LG second-quarter profit to drop 60% loss of 82.7 billion won TV business

LG Electronics today announced second-quarter earnings, its operating profit of 610 billion won from a year earlier fell to 244 billion won (US $ 211 million), profit to drop 60%. Notice that, due to weak demand for televisions and smart phones, coupled with intense competition due to facing rivals.

Specifically, LG TV business losses of 82.7 billion won, hit the worst record since the fourth quarter of 2010 over the same period last year, operating profit of 159 billion won this year’s first-quarter operating loss of 6.2 billion won.

As the smart phone shipments shrank from a year earlier, so LG mobile communications sector barely achieve profits 200 million won.

The company in a statement said that although the second quarter is more challenging than expected, but LG believes that with a competitive new product introductions, coupled with launch more effective marketing plan, the company can regain lost ground in the third quarter. But analysts still lowered the company’s earnings outlook.

A phenomenon that, due to the delay in LG increasingly crowded smartphone market come to the fore, although LG 4 end of this year in South Korea launched a G4 flagship smart phone, but the phone does not provide enough new features, Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are not comparable to the fore.

In addition, weakness in global TV sales, while emerging market currencies lower will also affect the company’s profits.


Samsung’s first mobile phone wireless charging display

July 27, according to US technology site VentureBeat reports, Samsung today unveiled a new display called “SE370”, and said it is the first wireless charging to the mobile device can display products.

In other words, SE370 is not just only play the role of monitor. SE370 has 23.6 inches and 27 inches in two models, with two functions: First, the display, the second is to charge your smartphone.

According to Samsung’s argument, SE370 “can clean up (declutter) work area, for which it removed all the extra cables and connectors to charge the mobile device required.” More specifically, this display is compatible with all uses Qi wireless charging standard mobile devices.

Frankly, this approach is significant. Wireless charging technology is largely dependent on the charging station: You need a proprietary area before charging. Monitor is a perfect tool for wireless charging, because it is always in a state of power, but not a short board is a display everywhere.

The following is the principle of SE370 display: Users can put the phone SE370 charging zone. Once the LED lights light up on the base, it will automatically start charging. It’s that simple.

SE370 also has a “vision Protected Mode” (eye-saver mode), you can ease the harmful effects of blue light on the user’s eyes and reduce eye fatigue triggered. To this end, SE370 will “track and optimize picture quality to match the specific environment settings.”

SE370 uses PLS display panel with a resolution of 1920 × 1080, a response time of 4ms, contrast ratio of 1000: 1, viewing angle (H / V) of 178 ° / 178 °; brightness 23.6 inches model is 250 cd / m2, Brightness 27 inches model is 300 cd / m2; Support 1 HDMI (1.4), 1 DP (1.2) and 1 D-Sub interfaces; compatible with Windows (including Windows 10) and Mac.

Seok-Gi Kim, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics Visual Display Business Unit, in a statement, said: “Technology should support rather than hinder an active lifestyle our customers today are increasingly dependent on access to information from mobile devices, with each other. interactive; therefore, eliminate desk clutter by state, we are helping them to be more clever ways to use mobile devices. ”

Unfortunately, Samsung did not disclose the time to market and price SE370, though, this display may be listed in the year, we hope it does not exceed the price of the desktop.

LED industry five months of 2015 amounted to 179.3 billion overall size

2015 January to May, China’s semiconductor lighting industry as a whole reached 179.3 billion yuan, representing an increase of 22.7% over the same period last year, maintain a relatively rapid growth. Wherein the upstream epitaxial chip size of about 6.6 billion yuan, an increase of 15 percent, the middle reaches of the package size of about 25.9 billion yuan, an increase of 20% to 146.9 billion yuan scale downstream applications. An increase of 23.6%. All sectors of growth in the first half, the upper and middle reaches due to intense market competition, a slight excess production capacity, a decline in the overall growth rate than last year. While the downstream application link still rapid growth momentum. On the one hand, LED lighting market penetration is still speed, the price drop has narrowed, commercial lighting, home market outstanding. On the other hand, as the technology matures and prices small distance into the market acceptance range, LED display market gratifying. In addition, automotive lighting, lighting of agricultural market started to accelerate significantly over the previous year.

Exports, 2015, five months, China exported $ 4.08 billion LED lighting products, compared with the same period of 2014 fell by 7.06%. The first four months fell significantly over last year, the growth rate of exports pick up in May rose to 9.28%.

From the export market, the top ten were: the United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia, Canada, Spain. Among them, Vietnam from 2014, the first 37 jumped to fifth. In fact, with advancing “along the way” policy, Southeast Asia and the South Asian market a significant benefit to Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, represented by the market to maintain high growth. Meanwhile, the United States, driven by domestic economic recovery and a total ban on incandescent policy, maintaining 73.3% growth, the EU and Japan growth continued to decline.

Samsung will build the world’s largest semiconductor factory in 2017

“People do Digital (Digital Man), who do globalization (Global Man)!” This is a media in the evaluation of the current vice president of Samsung Electronics Lee Jae-yong’s investment E- Samsung quoted saying. In fact, this evaluation may not be positive, because the main foray Samsung fewer investment projects did not succeed. However, this sentence has to reflect the differences between Lee Jae-yong and his father, can become Samsung Group took over after Lee Jae-yong, or “post-Lee era,” a beacon.

Korean folk circulating this statement, three things must be met life, is this: taxes, death and Samsung. Therefore, the recent Samsung Cheil Samsung C & T’s merger with popular concern, because it is considered to be the Samsung Group in arranging Lee Jae-yong in matters of succession. Following the successful merger, Lee Jae-yong will bring new Samsung C 30.4% of the shares, becoming its largest shareholder, and with the cross-holdings, the real master of the Samsung Group.

So, how could unfold Lee Jae-yong controlled “after Lee era”, Samsung Group on?

First look at the history of Lee Jae-yong, you will find he has a remarkable resemblance to his father: Also in South Korea, Japan and the United States education, proficiency in Japanese and English; the same degree in business administration background; likewise before succession, accepted experience within the community for a long time, the two groups before taking over management transaction has nearly 20 years of the preparatory phase; in character, they are relatively low-key.

The legendary Lee in South Korea, are considered charismatic, can even develop their own hobbies into careers. It is described in his biography that he admired the Japanese folk tale Tokugawa extraordinary patience and, therefore, pay attention to hone their character. And he left home to go to Japan to study the experience, allowing him to have abnormal individual determination. On the 1993 Frankfurt show, he once rebuked because of their low quality products Samsung executives that “in addition to his wife, all that changed it” slogan, the implementation of the “new management” strategies that give Samsung products come out of South Korea. During his helm, the Samsung Group had to 6:30 am to 4:30 pm and unique working hours, because after this work can also go back to school. The money in the construction of the Samsung Yongin Training Institute and send employees to the world system of regional education experts, not only to become South Korea’s Samsung most want to get into the business, leaving Samsung also has a world-class brand. That argument, because Lee established a Samsung Motors car, but according to his own account, because nearly 70 percent of auto parts, electronic products, and therefore justified from the electronics industry to expand the automotive industry.

In order to maintain today’s brilliant Samsung, Lee Kun-hee Lee Jae-yong’s succession for a more careful layout. Previously, Lee Jae-yong mastered predecessor as Samsung Cheil Samsung Everland 25.1% of the shares. And 2008 has exposed in order to transfer the ownership of assets, tax evasion news operation. Last year, the Samsung Group to promote the merger with Samsung Samsung integrated chemical fiber chemistry shares to family members go to Lee Jae-yong name. Coupled with the recent new Samsung Corporation of deliberation, the president can say Lee was deliberate succession issues, and trying to maintain the previous management system.

Thus, Lee Jae-yong took over the Korean chaebol Samsung Group still has massive, diversified, family-owned and operating characteristics, maintain control of the business through cross-holding and other forms and the like. It is worth mentioning that, shortly before the US hedge fund Elliott on the new Samsung C & T merger request to the Seoul court, asking to stop this internal reorganization. This will also chaebol corporate governance problem before placed in front of Lee Jae-yong.

Born in the late Korean “386 times” Lee Jae-yong and Lee, after all, not a generation, its management began to show its own characteristics, known as Samsung’s “Smart Style”. Recently, South Korea published a book called “Samsung Crisis and the Korean society of choice,” a book popular attention, a point in the book is this: if Lee Jae-yong want to establish their dominance, it is necessary to change the Lee regime.

Lee Jae-yong of Seoul National University undergraduate learned that East Asian history, his style of doing things more literary temperament. According to “Korea Week” description, Lee Jae-yong is a very good person to listen to the opinions of others. Samsung management staff have the same evaluation, said in a meeting, if Lee Jae-yong hear opinions different from their own, we will ask them to describe in detail, and it will change according to their own decisions.

After the 2001 E- E- Samsung Samsung and international projects end, Lee Jae-yong, first went to the training of the top management of enterprises operating program, and then visited a branch of a global company Samsung, and met with business and political leaders, highlighting his global business intentions. His connections including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Siemens Joe Ke Zeer et al. Last year, Lee Jae-yong also successfully got the Samsung investment contracts in Vietnam from the Vietnamese leaders hands. Also since last year, Lee Jae-yong, Samsung became the “face”, frequently appear in major product launches and Samsung Electronics Show. Samsung and China, the US’s top leaders are also playing dealings completed by the Lee Jae-yong. This trend after last year’s May Lee illness fade even more significant. This is slightly different from the style of his father, Lee Jae-yong shows the layout of the company broad global perspective. Samsung’s business will be more international, involved in the field are also more diverse.

Nevertheless, Lee Jae-yong took over after Samsung Group is still facing many challenges. Lee Jae-yong before the Galaxy mobile phone division’s performance can be described as remarkable, but profit-Samsung smartphone business has slowed down significantly. From last May more than a year since the president a blank period, Lee Jae-yong can be said to work independently, but Samsung’s performance was also poor performance during this period. Korea and even the discussion of their management style, as well as “the rich, but three generations” of the question.

Samsung’s strategy is to expand its semiconductor business is expected to be completed in 2017, the world’s largest semiconductor factory in Pyeongchang Ze. Therefore, the ability to stabilize the traditional areas of strength, do the “digital person”, but not only stay in the “digital person” position, on the basis of a more active global distribution through to win in the future, will be Lee Rong key to success in succession. Whether this “globalization” and can continue Samsung’s brilliant it?

Qualcomm’s alleged abuse of a dominant market position initiated by the EU antitrust investigation

According to Reuters, the European Commission said Thursday it has launched two against Qualcomm antitrust investigation, which is suspected of abuse of market dominance in the semiconductor field. Qualcomm semiconductors produced for consumer electronic devices.

The European Commission said, the first survey will verify whether Qualcomm to provide a financial incentive to the latter to purchase all or almost all of Qualcomm’s baseband chip. Qualcomm baseband chip market leading position.

The European Commission said the second survey will verify whether Qualcomm participated in the “predatory pricing” (Predatory Pricing), the price is set at cost or less, designed to force competitors out of the market.

EU Competition Commissioner Margaret Weiss Tagg (Margrethe Vestager) in a statement said: “Many consumers use mobile phones, tablet computers and other electronic equipment, we want to ensure that they ultimately buy the product value for money . “

Silicon Labs: Things coming era of single-chip system

Must be said, has become a major networking applications market, many chip makers are being contested, of course, due to the range of applications covered things quite large, even world-class chip makers can not sweep all the end-use applications, SiliconLabs vice president and general manager, MCU and wireless products DanielCooley bluntly, from desktop computers, handheld devices and even different types of things end, space chip makers have played, like Intel has a leadership position in the PC market Qualcomm good at handheld and tablet PC market, SiliconLabs itself specializes in different kinds of things end, but in this market there are many other competitors, such as ST (STMicroelectronics) or TI (Texas Instruments), etc. They are also actively operating this market.

DanielCooley further mentioned that the future development of things, will also make further improved for functionality, link capacity, power and integration and other face, the link capacity, must have Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Bluetooth and so on Thread standard, band and other terms are to be included in Sub-GHz, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so the integration, the future of things dedicated SoC agreements must be provided with a plurality of radio frequency technology, mixed-signal components, energy management and sensor interface, these must be handed over to the processor core Cortex-M series to be responsible for co-ordination.

However, since the processor core Cortex-M series also can be divided into M0, M0 +, M3, M4 and M7, etc., exactly what the core is more suitable for dedicated networking SoC, DanielCooley think, M0 +, M3, M4 may be relatively fit on the grounds that in a relatively simple memory architecture, and easy to be extended to the market, the use of memory capacity, ranging approximately from 256KB to 2MB.

As for the Internet of Things applications, or can be divided into zones consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and medical applications category, according to HISTechnology statistics, to 2025, the market things the number of devices you can connect up to 75.4 billion, of which the industrial Applications accounted for nearly half of GDP. SiliconLabs future will focus on whether industrial applications, DanielCooley expressed, SiliconLabs past have always been in hard industrial applications market, but the future of things SoC functionality is not particularly limited to a single use situations, but can be broadly meet the kind of application situation, so SiliconLabs will hold relatively flat attitude towards the development of the various markets, but on his observation, the consumer should have the opportunity to take the lead in the use of electronic networking system-on-chip solutions.

Samsung has developed a mobile phone screen with 11K similar 3D effect

Most of the current mobile phone users may not spend 4K screen, not to mention the 8K. But Samsung has recently announced plans to develop a 11K before 2018 phone screen.

11K screen means that the pixel density will reach 2250PPI, four times the current Samsung quad-HD screen. The project called “EnDK”, by Samsung in conjunction with other 13 co-development, the South Korean government will invest $ 26.5 million in installments over the next five years.

For the purposes of the phone screen, 4K seems to have enough lethal, then 11K screen with what will happen? Samsung said mobile phone screen with 11K will have a similar 3D effect, but without the need to wear special glasses.

We know, for certain content, using quad-HD screen Galaxy Tab S Tablet PC already has a 3D effect. Therefore, I believe the screen with 11K to mention a simulated 3D effect.

It is expected that Samsung will showcase the prototype of this 11K screen in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. In addition, Samsung also plans to 11K technology applied to OLED panels.

IDC was named one of the most influential networking company

One recent, IDC (International Data Corporation), with its usual to provide customers with high-quality research services are Appinions company as the most influential things in the field of the three companies.

At the same time, the two things IDC study respected expert Vernon Turner and Carrie MacGillivray also rated important things in the field of influential people. Vernon Turner, senior vice president, Enterprise Systems and IDC IDC research director of Things, and Carrie MacGillivray served as IDC mobile services, vice president of networking projects and network infrastructure.

Appinions is dedicated to the most influential people and organizations in all areas of the company found, they studied the effects of these people and organizations on key markets and social hot issues, and relevant information to the public. Appinions company also is an influence marketing platform, they help B2B marketers understand what influential people, which they published statements and comments where they are published. This information helps its clients in the “Fortune” magazine’s 1000 opinion leadership to establish and develop content marketing plan.

The next 10 years the most promising industrial revolution of graphene will carry hope

In recent years, graphene carries the hope for the future transformation of industrial areas, in October 2013 the European Union launched the first 10-year “Graphene flagship project” aimed at making European companies’ access to the global technology race graphene initiative Right. ” During the General Assembly before the project’s “2015 Graphene Week,” Science and Technology Daily reporter interviewed on issues related to the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the project, the University of Cambridge Prof. graphene center Andre Ferrari.

Graphene project is progressing well received

Professor Ferrari that the next 10 years to upgrade and change Graphene has huge potential for a number of industries, but also in Europe and worldwide is expected to create many new jobs. Thus, from a technical point of view look at graphene what is more important for what specific industries, which is very critical.

Professor Ferrari said that the European Commission after the review of the progress of the project to give a positive evaluation, that “great success.” Over the past year, the project published a large number of research results, apply for a number of patents; have to get all of the harmonization work program.

He was careful to stress that at present the project is still in its infancy, is facing two major challenges in the implementation process: First, management challenges and political aspects. Because the project involves many EU member states, a number of research centers, institutions and enterprises must ensure effective cooperation between all parties involved; the second is to ensure the application of industry will shift from basic research projects. At present, more and more industry partners, especially some of the big European companies have joined the project, including the United Kingdom FlexEnable company, Infineon, Ericsson and Alcatel, etc. It is fit the purposes of the project – build strong partnerships with industry.

Graphene development faces three major challenges

Ferrari believes that the main obstacle to the development of graphene in 2015 there are three: the first is currently capable of producing material exhibits some of the characteristics of the material used to manufacture equipment and people will need some properties, there is “gap” in between. Graphene value chain are rendered integral manner, but in the preparation of a material, the corresponding need for special types of graphene – that there are many different types of graphene, but not always good for the same purpose. The manufacture of electronic equipment requires a graphene, manufactured battery requires an entirely different graphene; manufacturing a battery can not be used to make graphene transistors, and vice versa.

The second Fab is graphene semiconductor material (for large-scale manufacturing apparatus) integration. “Graphene flagship project” just designed a “wafer-scale integration” to achieve the integration of graphene typical Fab materials. If you can not graphene into Fab, you can not use it into other devices. Europe is lucky to have such as Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel and other large companies, they eventually realize that the next step is the integration of graphene and semiconductor Fab. If that is successful, large scale production of graphene will be achieved.

The third is the overall cost of the finished device, that compared with other technology is competitive, but this is still difficult to determine.

The next 10 years the most promising application

Professor Ferrari that the next 10 years, will have in the field of graphene composites, transparent semiconductor materials, energy, photonics, optoelectronics and sensors to application.

From the schedule, the next two to three years, graphene the most promising applications will be composite. European companies as a company called Head of a tennis racket is using graphene production; another European companies are preparing to launch join graphene bicycle tire; and a company is turning its attention to a composite material having mechanical properties and thermal properties . These applications are all composite materials. Thereafter, a transparent conductive material such as mobile phones and television screens.

The next five years, graphene will accomplish a great deal in the energy sector, such as graphene Graphene supercapacitor battery and the like; the next 5 years to 10 years, in the field of graphene optics, photonics and sensors, optical sensors, aspects of laser sensors, modulator and data transmission equipment, etc. are applied.

We need to carefully look at the amount of graphene patent

According to the British consulting firm Cambridge IP patent research, as of May 2014 the number of patent applications worldwide in the field of graphene was 11,372, accounting for 3060 Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom only 361 and 41, respectively, clearly in a backward position. In this regard, Ferrari believes require careful look at the number of patents in the field of graphene.

He pointed out that China and South Korea in the field of graphene large number of patents filed, and the European Patent Office granted a patent in very picky, so a small number of patent applications filed in Europe. The gap between the number of patents, shows that Europe is not in the art in a backward situation of indicators.

In terms of the absolute number of patents, it is undeniable Europe lagging behind, but the quality is not lower than in other countries. China’s number of patents is not an international patent; the number of patents in a particular field in Korea as many as dozens, while the European patent will cover a number of research fields. Europe and the UK really need more patent, also are working on it, but need to be more careful look at the number of patents.

Integration of graphene research and development will surely be beneficial

Ferrari on several occasions to China for academic exchanges, he joked that every time only two entry visa forced him to constantly update visa. He pointed out that China has a lot of graphene research and development activities: 2014 Ningbo on graphene organized a major conference; Beijing in semiconductor physics and other aspects of graphene and topological insulators is a strength; China graphene Union has also been the local government support.

Ferrari said that China is a big country, at regional level or individual level research institutions, there are a lot of graphene research and development projects, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Zhejiang and other places of the regional R & D activities are very strong. At present, China is still not a whole graphene research and development program, but it is hard to be together. He believes that these R & D activities are coordinated response. If the efforts in China graphene research and development are consolidated under a single plan, it is certainly beneficial.

Sharp developed a highly transparent LCD display

July 1 afternoon, according to Japan’s “Kyodo News” reported that Sharp Corporation yesterday announced that it has developed a high level of transparency of the new LCD screen.

It is reported that support for color video display can be used to manufacture electronic display boards. And because in addition to the performance of color filters, reduced power consumption, contribute to energy conservation.

Sharp plans to use this display advertising in shops and railway stations, in order to test its usefulness. At the same time, also considering to apply it to the station platform safety gates.

According to reports, the new Sharp display this application will be verified in 2016 were to fight in 2017 to put into practical use.