Intel, Samsung launch their fastest SSDs with up to 5Gbps speeds

KoreaNetwork Asia — Intel and Samsung separately announced new solid-state drives (SSDs). Intel’s boasts the company’s fastest speed to date at 5Gbps. Intel’s new P3608 Series PCIe SSD comes in 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 4GTB capacities and delivers up to 850,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) random reads and 150,000 random writes. The drive has a sequential read/write speed of up to 5,000MBps (5Gbps) and 3,000MBps (3Gbps), respectively.

Tencent, eBay join Kakao bid for new South Korean Internet bank

KoreaThe Star — SEOUL: Kakao Corp, the operator of South Korea’s largest mobile messaging app, said Tencent Holdings Ltd and eBay Inc have joined its bid for a new South Korean Internet bank license. Tencent and eBay will make their investments through subsidiaries, which are expected to take stakes of 4% or less in the bank should a license be gained, a Kakao spokesman said. He declined to comment on financial terms.

Ericsson partners LG Uplus to develop 5G and IoT technologies

KoreaMIS Asia — Ericsson and LG Uplus have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. According to a media statement, this five-year agreement will cover four key areas: IoT infrastructure, including narrow-band LTE; software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) to make the core network 5G ready; global content delivery networks (CDNs); and IoT-advanced technologies.

Interoperability: Global vendors test oneM2M standard

APACMetering — At the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) headquarters in France earlier this month, 29 organisations and companies tested their equipment against each another to demonstrate the interoperability of the oneM2M standard, reports M2Mnow. Those in attendance at the event, which was co-hosted by the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea, also gave feedback on how to improve the specifications.

South Korean TD-LTE Wireless Connectivity Strengthens With China

KoreaChina’s ZTE Corporation has signed a TD-LTE wireless cooperation deal with both the China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The tripartite memorandum of understanding will cover in-depth cooperation on technologies including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE, addressing possible interconnection and interoperability issues as TD-LTE networks are constructed in South Korea.

Samsung Pay transactions hit $30 million

ChinaZDNet — Samsung’s mobile payment service has seen $30 million in transactions and recorded approximately 36 percent of its users as active in its first month, with about 10 percent of those using Samsung Pay daily, according to the South Korean tech giant. Samsung Pay is currently available for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners, as well as those using the Galaxy Note 5. The firm said around 60 percent of transactions took place with the Note 5, which was launched earlier this month.

South Korea to invest $350 million in IoT smart device makers

KoreaZDNet — The South Korean government will invest in $350 million in some 300 companies it thinks can compete globally in the next four years, to develop an IoT ecosystem with inter-linked “smart devices”. Officials from two key government ministries, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, revealed the South Korean investment plan during an IT conference in Seoul on Tuesday.

China white-box smartphone vendors lower prices to cope with increasing competition

ChinaDigi Times — China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Quotes for a 5-inch white-box smartphone, for example, have reached as low as US$35, the sources said.

LG Uplus signs 5G deal with Ericsson to boost IoT biz

KoreaTelecom Lead — Telecom network vendor Ericsson announced its deal with Korean mobile service provider LG Uplus to develop 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The duration of the agreement will be till 2020. Ericsson and LG Uplus will be introducing 5G network technologies to domestic and overseas markets through the collaboration.

Tizen-Powered Samsung Z3 Arriving in Europe Later this Year; Production Starts in India

KoreaVC Post — Samsung has confirmed that its Tizen-powered Z3 smartphone will be arriving in Europe soon. This will be the first Tizen-running Samsung smartphone to be sold outside Asia. Tizen 3.0-powered Samsung Z3 is expected to be released first in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, and Poland. While the first-ever Tizen-powered Samsung smartphone, Z1, was introduced first in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Apple may spoil Samsung’s party in India

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Apple plans to advance the launch of its just-unveiled iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in India to the first half of October and may bring in Apple Watch as early as next week, setting the stage for one of its biggest marketing wars with arch-rival Samsung this festive season, four senior trade officials said.

KEPCO and SK Telecom to build smart energy systems through ICT

KoreaMetering — The agreement will see Korea’s state-run utility work with SK Telecom to establish next-generation electricity infrastructure and develop smart grid systems based on IoT and ICT technologies. According to the Korea Times, the two companies will also work together to “upgrade the advanced metering infrastructure, enhance energy consumption efficiency through telecom technologies and build a nationwide smart grid with the introduction of smart technologies on electricity grids.”

Smart-home IoT suppliers are not very smart

APACTelecom Asia — The war for Internet of Things (IoT) supremacy may be only just beginning, but Samsung looks to have won the first Internet of Silly Things (IoST) battle. It was excited to announce that the next generation of the Samsung SmartThings Hub, a new lineup of products, and a brand-new SmartThings app experience is available today. But closer inspection of what is on offer is neither brand-new or particularly exciting.

SKT, Ericsson, Sony to trial wearables over LTE

JapanTelecom Asia — SK Telecom will work with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to trial the use of IoT wearables over LTE networks. The trials will involve testing new device and network innovations for wearables that have consumer lifestyle and wellness applications. The devices will have multiple sensors providing accelerometer, identification, pulse meter and GPS functionality.

SKT, KEPCO to collaborate for smart grid, IoT

KoreaKorea Times — SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, said Wednesday it will work with Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) for new growth businesses including smart energy management systems. Under the agreement, the telecom company and the state-run power operator will jointly establish the next-generation electricity infrastructure and develop the smart grid systems based on the information and communication technology and energy technologies.

How Samsung wants to control your home

KoreaCNBC — Not content with playing a major role in people’s lives by being the world’s biggest smartphone player, Samsung also wants to be at the center of the home. The South Korean electronics giant is looking to capitalize on the growing number of so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices with a number of updated “smart home” product launches at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Foxconn to step up cooperation with SK Group

KoreaDigi Times — Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is expected to expand its cooperation with Korea’s SK Group to include semiconductors, telecom services and energy, in addition to current cooperation focusing on IT services and ODM handset production, according to industry sources.

Taiwan top court rules in favor of TSMC in lawsuit against ex-R&D director

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan’s top court has ruled in favor of TSMC in a trade secret case against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC. Liang has been accused of revealing TSMC’s trade secrets and patents related to its advanced process technology to Samsung Electronics. The Supreme Court on August 24 maintained the determination made by the second-instance court, prohibiting Liang from working for Samsung in any form until December 31, 2015.

EMC accelerates drive for next-generation IT platform

KoreaKorea Times — EMC Corporation, the world’s leading data storage provider, has pledged to accelerate its drive to lead the big data-based next-generation computing platform. EMC Korea, the local subsidiary of the U.S.-based IT solutions giant, held EMC Hybrid Forum 2015 Tuesday at the COEX Convention Center in southern Seoul, in what officials say was an attempt to grab the lion’s share in the fast-changing digital business ecosystem.

TSMC growing its 16nm client base

TaiwanDigi Times — Foundry chipmaker TSMC has been actively pursuing 16nm FinFET chip orders in order to gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment starting 2016, according to market sources. While securing a portion of Apple’s A9 chip orders, TSMC with its 16nm FinFET node has also obtained orders from AMD, Avago, Broadcom, HiSilicon Technologies, LG Electronics, MediaTek, Nvidia and Xilinx. The foundry is looking to aggressively ramp up its market share in the FinFET segment, the sources indicated.