4-8: LGD to build a new OLED factory in Vietnam; Nokia announced huge global layoffs; Xiaomi Mi Fan Festival bring in sales of CNY1.87bln; Huawei wants to become global top 1 in 4-5 years; etc.

LGD to build a new OLED factory in Vietnam; Nokia announced huge global layoffs (10000-15000 employees); Xiaomi Mi Fan Festival bring in sales of CNY1.87bln; Huawei has no plan for TV and VR yet; Huawei wants to become global top 1 in 4-5 years; Apple has 18 assembly suppliers worldwide; BMW to use HTC Vive for developing cars; etc.


AMD announces availability of 7th generation A-series processors (Bristol Ridge). Bristol Ridge APUs are comprised of four Bulldozer CPU cores (Excavator) and as many as eight GPU cores. (Digitimes, Bills Insider, Toutiao, PC DIY)
According to Semicast Research, NXP was the leading vendor of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2015. Semicast estimates that revenues for OE automotive semiconductors totaled USD28.2 billion in 2015. (EE Times, Semicast Research press)



LG Display has signed a deal with the city government of Hai Phong, Vietnam, to build a OLED display module factory there. It will start operation in 2H17. (TechNews, Korea Herald)


AU Optronics (AUO) uses self-developed GOA (Gate on Array) technology and bezel-less production method to significantly lower the number of display driver ICs. AUO also using free-corm cutting to create a smooth, streamlined contour car displays. (TechNews, Press Release Point)

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Fitch Ratings expects Apple may introduce a new iPhone with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. (Korea Times, CN Beta)
Canatu’s flexible touch sensor, using CNB Flex Film, is an integral part of the product. The product is a curved wearable device with a flexible OLED touch display. (Wearable Tech Insights)



Toyota Research Institute developing “guardian angel” feature for autonomous cars, which would only temporarily take control from the driver during potentially hazardous moments. (Engadget, MIT)


University of Melbourne teams with IBM to develop an implantable computer chip capable of constantly monitoring the patient’s brain activity and, hopefully, predict when they’ll suffer an epileptic seizure. The chip is based on IBM TrueNorth technology and uses a neural network architecture. (Popular Science, Engadget, Wired)



Nokia has begun the process for mass layoffs in the wake of its Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, but sources say that its San Francisco Bay Area-led Nokia Technologies unit will largely be spared. The global layoffs could affect 10,000 to 15,000 of Nokia’s 104,000 workers. (Re/Code, Bloomberg, FortuneThe Comment, 163, Hexun)


Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total USD3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5% over 2015 spending of USD3.5 trillion, according to Gartner. The device market (PCs, ultramobiles, mobile phones, tablets and printers) is forecast to decline 3.7% in 2016. The smartphone market is approaching global saturation, slowing growth. The PC and ultramobile markets are expected to decline. (CN Beta, Gartner, report)


Xiaomi has managed to bring a total revenue of CNY1.87 billion (USD289 million) during Mi Fan Festival (Xiaomi is founded on 4 April 2010). (Android Headlines, 163, iFeng)


Apple shares its “2016 Supply Chain Responsibility Report”, and it shows that Apple has 18 assembly fabs – 14 from China, 2 from US, 1 from South America, and 1 from Europe. (Apple, TechNews, iFeng, OfWeek)


Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu in an interview saying that collaboration with Leica is expensive causing a huge pressure on cost control (on P9 series). He also admits that Huawei is not good in marketing. Currently, Huawei has no plan to make TVs and VR. He also aims to spend 4-5 years to exceed Apple and Samsung to become world’s number 1. (CN Beta, C114)



As reported by the global market research firm TrendForce, the scale of the worldwide market for gaming PCs and their peripherals is projected to reach USD24.35 billion this year.


GoPro officially unveils six-camera ‘Omni’ VR rig. It uses six of GoPro Hero 4 Black cameras in a custom cube-like housing. GoPro has developed special technology that allows for “pixel-level synchronization” between all six cameras. (Apple Insider, Engadget, Tuicool)


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DJI will supply teams of European pilots with its Phantom and Inspire drones to European Emergency Number Association (EENA) for emergency mission. (Engadget, DJI, 163)
Volvo announces to test up to 100 self-driving cars in China, and at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing they demonstrate their self-driving car S90. (CN Beta, Gulf Times, Auto Mobile)

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Sherif Marakby, director of global electronics and engineering at Ford, is joining Uber as vice president of global vehicle program, believed to be working on self-driving car projects. (CN Beta, CNN, Re/Code)
BMW will be adopting the HTC Vive and will be using the technology as part of their vehicle development process in the future. (Ubergizmo, BMW, CN Beta)


Dutch labor party PvdA drafted a proposal to ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in 2025. (CN Beta, Car Scoops, CNET)

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