Technology Bulletin

    • Sony Corp. Has Launched Sony AI, a New Organizatio...
    • Nov 26, 2019
    • "Sony has entered the accelerating global AI race with a new organization, Sony AI. The research sites will be based in Tokyo, Austin, Texas and Europe. Th... View More
      "Sony has entered the accelerating global AI race with a new organization, Sony AI. The research sites will be based in Tokyo, Austin, Texas and Europe. The company will focus on AI projects in three fields- “gaming, imaging & sensing, and gastronomy,". The research will add value to Sony's existing business of gaming and hardware. AI helps developers to study player behavior, test games at accelerated rates. AI would also help in expanding Sony's ability in hardware. The goal of next generation sensors is to add intelligence on the edge of the network. Sony also has recently opened APIs for its robotic dog platform Aibo, thus already creating a platform and underlying technologies for its AI robots." - Varun Mishra (Source: EE Times)
    • South Korea to Double 5G Spectrum by 2026
    • Nov 26, 2019
    • "The Ministry of Science and ICT said it wanted to add up to 2,640MHz of bandwidth by 2026 to the currently allocated 2,680MHz for use in 5G networks. the ... View More
      "The Ministry of Science and ICT said it wanted to add up to 2,640MHz of bandwidth by 2026 to the currently allocated 2,680MHz for use in 5G networks. the additional bandwidths will be to prepare for the traffic explosion and use in new industries that will be 5G-based. 5G-based industrial applications will require massive amounts of data traffic that has not been seen before. As 5G expands into the market, carriers will seek out a broader spectrum to provide reliable services." - Sujeong Lim (Source: ZD Net)
    • Intel to Offer 5G Connectivity in Laptops, Partner...
    • Nov 26, 2019
    • "Intel this year pulled out of 5G baseband, creating an opportunity for MediaTek in the PC segment. Intel CPU's will now support Mediatek’s 5G ba... View More
      "Intel this year pulled out of 5G baseband, creating an opportunity for MediaTek in the PC segment. Intel CPU's will now support Mediatek’s 5G baseband. Only Qualcomm was offering LTE modems for PC's and also leading the way to 5G laptops. This gives Intel an opportunity to provide an always-connected PC (ACPC). The main rival here is Qualcomm, which is developing ARM-based ACPCs that have significant advantages in terms of power consumption, but application compatibility is limited due to the ARM architecture. Intel still has time to develop solutions that can challenge ARM-based chips. If the application ecosystem matures for ARM-based ACPC, Qualcomm will likely take a significant share of the ACPC market. Further with the 5G, the use of cloud-based apps will further boost the ARM-based ACPC ecosystem." - Satyajit Sinha (Source: Anand Tech)
    • Apple Reportedly Forecasting >100 Million iPhone 1...
    • Nov 26, 2019
    • "Apple is looking for 2020 to be the breakout year for both 5G and its new iPhones. This will help Apple boost its waning sales in the US and China as thes... View More
      "Apple is looking for 2020 to be the breakout year for both 5G and its new iPhones. This will help Apple boost its waning sales in the US and China as these will be the two hottest big markets for 5G in 2020. The key question, however, is not the total amount of devices, but the mix of 5G band support that Apple will have for the three iPhones that will likely debut in September 2020. Smartphone makers are currently either opting for sub-6 GHz or mmWave frequencies, with dual support being an added cost factor that OEMs are currently avoiding." - Maurice Klaehne
    • Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is an Electric SUV with up t...
    • Nov 19, 2019
    • "Ford has launched its first all-electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E. The company has been working on it for years and it comes with different packages rangin... View More
      "Ford has launched its first all-electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E. The company has been working on it for years and it comes with different packages ranging from 210 miles in the entry-level "Select Model" to 300 miles in the high-end model. Ford is still eligible for the federal tax credit and the incentive of 7,500 USD will help sales of the vehicle. Depending upon the state where it is sold, the incentive can go up to 10,000 USD which will bring down the effective cost of the vehicle significantly." - Shobhit Srivastava (Source: The Verge)
    • Volkswagen Investing Strongly in the Future
    • Nov 19, 2019
    • "VW Group is planning an investment of EUR 60 billion during 2020-2024. Of this, EUR 33 billion will be invested in electromobility and EUR 27 billion in h... View More
      "VW Group is planning an investment of EUR 60 billion during 2020-2024. Of this, EUR 33 billion will be invested in electromobility and EUR 27 billion in hybridization and digitalization. VW plans to introduce 75 all-electric models and 60 hybrid models to reach 29 million EV sales by 2024. VW has considerably increased its EV sales target (from 22 million by 2030) to maintain its global leadership position as the automotive industry is speeding up its transition from conventional to electric vehicles. The company's focus on the emerging technology can be gauged from the fact that the investment (of EUR 60 billion) accounts for more than 40% of the company's total investment in property, plant, equipment and all R&D costs during the period." - Aman Madhok (Source: Volkswagen)
    • Silicon Carbide (SiC) Advantages for the Automotiv...
    • Nov 19, 2019
    • "SiC is a rare material with excellent properties for power conversion and control which enhances energy efficiency and reduces weight and volume. SiC'... View More
      "SiC is a rare material with excellent properties for power conversion and control which enhances energy efficiency and reduces weight and volume. SiC's electrical (lower impedance/higher frequency), mechanical (smaller size), and thermal properties (higher temperature operation) are also suitable for manufacturing high-power automotive electronics such as car chargers, buck converters, and main drive inverters. SiC can increase an inverter's efficiency by 3%–5% and reduce battery cost/capacity required which is key for high-performance EVs. Key players like Cree, STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Rohm etc. have invested to reduce wafer shortages and increase price reductions. However, SiC and Si have different switching characteristics, power consumption and cost and will co-exist in the future." - Parv Sharma (Source: EE Times)
    • Pirelli Develops Cyber Tyre That Communicates with...
    • Nov 19, 2019
    • "In what is being claimed to be the first 5G enhanced ADAS enabled tyre in the world, Pirelli has developed "Cyber Tyre"- which are Smart tyres, ... View More
      "In what is being claimed to be the first 5G enhanced ADAS enabled tyre in the world, Pirelli has developed "Cyber Tyre"- which are Smart tyres, capable of communicating real-time road surface data, through 5G networks. These Cyber Tyres are designed to detect real-time information related to road surface conditions, which are shared with other vehicles and infrastructure systems, connected through the network. We can expect more such 5G use cases and applications to be announced by auto suppliers looking to stay ahead in the race for early adopter customers." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: ET Auto)
    • Our Analysts' Opinions on the News Tesla Chooses B...
    • Nov 19, 2019
    • "Tesla CEO Musk has decided that Gigafactory 4 will be located near Berlin in Germany along with a research and development center. In a tweet, he added th... View More
      "Tesla CEO Musk has decided that Gigafactory 4 will be located near Berlin in Germany along with a research and development center. In a tweet, he added that the factory will build batteries, powertrains and vehicles starting with the Model Y. It will be situated close to the new BER airport currently under construction and will be fed with renewable energy from a combination of wind, solar and other sources. It is a positive as Tesla's decision will help eliminate doubts about the future of EVs and boost confidence in the whole industry. Although it will take time for the plant to get up and running, the decision is a serious threat to German automakers such as Volkswagen. However, there are legitimate concerns about how Tesla can manage the rapid build of its China factory and another big investment in a new plant in Germany while the company still struggles with profitability."- Liz Lee (Source: Fortune)
    • Doogee S68 Pro Has Two Panes of Gorilla Glass 4 ov...
    • Nov 12, 2019
    • "Doogee is one of the top 5 players in the rugged handset market. The OEM has launched the S68 Pro with some unique features like two layers of Gorilla Gla... View More
      "Doogee is one of the top 5 players in the rugged handset market. The OEM has launched the S68 Pro with some unique features like two layers of Gorilla Glass, and it is one of the few rugged phones with a triple camera. The device also supports NFC.  Rugged phones continue to serve niche consumer segment as well as industrial segments like manufacturing, construction, transportation. They are also key for defence forces, fire fighters and other public safety departments. Over time, the devices have been evolving and some of them now come with advanced features like thermal imaging, laser-assisted distance measuring, air quality monitoring and so forth. The most prominent players in the space are CAT, Sonim, Blackview and Crosscall. Companies like Sonim also provides solutions catering to various industries verticals where rugged handsets are relevant such as logistics." - Varun Mishra (Source: GSM Arena)

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