4-11: Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is officially launched; TSMC sorta leaks Intel XMM is being adopted by Apple A10; Spreadtrum in 1Q16 market share is 25%; etc.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is officially launched on Snapdragon 820, 652, 625, 617, 435 and 430; TSMC sorta leaks Intel XMM is being adopted by Apple A10; Spreadtrum in 1Q16 market share is 25%; Gartner lists 6 camera technologies that define CIS; etc.


Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 3.0, provided via a number of Snapdragon processors including 820, 652, 650, 625, 617, 435 and 430. (CN Beta, PC Per, Ars Technica)


According to analyst Steve Mullane with BlueFin Research Partners, contract chip manufacturer TSMC is “planning to double the production starts” of Intel XMM 7360 LTE modem in the current quarter. The analyst says that this correlates with the timing of Apple A10 processor production ramp in preparation for the iPhone 7 launch in September. (TechNews, Motley Fool, Value Walk, Barron’s)
Intel acquires Yogitech, an Italy-based IoT start-up, and Arynga, a vendor of over-the-air software for use with connected cars. (TechNews, Market Exclusive, eWeek, Solo News)
According to Spreadtrum marketing director Weifang Zhou, Spreadtrum in 1Q16 global market share has reached 25%, more or less similar with MediaTek. Handsets adopting its high-end chipset SC9869 produced with 16nm, featuring octa-core A53 infrastructure, supporting Cat. 7 will be launched in 2Q16. (iMobile, EE World)


While TFT-LCD technology and OLED technology have respective advantages in production cost and application, LTPS (low-temperature poly-Si) technology provides back panels for each and is therefore a common platform for the two technologies, according to CTO Hiroyuki Ohshima for Japan Display. (Digitimes, The Tokyo News, Toutiao)
Samsung Display has been making efforts to develop AMOLED panels for various application, including cooperation with strategic partners to develop upstream materials and manufacturing equipment, in a bid to enlarge its lead in AMOLED technology, according to company executive vice president Kim Sung-chul. (Digitimes, CECB2B)
Digitimes Research estimates in 1Q16 global phone and tablet used touch panels shipment has declined 15% and 29.7%, respectively compared to last quarter. TCT LCD vendors including CPT, HannStar and Innolux, etc. have been aggressively promoting on-cell TFT LCD panel in China for mid-to-low phone segment, causing in 1Q16 on-cell touch panel shipment has exceeded  thin-film touch panel shipment. (FPDisplay, Laoyaoba)



Chief executive of Wuhan XMC says, the company development is good, and now in expansion, planning to open an operation office in Silicon Valley in the following months. (Laoyaoba, EE World)


Gartner listed 6 camera-related technologies that will define the future of image sensors, namely 3D technologies, high sensitivity, high dynamic range, high frame rete, chip stacking and bioimage sensors. (Gartner report)



Japan will begin testing a program that will allow tourists to pay for goods using only their fingerprints. When tourists arrive in Japan, they will be able to register their fingerprints, personal data and credit card information at a kiosk in the airport. (TechNews, Mashable, Yomiuri Shimbun)



Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, an Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has announced an agreement with HTC to bring together market-leading capabilities to set a new standard of data security for mobile devices. (TechNews, NASDAQ, Globe Newswire)


According the findings of Northwestern University of School of Professional Studies on how wearables are revolutionizing health care services, there exists a 44% decrease in sick days for employees who don wearables on a daily basis. If this trend continues over the next 25 years, it could save healthcare industry some USD200 billion. (Digital Trends, Northwestern University, report)


Internet of Things

According to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of China (AOPA), currently the demand for drone pilot in China is 100,000. There are more than 400 developers and vendors in China for drone, and 70% of global mid-to-small drones are manufactured in China. (CN Beta, 163Xinhuanet)


Ford CEO Mark Fields indicates that Ford’s approach is to first disrupt themselves. His plan is to create a new subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility LLC based in Palo Alto. (CN Beta, Vox, The Verge, WSJ)


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