Technology Bulletin

    • VinSmart to Launch 5G Smartphones Next Year
    • Dec 10, 2019
    • "Commercial 5G operations in Vietnam are only likely to start in 2021. Local player, Vinsmart, has started selling smartphones outside Vietnam, in countrie... View More
      "Commercial 5G operations in Vietnam are only likely to start in 2021. Local player, Vinsmart, has started selling smartphones outside Vietnam, in countries including Spain, Myanmar and Russia and is planning to enter more SEA markets in 2020 as well as launching its first 5G smartphone. However, none of the countries where it is currently present are likely to see a fast 5G transition. In such a scenario, Vinsmart should reconsider the markets it focuses on to help it enter the broadening group of smartphone OEMs that will have 5G devices next year across different price points and markets." - Tarun Pathak (Source: VN Express)
    • Qualcomm’s New In-Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint R...
    • Dec 10, 2019
    • "Qualcomm has announced a second-generation of its ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, the 3D Sonic that’s 17 times bigger than the previous ge... View More
      "Qualcomm has announced a second-generation of its ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, the 3D Sonic that’s 17 times bigger than the previous generation. The first-generation ultrasonic sensor debuted in the Samsung Galaxy S10. However, it had some issues like slow speed, a small area to read prints accurately and a security issue caused by screen protectors. With the second generation, Qualcomm aims to solve some of these issues by providing a larger sensor. The option to require two simultaneous fingerprint scans also helps increase security levels. This strengthens Qualcomm’s overall ecosystem. With diverse offerings including fingerprint sensors, envelop tracking, RF to antenna components, solutions for wearables and hearables, WiFi 6, Bluetooth and more, Qualcomm is on the path of becoming a one-stop solution provider for OEMs." - Varun Mishra (Source: The Verge)
    • Hyper-Scale Cloud Providers Move Closer to the (5G...
    • Dec 10, 2019
    • "Many of the most exciting use cases involving 5G require the use of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC). This is because the time it takes for requests from... View More
      "Many of the most exciting use cases involving 5G require the use of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC). This is because the time it takes for requests from a mobile device to get to a central cloud and back again can be quite long. By placing a server at the edge of the network, round-trip delays can be reduced to a few milliseconds. The next question is who will provide the MEC servers? The news from Amazon suggests that it, and other hyper-scale cloud providers, will likely be foremost among the MEC providers. Other candidates include infrastructure vendors, like Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and Samsung, or other enterprise cloud server providers - of which there are many. This will be a critical piece of the 5G ecosystem, so expect a developing tussle for supremacy among multiple players. The end result will likely be a rich mix of different providers depending on the specific use-case, or vertical markets being addressed." - Peter Richardson (Source: BusinessWire)
    • Apple Turns to China to Double AirPods Pro Product...
    • Dec 10, 2019
    • "Apple is doubling the production of its recently launched AirPods Pro from 1 million to 2 million a month. Apple is known to have asked Luxshare-ICT, whic... View More
      "Apple is doubling the production of its recently launched AirPods Pro from 1 million to 2 million a month. Apple is known to have asked Luxshare-ICT, which builds the AirPods Pro in China, to double production to 2 million units per month. Despite the US-China trade tensions, Apple is developing a stronger partnership with the Chinese manufacturer to meet the surging demand for its AirPods Pro. Apple has also asked Goertek to boost production, at its Vietnam-based factories, of the lower-cost AirPods. Thus, Counterpoint forecasts that shipments of Apple's AirPods will reach 61 million units in 2019, fuelled by the strong demand for the AirPods Pro during the holiday season.  Luxshare-ICT, founded in 2004 by a former production line worker at Foxconn, has been evolving from a small maker of components into a manufacturing powerhouse that serves global giants including Apple, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Tesla. Luxshare has a “wolflike” aggressive tendency for meeting the required goals under the deadline, according to an Apple executive." - Liz Lee (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)
    • Samsung Display and LG Display Expected to Be the ...
    • Dec 10, 2019
    • "Samsung will be the only supplier for the 2020 OLED-based iPhones with 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes. For the 6.1-inch display device, LG Display wi... View More
      "Samsung will be the only supplier for the 2020 OLED-based iPhones with 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes. For the 6.1-inch display device, LG Display will be used, in addition to Samsung, to ensure consistent supply. It is likely that BOE will not be an Apple supplier in 2020. Apple was testing BOE for a long time as potential OLED supplier, but it is not included in the list in 2020 because of slow progress in development and production. Apple is not taking any risk with the iPhone production. This is allowing Samsung to consolidate its position as leading the next wave OLED development thanks to its capability to deliver high-quality displays and meet large production demand." - Karn Chauhan (Source: ET News)
    • BMW Starts Building New Electric Vehicle Plant wit...
    • Dec 3, 2019
    • "BMW teamed-up with Great Wall Motors to build a new EV plant in Jiangsu Province, China, with a production capacity of 160,000 cars per year. BMW is ... View More
      "BMW teamed-up with Great Wall Motors to build a new EV plant in Jiangsu Province, China, with a production capacity of 160,000 cars per year. BMW is investing €650 million in the plant which is expected to start operation from 2022. It will produce both BMW’s Mini brand as well as Great Wall cars. China is the world’s largest EV market and the Chinese government’s New Energy Vehicle Policy, which was revised this year, opened the EV market for global automakers. The Chinese EV market saw steep declines in EV shipments during 2019 and Chinese automakers are struggling for economies of scale. BMW is following in Tesla’s and Volkswagen’s footsteps in China. The Mini has been underperforming, so this investment will likely help Mini regain its position." - Soumen Mandal (Source: Reuters)
    • AutoChips and X-FAB Launch Mass Production TPMS Ch...
    • Dec 3, 2019
    • "AutoChips Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NavInfo, and X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE started mass volume production of a highly advanced automotive-grade ... View More
      "AutoChips Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NavInfo, and X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE started mass volume production of a highly advanced automotive-grade AC5111 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) chipset. The chip is designed by the engineering team of AutoChips and manufactured at the facility of X-FAB in Germany.   The automotive industry is transforming towards autonomous mobility and TPMS is an important part of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). TPMS chipsets have tended to only be used in high-end cars, but this large-scale production will drive down costs down and help the technology diffuse to lower-end cars as well. Studies show that 70% of highway accidents in China are caused by tyre punctures, so China has made it mandatory to incorporate TPMS chipset from January 2020 onwards. The domestic production in China will open new opportunities for other chipmakers." - Soumen Mandal (Source: EE News Europe)
    • NXP Adds Latest Automotive UWB chip as BMW Drives ...
    • Dec 3, 2019
    • "Following the launch of ultra-wide band (UWB) chips for smartphones, NXP Semiconductor has announced UWB chips for cars, which will enable smartphones to ... View More
      "Following the launch of ultra-wide band (UWB) chips for smartphones, NXP Semiconductor has announced UWB chips for cars, which will enable smartphones to act as a key for the car. UWB is considered better than other radio technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc as it delivers accurate, real-time and secured localization capabilities. NXP is working with BMW Group to set the required standardization for UWB. UWB will need extra memory including RAM and Flash (NOR). Beyond keyless entry, potential applications include trackers, autonomous valet parking, home applications (smart speaker, lightning and smart locker, industrial, IoT and robotics etc). As a central utility device for almost every user, targeting smartphones will speed-up adoption as the user base is already there." - Karn Chauhan (Source: EE Times)
    • Connected Kerb and Magment to Jointly Bring Wirele...
    • Dec 3, 2019
    • "London-based Connected Kerb and induction technology specialist Magment, based in Munich, announced they are bringing wireless induction-based charging to... View More
      "London-based Connected Kerb and induction technology specialist Magment, based in Munich, announced they are bringing wireless induction-based charging to the UK. The deployments are expected to start within the next two months and expand to other countries in mid-2020. The transition to wireless charging will remove the need for connecting vehicles via a cable. Instead, the vehicle can be charged by parking over an inductive pad embedded in the road surface.  The technology brings a lot of convenience. It can be as fast as cable charging and removes the need for street furniture to deploy charging stations. It can be deployed in parking bays across a city and therefore holds the potential to significantly expand EV charging infrastructure, which is key to the mass adoption of EVs in future." - Varun Mishra (Source: Automotive EV)
    • BMW Aims for Zero Emission Shipping
    • Dec 3, 2019
    • "The automotive supply chain is notoriously convoluted, with parts often being produced far from final assembly. This necessitates extensive use of shippin... View More
      "The automotive supply chain is notoriously convoluted, with parts often being produced far from final assembly. This necessitates extensive use of shipping – a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and half of BMW’s transport chain emissions. Now, BMW has committed to bringing its global shipping CO2 contribution to zero within the next ten years. To do this, it is joining the Getting to Zero coalition started by the Global Maritime Forum, Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum. In addition, BMW has committed to use only renewable energy in all its production plants and three joint venture plants from next year. All its European production is already using only renewable energy."- Peter Richardson (Source: Logistics Manager)

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