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Huawei begins mass production of next-gen foldable smartphone
Huawei has kicked off volume production for its next-generation foldable smartphone since November, according to industry sources. The model will be rivaling Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Z Flip 3 and is expected to come with a lower price tag.
Shortage of foundry supply is sending major smartphone application processors vendors booking 12-inch fab capacity in advance to facilitate shipments of their power management ICs next year. Memory maker Winbond expects to run at full capacity next year to fulfill robust NOR flash chip orders. DIGITIMES recently talked to Stephen Ezell, ITIF VP of Global Innovation Policy, about why India and others should joint ITA-3.
In the first 10 months of 2021, Vietnam's IT sector generated VDN2,560 trillion (US$112.78 billion), 9% higher than the same period in 2020. Local Vietnamese IT firms accounted for 11% of the revenue, or VDN292 trillion, according to Vietnamnet.
Cable maker Wonderful Hi-Tech has become a supplier of transmission cables used in ground receivers for low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites thanks to its experience in making directly buried cable products, according to company CEO Paul Chang.
MediaTek with its recently-introduced flagship SoC is eyeing a presence in the non-iPhone flagship 5G smartphone chip market.
8-inch wafer foundries are experiencing challenges in boosting 8-inch wafer capacity. Now, most of the foundries still spend most of their efforts on their new 12-inch wafers online in 2023. Some sources said WiFi 6/6E is a transitional technology and global major WIFi chipmakers are preparing for WiFi 7 SoCs, which may be rolled out in 2023-2034. Episil Precision has a 200% revenue growth from SiC epi-wafer shipments alone.
Google plans to provide Hinglish support for Indian users while Samsung plans to expand its manufacturing facilities in India.
South Korea-based semiconductor house is building up capacity in Vietnam while Toyota sets up base in Thailand.
FinTech firms in ASEAN have raised a record total of US$3.5 billion from January to September this year, growing more than 300% when compared to the whole year of 2020, according to the latest FinTech in ASEAN 2021 report co-released by United Overseas Bank (UOB), PwC Singapore and Singapore FinTech Association (SFA).
Qualcomm will sharply cut back its modem chip supply for Apple's iPhones starting 2023, sparking speculation that Apple will have its in-house developed modem solution ready for the iPhones slated for launch that year.
Huawei has projected that 5G network will increase to 16% penetration rate next year in Thailand, according to Bangkok Post. The China-based tech company plans to train 100,000 digital workers by 2023 in 5G, cloud, AI, big data, and blockchain and plans to invest US$50 million to cultivate 500,000 digital talent in the Asia-Pacific.
Chip shortage has plagued many industry sectors for months, partly due to insufficient foundry support. But MediaTek has struck deals with pure-play foundry houses for making its 5G chips in 2021 and beyond. In China, memory firms are looking to ramp up output for DDR3, a segment where their Korean counterparts are exiting. And China LCD panel makers are also fast expandig production capacity.
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Why countries like India should join ITA-3: Q&A with Stephen Ezell, ITIF VP of Global Innovation Policy
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) issued a report in September titled "How an Information Technology Agreement 3.0 would bolster global economic growth and opportunity," which is likely to ignite a new round of policy deliberation and debate among emerging countries that have not participated in the previous round of ITA. DIGITIMES tapped on the insight of Stephen Ezell, VP of Global Innovation Policy at ITIF, to discuss why it is essential now to start related policy considerations, as the demand for semiconductor capacity, the repositioning of global supply chains, and the call to deal with climate change and fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals require an ITA-3 in place sooner rather than later.
Digitimes Research worldwide notebook shipment update – October 2021
V2G tech in EVs provides emergency power supply
Dell becomes the largest notebook brand in October, says Digitimes Research