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Micron, the fifth largest manufacturer of NAND flash memory, first began shipping 176-layer NAND flash memory chips to customers in November 2020. Meanwhile, the industry leaders, Samsung Electronics and SK, have not yet mastered the serial production of such products. In addition, in January, Micron was the first to announce mass production of 4th generation 10nm DRAM.

Despite the fact that Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix jointly accounted for 71% of the DRAM market and 45% of the NAND flash market in the fourth quarter of 2020, the fact that they lost the lead to Micron twice in a row testifies to the source, that their technological leadership is in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a year or two ago, it was thought that competitors were technologically ahead of Micron by about two years.

For example, Samsung Electronics was the first in the world to master the mass production of 96-layer V-NAND flash memory in July 2018, and SK Hynix – 128-layer 4D-NAND memory in June 2019. Micron began shipping 128-layer NAND flash in the second quarter of 2020. Now, many experts are not convinced that the Korean semiconductor industry will maintain its leading position for long.

The source explains this by the fact that it is much more difficult for the leader to take each next step forward than his followers, since the development of technological processes has come to the limit. Samsung Electronics companies spend huge amounts of money and a lot of time, and those who catch up caught up with it at a much lower cost, since they could take into account Samsung’s experience and schedule.

Experts predict a weakening of differentiation between manufacturers in terms of investment in facilities. This is facilitated by payments from the US and EU governments to allocate colossal funds for the development of the semiconductor industry. In addition, some analysts expect Micron to receive full support from the US government in line with the government’s commitment to supply independence in strategic product categories.

The source resembles data from a report from the Korea Industry Federation It said that the Chinese company SMIC received government support in the amount of 6.6% of its total sales between 2014 and 2018. Government support for Micron accounted for 3.3% of total sales. For comparison: Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix gained 0.8% and 0.5%, respectively.

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The Honor 70 is finally coming out of China. Sales in Europe will start on September 2

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The Honor 70 is finally coming out of China Sales

Honor introduced the Honor 70 series smartphones in early June in China, and only now, two months later, the devices are finally making their global debut: in Europe (Germany), early pre-orders are already available (prices not announced, but for those interested in buying they promise 10- percentage discount), and Malaysia has already announced the cost – $ 450 for the version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory. Open sales in Malaysia will start on August 26.

The Honor 70 is finally coming out of China.  Sales in Europe will start on September 2

Honor 70, recall, is equipped with a 6.67-inch OLED screen with Full HD resolution and a frame rate of 120 Hz. The smartphone also received a 32-megapixel front camera and a main one with sensors with a resolution of 54 (Sony IMX 800), 50 and 2 megapixels. The battery has a capacity of 4800mAh and supports 66W fast charging. The hardware basis of the Honor 70 is the Snapdragon 778G Plus single-chip system, the software is Android 12 with the Magic UI 6.1 interface.

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Xiaomi sets records: the number of MIUI users has reached 547 million

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Xiaomi sets records the number of MIUI users has reached

Today, Xiaomi released its financial report for the second quarter of 2022. Among other things, it provides interesting statistics on the proprietary MIUI shell.

Xiaomi sets records: the number of MIUI users has reached 547 million

According to Xiaomi, the total number of monthly active users in the second quarter successfully broke the record, reaching 547 million. The statistics take into account users from all over the world, not just in China.

If we take into account only China, then in July the number of monthly active users reached 140.2 million, also a new record high.

In total, there were 17.8 million new MIUI users worldwide and 4.6 million in China in the second quarter.

Recall that in November 2021, Xiaomi announced the overcoming of MIUI milestone of 500 million worldwide.

The official debut of MIUI took place in the summer of 2010, in August. The history of MIUI began with hundreds of beta testers. And five years later, in 2015, the number of users exceeded 100 million. Then growth began to accelerate. The company reported 200 million users in 2018 and 300 million in 2019. As of January 2021, the number of MIUI users worldwide has exceeded 400 million.

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Samsung has released an important update for the long-discontinued Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8

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Samsung has released an important update for the long discontinued

Samsung has released a software update for its older flagships, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8. It fixes problems with GPS and, judging by the fact that both phones are long out of production, the update is important.

Samsung has released an important update for the long-discontinued Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8

Interestingly, Samsung is not only updating older flagships – a similar fix came out for the Galaxy J7, released seven years ago. It is reported that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S9 are also in line. Recall that the last update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge was released in November 2020, and the Galaxy S8 was last officially updated in April 2021.

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