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Apple to start paying Ireland the billions it owes in back taxes
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 10:00

Last year, the European Commission ruled that Apple's sweetheart tax deal with Ireland was illegal and that the company owed around $14.5 billion in back taxes. But Ireland was rather slow to start collecting that cash, which led the Commission to refer the Irish government to the European Court of Justice in October due to Ireland's non-compliance with the 2016 ruling. However, the Wall Street Journal reports today that the country will finally start collecting those billions of dollars owed by Apple and it may start doing so early next year. Both Apple and Ireland have fought back against the ruling - Ireland has said that the European Union overstepped its authority and got some of the country's laws wrong while Apple has maintained that the amount it's being told to repay was miscalculated.

więcej na: www.engadget.com

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Globalfoundries and Ayar Labs establish strategic collaboration to speed up data center applications
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 07:50

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs announced a strategic collaboration to co-develop and commercialize differentiated silicon photonic technology solutions. The companies will develop and manufacture Ayar’s novel CMOS optical I/O technology, using GF’s 45nm CMOS fabrication process, to deliver an alternative to copper I/O that offers up to 10x higher bandwidth and up to 5x lower power. This cost-effective solution is integrated in-package with customer ASICs as a multi-chip module, and improves data speed and energy efficiency in cloud servers, datacenters and supercomputers. As part of the agreement, GF has also invested an undisclosed amount in Ayar Labs.

więcej na: www.globalfoundries.com

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Samsung Electronics start second phase of investment of semiconductor line 1
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 20:09

Samsung Electronics started making investments into second floor of its semiconductor line 1 in Pyeongtaek. Size of investment for the second floor will be bigger than the investment made for the first floor. It is expected that back-end industries such as equipment and material industries will once again enjoy ‘increased demands from Pyeongtaek’. On the other hand, there is a possibility that conditions of memory markets, which have hit their highs, may get worse. Oversupply will become real if Samsung Electronics hurries its investments. However it is expected that there will not be huge effects if Samsung Electronics adjusts speed of its investments according to demands.

więcej na: english.etnews.com

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Fiat Chrysler CEO says in talks with Hyundai on tech partnership
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 18:05

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in talks with South Korea’s Hyundai about a technical partnership, but there are no merger talks between the two, FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday. FCA is often the subject of merger speculation, especially after its unsuccessful 2015 attempt to tie up with larger U.S. rival GM. Its share price jumped to record highs in August after reports of interest from China and Hyundai. “We already buy components from (Hyundai) .... let’s see if we can agree on other points, especially for the development of transmissions and hydrogen,” Marchionne told journalists, adding there was “nothing to announce for the moment”.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

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Future Galaxy phones could fetch passwords with your palm
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 15:57

A recently spotted Samsung patent application proposes the use of palm scanning as a method of identification on Samsung phones. The example given in the patent shows a person taking a picture of a hand to retrieve their forgotten password. But instead of the password just popping up on the screen, the phone hides the letters in the distinct patterns in your hand. The incomplete characters should then give the user enough of a hint to guess the password without making the answer too obvious. If this palm-scanning method ever makes its way onto future Galaxy phones, it would join a long list of biometric identification techniques.

więcej na: www.cnet.com

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Magnesium batteries could be safer and more efficient than lithium
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 14:04

A team of Department of Energy scientists at the JCESR has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe. The electrolyte, which carries charge back and forth between the battery’s cathode and anode, is a liquid in all commercial batteries, which makes them potentially flammable, especially in lithium-ion batteries. A solid-state conductor, which has the potential to become an electrolyte, would be far more fire-resistant. Researchers at Berkeley Lab and Argonne National Laboratory were working on a magnesium battery, which offers higher energy density than lithium, but were stymied by the dearth of good options for a liquid electrolyte, most of which tend to be corrosive against other parts of the battery.

więcej na: newscenter.lbl.gov

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Taiwan players in 3D sensor supply chain to see lucrative market in 2018
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 12:03

With Android-based smartphones vendors expected to incorporate 3D sensors into their smartphone models following Apple's adoption of TrueDepth facial recognition system of iPhone X, Taiwan players in the related supply chain, including upstream suppliers of gallium arsenide wafers and makers of VCSEL components, as well as those providing backend packaging and testing of DOE and WLO components are poised to embrace tremendous business opportunities in 2018, according to the supply chain sources. The sources said the US laser diode supplier Lumentum is now the only company that has won orders from Apple for VCSEL components as part of 3D modules for iPhone X.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

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TI's new automotive LED lighting controller puts the power in designers' hands
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 09:54

Texas Instruments introduced the first 3-channel high-side linear automotive light-emitting diode controller without internal MOSFETs which gives designers greater flexibility for their lighting designs. The TPS92830-Q1's novel architecture enables higher power and better thermal dissipation than conventional LED controllers, and are particularly beneficial for automotive LED lighting applications that require high performance and reliability. Conventional LED drivers integrate the MOSFET, which limits designers' ability to customize features. With that type of driver, designers often must make significant design modifications to achieve the desired system performance.

więcej na: newscenter.ti.com

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Flat panel demand to grow 7.2% in 2018, biggest gain since 2014
poniedziałek, 04 grudnia 2017 07:55

Global demand for flat panel displays by area is forecast to grow 7.2 percent to 210 million square meters in 2018 compared to 2017, according to IHS Markit. That will be the biggest annual growth since 2014. “Growth in demand for flat panel displays next year will be mainly driven by migration to large displays, declining panel prices, and high expectations for a recovery in the global economy,” said Ricky Park, director at IHS Markit. The rise in demand area is largely attributed to a fall in retail prices of applications along with a drop in panel prices, which is expected to spur consumers’ appetite for various display devices.

więcej na: news.ihsmarkit.com

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Apple plans new inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad for 2018
niedziela, 03 grudnia 2017 20:03

Apple is considering a new inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad priced at around US$259 for 2018, according to sources from related upstream suppliers, which added that the device should be able to attract more demand from price-oriented consumers, allowing Apple to maintain its present 10 million-unit tablet shipments a quarter. With the new device, the sources expect the tablet market to witness a new wave of price competition among first-tier players including Samsung Electronics, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo. With the tablet market already becoming mature, Apple has been seeing weakening sales for its iPad series, while Android-based tablet shipments have also been declining.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

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