Technology Bulletin

    • Apple to Use Its TSMC's Latest N7 Pro Process Tech...
    • Apr 16, 2019
    • "Apple is going to use TSMC’s N7 Pro process technology, based on the Taiwanese company’s 7nm process technology for system-on-chip (SoC) fabri... View More
      "Apple is going to use TSMC’s N7 Pro process technology, based on the Taiwanese company’s 7nm process technology for system-on-chip (SoC) fabrication. This will result in a more precise and miniaturized chip layout. But Apple will not be the first to use the 7nm process. HiSilicon keeping a competitive edge will be the first to use 7nm N7+ process for its Kirin 985 SoC. Huawei's HiSilicon is advancing in chipset technology rapidly. It was the first to launch a chipset with dedicated AI processor, beating Apple by just a few days. Huawei aims to take the pole position in the smartphone segment and is also focusing on vertically integrating components of its own. This will result in faster roll-out of smartphones with the Kirin 985 chipset before the September launch of the new iPhones." - Shobhit Srivastava
    • Google Cloud Announces New Regions in Seoul, South...
    • Apr 16, 2019
    • "Google announced two new regions for the Google Cloud Platform. One will be in Salt Lake City, Utah in the US and the other in Seoul, South Korea. Both ar... View More
      "Google announced two new regions for the Google Cloud Platform. One will be in Salt Lake City, Utah in the US and the other in Seoul, South Korea. Both are scheduled to launch in 2020. With the announcement from Google, the Korean cloud market is expected to grow from 2 trillion won (US$1.76 billion) to 3.4 trillion won (US$2.9 billion) by 2021. Government's deregulation on private cloud use by public institutions is another factor that enables the market to expand. Oracle announced that it will open its data center by the end of the year and this signals fierce competition with existing AWS and Microsoft in the Korean cloud market."- Sujeong Lim (Source: Data Center Dynamics)
    • America Is Losing the World's Biggest Manufacturin...
    • Apr 9, 2019
    • "Electric vehicles (EVs) will overwhelmingly drive the global auto industry growth over the next decade, reaching up to 30 million units by 2030. China is ... View More
      "Electric vehicles (EVs) will overwhelmingly drive the global auto industry growth over the next decade, reaching up to 30 million units by 2030. China is already dominating the emerging EV market with 40% of global production. The US currently produces only 20% of the world’s EVs. Further, the US market and production are not growing as quickly as China. The writer of this article suggests that the US Congress should be far more ambitious and provide consumer tax credits to encourage the sale of more affordable EVs in large numbers. The writer also suggests that the US Congress should also require all new federal government vehicles to be US-made EVs. Finally, the writer says the US must begin to produce more of the minerals that are crucial to EVs. It seems true that the US is recently losing the race on clean energy innovation, despite former President Barack Obama’s efforts to boost competitiveness in the sector. If the US really do not want to get left behind, it would better hurry up and look for creative strategies across the supply chain such as finding ways to efficiently develop a domestic supply of critical minerals for EVs." - Liz Lee (Source: Forbes)
    • America Is Losing the World's Biggest Manufacturin...
    • Apr 9, 2019
    • "Electric vehicles (EVs) will overwhelmingly drive the global auto industry growth over the next decade, reaching up to 30 million units by 2030. China is ... View More
      "Electric vehicles (EVs) will overwhelmingly drive the global auto industry growth over the next decade, reaching up to 30 million units by 2030. China is already dominating the emerging EV market with 40% of global production. The US currently produces only 20% of the world’s EVs. Further, the US market and production are not growing as quickly as China. The writer of this article suggests that the US Congress should be far more ambitious and provide consumer tax credits to encourage the sale of more affordable EVs in large numbers. The writer also suggests that the US Congress should also require all new federal government vehicles to be US-made EVs. Finally, the writer says the US must begin to produce more of the minerals that are crucial to EVs. It seems true that the US is recently losing the race on clean energy innovation, despite former President Barack Obama’s efforts to boost competitiveness in the sector. If the US really do not want to get left behind, it would better hurry up and look for creative strategies across the supply chain such as finding ways to efficiently develop a domestic supply of critical minerals for EVs." - Liz Lee (Source: Forbes)
    • Continental Projects Autonomous Cars to Quadruple ...
    • Apr 9, 2019
    • "With vehicle software generating annual revenues of US$280 billion a year currently, going up to US$1.2 trillion by 2030 sounds like a reasonable projecti... View More
      "With vehicle software generating annual revenues of US$280 billion a year currently, going up to US$1.2 trillion by 2030 sounds like a reasonable projection. The lack of software development skills at traditional OEMs and its suppliers makes technology companies outside the automotive industry well placed to realize the opportunity. Although, this would mean having to drop conventional mindsets that have long dominated automakers and suppliers." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Reuters)
    • Toyota to Give Royalty-Free Access to Hybrid-Vehic...
    • Apr 9, 2019
    • "Toyota Motor Corp plans to offer royalty-free access to its hybrid-vehicle technology patents within this year. With Toyota holding almost 20,000 active p... View More
      "Toyota Motor Corp plans to offer royalty-free access to its hybrid-vehicle technology patents within this year. With Toyota holding almost 20,000 active patents in the field, accessibility to hybrid technology on motors, power converters, and batteries would be openly available. This apparent disclosure is possibly motivated by the protective need to encourage and broad base hybrid strategies in the industry rather than jump straight to pure electric vehicles. With the lowered development costs and potential scale, we can expect prices for light and heavy hybrids to be accessible. It is also possible that policymakers consider incentives as an interim measure towards the adoption of hybrid vehicles for meeting emission targets. No doubt, a move inspired by Elon Musk's earlier announcements, offering free access to Tesla's EV technology." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)
    • GM, Ford and Toyota Came Together in US to Help Cr...
    • Apr 9, 2019
    • "GM, Ford and Toyota have come together with SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) to establish “safety guiding principles to help info... View More
      "GM, Ford and Toyota have come together with SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) to establish “safety guiding principles to help inform standards development.” The group will be established as an Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium. The aim of the group is to help regulators and companies frame adequate protocols to enable and expedite the availability of autonomous cars on the road. Technology companies and startups are moving ahead of traditional car companies to create Level 4 autonomous vehicles. This consortium is an attempt by traditional players to create a lobby for influencing regulators and create rules in their favor. I suspect that more traditional car companies will be joining hands with this consortium." - Shobhit Srivastava (Source: Reuters)
    • Learning to Drive, Autonomously, in a Day
    • Apr 9, 2019
    • "Wayve claims to be approaching the autonomous driving problem from a different angle than other autonomous driving (AD) companies. Wayve wants to do away ... View More
      "Wayve claims to be approaching the autonomous driving problem from a different angle than other autonomous driving (AD) companies. Wayve wants to do away with expensive sensor arrays, 3D maps, and massive computing power. It is instead relying on relatively simple computer vision and deep learning models. I can't help feeling that Waymo et al., must also have considered this as an approach, even if only as a tangential line of thinking. The problem with AD is the environments in which cars have to operate contains an almost infinite number of variables - even if the basic pattern of driving is fairly straightforward. It's the variables that make it hugely complex for machines to drive safely. If Wayve can make it work, however, it would dramatically reduce the costs and development time for making autonomous driving a reality." - Peter Richardson (Source: Slash Gear)
    • Claro Brazil, the First Carrier to Roll out eSIM S...
    • Apr 2, 2019
    • "Claro Brazil announced that it will roll out eSIM support for smartphones and smartwatches from March 29th. It is the first carrier in Brazil and LATAM to... View More
      "Claro Brazil announced that it will roll out eSIM support for smartphones and smartwatches from March 29th. It is the first carrier in Brazil and LATAM to kick off this service. Vivo (Telefonica Brazil) also announced, in the same week, that it will support eSIM, but only for smartwatches. iPhone XS and iPhone XR have both been launched in Brazil in November 2018. However, their eSIM versions were not working until now. Chile will be the second country to launch eSIM services. Movistar Chile announced at MWC 2019 that it would launch eSIM services in March. On March 29th, it announced that eSIM is available in only one carrier store. So far, no other carrier in LATAM has announced a clear plan for eSIMs. However, Mexico could soon launch eSIMs as it is a leading market for iPhones in LATAM." - Tina Lu (Source: Canal Tech)
    • The First Wave of 5G Smartphones to Finally Be Ava...
    • Apr 2, 2019
    • "Around MWC, we saw a number of 5G smartphones unveil. The first wave of 5G smartphones are finally going to be sold later this week in South Korea from Sa... View More
      "Around MWC, we saw a number of 5G smartphones unveil. The first wave of 5G smartphones are finally going to be sold later this week in South Korea from Samsung and LG. Both the devices will cost north of US$1,000. This is because the cost deltas for adding 5G connectivity and IP royalties between 4G to 5G phones are estimated to be in the range of US$80-US$120. Added to this are marketing costs. Depending upon the regions (testing, certifications, duties) and variants (mmWave or sub-6GHz or both), we will see such cost deltas appearing in the first wave of devices. Further, with subsidies almost non-existent in 5G versus 4G era, it remains to be seen how is the uptake for these new devices initially. Marketing push and attractive 5G data plans pricing from carriers will be key for 5G smartphones to reach tens of millions of shipments this year." - Neil Shah (Source: Samsung Newroom)

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