NFC service in Singapore is finally set for commercial launch.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 09:29 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

NFC service in Singapore is finally set for commercial launch.

A delayed NFC service in Singapore is finally set for commercial launch, says Gemalto, which is leading the consortium licensed to build the system. The company's announcement talks about an "upcoming" commercial rollout, although no actual date is given.

The country's regulator Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) mandated commercial launch eight months after licensing the consortium - which includes two banks, a contactless payment provider as well as three mobile operators in addition to Gemalto - at the end of October last year.

Initial services will be retail payments at locations such as retailers, convenience stores, fast food outlets and taxis. The consortium said "some" NFC handsets from Samsung and Sony are certified for use with the new service at launch, according to ZDNet.

In addition to retail payments, the IDA and the consortium are working with Singapore's Land Transport Authority to enable payments for public transport by early next year following trials at the end of 2012.

3 Australia migrating customers to Vodafone network.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 09:17 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

3 Australia migrating customers to Vodafone network.

3 Australia said that from this month, customers using its services will begin to connect using the network of partner Vodafone.

 The Vodafone Hutchison Australia joint venture, which includes 3 and Vodafone's assets in the country, has previously been hit significantly by network quality issues.

A Window opportunity for HP webOS Open source is about to open, if MS goes further with the Surface.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 10:57 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

A Window opportunity for HP webOS Open source is about to open, if MS goes further with the Surface.

At this time some Microsoft  partners are beginning to feel  uncomfortable with the Surface tablet announced in June, and might look for new OS opportunities, instead to keep going with Windows 8.

Acer  CEO JT Wang told the Financial Times that Microsoft's plans to launch its own tablet in October would be a "negative for the worldwide ecosystem" in computing and beg the software giant to rethink the move.
"We have said think it over. Think twice," Wang is quoted as saying. "It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice."
Wang went on to suggest that if Microsoft moves ahead with its tablet plans, the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner.

"If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?," he is quoted as saying.

HP should take advantage of this scenario and target around 24 OEM`s manufacturers worldwide to offer them as soon webOS Open Source 1.0 is ready in September 2012.

This is a Window opportunity for HP webOS Open Source, if MS goes further with the Surface.

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Sept 2012 :HP webOS open source ready, then go for them.

Solar Bag purifies water as you walk.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 08:35 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Solar Bag  purifies water as you walk.

Relying on UV in sunlight as a purifier, the Solar Bag could help people without clean drinking water.

This design concept is both a shoulder bag-style container to transport water from a distant source, as well as a tool to purify it.
The container is made of polyethylene, which allows UV rays to pass through the clear outer layer and kill most of the bacteria in the water. It's similar to purifying water with sunlight and bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
A black polyethylene layer forms the back layer, and helps reflect the UV rays and heat the water, speeding up the purification process. The bag can apparently decontaminate 2.5 gallons of water in about six hours.
The Solar Bag can also be hung on a wall or laid out on the ground during the purification time, according to Lynch's Web site.
A spigot at the bottom of the bag can be attached to a manual pump filter to enhance the purification.

Source: CNET.

Leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy S III little brother.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 08:24 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy S III little brother.

The handset strongly resembles the highly-acclaimed Galaxy S III, but comes with less impressive hardware. 

In this regard, the Galaxy S Duos is powered by a 1 GHz processor and packs a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper.

As expected, the smartphone will be shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box. 

Other highlights of the Galaxy S Duos include: 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Amazon Launches Textbook Rental.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 08:07 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

The online retail giant is offering semester-long rentals of physical books, with most titles in the $30 to $60 range. Amazon promised savings of up to 70 percent off the print-list price.
For example, one macroeconomics textbook that retails for $170 can be rented from Amazon for a semester for around $46.
"All this means more money in your pocket for the things in life that can't be learned from a book," Amazon said in its textbook rental FAQ.
The rental period lasts for 130 days, with one 15-day extension allowed. Textbooks are shipped at standard prices, and Amazon covers the cost of returning them. Renters may receive a book that is new or used, depending on availability.

Amazon Launches Textbook Rental.
Print textbook rental program can help students save up to 70%., Inc. today announced the launch of Amazon Textbook Rental. Now college students can choose from thousands of textbooks to rent for the semester and save up to 70%. To rent a textbook, simply for the book, select "Rent Now," choose shipping and payment options, and check out. All textbook rentals are Fulfilled by Amazonand are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, and Prime Free Two-Day Shipping. At the end of the rental period, returns are free and simple with a prepaid, printable label.
"College is expensive, and students are always looking for ways to save money on textbooks, which is why we've long offered great prices on both new and used textbooks," said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Textbooks at "With Textbook Rental, Amazon gives students yet another great option for saving money – it's now easier than ever for students to get the books they need, in the format they want, at affordable prices. So no matter if a student wants to buy or rent their textbooks, Amazon can be their one-stop shop."
Textbook rentals and millions of other items including books, backpacks, electronics, video games, the latest fashion in clothing and shoes, and other college essentials are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with an Amazon Prime membership. By signing up for Amazon Student, a free membership program exclusively for college students, students can get six months of Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, plus exclusive offers, and then up to four years of Amazon Prime at 50% off. Students can learn more by visiting
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HP working on a Windows 8 Pro, x86 tablet Slate 8.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:54 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

HP working on a Windows 8 Pro, x86 tablet Slate 8.

HPs upcoming plans for an x86 tablet that will be thinner than the iPad and have 8-10hrs of battery life with a 10.1 inch screen. What we are showing above is a rendering of the device that is currently going by the name HP Slate 8.

Back in February, CEO Meg Whitman said that it expects that the company will release its first x86 processor-based PCs with Windows 8 installed sometime before the end of 2012

The Slate 8 could come with a i5 quad-core Ivy Bridge 3rd Gen cpu. The success of this device will depend in the price. 

We don`t know if HP is targeting the business market for it as they did with the Slate 500 and the Slate 2.

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London 2012 : Overall Medal Count to August 6.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:21 PM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

London 2012 : Overall Medal Count to August 6.

The London 2012  Overall Medal Count to August 6 at this time, goes as seen on the images below: (please click/tap on  three of them to enlarge the view):

Samsung had begun production of an ultra-fast embedded memory for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:47 AM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Samsung  had begun  production of an ultra-fast embedded memory for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Samsung Electronics has announced that it had begun volume production of an ultra-fast embedded memory for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB densities.

The new Samsung eMMC (embedded multimedia card) Pro Class 1500 delivers the industry's fastest speeds for an embedded memory device, reading data sequentially at up to 140MB/s and writing it at up to 50MB/s. For random reading and writing, it can process up to 3500/1500 IOPS (inputs and outputs per second), four times the speed of previous eMMC solutions.

The ultra high-speed storage device uses Samsung's 64Gb NAND with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface based on the company's latest 20nm-class process technology. The new eMMC's fully managed NAND memory comes with its own high performance controller and intelligent flash management firmware.

To meet the market need for thinner designs for high-end mobile devices, Samsung offers the new eMMCs in two, four- and eight-die stacks with the largest capacity of 64GB's being only 1.2 millimeters thick and weighs 0.6 grams.
Samsung eMMC Pro Class 1500 is the first to support the latest JEDEC e-MMC v4.5 specification that standardizes more features to improve performance, efficiency, security, and reliability such as: a SDR-200 Interface (200MHz, 200MB/s max bandwidth), cache handling, dynamic handling, file sanitizing and power-off notification.

The Samsung eMMC Pro Class 1500 is designed for next generation premium mobile products. It will improve system performance and the user experience for a wide variety of applications including web browsing, 3D and HD video capture and playback, multi-tasking activities, augmented reality and the use of social networking sites and interactive graphics-rich gaming.

"With the production of 64GB Samsung eMMC Pro Class 1500, we are delighted to provide the highest performing mobile storage solutions available that support the latest eMMC standard, for worldwide mobile device makers. We will confidently strengthen our research and development efforts to continually bring to market the most advanced mobile storage devices based on next-generation standards," said JaeHyeong Lee, vice president, memory product planning and application engineering at Samsung Electronics.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:44 AM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

To get the breakthrough innovations in Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing had to rethink the way it makes airplanes. Tom Cogan, director of Airplane Development, explains how the game-changing jetliner that is built in a revolutionary way. Learn more about the stories of the innovations that define Boeing .

Responding to the overwhelming preference of airlines around the world, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' launched the 787 Dreamliner, a super-efficient airplane. An international team of top aerospace companies is building the airplane, led by Boeing at its Everett, Wash. facility near Seattle.

The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210 - 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometers), while the 787-9 Dreamliner will carry 250 - 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers).
In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size airplanes, the 787 provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. The airplane uses 20 percent less fuel than today's similarly sized airplanes. It will also travel at a similar speed as today's fastest wide bodies, Mach 0.85. Airlines will enjoy more cargo revenue capacity.

Passengers will also see improvements on the 787 Dreamliner, from an interior environment with higher humidity to increased comfort and convenience.

The key to the exceptional performance of the 787 Dreamliner is a suite of new technologies developed and applied on the airplane.

Composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787 including the fuselage and wing.

Modern systems architecture is at the heart of the 787's design. It is simpler than today's airplanes and offers increased functionality and efficiency. For example, the team has incorporated airplane health-monitoring systems that allow the airplane to self-monitor and report systems maintenance requirements to ground-based computer systems.

New engines from General Electric and Rolls-Royce are used on the 787. Advances in engine technology are the biggest contributor to overall fuel efficiency improvements. The new engines represent nearly a two-generation jump in technology for the middle of the market.

The design and build process of the 787 has added further efficiency improvements. New technologies and processes have been developed to help Boeing and its supplier partners achieve the efficiency gains. For example, manufacturing a one-piece fuselage section has eliminated 1,500 aluminum sheets and 40,000 - 50,000 fasteners.

The 787 program was launched in April 2004 with a record order from All-Nippon Airways. Fifty-eight customers from six continents of the world have placed orders for 851 airplanes valued over $175 billion, making it the most successful twin-aisle launch of a new commercial airplane in Boeing's history. The 787 program opened its final assembly plant in Everett in May 2007. First flight of the 787 Dreamliner occurred on December 15, 2009.

More than 50 of the world's most capable top-tier supplier partners are working with Boeing to bring innovation and expertise to the 787 program. The suppliers have been involved since the early detailed design phase of the program and all are connected virtually at 135 sites around the world. First delivery of the 787 to ANA took place on Sept. 25, 2011.

LTE: Huawei announced New MSA technology to improve performance in almost 30% for LTE Advanced.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:36 AM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

LTE: Huawei announced New MSA technology to improve performance in almost 30% for  LTE Advanced.

Huawei has announced a new proposal for the LTE-Advanced Multi-Stream Aggregation (MSA) technology standard for increase in data rates at the cell's edge. According to the company, a key component of Huawei's "No-Edge Networks" concept, MSA technology coordinates macro cells to improve user data rates at the cell's edge and also between heterogeneous networking scenarios to improve peak rates and simplify mobile management to ensure a consistent user experience.
The concept behind Huawei's MSA technology is that the user is always able to receive downlink data and aggregate downlink data streams from a cell or cell group with the best signal quality. A similar method applies to uplink data, where the user always transmits uplink data to a cell or cell group with the best signal quality. The uplink data streams are aggregated on the network side.
Company further outlines that MSA technology is especially suitable for macro-micro HetNets and reduces the number of handovers. It's expects MSA technology to improve system performance at the cell's edge by almost 30%.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet available Globally in August. Videos and PR.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:31 AM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet available Globally in August. Videos and PR.

Samsung announced today Monday August 6, 2012 the availablity of the Galaxy Note 10.1 in August worldwide. The specifications now include a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch WXGA LCD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a secondary 1.9 megapixel camera for video chats, Samsung's S Pen stylus system and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi with HSPA+ versions of the tablet will launch this month and a 4G LTE-equipped Galaxy Note 10.1 will become available later this year. The device shows  all the features that you can see on the Galaxy Note smartphone and of the Galaxy SIII some of them.Two videos introducing the device and the press release after them:


Press Release:

Samsung inspires a culture of active content creation, productivity and learning
London UK, August 6 2012 – Samsung today announced the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1, an extension of the Galaxy Note category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display, which will enable people to amplify their creativity, productivity, and learning ability.
Providing an intuitive experience and armed with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for enhanced performance, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed to simplify the process of capturing ideas, accessing information and multi-tasking, making each easier and faster and allowing people to express their ideas in an efficient way.
Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "Following the success of the very first Galaxy Note which we launched at the end of last year, we're delighted that our UK customers will now be able to experience the evolution of this device for themselves. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a product we are very excited about and will offer our customers a new way to use and experience a tablet device. As well as being able to consume content such as videos, photos, document and the Internet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also gives them the power to produce, create and customise that same content – something they won't get from any other product on the market."
The Galaxy Note 10.1 incorporates key intuitive features and capabilities such as side-by-side multitasking. This is thanks to its 'Multiscreen' on a 10.1-inch large screen; unique S Pen with a variety of S Note templates and productive tools (Shape Match and Formula Match); Learning Hub* for accessing educational curricula and Adobe's premium creative application Photoshop® Touch.
True Multi-Tasking with Multiscreen feature
With the Galaxy Note 10.1′s Multiscreen feature, it's possible to use two different applications side-by-side simultaneously. So Web pages and videos can be viewed, or applications launched using one half of the screen, at the same time as the other half is used for writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen. What's more, customers can capture and crop images, and paste them onto the other screen to make personal notes. The Multiscreen feature allows people to be more productive and efficient whilst also enjoying multimedia content. Galaxy Note 10.1 brings a new culture of creation through the owner's own notes, and enables an entirely new experience to improve productivity and enjoyment.
S Pen & S Note for Personalised and Organised Note-taking
Featuring its advanced 6.5mm S Pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is optimised for the creation of personalised and expressive content in the most natural and intuitive way. The S Pen's feel and functionality are specifically designed for an optimal experience on the 10.1-inch screen. The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches specially optimised applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, and Polaris Office.
Alternatively, people can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly. For example, S Note can be launched instantly when the S Pen is taken out from the device. Owners can also tap the screen twice while pressing the S Pen button for quick S Note access via the S Note-dedicated widget, which can be easily moved anywhere on the display, never hindering or obstructing creativity or productivity.
The S Note is a unique tool that enables notes and sketches to be combined with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. The Shape Match and Formula Match features help correct and digitise geometric shapes and solve numeric formulas hand-written with the S Pen. The S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that content can be searched for and information obtained, and then easily drag and dropped onto S Notes without having to switch between screens. Exclusively pre-loaded on Galaxy Note10.1, the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch application means owners can professionally edit photos with the ease and precision of the S Pen.
Active Learning Experience
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an ideal learning tool that allows students to take notes directly on an eTextbook whilst in lectures, or research the Web at the same time as writing an essay. Samsung's Learning Hub service is optimised for Galaxy Note 10.1 allowing owners to access extensive multimedia educational content whatever their age. This content includes eTextbooks, video lectures, interactive coaching and much more, and can be shared with multiple Samsung devices. Furthermore, Learning Hub comes with a learning management system providing schedule management and performance and achievement management tools so students of any age can learn at their own pace.
Superior Hardware Performance
Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of the device. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes a 5- megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.
Several other features have been added to the Galaxy Note 10.1, including Smart Stay, which tracks the owner's eye to ensure that the screen is always on while being looked at; and Pop Up Play, which allows a video to be watched anywhere on the screen while simultaneously running other tasks. With AllShare® Play, content can be shared with a large group in real-time by connecting the Galaxy Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With AllShare Group Cast, people can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images without loading the files separately.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes in three connectivity options: WiFi-only and WiFi-and-3G HSPA-Plus connectivity, which are both available at launch, and WiFi-and-LTE which will be available later this year.

Q2 2012: WorldWide NAND Flash Memory market share, Samsung expands lead.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:00 AM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Q2 2012: WorldWide NAND Flash Memory market share, Samsung expands lead.

The worldwide NAND flash memory market posted revenues of US$4.22 billion in the second quarter of 2012, down 11.9% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung Electronics continued to lead the market with its share expanding to 42.4% in the second quarter.

Second-quarter NAND bit shipments increased 13% on quarter while ASPs fell by approximately 22%, DRAMeXchange said. Overall demand was weak causing an oversupply situation during the quarter.

"As the eurozone debt crisis lingers and global economic recovery is progressing slowly in the second quarter of 2012, the NAND flash market is seeing a harsher off-peak season than usual, with demand below manufacturers' expectations," DRAMeXchange noted in a statement.

Samsung's NAND revenues amounted to about US$1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2012, showing a 10.1% sequential increase. In comparison, the number two player Toshiba had US$953 million in NAND revenues, down 39.4% on quarter. Toshiba took a 22.6% share of the market in the second quarter, compared to 32.9% in the prior quarter.

Samsung in the second quarter moved to reduce its chip supply to the memory card and USB flash drive market, and raise that to fulfill more OEM orders for system products including smartphones, tablet PCs and SSDs. As a result, Samsung managed to grow its NAND revenues in the second quarter offsetting weakness in the memory card and USB flash drive market, DRAMeXchange observed.

Samsung reported an about 35% sequential rise in NAND bit shipments during the second quarter, with ASP slipping 18%, DRAMeXchange said. The firm saw its market share climb to more than 40% from 33.9% in the first quarter.

Second-ranked Toshiba suffered sequential decreases in both shipments and ASPs during the second quarter, which led to a significant drop in revenues, DRAMeXchange indicated. Toshiba's share of the global NAND flash market shrank from 32.9% in the first quarter to 22.6% in the second, DRAMeXchange said.
Micron Technology came in third place with a 15.4% share of the market in the second quarter, followed by SK Hynix with 11.9% and Intel with 7.8%, according to DRAMeXchange.

Press Release:

NAND Flash: Samsung Market 
Share Expands to 42.4%, 

As the eurozone debt crisis lingers and global economic 
recovery is progressing slowly in the second quarter of 
2012, the NAND flash market is seeing a harsher off-peak 
season than usual, 
with demand below manufacturers' expectations.

Aside from stable demand from certain tablet PC and smartphone clients in
preparation for new models release, the majority of system product have
not shown strong demand; thus, suppliers have no choice but to adopt
promotional strategies, lowering prices to stimulate purchasing.

According to DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce, with the
NAND flash market experiencing oversupply, although brand 
manufacturers' bit shipments increased by 13% QoQ in the second quarter 
of 2012, average selling price (ASP) fell by approximately 22% QoQ. As a 
result, NAND flash branded manufacturers' total 2Q12 revenue fell by 11.9% 
QoQ, arriving at US$4.221 billion.

Looking at the 2Q12 sales ranking for branded NAND Flash manufacturers,
Samsung remained in first place with US$1.7 88 billion, 42.4% market share;
Toshiba took second place with US$953 million, 22.6% of the market;
Micron came in third with US$648 million, 15.4% of the market. SK Hynix
was fourth at US$503 million, 11.9% of the market; and Intel placed fifth
with US$330 million, 7 .8% of the market. 

In the second quarter Samsung strategically lowered the sales ratio of
memory card and UFD market products, which have been experiencing
weak demand, increasing OEM orders for smart phones, tablet PCs and SSD
products instead to increase revenue from system product clients.

Furthermore, benefitting from depreciation of the Korean won, 2Q12 bit
shipment volume increased by approximately 35% QoQ, while ASP fell by
around 18% QoQ. Thus, Samsung's 2Q12 revenue climbed 10.1% QoQ to
US$1.7 88 billion, taking 42.4% market share. Although Samsung
anticipates the supply-demand status will improve in the third quarter due
to the arrival of new smart mobile devices and slower bit supply growth, the
maker will continue to devote its efforts to increasing sales of embedded
products such as eMMC, mSATA, and SSD.

Additionally, the Korean manufacturer plans to reallocate its Austin fab's
NAND flash product line to the production of LSI products in order to slow
bit output growth, in preparation for the possibility that global economic
uncertainty will negatively affect the peak sales season in the second half of
the year.

Thus, Samsung's bit output for the third quarter is projected to increase by
over 5% QoQ; the maker's 27 nm and 21nm process product output ratio
reached 80% in the second quarter, and they will continue increasing the
production ratio of 21nm products in the third quarter.

Affected by sluggish demand due to the off-peak season and slow global
economic recovery in the second quarter, the orders from some system
product, memory card and UFD customers were lower-than-expected in
2Q12. The ASP and bit shipment of 
Toshiba both declined in 2Q12. Thus, Toshiba's 2Q12 revenue declined 
about 39.4% QoQ in 2Q12, taking 22.6% market share with a revenue of 
US$953 million. 

The majority of Toshiba's production has been upgraded to 
24nm and 19nm process technologies, and the maker will continue to 
increase the output ratio of 19nm process products in the third quarter to 
strengthen cost competitiveness.

The supplier will also strive to increase the sales portion of embedded
products like eMMC, mSATA, and SSD, to meet inventory stocking demand
for new smartphone, tablet, and ultrabook models hitting the market in the
second half of the year. 

Additionally, on July 24 Toshiba announced a temporary 30% capacity cut

at its owned Yokkaichi site, in hopes of easing the impact from delayed third
quarter demand from inventory restocking and global economic 
uncertainties as well as helping the industry achieve balanced supply and 
demand prior to the peak sales season in the fourth quarter. 

In its previous fiscal quarter, Micron's ASP fell by 39% QoQ due to the offpeak
season effect, product mix adjustments, and promotional sales 
strategies. However, benefitting from system client OEM orders and an 
increased sales ratio for SSD products, Micron's bit shipment volume 
jumped by approximately 68% QoQ, resulting in a revenue of US$648 
million for the last fiscal quarter, taking 15.4% market share.

As the supplier will continue increasing the production ratio from the new 
20nm process, the maker expects its bit output for the next quarter will 
increase by over 5% QoQ. Expecting smart phone, tablet PC, and ultrabook 
demand to increase significantly in the second half of the year, Micron will 
continue to increase the sales ratio of embedded products such as eMMC, 
mSATA, and SSD.

SK Hynix
In the second quarter SK Hynix increased system product client sales to
lower the negative impact from sluggish memory card and UFD market
demand. Furthermore, benefitting from depreciation of the won, 2Q12 bit
shipment volume increased by around 9% QoQ. However, as ASP dropped
19% QoQ, SK Hynix's 2Q12 revenue fell by approximately 8.6% QoQ to
US$503 million, taking 11.9% market share.

As SK Hynix's system products bit shipment ratio has already reached 85%
in the second quarter, the maker will continue to increase the sales ratio of
embedded products such as eMMC, mSATA, SSD etc. in the third quarter.

Furthermore, SK Hynix will change their capacity plans for its 300mm Fab
M12 depending on actual market demand in the second half of 2012; the
new capacity of 40K starts per month initially dedicated to NAND flash
production will be used to flexibly manufacture both NAND flash and DRAM
products, in an effort to slow NAND flash output growth in the face of a peak
season that may not see traditional figures due to global economic

Thus, SK Hynix expects its 3Q12 bit output will grow by over 5% QoQ.
Looking ahead to the third quarter, the Korean maker anticipates the
market will see balanced supply and demand as market supply decreases
and new smart phone and SSD models hit the market. SK Hynix's 26nm and
20nm production ratio is nearing 90%, and in the third quarter the maker
will continue increase 20nm output.

As a result of harsh competition on the SSD market, Intel's ASP fell by around 20% QoQ, while bit shipment volume rose by approximately 15% QoQ. Thus, Intel's 2Q12 revenue fell by 9.6% QoQ to US$330 million, conve rte d by We b2PDFC onve 
representing 7 .8% of the market. In the third quarter Intel will continue to 
increase both the sales ratio of SSD and mSATA products and the output 
ratio for the new 20nm process.

MSFT subsidies could mean US$499 Surface price and death for Android tablets,says Analyst.

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 06:54 AM PDT

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

MSFT subsidies could mean US$499 Surface price and death for Android tablets,says Analyst.

The analysts' WitsView service recently published a note in which research director Eric Chiou says that Surface devices' 32GB of storage is a higher spec than that on most ten-inch Android tablets, justifying a higher price of US$599.
At that price Chiou feels Surface will "inevitably cannibalize ultrabook sales" and goes on to say that "Microsoft may not be pleased to see a competition between its own products." Consumers may also be confused by the overlapping prices.

One way out, Chiou suggests, is for Microsoft to dip into its colossal trove of cash and subsidise Surfaces so they emerge to US$499, a ploy he says the company has done before when it took XBOX to market. The results of that subsidy program speak for themselves, as XBOX is now the number one console. A US$499 price would also slot surface in nicely between the iPad and ultrabooks.

Such subsidies could be bad news for Android tablet players, with Chiou offering the following scenario:
Surface may stand out in the market by sacrificing profits or getting subsidies from Microsoft, while the remaining brands are unlikely to possess the ability and will to do so. Undoubtedly, customers are expected to take the price of Surface as a benchmark for every single prospective Windows 8 tablets; that is, Microsoft's Surface with an intentionally lowered price may decrease the price flexibility that affects its brand partners' earning capacity, and even further impact their desire to launch new products.
That's not all good news for Microsoft, as fewer or less-happy tablet-makers also means fewer potential Windows 8 tablet manufacturers.

WitsView nonetheless predicts that of the 94 million tablets it expects to be sold in 2012, four million will run Windows 8.

That's decent uptake, however, as the new devices are tipped to emerge on October 26th. If we work on crude averages alone, without accounting for sales spikes pre-Christmas, four million Windows 8 slabs in sixty-odd days will represent at least 15% of tablets sold in the most-frenzied months of the selling cycle

Press Release:

TrendForce: Surface to Enter the Tablet PC Market, Pricing Strategy Challenging, Ultrabook Cannibalization Likely

Then the PC industry is putting efforts into developing Win 8 tablets, Microsoft chose to take the lead by releasing its branded Surface tablet PC, showing a purpose in supporting its new OS (operating system) and further increasing prominence of Windows 8 tablet PCs. WitsView, a research division of TrendForce, indicates that the introduction of Surface has made a stir to the tablet PC market and is projected to dominate the market outlook with its veiled pricing.

WitsView's research director, Eric Chiou, notes that Surface adopts a 10.6" HD (1366 x 768) and Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel, while the built-in storage capacity of its entry-level model is directly upgraded from mainstream 16GB to 32GB, posting a higher specification in both size and hardware compared to a mainstream 10.1" Android tablet PC, making the reasonable pricing of Surface to start at $599 at least in response to the higher cost. Inevitably, the higher price may not only hold back some interested buyers, but also overlap with the price of ultrabook, Microsoft and Intel's hit of this year. Surface is designed to mirror notebook functions, stressing the convenience of an ultra-thin keyboard; thus, once its price is set, Surface is expected to inevitably cannibalize ultrabook sales. Microsoft may not be pleased to see a competition between its own products. 
On the other hand, low-pricing strategy could be also practical. Eric Chiou points out that Microsoft's significant capital is indisputable; in the past, Microsoft decreased product prices through subsidy programs and successfully secured the dominance of Xbox360 in the home entertainment market in a short time. By duplicating the marketing strategy and applying it on Surface, a pricing drop to $499, close to mainstream tablet PC price such as iPad and Android is possible. Along with the prominent specification and modest price, Surface is expected to trigger consumer spending, shortening the time to popularize Windows 8 tablet and further leading its brand partners to have better performance in selling and promoting Windows 8 tablet PCs.
On the downside, WitsView believes that a strong subsidy program may simultaneously shorten the time required to expand the market share while bringing about the risk of misleading consumers to incorrect price. Due to higher authorization fees for the operating system, cost gap between Windows 8 and Android tablet PC exists to a certain extent. Surface may stand out in the market by sacrificing profits or getting subsidies from Microsoft, while the remaining brands are unlikely to possess the ability and will to do so. Undoubtedly, customers are expected to take the price of Surface as a benchmark for every single prospective Windows 8 tablets; that is, Microsoft's Surface with an intentionally lowered price may decrease the price flexibility that affects its brand partners' earning capacity, and even further impact their desire to launch new products. Thus, Microsoft may be facing more obstacles when duplicating its successful experience in the PC market to the tablet PC market once it loses support from its powerful partners.
In terms of the impact of Surface on 2012 tablet PC market, WitsView concludes that while Windows 8 models' joining the tablet market was well expected, the introduction of a single model is temporarily unlikely to change the estimated market size before Surface pricing is determined. WitsView restates that tablet PC market is expected to reach 94 million units in 2012, among which Windows 8 OS is projected to achieve 4.3% penetration rate, equal to shipments of 4 million units.
 Source: TheRegister via Trendforce