Technology Bulletin

    • Xiaomi Pursuing US$1.46 bn ‘AIoT’ Expansion Strate...
    • Jan 22, 2019
    • "Xiaomi is trying hard to change its positioning as a smartphone OEM to an internet service company. Its stock has plummeted to an all-time low last week w... View More

      "Xiaomi is trying hard to change its positioning as a smartphone OEM to an internet service company. Its stock has plummeted to an all-time low last week when a six-month lockup period following its IPO expired. It is also facing headwinds in the domestic smartphone market and as a result couple of announcements in the past few weeks have been around its ecosystem strategy. We believe that it has identified some good product categories in the IoT space. However, the higher dependency on the home market will remain. To tap markets outside China it needs to identify specific categories and strike relevant local partnerships to succeed" - Tarun Pathak

      (Source: Asia Times)

    • Rakuten is Building the World’s First End-To-End C...
    • Jan 22, 2019
    • "Japan's internet giant Rakuten is building a 100% virtualized next generation network which will pave the way for it to launch a 5G Standalone (SA) ne... View More

      "Japan's internet giant Rakuten is building a 100% virtualized next generation network which will pave the way for it to launch a 5G Standalone (SA) network. Rakuten believes 5G NR SA is the real deal similar to China Mobile's view and would like to use 'network slicing' to build differentiated services and targeted customer experiences. Watch out for this trend where MVNOs, Internet companies without any legacy network baggage can launch a fully virtualized advanced mobile network and leapfrog traditional operators with broader scale differentiated internet services." - Neil Shah

      (Source: Rakuten)

    • Geely, CATL to Set Up Lithium Battery JV
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • "Geely Automobile Holdings and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) have announced forming a JV called CATL Geely Power Battery Co. Ltd for production an... View More

      "Geely Automobile Holdings and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) have announced forming a JV called CATL Geely Power Battery Co. Ltd for production and sales of batteries, battery modules, and battery packs. With Geely intending to launch 40 new electric vehicles on the market by 2020, the creation of this JV is no doubt a critical strategy to ensure stable local supply and reduce procurement prices to enhance competitiveness for Geely Auto’s next generation of electrified vehicles. Geely Auto already holds more than 300 patents in new energy core technologies and already offers MHEV mild hybrid, HEV hybrid, and PHEV plug-in hybrid products in its range.
      In China, everything seems to be moving faster on EV development than anywhere else in the world.
      " - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Electrive)

    • Samsung’s Exynos Auto V9 Processor in Audi Cars to...
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • "Samsung Electronics Co. has announced tieing up with Audi AG to supply automotive processors designed for in-vehicle infotainment systems. Samsung’s... View More

      "Samsung Electronics Co. has announced tieing up with Audi AG to supply automotive processors designed for in-vehicle infotainment systems. Samsung’s Exynos Auto V9 Chip will manage not only in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions for Audi cars, but will also provide drivers with details on the vehicle's performance on a real-time basis. The Exynos Auto V9 enables IVI solution to control six displays simultaneously and supports up to 12 cameras. In addition, three graphics processing units make it capable of running multiple applications simultaneously. Neural processing units will also, promptly and accurately, process drivers' voice, face and movements to provide optimized information.
      The announcement highlights Samsung’s growing ambitions to stay at the forefront of the automotive infotainment market and diversify its chips business, as revenue from its mobile phones drops. Two years earlier, Samsung had also acquired Harman International Industries, a U.S.-based automotive-technology manufacturer, for $8 billion." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Venture Beat)

    • Ford Plans New Cellular Vehicle-To-Everything, C-V...
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • "Announced at CES 2019, Ford Motor Co. plans to roll out C-V2X wireless technology, that will augment sensors used in its proposed autonomous cars, making&... View More

      "Announced at CES 2019, Ford Motor Co. plans to roll out C-V2X wireless technology, that will augment sensors used in its proposed autonomous cars, making the view from radars and cameras more comprehensive. The new technology enables sharing data, such as car's location,the color of a traffic light, road signs and pedestrian's crossing, with other vehicles.
      With high-speed 5G networks available at the time, C-V2X, if fitted by other vehicles and city infrastructure, can significantly facilitate the development of smart cities. However, costs of installation/maintenance for budget-constrained governments and requirement for pedestrian's to be carrying smartphones to receive/send signals could prove to be burdensome and unreasonable." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: CNN Business)

    • Alibaba's Tmall Genie Voice Assistant to Be Introd...
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • "At CES 2019, Alibaba and BMW have announced using the Chinese giant's voice assistant, Tmall Genie, by BMW customers in China by the end of 2019. The ... View More

      "At CES 2019, Alibaba and BMW have announced using the Chinese giant's voice assistant, Tmall Genie, by BMW customers in China by the end of 2019. The move extends BMW’s Connected service, which is already integrated with other Tmall Genie-compatible devices. The new feature allows customers to use the BMW display screen, serving up text and images.
      Integration with Alibaba's Tmall Genie in BMW vehicles in China opens up new possibilities in terms of intelligent connectivity between the vehicle and customer’s digital touchpoints. BMW Connected is currently used by 1.5 million customers. Alibaba claims to have sold over 5 million Tmall Genie units since its launch in 2017." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: BMW Group)

    • HERE Introduces Navigation on Demand
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • "HERE has announced the introduction of Navigation on Demand, claiming to be the world’s first ‘Navigation as a Service’ solution. Provid... View More

      "HERE has announced the introduction of Navigation on Demand, claiming to be the world’s first ‘Navigation as a Service’ solution. Providing a broad, universal framework that can integrate connected services and navigation to any vehicle, HERE’s Navigation on Demand is specifically designed to address the challenges of having to frequently build and update in-car user interfaces. HERE's Navigation on Demand can be customized to work across different models, varied infotainment platforms, operating systems, and production regions.
      Using secure over-the-air updates via internet, Navigation on Demand also offers vehicle owners the convenience of never having to visit a dealership anymore to receive updated map data. Powered by the HERE's Open Location Platform – Navigation on Demand offers automakers the agility to deliver competitive navigation experiences, by providing them the flexibility to design and deploy their own unique business models and strategies." Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: HERE 360)

    • First Foldable Display on the Market
    • Jan 8, 2019
    • "The company Royole has made a foldable display that is now commercially available in a smartphone called FlexPai. It bends freely from 0 to... View More

      "The company Royole has made a foldable display that is now commercially available in a smartphone called FlexPai. It bends freely from 0 to 180 degrees and can bend more than 200,000 times. The display is AMOLED and the screen is claimed to be scratch resistant. While this had a great WOW factor at CES 2019, this is still just a proof of concept in reality. The folded phone is still bulky and having it folded out to phablet size makes it pretty unwieldy for those with smaller hands. Technology will continue to advance and make this product more viable, but as long as the device is still pretty thick and clunky, it will just be a novelty device." - Maurice Klaehne 

      (Source: Tech Crunch)

    • Galaxy S10’s Most Exciting New Feature Might be th...
    • Jan 8, 2019
    • "Recently there has been a rumour that Galaxy S10 phones will have graphene batteries, which will not only reduce the charging time (from an hour to 1... View More

      "Recently there has been a rumour that Galaxy S10 phones will have graphene batteries, which will not only reduce the charging time (from an hour to 12 mins) but also ensure protection against overheating. It would be a remarkable breakthrough in battery production technology if it turns out to be true. However, there must be some challenges and obstacles for the mass production of graphene batteries, to be equipped in flagship models due to the complicated manufacturing process. Need to wait and see how it will turn out. " - Liz Lee

      (Source: BGR)

    • Huawei Unveils New Chipset Using ARM Design for Se...
    • Jan 8, 2019
    • "Huawei launched a new CPU for use in data centre servers, a move to provide an alternative for the market to Intel's products. The chipset is named Ku... View More

      "Huawei launched a new CPU for use in data centre servers, a move to provide an alternative for the market to Intel's products. The chipset is named Kunpeng 920 and is jointly developed with Arm Holdings. Huawei plans to increase its competitiveness by strengthening its own semiconductor development which is an important component for telecommunication devices such as smartphones. Not only Huawei, but many Chinese OEMs seemed to realize the importance of self-developed components through the US-China trade dispute this time and this move is likely to expand in the future." - SuJeong Lim

      (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)

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