Technology Bulletin

    • Apple Could Face a Tough Time in China in The Shor...
    • Dec 25, 2018
    • "Apple could face a backlash in China amid the increasing tension between US and China over the arrest of the Huawei CFO. Some Chinese companies ... View More

      "Apple could face a backlash in China amid the increasing tension between US and China over the arrest of the Huawei CFO. Some Chinese companies are threatening employees that using Apple products could be punishable if caught. This adds to the recent issues that Apple has been facing in China with the district court putting a ban on the sale of older iPhone models. Even though Apple has released a software update to address the issue, it is up to the Chinese government to decide if the software update is enough to resolve the matter. This could put short-term pressure on the iPhone makers as China remains its second largest market after homeland US." - Shobhit Srivastava

      (Source: CNN Business)

    • The Advent of 5G Devices
    • Dec 25, 2018
    • "The race towards 5G devices has already started and the early adopters are the 5G hotspots and Consumer Premise Equipment (5G CPE's). The size of thes... View More

      "The race towards 5G devices has already started and the early adopters are the 5G hotspots and Consumer Premise Equipment (5G CPE's). The size of these devices is fairly bigger than the last generation 4G LTE devices. Larger silicon size, discrete 5G modems and high Bills of Material (BoM) are a few of the broad reasons for 5G not trickling quickly into the handsets segment. However, the initial boost for 5G is going to be the portable hotspots and CPE's and not the smartphones. They will pick up later once the networks are ubiquitous and standalone." - Parv Sharma

      (Source: Ars Technica)

    • Foxconn To Build a $9 Billion Chip Plant In China ...
    • Dec 25, 2018
    • "China is still importing over $250 Billion worth of Integrated Circuits every year and lags behind a couple of countries in this product line. Building an... View More

      "China is still importing over $250 Billion worth of Integrated Circuits every year and lags behind a couple of countries in this product line. Building an IC fabrication plant will be an integral part of the "Made in China 2025" policy, strengthening the investments in semi-conductor segment. It seems like Foxconn is targeting semiconductor manufacturing as a new revenue stream. It is said that the planning facility is likely to utilize a 12-inch wafer for production of smart TVs, Industry IoT and AI chipsets. However, both Foxconn and Sharp are inexperienced. Additionally, Zhuhai offers an attractive alternative for investments especially due to its Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, educational centers, proximity to Hong Kong and finally the aggressive subsidy it is offering." - Tarun Pathak

      (Source: CNBC)

    • Huawei Wants to Win and Leap Ahead in the 5G SoC R...
    • Dec 25, 2018
    • "Huawei is reportedly looking to leapfrog rivals such as Qualcomm and Samsung by announcing the world's first SoC with an integrated 5G modem... View More

      "Huawei is reportedly looking to leapfrog rivals such as Qualcomm and Samsung by announcing the world's first SoC with an integrated 5G modem in the first half of 2019 (possibly around MWC or Huawei P30 launch) for possibly using it in Huawei Mate 30, which will be launched in Fall 2019. Most of the first generation 5G smartphones next year are poised to feature discrete 5G modems alongside smartphone SoCs with Qualcomm commanding the lion's share of design wins. However, Qualcomm has a few announcements up its sleeves for next month but it remains to be seen who will be the first to announce, then ship and further promise optimal performance for an integrated 5G SoC solution for devices launching in the second half of 2019 or later." - Neil Shah 

      (Source: Android Headlines)

    • BMW, Porsche Claim Three-Minute Charging for Elect...
    • Dec 18, 2018
    • "BMW and Porsche have opened a prototype charging station, with a capacity of 450 kilowatts, claiming to charge enough power to drive 100 km (62 miles) in ... View More

      "BMW and Porsche have opened a prototype charging station, with a capacity of 450 kilowatts, claiming to charge enough power to drive 100 km (62 miles) in less than three minutes. The system is co-developed by Siemens, charging specialists Allego and Phoenix Contact E-Mobility. The charger, however, offers more power than any current model can take on. For test vehicles to withstand the surge, Porsche used a cooling system to keep the battery cells and charging cable at a steady temperature. Siemens provided the higher electric voltage energy supply. With a charging capacity more than triple of Tesla’s Superchargers, BMW and Porsche apparently have an edge now over the popular US EV maker." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Bloomberg)

    • German Automakers Meet Trump as He Weighs New Tari...
    • Dec 18, 2018
    • "Executives from BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen met President Trump’s top economic advisors as his administration is considering tariffs on EU imported ... View More

      "Executives from BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen met President Trump’s top economic advisors as his administration is considering tariffs on EU imported cars. The automotive industry has always been in the realm of political complicity considering the impact this industry has on the national economy. Expect a far-reaching impact ($300 billion trade loss for 25% tariff), if the US imposes import tariffs on cars imported from EU, as auto-trade accounts for some 10% of the total commerce between the two regions. With the US being one of the largest consumers of luxury cars, expect companies like BMW and Daimler to be the most affected ones if the import tariffs are implemented." - Aman Madhok

      (Source: CNN Business)

    • Ford’s Restructuring Plans Could Involve Double of...
    • Dec 18, 2018
    • "Ford could layoff 25,000 of its employees, more than double of what GM laid off recently. Layoffs are never easy for the company, economy and em... View More

      "Ford could layoff 25,000 of its employees, more than double of what GM laid off recently. Layoffs are never easy for the company, economy and employees. However, to stay in the game, and compete with the Teslas of the world, traditional OEMs need to be agile and asset light. Big OEMs are limiting their product portfolio and focusing only on the bright spots – EVs, autonomous vehicles and SUVs – where the demand lies for a mid-long term period. Also, expect maturing economies like the US and Europe to lose maximum jobs as OEMs focus on emerging and growing Asian economies." - Aman Madhok

      (Source: The Street)

    • Electric Car Charging Infrastructure and Guideline...
    • Dec 18, 2018
    • "The Indian Government has finally announced a policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Charging stations will first be rolled out in cities wi... View More

      "The Indian Government has finally announced a policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Charging stations will first be rolled out in cities with a population of greater than 4 million residents i.e. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat and Pune. The most important announcement is that these charging stations will be de-licensed and the rollout is expected to be quite rapid. The charging stations will also be free to obtain electricity from any power company through the open access system. Current fuel filling stations will be given priority. The rollout means that India will finally have public electric charging stations." Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: AutoCar Pro)

    • EU Passenger Car Demand Fell by 8.0% in November 2...
    • Dec 18, 2018
    • "Car demand fell by 8.0% in November in EU, a third consecutive month of moderation after registrations spiked by over 31% in August, with new WLTP tests i... View More

      "Car demand fell by 8.0% in November in EU, a third consecutive month of moderation after registrations spiked by over 31% in August, with new WLTP tests introduced in September. Eleven months into the year, overall EU registrations increased under 1% versus a year ago. However, demand continues to be seen in Central Europe, with car registrations up by 9.6% so far this year. Spain (+8.0%) and France (+4.7%) posted positive growth in January, while registrations dropped in Italy (‐3.5%) and UK (‐6.9%) during the same period." Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: ACEA)

    • Huawei CFO Linked to Firm That Offered HP Gear to ...
    • Dec 12, 2018
    • "Huawei has a significant role to play in the standardization of 5G, more so than in previous wireless generations. And it has been gaining market share wh... View More

      "Huawei has a significant role to play in the standardization of 5G, more so than in previous wireless generations. And it has been gaining market share where others have not (although the situation with ZTE earlier in the year, gave all vendors a leg-up). Huawei’s strength and opacity relative to the Chinese government is a concern for many. Australia and New Zealand have banned their telcos from using Huawei equipment. Canada is reviewing its role. The UK has not banned Huawei, but it has set up a lab to test Huawei equipment. Nothing malicious has been found, but it has said that overall security levels are not good enough. But this is a universal problem in tech as the many data breaches attest." - Peter Richardson 

      Source : Reuters

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