Digital forensics pioneer Meiya Pico makes technology breakthroughs

October 19, 2021 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, East China’s Zhejiang Province, Alibaba Pingtouge’s own semiconductor unit presents the Yitian 710 cloud chip, developed by its own development. Photo: VCG

Chinese digital forensics company Meiya Pico said on Tuesday that it has made stable and reliable equipment for electronic forensic data and domestic alternatives to big data platforms, reaching a major technological breakthrough two years after being listed in October 2019.

The company, based in China’s coastal province of Fujian, said that after being included in the list of US entities, it immediately launched an “icebreaker plan” and set up an “icebreaker laboratory” to prevent vigorous technological innovation.

It has now made a breakthrough to address key “suffocation” issues, according to a report on an online platform for investors on Tuesday.

Founded in 1999, Meya Pico is a leader in the domestic forensic electronic data sector and is expanding from traditional network security to sectors such as industry and commerce, taxation, customs, municipal oversight and emergency response.

The small-scale company gained notoriety after being blacklisted by the United States in October 2019. Since then, the so-called Entity List includes startups for face recognition Sensetime, Megvii and Yitu, video surveillance specialists Hikvision and Dahua Technology and AI. leader of iFlyTek, and Yixin Science and Technology Co.

Analysts note that Mei’s statement shows recent efforts by Chinese companies to counter US coercion in high-tech innovation.

The breakthrough could be due to software upgrades that China still counts on imports, Zhang Xiaorun, director of the Beijing Research Institute of Advanced Technology, told the Global Times on Tuesday, while Chinese companies are not engaged in digital forensics. are now at the same level as other world counterparts.

According to its website, Meiya Pico is one of two listed companies in the global forensic electronic data industry, and it does business not only in China but also in countries and regions as part of China’s proposed Belt and Road initiative.

However, observers say the digital forensics industry may represent only a small part in the increasingly intense competition between China and the US in the high-tech sector. A more acute problem remains the gap in advanced semiconductor production, which China may take many years to bridge.

“China has the potential to produce low-end chips, and in recent years it has made a breakthrough in some key areas of the industry, but lags behind in some key areas,” veteran telecommunications analyst Fu Liang told the Global Times on Tuesday. .

Fu said that the semiconductor industry chain is not a competition between China and the United States, but much more complex, which no country can achieve on its own.

China may depend on the United States for some technology, while for American firms there is no doubt, “China is a market that American firms need to develop advanced technology,” the analyst said.

In 2021, China remained the largest semiconductor market with sales of $ 192.5 billion, an increase of 27.1 percent, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

World chip sales reached a record $ 555.9 billion in 2021, up 26.2 percent from the previous year. The association expects global chip sales to grow 8.8 percent in 2022 as chipmakers continue to expand capacity to meet demand.

Growing demand will last for years due to the rapid development of Chinese firms in 5G and other information industries, Fu said.

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