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Apple plans to invest $430 billion in the United States over the next five years, including silicon development and 5g


San Francisco – April 27 – yesterday, Apple announced that it had invested more than $1 billion in North Carolina to start building a new park and Engineering Center in the research triangle. In the next five years, Apple will invest $430 billion in the United States and create 20000 new jobs across the country.


Apple said that in the past three years, the company’s investment in the United States has greatly exceeded the five-year goal of $350billion set in 2018. Apple is now raising its commitment level by 20% over the next five years to support innovation and promote the economic interests of each state, including tens of billions of dollars for next-generation silicon development and 5g innovation in nine U.S. states.


According to Apple’s investment plan, Apple plans to invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina and will start building new parks and engineering centers in the research triangle area. This investment will create at least 3000 new jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and other frontier fields.


Apple will also establish a $100 million fund to support the larger Raleigh Durham area and statewide school and community programs, and will provide more than $110 million in infrastructure spending in the 80 most needed counties in North Carolina, which will be used for broadband, roads and bridges and public schools. After starting and running, Apple’s investment is expected to bring more than $1.5 billion in economic benefits to North Carolina every year.


In addition, Apple has also made new investments and provided jobs in California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Texas.


The registered capital of glory Terminal Co., Ltd. increased by 1875.77%


News on April 27 today, according to network data, glory Terminal Co., Ltd. has undergone industrial and commercial changes, and its registered capital has changed from 60 million yuan to 11854.63 million yuan, an increase of 1875.77%.


According to the data, glory Terminal Co., Ltd. was established on April 1st, 2020. Its legal representative is wan Biao. Its business scope includes: commission agency; Import and export of goods or technology; Development, production and sales: communication and electronic products, computers, etc.


It is understood that Zhaoming, CEO of glory Terminal Co., Ltd., announced this month that the integration of all aspects of glory has been fully completed and started a comprehensive sprint. At the same time, Zhao Ming proposed the direction of glorious development, including making the glorious magic series and the glorious digital series as flagship and high-end products, so as to surpass the hardware design and experience of Huawei mate and P series.


It is reported that the new products of glory magic series will be launched this year.


Taction technology sued Apple alleging that the taptic engine infringed two of its patents


Techweb reported on April 27 that recently, taction technology, which has developed an enhanced tactile feedback system, sued apple, accusing the latter’s taptic engine of infringing two patents it owns.


It is understood that Apple’s taptic engine was launched together with apple watch in 2014. It is a special tactile feedback system. It abandons the traditional vibration motor and adopts a linear resonance actuator that can reproduce complex oscillation input signals. The most important thing is that it can suppress motion. This control over the quality of movement within the module translates into unique tactile experiences, such as buzzing, tapping, and simulated heart beats.


After its debut on the apple watch, the taptic engine was integrated into the iPhone, and now it plays an indispensable role in the IOS user interface. Users can feel tactile vibration as confirmation of user interface examples, substitution of audio prompts, feedback in the game, etc. In the lawsuit initiated by taction, Apple was accused of infringing two U.S. patents 10659885 and 10820117.


These patents were developed by Dr. Silmon James Biggs and are the result of his years of work in the field of tactile technology. Taction continues to sell its now discontinued Kannon headphones through a successful KickStarter crowdfunding campaign, which uses both traditional speaker drivers and taction transporters to imitate bass vibration. This audio / tactile technology is licensed by the pirate ship and incorporated into the company’s hs60 tactile stereo game headset.


In its lawsuit, taction claimed that Apple purchased and reverse designed two Kannon headphones. The evidence supporting the so-called action appears to be orders and shipping receipts.


Report for the first quarter of 2021: the sales volume of notebook computer market in Western Europe increased by 74% and desktop computer decreased by 21%


On April 27, according to the latest data, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has ushered in four consecutive quarters of double-digit growth.


In the first quarter of 2021, the EMEA market sold a total of 23.9 million pcs, a year-on-year increase of 44.1%. Of the 12.6 million PCs sold in the Western European market, laptops accounted for the largest share (up 74.2% year-on-year), while desktop sales were seriously delayed (down 21%).


About half of the buyers (6.3 million units) are ordinary consumers, contributing an increase of 75.6%. Surprisingly, thanks to the growth in the sales of game computers, the sales of desktop computers increased by 46.6% year-on-year. In the central and Eastern Europe (CEE) market, the overall growth of PC market was 53.1%, of which the commercial market and consumer market performed strongly, with year-on-year growth of 33.3% and 69.1% respectively.



According to the data of various manufacturers, the share of the top five suppliers (accounting for 80.5% of the total) declined in the first quarter of 2021, lower than 82.4% in the first quarter of 2020.


TSMC update technology roadmap: 2nm 3nm process will be launched on time


Techweb reported on April 27 today, TSMC updated its process roadmap, saying that its 4nm process chip will enter the “risk production” stage by the end of 2021 and achieve mass production in 2022.



In addition, 3nm products are expected to be put into production in the second half of 2022, and 2nm process is under development. In terms of production capacity, no competitor can threaten TSMC’s dominant position, and it will not be in the next few years.


As for manufacturing technology, TSMC recently reiterated that it is confident that its 2 nm (N2), 3 nm (N3) and 4 nm (N4) processes will be launched on time and maintain a leading edge in node processes that are more advanced than its competitors.


Earlier this year, TSMC significantly increased its capital expenditure budget for 2021 to $25billion to $28billion, and recently increased it to about $30billion. This is part of TSMC’s plan to increase production capacity and R & D investment in the next three years. The company plans to invest a total of US $100billion in three years.


About 80% of TSMC’s $30 billion capital budget this year will be used to expand the production capacity of advanced technologies, such as 3 nm, 4 nm, 5 nm, 6 nm and 7 nm chips. Analysts at Huaxing securities believe that by the end of this year, most of the funds on the advanced nodes will be used to expand TSMC’s 5nm capacity to 110000 to 120000 wafers per month.


At the same time, TSMC said that 10% of its capital expenditure will be used for advanced packaging and mask manufacturing, and the other 10% will be used to support professional technology development, including customized versions of mature nodes.


Samsung Electronics subsidiary plans to invest US $360 million to build a semiconductor equipment R & D center


Samsung is planning to establish a new subsidiary of SES on April 27.


It is reported that the company plans to invest 400 billion won (about US $360 million) to build a new R & D center in the next 10 years. The selected plot of the center is located near the Giheung factory of Samsung Electronics, covering an area of nearly 110000 square meters.


As the competition among countries in the semiconductor field intensifies, major chip manufacturers are trying to ensure their own semiconductor equipment supply chain. In October 2020, Lee Jae Yong, vice president of Samsung Electronics, visited the Netherlands to ensure the supply of EUV lithography equipment. In mid April, it was reported that a number of Samsung executives went to the United States and the Netherlands to meet with semiconductor equipment chambers of commerce such as applied materials, Fanlin group and ASML, hoping to ensure the stable supply of equipment.


The above R & D center project may help Samsung Electronics achieve this goal and gain more autonomy in the field of semiconductor equipment. Samsung has become more and more important in the field of semiconductor equipment in Japan since two years ago.


It is reported that semes plans to complete the purchase of land for the R & D center through the central and local governments of South Korea in late May. Industry experts predict that semes will promote capital increase to obtain the funds required for the above projects.


new product


It is revealed that NVIDIA RTX 3080ti will be officially released on May 18, and it is almost impossible to crack the mining restrictions


On April 27, according to the information disclosed at the forum, NVIDIA officially released the latest notice. The release time of the new generation RTX 3080ti series has been determined: it will be officially released on May 18, the ban will be lifted on May 25, and it will be officially launched on May 26.



It is said that the card adopts ga102-225 GPU and is expected to be equipped with 10240 stream processors. The mining efficiency is 118.9 MH / s and the price is 7999 yuan. In addition, the video memory of the new RTX 3080ti graphics card becomes a 384 bit wide 12gb gddr6x particle, that is, half of the RTX 3090.


It is worth noting that the new RTX 3080 ti will also take mining pre restriction measures. Ethereum’s mining computing power will be controlled to about 50% as RTX 3060, and the hardware, driver and bios are three in one, which is almost impossible to crack.


Join hands with Broadcom: Samsung launches sas-4 solid state drive for enterprise server


San Francisco, April 27 – today, Samsung and Broadcom released an enterprise SSD product line based on sas-4 specification. It is based on Samsung’s sixth generation v-nand flash memory, pm1653 series with storage capacity from 800gb to 30.72tb.



It is reported that the pm1653 series SSD adopts 24g SAS interface (downward compatible), and the theoretical speed is twice that of the previous generation sas-3 interface. The new SSDs can be read sequentially at 4300 mb/s and have random access at 800K IOPs.


Through the dual port design, the server can maintain stable operation even if one of them fails. In addition, in order to help customers upgrade the server storage system to sas-4, Samsung also said it would carry out relevant cooperation with Broadcom, the manufacturer of host bus adapter card.


JAS Tremblay, general manager of Broadcom data center solutions division, said: “the combination of pm1653 SSD and our next-generation SAS raid products can bring up to five times the RAID 5 performance, which is very important to meet the strong demand of 24g ecosystem”.


Finally, last month, Samsung also announced that it had developed 512gb ddr5 memory module, which can provide 7200 Mbps data transmission rate.




MediaTek and Ericsson realize the dual connection of 5g millimeter wave and sub-6ghz experimental network NR


On April 27, MediaTek and Ericsson recently successfully completed 5g NR dual connection test, effectively combining the wide coverage of sub-6ghz band and the high-speed characteristics of millimeter wave, and using diversified spectrum resources to provide higher network speed and lower delay. This measure will facilitate the independent networking of 5g SA.


It is reported that this is the first double connection test of millimeter wave under 5g SA experimental network in combination with sub-6ghz band. By aggregating 800MHz high-frequency band bandwidth and 60MHz intermediate frequency band bandwidth, and using the test equipment equipped with MediaTek M80 5g modem, the maximum downlink rate of 5.1gbps has been achieved. This test is based on Ericsson’s wireless network system hardware, 5g core network and IP call center system architecture.


5g NR dual connection is an important technology introduced in 3GPP release-16. It provides multi standard and multi band support for terminal equipment and wireless access network, effectively improves spectrum efficiency and load balance, and is the key technology of 5g SA independent networking. 5g NR dual connection can not only optimize 5g network environment, but also further reduce delay, improve throughput and network reliability.


Previously, MediaTek and Ericsson have successfully completed the interoperability test of sub-6ghz fdd/tdd 5g carrier aggregation based on Tianji 5g mobile chip, and established 5g SA carrier aggregation data call. This test successfully enabled 5g NR dual connection function based on MediaTek M80 5g modem.


Internet of things


It is said that the IOT Department of oppo is divided into three parts: one is independent operation and is responsible for its own profits and losses


News on April 27 recently, oppo reformed the “emerging mobile terminal business unit”, which has been renamed “emerging mobile terminal business unit”; At the same time, the organizational structure is divided into three. According to the type of equipment, there are “wearing division (watch, bracelet)”, “intelligent display division (TV)” and “audio division (headset)”.


It is understood that the establishment of a separate business group means that the independent “IOT business group” will have its own decision-making power, and oppo will not interfere in specific business, but it also means that the business group needs to develop independently and be responsible for its own profits and losses.


Among them, the head of the audio business unit is Liu Jia, the former head of oppo audio product center, the head of the wearable business unit is Xu Kun, the former director of oppo emerging wearable product planning department, and the head of the intelligent display business unit is Huang Shunming, the former general manager of oppo smart large screen product center.


Compared with Huawei and Xiaomi, oppo’s layout in the IOT field is relatively slow. On january14,2019, oppo established the emerging mobile terminal business division to lay out IOT. Yu Zhipeng, general manager of marketing of oppo’s emerging mobile terminal business department, once said that the rhythm of oppo’s IOT new products will depend more on its own technology research and development progress and the needs of users for products. Therefore, the common market strategy of “regularly updating” in the industry is not suitable for oppo.


According to the latest data, the top five manufacturers of wearable device shipments in 2020 are apple, Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung and Fitbit, while oppo is not on the list.


Industrial control and medical treatment


Advantech launched a compact high-performance embedded Internet of things edge computing platform uno-238


On April 27, in order to meet the application demand of the market for high-performance edge computing platform, Advantech launched a new compact high-performance embedded Internet of things edge computing platform uno-238.



It is reported that uno-238 adopts the 8th generation intel core platform, with ultra compact volume and ultra-high cost performance. Compared with the previous generation of processor products, the processor performance of uno-238 has been greatly improved by 50%. At the same time, dual memory sockets provide users with a larger memory option. Uno-238 carries 32g solid state disk and supports m.2 slot expansion, which can meet the application requirements of various IOT edge computing. At the same time, the DC plug of uno-238 can be locked to ensure its more stable operation in the Internet of things site with complex environment. Uno-238 provides a stable and cost-effective computing platform for high-performance IT applications in industrial sites.


Uno-238 has an ultra compact shape design. The size of 150 x 107 x 60mm is 16% smaller than that of uno-2484g, achieving the ultimate design in size. Meanwhile, compared with the 6th / 7th generation core processor of the previous generation uno-2484g, the 8th generation core processor of uno-238 has achieved more than 50% improvement in performance.


In addition, in order to meet the application requirements of most factories, uno-238 provides two independent Ethernet ports, four usb3.2 Gen2 ports, two rs-232/422/485 universal serial ports, 8-Channel GPIO, 1-channel HDMI and 1-channel DP interfaces. Among them, USB 3.2 Gen 2 provides 10GB bandwidth, twice that of usb3.1 GEN1. It can support the access of 4K and 8K cameras and meet the acquisition requirements of high-precision machine vision.


Uno-238 fully considers the installation requirements of compact space and optimizes the layout of IO interfaces. All IO interfaces are arranged on the front and side, so that they can be easily installed in the corners of the equipment. In addition, to meet the high bandwidth wireless communication requirements of the Internet of things, uno-238 provides an m.2 2230 (E-Key) and an m.2 3042/3052 (b-key) interface to expand WiFi modules and 4g/5g communication modules. In addition, uno-238 also comes with GPIO and can bus to meet the needs of industrial field data acquisition and control. It can support a variety of factory applications, such as factory automation, equipment automation and manufacturing execution system (MES) operation.


It is understood that Advantech, founded in 1983, has been focusing on the three markets of industrial Internet of things, embedded Internet of things and smart city with the vision of “pushing the smart earth” as its corporate brand. In order to meet the general trend of the Internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence, Advantech has put forward software and hardware solutions for the Internet of things with edge intelligence and wise PAAS industrial Internet of things cloud platform as the core to assist customer partners in connecting the industrial chain.




Inspur releases new AI servers and video accelerators to continue to work in the field of artificial intelligence


Techweb reported on April 27 that recently, Inspur and Cambrian released AI server “Yangtze River” and a variety of products including video acceleration cards.


It is understood that the “Yangtze River” is an AI server equipped with 8 Cambrian 290 artificial intelligence chips. According to the official introduction, Siyuan 290 intelligent chip is the first training chip in the Cambrian period. It adopts TSMC 7Nm process technology, integrates 46 billion transistors, supports mluv02 extended architecture, and supports AI training, reasoning or hybrid artificial intelligence computing acceleration tasks.


In addition, in the face of AI demand, Inspur also released a video accelerator m10a, called Vpu (video processing unit), which can accelerate various processing of video, such as encoding, decoding, transcoding, image quality and resolution conversion. The data shows that m10a provides h.265 video processing acceleration scheme, which doubles the utilization of network bandwidth, supports flexible virtualization scheme and is compatible with the mainstream video processing framework ffmpeg.


It is worth noting that according to the latest data, Inspur general server accounted for 9.9% of the global market in 2020, ranking the third in the world and becoming the server manufacturer with the highest growth rate among the top five in the world.


Like NVIDIA, Intel and other chip companies, Inspur has been seeking the growth of its product line in the field of AI. With the advantages of its server products in the field of artificial intelligence, Inspur has seized the incremental opportunities brought by Artificial Intelligence Computing. The results released on April 23 showed that the revenue of Inspur information was RMB 63.038 billion, a year-on-year increase of 22%, of which the revenue of servers and components was RMB 61.855 billion, a year-on-year increase of 20.34%. According to the company, AI servers contribute the main increment.


Automotive electronics


LYFT sold the driverless division to Toyota for $550million


On April 27, it was reported that LYFT, an American online car Hailing company, sold its driverless car division to woven planet holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota, for $550million. As driverless is still far from commercialization and the development cost is very high, a series of M & A transactions have occurred in this field recently.


According to the agreement, LYFT’s level 5 Department will be merged into woven planet holdings. Through the transaction, LYFT will receive US $550 million in cash, of which US $200 million will be paid in advance, and the remaining US $350 million will be paid off within five years. About 300 employees from level 5 will join woven planet holdings.


It is understood that at the beginning of 2020, level 5 had about 400 employees in the United States, Munich and London. After the merger, level 5 continued to operate in Palo Alto, California.


The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021, which means that LYFT’s four-year driverless development work has come to an end. The sale can help LYFT cut costs. According to non GAAP, LYFT can reduce operating expenses by $100million per year.


In the future, LYFT’s goal is to become the preferred online car Hailing network and fleet management platform for all kinds of commercial robot taxi services.


Xinchi technology cooperates with BlackBerry QNX to develop automobile digital cockpit platform


On April 27, Centrino technology announced that it would work with BlackBerry QNX to develop an automotive digital cockpit platform based on the x9 SOC chip of Centrino technology.


It is understood that the new platform will use QNX hypervisor for safety as the basic software and other QNX technologies to help OEMs and first-class automobile suppliers develop innovative products in the intelligent transportation industry. The digital cockpit is expected to be commercially deployed by a Chinese OEM from 2022.


It is reported that the x9 SOC chip board level support package (BSP) that can support QNX neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS) 7.1 has been listed. In addition, the digital cockpit platform supported by x9 SOC chip of Xinchi technology and QNX hypervisor will also be released in the near future. This platform will demonstrate the safety and hybrid critical systems in the field of safety and non safety.


Volkswagen has opened its third electric vehicle plant in China, which is expected to be put into operation in the second half of 2023


News on April 27 today, Volkswagen China said that the construction of its Anhui MEB (modular electrification tool) factory in Hefei was officially started, and it is expected to be completed in the middle of 2022. The first model will be put into production in the second half of 2023.


According to the company’s official website, the plant is the third pure electric vehicle plant established by the group in China after SAIC Volkswagen Anting and FAW Volkswagen Foshan MEB plant. The plant will use green energy in future production; By 2025, Volkswagen Group (China) plans to deliver about 1.5 million new energy vehicles per year. It is estimated that by 2025, the plant will employ about 500 employees, mainly R & D and engineering innovation talents.


Earlier, in March this year, Volkswagen said that its brand of the same name planned to more than double the proportion of pure electric vehicles in total vehicle sales in Europe by 2030, so as to accelerate the transformation to electric vehicles. Announcing its “accelerate” strategy, the company said it expected that pure electric vehicles would account for more than 70 per cent of its total vehicle sales in Europe and more than 50 per cent in China and the United States by 2030.



Statement: This article is a comprehensive report by electronic enthusiasts, with reference to self enterprise check, appleinside, IDC, AnandTech, business Korea, surging news, bobantang, ZDNet, Zhongguancun Online, 36 krypton, Advantech China, Inspur, titanium media, Xinchi technology, Volkswagen, etc. Please indicate the above sources for reprint.


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