Technology Bulletin

    • Slowing Smartphone Sales and Increasing Competitio...
    • Nov 27, 2018
    • "Smartphone SoC player MediaTek will face tough competition in 2019 amidst slowing smartphone sales and increasing pressure from Qualcomm. While the compan... View More
      "Smartphone SoC player MediaTek will face tough competition in 2019 amidst slowing smartphone sales and increasing pressure from Qualcomm. While the company saw its demand increasing with the launch of Helio 70 mobile SoC, it will be hard for it to continue growth with a slowing China smartphone market and a new SoC launched by Qualcomm specifically catering to the mid-high tier market. MediaTek will have to concentrate on key customer expansion in the mid-segment smartphone market, offering key features like AI at competitive prices."- Shobhit Srivastava Source: Digitimes
    • 8 Surprising Facts About China: The World's Second...
    • Sep 28, 2018
    • The World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual summit on innovation, science and technology and entrepreneurship, the annual meeting of the new champions, was rece... View More
      The World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual summit on innovation, science and technology and entrepreneurship, the annual meeting of the new champions, was recently held on Sept 18-20 in Tianjin, China. These 8 surprising facts summarise the aggressive economic and sustainability aspirations of China, being driven primarily through technology and innovation leadership. The fundamental mission apparently is to be the first nation deploying 5G and lead in EVs globally. -Vinay Piparsania (Source: World Economic Forum)
    • British Chip Designer ARM Introduces a Dedicated C...
    • Sep 28, 2018
    • ARM unveiled this week its first in a line of autonomous-class processors, the Cortex-A76AE, with security features that will allow autonomous cars to meet the ... View More
      ARM unveiled this week its first in a line of autonomous-class processors, the Cortex-A76AE, with security features that will allow autonomous cars to meet the toughest safety requirements. It expects the first cars using this processor to hit the roads in 2020. With automotive OEMs and suppliers preferring to run multiple applications, with varied levels of safety requirements, all within the same chip, ARM is looking to drive innovation and new applications through these new line of dedicated autonomous car chips. Cortex AE chips are optimized to be built with the most advanced 7-nanometer circuit wiring, which multiplies the number of features that can be crammed into the same space. In semiconductor terms, ARM designs the chassis, on which hardware and software makers can then build autonomous driving applications, controlling everything from car brakes and steering to collision detection and vehicle entertainment systems. Currently, ARM based chips are used in 85 percent of the car entertainment systems and two-thirds of collision detection processor chips.  Existing ARM customers working on autonomous driving platforms include Nvidia, NXP, Renesas, Samsung's Harman business and Siemens Mentor unit among others. - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Autonews)
    • Volvo Advances Towards Electric Autonomous Trucks
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • Volvo unveiled its truck “Vera” which is an electric, autonomous truck. Its unique design excludes a cab. However, it’s still under developmen... View More
      Volvo unveiled its truck “Vera” which is an electric, autonomous truck. Its unique design excludes a cab. However, it’s still under development from security and safety perspective. Vera will be equipped with the same battery pack (capacity between 100 and 300 kWh for a range of up to 300 km) as Volvo’s other EV trucks. Moreover, it is much slower than any normal truck due to precautionary measures by Volvo. It is expected to be used primarily on closed sites. The other auto players are also moving in this direction. Mercedes-Benz revealed Vision URBANETIC, a hybrid van based on an autonomous driving platform that targets both passengers and cargo.  - Satyajit Sinha (Source: Electrek)
    • NXP Eyeing Japanese V2X Market
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • After acquiring Freescale and gaining its competencies in MCUs, NXP has become aggressive in emerging technologies such as IoT, AI and automotive. The company h... View More
      After acquiring Freescale and gaining its competencies in MCUs, NXP has become aggressive in emerging technologies such as IoT, AI and automotive. The company has partnered with Hitachi to launch DSRC-based V2X package in Japan, in which NXP will provide the V2X modem and processor while Hitachi will provide the software stack. Japan is a prospective market to launch V2X solutions, having a progressive government and home to automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi.  Earlier this year, NTT DoCoMo, Ericsson, Nissan, OKI, Continental and Qualcomm Technologies planned to carry out their first C-V2X trials in Japan. Launching DSRC based V2X solution, NXP has gained first mover advantage in Japan. Automakers who want to integrate DSRC based V2X capabilities in their vehicles could integrate NXP modem chipsets in their vehicles. The solution’s ability to work on both 5.9GHz and 760MHz bandwidth makes it reusable and scalable for EU, US and Japanese markets, saving customization costs. - Aman Madhok (Source: NXP)
    • Are Autonomous Bikes The Next Future?
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • BMW is researching autonomous motorcycles that can balance and drive themselves on the road. The key here is not the autonomous bike, but the data collected, fo... View More
      BMW is researching autonomous motorcycles that can balance and drive themselves on the road. The key here is not the autonomous bike, but the data collected, for example the bike’s footprint changes with the lean angle (when the bike takes a turn). This can be crucial for V2X communication. This should give riders advanced features such as enhanced stability in critical situations, making the ride safer. - Parv Sharma (Source: Mobile Geeks)
    • OLA to Challenge Uber in New Zealand
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • OLA is aggressively expanding its overseas operations, entering New Zealand after it entered into the Australian and UK markets earlier this year. Many industry... View More
      OLA is aggressively expanding its overseas operations, entering New Zealand after it entered into the Australian and UK markets earlier this year. Many industry participants believe that by entering Uber-dominated geographies, OLA is pressurising Uber to merge its Indian operations with it. Softbank, a common investor in both companies, also wants them to merge their operations and end price-wars in India, just like in China, where Didi merged with Uber. OLA is said to have had talks with Uber last year about merging their operations in India. To gain share in New Zealand, OLA is following the strategy it followed in the UK and that many new entrants follow i.e. lure drivers by offering introductory lowest industry commissions. OLA is also promising daily payments to drivers, and enhanced passenger safety via 24/7 voice support, screened drivers, option to share details and emergency contacts. Apart from Uber, local ride-hailing company Zoomy and female-only ride hailing company, DriveHer, which starts operations in late 2018, are its major competitors.- Aman Madhok (Source: Money Control)
    • Component Suppliers To Compete With OEMs
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • ZF, one of the largest automotive suppliers, is looking to invest in autonomous vehicles. The company is geared to invest $14 billion over the next 5 years to d... View More
      ZF, one of the largest automotive suppliers, is looking to invest in autonomous vehicles. The company is geared to invest $14 billion over the next 5 years to develop a self-driving van to rival Volkswagen’s Crafter or Ford’s Transit van. The automotive industry's shift towards EV and self-driving vehicles is opening the horizon for new competitors. The technological boom is creating opportunities for component suppliers to target various roles in automotive ecosystem. - Shobhit Srivastava (Source: Auto News)
    • Grab and Go-Jek Indonesian Rivalry Set to Enter Ot...
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • Ride-hailing firm, Go-Jek plans to expand in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines with $2 billion of funding it is seeking from its investors. Earlier t... View More
      Ride-hailing firm, Go-Jek plans to expand in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines with $2 billion of funding it is seeking from its investors. Earlier this year, Go-Jek raised $1.5 billion from its investors. Grab too has raised $2 billion this year and plans to raise another $1 billion before the year ends.  Grab is using its funds to follow Go-Jek’s strategy and include related mobile dependent businesses – such as food-delivery and courier services – in its push to gain share in Indonesia. Fearing losing the Indonesian battle, Go-Jek is keeping other options open. This is the right move by Go-Jek as ride-hailing is an industry with low market entry and exit costs. Expansion in other countries should also increase Go-Jek’s prospects, if there is any chance of merger/acquisition by Grab. - Aman Madhok (Source: Tech Crunch)
    • Hyundai Betting On Hydrogen
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • Various countries have put deadlines in place for eradication or severe limitation on internal combustion engines. While most are betting on battery powered EVs... View More
      Various countries have put deadlines in place for eradication or severe limitation on internal combustion engines. While most are betting on battery powered EVs, including Volvo for its autonomous truck line, Hyundai is opting for hydrogen fuel cells to generate the electricity required for long-distance, high-torque applications such as trucks. Trucks need to maintain high utilization rates to be economically viable. Frequent recharging stops don't work in this scenario. Fuel cells can be recharged relatively quickly and so work better for trucks. There does need to be recharging infrastructure though, which is costly and complex. Hyundai is not solely betting on hydrogen fuel cells though, as affiliate company Kia is also planning a full range of battery EVs. -Peter Richardson (Source: Reuters)

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