Smartphone sales in the US fell 6% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research reports, adding that this was due to a cooling of demand that had been generated by the pandemic.
Researchers from Check Point Research, part of the Israeli firm Check Point, have released barebones details about remotely exploitable vulnerabilities in a media codec used by Android phones that are built atop SoCs from Qualcomm and MediaTek.
Global semiconductor revenue increased by 26.3% year-on-year in 2021, the technology analyst firm Gartner says, adding that this brought the dollar figure to US$595 billion (A$802 billion).
The percentage of 5G-capable smartphones sold globally in January was more than half of the total in a single month for the first time, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
South Korean giant Samsung Electronics became the globe's top vendor of semiconductors in 2021, overtaking Intel for the first time since 2018 with a 31.6% rise in revenue to US$75.9 billion (A$105.2 billion), the technology analyst firm Gartner says.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is claimed to be licensing its smartphone designs to other vendors in order that it can get past American sanctions that have devastated its smartphone business.
The new flagship smartphone produced by Honor Device, formerly the budget unit of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, will use Google's proprietary apps for its international models.
The OPPO A94 5G is the third low-budget model from this Chinese vendor released this year, and also the most expensive of the lot, the others being the A54 5G and A74 5G.
Nokia and MediaTek announced that they have achieved a world’s first by successfully aggregating 5G Standalone (5G SA) spectrum using 3 Components Carrier (3CC) aggregation. This increases the sub-6Ghz 5G spectrum utilisation by combining 210MHz of FDD and TDD spectrum more efficiently to reach 3.2Gbps peak downlink throughput.
Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has emerged as the top company in its sector in the second quarter, grabbing a 43% share of the smartphone application processor/system on chip chipset shipments, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Nokia and Taiwan Mobile (TWM) announced that it has achieved what they claim is the world’s first New Radio Carrier Aggregation (NR CA) by combining spectrum in the 700MHz and 3500MHz bands.
Global revenue from the sales of semiconductors in 2020 reached US$466.2 billion, an increase of 10.4% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Gartner says.
The world's biggest contract chip manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, has shifted 1000 engineers to its facilities in Tainan's Southern Taiwan Science Park to meet the massive demand for its 5nm chips.
Global revenue from semiconductors rebounded from a drop of 12% in 2019 to register an increase of 7.3% or US$449.8 billion (A$578 billion) in dollar terms in 2020, the technology research group Gartner says.
Budget smartphone vendor Aspera Mobile has launched its new ultra-rugged R9 4G device which is claimed to be able to take the shock from heavy knocks and drops.
American firm Qualcomm Technologies, with 29%, remained top of the market for smartphone application processors - also known as system-on-chip - during the second quarter of the year, despite losing three percentage points year-on-year.
China plans to invest up to US$1.4 trillion (A$1.9 trillion) to build up its semiconductor industry so that it can achieve self-sufficiency and not be subject to the kind of sanctions that the US has imposed on Huawei, a report claims.
The US obsession with Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies may be well-intentioned, but could end up seriously harming the country's economy and national security, a senior adviser and trustee chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, says, in an article written as a brief for the Centre and sent to subscribers of The China Wire website in its weekly email titled "What we're reading this week".
Application processor chipsets from Samsung Electronics used in smartphones took the third spot globally in 2019 for the first time, passing Apple, the tech analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that the company and Huawei Technologies were the only two to increase their market share last year.
Telstra and Ericsson claim to have completed Australia's first end-to-end 5G standalone call at the 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, over the 3.6GHz spectrum and using Ericsson's Baseband 6630, Radio AIR6488 and a 5G SA device based on a MediaTek chipset.
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