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An Italian government department equivalent to the Fair Trade Commission in Korea launched an investigation of Samsung Electronics after Apple.

Burden 0r Opportunity for Samsung?

19 January 2018 - 10:45pm
Cho Jin-young

The fire of Apple's Battery-Gate spread to Samsung Electronics. Consumers’ complaints about Apple are leading each government to generally check the smartphone industry and market. Apple aroused controversy as the iPhone’s performance withers when its battery aged. In Korea, even a criminal accusation has been made against Apple. Other companies such as Samsung Electronics declared, “We did not commit such a thing.”

According to Samsung Electronics on January 19, an Italian government department equivalent to the Fair Trade Commission in Korea launched an investigation of Samsung...

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A digital cockpit disclosed by Samsung Electronics at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the US, early this month.

Ultra-high-performance Graphic DRAM

19 January 2018 - 4:45pm
Cho Jin-young

Samsung Electronics launched an ultra-high-performance premium graphic DRAM aimed at the rapidly growing semiconductor market for artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous navigation. This is a strategic move to maintain the memory semiconductor “super gap” strategy by expanding business areas into the next generation automotive semiconductor market as well as the existing game and graphic card market.

Samsung Electronics said on January 18 that the company started mass-production of 16 Gigabit (Gb) GDDR6 DRAMs at 18 Gbps (1 Gbps means a transfer of 1 billion bits per second), the...

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The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) of Korea approved some 50 trillion won (US$46.71 billion) worth of the merger of two global memory chip producers – Qualcomm and NXP – on condition on January 18.

Case of World’s Largest Merger

19 January 2018 - 10:15am
Cho Jin-young

S. Korea’s antitrust authorities put the brakes on a merger between United States-based chipmaker Qualcomm and Dutch company NXP, the largest merger and acquisition (M&A) case in the semiconductor industry. As the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) granted a conditional approval for the merger, the ill-fated relations between the antitrust authorities and Qualcomm, which are in a legal battle on some 1 trillion won (US$934.14 million) fines, seems to continue again.

The FTC approved some 50 trillion won (US$46.71 billion) worth of the merger of two global memory chip producers –...

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Apple succeeded in increasing its share in the Chinese market in spite of fierce competition with Chinese Android smartphone manufacturers.

Rebounding in China

18 January 2018 - 11:30am
Cho Jin-young

According to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, the global market share of the iOS rose from 19.7% to 24.3% between the end of 2016 and the end of 2017.

However, the share fell from 57.5% to 51.5% in Japan during the period. Likewise, it fell from 43.6% to 39.8% in the United States, from 47.2% to 43% in Britain, from 16.8% to 15.8% in Italy, and from 24.3% to 22.7% in France.

Meanwhile, the market share of the Android OS increased by four percentage points in the United States and 6.1 percentage points in Japan. In China, in contrast, it showed a decline of five...

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The first Apple Store in South Korea, dubbed Apple Garosugil, would be opened in Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu on January 27.

To remedy grievance on ‘Korea Passing’

18 January 2018 - 10:45am
Cho Jin-young

Apple Korea announced on January 17 that the first Apple Store in South Korea, dubbed Apple Garosugil, would be opened in Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu on January 27.

The opening is somewhat belated. The first Apple Store in the world was opened in New York back in 2001. The first ones in Japan and China were opened in 2003 and 2008, respectively.

Apple users in South Korea are expecting that Apple will pay more attention to themselves after the opening of Apple Garosugil. More than 10 million iPhones were sold in South Korea during the past 10 years and Apple’s share in the...

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IT consultant Gartner raised its semiconductor market estimates by US$23.6 billion (25.11 trillion won) from US$427.4 billion (454.75 trillion won) after three months percent from US$419 billion (445.61 trillion won) last year.

Changed Forecast on Semiconductor Market

18 January 2018 - 10:45am
Cho Jin-young

According to global market researcher and IT consultant Gartner on January 17, the memory chip market is expected to reach US$451 billion (479.64 trillion won) this year, up 7.5 percent from US$419 billion (445.61 trillion won) last year.

Thanks to high specification of smartphones and expansion of Internet data center (IDC), memory chips, such as DRAM and NAND flash, enjoyed a super boom last year. However, there has been controversy over the semiconductor industry reaching its peak from October last year. This is because the growth in mainly memory chips is forecast to gradually...

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As Google is going to halve its fee to 15%, smaller app platforms are likely to lose their competitiveness.

Fatal Blow to Small App Platforms

18 January 2018 - 9:45am
Cho Jin-young

Google changed its application fee policy and is going to halve its fee to 15% when it comes to apps with subscription content. Google’s dominance in the app market is likely to further increase and smaller app platforms are likely to lose their competitiveness under the circumstances.

According to industry sources, the global sales of Apple App Store and Google Play totaled US$40 billion and US$21 billion last year, respectively. In 2016, their sales in South Korea amounted to 2.02 trillion won (US$1.81 billion) and 4.46 trillion won (US$4.01 billion), respectively. Google took no...

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Jack Ma’s Dream

17 January 2018 - 11:45am
Cho Jin-young

Alibaba’s UC browser is currently the most popular mobile Web browser in India and Indonesia, according to industry sources. In addition, Alibaba recently opened a new office in Melbourne, Australia and established an e-commerce and logistics hub in Malaysia for further market expansion. The company has conducted R&D in the Silicon Valley for long, too.

Alibaba has made investments in various companies. The examples include WayRay headquartered in Switzerland and developing augmented reality (AR), Magic Leap headquartered in the U.S. and developing the same technology, Thai and...

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Samsung Electronics displayed its latest QLED TVs in the invitation-only booth dubbed Q Lounge in order to reportedly to prevent Chinese companies from copying its products.

Facing Challenges

17 January 2018 - 11:15am
Cho Jin-young

At this year’s CES, Samsung Electronics ran a booth not open to the public. Samsung Electronics displayed its latest QLED TVs in the invitation-only booth dubbed Q Lounge.

The purpose of the invitation-only was reportedly to prevent Chinese companies from copying its products. In fact, TCL exhibited its FRAME TV at CES 2018 and the TV, which was released in the Chinese market in July last year, was very similar to Samsung Electronics’ The Frame TV.

These days, Samsung Electronics is concerned about its robot business as well. At CES 2018, a large number of electronics...

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Neuromorphic Chip Development

17 January 2018 - 9:00am
Cho Jin-young

Samsung Electronics joined forces with leading Korean universities such as Seoul National University and the KAIST to develop a neuromorphic chip, a next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor that resembles the human brain. The neuromorphic chip is a next-generation semiconductor that imitates human brain nerves. The chip can realize artificial intelligence functions such as deep running, and has an excellent non-standardized data processing capability such as images and sounds compared to conventional semiconductor. The chip consumes one 100 millionth of electric power...

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