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Sanctions boomerang: US sanctions spurred the Chinese semiconductor industry

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According to Bloomberg, after the US imposed sanctions on Chinese companies (in particular, Huawei and Hikvision), the local chip industry began to grow faster than anywhere else in the world: based on data for the last four quarters, 19 out of 20 The world’s fastest growing chip companies are Chinese.

Sanctions boomerang: US sanctions spurred the Chinese semiconductor industry

Beijing is expected to invest billions of dollars in the sector in the near future through various programs to support and fund local chip makers. Local companies have already begun to pay attention even to the most captious customers: thus, as reported, Apple is considering the Chinese Yangtze Memory Technologies as a supplier of flash memory for the iPhone.

“The biggest trend is China’s push for self-sufficiency in the supply chain”Morningstar analyst Felix Li wrote in an email, responding to a query from Bloomberg. “In the context of self-isolation, Chinese customers who are focused on the use of imported semiconductor components should use domestic alternatives to ensure uninterrupted operation”he added.

Sanctions boomerang: US sanctions spurred the Chinese semiconductor industry

Chinese chip makers leading the world in terms of sales growth over the past four quarters

According to the China Semiconductor Industry Association, total product sales of Chinese semiconductor companies increased 18% in 2021 to a record high of more than 1 trillion yuan ($150 billion). A severe shortage of chips in areas such as automobiles and consumer electronics is also working to the advantage of Chinese chip makers, making it easier to enter the international market.

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NASA is considering exploring the subglacial oceans of gas giant satellites with a swarm of tiny robots

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NASA is considering exploring the subglacial oceans of gas giant

NASA in the future may look for life in the subglacial oceans through many small floating robots.

NASA is considering exploring the subglacial oceans of gas giant satellites with a swarm of tiny robots

The Sensing With Independent Micro-Swimmers (SWIM) project involves landing on suitable satellites of the giant planets of the solar system a device that can somehow drill or melt the ice crust, reach the subglacial ocean and launch a swarm of small floating robots there.

So far, the concept implies that the robots will be about 12 cm long with a volume of about 60-75 cm3. About four dozen of them can fit in a cryobot section about 10 centimeters long and 25 centimeters in diameter, taking up about 15% of the science payload. This would leave enough room for more powerful but less mobile scientific instruments that could collect data and make stationary measurements in the ocean.

Now it’s just a concept, but it has already passed the first phase of funding for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, having received $125,000, and recently the second, where funding has grown to $600,000. The author of the idea is robotics engineer Ethan Schaler from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA is considering exploring the subglacial oceans of gas giant satellites with a swarm of tiny robots

Funding for the second phase will allow the author and his team to build and test prototype robots over the next two years to determine how viable the concept as a whole is.

The main idea of ​​the concept is that a swarm of robots will be able to explore a much larger volume of the ocean than a single device, although, of course, due to their size, such robots will not be able to carry many different tools for data analysis.

Unfortunately, even if NASA eventually approves such a concept and starts preparing a mission based on it, it will still be many years before the device is launched and gets to Europa or Enceladus, which are currently the main candidates for such missions. For example, the Europa Clipper mission implies the launch of the device in 2024, and it will reach Europe only in 2030. This mission does not involve landing on the moon of Jupiter, much less trying to drill through the ice.

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35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 200MP camera. Motorola has revealed the camera parameters of its flagship X30 Pro

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35mm 50mm 85mm and 200MP camera Motorola has revealed the

Motorola has shared some unusual camera data for its upcoming flagship Moto X30 Pro, also known as the Frontier. This is the same device that should be the first in the world to get a 200-megapixel main camera.

35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 200MP camera.  Motorola has revealed the camera parameters of its flagship X30 Pro

Motorola has decided not to disclose the resolution of the other cameras for now, but has shared focal lengths.

35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 200MP camera.  Motorola has revealed the camera parameters of its flagship X30 Pro

As you can see on the poster, we are talking about 35mm, 50mm and 85mm equivalents. This is far from the most standard set for a modern smartphone, but, of course, implementation is more important than dry numbers.

Recall, Moto X30 Pro will receive the latest Samsung ISOCELL HP1 image sensor with a resolution of 200 megapixels. According to rumors, the smartphone will also be equipped with a 144Hz OLED screen and 125W charging.

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Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and 12S Ultra with Leica camera were hit in China even before the announcement. For each of these models, 250,000 purchase orders have already been issued.

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Xiaomi 12S 12S Pro and 12S Ultra with Leica camera

In China, it is common practice to collect applications for the purchase of goods that have not yet been presented. This reflects the user’s interest in a particular novelty: the fact that he expects to purchase a device without knowing either the exact characteristics or the price speaks volumes. And now on JD.com you can already leave an application for the purchase of the latest Xiaomi flagships – models 12S, 12S Pro and 12S Ultra.

Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and 12S Ultra with Leica camera were hit in China even before the announcement.  For each of these models, 250,000 purchase orders have already been issued.

We can say that these smartphones are guaranteed the laurels of local hits: already now, four days before the announcement, 250 thousand applications have been collected for each. Not all of them will be converted into real sales, but it is already clear that the demand is high.

Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and 12S Ultra with Leica camera were hit in China even before the announcement.  For each of these models, 250,000 purchase orders have already been issued.

The Mi Band 7 Pro fitness bracelet declassified today is also available for order, but since its page on JD.com appeared later, there have been few purchase orders in this case so far – just over four thousand.

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