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March 24, 2017

Samsung to Disable Charging on Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

For those of you still holding onto Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s, Samsung recently announced that an upcoming update next month will completely disable charging for the recalled flagship smartphone. Previously, Samsung has already released software updates to limit Galaxy Note 7 charging capacity and has worked with carriers to disable Galaxy Note 7’s from being used on networks. This latest update effectively disables the smartphone.

For those of you living under a rock, the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 was met with a string of incidents where the internal battery caught on fire. In response, Samsung recalled all Note Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and replaced them [...]

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March 22, 2017

63 Million SSDs Shipped in Channel in 2016: Samsung #1, Kingston #2 in Marketshare

Market research firm, Forward Insights, recently released their 2016 SSD marketshare report and according to the report, 63 million SSDs were shipped in the channel over the past year despite the NAND shortage that occurred during a significant portion of the year. The channel market includes distributors, resellers, retail/e-tail, system builders, and solution providers.

As expected, Samsung took the #1 spot for SSDs shipped in the channel, racking up 21% of the market, or 13.23 million units. Following in the #2 spot is Kingston, which took 16% of the market, or 10.08 million units. This is followed by SanDisk, Micron, A-DATA and Toshiba with between 5%-7% [...]

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March 17, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 May Feature 1000FPS Camera

Image Source: Weibo

As Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus at the end of the month, the rumormill is now spinning at full tilt.

The latest rumor regarding the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus involves the camera. According to a recent article by ChosunBiz, the new Galaxy S8 camera is supposedly capable of recording at 1000 FPS (Frames Per Second), generating slowmo videos that are unparalleled by other smartphones and even full size point-and-shoot cameras. In order to achieve this, Samsung is said to be adding high-speed DRAM between the image sensor and the circuitry to buffer the frames before they’re offloaded onto the [...]

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March 16, 2017

Samsung Announces 10nm FinFET Production Ramp On Track

In a recent announcement, Samsung reports that 10nm FinFET yields are high and they’re on track for a production ramp up.

Samsung initially began production using its 10nm FinFET process with their 10nm FinFET LPE (Low Power Early) process back in October 2016. The process showed a 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption. Since its initial production, Samsung claims that more than 70,000 wafers have been shipped. Samsung’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 will be the first chips made with the 10nm FinFET LPE process. Both chips are expected to arrive with Samsung’s next [...]

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March 6, 2017

Samsung Dominates NAND Flash Market in 4Q2016 as Industry Revenues Increase 17.8% QoQ

Amid massive shortages due to increased demand, the NAND Flash market is booming. According to latest report from market intelligence firm, TrendForce, revenues have increased a massive 17.8% quarter over quarter, now reaching a total of $12 Billion in 4Q2016.

Looking at the results, the biggest winners in the 4Q2016 is Micron, which saw revenue increase by 26.9%. This is followed by Intel which saw revenue increase by 25.7%, Western Digital by 22% and Samsung by 19.5%. Toshiba and SK Hynix saw the lowest revenue increases at 8.5% and 9% respectively.

In terms of marketshare, Samsung once again dominated the market by a massive margin. In 4Q2016, Samsung [...]

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February 28, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus Leaked in Hands-On Video

Samsung recently announced that they’ll be unveiling their Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at their Galaxy Unpacked Event on March 28, but that hasn’t stopped leaks of the new device from popping up on the web. The newest one? The customary blurry-cam hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, of course!

The video mostly just shows some of the physical aspects of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and it gives us a good idea of the relative sizes of the devices. There’s no real walkthrough of the phone’s features, but we can see that both devices now feature curved edge displays, they now feature the dim always on display, and [...]

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February 28, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launching on March 29 at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event

As expected, Samsung was not able to launch their highly anticipated Galaxy S8 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, but they wanted to make sure you didn’t forget about the Galaxy S8 as you continue checking out all the cool new smartphones being unveiled at the show.

In order to draw some attention away from everybody else, Samsung recently sent out an announcement which includes an invitation to their upcoming “Unpacked” event happening on March 29, 2017. At the center of the invitation is shows what appears to be a smartphone with an edge to edge display.

According to Samsung, “On March 29, Samsung Electronics will unveil the newest [...]

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February 23, 2017

Samsung Announces Exynos 9 8895 10nm Octa-Core SoC: +27% Performance, +40% Power Efficiency

Samsugn Exynos 9 | Source: Samsung

In a recent announcement, Samsung announced their latest 10nm based Exynos 9 8895 SoC. Manufactured on Samsung’s latest 10nm FinFET with an improved 3D structure, the Samsung Exynos 9 8895 features 27% higher performance at a 40% decreased power consumption compared to previous generation 14nm SoCs.

Compute in the Samsung Exynos 9 8895 is powered by eight cores with four 2nd Generation custom Samsung designed cores paired along with four Cortex-A53 high performance cores. Graphics is powered by ARM’s latest Mali G71 GPU. This allows the Exynos 9 8895 to drive resolutions up to WQUXGA [...]

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February 16, 2017

DRAM Shortages Result in 30% Price Increase in 4Q2016

It’s good to be in the DRAM business these days. According to a recent report from DRAMeXchange, global DRAM revenues have increased 18.2% sequentially for 4Q2016.

Much of the demand is fueled by strong smartphone sales, particularly Chinese brands along with the iPhone 7. This has resulted in massive shortages of PC DRAM, resulting in a 30% price increase over the previous quarter. Server DRAM is expected to follow suit in 1Q2017.

Memory manufacturers are currently increasing efforts to expand DRAM production capacity, but their efforts aren’t expected to be realized until the 2H2017. As a result, the supply problem is expected to continue to [...]

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February 9, 2017

TSMC 7nm Process Ready to Go, Samsung 7nm Still in Development

At the International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC), both TSMC and Samsung had working chips samples built on their respective 7nm nodes. However, the two companies gave very different outlooks on their readiness.

According to the presentation offered by TSMC, they described the condition of their 7nm node as “healthy”. Samsung on the other hand, had a bit less confidence in its production method, showcasing a development chip that suggests 7nm chips may not be ready for at least a few more years.

The reason behind the contradicting prospects is due to the different manufacturing techniques. Because TSMC will likely be producing the Apple A11 [...]

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