Technology Bulletin

    • Sprint – T-Mobile Merger on Halt Due to Lifeline I...
    • Oct 1, 2019
    • "The newest development in the Sprint and T-Mobile merger shows that this is far from a done deal. While it is still more likely to go through than not, it... View More
      "The newest development in the Sprint and T-Mobile merger shows that this is far from a done deal. While it is still more likely to go through than not, it shows how Sprint has been not playing by the rules in the past and must answer to this before moving forward with the merger. In this instance, Sprint’s Lifeline program has come under scrutiny as the company falsely collected tens of millions in funds from the Lifeline program by claiming subsidies for 885,000 inactive Lifeline subscribers." - Maurice Klaehne (Source: Fierce Wireless)
    • ARM Officially Announces It Will Continue to Suppl...
    • Oct 1, 2019
    • "We have previously known that ARM and Huawei have a perpetual license agreement for the ARMv8 architecture. ARM China has now confirmed that Huawei will h... View More
      "We have previously known that ARM and Huawei have a perpetual license agreement for the ARMv8 architecture. ARM China has now confirmed that Huawei will have access to the company’s latest ARMv9 architecture in the future as well. Liang Quan, Marketing Director of ARM China, stated, “The technologies provided by ARM come from the UK, and they are not affected [by the US trade restrictions].” This is a strong statement, and other companies that have similar grey areas may likely use this argument to continue supplying Huawei. The biggest hurdle remains Google GMS, which is unlikely to be affected by this precedent." - Maurice Klaehne (Source: Tech Node)
    • Xiaomi Opens Branded Store in Brazil
    • Oct 1, 2019
    • "A few months ago, Xiaomi opened its first MiStore in Brazil. The store sells many of Xiaomi’s ecosystem products such as surveillance cameras, sport... View More
      "A few months ago, Xiaomi opened its first MiStore in Brazil. The store sells many of Xiaomi’s ecosystem products such as surveillance cameras, sports bands, smartphones, etc. For the 100 days commemoration, its Senior Vice President Wang Xiao visited the store and the market to show the brand’s commitment to Brazil. Wang also commented that Xiaomi will open another store in Brazil this year. Xiaomi returned to Brazil after it left this market in 2016. Learning from its last failed attempt to conquer the Brazilian market, Xiaomi partnered with local manufacturer and distributor DL (which was founded in 2004 by a Chinese immigrant) as the local partner to manage its operation and distribution in Brazil.  Xiaomi already has stores in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico." - Tina Lu (Source: Tudo Celular)
    • Heads up - Why Tech Is in a Race for Your Face
    • Oct 1, 2019
    • "A battle for your face has begun with a voice assistant, the next big platform in tech. As Apple Watch’s success shows, the most common wearable dev... View More
      "A battle for your face has begun with a voice assistant, the next big platform in tech. As Apple Watch’s success shows, the most common wearable device has been a watch so far. However, tech giants are getting more serious about earbuds and smart glasses now. Amazon recently introduced 14 new devices at the Amazon 2019 Hardware Event and of those, Echo Buds is the most noteworthy. Amazon has had success with its Alexa assistant in the home smart speaker market so far. But now the company wants Alexa to leave home with Echo Buds, its first true wireless earbuds. Microsoft and Google are also expected to announce their own true wireless earbuds with their AI voice assistants and a range of voice-powered software in October. Even though Apple will keep leading the market, for the time being, thanks to its loyal base of hardware users and its sticky ecosystem of devices and software, the true wireless market will get more dynamic and energetic, driven by the new entrants. The new launches may also be strong enough to threaten the current second-tier premium brands, including Samsung, Jabra, Bose, and Beats." - Liz Lee (Source: BBC)
    • Access in Alliance with Bosch for Android-based In...
    • Sep 24, 2019
    • "Japanese infotainment solution provider Access has launched its new Android-based in-car platform, Access Twine4Car which will be availabile&nbs... View More
      "Japanese infotainment solution provider Access has launched its new Android-based in-car platform, Access Twine4Car which will be availabile for Bosch's in-vehicle infotainment system (IVI). The partnership between Access and Bosch extends Access’ core platform with a flexible app solution that provides media sharing and multi-device synchronized content playback. Access Twine4Car is a solution that combines white-labeled content streaming service with an infotainment services platform and comes as an automotive app store, enabling OEMs to deliver extended functionality over the vehicle's lifetime without the need for costly OTA updates." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: ET Auto)
    • Infineon and Synopsys Alliance to Develop Automoti...
    • Sep 24, 2019
    • "Looking to integrate AI-driven solutions with its future automotive microcontrollers, Infineon Technologies has announced a collaboration with Synopsys. N... View More
      "Looking to integrate AI-driven solutions with its future automotive microcontrollers, Infineon Technologies has announced a collaboration with Synopsys. Next-generation AURIX microcontrollers from Infineon will support new high-performance AI accelerators, called Parallel Processing Units (PPU), that will employ Synopsys DesignWare ARC EV Processor IP. By developing the PPU together with Synopsys, Infineon is looking to enhance future AURIX microcontrollers to meet the increasing AI computational requirements. These requirements are to handle large amounts of data to be processed for applications, such as future gateways, domain and zone controllers, engine management, electro-mobility, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that operate safety features." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: AutoCar Professional)
    • Amazon Ordering 100,000 Rivian e-Vans
    • Sep 24, 2019
    • "Amazon is placing an order for 100,000 electric vans from US-based EV designer and OEM, Rivian Automotive, for delivery between 2021 to 2024. The Amazon v... View More
      "Amazon is placing an order for 100,000 electric vans from US-based EV designer and OEM, Rivian Automotive, for delivery between 2021 to 2024. The Amazon vans, under an exclusive deal, will be built at Rivian's plant in Normal, Illinois. The contract value and number of units from a company like Amazon will surely boost Rivian's consideration by future customers and investors. Amazon and Ford Motor Company are already investors in Rivian. Recently, Rivian also announced a US$350 million investment from Cox Automotive, pegging the company's valuation around US$3.5 billion." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Reuters)
    • Umicore Formed a Partnership with LG Chem for Supp...
    • Sep 24, 2019
    • "Umicore made a multi-year contract with LG Chem for supplying Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) cathode materials to LG Chem's battery production plants i... View More
      "Umicore made a multi-year contract with LG Chem for supplying Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) cathode materials to LG Chem's battery production plants in Poland, Korea, and China. The strategic supply agreement will start in 2020 and deliver 125,000 metric tonnes of material over several years. They are also going to form a technology licensing agreement that covers intellectual property rights in the high-end NMC cathode material and energy storage applications in the automotive industry. As the automotive industry is transitioning from fossil fuels to EVs, this agreement will help LG Chem to keep up with the rising demand for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. LG Chem will also be able to use Umicore's experience in producing cost-effective, long driving range, and fast charging battery modules. Additionally, Umicore will help LG Chem in battery recycling which is going to become a new trend in the industry."- Soumen Mandal (Source: Umicore)
    • Hyundai Motors and Aptiv in $4 Billion JV for Auto...
    • Sep 24, 2019
    • "In what is possibly its largest overseas investment, the Hyundai Motor Group announced that it will invest US$1.6 billion in a joint venture with Irish au... View More
      "In what is possibly its largest overseas investment, the Hyundai Motor Group announced that it will invest US$1.6 billion in a joint venture with Irish auto supplier Aptiv, to develop self-driving vehicle technologies. Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis will together invest US$1.6 billion in cash and US$400 million in research and development resources, valuing the JV with Aptiv at US$4 billion. Aptiv will own 50% in the JV and will contribute its autonomous driving technology, intellectual property, and approximately 700 employees focused on developing autonomous driving solutions. The JV will be testing autonomous systems in 2020, targeting to have production-ready autonomous driving platforms for self-driving taxi providers and fleet operators within 2022. More and more global automakers and suppliers are choosing to forge alliances among each other, looking to share the financial and technical risks of developing autonomous vehicle technologies. With Hyundai having lagged its global peers, this JV is Hyundai’s ticket to catch up." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: AutoNews)
    • Motorola Launches Smart TV in India
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "Motorola has launched its smart TV range for the Indian market, bringing a total of six new models. This comes just ahead of the launch of OnePlus TV in I... View More
      "Motorola has launched its smart TV range for the Indian market, bringing a total of six new models. This comes just ahead of the launch of OnePlus TV in India. There is an increase in smartphone OEMs entering the smart TV space. In the price-sensitive and specifications-driven Indian smartphone market, the margins remain wafer-thin. Fierce competition leaves little scope for OEMs to increase the price.  Diversifying into a higher margin product like smart TVs can help increase cash flow.  The low internet prices have also reduced the overall cost of ownership of smart TVs. There is also increasing popularity of OTT applications and online content, which is affecting this market positively. Overall, the popularity of smart TVs in India is growing and represents a lucrative sector for investments. However, it will be challenging to take on the incumbents Xiaomi, Samsung, LG and Sony." - Varun Mishra (Source: India Today)

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