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Wednesday 18 May 2022
Micron's new pricing scheme triggers questions about risks
Memory chip maker Micron Technology has launched a new pricing model called "forward pricing agreements" (FPAs). Observers are watching whether the model will stabilize the industry's price fluctuations and if Micron's rivals will follow suit.
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Friday 13 May 2022
Why metaverse matters: Business opportunities and beyond
Why does metaverse matter? The short answer is that metaverse presents a generational opportunity for businesses, investors, and individuals. The article aims to answer the fundamental question of why metaverse matters.
Friday 13 May 2022
QIC Inside Investor Relation Series (7): Key elements of a successful meeting with long-term investors
Most corporations prefer to have a shareholder structure with more longer-term investors. It usually takes several months to several years to see the initial results of a company's new strategy or plans. Therefore, long-term investors' goals are more consistent with that of a company in maximizing long-term shareholder value. In a survey* of more than 1,000 board members and C-suite executives around the world, 86% declared that using a longer time horizon to make business decisions would positively affect corporate performance in a number of ways, including strengthening financial returns and increasing innovation.
Friday 13 May 2022
Europe strives to restore chip supply leadership
The global semiconductor shortages have surfaced as early as 2019 when the US government imposed a ban on Huawei's products. The COVID-19 pandemic starting in 2020 exacerbated the problem as manufacturers have to suspend operations now and then during the peaks of infections.
Friday 13 May 2022
The memory industy (5): Looking for a new biz model that can create new value
When the memory industry can no longer leverage Moore's Law to create new value, it has to find new technologies to establish a new business model that can create new economic value.
Thursday 12 May 2022
Most vehicles today are not developed with cybersecurity in mind, says Cybellum
Electric vehicles (EVs) are at the center of the world's push toward a decarbonized future, and the importance of cybersecurity in the automotive domain is without question.
Thursday 12 May 2022
The memory industry (4): Technology diversion between DRAM and 3D NAND flash
In 2014, 3D NAND flash was introduced to the industry with 24 layers, and it co-existed with 2D NAND flash until 2017. 3D NAND flash gradually came to dominate the market with its high-density storage capacity and technologies, and its manufacturing process completely diverged from that of DRAM. The synergy of utilizing the same processes and equipment for the two memory types - DRAM and NAND - was completely gone, and the core of competitive strategies in the memory industry changed.
Wednesday 11 May 2022
Indian conditions necessitate developing unique EV charging solutions
India wants to transition to electric vehicles quickly. The government has made its intentions clear with subsidies and incentives, while major car OEMs like Tata Motors are gearing up to launch several new electric vehicles.
Wednesday 11 May 2022
The memory industry (3): Taiwan's DRAM sector
Let's take a moment to review the rise and fall of Taiwan's DRAM industry. Taiwan's DRAM industry came into being in the mid-1990s. In the beginning, although some companies wanted to self-develop related technologies, most companies chose to become competitive by exchanging production capacity for technology licensing with partners. This method certainly had some drawbacks, including that companies obtaining the licensed technologies could be controlled by their partners.
Tuesday 10 May 2022
SWAP Energi welcomes G20 Summit with its battery-swapping scooters in Bali
Jakarta-based SWAP Energi co-founder Kevin Phang aspired to advance battery-swapping technologies for electric scooters while he was studying abroad. SWAP Energi and its affiliate e-scooter maker and distributor SMOOT have set up 400 battery swapping stations in Greater Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia, the highest among the top e-scooter brands in the country.
Tuesday 10 May 2022
The memory industry (2): The era of makers utilizing manufacturing processes and equipment for both DRAM and 2D NAND flash
NAND flash was invented by Toshiba in 1989 and entered commercial mass production in the early 2000s. Since NAND flash has much faster access speed than mechanical hard drives, and since small-storage persistent memory products were gaining popularity, memory companies began placing increased focus on NAND flash.
Tuesday 10 May 2022
AI applications key to realizing autonomous driving
Autonomous driving and intelligent cockpit are two key application areas of artificial intelligence (AI), which can be used to transform camera and sensor data into actionable information.
Monday 9 May 2022
The memory industry (1): The era of DRAM driving semiconductor manufacturing process improvement
Semiconductor is a high-tech industry that requires continuous investment in the development of cutting-edge technologies to create new economic value. With the advantage of entering the market early, leading semiconductor companies can generate significant profit and use that profit to develop more advanced manufacturing processes to extend their lead. By increasing their capital spending, they can build up stronger economies of scale. This virtuous circle is the winning formula for businesses competing in high-tech industries.
Friday 6 May 2022
ProLogium to adopt predictive simulation to mass produce solid-state battery for EV
ProLogium is ready to produce the world's first batch of high-performance solid-state batteries for electric vehicles (EV) soon. The Gigafactory in Taoyuan, Taiwan is planning to start mass-producing within the next three to four years.
Friday 6 May 2022
Canada's Kat Innovation works on bone recovery device
Canadian startup Kat Innovation aims to develop a medical device to help hip surgery patients recover faster by stimulating their bone formation. It seeks to work with hospitals in different countries for in-vitro and clinical studies.
Friday 6 May 2022
QIC Inside Investor Relation Series (6): MiFID II and its impact
The capital market and investor relations have been impacted by the regulations of MiFID II beginning in January 2018. What is MiFID II and why will it continue to have an impact on all the market participants? In this article, we will discuss what MiFID II is, and what you need to know.