10-10: A number of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement allegedly caught fire; AT&T and T-Mobile halt sales of Note 7; Samsung temporarily halts Note 7 production; etc.

Touch Display OnePlus 3 is reportedly running out of stock due to low supply of AMOLED displays, buyers should rather wait for a new phone called the OnePlus 3S, which will have a LCD display and hence wouldn’t suffer from supply issues. (Gizmo China, 163, 91.com) Apple is about diversifying its LCD supply chain to…

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10-9 Week: After National Holiday, here is 2-week summary – MediaTek Helio X30, P20 and P25; Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E and 600E; Spreadtrum to use Intel’s 14nm; etc.

After a long Oct-1 National Holiday, this is 2-week summary. Headlines: MediaTek has officially unveiled flagship deca-core Helio X30, as well as mid-range P20 and P25 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E and the 600E are announced targeting IoT application Intel is making 14nm application processors for Spreadtrum TSMC will start 7nm trial production in 2017 Japan Display…

10-8: Back to work! Oculus’ series of announcement; vivo 2016 75mln shipment, next year targeting 100mln; Sharp showcasing Corner R; etc.

Chipset Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory research team led by Ali Javey has crafted a transistor with 1nm gate. They have used molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) to achieve this result. (TechNews, Engadget, University of California Berkeley, Hacked, Science) NXP is finally getting ready to launch its i.MX8 processor family—i.MX 8 QuadMax, iMX 8 QuadPlus and i.MX 8…

10-7: Lenovo will not make Windows Phone anymore; Spreadtrum to use Intel 14nm process; MediaTek to triple workforce in India; etc.

Chipset Intel is making 14nm application processors for Spreadtrum with sample shipments starting in Oct. 2016. Spreadtrum with its 14nm chips built by Intel is looking to grab orders for Samsung’s mid-range smartphone series for 2017, according to Digitimes. (CN Beta, Digitimes, press) MediaTek reportedly has landed tablet chip orders from Amazon for production of…

10-5: Google a series of announcement – Pixel, Assistant, Home, etc.; Samsung manufactures Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 with 10nm; Apple in talks with Sharp for OLED supplies; etc.

Chipset Qualcomm will attempt to fend off EU antitrust charges at a hearing on Nov. 10 that it used anti-competitive methods to squeeze out a rival. The company could face a fine up to USD2.5 billion or 10% of its 2015 revenue, if found guilty of breaking EU rules. (CN Beta, Reuters, Yahoo) Samsung LSI…

10-1: Happy National Day to China – Sharp to invest JPY54.7bln in OLED; JDI may release a portion of its shares to Sharp; Qualcomm reportedly to acquire NXP; etc.

Chipset Qualcomm is reportedly in talks to pick up semiconductor company, NXP Semiconductors NV, and the payment would be more than USD30 billion. (Android Headlines, WSJ, Reuters, UDN, TechNews) TSMC CEO Mark Liu declared that 16nm chips have been in production by the company for some time, and research and development for a 5nm process…

9-28: Lenovo to lay off 1000 Moto employees; BlackBerry to stop developing hardware smartphone; Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E / 600E announced; etc.

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E and the 600E are announced targeting IoT application, with the former clocked at 1.2GHz with an Adreno 306 GPU, while the latter is clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU. Qualcomm is also teaming with Arrow Electronics to make these stand-alone processors available to small and medium-size manufacturers. (Ubergizmo, Engadget,…

9-25: Huawei and Leica have created a new R&D center in Germany; Huawei will start to manufacture smartphones in India in partnership with Flex; etc.

Chipset Spreadtrum announced that its WCDMA//HSPA(+) chipsets SC7731C and SC7731G have been adopted by Burmese leading mobile operator Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) for its latest flagship smartphone models M40 and M50, which have been launched into the market. (EE Trend, Yahoo, The Gadgets Freak) IBM’s computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the…

9-23: Sorry for absent yesterday. MediaTek entering Samsung supply chain; Rumored Blackberry to close its smartphone hardware business; Rumored Smartisan to be acquired by Xiaomi; etc.

Chipset Chung Seung-eun, senior vice president and chief of Samsung’s semiconductor research and development center, visited ASLM’s headquarters to finalize the deal purchasing new chip-making systems, called extreme ultraviolet lithography, which is worth about KRW200 billion (USD178.41 million). (TechNews, XDA Developers, Sam Mobile, Korea Herald) MediaTek Chairman Tsai Ming-kai confirms that the company has won…

9-21: The BOM cost for a 32GB NAND Apple iPhone 7 USD219.80; Japan government would consider divesting its stake in Japan Display; etc.

Touch Display Japan’s industry minister Hiroshige Seko said the government would consider divesting its stake in Japan Display unless the company can demonstrate it is more than just a commodity supplier to Apple. (CN Beta, TechNews, WSJ, Apple Insider) Memory A recent rally in NAND flash prices will buoy sales and profits at related companies…

9-20: MediaTek 4G chipsets reportedly will be in tight supply till 2017; In 2016 Spreadtrum’s 3G share is believed to exceed MediaTek in the market; etc.

Chipset ARM announces Cortex-R52, the company’s first implementation of ARMv8-R aiming for IoT and autonomous automotive applications. The Cortex-R52 offers a 35% performance uplift compared to the Cortex-R5. (CN Beta, 91, My Drivers, AnandTech, article, Venture Beat) Venkata Renduchintala, president of the Client and IoT Businesses and Systems Architecture Group at Intel indicates that Intel…

9-19: MediaTek is considering launching Helio X35; Samsung is looking to invest heavily in its OLED business, which will squeeze capex on foundry; etc.

Chipset To expand its coverage of products, after launching its Helio X30 using TSMC’s 10nm process, which will enter mass production end of 2016 / beginning of 2017, MediaTek is considering to launch Helio X35. (HC360, Woyoo, ETime, Sohu) According to Digitimes, Samsung is looking to invest heavily in its OLED business, which will squeeze…

9-18: Indian manufacture slow and cycle is long, and tax is a huge factor; Xiaomi Mi4 is found out having a “backdoor”; etc.

Chipset According to a teardown of Apple iPhone 7 by Chipworks, A10 Fusion processor part number is APL1W24,339S00255. A10 is thin thanks to TSMC’s InFO packaging technology. Intel has four components: the baseband LTE modem, two transceivers and a power management chip. (CN Beta, Forbes, Patently Apple, Chipworks) Although volumes are still small, fully depleted…

9-16 Week: Happy Mid-Autumn, and this week we have Qualcomm SD653, Samsung Exynos 8895, Samsung invests in CSOT 11G fab, etc.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, and wish everyone a happy family. This week summary: Headlines: Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 (MSM8976Pro) chipset information is leaked Qualcomm has announced the opening of Qualcomm Communication Technologies (Shanghai) in Shanghai Qualcomm introduces new Clear Sight dual camera system Samsung Exynos 8895 leaks Samsung is apparently in talks with NVIDIA and AMD about…