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From: Ravid.Ron3/28/2021 1:48:34 AM
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Redmi's gaming phone to come with Dimensity 1200 and shoulder buttons

Redmi's General Manager teased the company's upcoming gaming phone a couple of months ago and little has been revealed since. Now the renowned Weibo tipster, Digital Chat Station revealed a few key details surrounding Xiaomi's mysterious gaming phone.

A flat OLED panel with a tiny punch-hole design for the selfie cam would be placed on the front, just like the Mi 11 and Redmi K40. They both boast Samsung's brand new E4 panel. Driving those pixels would be the Dimensity 1200 chipset while a 5,000mAh battery will ensure uninterrupted gaming sessions. It's expected to support 65W fast charging and it's reportedly enough to give a full charge from flat in just 30 minutes.


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From: Ravid.Ron3/28/2021 2:29:04 AM
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US, England and German media successively praised LG OLED Evo TV

LG Electronics announced on the 28th that the LG organic light-emitting diode (OLED)'Evo TV (model name G1)', which was first introduced this year, is receiving favorable reviews from various media in North America and Europe.

According to LG, Digital Trend, a media specializing in information technology (IT) in the United States, commented on Evo TV as "bright, beautiful, and smart. A product that shows an important step forward in OLED TVs" The media selected it as the'Editor's Choice' product, saying, "Evo TV is the best high-end TV for those who are satisfied only with the best products.", an American review media, also praised LG OLED Evo as "the coolest product that keeps people's mouths shut." This medium particularly noted the improved gaming performance of Evo TV and praised "LG OLED TV is full of various elements for gaming".

Forbes, an American economic magazine, explained that "the brightness, color, and performance are all improved by applying the next-generation OLED panel," explaining LG OLED Evo. "It was evaluated.

British IT media What Hi-Fi also gave Evo TV a full score of 5, saying, "It is by far the best among LG OLED TVs tested so far." In particular, this medium emphasized that Evo TV "makes a beautiful and clear image with perfect black and brighter picture quality." Another UK IT media Trusted Review also selected LG OLED Evo TV as a'Strongly Recommended Product' and gave it a full score of 5 points. Trusted Review explained, "Evo TV displays a brighter screen and accurate colors with a new panel," and said, "It shows a rich and clear picture quality that other OLED TVs cannot see when playing games."

Computer Built, a leading German IT media, also gave Evo TV the "best TV I've tested so far" rating and scored 1.3, the highest score of TV products ever given by this media. The lower this score, the higher the quality. ComputerBuild rated Evo TV as "an evolved TV that offers great picture quality and amazingly great sound."

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From: Ravid.Ron3/29/2021 3:17:42 AM
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"Foldable cover window, UTG expected to occupy 80%"

UBI Research, a market research firm, predicted on the 29th that Ultra New Glass (UTG) will occupy 80% and transparent polyimide (PI) film 20% in the foldable cover window market.

UBI Research predicted that "Samsung Display will only supply UTG-applied foldable organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) to Samsung Electronics and Chinese set makers this year."

UBI Research predicted that "transparent PI film is easy to apply to low-cost models and products with more than 10 inches." "China BOE and CSOT currently use transparent PI film as a cover window material, but they are securing technology by cooperating with UTG related glass processing companies."

UBI Research added that "transparent PI films with a variety of suppliers are advantageous in terms of price competitiveness," and added that "the future cover window market will be determined by which material Samsung Electronics and Apple choose."

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From: Ravid.Ron3/29/2021 4:20:39 AM
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JOLED starts mass producing inkjet-printed OLED displays under the OLEDIO brand

Towards the end of 2017, JOLED started commercial production of 21.6" 4K OLED panels, but this was only trial production at low volume - even though the company did achieve some design wins for high-end monitors (such as the Asus ProArt PQ22UC). In 2018 JOLED started to build the mass production line at Nomi site, and that line is now finally starting to mass produce panels.

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From: Ravid.Ron3/29/2021 4:21:27 AM
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Mercedes unveils the interior cabin of its upcoing EQS EV, with its unique 56-inch flexible OLED display

The display is actually made from three different OLED units, embedded in a single glass display. There's a central 17.7-inch panel plus two 12.3-inch panels. The 56-inch glass also includes holes for the air-vents which are integrated into the display. The whole AI-enabled system is powered by 8 CPU cores and 24 GB of RAM.

Mercedes is likely to be using LG Display's OLEDs, as the two companies have been working together since around 2016.

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From: Ravid.Ron3/29/2021 5:14:55 AM
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Breaking up with Xiaomi... China's'Meitwo' to close its smartphone business

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi and software developer Meitu have ended their partnership agreement in about two years. It's been about two years.

On the 29th, according to IT media Gizmo China and some overseas media, China's Meitou has halted the smartphone joint development partnership agreement with Xiaomi and is no longer conducting business of manufacturing and selling mobile phones.

Wu Xinhong, CEO of May2, said, "We ended our partnership with Xiaomi and withdrew our trademarks and licenses," said during a recent annual earnings presentation conference.

As a developer of photo correction apps (applications), May2 gained great popularity by providing various correction and editing functions, as well as selfie and video shooting functions. It became a hot topic in Korea as a cartoon-style photo correction app.

Thanks to this popularity, May2 launched a smartphone that automatically corrects when a picture is taken using a selfie app software. However, it only sold about 3.5 million smartphones over five years.

Afterwards, May2 transferred the smartphone business to Xiaomi in November 2018 and signed a partnership agreement. At the time, the terms of the contract were known in a way that Xiaomi was in charge of designing, developing, manufacturing, and selling all smartphone brands featuring May2's imaging technology and algorithms, and passing part of the sales revenue to May2.

At that time, it became a hot topic because of the meeting of Chinese'top-level' hardware companies and software companies. In the industry, there is also an expectation that the two companies will continue to cooperate in the development of other products besides smartphones, and that the partnership will continue for about 30 years.

In 2019, Xiaomi released the'Mi CC9 Meito Edition-Little Fairy' optimized for selfies when the first smartphone'Mi CC9' of the'Mi CC' series, a new smartphone lineup, was unveiled.

Little Fairy is a product specialized for photography and video shooting, adding all of May2's camera functions and video editing functions to the existing CC9.

In addition to the AI ??low-light portrait function created by the collaboration between the two companies, it supports an artificial intelligence (AI) sky-scapping function that uses deep learning to turn cloudy skies into bright sunny skies or turn them into a moment of sunset, making it a hot topic.

However, the product was not announced any more. Previously, the industry predicted that May2's new smartphone will be released in 2020, but it is known that it was destroyed due to the influence of the Corona 19 pandemic.

It also seems to take into account that, like most Chinese apps, Meito's app is involved in a user's privacy-related issue. Last year, 49.8% of Xiaomi's smartphone sales came from overseas, not from China.

IT expert Kwak Dong-su, columnist, said, "The development of the'pocketless smartphone' that May2 was trying to develop has failed, and the recent funding has also failed." "The result predicted by the absence of sex," he explained.

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From: Ravid.Ron3/29/2021 6:37:01 AM
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LGD raises rating outlook “stable”… “LCD supply and demand improvement”

Credit rating outlook from “negative” to “stable”
Profitability improvement due to LCD supply and demand improvement
Alleviate volatility in performance through OLED quality competitiveness and production efficiency

In particular, financial stability is expected to gradually improve on the back of the recovery of operating cash output and ease of investment burden.

LGD's financial stability quickly weakened until 2019 as most of the expanded investment required to convert its business structure to OLED due to the decline in cash output due to sluggish LCD performance relies on external borrowing. Looking at the degree of dependence on borrowings, it increased from 19.2% at the end of 2017 to 38.1% at the end of 2019, and total borrowings increased from 5.6 trillion won at the end of 2017 to 1.3 trillion won at the end of 2019.

In 2020, large-scale OLED-related investments were settled, and CAPEX decreased (average annual average of 7.600 billion won in 2017-2019 ? 3 trillion won in 2020). As a result, the financial burden, which has recently increased rapidly (dependence on borrowings at the end of 2020, 40.4%, total borrowings of 1,420 trillion won) has not been alleviated.

However, the researcher said, “Considering the prospect of continued LCD supply and demand favorable to panel makers for the time being, the growth of the OLED business, LGD's improved quality and technological response, and the secured demand base, the investment burden has eased compared to 2018-2020 after 2021. It is predicted that the company will show a gradual improvement in financial stability based on the ability to generate EBITDA and improved pre-depreciation operating income.”

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From: Ravid.Ron3/29/2021 10:34:29 AM
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[Exclusive] In 6 weeks... Samsung Austin plant normal operation

Samsung Electronics' Austin semiconductor plant, which had been shut down due to a record cold wave that struck Texas in the United States, cut off electricity and water supplies, and resumed normal operation after six weeks. It is expected to minimize the impact on sales, as it is more than 15 days ahead of the initial forecast.

According to the semiconductor industry on the 29th, it was confirmed that Samsung Electronics is currently operating the Austin plant normally. It has already begun partial operation from the beginning of this month and some production has resumed, and from the end of this month, it is known that the production volume is close to the level before the shutdown.

The Austin plant was shut down due to a power outage from the 16th of last month (local time). The power and water supply was restored in a few days, but the industry expected that restarting would be possible only after mid-April at an early date. In general, a semiconductor process takes at least several days to operate normally even if it is stopped for a few seconds. This is because, while checking the condition of wafers remaining in the equipment that has stopped, it is necessary to increase the quality while blocking the possibility of safety accidents for each process. Therefore, it was a public opinion that it would take more than two months to restart the Austin plant.

As the Austin plant resumes operation sooner than expected, the reduction in sales due to the shutdown will also be minimized. The Austin plant's sales last year amounted to 3.9 trillion won.

This means that the company generated sales of 10 billion won a day, and as the shutdown period increases, the amount of losses inevitably increases astronomically. For this reason, some analyzes have come out that the scale of the damage will reach 1 trillion won.

An industry official said, "Because it was a predicted power outage, we were able to minimize wafer damage through preliminary preparations, and thanks to that, we were able to resume production of finished products immediately after starting partial operation." "We will be able to make up for a significant part of the production disruption in the past," he said.

The official added, "On an annual basis, the scale of production disruption will not reach even a month's quantity."

Samsung Electronics has been concentrating its company-wide capabilities for quick restart after shutdown. Last month, a total of 300 people, including 60 employees and 240 employees of partner companies, were dispatched to the local area.

Samsung Electronics' Austin plant mainly produces power semiconductors (PMIC) and communication semiconductors for information technology (IT) devices through 14 nanometers (nm·1 nm is 1 billionth of a meter) and 28 nanometer processes. It also manufactures self-driving chips of the company.

Meanwhile, the NXP plant, a Dutch semiconductor manufacturer, located near Samsung Electronics' Austin plant, has resumed operation on the 11th in about a month.

At that time, NXP first started operation after equipment inspection, and announced that this shutdown will affect its sales in the second quarter of 100 million dollars (about 1132 billion won).

German semiconductor maker Infineon also recently resumed normal operation, and explained that although the aftermath of the shutdown will be reflected in short-term earnings, it will not have a significant impact on annual earnings.

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From: Ravid.Ron3/30/2021 6:36:39 AM
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In-folding US mix fold, promotional images and major specifications leaked

Like the Galaxy Z Fold, the in-folding Mi Mix Fold has an 8.01-inch 2K display and Snapdragon 888 inside, and uses a camera housing similar to the recently unveiled US 10S, with a liquid lens applied to a 108 million-pixel camera. It is estimated to be mounted.

In addition, it is possible to output 3D sound through Harman Kardon's quad speakers, and through rumors, it is known that it will be released at a lower price than Samsung or Huawei with a 6.38-inch secondary display mounted on the outside.


Solus Advanced Materials enters the Chinese OLED market.. Started construction of a factory in Jiangsu Province

Solus Advanced Materials (formerly Doosan Solus) will establish a core base for producing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) materials in China. As the Chinese market is expected to grow rapidly in the future, it took preemptive actions.

On the 30th, Solus Advanced Materials announced that it had begun construction of an OLED material plant in Changshu City, Jiangsu Province, China. The total investment amount is 20.5 million dollars (about 23 billion won).

This is the first time that Solus Advanced Materials has entered overseas markets to expand its OLED material business. It plans to build a high-quality production facility by melting the technology and know-how of the Iksan plant in Jeonbuk, which started operation in 2010, in China. The target is for mass production in the second half of 2022. It is planned to have a production system of 20 tons per year by 2025.

The background of this investment is a clear growth trend of the global OLED market, coupled with China's'Excellence of Display'. According to global market research firms Omdia and UBI Research, the number of OLED-applied mobile devices will increase from 550 million units in 2020 to 800 million units in 2025, and the number of OLED TV panel production will increase from 3.6 million units to 10 million units in 2020.


In the case of magnachip For Sale, a procedure is underway for the citizen to ask the government to stop the sale of shares due to technology leaks. No one knows the result. FYI.

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From: Ravid.Ron3/30/2021 8:00:45 AM
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The Taiwan Economic Daily reports that Apple's AR (Enhanced Reality) / VR (Virtual Reality) headset is already in the final stage of development testing for next year's launch.

It also mentioned that the supply chain will start mass production and sales in Q4 2021 (October to December) and Q1 2022 (January to March).

The headset is designed to enhance the AR/VR and other gaming experiences with six lenses and LiDAR sensors, and will cost $500 to $1,000.


The government demanded that Magna Chip Semiconductor, a South Korean company that was sold to a Chinese consortium, submit technical data. The move is aimed at determining whether the country has core technologies. If Magna Chip Semiconductor, which produces OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panel drive chips (DDI), is confirmed to have national core technology, the government can put a brake on the sale.

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