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Car sales decline while EV blooms 1/2/2019
The positive outlook comes as combined electric vehicle sales in China, the US and Europe grew 65.4 percent in the first three quarters from the same period a year earlier, beating the 44.8 percent increase of last year from 2016.
India prepare to step into iPhone production 1/2/2019
Foxconn will start assembling some of the more recent iPhone X series devices at its plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, in southern India. Since Foxconn is currently producing the Xiaomi phones at this factory, the company is plannign a new $356 million iPhone production that will create about 25,000 jobs.
Foxconn likely to draw on technology learned from Japan's Sharp 1/2/2019
Foxconn has made gradual steps into the semiconductor industry in recent years, mainly in the backend assembly and test segment.
China advanced in space explorations 1/1/2019
Chinese civilian space program plans to land a six-wheeled rover on the moon's far side — the side we never see from Earth.
3D image sensor to add another dimension to smartphone 1/1/2019
The hope is, among phone and 3D sensor manufacturers, that functions like face and gesture recognition which 3D sensors enable, will revive the smartphone market which is thought to have contracted about 3% this year.
Toshiba to divest li-ion battery business 1/1/2019
Positioning the business as an independent operation will remove layers of management and allow for more rapid decision making.
Flash and DRAM price drop and NVMe adoption highlights Memory Industry 1/1/2019
The drop in solid state storage prices is the biggest story of the year. While flash is the bigger piece of the storage landscape, there was an equally large drop in DRAM prices as well. 2018 was the year that NVMe entered the mainstream, according to G2M research. They found that NVMe sales doubled in 2018,
Amazon to expand Whole Foods market 12/31/2018
The plans are a part in the series of Amazon's grocery, delivery and pickup expansions to cities across the United States in recent months.
China to emphasis battery power storage capability 12/31/2018
Chinese regulators have approved a $174 million investment in the northwestern province of Gansu for the installation of a 720 MWh lithium-ion grid storage battery. When completed it will be able to store electricity for up to 4 hours, says Bloomberg.
Gaming chip prices down on competitions 12/31/2018
AMD's mid-range chip RX 580 was selling at $249 to $299 on Amazon a month ago, but is now priced at around $189. Meanwhile, Nvidia's high-end graphics card GTX 1070 has seen its selling price continue to slide since February.
Qualcomm unfair licensing trial to begin this week 12/31/2018
Lawyers for the regulatory agency and the company claims that Qualcomm is abusing its strength in the market for smartphone components to force Apple Inc. and others to pay inflated license fees.
Tesla appointed big names Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to board 12/28/2018
Wilson-Thompson is the global head of human resources at Walgreens Boots Alliance and a former executive at Kellogg. Ellison is co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle, and recently disclosed a massive personal stake in Tesla.
NEC to acquire Denmark's largest IT company 12/28/2018
NEC has been trying to shift to software and services from hardware as it has lost out to Asian rivals in semiconductors, personal computers, and smartphones.
Trump intend to ban Huawei and ZTE from the U.S. market 12/28/2018
The United States says the companies work at the behest of the Chinese government and that their equipment could be used to spy on Americans.
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) to focus on fabless in 2019 12/28/2018
The Semiconductor Fabless Accelerator Lab (SFAL) would help create a robust infrastructural structure that would support and incubate start-ups in their early stages and would also expedite present fabless SMEs to the next level by facilitating access to funds, mentors, and the market.
Huawei to be first company to adopt TSMC EUV N7 and N5 process 12/27/2018
The foundry is scheduled to move the N7 Plus to volume production in the first quarter of 2019, and targets 2020 for volume production of the N5.
Analysts see weakness in Samsung's 4th quarter 12/27/2018
South Korean tech giant is forecast to report an operating profit of 13.9 trillion won (US$12.3 billion) for the October-December period, down 7.6 percent from the 15.1 trillion won reached a year earlier.
MediaTek reported third-quarter profit, up 54.2% 12/27/2018
“MediaTek has been putting a lot of efforts into expanding its business into broader fields such as the internet of things and TV, overall smartphone market fatigue to increase further, it’s necessary that component providers switch into new areas to seek more growth."
China pulled ahead of U.S. on wireless network speed 12/27/2018
Among the five largest countries in the world, China has the fastest mean mobile download speeds of 30.96 Mbps, while the US topped in terms of fastest mean fixed download speeds of 92.77 Mbps. China was second in fixed broadband download speed.
Israel-based startup called ADAM to create driver behavior monitoring chip 12/26/2018
ADAM claims that it is the first to add a “cognition” layer to traditional driver-monitoring systems. The startup is at the “proof-of-concept” stage for many of the features to be embedded into its adaptive driver attention management (ADAM) platform.
Mobile Semiconductor offer 0.65V Ultra Low Power Memory Compiler 12/26/2018
The Memory Compiler offers an Ultra-Low Power mode at 0.65V that is useful to a wide range of wearable and battery powered devices.
Micron reduces Capex by 10% 12/26/2018
The company said on Tuesday that it would cut $1.25 billion of capital expenses next year, bringing its total expenditures to $9 billion to $9.5 billion and feeding into fears that the semiconductor industry's boom is over.
Foxconn Technology to build its own wafer fab in China 12/26/2018
Foxconn is set to proceed with the project in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. The total amount of the investment in the project could add up to around 60 billion yuan, or $9 billion.
Apple start to pull older phones off the German market 12/24/2018
In Germany, the judge ruled that phones with a chip from Apple supplier Qorvo violate one of Qualcomm’s patents around so-called envelope tracking, a feature that helps mobile phones save battery power while sending and receiving wireless signals.
Silicon Storage Technology partners with SK Hynix on superflash technology 12/24/2018
Superflash's power efficiency and fast erase time are ideal for low-power applications such as remote IoT edge nodes and contactless payment devices.
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