Showing posts from April, 2016

Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) develops aluminum ball bonding technology.

Aluminum wire developed for use in semiconductor packaging.
A process based on aluminum wire has been developed by Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to further reduce production costs.
After four years of R&D, a team led by NCKU professors has overcome problems such as the poor conductivity and ductility of aluminum and developed fine aluminum wires for use in ball wire bonding. 
The use of aluminum instead of gold or copper in ball wire bonding could help chipmakers significantly reduce their production costs.
The key to the breakthrough technology is aluminum wires coated with a layer of nano-zinc, NCKU disclosed. The diameter of the aluminum wire is about 18 micrometers, and the purity of aluminum has been enhanced to improve the material's thermal conductivity, ductility and toughness.
NCKU also claimed it has been granted a patent for the aluminum ball bonding technology in Taiwan. The university has also applied for a patent in China.
NCKU's r…

Huawei to launch the Honor V8 smartphone 5.7 inch, dual camera, 4GB RAM in May 10.

China site TENAA has leaked the detailed specifications of 3 Huawei Honor V8 smartphones to be launched in May 10, 2016, model numbers KNT-AL10, KNT-TL10 and KNT-AL20.

The KNT-AL10 and KNT-TL10 come with a 5.7-inch TFT full HD display with 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution and is powered by the 2.3GHz octa-core processor expected to be the Kirin 950. Both have 4GB of RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage capacity with up to 128GB expandable storage capacity. The device runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box.
It features a Dual rear camera of 12-megapixel with Dual tone LED flash and a front facing 8-megapixel camera. Connectivity options includes 4G LTE, 3G, WLAN, infrared, Bluetooth, USB, FM Radio and other standard connectivity options. It measures 157.00 × 77.60 × 7.75 mm and weights 170 grams. It is listed in Silver and Rose Gold color options. All the three device are backed up by the 3400 mAh battery.

The KNT-AL20 model comes with upgraded processor, display and inbuilt storage ca…

1Q 2016: CHINA smartphone market: Huawei remains top brand.

Huawei remains the top brand in China and is steadily catching up to Apple in the global competition.
Huawei’s first-quarter shipments came in at 27 million units, or a drop of around 20% compared with the prior quarter. Nonetheless, the Chinese smartphone maker retained its rankings as the top brand in China and the third-largest vendor worldwide. 
Huawei currently is ahead of its domestic competitors in terms of scale, technology, and supply chain integration. The Kirin processors manufactured by Huawei’s semiconductor subsidiary HiSilicon are on par with high-end chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek. 
Additionally, Huawei faces the least amount of resistance than other Chinese brands do when it comes to shipping to the overseas markets.
“Huawei won’t be able to overtake Apple and become the No. 2 smartphone brand worldwide any time soon,” said Wu. “Still, the market share gap between Huawei and Apple are expected to narrow with each passing year.”
Lenovo smartphone shipments r…

1Q 2016: Samsung doubles Apple in smartphone worldwide market share: Samsung 27.80%, Apple 14.40%, Huawei 9.30%

Global market research firm TrendForce reports that the worldwide smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2016 totaled 292 million units, down 18.6% from the previous quarter and a year-on-year decline of 1.3%. The decrease was mainly attributed to market saturation. Leading brands such as Samsung and Apple no longer have the same growth momentum as before, so the overall shipments depended on contributions from Chinese brands and rising demand in India and other emerging markets.
Avril Wu, TrendForce smartphone analyst, said the combined shipments (including exports) from Chinese brands in the first quarter reached 125 million units, surpassing the combined shipments from Samsung and Apple for the first time. Chinese brands accounted for 42.9% of the global smartphone shipments, up from 41.5% in the previous quarter. In their home market, Chinese brands have benefitted from increasing subsidies for 4G smartphones from domestic telecom operators. 
At the same time, t…

Apple to buy Samsung NAND-Flash Memories for the iPhone.

Samsung Electronics’ DS (Device Solution) Memory Business Department is planning to supply NAND-Flash memories to Apple for iPhones. It has been 4 years since it stopped dealing with Apple.

Apple has not been using Samsung Electronics’ NAND-Flash memories since iPhone 5 that was released in September of 2012 because Samsung Electronics did not agree to Apple’s requests. Since iPhone 5, Apple has been requesting to use EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) shielding technology for NAND-Flash package.

According to an industry on the 18th, Samsung Electronics is co-developing EMI shielding process that uses spray method with Protec, which is a South Korean company specializing in dispenser, Asymtek from the U.S., Hansol Chemical, and Ntrium. While Protec and Asymtek are developing equipment, Hansol Chemical and Ntrium are developing EMI masking material that is in a form of ink. Samsung Electronics is planning to supply NAND-Flash package with EMI shield to Apple when equipment and material …

Samsung and VeriFone to work together for installing SamsungPay system into POS system.

Samsung Electronics’ mobile payment service called ‘SamsungPay’ is going to work with world’s biggest POS manufacturer called VeriFone. It seems that these two businesses will work together from manufacturing POS to actually installing SamsungPay system into POS system.

According to Samsung Electronics’ North American Corporate on the 21st, Samsung Electronics and VeriFone recently had a business agreement that includes co-development of payment system. SamsungPay has NFC as well as MST technology, which does not require replacement of POS systems that are currently located at stores.

However there were times when payments made by SamsungPay did not work with certain POS systems. Samsung Electronics and VeriFone are first going to make sure that SamsungPay is working with most of major POS systems in the U.S.

It is heard that this agreement also includes information that says that installing SamsungPay system will be supported when a customer upgrades his or her current POS system.

“I exp…

Avi-on™ Introduces Plug-And-Play Bluetooth Smart And CSRmesh Modules That Simplify The Development Of Connected Lighting, Switches And Sensors

Energy-Efficient CSRmesh Modules Comply with Energy Star 2.0 and California Title 24 Enabling Manufacturers to Build Sustainable Product Offerings.
Avi-on Labs, Inc. today launched the Avi-on family of modules for lighting, switches, sensors, LED components and power supplies. Based on Bluetooth Smart and CSRmesh connectivity, a product of Qualcomm® Technologies International, Ltd., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Avi-on Modules combine with the Avi-on Software Platform to dramatically simplify the development of connected products."There is rapid innovation happening in connected lighting and 'smart' homes. These Modules offer a proven, plug-and-play solution, which includes software, radio and long-term support as a comprehensive package, thus allowing lighting manufacturers to commercialize products quickly," said Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoE, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. "With CSRmesh and Avi-on Modules, c…

Plug and Play Internet of Things Selects Startups for its Fourth Batch.

25 startups accepted into the IoT Platform.
Plug and Play's highly popular innovation platform, Plug and Play IoT, has just accepted 25 leading startups to join the fourth batch of its program. Startups across the consumer, industrial, and mobility foci were selected based off of technology interests from the platforms' 10 anchor partners.New corporate anchor partners Fujitsu, Caterpillar, Panasonic, Honeywell, and SOMPO Digital Lab, selected batch 4 startups along with Philips Lighting, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Mercedes-Benz, SC Johnson, and Munich Re.  Hicham Sabir, ‎Manager of Open Innovation at Philips Lighting said, "The great thing about being an anchor partner is that you get to influence the list of startups that are present. The team at Plug and Play does a great job in reaching out to a huge pool of startups [which we then] tailor to what we are looking for."When asked about the program, Director of PnP IoT, Phillip Vincent said, "IoT has now becom…

Apple`s WWDC16 will be held from June 13-17, 2016

The Apple`s WWDC 2016 will be held from June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco, and will kickoff in Monday June 13 at Bill Graham Auditorium to learn about the future of iOS (10), OSx (macOS?), watchOS and tvOS and honor developers behind the yer`s best apps. 

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