Digi 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.
Korea 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.
Digi 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.
RCR Wireless — Networking powerhouse Ericsson has partnered with SK Holdings of South Korea to jointly develop “Internet of Things” platforms for the health care and transportation verticals. The Swedish company and SK Holdings, parent company of SK Telecom, also will develop a global ICT ecosystem drawing in IoT, cloud computing, big data platforms, attendant security solutions and other technological components.
Digi Times — The production value of memory chips in Korea totaled KRW1.313 trillion (US$12 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 1% from the previous quarter, affected mainly by a low bit growth of DRAM and NAND flash chips from SK Hynix, according to Digitimes Research. Additionally, server-use DRAM products became the primary product line for SK Hynix for the first time in the second quarter as sales of its PC-use DRAM chips suffered a significant decline as compared to a quarter earlier.
Telecom Asia — Ericsson has signed an agreement with SK Telecom sister company SK Holdings C&C to establish a global collaborative ICT ecosystem covering applications including the IoT. Under the deal, Ericsson and SK C&C will collaborate in a range of areas including IoT platforms, emerging ICT services and convergence security products.
Business Korea — Korean mobile carriers are launching NFC-based mobile credit card services in China. The target customers are expected to expand from Korean tourists in China to the Chinese in general in the long term. KT announced on Aug. 6 that it released the Union Pay Mobile QuickPass Card with BC Card. The QuickPass is an NFC and touch-based payment service developed by Union Pay International.
Business Korea — Naver and Daum Kakao are actively seeking to take back the local Internet service market of online video services, taxi services, and SNS from foreign companies. In particular, they have appeared to strengthen their position in the online video market by narrowing the gap with their rival YouTube. According to industry sources on Aug. 10, Korean portal operators are targeting the local market by releasing services to curb the dominance of foreign Internet giants like Google.
Korea Times — Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that it has succeeded in mass-producing 256-gigabit (Gb) VNAND Flash memory chips for the first time. The company said the mass production of 256 Gb VNAND chips, which have higher energy efficiency, productivity and a larger capacity, will help it expand its customer base from personal consumers to enterprises and data centers worldwide.
IT News — Samsung Electronics has proposed a ‘space internet’ network consisting of 4600 micro-satellites that could act as backhaul for terrestrial cellular networks and bring low-cost internet to “everyone in the world”. The proposal is contained in an academic research paper by Farooq Khan – president of Samsung R&D America – and marks the latest entrant in the internet democratisation race.
China Topix — Of late, Samung smartphones, of course powered by Android are increasingly becoming the target of hackers across the globe. In a bid to combat this challenge, Google and Samsung have decided to issue monthly updates to fix security bugs in the system. The plan has come into action, specifically after a prominent security researcher developed a new hacking software that will give hackers more power to tap into the sensitive data of the phone.
Korea Times — Samsung Electronics is considering building facilities in Myanmar to make home appliances. It is part of efforts to respond to rising labor costs in China and Vietnam. “Samsung Electronics is considering building plants to produce white goods in Myanmar as the company has been seeking new manufacturing posts to cut labor costs and improve efficiency,” sources told The Korea Times, Monday.
Korea Times — Google has named LG Electronics as its partner to produce the upcoming Nexus smartphone, industry sources familiar with the issue said, Thursday. “Senior LG Electronics executives met with their Google counterparts in the United States recently. The main issue was how to expand their bilateral partnership in areas other than smartphones,” said a source. He added LG was working on developing the Google Nexus at its technology center in Seoul.
Design World Online — GreenPeak Technologies announced that, as part of its ongoing expansion into international markets and following a period of significant growth in India, it opened a new office in Mumbai. GreenPeak has established the Indian office in response to the growing demand for its innovative RF chips for the operator/service provider and Smart Home market. GreenPeak’s Asia Pacific presence already includes offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Seoul.
Leading mobile phone chip suppliers have seen the impact of a price war that has led to consolidation in the sector, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek recorded a 13% year-on-year sales decline and a 49.2% drop in net profits when reporting its second-quarter results, while US-based Qualcomm saw sales and net profit drop 14% and 47%, respectively, during its fiscal third quarter, the paper said.
Business Wire — John Giusti, Deputy Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, commented on the outcome of the final meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s Conference Preparatory Group (APG) in Seoul, ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15): The GSMA is disappointed with the APG’s decision to date to identify only 51MHz of additional spectrum for mobile broadband at WRC-15.
Digi Times — Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce its next-generation budget smartphones in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources from the semiconductor industry. The 14/16nm FinFET chips will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung, the sources said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Over 1,000 developers participated in the Tizen Developer Summit in Bengaluru, being held in India for the first time. The annual global event backed by Samsung Electronics and Tizen Association, assists local app and platform developers to understand the technology behind the Tizen platform, app development, porting, and monetization through the Tizen Store.
Tech in Asia — South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs and Hanjin, the “chaebol” conglomerate that operates Korean Air, have launched a government-supported innovation center in Incheon. It completes South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s plan to build 17 such facilities across the country to promote domestic entrepreneurship.
Fierce Wireless — Any way you dice or slice it, operators will be incorporating network slicing in their 5G networks, and Ericsson’s deal this week with South Korean operator SK Telecom only solidifies the companies’ commitment to the technology.Ericsson and SK Telecom signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.