Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140718PD202.html

Asure Software Opens New Global Offices in Dubai and Singapore

Asure Software (Nasdaq:ASUR), a leading provider of workplace management software solutions, today announced that it has opened two new international offices in Dubai and Singapore to serve the Middle East and Asia Pacific markets, respectively. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas; its office in Staines, England (southwest of London) serves the European market and is driving global expansion into new markets. Nigel Clarke, Asure Vice President and General Manager, EMEA and APAC, oversees the new locations and the UK office.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3125324

Nissan CEO says some car makers concerned over product control in Google cooperation

Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn said some car makers remain reticent about working with technology giant Google Inc as it develops driverless vehicles for fear of their brands’ identities becoming submerged. Ghosn, who also heads France’s Renault, said car makers can benefit from collaborating with Google, which offers its Android software for cars and which is building prototypes of self-driving cars. “But at the end of the day, I think all car makers are extremely cautious about maintaining control on their own cars,” he told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/17/Nissan-CEO-says-some-car-makers-concerned-over-product-control-in-Google-cooperation/

TSMC to lose out to competitors in 14/16nm process segment in 2015, says chairman

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 but will regain its leading market position in 2016-2017, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang. 16nm products will account for a single-digit ratio to TSMC’s overall revenues in the third quarter of 2015, Chang estimated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140716PD216.html

MediaTek launches 64-bit 8-core chip early

MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014. The MT6795, built using a 28nm process, clocks at 2.2GHz and comes with MediaTek’s CorePilot technology to deliver multi-core processor performance and thermal control. The MT6795 also supports dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140715PD210.html

Huawei to become first client for TSMC 16nm FinFET process

China-based smartphone vendor Huawei is likely to be the first client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 16nm FinFET process node, according to industry sources. The 16nm chip, designed for smartphone application, is developed by Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon Technologies and is expected to debut in early 2015, said the sources. In addition to the wafer foundry orders, Huawei has also decided to utilize TSMC’s backend CoWoS (chip on wafer on substrate) packaging process for the 16nm chips, the sources added.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140714PD210.html

Sydney Trains brings train data into the digital era

Sydney Trains is in search of an IT system that will underpin an $11.4 million effort to improve the rail information delivered to customers as well as the performance of the city’s rail network. NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian last month announced a three-year project to upgrade the rail network’s operations centre, promising new technology and communications systems would offer train travellers more accurate, consistent and timely information.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389558,sydney-trains-brings-train-data-into-the-digital-era.aspx

Budget Vision of ‘Digital India’ Pragmatic: Nasscom

BANGALORE: Focus on the ICT sector, with a pan-India digital initiative, funding for start-ups and leveraging technology for good governments in the union budget for 2014-15 were pragmatic and directional, IT industry body Nasscom said. “A slew of measures for the ICT sector along with initiatives on skilling, smart cities and ease of business reflect the thrust on role of technology in the budget,” National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) president R. Chandrashekhar said in a statement from New Delhi.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Budget-Vision-of-Digital-India-Pragmatic-Nasscom-nid-169457-cid-2.html

TSMC to speed up development of 10nm process

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to speed up the development of its 10nm process to fend off competition from Samsung Electronics, which reportedly has landed 14nm FinFET chip orders from Qualcomm, according to industry sources. TSMC and Samsung are currently competing fiercely in the development of FinFET process, with the Korea-based foundry house utilizing a 14nm process and TSMC a 16nm node. Both the 14nm and 16nm processes are scheduled to enter volume production in early 2015.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140709PD203.html

Qantas checks in with cloud computing

Qantas chief information officer Luc Hennekens has laid the foundations to shift many of the airline’s IT workloads to public cloud services, after being impressed with the results of three proof of concept trials. The Qantas IT team spent an intensive 18 weeks trialling the capabilities of public cloud computing services offered by Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM and Microsoft to help build a case for a radically different approach to technology provision at the airline.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389173,qantas-checks-in-with-cloud-computing.aspx

Tata Sky unveils plans for 4K set top box

MUMBAI, INDIA: In yet anoter landmark technological move, Tata Sky announced its plans to launch 4k set top boxes in India by early next year. According to the the company, the 2014 FIFA World CupTM football match played between France & Germany last night was telecast on SD, HD and an (4k enabled) UltraHD television from Sony Electronics with live 4k feed of the football match on SONY SIX HD.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/217111/tata-sky-unveils-plans-4k-set-box

WeChat opens up advertising platform to official accounts with over 100k followers

WeChat, China’s top social network and messaging app today launched the open beta of its advertising platform for official accounts, according to QQ Tech. As we reported earlier when Tencent first started testing the ad service, these WeChat ‘subscription’ accounts are used by brands, small businesses, media, and celebrities to send updates in the form of chat messages. Users can click through these messages to read full posts where the ads appear.

http://www.techinasia.com/wechat-opens-advertising-platform-official-accounts-100k-followers/

Expedia makes a big push for Asia with $659 million acquisition

Travel booking titan Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) is making a big push for new users and revenue streams in Asia today with the A$703 million (US$659.5 million) acquisition of Australia-based Wotif Group (ASX:WTF). It runs a number of travel sites in the region, such as Wotif.com, Lastminute.com.au, Travel.com.au, LateStays, and GoDo.com.au (hat-tip to The Next Web). Wotif’s numerous sites will remain running under the auspices of US-based Expedia.

http://www.techinasia.com/expedia-asia-travel-market-acquisition-wotif/

MediaTek confident of attaining 2014 target of 15 million 4G processors #cloud #cloudcomputing

IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company. MediaTek targets China-based smartphone vendors for its 4G APs.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140703PD209.html

TSMC market capitalization at NT$3.43 trillion, hits fresh high

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Market capitalization of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC,台積電), the most heavily weighted stock in the local market, hit a record high Wednesday after the stock steamed ahead amid optimism over its earnings outlook. TSMC rose 3.52 percent to close at the day’s high of NT$132.50 with 51.46 million shares changing hands on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The buying spree took place on optimism over the chip-maker’s earnings prospects.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/03/411511/TSMC-market.htm

BBS Group, Singapore Selects EnVerv’s Powerline Communications SoC for its PRIME & G3-PLC Based Metator Smart Meters

BBS Group and EnVerv, Inc. announced today their collaboration on a range of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) products. The Metator Smart Meter family covers applications for residential, commercial and industrial AMI metering in which EnVerv’s EV8010 Power-Line Communications (PLC) modem will be employed as the communication platform. “We selected EnVerv as our AMI technology solution due to the superior performance of EnVerv’s modems under challenging network conditions and the fact that EnVerv offered the highest density and the lowest bill of material for its external circuitry”, said Behrouz Gholamrezaey, Chairman and CEO at the BBS Group.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3115968

Facebook seeks India revenue boost with ‘missed call’ ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc wants its users in India to hang up on advertisers. The Internet social networking company is testing a new type of ad in the country that allows mobile phone users to click a button that calls a brand advertiser, immediately hangs up and then receives a return call. The return call delivers pre-recorded audio messages about everything from sponsored cricket scores to information about shopping discounts, minimising data charges for the user. The so-called “missed call” ad was specially created by Facebook to appeal to users in the world’s second-most populous country, and potentially in other emerging markets.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/02/Facebook-seeks-India-revenue-boost-with-missed-call-ads/

Foxconn turns sights to robots, electrics cars, wearables

Expect more wearables, robots and even electric cars to come from manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group, as the Taiwanese company tries to reinvent itself as a broader technology service provider. While Foxconn now mainly manufactures products for vendors like Apple and Sony, the company is hoping to seize on new opportunities emerging in the market. “When a typhoon comes, even a pig can fly,” joked Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou at its annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/foxconn-turns-sights-to-robots-electrics-cars-wearables/

Huawei Makes Huge Impact with Technology Deployment at Thumbay Group’s UAE Hospitals

Hospital LAN Network implemented by Huawei team reduced downtime by 70 percent and increased productivity by 25 percent. Dubai – Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider — announced today the successful completion of a Local Area Network (LAN) deployment for UAE based Thumbay Group , allowing for it to provide a network across its range of hospitals across the Emirates. Thumbay Group , an international business conglomerate of companies, focusing mainly in the healthcare sector, commissioned Huawei to develop a LAN network that would link its four UAE GMC Hospitals.

https://www.zawya.com/story/Huawei_Makes_Huge_Impact_with_Technology_Deployment_at_Thumbay_Groups_UAE_Hospitals-ZAWYA20140702080514/

Taiwan’s MediaTek to invest another S$250m in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Taiwan semiconductor firm MediaTek on Tuesday (July 1) unveiled plans to invest another S$250 million in Singapore by 2020 in a sign of continued confidence in the city-state’s electronics industry. Economic Development Board (EDB) Chairman Leo Yip said MediaTek’s expansion – along with investments announced by firms such as Realtek and International Rectifier earlier this year – showed that Singapore’s semiconductor industry remained globally competitive.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/taiwan-s-mediatek-to/1226156.html