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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 6:45:15 AM
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Samsung Mixed Reality headset...............................................................

Just the start of what EUV/ArF chips will enable.
The cave dwelling flat earthers cannot grasp it. Prolly fear the change. Luddites drug kicking and screaming into the future. Only to discover things are way better.

EUV/ArF bonanza. Then High NA bonanza.

Insist on Cymer.


Samsung is diving into mixed reality with its new Odyssey headset

Just when you were thought you’d figured out the differences between virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-degree video, it’s time to learn a new phrase: mixed reality.

Samsung announced today that it’s launching a new headset, called Odyssey, for Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft’s forthcoming platform for a version of virtual reality that can take advantage of the real world around a user. Whereas augmented reality can identify planes, such as walls and floors, mixed reality can recognize what’s happening in the world in greater depth, like the legs on a chair.

Samsung’s device looks a lot like other virtual-reality headsets on the market, but what makes it “mixed”—rather than strictly virtual reality— is the headset’s built-in cameras that allow it to track the user’s movements in a room, as well as overlay virtual information onto the real world. It’s like a version of Microsoft’s own HoloLens, except that users will need to connect this headset to a computer to power it.

The Odyssey will cost $500, which is the same as Oculus and HTC’s roughly comparable headsets. It’s a massive jump from the $120 that Samsung’s only other headset, the Gear VR, costs. But this system is expected to produce a far more immersive, detailed experience than what a Gear VR, running off a smartphone, can provide. It also comes bundled with a set of handheld controllers and built-in surround-sound headphones.

The device will require a new version of Microsoft’s latest operating system, called Windows 10 Creators Update, according to The Verge, which will be out Oct. 17. The headset is available for preorder today, and should ship Nov. 10.

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 8:11:58 AM
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"Microsoft acquires VR social network AltspaceVR".....................................................

While AI will be simply yuge and very bit intense, it's clearly not alone.
AR/VR/MR ditto.
5G IoE and beyond.
Robots and drones.
8K and beyond.
400G. Then 1T.
Smart Everything(y).
The very best will do amazing things with The All Silicon Solution. Will a ton of also rans fall by the wayside? You bet. Ask Sony, RIMM and Nokia. The Mother of All Paradigm Shifts is being swift and brutal.


Microsoft acquires VR social network AltspaceVR

by Tom Warren @tomwarren Oct 3, 2017, 2:00pm EDT

AltspaceVR, the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, the free VR community was in “deep discussions” with unknown parties to keep it online. It originally looked like Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey might step in and save the community, but Microsoft has now come to the rescue.

The team at AltspaceVR are now joining Microsoft. “With the AltspaceVR team aboard we look forward to building the world’s preeminent mixed reality community,” says Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s inventor of HoloLens. “AltspaceVR will stay AltspaceVR. Microsoft is most interested in preserving the current community that uses AltspaceVR to connect and interact with new and old friends,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “These first few months will focus on fostering our community and making sure AltspaceVR remains a friendly, welcoming and vibrant place to hang out in virtual reality.”

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 8:59:29 AM
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"expert": 70% of '18 NAND output to be 3D..................................................................

"However, DRAMeXchange predicts that NAND flash bit growth will be about 43 percent in 2018, while bit demand growth is projected to be about 38 percent."

Prices dropping is precisely what ASML shareholders want. Classic Price Elasticity.
Gadget guys have been whining about nosebleed NAND and RAM. With lower prices, more of both will be slapped into stuff.

Cymer lights don't make prices. Or profits. Or margins.
Cymer lights make units/layers/bits. Very precisely.

NAND guys really starting to dial in 3D NAND. Paves the way to ~200L. Can you say way cheaper than dirt SSS? Prolly dialing in 1Xnm RAM, too.

This is just the start.


However, DRAMeXchange predicts that NAND flash bit growth will be about 43 percent in 2018, while bit demand growth is projected to be about 38 percent

DRAMeXchange expects 3D NAND to make up 70 percent of global NAND bit output next year, the firm said.

Samsung has been in mass production of 64-layer 3D NAND since the recently concluded third quarter. By the fourth quarter, DRAMeXchange expects 3D NAND to be more than 50 percent of the company's NAND capacity, a number that could rise to as high as 60 to 70 percent next year.

SK Hynix now uses mainly 48-layer NAND stacking technology, but its 72-layer stacking will account for a larger share of its production capacity next year, according to DRAMeXchange. The firm expects about 20 to 30 percent of SK Hynix's total NAND flash production capacity to be 3D NAND in the fourth quarter of this year, a figure that could rise to 40 to 50 percent by the fourth quarter of 2018, DRAMeXchange said.

Toshiba and partner Western Digital mainly produced 48-layer 3D NAND during the first half of this year. About 30 percent of the joint venture's total NAND capacity will be based on 3D NAND in the fourth quarter, with that number expected to surpass 50 percent by the fourth quarter of 2018, according to DRAMeXchange.

Don't confuse survival of the fittest with shill Chip Armageddon. Only the apex guys will survive and thrive in The EUV/ArF Age.
They'll crank out units/layers/bits like no tomorrow.
The Wall is a bogus slime street creation. they cry wolf with every new node. pay "experts" for supporting "research".

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 9:27:31 AM
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Fone like a desktop...only better......................................................................

Yet, the WinTel PC guys flog dead horse HDD hotboxes expecting different results. See Retail. See insanity.
5G. Soon.

Think shrink and All Silicon Solution.

Insist on Cymer.


The second way of looking at a phone, the one Qualcomm prefers, is to focus on what’s inside. Modern smartphones, thanks in no small part to chipmakers such as Qualcomm (and Apple, which now designs its own chips), are computers that can more or less do everything a desktop can while producing little heat and using almost no electricity. They do it all wirelessly: A 4G, or fourth-generation, cell phone can receive and transmit data at speeds comparable to those of your home Wi-Fi network, from almost anywhere in the developed world. Most of us have gotten so used to this that we’ve stopped being impressed by it. “You pay roughly the same per month today as you did 20 years ago, and you get a million times more data,” says Matt Grob, Qualcomm’s executive vice president for technology. “That’s because of the advances in the craft of digital wireless communications.”

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 9:42:07 AM
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Bit cramming China guys gobble up Fone share................................................................................

It' not about Apple or Samsung.
For ASML shareholders, it's about Fone units and bit intensity.

Like I've been saying for a few years...
China guys being very disruptive.


“Anybody can do it” is not necessarily good for Apple, though. By offering its technology for a fee based on the price of a device, Qualcomm is in effect giving manufacturers of inexpensive phones a discount—at a time when iPhone sales have been unchanged and sales of phones by Chinese upstarts have been spiking. According to an estimate by technology consulting company International Data Corp., Huawei Technologies Co. increased shipments by 20 percent in the second quarter of 2017, which puts it just behind Apple in worldwide market share. Sales by the fourth- and fifth-place manufacturers, Oppo Electronics Corp. and Xiaomi Corp., grew by 22 percent and 59 percent, respectively. By contrast, Samsung, the top-selling device maker, and Apple, No.?2, saw gains of less than 2 percent each.

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 10:48:42 AM
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"Google hints Assistant is nearly ready for Chromebooks".............................

As the 21st continues to whiz by the 20th WinTel HDD hotboxes.......

Thin's in.
Hot's not.

Think SSS and All Silicon Solution.
Think EUV/ArF Age...just started.

Insist on Cymer.


Google hints Assistant is nearly ready for Chromebooks


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Jon Fingas
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Google's October 4th event might include more for Chrome OS fans than the rumored Pixelbook. David Cannon and 9to5Google have spotted multiple app references to Google Assistant coming to Chromebooks. Google's Home app notes that some Assistant apps will work with Chromebooks, for instance, while the Chat with your Assistant app recently started listing compatibility with the Chrome machines alongside the usual gaggle of Android releases. There was code hinting at Assistant support in the past, but these public nods suggest that support is imminent.There's no guarantee you'll see Google talking about Assistant on the 4th, but it wouldn't be at all shocking. If the Pixelbook shows up at the event, Chrome OS is going to get some time in the spotlight -- it'd be a prime opportunity to introduce a major feature. The big question is whether or not the feature will be widely available from the start, provided it launches at the media gathering. Google no doubt wants to put Assistant in as many places as possible, but it might use early access on the Pixelbook as a selling point.

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 10:56:20 AM
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Nura "wireless, hearing-correcting headphones"..................................................................

Nura came to Kickstarter last year with the goal of funding a pair of headphones that would adapt to every listener and improve the way they heard music. The company was looking for $100,000. It ended up getting $1.8 million and then going on to raise much, much more from venture capitalists — an additional $7 million, according to Crunchbase. Now, a year and a half after the company’s debut, it’s finally preparing to ship that original product: the Nuraphones, a $399 pair of wireless, hearing-correcting headphones.

Kyle Slater, Nura’s CEO, compares what the Nuraphones do for your ears to what glasses do for your eyes. They’re supposed to figure out which frequencies of sound you’re good at and not so good at hearing, and then mess with the amplification so that you hear every song precisely how it was mixed. “We assume that we all hear the same,” Slater says. “Hearing offers no point of comparison like vision does."

The Nuraphones test your hearing by playing a pattern of high frequency tones into your ears when you first put them on. A microphone then measures how strongly the sounds bounce back, indicating whether or not you’re actually hearing them. Using that information, Nura creates a profile for you that’s built into the headphones and will automatically amplify sounds your ears aren’t great with, supposedly tweaking playback so that that those tones come across as loud as they’re supposed to.

It’s a really smart idea, and the science behind it makes sense. But it’s hard to say whether Nura actually accomplishes what it sets out to. I’ve been listening to a pair of Nuraphones for a few days now, and I think they sound really good. The headphones do a great job of separating instruments, and in some songs, they absolutely made certain instruments easier for me to hear. They tended to create a sort of 3D effect in some songs, making the instruments sound like they’re all around me.

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 11:34:31 AM
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Xiaomi targets 10M fones/month amid strong demand caused shortage.......................................................

"However, Lei continued that demand for smartphones still far outnumbers supply making a number of Xiaomi's models in tight supply"

China appears to doing to Korea what Korea did to Japan who did to USA.
All the while, ever shrinking bits continue to skyrocket.
Wayne Gretzky tells us to go where the puck is going. NOT where it's been.

Cymer lights the future's path.


Xiaomi aims at monthly shipments of over 10 million smartphones in 4Q17
Sammi Huang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 3 October 2017]
Xiaomi shipped over 10 million smartphones worldwide in September and will strive to also ship over 10 million units each month in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to company founder and CEO Lei Jun.

It was the first time for Xiaomi to see shipments surpass 10 million units in a single month, a milestone for the company, Lei said.

However, Lei continued that demand for smartphones still far outnumbers supply making a number of Xiaomi's models in tight supply, and therefore, Xiaomi will continue to exert efforts to push sales in the fourth quarter.

Xiaomi's smartphone shipments in the third quarter of 2017 are expected to be higher than the 23.16 million units it shipped in the previous quarter, according to industry sources.

Xiaomi ranked as the second largest smartphone vendor in China in the second quarter of 2017, trailing Huawei but ahead of Vivo, Oppo and Apple, according to Digitimes Research.

Xiaomi also took the second spot in the smartphone market in India with a 14% share in the second quarter, trailing after Samsung Electronics but far ahead of local brands such as Micromax and Karbonn Mobiles.

Xiaomi launched recently its dual-lens Android One smartphone, Mi A1, in India aiming at expanding its share in the market. The Mi A1 is also available in Taiwan now at NT$6,999 (US$230).

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 12:10:00 PM
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Apple 3 smartwatches get Consumer Reports high rating...............................

The first few wearables' generations were made with ancient node chips.
Transition to leading edge could easily increase Customer interest.
I waited to 4th generation to build 1st SSS PC ~6 years ago. Flawless.

Think leading edge.

Insist on Cymer.


Apple 3 smartwatches do well in Consumer Reports testing
By Herb Weisbaum - Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

Consumer Reports is out with its test results for the new Apple Watch Series 3.
These smartwatches were just unveiled a few weeks ago.

Not only did these watches make the recommended list, but they ranked near
the top of the ratings. In fact, the Apple Series 3 with GPS and cellular, and a
stainless steel case is the magazine's top-rated smartwatch, earning 95 out
of 100 points.

Its sapphire crystal glass surface did very well on scratch resistance. It also
earned high marks for step counting and heart-rate tracking.

The Apple Series 3 watches with aluminum cases also earned favorable ratings,
but the Ion-X glass wasn't quite as scratch resistant.

The cellular models of the Series 3 make calls, receive email and text messages
and stream music without a WiFi connection, just like a smartphone.

Some users and reviewers have reported dropped calls. Consumer Reports said
it tried, but could not reproduce those problems with its tests

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From: BeenRetired10/4/2017 12:13:48 PM
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shill survey: "strong interest for both iPhone 8 and X".........................................................

Apple survey findings positive for iPhone and watch

Baird analyst William Power said his latest Apple survey suggests
strong interest for both iPhone 8 and X, with a higher skewing
toward the newer models than in years past.

He believes that should boost the average selling price, so he raised
his estimates modestly, but remains below consensus.

Power reiterated his Outperform rating and raised his
price target to $175 from $172 on Apple shares.

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