Ericsson announced “Connecting paper,” can cause the body can transfer data

School when we know, the body itself is a conductor, so, with the body to pass data sounds a little too much truth, but even if you can, to our knowledge, rapidly decay can not guarantee the speed and success rate. However, Ericsson released today, called “Connecting paper” near-field communication technology has the potential to change this situation.

It is understood that the technology uses “capacitive coupling” principle, can achieve human transmission signal, people do not need to touch the entity, it means there is no need to do so as NFC touch interaction, which is a bit like your body into a paper and phone power line between media.

Ericsson said that this technology allows the human body to achieve data transfer speeds of up to 10Mbps. But obviously, this rate can not be used to transmit the complete data, so most of the data is actually transmitted still through WiFi or 3G / 4G networks. In addition, the following chart, the signal receiver volume is too large, and external, Ericsson will need to shrink a few times, integrated into the smart phone.





2015 car will reach $ 31 billion by semiconductor output, estimated by 7.5%

Automotive semiconductor market is expected to continue to grow, the output value will reach $ 31 billion this year, the size, the estimated growth of 7.5%.

According to research firm IHS tune estimated that last year automotive semiconductor market value of about $ 29 billion, annual growth of about 10%; electric hybrid electric vehicles, the remote links and information processing and advanced driver assistance systems are the fastest-growing fields.

Infineon (Infineon) power management solutions will benefit electric cars and electric hybrid electric vehicle market, IHS statistics indicate, Infineon market share rising to 9.8 percent last year, ranking the leading position.

IHS is expected this year, the car is expected to continue rising semiconductor market value, will reach $ 31 billion scale, compared with 7.5 percent growth last year again.

Qualcomm does not intend to pay a fine defense accused the Chinese monopoly case

Media said, as US chipmaker Qualcomm China for violating antitrust laws and could face a fine of $ 1 billion when the company took an unusual strategy: for his defense. This is considered to be an unusual move.

Qualcomm case

According to the British “Financial Times” website reported January 25, a Beijing lawyer, said: “Most companies only want to pay fines, and then move on from the theory that they can appeal, but why should their situation change. worse was it? ”

In a ruling issued on the occasion of the forthcoming, the program has become the object of this closed-door diplomacy and veiled threats. Case but had criticized the state media expert and star of the company into the public eye briefly.

However, the impact of winning or losing this lawsuit is too great: it is possible to change the pattern of global smartphone patent system.

Qualcomm is under investigation by China’s National Development and Reform Commission. NDRC is China’s power giant central planning agency, has a formidable reputation and “if not hundred percent, but also very close to this in” (another lawyer language) winning percentage.

Reported that this is a high-pass afford to lose the lawsuit. The company may be punished by a fine is too heavy, up to 10% of its revenue in China, but the real risk is that Beijing might force Qualcomm to reduce 3G and 4G smartphones high patent fees, so that the company could face competition from other markets similar requirements. Market research firm Shengbo Division senior industry analyst Stacy Lasi Gong said: “It’s their business model will be devastating.”

Qualcomm case occurred after the clash occurred several US high-tech enterprise with the Chinese authorities, whose background is foreign companies are increasingly being strongly felt treated unfairly.

Beijing officials have been advised and sometimes forced to ban state-owned enterprises and government agencies to Apple and companies like IBM to buy US high-tech products. Last July, Microsoft’s office was raided another antitrust SAIC. In the past two years, the National Development and Reform Commission has been involved from infant formula to the automotive and other industries foreign price-fixing investigation, involving companies, including Danone and Fonterra companies.

Reported that one of the NDRC mission is to execute antitrust policies. Because of its experience in the socialist pricing system, the NDRC was given a price of antitrust policy enforcement tasks.

Antitrust enforcement by the division in charge of three departments: Development and Reform Commission’s responsibility is limited to the investigation of price fixing, the SAIC is responsible for cases not involving price, while the Commerce Department is responsible for the review of merger and acquisition.

Antitrust Division had to work in the US Justice Department Becky Cobb Stiglitz currently serves on the Sheppard Mullin Beijing office. She believes that some mistakes due to Chinese regulatory agencies are not familiar with the new law. She said: “US” Sherman Antitrust Act “has been in existence for over 120 years, the EU’s fair competition in the legal system can be traced back nearly 60 years ago, while China’s anti-monopoly law only six years of history, so there some kind of learning curve is very natural. “

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 offers an upgraded version of Samsung

According to the “Wall Street Journal” reported that the heating problem Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 810 and did not stop other manufacturers use this eight-core 64-bit processor enthusiasm. LG was the first manufacturer to announce the use of Xiaolong 810 processor, the company said the use of Xiaolong 810 LG G Flex 2 heat properly. Such a statement has also been recognized as LG Xiaolong really send 810 more than the previous generation of heat signs.

Heating problem is perhaps one of the reasons for using the Samsung abandon Qualcomm processor, Samsung will use its own Exynos processor in the next generation of its flagship Galaxy S6. However, it appears that Qualcomm is to solve the heat problem by modifying the design, in March should have a Samsung exclusive Xiaolong 810 version appears.

It is not known whether the new Xiaolong 810 in Samsung 2015 production plan inside. But Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 for his obviously very confident, Xiaolong 810 is also apparent that an important part of Qualcomm chip strategy.

LG has said that part of the heat is not just CPU, and thus there is a special device designed to dissipate heat. The company noted that, LG G Flex 2 in the design, consider using Xiaolong 810, so the heat level can be maintained at a low level. Some analysts speculated that Samsung may use this opportunity to provide more facilities to use Exynos processor.

Research notes: IC output in recent years compound annual growth rate of 4.1%

Things to stimulate demand periphery of the wafer, and a sharp rise in the number of networked devices, so things become very well in the semiconductor industry hopes “Next Big Thing”.

Research coordinating body IC Insights estimates that nearly a decade between 2009 and 2019, benefiting from the trend of things, a lot of people to share information through action, wireless devices, global IC output is expected to pay a 4.1% annual compound annual growth rate.

In retrospect the rise and fall of the IC industry, IC Insights noted that strong demand in the 1980s and led to benefit from the rise of PC PC DRAM, the global IC output between 1980 and 1989 was paid out 16.8% of impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR). And during the years 1990 to 1999, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are available on the effectiveness of the Who’s most powerful PC processor scramble, with an average of 2 to 3 years, Microsoft introduced a new generation of operating systems, the global IC Therefore, to maintain high output growth. IC Insights noted that this decade global IC output compound annual growth rate of 13.6%.

Financial tsunami of 2000 to fall 2009, only 0.5%

But from 2000 to 2009 IC market is filled after the first failure. IC Insights noted that in 2000, although the global IC production value of 35% was paid out of high growth, but from 2008 to 2009 financial tsunami struck the IC industry to create a strong impact, leading to the final from 2000 to 2009 among the world’s IC production value of compound annual growth rate only 0.5%. In particular, IC average selling prices fell, but also put pressure on the growth of output.

Fortunately, a protracted sluggish global IC output began to rebound in 2010, playing a strong 33%. IC Insights optimistic, over the past decade between 2009 and 2019, benefiting from the trend of things, a lot of people to share information through action, wireless devices, global IC output is expected to pay a 4.1% compound annual growth rate. IC Insights estimates, the global IC production value in 2019 is expected to grow to $ 378.3 billion, while in the past 30 years, the global IC output compound annual growth rate of 9%.

Things to stimulate demand periphery of the wafer, and a sharp rise in the number of networked devices, so things become very well in the semiconductor industry hopes “Next Big Thing”.

Europe’s successful roll-to-roll production of flexible OLED materials

According to media reports, the European Flex-o-Fab project has successfully use roll-to-roll process to produce flexible OLED prototype. The EU proposed by Holst Centre led the Dutch organization called Flex-O-Fab’s project in 2013, participating companies, including Philips, DuPont Teijin, Epigem Tempere University and other units. Project requires the application of small molecule OLED materials to explore the printing process method, developed a large roll to roll manufacturing process, in order to continue to reduce costs and accelerate the pace of OLED lighting into the market. The total investment of 11 million euros.

The researchers said the OLED prototype (shown above) for PET plastic film substrate, which uses the Flex-O-Fab project developed its own technology, and high-performance flexible barrier provided by Holst Centre as organic electronics.

Holst Centre said its roll-to-roll barrier traditional piece for piece barrier performance is quite relative. Under the premise of the agency in a single inorganic layer and the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of less than 10-5 g / m, can every day on commercial-grade PET film to produce more than 2.5 kilometers of Roll barrier. This is the future of commercial production of flexible OLED’s a significant breakthrough.

STMicroelectronics Introduces New BlueNRG-MS Bluetooth® 4.1 Network Processors

STMicroelectronics has released its award-winning products BlueNRG Bluetooth® SMART network processor’s latest products. The new processors support the latest Bluetooth 4.1 specification, and in order to extend the life time of battery-powered products, the introduction of 1.7V voltage mode.
New BlueNRG-MS network processor integrates a full-featured Bluetooth PHY and 2.4GHz RF circuits, and compliant with the Bluetooth 4.1 protocol stack ARM® Cortex®-M0 microcontroller and AES-128 encryption algorithm dedicated security coprocessor. In addition, the new product also integrates API, power management, and flash memory via a simple SPI bus master controller can be directly connected applications (host controller), full use of the network between the processor and main microcontroller (host microcontroller) Clear Software division of labor.

The new Bluetooth 4.1 specification to further enhance energy efficiency, support the master and slave device in operation mode dual-mode topology. When connecting an unknown device, the new low duty cycle (Duty-Cycle) and directed broadcast (Directed Advertising) function to minimize power consumption. In addition, the Bluetooth 4.1 specification also introduces Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol (L2CAP, Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol), the use of multi-channel communication service and service quality control for the target application, lead to more flexible data transmission / switching function .

STMicroelectronics BlueNRG-MS network processor for intelligent hub (hub) related equipment, such as sensors to detect data collection, then the data is then automatically forwarded to the smartphone. With this processor, just use a smart phone to control a communication distance is infinite super sensor networks. In addition, Bluetooth 4.1 specification adds Internet connectivity, BlueNRG-MS also support the latest market trends and help developers focus on the future existence of things in the huge market opportunities.

BlueNRG-MS is currently available, using 5mm x 5mm x 1mm QFN32 package. STMicroelectronics is expected to be launched in April 2015 measures just 2.6mm x 2.6mm x 0.56mm chip-scale package (CSP, Chip Scale Package) products.

2015 TV market fell slightly in volume is expected to reach 44.1 million units

January 20, 2015, by the China Video Industry Association and Ovid Consulting (AVC) jointly organized the “2014 Annual China’s electronic information industry economy cum TV industry research conference” held in Beijing. At the same time issued the “China’s color TV display technology development trends of new white paper,” “TV Trends 2015 white paper,” and “OLED display base and industrialization” books, boosting the healthy and rapid development of the TV industry.

Vice President of China Video Industry Association of white people is said: “2014, color TV market slowdown, the industry entered a period of adjustment, the face of strong pressure of market competition, enterprises to strengthen technological innovation of products, new technologies have new product after another, for the 2014 TV market has injected vitality adds bright, but also provide consumers with a more diverse selection. ”

By 2014 the country’s economic growth is slowing down, the overall weakness in the industrial, consumer willingness to buy discreet background, color TV industry into the relatively tough year. Dong Min, general manager of Ovid Consulting (AVC) Black Division of the 2014 annual inventory of China’s color TV industry market. He said: “The total amount of China’s color TV market in 2014 was 44.61 million units, down 6.6%; sales amounted to 146.2 billion yuan, down 14.5 percent decline in the size of the TV industry has the following three main reasons: First, the last five years. policy stimulus, so that the market demand of about 12 million units overdraft, the impact will continue over the next three years; the second is unable to prop up the real estate industry, real estate and housing turnover up sharply reduce the increased demand of about 1.5 million units; the third is the intelligent terminal development of replacement demand to replace the TV section. ”

Review of 2014, China’s color TV market, with the increasing popularity of the Internet and the number of network users, the e-commerce market continues to grow, the amount of online retail market 7.87 million units, up 79%, accounting for 18% of the overall market; the face of TV industry competition, the traditional TV companies also have to build the Internet exclusive brands, Internet brand’s market share increased to 6%, the traditional brand market share fell to 94%; 2014 TV prices fell across the board, of which 3,000 yuan popular TV products occupy 61% of the market share.

Looking ahead to 2015, the amount of China’s color TV market will reach 44.1 million retail units, down 1.1%; retail sales will reach 137.1 billion yuan, down 6.2 percent. In 2015 the industry showed the following characteristics: under the background of urbanization and the growing maturity of online shopping environment, the rural market will become an important source of amplified TV market, the size of the whole countryside channels account for more than 50% overall; online TV total retail market will be the first time exceeded 10 million units, reaching 10.2 million units, accounting for 23% share of the overall market; more mature mobile electricity supplier, is expected to end the proportion of mobile TV industry increased from 19% in 2014 to 2015 of 40%; curved, wide color gamut, ultraportable market is vast, curved TV, OLED TV, wide color gamut TV, ultra-thin TV sales will reach 1.5 million units, 100,000 units, 3.2 million units and 100 million units .

Things even fire, in addition to the chip did not earn money

As a multinational management consultancy McKinsey analyst (McKinsey) of, Christopher Thomas is always thinking outside the box, so this time in the market for Internet of Things (IoT) rush to boom, his position in the company in charge of the Asian semiconductor market research proposed things on the question, is not surprising.

“Things did not, analysts say the market will not be great, but we still hold reservations about this;” in a Silicon Valley in the United States by the SEMI Industry Strategy Summit (Industry Strategy Symposium) on, even though almost everyone things to emerging markets optimistic outlook, Thomas’s question is: “If things are not so large size of the market, or have to spend much longer than expected time to take off?”

A very real challenge is that things are not expected to generate short-term gains; Thomas cited a recent survey, the survey pointed out that high-order business executives in that 80% believe that things in 2017 the company’s revenue Camp contribution received less than 10%, as well as five percent corporate executives believe that less than 5%.

Another survey showed, consumer networking products on the market may be very narrow ──Thomas said that the current average annual income wearable device users about $ 4,000 to $ 180,000, while the average annual income of users of smart home devices are about 130 000 $ 5,000, which is higher than the global average annual household income of $ 7,000 too much.

And Thomas also pointed out that the market for the future cars will be built-in networking chips more discussion may miss an upcoming emerging trends ── most cars currently on the market bear 150 microcontrollers, but they are mostly ineffective spread in different subsystems: “As engineers redesigned vehicle architecture to achieve autopilot, those subsystems will become more efficient, it will be more towards the integration of chip design, handle more content.”

The value of the electronics industry reallocation is taking place, but the direction is toward software segment migration. With large data can see the big picture, forecasting demand and create new applications and services, that have the right to decide the rules of the game. Insiders even suggested in the early Sensor must sell cheap, or even free. Sensor weight low, IC chip price can not be too expensive, so we look at this market is not the same as before the play ……

Unable to make money from something other than chips

In addition to questioning the industry to hold the general expectation of things, Thomas in his speech also smart phone, a personal computer (PC) as well as the future of the Chinese market to raise some questions; he believes that several positive trends in the electronics industry has to rely on there are indications that may change, such as smart phones and Chinese markets are likely to recession, while the PC and the Japanese market is likely to recover.

“In the past few years in the smartphone industry, there are many hardware engineers to leave, which is a negative effect on the industry concerned;” Thomas said smart phones are now following the economic model ── PC all are concerned with the time to market, innovation is the force pushing down from the application to the semiconductor components. ”

Maori smartphone has shrunk from 30% to 10%; Thomas said: “This means that there is no money to keep doing research and development, as innovation in the PC industry lies in the operating system and processor, not the other;” he had Intel (Intel) worked for nearly a decade, of which three are responsible for the China market.

Smart phone industry’s situation highlights the old question of the electronics industry: “This is what we can not earn money from something other than chips; we do more and more work for the software industry, but did not receive a reward.” Thomas estimates value of the software that have not been recognized as much as $ 75 billion.

In the smartphone into profit engine, while PC sales may recover ── or from falling off a cliff; Thomas, said: “PC application is still a lot to promote the most advanced wafer process, so whether it is the revival of innovation or another large amplitude fall, are very important. ”

Likewise, many of today’s electronics industry strategy relies growing Chinese market and the industry, but the country’s annual economic growth rate has slowed down, came to 7 percent, is likely to further decelerate to mature to about 2%; Thomas, said: “a variety of substantial growth in strength have been completed, when all bets are on it, what will happen when the Chinese market slowdown? that will happen in two years or five years or 10 years? ”

Thomas cited the case of a series of changes in market conditions, from Japan to Wall Street, and asked the audience to consider the electronic industry under the impact of possible: “Sometimes in 2 to 3 years, the industry will have a very different, or terrible something happened, and how we should be because the key. ”

Two Asian markets may

“The Chinese government’s ambition to be successful in the field of semiconductor industry is very real,” per se, Thomas lived in Beijing, said: “There is worth about $ 120 billion they want to transfer to China of the supply chain.” He warned that the Chinese may use a price war to reach the goal.

In addition to China, Thomas said that Japan may be another amazing ── Asian markets if the yen prices, as well as ease the dilemma of return on invested capital, chance of recovery: “They have lost almost all (electronics industry) in the field market share, but they have the ability is unmatched. “

First warning strike in the metal and electrical industry

In the Thuringian metal round of collective bargaining, there have been the first warning strike. Workers on the night shift of the Siemens X-ray plant in Rudolstadt followed on Thursday by calling the IG Metall on temporary work stoppage.

Overall, nearly 60 workers involved in the campaign, said Michael Ebenau, First Representative IG Metall Jena-Saalfeld / IG Metall Gera. Almost the entire night shift the warning strike have connected. That is a good start, Ebenau said.

Until the beginning of the negotiations on January 21 in Arnstadt, IG Metall has announced further actions. On Friday, there will be several more strikes after Ebenau information in Thuringia. On Monday, the work should be temporarily deposited with Carl Zeiss in Jena.

Thuringia is thus a special case. In contrast to all other tariff areas where strikes until the end of January are possible, IG Metall can already call for work stoppages. Reason is a lack of control for peace obligation of collective bargaining.

The union is demanding an increase in charges of 5.5 percent. It also requires an improved early retirement scheme and subsidized by employers continuing education part-time. Negotiations in Thuringia reportedly for almost 20,000 employees.