News and thoughts
May 11, 2012
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, has recently announced that it now has the ability to manufacture dual-core Cortex-A9 processors clocked at no less than 3.1GHz. This is possible thanks to a new 28 nm technology called HPM (for High Performance Mobile Computing), a combination of the 28HP technology that TSMC uses to manufacture graphic chips for NVIDIA and the 28HPL tech that TSMC uses to manufacture Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 systems on a chip.
May 8, 2012
LG Electronics plans to launch Internet-enabled TV based on Google’s platform in the United States in the week of May 21, as the South Korean firm seeks to gain a larger share of the emerging Internet TV market.
Research firm IHS iSuppli estimates the global Internet-enabled TV market will grow nearly 60 percent this year to 95 million sets, far outpacing the TV market overall, which is expected to expand by just 2 percent.
Lenovo announced four Lenovo Smart TV K-series devices for the China market — the 55-inch screen K91 and K81 and the 42-inch screen K81 and K71 — priced from RMB14,999 to RMB6,499. Starting from May, Lenovo Smart TV is going on sale in Suning stores in nine cities — Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Lenovo Smart TV employs Android 4.0 OS and the Qualcomm dual core 1.5GHz CPU to deliver three major innovations to the user experience:
• User-friendly interactive system, like the simple and intuitive “Sandwich” User Interface that integrates touch, voice, air mouse, gravity sensor, smart keyboard and traditional television remote control in a “Six in One” Smart Remote Controller.
• High-quality video on demand. Lenovo and SMG’s BesTV established joint venture ISmartv to exclusively provide users with customized online HD video resources that already amounted to more than 300,000 hours of viewing.
• Wide variety of applications based on an open platform. With its Le Store app developer community, Lenovo has already developed over 1,000 custom apps for its smart TV covering games, education, SNS, life service and many others.
LG Electronics (LG) announced the beta opening of LG Cloud service with the aim of providing seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices. LG’s Cloud service automatically synchronizes smartphone content with the cloud server and the user’s PC and Smart TV. Photos and videos taken with the smartphone can be viewed and streamed to the PC or Smart TV almost instantaneously. Videos edited on a PC can be uploaded to LG Cloud for viewing seconds later on a smartphone. Unlike other cloud services, there’s very little waiting or lag time since the content is streamed to the Smart TV, PC or smartphone, not downloaded first. LG’s Real-time Streaming Transcoding technology happens on the server in realtime, not on the device. There is no need to worry about installing codecs or converters, everything happens seamlessly and in the background with no involvement from the user.
~25% of the TV sets shipped globally in 2011 were internet-connected, a figure forecasted to approach 70% during 2016. The study also reveals that proprietary operating systems will remain most popular, with Android OS expected to reach a significant share of the market by 2014. During 2016, more than 80% of the connected TV sets shipped worldwide will have built-in Wi-Fi and close to 30% will have advanced user interface features such as motion, gesture or voice.