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TrendForce Names Ten Tech Trends for 2022

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The website of the analytical company TrendForce has published a forecast, which identifies 10 main trends that are expected to take place in various segments of the high-tech industry in 2022.

The first is the ongoing development of micro-LED and mini-LED displays. According to analysts, “a significant number of technical bottlenecks in micro-LED development will still persist in 2022”, which will leave the cost of producing this type of display “sky-high.”

Analysts are confident that “more advanced AMOLED technology and under-display cameras will usher in a new phase of the smartphone revolution.” Retail prices for foldable models are also expected to be within the range of conventional flagship models, which will boost sales.

In semiconductor production, the development of 3 nm standards will be decisive. At this stage, TSMC continues to rely on FinFET transistor technology, and Samsung will switch to GAA (this is the name of GAAFET in the implementation of the South Korean manufacturer).

Mass production of DDR5 memory will gradually begin, and the number of layers in NAND flash memory will exceed 200.

Mobile network operators will launch more pilot projects to segment 5G SA networks and low-latency applications.

Satellite operators will compete in the LEO satellite market, and 3GPP will include non-terrestrial networks in its Release 17 Protocol Coding Freeze standard.

While smart factories were early adopters of digital twins, IoT technologies are expected to become the backbone of the “metaverse”, which is presented as “an intelligent, complete, secure display of the physical world in real time.”

AR and VR equipment manufacturers will strive to provide complete immersion by integrating additional sensors and processing data using artificial intelligence algorithms.

As a natural extension of autonomous driving technology, automated parking will become an important additional feature for high-end vehicles.

Driven by growing demand for EV components, the third-generation semiconductor industry will move towards 200mm SiC and GaN wafers and new packaging technologies.

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Blue Origin and Sierra Space plan to build a commercial space station

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Blue Origin and Sierra Space have announced plans to build the Orbital Reef commercial space station in low Earth orbit. According to the partners, “the station will usher in a new chapter in human space exploration and exploration, contributing to the development of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future.” The Orbital Reef Program has been supported by space industry leaders including Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions and Arizona State University.

As conceived by the creators of the station, it will open up many new markets in space, giving customers the opportunity to “get their own address in orbit.” The partners expect to offer research, industrial and commercial customers a competitively priced one-stop-shop service, including space transportation and logistics, space placement, equipment placement and operation, including crew accommodation on board the station.

Orbital Reef is supposed to be used as a “mixed-use business park” in space. The shared infrastructure will effectively support the private needs of various tenants and visitors. The delivery and return of people and cargo will be entrusted to the reusable space transport. Coupled with advanced automation and logistics, it will minimize cost and complexity for both traditional space operators and new entrants. The open system architecture will allow any customer or country to connect to the project and will provide the ability to scale to meet demand by adding new modules.

The station is expected to start operating in the second half of this decade.

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Following Xiaomi, another smartphone manufacturer enters the automotive market. This is a Chinese company 360 Mobile

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360 Mobile previously produced smartphones and home appliances, and now the manufacturer has officially announced its entry into the automotive market.

In addition, 360 Mobile has confirmed that it will spend about half a billion dollars to acquire a stake in Nezha Motors and become the second largest shareholder in Nezha Automobile. 360 Mobile previously stated that the company’s strategic investment in Nezha Automobile includes smart, networked vehicle security. 360 Mobile’s network security expertise will expand the capabilities of Nezha Automobile. The company will continue to explore the safety of smart, connected vehicles. The goal is to provide intelligent, connected vehicle safety services for the entire industry.

At the moment, the aforementioned investments have been approved by the relevant state authorities and the corresponding agreements have been signed. Also, 360 Mobile is trying to attract additional foreign investment.

We will remind, earlier Xiaomi announced its entry into the automotive market, planning to release an electric car in 2024.

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SK hynix’s revenue grew 45% over the year, net profit tripled

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SK hynix, one of the largest manufacturers of memory chips, has published a report for the third quarter of 2021. SK hynix’s revenue for the reporting period was $ 10.11 billion. This is 14% more than in the second quarter and 45% more in annual terms, that is, compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Operating income for the quarter was $ 3.57 billion and net income was $ 2.84 billion. These indicators compared to the second quarter increased by 55% and 67%, respectively. In annual terms, operating profit increased by 220%, net – by 206%. Gross profit in the third quarter was 35%. For comparison: the quarter before that it was 26%, the year before – 16%.

SK hynix predicts that the market demand for semiconductor memory will continue to grow. The manufacturer plans to “flexibly respond to changes in market conditions and focus on ensuring profitability.” At the same time, the company hopes to improve the competitiveness of its NAND flash business, which has recently become profitable, completing its acquisition of Intel by the end of this year.

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