The semiconductor chip industry could be an opportunity for Turkiye

Yongatek Microelectronics General Manager Ali Baran stated that the CEOs of very important companies in the USA said that the chip will replace oil in the 21st century, “We also consider this issue as an opportunity for Turkiye.”

Baran made a statement to the AA correspondent at TEKNOFEST, the world’s largest Aviation, Space and Technology Festival, where Anadolu Agency (AA) is the global communication partner for the 8th time.

Noting that after the Covid-19 epidemic, a global crisis was encountered in the supply of chips, Baran used the following statements:

“Actually, the reason for this crisis is the chip production competition between the USA and China. We think we are at the beginning of this crisis. CEOs of very important companies in the USA say that the chip will replace oil in the 21st century. This actually means that the world will be shaped by the chip issue in the next period. We consider this issue as an opportunity for Turkiye.”

Domestic production chip model “Kirmik”

Speaking about the locally produced chip “Kirmik”, Baran said that this is the first chip they produced and that the chip can be used wherever there is image processing.

Baran stated that the main market targets are image systems and used the following statements:

“Smart cities are increasingly becoming a part of our lives, where the chip will support the entirety of properly displaying, compressing, transferring the image after it has received it from the sensors. Now there are cameras everywhere. It becomes much more important to process and evaluate the processed image, rather than store images from cameras on large disks.”

Emphasizing that Kirmik 2.0 will go into mass production and that there are only 3-4 similar models in the global market, Baran said that the chip in question is a model that can support artificial intelligence algorithms with a very high rate of video compression.

“Turkiye will be one of the key countries”

Baran stated that they aim to reach the supplier position in the chip industry, which is one of the rare sectors that Turkiye is dependent on foreign sources, and said:

“Turkiye has not solved the chip problem yet, but it is not a problem that cannot be solved. We need to work with our youth, universities and industrialists. TEKNOFEST will be a very important opportunity in this regard. I believe that in 5-10 years, Turkiye will be one of the key countries in the newly created semiconductor chip industry. We have full faith. Our country has unique strengths that stand out. Firstly, we have a very important young population, secondly, we have industrialists and infrastructures that can do very high-quality work. That’s why we believe that Turkiye will become a very important player in the semiconductor sector, which will be formed in 5-10 years with a strategic plan.”

Source: AA / Prepared by Irem Yildiz

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