International smartphone chip vendors enhance development of tablet chips, from TW

In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently, smartphone chip vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek, have increased resources for developing tablet chip solutions, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141020PD201.html

Cloud, big data propel bank CISOs into the boardroom、from AU

The boards of Australia’s top four banks increasingly see information security as an issue worthy of their focus, according to the security chiefs at ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac. Taking part in a spirited and congenial discussion at the annual AISA conference in Melbourne, the four executives described how their organisations today regard the IS function as essential and no longer view it through the narrow lens of compliance and cost.

http://www.itnews.com.au/Feature/396892,cloud-big-data-propel-bank-cisos-into-the-boardroom.aspx

ASOCIO ICT Summit to focus on agriculture restructuring

The event, the biggest of its kind in Asia-Pacific, will offer a good chance to Vietnam to learn from international experience in creating new agricultural and rural development models, thus bringing about a socio-economic facelift, said Truong Gia Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA). More than 700 delegates from 22 economies in the region are expected to participate in the event to discuss visions and strategies to use IT as a pedal for socio-economic development, towards the building of a dynamic, creative and civilised Asia-Pacific community.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114172/asocio-ict-summit-to-focus-on-agriculture-restructuring.html

Navitime Transit Bangkok

If you rely on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), Bangkok Metro (MRT), Airport Rail Link and the Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) to move through Bangkok each day, this is one handy app to have on your smart device. The featured map shows how different routes connect with one another from Sukhumvit to Ratchaphruek to Suvarnabhumi airport and others. Users can instantly look for the closest station to their current location and work their way from there.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/438219/navitime-transit-bangkok

Adobe to offer industry-specific solutions to boost India business

BANGALORE: American computer software company Adobe is trying to build industry-specific design solutions in partnership with Indian IT firms Wipro, TCS and Cognizant as it seeks to boost its revenues in the country that it has found a tough nut to crack. The company is taking a “solutions selling” approach in India, said Adobe’s senior vice president David Wadhwani. “

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/adobe-to-offer-industry-specific-solutions-to-boost-india-business/articleshow/44866697.cms

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

Disappointing TCS, HCL numbers leave IT defenceless

Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Technologies each declined about 9 per cent on Friday, the worst daily fall in at least five years and HCL Technologies each declined about 9 per cent on Friday, the worst daily fall in at least five years, amid investor concern over growth prospects after the financial performance of both software exporters in the September quarter missed analysts’ expectations.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/disappointing-tcs-hcl-numbers-leave-it-defenceless/articleshow/44864835.cms

TSMC to start production of 16nm process products in 2Q15

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET process products in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2015, according to company co-CEO CC Wei. Despite rising competition, TSMC will continue to lead its peers in the combined segment of 20nm and 16nm processes, Wei said at the company’s latest investors conference.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141017PD209.html

TSMC reportedly lands CPU orders for Apple next-generation iPad

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141015PD206.html

Japanese VC Global Brain joins Telstra, Sequoia, and Canaan in AdNear’s $19M series B funding

Indian startup AdNear, which provides location-based intelligence for advertising, has just raised US$19 million in series B funding. What is significant is that a leading Japanese venture capital firm, Global Brain, and the VC arm of Australian telecom giant Telstra have come on board, joining existing investors Sequoia Capital and Canaan Partners in this round. AdNear, which started in Bangalore but is now headquartered in Singapore, has taken its unique adtech model across Southeast Asia, Australia, and most recently, Japan.

https://www.techinasia.com/japanese-vc-global-brain-telstra-ventures-invest-19-million-in-adnear/

Softbank will acquire Korean TV show portal DramaFever

Japan’s Softbank plans to acquire Korean TV show portal DramaFever, according to a press release published on Business Wire . The five-year-old startup has raised US$12 million up to this point, some of that coming from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. The site has a wide range of international TV shows, but is mostly known for its Korean dramas.

https://www.techinasia.com/softbank-acquire-korean-tv-show-portal-dramafever/

Softbank announces partnership with ad tech startup Geniee

Softbank, Japan’s robot-loving telco, today announced a business tie-up with Tokyo-based ad tech startup Geniee . Starting next month, Softbank will launch a supply-side advertising platform (SSP), in collaboration with Geniee, which the wireless carrier hopes will give a boost to its internet advertising business. As part of the deal, Softbank will purchase a minority stake in Geniee that accounts for 32.9 percent of the startup’s outstanding shares.

https://www.techinasia.com/geniee-ssp-rtb-ad-tech-partnership-with-japan-telco-softbank/

UMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, say sources

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. The 28nm 4G LTE chips are to be used for the production of iPhone 6 devices, indicating that UMC is expected to continue to receive more follow-up orders from Qualcomm later, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141014PD202.html

MediaTek unveils 4G LTE chipset for India, takes on Qualcomm

NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family.  The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/mediatek-unveils-4g-lte-chipset-for-india-takes-on-qualcomm/articleshow/44801202.cms

Digitimes Research: MediaTek, Rockchip to join Chromebook market, from TW

In addition to gradually integrating Android’s ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information obtained by Digitimes Research from the upstream supply chain. By boosting device values and cutting prices, the plan is expected to increase shipments of the Chromebook by another 100%.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141009VL200.html

Samsung to invest US$14.7b in S Korea chip facility

[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it will invest 15.6 trillion won (US$14.7 billion) to build a new semiconductor production facility in South Korea. The world’s biggest memory chip maker said in a statement that construction of the facility, to be built in Pyeongtaek, will begin in the first half of next year and be completed by the second half of 2017.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/breaking-news/technology/samsung-invest-us147b-s-korea-chip-facility-20141006

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10nm FinFET process

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10nm FinFET process technology. Because of the success in scaling from 20nm SoC to 16nm FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again for 10FinFET. This early pathfinding work will provide valuable learning to enable physical design IP and methodologies in support of customers to tape-out 10nm FinFET designs as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141003PR202.html

ARM and TSMC announce 10nm FinFET collaboration

TSMC (台積電) and ARM Holding Co. on Thursday announced a collaborative development initiative on the 10-nanometer (nm) Fin Field-Effect transistor (FinFET) fabrication technology designed for the ARMv8-A architecture capable of 64-bit support. Reports indicate that with aid from ARM and TSMC, clients will be able to assess and implement the 10nm FinFET fabrication intellectual property for 64-bit applications in the fourth quarter of next year at the earliest.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/04/418640/ARM-and.htm

Finance startups boom in China as Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges open up

Online finance has boomed in China over the last year and a half. It started with mutual funds accessible to average citizens, offered by Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent. Then, a surge in peer-to-peer lending took hold because – like the mutual funds – they also lowered the barrier for individuals to secure personal loans in China. And now a new wave of finance tech is taking hold: wealth management and investment apps.

http://www.techinasia.com/finance-startups-boom-china-hong-kong-shanghai-stock-exchanges-open/

Intel investing US$1.5 billion in two Chinese chip firms

Intel is investing 9 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) in two Chinese chip companies with an eye to boosting its presence in the country’s booming mobile phone market. The two fabless semiconductor companies develop mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, which support 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, Intel said Friday.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/intel-investing-us15-billion-in-two-chinese-chip-firms/