Intel will introduce a breakthrough or 60 core super core

In the processor market, with the excellent design and craftsmanship Intel has been playing the role of leader, but Intel did not complacent, has been not only the development of new processors.

Intel Xeon Phi is designed for HPC servers and supercomputers to create a super multi-core processors, recently, Intel today reveal more about the second generation, code-named Knights Landing super multi-core Xeon Phi coprocessor details are expected in the second half of this year core architecture, code-named Knights Landing launched the second generation of super multi-core Xeon Phi coprocessor.

Intel Xeon Phi

The launch of the first 3 Knights Landing super multi-core processor versions, including the provision of a standard type and paragraph (2) of ultra high-end server-level co-processor multi-core products. Are KNL Coprocessor processor, Host Processor processor and Host Processor with Integrated Fabric processor in three different versions, these three processor cores are over 60 or more, computing performance breakthrough 3 TFLOPS.

In the latest news, revealed the limits, 3 Knights Landing super multi-core processors which Host Processor and Host Processor with Integrated Fabric processor is designed to meet the needs of server elastic expansion, supports up to 384GB capacity on the memory capacity while, two power than standard type KNL Coprocessor processor obtains a more than 2 percent (25%) of the energy consumption improvement.

In the I / O, it also provides Host Processor with Integrated Fabric version supports integrated optical fiber interface, as Host Processor with KNL Coprocessor processors were using a fiber optic interface with PCle.

Section 2: Intel Xeon Phi change in memory

In addition to several aspects of processor cores, Intel also announced that the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, Micron cooperate in providing packaging solutions for the overlay memory generation Intel Xeon Phi (TM) processor, the memory solutions is that the two Companies in order to break through the barriers of long-term outcome of memory, which uses a basic DRAM and stacking technology, which has also been mixed Micron Memory Cube product.

The memory of sustained DDR4 memory bandwidth of up to 5 times, every bit of its energy consumption is only one-third of its area is only half occupied, Knights Landing superimposed high-performance package will speed logic and DRAM memory layers into a single optimized package, will set a new industry benchmark for performance and energy consumption.

Memory stack optimized reliability, availability and serviceability, which is a key factor in high-performance computing systems. Knights Landing, one of the first application of the system – the next generation of Cray XC supercomputer – on April 29 launched by NERSC.

Intel integrated multi-core (MIC) architecture coupled with Micron’s high-performance memory is a powerful combination, Intel and Micron’s advanced technology successfully grafted onto the processor memory system, the memory system is very rare and low power consumption large bandwidth combined.

Knights Landing processor expects the first equipped with business systems, will probably come out in the second half of 2015. Intel also said that there will also be more than 50 vendors launched equipped Knights Landing processors. In addition to the Knights Landing, Intel also announced the end of the year to go codenamed Knights Hill’s third-generation Core Xeon Phi supercomputer architecture blueprint, for the first time in a 10-nm process with the second generation of Omni-Path Architecture technology.

IC Sensors Taiwan to fight global 10% market share

Taiwan Semiconductor IC power, global market share wafer manufacturing, design industry were as high as 60% and 12%, unfortunately, sensing chip is still in its infancy, its design industry accounts for less than 1% in the world. National Research Institute said that if the country can make plays, “sensing chip” of the key technologies, the use of the semiconductor industry chain, in the era of things open more business opportunities!

Commercial Times reported, the National Research Institute said, because of things rise and popularity of wearable devices, widely sensing chip application level, within two years, the domestic market opportunities for $ 140 million. France is well-known market research agency Yole estimates, the global composite 2014-2019 growth rate of approximately 13% of the sensing chip after four years to reach $ 24 billion value, if the country can be full of the semiconductor supply chain, grabbed market pie, estimated 5-year period in the world accounting for more than 10% market share.

With a small chip analysis of human physiological information, exercise frequency, is not surprising, but the State IAS can be sports, environmental and biomedical sensing chip into one of three categories, complete with a variety of sensing process devices, has made Taiwan and the United States patent, as well as six patents pending, this led to many semiconductor plant technology to assist in product development.

LTE-U unlicensed spectrum technologies for LTE technology has opened a new front page

In the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) reveal light. Qualcomm (Qualcomm) 3 月 2 日 extend LTE to demonstrate their achievements in unlicensed spectrum MWC, as this technology into Small cell solve frequency (RF) solutions and mobile devices, transceivers, and complete air (Over-the -air) testing to ensure that unauthorized within the spectrum multiple LTE-U and Wi-Fi access points can coexist expected unlicensed spectrum for LTE technology has opened new title page.

Qualcomm subsidiary of Qualcomm Technology (QTI), executive vice president and chief technology officer Matt Grob noted that when increasing the number of networked devices, richer data-sharing, network operators must not only take into account the cost-effectiveness, but also to face the challenges of growth in mobile data traffic thousandfold , which requires more spectrum, and the use of available spectrum, and more Small cell, while Qualcomm’s mission is to help the industry to take advantage of all the available spectrum, but with LTE and Wi-Fi technology to enhance network capacity.

Qualcomm this show is a focal point in the MWC Small cell system single chip (SoC) – FSM99xx, product technology and support for LTE-U VIVE 802.11ac / n Wi-Fi, and integrated 3G / 4G technology to achieve Small cell fully functional, while reducing power consumption of devices.

In addition to LTE-U FSM99xx technology into products, Qualcomm also released the first designed specifically for Small cell to create RF solutions –FTR8950, which supports digital pre-distortion (Digital Pre-distortion) with exclusive features such as network listener can meet on the 5GHz unlicensed band LTE-U needs to run and Internet listeners.

Neville Meijers, vice president of Qualcomm technology development, said after the LTE-U Small cell technology integrated into solutions that can add extra capacity for operators to open up the existing mobile broadband services, to create extremely smooth connection experience.

It is worth noting that Qualcomm technology will deliver LTE-U RF transceiver –WTR3950 first wireless device used to respond to LTE-U is not authorized to operate in the 5GHz band needs within. The device is equipped Cat.6 Carrier Aggregation (CA), 28 nm RF chip, can span the spectrum licensed and non-licensed to support up to 3 × 20MHz carrier aggregation, but also continuous carrier aggregation highest support in the 5GHz band 40MHz.

In order to maximize the benefits of unlicensed spectrum, the technology required and existing Wi-Fi devices operate with no fear, and therefore integrate LTE and Wi-Fi internet access is very important. Qualcomm technology is strongly in system level integration of LTE and Wi-Fi, and use a variety of protection features to ensure coexistence between the two networks.

Indeed, the evolution of advanced long-range plan (LTE-Advanced) extended to unlicensed spectrum, the flow will help operators meet the increasing demand, while improving mobile broadband services. LTE-U use also less crowded 5GHz unlicensed band, allowing network performance is better than LTE or Wi-Fi standalone application, operators can expand services.

Chinese mainland DRAM semiconductor industry chain tends towards complete

In the global semiconductor industry, mergers and acquisitions wave set off in the background, the Chinese government also strongly support the development of the domestic semiconductor industry. Last year, the Group acquired Purple Spreadtrum and RDA exciting news recently, DRAM industry news came Wu Yuefeng acquisition of the core into the semiconductor. From these acquisitions, we can see the Chinese mainland’s semiconductor industry are becoming complete.

Let us talk about the semiconductor industry M & A wave, we look at 2015, you can find something like: Neusoft carrier intends to acquire Shanghai Haier, Infineon completed the acquisition of American International Rectifier Corporation, GlobalFoundries acquisition of IBM’s global commercial semiconductor technology, semiconductor business and vibration acquisition of NXP’s industry-opening year of the acquisition of Freescale spate in 2015 (about acquisitions more information, please see the “acquisition of the semiconductor industry, the opening years of the incoming tide acquisition and interpretation of inventory”), it is easy to see global semiconductor industry mergers and acquisitions wave is set off. Against this global backdrop, there have been some domestic policy good news. June 2014, the State Council issued the “National Program to promote the development of the integrated circuit industry,” and proposed the establishment of a special fund industry. In just two months, CDB Capital, China Tobacco, China 8 core investment enterprises set up joint investment from the national fund. October 2014, the Ministry official notice of the “big fund” set up news. The future will use other forms of equity investments, focusing on an integrated circuit chip manufacturing investment, taking into account the chip design, packaging and testing, equipment and materials industries. And shares of investment funds established by local industry, proper layout of other important industries, and improve overall profitability. In such a double positive, the domestic semiconductor industry’s rapid development is not difficult to foresee.

From 2014 to market research firm IC Insights latest report shows that China’s chip industry in 2014 top ten global top five accounted for 9 seats without the vendor rankings fab IC, only one in 2009. Meanwhile, IC Insights noted that the Chinese government’s plan to invest $ 19.5 billion in the semiconductor industry, in addition to local governments as well as from Chinese private equity industry’s $ 97.4 billion of funding: “We believe that these investments may significantly change future global IC supplier market territory. “IC Insights believes the Chinese government’s investment will change the market territory, and to change the market’s territory, complete semiconductor industry chain is a necessary condition.

In IC design, is the most powerful company on Huawei’s Hass considered. Huawei Hass pay a lot, in order to support the development of its own processor, the Hass poor performance, power consumption is too large, Huawei cell phone at lower product experience, stick with Hass chips. In the process of resources, lots of money and status to help Huawei Hass won the TSMC 16nm process, performance and power consumption has a significant advantage. Hass also ultimately fail in their mission, the 2014 outbreak, buttoned high version of 4G baseband chip, get SOC. Accompanied by an increase in sales of smart phones Huawei Huawei cell phone and percentage increase in the proportion processor equipped with Huawei Hass, Hass’s strength is growing. Glory X2 MWC posted on Hass unicorn 930 equipped with the latest processors, as well as news that the 940 unicorn, unicorn 950 processor will be released in the second half. Hass from the current situation can be seen to flourish under the double positive industry trends and Hass are domestic policies. In addition to Hass, purple Group’s Spreadtrum MediaTek also raised beyond the target within five years (for more details see “Spreadtrum destabilize MediaTek years beyond how hard?”). Although beyond MediaTek road, Spreadtrum will face many difficulties, however, purple Group after the acquisition of Spreadtrum, has acquired the RDA and other chip factory, successfully obtained China National IC industry investment fund of approximately RMB 30 billion in February Yuan, which is an important foundation for the development of, as talent, the industry came news that MediaTek mobile phone division before joining Spreadtrum Yuandi Wen boss. MediaTek Spreadtrum poaching is nothing new in the news, we also temporarily for such behavior to do more reviews, but we can see that in order to get their own development, Spreadtrum actively seeking to develop the road in.

Having a representative of IC design, long power technology leader in packaging and testing industry in late 2014 acquisition of the world’s fourth largest IC packaging companies ChipPAC. And this thanks to the luxury industry fund the acquisition of “generosity”, long power technology only spent $ 260 million and reached a $ 780 million overseas acquisitions. Through the acquisition and integration of the strength of long power technology will also be rapidly improved. In addition to packaging and testing, wafer manufacturing, the most representative is SMIC. Similarly, with the support of a large Fund, in manufacturing, SMIC’s advanced 28-nanometer process technology and sophisticated production in the first half of this year, 4G chips can fall production in China, the world’s first production of 38 nanometer Nand, 24 nanometers is also about volume production. After manufacturing segment, 12-inch bump processing line, the strength after long power technology involved in the acquisition of ChipPAC, enhance segment. In terms of design services, and increased investment in IP, 15% in Greater China rose more than 45%; Advanced Technology Institute, 14 nm and 10 nm accelerate research and development. Visible SMIC for a complete industrial chain also active efforts. For presentation by IC design, wafer fabrication and packaging and testing aspects of the industry chain of these companies are directly or indirectly with the support of a large fund and rapid development, however, this does not end there.

March 14, China Wu Yuefeng Capital announced $ 640 million acquisition of US-listed Silicon Solution, TrendForce’s memory storage career at DRAMeXchange pointed out that the size of the DRAM market in China has reached 2 100 000 tapeout scale semiconductor plant , the subsequent demand for electronic products will only increase the memory, the potential value of more than over the billions of dollars. You can see the acquisition will not only allow 武岳峰 capital faced a huge market, but also to further improve the development of the semiconductor industry chain in China. Mainland China to set up the center for DRAM factory up five provinces, while the central semiconductor policy which will choose to support a provincial factories, and the development of integrated supply chain from the upstream industry, some technologies, such as Xi’an, China is currently the core Chinese mainland only with their own technology, IC design companies, midstream and downstream industry structure is bound to become one-stop supply chain, under the cluster effect will be difficult to leave the factory, thus maintaining the growth momentum in China’s sustainable development.

Semiconductor industry mergers and acquisitions tide, with the support of the National Fund, so that the strength of domestic companies through mergers and acquisitions to enhance their strength, is to enhance the competitiveness of enterprises and to occupy a place in the huge market. The development of different companies on the industrial chain, and to promote the development of domestic entire semiconductor industry. Chinese mainland in the semiconductor industry to the leading position is worth the wait.

Intel PC market is facing a recession crisis?

Weak PC market weakness news is not news, recent processor maker Intel (Intel) of the first-quarter revenue forecast slashed $ 1 billion, letting the market for PC demand recession argument surfaced again.

Intel cut its revenue forecast for the move, but also led to the company’s industry diversification ability ── questioned whether Intel’s strained enough, can be PC market revenue due to the recession? Recently, industry news, Intel LTE modem chip is expected in 2016 stationed in Apple (Apple) The iPhone, aroused a lot of ripples in the market, but is still just a rumor.

Back to the PC market conditions. Market research firm IDC has also lowered its outlook for the PC market, forecasting a recession this year, the global PC market will reach nearly 5% margin; the agency previously forecast a decline of 3.3%. Intel, which is a bad news.

Chicago stock rating agency Fitch Ratings lowered its revenue forecast in after Intel said Intel negative notice implies, Microsoft (Microsoft) to stop supporting Windows XP, PC demand in the last year, the feeling when the role of stabilizing than expected More importantly; the agency’s conclusion is: “So the extension of the replacement cycle may lead to negative growth in PC sales to reproduce.”

More information is revealed warmed PC market proved to be short-lived phenomenon. Intel cut its revenue forecast for some think the PC industry has experienced two years of weak appetite, finally we would be a hit in recent months, showing signs of recovery, but also people who will continue to grow. Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich had also told analysts last fall, the company’s PC business performed better than expected.

In the latest statement, Intel stated that changes to the revenue forecast because of weak demand situation for commercial desktop PC severe than expected, as well as the overall PC supply chain inventory levels are also lower than expected. The company believes that the market demand changes and inventory patterns is because Windows XP replacement needs of SMEs was lower than expected, and macroeconomic, monetary conditions are encountering more and more challenges, especially in the European market.

But Fitch Ratings for Intel and Microsoft’s current predicament is not so worried that the two companies that have a high degree of financial flexibility, can be debilitating because PC demand, and they are continuing their business focus will turn to the market with growth potential; the agency pointed out that the company is relatively worrying including AMD, Dell (Dell) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) and other companies, because a stable PC demand will be those companies expect the basic foundation for the market.

Market rumors about the iPhone

Intel cut its revenue for this information also brings much-needed diversification processor giant issue, the company last year for full-year revenue of $ 55.9 billion, of which the PC client business group revenue of $ 34.7 billion; That is 62% of Intel’s revenue depend on the PC business, how quickly to strengthen its tablet device / smartphone business to become the company’s challenges.

Obviously Intel is also a big push; according to recent market news, Intel entered the Apple iPhone is expected in 2016, and if the rumors are true, for Intel will be a big business.

Intel may win orders for Apple rumors, the market research firm Forward Will Strauss Concepts president, said it was “shocking news.” He said the message was surprising because Apple in the past few years a lot of hiring wireless technology experts: “I assume that they will eventually design their own multi-mode LTE modem chip, but the company continued in several new iPhone uses Qualcomm (Qualcomm) wafers. ”

Strauss also shared the history of the development team of Intel phone chips ── The team originally belonged to the German semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies (Infineon) wireless communications business unit; and in Intel’s acquisition of Infineon’s wireless communications department a few months before, the British fly Ling was the acquisition of a German industry Blue Wonder Communications, which was specially developed Tensilica processor / Digital signal processor (DSP) core LTE data machine industry.

“Infineon’s 2G / 3G modems are based on CEVA DSP cores, and Intel spent more than three years or so (as well as millions of dollars), to allow the acquisition of 4G / LTE modem technology with Britain Feiling existing 2G / 3G platform for cooperation; “Strauss said:” I was thinking is that Intel should be in CEVA architecture (continued development) program to build on LTE, but I guess the more certain solution is resistance the smallest way, even if the companies do not share the same set of instructions. ”

In short, Strauss said that Intel finally has a complete multi-mode LTE modem chip products (including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS technology): “Intel’s technical depth is not as high-pass, but Intel’s products are now certainly have been able to operate and the need to seek to establish the credibility of a big customer. ”

He added that: “Intel may be close to the cost price of the Apple machines provide data chip, only to win customers as well as a great reputation; and that deal will be a sufficient amount, so Intel can be completed to date, still Chandler, Arizona vacant low-power CMOS fab assembly process equipment (rather than re-commissioned as now TSMC as its modem chip production). “

TI introduced the industry’s first to support functions Fly-Buck ™ 65V synchronous buck converter

Recently, TI introduced the industry’s first 65V synchronous buck converter, which in the case without optocouplers can still deliver up to 15W isolated bias supply. As one of TI’s innovative components Fly-Buck Power portfolio, LM5160A improved power density, and in a more efficient and reliable way to solve the industrial and automotive applications, high power demand. These applications include: three-phase AC motor drives, programmable logic controllers (PLC), smart metering, renewable energy or grid infrastructure, factory automation, power over Ethernet (POE) IP cameras and electric cars.

LM5160A converter requires no loop compensation unique constant on-time control, and fast transient response with support for high-buck ratio. This support 4.5V to 65V input voltage range of innovative converter can generate positive and negative bias in the non-isolated power rail design, or generate a single or multiple isolated outputs, while minimizing the solution size. Furthermore, compared to conventional flyback solutions, this converter also simplifies the design work. The award-winning and TI WEBENCH® online design tool used together, LM5160A can accelerate time to market for high-power DC / DC design.

LM5160A key features and benefits:

· 4.5V to 65V input voltage range makes the converter without input clamp circuit can be in fast transient conditions and efficient operation, in order to achieve high reliability.

· Constant on-time control provides fast transient response, and using fewer components.

Programmable soft-start reduces inrush current when heavy loads or large capacitors for power.

Internal ± 1% voltage reference and error correction to enhance the VOUT line, load and temperature range accuracy.

The new Fly-Buck Converter with its industry-leading, high-performance power conversion characteristics of a proven TI DC / DC product portfolio one. TI also offers several have Fly-Buck architecture devices, including LM5017 converter, this converter supports input voltages up to 100V. Watch a video on how to design with Fly-Buck topology, and read with the new reference design-related blog. You can also find more detailed information and design resources ti.com.cn/fly-buck in.

Texas Instruments (TI) award-winning WEBENCH tools

WEBENCH design tools and architecture is the industry’s only an online tool that enables end circuit design for packaging, simulation and optimization of price and efficiency, and can be schematic and printed circuit board (PCB) layout files downloaded directly to the computer-aided design (CAD) tools. Component library includes 120 manufacturers of more than 40,000 kinds of components; TI distributors hourly update prices and availability. This tool supports eight languages, the user can compare the overall system design, and make supply chain decisions in minutes. Click here to start a free design.

IDC: Tablet PC market growth this year, almost stagnant

The latest data released by market research firm IDC, this year’s growth in the global tablet market almost stalled, annual shipments are expected to only 2%.

IDC report expects global tablet shipments 234.5 million, an increase of 2.1% over the previous year. IDC report released in early February of this year show that the fourth quarter of last year, global tablet shipments to 76.1 million units, compared with 78.6 million units a year earlier, a decrease of 3.2%, which is the first ever tablet PC shipments decline year on year.

IDC predicts that, despite the current Android tablet shipments of lead, but its market share will decline. IDC expects Android Tablet PC shipments to 115.8 million, up from 1.1547 million in 2014, and until 2019 Android Tablet PC shipments will grow to 169.5 million, but the market share of 67.3% from the 2014 fall to 62.9%.

However, according to IDC, iOS Tablet PC is the biggest loser. IDC expects iOS tablet will lose momentum of growth, shipments of only 60.1 million, down from 63.4 million in 2014. By 2019, Apple iPad shipments are expected to 61.9 million, in 2014 when the market share from 27.6% to 23%.

According to the report released by IDC, the market outlook is bright only Windows Tablet PC. The report notes that this year, Windows Tablet PC shipments from 11.6 million in 2014 increased to 16.3 million by 2019 will further increase to 38 million. IDC believes Windows Tablet PC market share will increase in the next few years, increased from 5.1% in 2014 to 14% in 2019.

Tablet PC IDC research director Jean-Philippe Bao Hade (Jean Philippe Bouchard), said: “Now Microsoft is a very effective measure, we believe release of Windows 10 later this year, Microsoft’s market share will not only have an impact, but will affect the entire industry. ”

Tablet PC shipments growth stalled in part because of the rise of large-screen phone. Expand the smartphone screen size makes the boundaries between tablets and phones become more blurred, such as Apple’s latest iPhone 6 Plus mobile phone screen than the previous generation of large screen 1.5 inches, it’s battery life is also improved, life time 24 hours or longer. As more and more consumers start buying these large-screen phone, they think they do not need to buy a tablet.

Then a new fingerprint sensor technology: intelligent machine side can also be fingerprinting

Smartphone growing in thin, bigger and bigger, for process requirements are also increasing, thus driving the evolution of technology continues to move forward. Apple fingerprint recognition technology as soon as it caused many mobile phone manufacturers to follow, due to patent restrictions, some manufacturers will fingerprint recognition technology on the back of the phone. ZDNet informed Americans machine interface solutions provider Synaptics introduced a new solution that enables small to just touch the fingerprint sensor 4mm x 10mm, can achieve the smartphone side of fingerprint identification.

Smartphone sides also fingerprinting

It is understood that the current mainstream fingerprint recognition technology has three categories: first, sliding front Home button technology uses Samsung, Synaptics provide solutions; the second push-back of the program, such as Huawei Mate7; there is Apple’s positive Home push programs, the United States acquired AuthenTec sensor manufacturers to provide technical solutions.

During Pakistan exhibition, Synaptics released a new touch fingerprint sensor –Natural ID. Different from traditional slide sensor, Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint touch sensor rather than by a single touch slide realize fingerprint recognition, simplifying the user experience, as well as the use of locking devices retail, banking, social media and other online services portal provides a more convenient safer way.

“Synaptics side of the fingerprint can be more precise, thinner, and more convenient. Samsung announced a new exhibition on Pakistan’s flagship phone stressed the importance of fingerprint recognition.” Synaptics president and CEO Rick Bergman told reporters.

Samsung released the Galaxy S6 Pakistan exhibition and S6 Edge, with a new fingerprint sensor, these two phones is the most cool place, no longer need to use the new flagship finger across the Home button, just put your fingers on the keys fingerprint scanning function can be achieved.

“The first is the thin side of the fingerprint identification, mobile phone manufacturers such means may challenge the thinner phone; in addition, to avoid the front side of the fingerprint on the screen or behind the need to dig a hole in demand, reducing the cost of the entire screen design ;. Furthermore, you can use the side of the fingerprint directly start button, more convenient “Rick Bergman said.

It is understood that, in addition to the new touch fingerprint sensor, Synaptics has also introduced the world’s first touch and display integration solutions –TDDI. Synaptics touch controller and display driver integrated in a single chip, reducing the number of components, simplifying design. “Currently, the technology can provide only Synaptics ZTE latest integrated solutions on the use of this technology.” Rick Bergman told reporters.

Push the “Chinese solution”

There are more than 1.1 billion global devices using Synaptics interface, China’s Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, millet, HTC, OPPO other mobile phone manufacturers have adopted the Synaptics solution. But rarely seen in the domestic market Synaptics publicity. As a technology-driven company, Synaptics relatively low-key. “The Chinese market is a very important market, and we will launch exclusively for the Chinese market solutions.” Rick Bergman told reporters that “China’s mobile phone manufacturers in the low-end products are high-end products, the use of foreign technology, so we required on the same price, with better technology to China. ”

It is reported that internal Synaptics Inc. has been a marketing strategy plan: “China First”, the project personally overseen by Rick Bergman, it shows the degree of attention. In addition, many of the core technology research and development Synaptics also placed China, has also recently recruited more than 100 engineers do support.

In the specific business strategy, Synaptics pledged to expand the Chinese team, to enhance the research and development, sales, customer support and marketing capabilities; at the same time, the layout of the whole industrial chain China, with Chinese equipment manufacturers mainstream OEM, ODM design firms, as well as sensor and display module partners such as the establishment of a comprehensive strategy in close cooperation; innovation also respond in real time demand of the Chinese market, ready to consider the development of products for Chinese customers.

Apple Watch super difficult production process: first, or less than 60% yield

1/50  the pocket space Apple Watch the iPad’s volume is only filled with a variety of devices microphone, speaker, antenna, chips, batteries, sensors and so on. “We have to solve electromagnetic compatibility, electrical conductivity, thermal problem elements, but also to ensure that the speaker sound quality.

Affected by the manufacturing yield, the supply of Apple Watch may be far lower than expected.

“Apple Watch now yield is too low, no more than 60%, is likely to be around 40%.” An insider told reporters Foxconn:. “Screen, the internal components of the precision requirements too high,” he added. said: “This data was previously Quanta private communication with the learned, do not know how much yield enhancement.”

Apple Watch by OEM Quanta Group, its foundry located in Changshu, Jiangsu Province. Reporter consulted Quanta Group executives, the person does not make a positive response to the low yield, only said: “Apple spent a lot of new material, increasing the complexity of the process at the same time, how to make the new sensor to achieve the best user. experience, it also brings a lot of challenges. ”

However, it emphasized that Quanta:. “Yield to enhance the speed is ideal, Apple Watch 500 million units in the first quarter to prepare materials, production of 300 million units watch is no problem which is Apple Watch in March to May shipments. ”

September 2014, Apple released iphone6 ​​at the same time, show the Smart Watch Apple Watch the DEMO version. March 9, 2015, Apple on its spring conference before the official launch of Apple Watch, its products were 10 models sport version Apple Watch Sport, 20 paragraph Limited Edition Apple Watch and 8 customized version of Apple Watch Edition, a total of 38 models , on April 10, 2015 from the sale, the first region to nine countries, including China.

Ultra-tough

“In fact, according to details released by Apple and now, 40% of the yield has been very high.” Haidong, vice president for electronic software Nutshell interview with reporters in the case said. Nutshell Electronics is the first smart watch company in June 2013 launched the first smart watch GEAK Watch, sold a total of 500,000. December 2014 sale of the second-generation smart watches GEAK Watch2, current sales have exceeded 100,000.

In Haidong said: “According to the press conference to show the effect, Apple Watch features and an iPad is not much difference, the vast majority of the basic hardware on the iPad, Apple Watch should have.”

However, 1/50, so Apple Watch pocket space volume filled only iPad in a variety of devices microphone, speaker, antenna, chips, batteries, sensors and so on. “We have to solve electromagnetic compatibility, electrical conductivity, thermal problem elements, but also to ensure the speaker quality. Even difficult than the iPhone, Apple Watch also hard on several times.”

Meanwhile, Apple Watch a variety of shell material also increases the difficulty of the process. Apple Watch has a stainless steel, aluminum, 18K gold and other shell, also has ceramic underside, in Haidong said: “Each of the conductivity of the material is not the same, electromagnetic interference contact with the human body is not the same, different materials to achieve electromagnetic consistency needs a lot more to try and explore. ”

In addition, the sapphire is also considered one of the screen difficult to manufacture. Previously, Apple had planned to use a sapphire screen in the iPhone 6, but eventually gave up. Foxconn, who told reporters on the foregoing, “originally tested sapphire, but due to the technical difficulty is too high, the cost and difficulty of machining are greatly increased, Apple later abandoned sapphire.”

In Haidong said: “The production line workers proficiency is also an important reason, these new materials, the workers have never before been exposed for yield great influence.” However, he also added: “With the promotion of workers proficiency wide up is likely to significantly improve the yield in a quarter, close to the basic standards of the industry. “Currently, the industry of other smart watches basic yield is about 80%.

“At first, Apple has planned for early 2015 officially launched Apple Watch, but later release date was delayed nearly four months.” People who Quanta aforementioned description: “After these four months, the yield has improved a lot. “He told reporters:” The industry speculation, Apple Watch is 30 million a year in sales, this speculation more reliable. ”

Chain of regret

Previously, Apple OEM Quanta worked iPod Touch. “The initial yield is particularly low.” The Quanta parties: “In accordance with the level at the time of the material, and the production line process, the screen can easily lead to cutting circular screen cracked, but Apple have the ability and willingness to support the low yield and eventually lead the entire supply chain maturity. ”

In his view, Apple Watch also take such a way to enhance the yield of Apple Watch, it will also accelerate the entire wearable devices mature industry chain. “In the first Apple Watch received a few months, there are a lot of people can wear chain stuck in our factories around the apple in the end to find out what materials to use.” He recalled to reporters: “Once the apples used, these products will be trend, and will mature quickly. So we will go along with Apple, one day know, one day earlier layout. ”

“TPK (TPK Technology) is an example, if there is no pressure on Apple, touch screen today will not have such a high level of maturity.” The Quanta who briefed reporters: “TPK for all Apple iPhone, iPad supply touch screen, but the initial touch chain is very fragile “, TPK The first screen was only 8 percent good. However, with process improvement in a very short period of time raised to 80%. The Apple Watch suppliers, TPK touch screen only system component suppliers.

In fact, a number of wearable interview with reporters and industry insiders said, “Apple is a wearable industry accelerator, he would detonate the entire industry, Shenzhen, many companies have actually been waiting for Apple Watch, one out, we will expand production capacity.”

However, after Apple Watch conference, some people hesitated. “Apple really accelerated the maturity of the supply chain, and Apple Watch related components production capacity will increase, prices will fall.” In Haidong told reporters, however, we did not find a clear body from Apple Watch for wearable device way. “Apple Watch these features have appeared previously, Apple’s experience must be very advantageous, but not other people can come to learn.”

In Haidong think, Apple Watch more like a “costly iPhone peripherals”, rather than “smart wear industry benchmark,” “So, we are more or less a little disappointed.

Apple supplier Japan Display spend $ 1.4 billion plant

Apple’s suppliers Japan Display said on Friday that the company will spend $ 1.4 billion to build a new smart phone and tablet display factory, this may be a response to Apple’s demand to make.

Japan Display announced that the plant will be in the central Japanese city of Hakusan (Hakusan) built its funding for the 170 billion yen (US $ 1.4 billion), expects its production capacity will reach 25,000 per month LCD (liquid crystal display ). The company said in a statement, the plant will increase its production by about 20% display, expects to begin operations next year, in order to “meet the progressive increase in the demand for display.”

In two weeks, this one smartphone and tablet world’s largest display manufacturers to announce the news of the past, media reports said it is considering building a factory, provided exclusively to Apple’s smart phone display. Reported that Apple will bear a large part of the plant’s construction costs.

Japan Display spokesman was not immediately available for comment Friday, but the company released a statement saying only that the new plant will be “cash flow and other income” as a source of funding.

Japan Display support of the government is to set up in April 2012, the merger of Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi’s display division. While Japan Display for Apple’s sales remained strong, but for the Sony and Samsung already decreased sales pace, because it faces competition from Chinese manufacturers. Japan Display had earlier issued a warning that ended in March of the current fiscal year, the company is expected to suffer 12 billion yen (US $ 100 million) net loss, compared with after the company expects this fiscal year net profit of 268 billion yen ($ 220 million).

Japan Display last IPO (initial public offering) market, its stock began trading on the Tokyo market.