• Tech Sector

    HYUNDAI

    Under the IONIQ brand, Hyundai Motor will leverage its industry-leading manufacturing know-how in EVs to introduce three new dedicated models over the next four years with more innovative models to follow. The creation of IONIQ brand is in response to fast-growing market demand and accelerates Hyundai's plan to lead the global EV market.

     

    To fulfill IONIQ's brand mission, Hyundai will combine its current EV capabilities – such as ultra-fast charging, spacious interior, and battery-supplied power – with future innovations that combine design, technologies and services to integrate in-car and out-of-car experiences for a seamless journey.

     

    "The IONIQ brand will change the paradigm of EV customer experience," said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. "With a new emphasis on connected living, we will offer electrified experiences integral to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

    SAMSUNG

    Samsung announces Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Tab S7 and S7+, Galaxy Watch3, Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Z Fold2 at its Unpacked 2020 Event.

     

    The Galaxy Note20 series is a productivity powerhouse, seamlessly connecting with the Galaxy ecosystem to give you more flexibility and time for what matters most.

     

    “Never before have we relied on technology like we are today. It’s how we are staying connected as we navigate the extraordinary challenges faced around the world,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Technology must make life easier, not more complex. That’s why we have introduced five new power devices. Alone, these devices are powerful tools to help you maximize work and play. Together, as part of the Galaxy ecosystem, they work together seamlessly so you can spend your time focused on what matters most.”

    ARM

    Hermann Hauser co-founded Arm back in 1990 and he too has reservations about the deal. He told the BBC that he was increasingly concerned that such a takeover was likely and that should Arm fall into Nvidia’s hands, it would be a "disaster".

    Hauser also opposed the sale to Softbank but says that at least the Japanese firm has kept its commitment to invest in Cambridge. He fears that under Nvidia, decisions would be made in the US and that other chip manufacturers would seek an alternative to Arm technology.

     

    While the vast majority of the mobile industry would be concerned more about ecosystem and supply chain rather than reinforcing the UK’s position as a chip powerhouse, a flotation could be the best route forward.

    “The alternative, and by far the best option, is that Arm returns to public ownership,” concluded Blaber. “This would ensure its ongoing independence and that the company retains a management team that understands its value and priorities. Despite the speculation, I’m optimistic that this is the more likely option. Let’s hope that SoftBank ultimately pursues the IPO path for Arm.”

    5G

    The role of fiber optic networks for the future of 5G

     

    Forbes:

    By Ben Bawtree-Jobson, CEO at SiFi Networks

     

    Projects such as Verizon’s One Fiber program demonstrate the necessity for fiber to support future 5G requirements.

     

    Developers, including my own, are wanting to take it a step further still and create common fiber networks that more than one carrier or ISP can utilize. So, this begs the question: Why aren’t there more companies seizing this opportunity? The answer is that developing fiber assets that attract institutional investment isn’t for the faint of heart.

     

    Fiber represents a unique investment opportunity that requires a depth of understanding across construction, network architecture and network operations at large scale to achieve a successful and sustainable project and unlock institutional capital. The technological aspects of fiber networks are critical, and without understanding and controlling both the fiber and the electronics that power the network, you risk leaving yourself and your investor(s) exposed to greater risks of lost revenue.

     

    Fiber is also not a short-term investment, so the risks need to be considered over the long term, including several economic cycles. For those with the patience to structure projects sustainably, the rewards can be significant: Entrepreneurs in the space have the opportunity to earn income over the next 30-plus years while producing assets that make a positive impact on a community’s quality of life, boosting the local economy and creating jobs.

    NANO TECH

    Perishable goods, especially for food and pharmaceuticals, must be kept within certain, low temperature ranges during manufacture, storage and transport in order to prevent degradation and spoilage. Small devices called time-temperature indicator (TTI) are used to detect and record temperature changes throughout the entire cold-supply chain.


    "Unfortunately, conventional TTIs are very limited to be broadly used for many practical applications," Dr. Dongyeop Oh, a Senior Researcher at the Research Center for Industrial Chemical Biotechnology at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), tells Nanowerk. "For example, diffusion-based TTI is susceptible to forced impact, punctures, and cuts. Chemical reaction-based TTI is expensive and poses a risk of potential chemical leakage."


    To address these issues, KRICT researchers fabricated an innovative type of time-temperature sensor that uses a self-healing material. This sensor only requires a single material with one phase, and functions as a result of its own intrinsic characteristics.
    "What we developed contains superior characteristics in all aspects compared to a conventional TTI," Oh points out. "Our TTI functions even after it is subject to forced impact, punctures, high load, and even cuts. Moreover, it is highly flexible, not at risk of chemical leakage, and cost-effective."

    NANO TECH

    Nanopixels that are 1 million times smaller than those being used in smartphones have been constructed from gold nanoparticles encapsulated in a conductive polymer shell. The tiny pixels, developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge, could be used to create large-scale flexible displays at lower cost than existing technologies.

     

    Key to the nanopixel design is the use of plasmonic metasurfaces. The metasurface is constructed using a bottom-up solution process that controls the plasmonic gaps and fills them with an active medium.

     

    Electrochromic gold nanoparticles are coated onto a metallic mirror and encapsulated in a thin polymer coating that changes chemically when electrically switched, causing the pixel to change color across the spectrum.

     

    To produce the nanopixels economically, the team coated vats of the gold nanoparticles with an active polymer and then sprayed them onto flexible mirror-coated plastic. “We started by washing them over aluminized food packets, but then found aerosol spraying is faster,” said researcher Hyeon-Ho Jeong. The pixels can be produced using roll-to-roll fabrication on flexible plastic films.