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Samsung Pursues Import Substitution to Bypass Japan Export Ban

Samsung Pursues Import Substitution to Bypass Japan Export Ban
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has started using domestically produced hydrogen fluoride, also known as etching gas, in its chipmaking process on a trial basis, with a view to becoming less dependent on Japanese suppliers in the wake of Japanese export curbs. Hydrogen Fluoride is among three chemicals currently restricted under Japan's fresh export regulations. Experts believe that Japan is enforcing the new rules in response to South Korean court rulings ordering compensation for forced Korean labour during World War II. According to industry sources, Samsung made the move on one line in late August, as South Korea ups...

AI Chip Market Projected to Attain $91.18 Billion by 2025 with 45.2% CAGR

AI Chip Market Projected to Attain $91.18 Billion by 2025 with 45.2% CAGR
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is featuring more and more in our lives, and the numbers back this up. According to a new report from Allied Market Research, the global AI chip market was valued at $6.64bn last year, and is expected to reach $91.18bn by 2025 with a robust CAGR of 45.2%. Rising demand for smart homes and smart cities, a surge of investment into AI chip start-ups, and the advent of quantum computing, have all contributed to the latest growth surge. Despite this, progress is hampered by a lack of qualified workers. However, rapid adoption of AI chips in developing...

The Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute Escalates

The Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute Escalates
As the US-China trade war continues to dominate headlines, fresh tensions are growing between Japan and South Korea. Sharing a complicated history, the relationship between the two East Asian neighbours took a turn for the worse last year, when South Korean court rulings ordered Japanese firms to pay compensation for using forced Korean labour during World War 2. According to Japan, reparations were settled in 1965, when the two countries re-established peaceful diplomatic ties. Earlier this year, the Japanese Prime Minister reportedly threatened retaliation via economic means should there be a failure to reverse the ruling. South Korea believes that...

Smartphone Sales to Fall by 2.5% This Year

Smartphone Sales to Fall by 2.5% This Year
According to leading research and advisory firm Gartner, global smartphone sales are expected to decline by 2.5% year-on-year in 2019. However, analysts expect the wider availability of 5G models and service packages to drive sales back up in 2020. It is expected that Japan (-6.5%), Western Europe (-5.3%) and North America (-4.4%) will see the worst declines in smartphone sales this year. Gartner predicts global demand to weaken further in the latter half of 2019, owing to a bad economy and a decline in customers replacing their existing phones thanks to a lack of ground-breaking innovations and extra features in...

Prepare for Demand Growth in RF Power Semis

Prepare for Demand Growth in RF Power Semis
Future Market Insights (FMI) forecasts global growth in the market for RF power semiconductors. These devices are critical components in telecoms transmission equipment, including products involved in 5G wireless networks. Ultimately, RF power semiconductors are the last stage in the transmission of the signal, and they are used in RF power amplifiers, RF duplexers, RF filters and RF switches. Network infrastructure continues to grow, and in many countries where there is a poor legacy wired communications system, the wireless and mobile telecoms networks have leapfrogged the old technology. It is not unusual in these countries for there to be no...

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