HTC last year.

Meanwhile, Google also pledged to support Taiwan’s development of artificial intelligence (AI).

According to Taiwan media, the global tech titan aims to train over 5000 AI experts for the marketing sector in 2018.

Google has made Taiwan its top R&D center in Asia as the island is home to a lot of technical talent and a slew of technology firms such as TSMC, Hon Hai Precision Industry, Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics.

Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers are manufactured by Quanta, which is also one of the Google’s data center server builders.

According to the Nikkei report, Google’s Tensor processing units, built for AI tasks, are produced by TSMC.

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