A busy week gone by, a new busy week coming. This week recap:
Headlines–LeEco announced an agreement to buy American TV-maker Vizio; After more than 50 years of miniaturization, the transistor could stop shrinking in just 5 years; Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) will acquire rival Linear Technology Corp.; MediaTek Helio X30 will be manufactured by TSMC using 10nm manufacturing process; Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 to be manufactured using 10nm process; SJ Semiconductor (SJSemi) has begun mass production of 14nm wafer bumping for Qualcomm; LG Display to invest USD1.75 billion towards flexible OLED screens; Samsung ends its Transparent OLED Display Panel; Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. has reportedly merged its memory chi-pmaking operations with XMC; Intel has invested a total of USD5.5 billion to convert the Dalian fab for memory chip production;
Numbers–2Q16 IDC says global smartphone shipment 342.4 million units; 2Q16 Strategy Analytics says global smartphone shipment 340 million units; 2Q16 Counterpoint indicates global smartphone shipment 360 million units; 2Q16 Canalys says global smartphone shipment 330 million units; 2Q16 TrendForce indicates global tablet shipment 33.54 million units; ARM, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Facebook, Alphabet, Sony 2Q16 financial reports; Apple has sold 1 billion iPhones thus far; OLED panel expects to ship 339 million units in 2016; AMOLED displays with LTPS backplane will account for 36% of all smartphone displays shipped in 2020; The worldwide dollar-volume revenues for sensors will rise by a CAGR of 5.3% between 2015 and 2020;
Products – Gionee M6 / M6 Plus with secure chips; Xiaomi Hongmi Pro with AMOLED display; Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Air; Intel AR glasses Remote EyeSight; etc.