Saturday, May 29, 2021

Q1 2021: TV: Samsung 32.9%, LG 19.2% both Korean companies took 52.1% of the WorldWide market.


Global TV sales market share of Samsung Electronics and  LG Electronics crosses 50%

In the first quarter of this year, Korean companies took up more than half of the global TV market and showed their presence. 

LG Electronics leads the premium TV market with more than doubled OLED TV shipments compared to the same period last year in the first quarter of this year. 

According to a survey by market research firm Omdia on Tuesday, LG OLED TV shipments in the first quarter of this year total 79,200 units, up 116 % compared to the same period last year, the highest sales record of the first quarter. 

Due to the increase in sales of OLED TVs, LG Electronics recorded 19.2 % of the global TV market share based on the amount in the first quarter, reaching an all-time high. 

LG Electronics sold a total of 7,279,000 units, including OLED and LCD, in the global market. This is an increase of more than 15 % compared to the same period last year. 

Samsung Electronics, the world's No. 1  company, also sold 10 million QLED TVs this year due to strong sales of its new product called Neo QLED. 

Samsung Electronics, which has maintained the No. 1 position in TV sales for 15 consecutive years until last year, also ranked first with a 32.9 % market share in the first quarter due to strong sales of premium QLED and new Neo QLED TVs. 

Samsung Electronics' market share is also the highest in the first quarter. 

Samsung Electronics sold a total of 11,615,000 units in the first quarter, an increase of 11.1 % from the previous year in terms of quantity. 

The world market share of the two companies, Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics, in the first quarter, was 52.1 %, overtaking Chinese companies and accounting for the majority. 

Korean TVs perform well in overseas markets is due to their premium quality. 

In the first quarter, a total of 2,680,000 QLEDs were sold in the global TV market, an increase of 74.3 % from 1.54 million units in the same period last year.

Of these, Samsung Electronics' sales volume is about 2,010,000 units. 

Meanwhile, in the first quarter, pent up demand continued from the second half of last year, and a total of 51,225,000 units were sold in the global TV market.



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Suzuki from Japan will enter to compete in Ecuador with its own network to increase its sales participation of cars and SUV.


After several years of being sheltered in Ecuador under the distribution umbrella of General Motors (Chevrolet), Suzuki considered that it was time to start a career independently, with its own points of sale to further grow its participation.

The brand of Japanese origin began in the middle of the pandemic the search for a new representative for Ecuador through an international process. The company chosen was SZK del Ecuador, a firm whose main shareholders are businessmen from the Casabaca group and other executives with experience in the industry.

Suzuki was attracted by the plan proposed by this company, which estimates to invest more than $ 20 million in the project to introduce the brand autonomously. The commercialization of cars will start in July; the first imports are on their way to the country.

They will begin with the sale of the S-Cross, a model of the SUV category that was already sold at Chevrolet. And in the remainder of the year, they will introduce another two vehicles in this segment. Suzuki has in this category models such as the Vitara and Jimny, which have received renovations.

The SUV segment has been gaining space in Ecuador. In 2020, 32,793 SUVs were sold in the country, surpassing the 28,545 units in the automobile segment, according to data from the Association of Automotive Companies of Ecuador (Aeade).

Suzuki has plants in different countries in Asia and Europe. SUVs are made in Hungary and part of the production will be imported from there; the rest will come from Japan, India, and Indonesia, according to Esteban Acosta, SZK general manager of Ecuador.

Considering the current scenario and considering that sales will begin in the second semester, the company plans to place some 1,500 units in the remainder of 2021.

The executive maintains that they intend to gradually expand Suzuki's portfolio in different segments. This brand, for example, in Chile sells about fifteen models and is number two in sales.

“We believe that it can reach stellar sales positions, due to the prices, since they are adapted to the consumer in the region. In Ecuador, more than 50% of cars are sold for less than $ 20,000, and more than 70% of SUVs are sold for less than $ 30,000 and that is where Suzuki has its prices, ”says Acosta.

The idea of ​​the new representative of The Japanese brand is to take advantage of the recognition that the brand already has in Ecuador to consolidate greater participation. And they will seek that with a greater presence in key cities for the automotive business.

SZK del Ecuador carried out a study that took about six weeks and determined that the brand was in position 8 among the 10 most recognized among consumers. Sebastián Becerra, head of marketing, maintains that this gives them a positive outlook because the Ecuadorian identifies the brand.

The company plans to own 60% of the dealer network in cities such as Quito and Guayaquil. The remainder will be established through partners in provinces that have points of sale in Ambato, Ibarra, Latacunga, Cuenca. Points will be identified as SZK Store.

“We are going to start with 11 points of sale, of which 6 will be owned by SZK del Ecuador,” says Acosta.

The amount of 120 sources of employment will generate the income of Suzuki to Ecuador autonomously.

What will happen to the aftermarket?

Customers who own Suzuki vehicles that were previously purchased have a warranty and after-sales services.

El Universo Ecuador

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Italy: Piaggio announces the e-scooter ONE. To debut at Beijing Motor Show on May 28.

The Piaggio ONE marks the arrival of a completely new generation of e-scooters making their world debut on TIK TOK. The social network provides the stage for a scooter set to revolutionize electric mobility by directly addressing the generations that decreed the worldwide success of today’s hippest social network.

Confirming its mission as an e-scooter for global mobility, the Piaggio ONE makes its debut live at the Beijing Motor Show, which, from 28 May, will showcase the latest trends in urban and metropolitan mobility.

Light, easy to ride, essential yet smart – as an e-scooter should be – the Piaggio ONE also delivers the best content of Piaggio scooters: quality, reliability, and a robust chassis for maximum riding pleasure and guaranteed safety and enjoyment. Because the Piaggio ONE promises to be so easy and such fun to ride that youngsters will fall in love with two-wheelers as the coolest way to commute.

Style, eco-sustainability with its zero emissions, lightweight, brilliant performance, the Piaggio ONE has everything to delight the youngest generations.

The Piaggio ONE features a wealth of technological features, including a digital color instrument panel with a sensor to adapt the background and luminosity to ambient conditions, full LED lights, a keyless start system, two motor maps.

The original design of the Piaggio ONE incorporates the essentiality required by urban electric mobility but retains the unmistakable style, quality materials, and assemblies that distinguish the entire range of Piaggio scooters. First, the Piaggio ONE is a user-friendly two-wheeler, created to improve and simplify daily travel in an urban environment. As a keyless vehicle, the Piaggio ONE uses a remote start system.

On the road, the new Piaggio e-scooter is a lightweight vehicle that is very easy to manage, with a comfortable riding position, a low seat, a flat roomy footplate, plus practical and robust pull-out footpegs for the passenger. The Piaggio ONE is also the only e-scooter in its category to provide a capacious compartment below the seat.

The Piaggio ONE will be available in several versions offering different powers (moped and motorcycle) and different ranges, all powered by an electric motor whose lithium-ion batteries can be easily extracted for recharging at home or in the office. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor Co. have teamed up to develop the next-gen Semiconductor Technology.


The two companies signed an agreement on May 13 with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Korea Automotive Technology Institute and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute for cooperation in the automotive semiconductor field.  

Through technical cooperation, the two companies will develop next-generation power semiconductors, image sensors, battery management chips, and application processors (APs) for car infotainment systems. They are expected to push for mid-to-long-term joint technology development in APs for self-driving cars, AI accelerators, and telecommunication processors for future vehicles.

In line with this, the Korean government is planning to build a system to enhance the Korean industry’s self-reliance in the whole automotive semiconductor cycle.

Although Korea is the world's number one memory semiconductor powerhouse, the nation accounts for only 2 percent of the world automotive semiconductor market. Semiconductors for vehicles are usually produced using 8-inch wafers, but Samsung Electronics is focusing on high-performance products that are based on 12-inch wafers. Automotive semiconductors are less profitable compared to mobile semiconductors.

For this reason, cooperation between Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor is unlikely to produce some tangible positive results in a short period of time. However, semiconductor industry watchers predict that the two companies will be able to create a new market for system semiconductors together as the automobile market is shifting to electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Samsung Z Slide smartphone name was trademarked with the European Intellectual Property Office.


In a recent post we wrote about Samsung several OLED foldable  devices, the company showed at  SID 2021 this May and one of them was the Slideable smartphone, as shown in the pictures below:

The coincidence is Samsung has trademarked the smartphone name Z Slide in the European Intellectual Property Office, which is listed under Class 9, indicating a smartphone, mobile, telecommunication apparatus, or tablet computer:

According to Lets Go Digital that device is reportedly marketed under the name Samsung Galaxy Z Fold S. Will see.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Samsung OLED on upcoming foldable devices. The S-Foldable could be the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Video.

Samsung presented at the latest SID 2021 event in early  May 2021, really good possibilities on the upcoming OLED foldable devices, like laptops with an under-panel camera, a 3 fold smartphone, and a Slidable, that can sync between them.

Some of these devices may arrive in late August 2021 at the Samsung Unpacked event. The new Galaxy Z Fold 3 could be the 3 fold smartphone that is showed in the above video as S-Foldable (Multifoldable)

For the foldable laptop, it could take a little more time but Samsung is telling us, we are working on it. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Ciencia: Ahora tu puedes cosechar la señal WiFi para encender pequeños aparatos electrónicos.

El avance de la investigación fue logrado por un equipo dirigido por el profesor Yang Hyunsoo (izquierda). El Dr. Raghav Sharma (derecha), el primer autor del artículo, sostiene un chip incrustado con aproximadamente 50 osciladores de par de giro.

Los ingenieros de NUS cosechan señales WiFi para alimentar pequeños dispositivos electrónicos.


Con el auge de la era digital, la cantidad de fuentes WiFi para transmitir información de forma inalámbrica entre dispositivos ha crecido exponencialmente. Esto da como resultado el uso generalizado de la frecuencia de radio de 2.4GHz que usa WiFi, con un exceso de señales disponibles para ser aprovechadas para usos alternativos.

Para aprovechar esta fuente de energía infrautilizada, un equipo de investigación de la Universidad Nacional de Singapur (NUS) y la Universidad Tohoku de Japón (TU) ha desarrollado una tecnología que utiliza diminutos dispositivos inteligentes conocidos como osciladores de par de giro (STO) para cosechar y Convierta las frecuencias de radio inalámbricas en energía para alimentar pequeños dispositivos electrónicos. En su estudio, los investigadores habían cosechado energía con éxito utilizando señales de banda WiFi para alimentar un diodo emisor de luz (LED) de forma inalámbrica y sin usar ninguna batería.

“Estamos rodeados de señales WiFi, pero cuando no las usamos para acceder a Internet, están inactivas y esto es un gran desperdicio. Nuestro último resultado es un paso hacia la conversión de las ondas de radio de 2,4 GHz fácilmente disponibles en una fuente de energía ecológica, reduciendo así la necesidad de baterías para alimentar los dispositivos electrónicos que utilizamos con regularidad. 

De esta manera, los pequeños dispositivos y sensores eléctricos se pueden alimentar de forma inalámbrica mediante el uso de ondas de radiofrecuencia como parte del Internet de las cosas. Con el advenimiento de las ciudades y hogares inteligentes, nuestro trabajo podría dar lugar a aplicaciones energéticamente eficientes en comunicaciones, computación y sistemas neuromórficos ”, dijo el profesor Yang Hyunsoo del  Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica e Informática de NUS , quien encabezó el proyecto.

La investigación se llevó a cabo en colaboración con el equipo de investigación del profesor Guo Yong Xin, que también es del Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica e Informática de NUS, así como con el profesor Shunsuke Fukami y su equipo de TU.  Los resultados se publicaron en  Nature Communications  el 18 de mayo de 2021.

Conversión de señales WiFi en energía utilizable

Los osciladores de par de giro son una clase de dispositivos emergentes que generan microondas y tienen aplicaciones en sistemas de comunicación inalámbrica.  Sin embargo, la aplicación de STO se ve obstaculizada debido a la baja potencia de salida y al amplio ancho de línea.

Si bien la sincronización mutua  de múltiples STO es una forma de superar este problema, los esquemas actuales, como el acoplamiento magnético de corto alcance entre múltiples STO, tienen restricciones espaciales. Por otro lado, la sincronización eléctrica de largo alcance que utiliza osciladores de vórtice está limitada en respuestas de frecuencia de solo unos pocos cientos de MHz. También requiere fuentes de corriente dedicadas para las STO individuales, lo que puede complicar la implementación general en el chip.

Para superar las limitaciones espaciales y de baja frecuencia, el equipo de investigación ideó una matriz en la que ocho STO están conectados en serie. Usando esta matriz, las ondas de radio electromagnéticas de 2.4 GHz que usa WiFi se convirtieron en una señal de voltaje directo, que luego se transmitió a un capacitor para iluminar un LED de 1.6 voltios. Cuando el condensador se cargó durante cinco segundos, pudo  iluminar el mismo LED durante un minuto después de que se apagó la alimentación inalámbrica.

En su estudio, los investigadores también destacaron la importancia de la topología eléctrica para diseñar sistemas STO en chip y compararon el diseño en serie con el paralelo.  Descubrieron que la configuración en paralelo es más útil para la transmisión inalámbrica debido a una mejor estabilidad en el dominio del tiempo, comportamiento del ruido espectral y control sobre la falta de coincidencia de impedancia. Por otro lado, las conexiones en serie tienen una ventaja para la recolección de energía debido al efecto aditivo del voltaje de diodo de los STO .

Al comentar sobre la importancia de sus resultados, el  Dr. Raghav Sharma, el primer autor del artículo,  compartió: “Además de crear una matriz STO para transmisión inalámbrica y recolección de energía, nuestro trabajo también demostró control sobre el estado de sincronización de las STO acopladas utilizando bloqueo de inyección desde una fuente de radiofrecuencia externa.  Estos resultados son importantes para posibles aplicaciones de STO sincronizadas, como la computación neuromórfica de alta velocidad ".

Próximos pasos

Para mejorar la capacidad de recolección de energía de su tecnología, los investigadores buscan aumentar la cantidad de STO en la matriz que habían diseñado. Además, planean probar sus recolectores de energía para cargar de forma inalámbrica otros dispositivos electrónicos y sensores útiles.

El equipo de investigación también espera trabajar con socios de la industria para explorar el desarrollo de STO en chip para sistemas inteligentes autosostenidos, lo que puede abrir posibilidades para la carga inalámbrica y los sistemas de detección de señal inalámbrica.

Original en Inglés: WWTS


Science: Now you can harvest the WiFi signal to power small electronics.


The research breakthrough was achieved by a team led by Professor Yang Hyunsoo (left). Dr Raghav Sharma (right), the first author of the paper, is holding a chip embedded with about 50 spin-torque oscillators.

NUS engineers harvest WiFi signals to power small electronics.

With the rise of the digital age, the amount of WiFi sources to transmit information wirelessly between devices has grown exponentially. This results in the widespread use of the 2.4GHz radio frequency that WiFi uses, with excess signals available to be tapped for alternative uses.

To harness this under-utilized source of energy, a research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Japan’s Tohoku University (TU) has developed a technology that uses tiny smart devices known as spin-torque oscillators (STOs) to harvest and convert wireless radio frequencies into energy to power small electronics. In their study, the researchers had successfully harvested energy using WiFi-band signals to power a light-emitting diode (LED) wirelessly, and without using any battery.

“We are surrounded by WiFi signals, but when we are not using them to access the Internet, they are inactive, and this is a huge waste. Our latest result is a step towards turning readily available 2.4GHz radio waves into a green source of energy, hence reducing the need for batteries to power electronics that we use regularly. In this way, small electric gadgets and sensors can be powered wirelessly by using radiofrequency waves as part of the Internet of Things. With the advent of smart homes and cities, our work could give rise to energy-efficient applications in communication, computing, and neuromorphic systems,” said Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who spearheaded the project.

The research was carried out in collaboration with the research team of Professor Guo Yong Xin, who is also from the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as Professor Shunsuke Fukami and his team from TU. The results were published in Nature Communications on 18 May 2021.

Converting WiFi signals into usable energy

Spin-torque oscillators are a class of emerging devices that generate microwaves and have applications in wireless communication systems. However, the application of STOs is hindered due to low output power and broad linewidth.

While mutual synchronization of multiple STOs is a way to overcome this problem, current schemes, such as short-range magnetic coupling between multiple STOs, have spatial restrictions. On the other hand, long-range electrical synchronisation using vortex oscillators is limited in frequency responses of only a few hundred MHz. It also requires dedicated current sources for the individual STOs, which can complicate the overall on-chip implementation.

To overcome the spatial and low-frequency limitations, the research team came up with an array in which eight STOs are connected in series. Using this array, the 2.4 GHz electromagnetic radio waves that WiFi uses were converted into a direct voltage signal, which was then transmitted to a capacitor to light up a 1.6-volt LED. When the capacitor was charged for five seconds, it was able to light up the same LED for one minute after the wireless power was switched off.

In their study, the researchers also highlighted the importance of electrical topology for designing on-chip STO systems and compared the series design with the parallel one. They found that the parallel configuration is more useful for wireless transmission due to better time-domain stability, spectral noise behavior, and control over impedance mismatch. On the other hand, series connections have an advantage for energy harvesting due to the additive effect of the diode-voltage from STOs.

Commenting on the significance of their results, Dr Raghav Sharma, the first author of the paper, shared, “Aside from coming up with an STO array for wireless transmission and energy harvesting, our work also demonstrated control over the synchronizing state of coupled STOs using injection locking from an external radio-frequency source. These results are important for prospective applications of synchronized STOs, such as fast-speed neuromorphic computing.”

Next steps

To enhance the energy harvesting ability of their technology, the researchers are looking to increase the number of STOs in the array they had designed. In addition, they are planning to test their energy harvesters for wirelessly charging other useful electronic devices and sensors.

The research team also hopes to work with industry partners to explore the development of on-chip STOs for self-sustained smart systems, which can open up possibilities for wireless charging and wireless signal detection systems.

Friday, May 14, 2021

2021: UFO with similar shape to one found on a 671 years old painting, passed near the ISS. Video

The painting made in the year 1350 hanging on the Visaki Decani Monastery in Serbia, depicts the Crucifixion of Jesus and shows unusual shapes on its corners, and has stunning similarities to one UFO that just passed by the ISS (International Space Station ) in April 2021. Almost an exact shape.

However, some Serbian historians suggest the objects in the painting represent the sun and the moon, and the faces of the figures show "suffering" due to the crucifixion. What do you think?


Monday, May 10, 2021

Samsung Unpacked 2021 late August event to unveil the Galaxy S21FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Korean sources are saying Samsung will unpack the Galaxy S21 FE alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 in late August 2021.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 according to recent rumors could arrive with an under-display camera and a separated S Pen.

Is not clear at this time if the Galaxy Note 21 will see the light this year. However, if the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will support the S Pen but will not have a dedicated slot for it, then there is a chance the Galaxy Note 21 might arrive maybe alongside the above-mentioned Galaxy smartphones models. Will see.

The Galaxy S21 FE is expected to be sold for $624, at least in South Korea.

YonhapNews via phonearena

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