Samsung SDS seeks expansion with SAP

KoreaSamsung SDS, the information technology unit of Samsung, said Wednesday that it is seeking to find new business opportunities focusing on the enterprise cloud computing system segment with SAP of Germany. SAP is a long-time business partner of Samsung SDS, and has been letting it manage some of its qualified software content at data centers in Korea.

Samsung to invest US$1.2b in IoT research in US

KoreaChannel New Asia — WASHINGTON: Samsung announced plans Tuesday to invest US$1.2 billion for US-based research over the next four years on “human-centred” applications for the Internet of Things. The South Korean electronics giant said the research aimed to improve applications for connected everyday objects for health, public safety and energy efficiency, for example.

​Samsung launches 1g-weighing 512GB SSD

KoreaZDNet — Samsung has begun mass production of solid-state drive (SSD) that weights only 1 gram but can pack up to 512GB memory for PCs, the company announced. The world’s largest memory chip maker launched the PM971-NVMe series, the first non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSDs in a single ball grid array (BGA) package.

Samsung says IoT will drive semiconductor sales

KoreaZDNet — Samsung will secure more market share than its rivals in the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market by increasing its competence in semiconductors, a senior executive has said. The company will also add value by providing more complete solutions needed for the IoT, especially security and the cloud.

Samsung Agrees to Buy Joyent to Expand Cloud Computing Services

KoreaBloomberg — Samsung Electronics Co. will acquire Joyent Inc. to expand in cloud computing as the world’s largest smartphone maker looks beyond hardware for revenue growth. The deal will help Samsung build its cloud infrastructure, the Galaxy maker said in a statement without disclosing a purchase price. The acquisition gives the Suwon, South Korea-based company its own platform to support mobile, internet of things and cloud services.

Samsung announces mass production of 512GB NVMe SSD in single BGA package

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing NVM Express (NVMe) PCIe SSD solutions in a single ball grid array (BGA) package for next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebooks, according to the South Korea memory vendor. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.

Samsung launches 256GB microSD card

KoreaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Samsung today launched its EVO Plus 256GB microSD card for $249.99, which roughly translates to around Rs 16,730. Samsung claims that the new memory card can offer up to 12 hours of 4K UHD or 33 hours of Full HD video recording on smartphones.

Singtel and Samsung get in on EZ-Link public transport NFC action

SingaporeDigital News Asia — Singtel has announced that customers can pay for their MRT, LRT and bus rides with the company’s Transit NFC SIM, while Samsung Electronics Singapore said that 10 of its phone models have been approved for use. In a statement, Singtel said its Transit NFC SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

Vietnam PM approves $300 million R&D investment by Samsung Electronics

VietnamHANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.

China market: Samsung smartphone share sinks to 7.7% in 2015, says Counterpoint

VietnamDigi Times — Samsung Electronics saw its smartphone shipments to China tumble 39% on year in 2015, reducing its share in the market to 7.7%, from 12.8% in 2014, according to Counterpoint. Xiaomi Technology saw its shipments increase 14% on year, ramping its market share by 1.6pp to 14.9% and making it the number one smartphone vendor in China, Counterpoint said.

Why Apple and Samsung have already lost the mobile payments war in China

ChinaTech in Asia — If you’re a smartphone company – even a big, successful one – looking to get into the Chinese market with your own mobile payments system, here’s a piece of advice: don’t. Over the last month, we’ve seen Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and even Huawei Payenter mainland China. There are reports that Xiaomi, ZTE, and Lenovo are working on their own services as well.

Qualcomm scores points in promoting Snapdragon 820 chips

APACDigi Times — Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has been promoting its Snapdragon 820 chips since the second half of 2015 and has won adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, HTC and China-based vendors Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and LeTV, the sources indicated.

Cisco approaches Samsung for acquisition

KoreaKorea Times — BARCELONA, Spain ― Cisco Systems, the U.S.-based networking giant, has approached Samsung Electronics to acquire the latter’s network business division, a person familiar with the matter told The Korea Times. “Despite repeated denials by the two companies about the issue, Cisco is still interested in purchasing Samsung’s network business division,” the official said on the sidelines of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), Thursday (KST). “Samsung was contacted several times by Cisco.”

Taiwan passes South Korea to become No.1 in total IC wafer fab capacity, says IC Insights

TaiwanDigi Times — As of December 2015, Taiwan led all regions/countries in wafer capacity with nearly 22% of worldwide IC capacity installed in the country, according to IC Insights. Taiwan surpassed South Korea in 2015 to become the largest capacity holder after having passed Japan in 2011.

Apple And Samsung: The Drivers of NFC Mobile Payment Growth In 2016

KoreaDaze Info — The exploded adoption of smartphones has allowed manufacturers to embrace many mobile based solutions, most important of all being Mobile Payments. According to the latest study, titled Contactless Payments: NFC Handsets, Wearable & Payment Cards 2016-2020, from Juniper Research, the number of smartphone users making payments via their NFC based mobile payment solutions, i.e. Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, will reach 148 million in 2016.

Samsung wins appeal in Apple patent fight

KoreaIT News — A US appeals court has overturned a US$120 million (A$168 million) jury verdict against Samsung, handing the South Korean smartphone maker a significant win in its longstanding patent feud with top rival Apple. The court said Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “quick links” patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid. The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung’s patents.

Samsung intros 256GB UFS storage for mobile devices

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced it is now mass producing 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, for next-generation high-end mobile devices. The newly introduced embedded memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs, claimed the company.

Samsung launches 14nm SoC for mid-range smartphones

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced the newest member of its Exynos 7 Octa processor line-up, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870. Using the company’s 14nm FinFET process technology, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870 is designed for mid-range smartphones and other mobile devices. Samsung claimed its new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 processor consumes over 30% less power than mobile SoCs built with 28nm High-k Metal Gate process technology at the same performance level.

Samsung, Teleste unveil all-in-one IPTV for hospitality sector

APACTelecom Asia — Teleste, a provider of broadband video and data communication systems and services, has partnered with Samsung Electronics to launch a new solution for more efficient IP service delivery across hospitality environments.

Ex-Samsung CEO named MS Korea chief

KoreaKorea Times — Alfred S. Koh, a former CEO of Samsung SDS, has been appointed to the top position of Microsoft (MS) Korea. Announcing the appointment on Monday, the U.S.-based software tech giant said that it expects its new MS Korea CEO to make efforts to foster innovation and bring global changes to the Korean unit.

Samsung digital signs win top award in Europe

KoreaKorea Times — Samsung Electronics said Sunday its digital signs have has won a major prize at Europe’s largest commercial display fair. The company said its outdoor digital signs had won the AV Display Innovation of the Year award at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week. European audio and display magazine AVNews awards the prize, the company said.

Samsung continues to go all out digital with latest gadgets, TVs, IoT products

KoreaInter Aksyon — KUALA LUMPUR — In its continuing effort to go all-out digital, Samsung Electronics unveiled the company’s latest mobile gadgets and digital appliance product line-up at the annual Samsung Southeast Asia Forum held in the Malaysian capital’s KL Convention Center.

Samsung announces mass production of 4GB HBM2 DRAM

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of 4GB DRAM package based on the second-generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) interface for use in high-performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics and network systems, as well as enterprise servers, according to the company.

Singtel partners with Samsung on smart homes

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore’s largest telecommunications provider Singtel has announced that it is partnering with several manufacturers to launch products and solutions in the smart living sphere, including for home automation, health monitoring, and connected cars.

Starbucks app debuts on the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch in Korea

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — Starbucks Coffee Korea launched in November the new Starbucks app on the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch in South Korea.  Through the  app, customers can track their My Starbucks Rewards status and pay for Starbucks purchases directly from the wearable device, a first in Asia.

All Samsung smart TVs will be ‘IoT-ready’ in 2016

KoreaMIS Asia — All Samsung smart TVs sold in 2016 will be IoT-ready, meaning they’ll be able to talk to compatible appliances around the home, Samsung said Tuesday. In addition, all of Samsung’s high-end SHUD TVs sold next year will be able to act as a hub for its SmartThings platform, meaning the TV will be the controller for things like lights, thermostats and door locks. That could save people having to buy a standalone SmartThings hub for $99 – though SHUD TVs are quite pricey.

Samsung to add IoT support in all products in 2020

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics is looking to make 90% of its ultra-thin LCD TVs and mobile devices support Internet of Things (IoT) applications prior to 2017 and, by 2020 all of Samsung’s products will feature IoT support, according to president of Samsung Taiwan’s solution business Gary Wu. Wu cited Gartner figures that IoT-supported devices will reach 6.4 billion units worldwide in 2016 and will create enterprise service spending of around US$869 billion, accounting for over 60% of overall spending.

India market: Smartphone shipments increase 21.4% on year in 3Q15, says IDC

IndiaDigi Times — Shipments of smartphones in India totaled 28.3 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 21.4% from 23.3 million units shipped for the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. In the third quarter, the 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipments over the previous quarter, IDC noted.

Samsung unveils 10nm FinFET S-RAM

KoreaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Samsung has unveiled a new generation of S-RAM for smartphones, tablets and other gadget lines based on the ultra-thin 10nm FinFET technology with 128MB transfer rate. This S-RAM made on the 10nm process is 37.5% smaller in size than the current range of D-RAMs made on 14nm process.