20 Japanese companies including Ibiden co. have agreed to work along with Taiwan Semiconductor manufacturing co. or TSMC to develop chip-making technology. Japanese govt will cover 50% of the 37 bn yen for the development of chip-making technology. A new material research subsidiary near Tokyo will see TSMC spending $178 mn. Japan wants to keep its manufacturers in global competition as the demand for semiconductor chips grows.
To accelerate the process of deployment of 5G solutions, tech giants Capgemini have partnered with Ericsson to assist its 5G lab in Mumbai. The lab along with Ericsson’s assistance will serve Capgemini’s global clientele in 5G E2E transformation. It will support four of the company’s major domains — Smart Factory, Smart Utilities, Smart City, and Smart Retail. Ericsson’s Industry connect will provide 4G LTE as well as the latest 5G tech.
The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be released with a bunch of new features that include an in-car payment system. Drivers can make payments for EV charging, food, and parking using the system. Dominos, ParkWhiz, and ChargeHub are the partnering companies. The new feature can be operated using BlueLink which requires a paid subscription. Blue Link can connect to the user’s Google assistant feature on phone to send info to the car. The subscription prices are still undisclosed.
IBM said they will provide Indian institutes over the cloud access to its quantum computing systems for training and research. IISER Pune, IISER – Thiruvananthapuram, IISc Bangalore, IITs of Madras Jodhpur, Kanpur, IIIT Delhi, ISI Kolkata, TIFR Mumbai, and the University of Calcutta are the institutes that will have the access. It will also provide resources and tools to enable 100-150 students to work on quantum computers.
Qualcomm has launched its first IoT modem aimed at Industrial IoT apps. The commercial launch of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT device is expected in the second half of 2021. The modem supports worldwide 5G NR sub-6Ghz bands and operates in standalone mode only. If required, the device can be switched to LTE and can be deployed over 5G private or public networks. The device comes with the capability of integration with existing ethernet and wired technology.
Snap Partner Summit marked the launch of AR glasses that won’t be available commercially but only for AR creators. Using a dual 3D waveguide display and 2.63 degree field of view, snap lenses can be projected onto real surroundings. Powered by a Snap Spatial Engine, it can last for 30 mins with a single full charge. It has 2 RGB cams, 4 in-built mics, 2 stereo speakers, a touchpad, a scan button, a voice scan feature, and a left button to capture 10-second snaps.
Bitcoin, following Elon Musk’s tweet, rallied from a three-month low in a session that went back and forth. Musk, however, clarified speculations and said Tesla has not sold any bitcoins. On Monday bitcoin dropped almost 9% but rallied back to more than 5%. Ether dropped to $3,123.94 and dogecoin dropped nearly 7%. Ever since Musk tweeted about Tesla not accepting payments in bitcoins for cars, bitcoin has dropped by almost a quarter.
News reports suggest that Apple will cut the size of its face ID scanner by 50% in the iPhone 13. The size of the notch can be decreased if the sensor is hidden behind the display or made smaller in size. Apple could reduce the die itself for VCSEL chips used for 3D Face ID scanning by up to 50%. The reports claimed that the chip size of only Face ID camera to be reduced, but the same chip is used in LiDAR on the rear camera.
Oracle announced the release of the first-ever 3D ad-measurement in-game tech. This will enable companies to get a better understanding of the impact of ads on video games. The latest Oracle update includes GIVT measurement for PC, mobile, and web-based gaming environments in ‘Oracle Moat Measurement’. Oracle Moat will enable advertisers to better analyze ad impressions and GIVT and manage their investments.