Series of products in 2020
Last week Qualcomm announced a Cloud AI 100 data accelerator targeting future AI loads in big data centers. Facebook and Microsoft seem to be interested as they presented at the Qualcomm AI events in San Francisco.
Huawei, Qualcomm, Apple
TSMC has announced that it is doing a test production of 5nm EUV chips, but real production starts in 2020. A long-term investigation leads us to believe that most chips launching in the latter part of this year or early next year will, unlike the UK, remain on 7nm.
Apple to go alternatives
In a surprising twist of events, Intel has just announced that it plans to exit the 5G Smartphone modem business. The surprising announcement happened just hours after Apple announced that it had settled its years of legal battles against Qualcomm.
Intel can make it
Intel has canceled its 8060 5G modem to speed up things with its new all mode XMM 8160 solution. Intel is likely to sample the 8160 modem later this year which should be more than enough time for Apple to incorporate it in the iPhone 2020 (iPhone 20 anyone?).
The phone trends in 2019
There is a clear trend toward a whole uninterrupted screen for end users to enjoy on their phones and every year we are getting closer to that. The trend includes more cameras, slide, and pop-up, all helped by computation and AI.
Judge recommends ban on some iPhones
ITC Judge MaryJoan McNamara has declared some verdicts. Apple is infringing one of three patents and she recommends a ban on iPhones manufactured in China being imported into the USA. This is a hardware patent 674 and it doesn’t look that there is a quick workaround.
AI is the elephant in the room
First of all, I want to apologise to all the hard-working people that worked so many hours on the production and material of the keynote, this is not about you. Everyone did a great job, but the content picked was mostly just utterly boring.
Reconnect Intel with enthusiasts
The industry has certainly changed over the last 20 years. Kyle Bennett, the founder and a fearless leader of HardOCP has decided to join Intel as a Director of Enthusiast Engagement for Intel’s Technology Leadership Marketing group.
And in Europe will cost €56.000 in early 2021
Tesla has announced its next car and simply calls it Tesla Y. This is a higher version of Tesla 3 that has a similar interior - read no interior but a single 15inch tablet - but is slated to have three sitting rows and a range of 300 miles (482 km). Elon doesn’t tell you that a fully self-driving vehicle costs an additional $8,000 in the US and €9,200 in Europe.
One arm of the US government is helping Apple, China, and Korea
The FTC and a coalition of tech giants, led by Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Intel, and LG, are fighting Qualcomm, more specifically, against the chipmaker’s licensing model and business practices.