Technology Bulletin

    • Further Incentives Likely in Thailand, Encouraging...
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "With the emphasis on eco-friendly models on display at this year’s Thai Auto Show, the Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Ec... View More

      "With the emphasis on eco-friendly models on display at this year’s Thai Auto Show, the Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Eco-Car program within the next few weeks. Recognising evolving automotive technology and consumer priorities, the Thai Government is likely to consider including new electric and hybrid vehicle models in automakers’ Eco Car production quotas. The additional flexibility will be welcome news, with most automakers struggling to meet their existing production quotas." - Vinay Piparsania

      Source: NHK World Japan

       

    • Volvo to Monetise Cars Before Data
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson is expecting Volvo to make more money by selling autonomous cars than by taking a cut from the higher margin data-drive... View More

      "Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson is expecting Volvo to make more money by selling autonomous cars than by taking a cut from the higher margin data-driven services. The company has realised that its strength lies in building cars and not in data services. Volvo, along with Nissan has allowed Google's software to take control of the operating system including mapping, navigation and apps. This is in stark contrast to many automakers who are forging commercial partnerships to sell connected services rather than allowing tech companies like Google to be directly involved."  - Aman Madhok

      Source: Transport Topics

    • Infinix Smartphones, Joypads Hit Saudi Arabia
    • Nov 27, 2018
    • "Infinix Mobility Co. Ltd recently launched its 3G Android smartphones and joypads in partnership with Redington and Qualcomm in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi... View More

      "Infinix Mobility Co. Ltd recently launched its 3G Android smartphones and joypads in partnership with Redington and Qualcomm in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, targeting the youth. Souq.com will be their key retail partner. Infinix Mobility has become a leading smartphone and tablet manufacturer with a presence in Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. It will be interesting to see how the company performs in the KSA, with company officials eyeing 5% market share in the first year citing good quality and better prices for Infinity smartphones." - Prachir Singh 

      Source: Saudi Gazette

    • The Chinese Giant Xiaomi Will Arrive in Chile at t...
    • Nov 27, 2018
    • "Xiaomi announced it will open a Mi Home store in Chile. This is the second store Xiaomi would open in LATAM. This store is expected to replicate the ... View More

      "Xiaomi announced it will open a Mi Home store in Chile. This is the second store Xiaomi would open in LATAM. This store is expected to replicate the format of the first store located in Bogota, Colombia. The store in Colombia currently offers smartphones, wifi routers and sports bands. Xiaomi ended Q3 2018 with 1.6% market share in the LATAM Smartphone segment, a 400% increase YoY. This OEM has been focusing on Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Now it will go after Chile, a mainly operator-controlled market. The launch event will take place on December 5th, in Santiago, Chile." - Tina Lu 

      Source: LT Pulso

    • Vivo NEX 2 Leaks With Secondary Screen and Three C...
    • Nov 27, 2018
    • "Chinese brands have begun to experiment with a lot of differentiated design elements, from in-display fingerprint readers, 7nm SoCs, foldable di... View More

      "Chinese brands have begun to experiment with a lot of differentiated design elements, from in-display fingerprint readers, 7nm SoCs, foldable displays, six cameras, multiple notches, infinity displays to motorized pop-up camera and now dual-displays. The rate of innovation among Chinese brands has been rising rapidly as they have a strong command, scale and R&D prowess to challenge likes of Apple and Samsung. What this means is that Chinese brands like OPPO, vivo, Huawei are going for the kill especially in the premium Android space to gain mindshare and market share, especially in the high ASP Western markets after having captured Asia, India and the China market. This is great for Western operators as well to gain some exclusive models from these brands to drive differentiation." - Neil Shah 

      Source: GSM Arena

    • Thailand Plans to Introduce a Series of Regulation...
    • Nov 27, 2018
    • "Thailand has already taken an aggressive stance in terms of growing number of IoT devices and connections. The upcoming regulation will bring standar... View More

      "Thailand has already taken an aggressive stance in terms of growing number of IoT devices and connections. The upcoming regulation will bring standardisation in many aspects including spectrum allocation, technical standards, transmissions, competition permissions, security andprivacy. However, the final shape of the regulation depends on the finalisation of the Personal Data Protection Law.
      Thailand's approach to drafting IoT regulations and standardization while referencing with Personal Data Protection Law will benefit the ecosystem in the long run as both the regulation and the law will be in sync." - Satyajit Sinha

      Source: Telecom Asia

    • EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by Arm-Based AWS Gravit...
    • Nov 27, 2018
    • "Amazon follows Google (with TPUs) in building custom SoCs to power its cloud data centres’ workloads. The custom built SoC is based on the... View More

      "Amazon follows Google (with TPUs) in building custom SoCs to power its cloud data centres’ workloads. The custom built SoC is based on the $350 million acquisition of Annapurna Labs three years ago by Amazon. The AWS Graviton processers are based on the 64-bit ARM Neoverse platform which should expand ARM's market share handsomely in the infrastructure market, competing head-on with Intel. Amazon aims to use these custom chips optimized for cost-sensitive scale-out EC2's A1 instances workloads. Amazon though for near-to-midterm will be using multiple processors or AWS depending on workloads and geographies.- Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC and AWS Graviton." - Neil Shah

      Source: AWS Amazon

    • 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)

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