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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Digitimes Research: Production value of Korea memory chip products stays flat in 2Q15

KoreaDigi 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.

Samsung mass-produces 256 Gb VNAND chips

KoreaKorea 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.

Samsung floats ‘space internet’ plan to save mobile

KoreaIT 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.,samsung-floats-space-internet-plan-to-save-mobile.aspx

Google Security: Search Engine Giant To Work With Samsung; Plans To Issue Monthly Security Updates To Fix Bugs

KoreaChina 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.

Samsung considers appliance plant in Myanmar

MyanmarKorea 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.

Price war brings lower profits, consolidation to mobile chip makers

APACLeading 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.

iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say TW sources

TaiwanDigi 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.

Samsung holds first developer summit for Tizen in India

IndiaTimes 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.

Spreadtrum chipset adopted for Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets

ChinaDigi 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.

Spreadtrum Chipset is Adopted for Samsung GALAXY Tab E Tablets

ChinaPRNewswire — 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 attractive for smartphone production

VietnamVietnam 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.