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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digi Times — Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE, has been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a tablet series designed for launch in India and European markets. The SC7730SE is now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets which will be available with WCDMA (SM-T561 series) and Wi-Fi (SM-T560 series) features.
PRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication standards, today announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE has been adopted by Samsung’s tablet products that combine advanced features with affordability and portability, designed to launch into India and European markets.
Vietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.
Digi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.
TSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple’s A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources. Just before production kicked off, Apple requested modifications to the mask patterns prompting both contract chipmakers to rework wafers, said the sources. Nevertheless, the event should not interrupt the new iPhone launch schedule, the sources noted.
Want China Times — Leading global smartphone companies in the Android camp have not fared well in the Chinese market this year, amid heated competition from local players and Apple, the China Business Daily reports. Samsung, which dominated the Chinese smartphone market until last year, gave estimates on the company’s results for the period between April and June July 7, estimating its operating profit at 6.9 trillion South Korean won (US$6.13 billion), down 4% from last year.
China Topix — Consumer watchdogs in China are planning to sue Samsung and Oppo as they are found pre-installing apps in mobiles before selling it to customers, saying that this is actually breaching the privacy of the user as no consent is asked for. The apps could be unwanted and are a direct infringement of the customers right to know.
China Topix — Korean technology firm Samsung has announced a new technology discovered by its scientists that will allow them to increase the battery life of their phones. Even LG has confirmed to have developed a similar option that will keep the phones working for a longer duration of time. According to a report on The Inquirer, Samsung and LG have confirmed the development of a new technology that will help in extending the battery life of mobile phones.
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Times of India — KOLKATA: Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest seller of smartphones, is planning its biggest blitzkrieg of launches in India in the next quarter in a bid to fend off local and Chinese rivals in the mid-segment category. The South Korean company will introduce 10 smartphones in the July-September quarter in the Rs 9,000 to Rs 18,000 segment, where it is embroiled in a fierce battle for market share with Micromax Informatics, Lenovo-Motorola and Xiaomi.