12-09 Week: Monday is a new beginning, and let’s recap last week — Fitbit acquires Pebble; Nokia Android phone to launch in Jun 2017; Qualcomm ARM chipset can run Win10; etc.

Monday is a new beginning, and let’s recap last week:


  • Motorola plans to release at least 12 new ones each year
  • Xiaomi is one of the top buyers of US patents for 2016
  • HMD Global indicates that the first Android-powered Nokia smartphones are expected to hit the market by June 2017
  • LeEco reportedly is restructuring and optimizing the company’s business, which would include laying off 10% of its workforce
  • HTC has not given up and it is in fact hard at work on ‘future flagship smartphones’
  • OPPO will begin to market its smartphones in the US as it aims to further ramp its shipments in overseas markets
  • Pebble has confirmed that Fibit has agreed to acquire key Pebble assets (i.e., software assets)
  • TSMC plans to build a new manufacturing site with investment totaling NTD500B (USD15.6B)
  • The rumors of a deal between AMD and Intel first emerged in a forum post from Kyle Bennett, chief editor at HardOCP
  • Qualcomm announced that through a collaboration with Microsoft, its next generation ARM-based chips would be able to run legacy Win32 programs (including Windows 10)
  • Samsung Electronics has recently signed a contract with Tesla regarding ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) foundry
  • ARM announced that it has licensed its Artisan physical IP platform for TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process technology to Xilinx
  • Truly Opto-Electronics has produced 5.7” sample AMOLED panels at an existing factory acquired from Samsung Display
  • Samsung is developing 2 types of foldable smartphones, and this development will be part of its ‘two-track strategy’
  • Harman, recently acquired by Samsung, has made a strategic investment in Navdy
  • Nanya Technology has announced the completion of its investment in Micron through private placement, and expects Micron’s takeover of Inotera Memories to materialize on 6 Dec. 2016
  • Samsung SDI and Lucid Motors announced a strategic partnership for battery cell supply
  • Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple, confirmed in a statement it is “in preliminary discussions regarding a potential investment” that would expand its current US operations


  • Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) tops the projected ranking of the top 10 fabless IC design houses worldwide based on annual revenues for 2016, according to TrendForce’s analysis
  • According to Counterpoint Research, Samsung Gear VR becomes a strong contender in its own right, crossing USD1B in sales in 2016
  • Total wearables shipments reached 23M in 3Q16, according to IDC
  • Top 17 tech trends for 2017
  • 21 defining moments, all of which they predict will occur by 2030slide1 slide2 slide3 slide4 slide5 slide6 slide7 slide8 slide9 slide10 slide11 slide12 slide13 slide14 slide15 slide16 slide17 slide18 slide19 slide20 slide21 slide22 slide23 slide24 slide25 slide26 slide27 slide28 slide29 slide30 slide31 slide32 slide33 slide34 slide35 slide36 slide37 slide38 slide39 slide40 slide41 slide42 slide43 slide44 slide45 slide46 slide47 slide48 slide49 slide50 slide51 slide52 slide53 slide54 slide55 slide56 slide57 slide58 slide59
  • 10 potential grey swans (the unlikely but impactful events that) to worry about for 2017


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