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Worldwide PC Monitor Shipments Down By 2.9% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled 32.5 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-over-year decline of -2.9%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 107 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, there was a strong quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 11% in the United States and a slight increase in PC Monitor shipments in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). In addition, the shipment totals were stronger than forecast by 4%," said Keerthi Maganti, Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Monitor Trackers at IDC.

Samsung Unveils the S27D590C 27-inch Curved Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduced the 27-inch S27D590C Full HD Curved Monitor designed to enhance visually compelling entertainment content. The advanced display creates a more immersive viewing experience through its curved design and innovative features.

"Our new, 27-inch curved monitor takes movie watching and gaming to new heights from the monitor's unique curved screen and comprehensive entertainment features, to the incredible picture quality and the impressive sleek design," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "The S27D590C embodies our singular focus to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience."

Samsung Now Mass Producing Industry's First 20-Nanometer 6Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing its six gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM, based on advanced 20 nanometer (nm) process technology. The highly-efficient new mobile memory chip will enable longer battery run-time and faster application loading on large screen mobile devices with higher resolution.

"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," said Jeeho Baek, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are working closely with our global customers to offer next-generation mobile memory solutions that can be applied to a more extensive range of markets ranging from the premium to standard segments."

Samsung's new 6Gb LPDDR3 has a per-pin data transfer rate of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps). A 3GB (gigabyte) LPDDR3 package, which consists of four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips, can be easily created for use in a wide range of mobile devices. Also, the package greatly strengthens our product portfolio for premium mobile applications.

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Coming Soon

Samsung and the world's second solid-state drive based on 3D vertical-NAND flash technology, the 850 EVO, was spotted on marketing material, ahead of its launch. Closely trailing the company's flagship 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s drive, the 850 Pro, the 850 EVO will have lower price per GB. The drive will be based on Samsung's 3-bit (TLC) 3D V-NAND chips, and Samsung's updated triple-core processor. Given how Samsung is offering a stunning 10-year warranty with the 850 Pro, this drive could come with a similar warranty. The 850 Pro, for example, is rated with a TBW ceiling of 150 TB, double that of its predecessor.

Source: Expreview

NVIDIA Files Complaints Against Samsung and Qualcomm for Patent Infringement

NVIDIA today announced that it has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.

The identified Samsung products include the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 mobile phones; and the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab 2 computer tablets. Most of these devices incorporate Qualcomm mobile processors -- including the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801 and 805. Others are powered by Samsung Exynos mobile chips, which incorporate ARM's Mali and Imagination Technologies' PowerVR GPU cores.

Samsung Brings Ultra High Definition to the Desktop with New UD970 Monitor

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the availability of its new 32-inch-class Ultra High Definition (UHD) professional desktop monitor, the UD970. With four times the number of pixels compared to standard monitors, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB color compliance, the Samsung UD970 is ideal for professionals that require high resolution and accurate image reproduction, such as video and photo editing, graphic design, mapping and simulation, architecture, engineering and more.

"For today's professionals, UHD display technology unlocks a new dimension of rich and detailed imagery, enabling them to take their creativity and productivity to a new level," said Tod Pike, Senior Vice President of Samsung's Enterprise Business Division. "Samsung has a long history of leadership in display technologies and we're excited to bring this new advancement to creative professionals and enterprise users."

Samsung Expands Its Premium Home Audio Lineup

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the availability of the Shape M3 (WAM350) speaker, the latest addition to Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem of products and the new HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, the world's first TV-Matching Curved Soundbar uniquely designed to seamlessly complement Samsung's 55 and 65-inch Curved UHD TVs. Both products deliver superb sound quality for any listening environment.

"With a passion to elevate entertainment experiences for consumers, we continue to lead the industry in key audio segments and deliver innovative premium products designed to create the best audio and home theater entertainment experiences," said Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics America. "With the launch of the M3, we're excited to unveil the latest addition to our award winning Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem and demonstrate our commitment to the wireless audio market. Meanwhile, the arrival of the Curved Soundbar strikes the balance between outstanding sound quality and standout design that's meant to fit seamlessly with our Curved TVs and in any living room environment."

Samsung Starts Mass Producing First 3D TSV Technology Based DDR4 Modules

Samsung Electronics, Ltd. announced today that it has started mass producing the industry's first 64 gigabyte (GB), double data rate-4 (DDR4), registered dual Inline memory modules (RDIMMs) that use three dimensional (3D) "through silicon via" (TSV) package technology. The new high-density, high-performance module will play a key role in supporting the continued proliferation of enterprise servers and cloud-based applications, as well as further diversification of data center solutions.

The new RDIMMs include 36 DDR4 DRAM chips, each of which consists of four 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM dies. The low-power chips are manufactured using Samsung's most advanced 20-nanometer (nm) class* process technology and 3D TSV package technology.

Samsung Introduces the Level Box mini Wireless Speaker

Samsung Electronics announced Samsung Level Box mini, the latest addition to Samsung's Level series of premium audio products. The Samsung Level Box mini delivers the high-quality sound as Level Box but within a lighter, more compact metallic body. The Level Box mini comes in an assortment of rich, vivid colors, giving consumers a stylish, affordable and exceptional listening experience.

The Samsung Level Box mini sports a large (55 mm) stereo speaker and a passive radiator, optimized to deliver premium-quality sound that is powerful, crisp and balanced. Level Box mini is compatible with the Samsung Level App, which provides Volume Control, Text-to-Speech, S Voice and SoundAlive. SoundAlive, Samsung's innovative audio technology, intelligently makes automatic adjustments to sound quality by analyzing the source to ensure the best sound quality.

Samsung Introduces the SM1623 SAS-interface Solid State Drive

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has begun mass producing a new, high-performance SAS-interface solid state drive (SSD) using 10-nanometer (nm) class MLC NAND flash memory.

"With our new SAS SSD, our competitiveness in the enterprise storage SSD market has been strengthened," said Jeeho Baek, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are committed to providing storage customers with an exceptionally wide variety of next-generation, high-capacity SSDs in driving the fast-growing enterprise storage SSD market."

Samsung Introduces New External Optical Disc Drives for Ultrabooks

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, announced today its newest ultra-slim portable DVD writers, the SE-218GN and SE-208GB optical disc drives (ODDs) with a sleeker design and mobile size for Ultrabook users on-the-go.

Measuring 148.6 x 14 x 146mm (SE-208GB) and 148 x 14.4 x 143(SE-218GN), the drives are ideal for Ultrabook users that need optical media for easy access to stored documents, photos and multimedia content. These new drives feature a new external ODD design by placing the eject button on top of the case to maximize the ease of pressing the eject button instead of on the front bezel.

TSMC May Lose 16 nm and 14 nm Market Share to Competitors in 2015: Chairman

TSMC may lose out on orders to competing fabs on the 16 nanometer (nm) and 14 nm nodes, in terms of market share, in 2015, according to company chairman Morris Chang. Chips built on the 16 nm node will amount to single-digit percentages of the company's output in the year. Samsung Electronics is expected to take the lead on these processes, as it just netted orders from Qualcomm, a major mobile baseband chip and SoC designer.

Chang stressed that 20 nm and 16 nm will drive revenue for the next three years for major fabs. 20 nm products will account for 10 percent of TSMC's revenues in Q3 2014, will expand to 20 percent in Q4, and contribute over 20 percent of TSMC's revenues in 2015. TSMC's 16 nm node will be competitive for products such as mobile baseband chips, ICs, GPUs, NICs, and server chips. Despite these setbacks in the company's competitive outlook, it expects its revenues to grow by 12.6 to 14.2 percent sequentially in Q3 2014, year over year.Source: DigiTimes

Samsung Announces US Availability of 'Level' Audio Portfolio

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announced the U.S. availability of the Samsung Level portfolio of premium mobile audio products. The Level audio portfolio is a collection of three premium headphones and a Bluetooth speaker -- all designed for portability and style while producing high quality sound.

The portfolio includes: Level Over, Level On, Level In and Level Box. All four devices work seamlessly with smartphones and tablets, and the Level Over can be further customized using the Samsung Level App to elevate the audio experience. In addition, the Level portfolio easily syncs with Milk Music powered by Slacker, Samsung's free music streaming service for select Galaxy devices, offering an easy-to-use interface and more than 200 stations to further amplify your music listening experience.

Intel, Samsung, Others Team Up to Drive Seamless Device-to-Device Connectivity

Technology industry leaders Atmel Corporation, Broadcom Corporation, Dell, Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and Wind River, are joining forces to establish a new industry consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is focused on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

Samsung Introduces New Branded SSD Powered by 3D V-NAND

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung's cutting-edge three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 PRO, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers a new breed of performance for solid state drives and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month.

Based on Samsung's proprietary V-NAND technology, the new 850 PRO is ideal for use in high-end PCs and workstations. Samsung's V-NAND features a proprietary vertical cell structure and represents a breakthrough in overcoming the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements.

Samsung Announces Enhanced Version of Samsung School

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced major updates to Samsung School, its fully integrated one-to-one learning solution, available now for school districts for the 2014-2015 academic year. Designed to be more intuitive and participatory, the latest version of Samsung School will be on display at Booth #1514, ISTE 2014 in Atlanta from June 28-July 1 alongside the company's full line-up of educational products and solutions.

Samsung School has experienced rapid adoption with deployments in nearly 50 countries worldwide, and large-scale implementations in schools ranging from elementary to high school. Samsung School combines Samsung Galaxy tablets, large-format classroom displays and other technology, melded together with powerful interactive management software to create a student-centric learning environment. The latest version (Samsung School v1.5.6) will be compatible with the new Galaxy Tab 4 Education - Samsung's first tablet specifically designed to support one-to-one learning and providing support for Google Play for Education.

SSD Price War on the Cards

The consumer SSD market could witness a price-war, with leading manufacturers spooling up production, according to industry sources. NAND flash chip supplier Micron Technology reportedly reduced supplies of its chips to other manufacturers, in a possible bid to increase production of consumer SSDs bearing its own channel brand, Crucial Memory. The company plans to double shipments of Crucial-branded SSDs quarter-over-quarter. Elsewhere, Kingston Digital ramped up SSD shipments to 600,000 units a month, to step up competition against SanDisk and Samsung.

SSD makers are likely to take advantage of the entry of M.2 standard in the consumer space, with the introduction of Intel's 9-series chipset. M.2 offers 10 Gb/s of interface bandwidth (physical layer PCI-Express 2.0 x2), and some non-standard implementations are wired to offer even 20 Gb/s (physical layer PCI-Express 2.0 x4). M.2 slots feature SATA 6 Gb/s wiring in some onboard implementations, which could pave the way for M.2 replacing 2.5-inch SATA as the highest selling SSD form-factor, in the near future.


Source: DigiTimes

Worldwide PC Monitor Market Declines in Q1 2014, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled nearly 33.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a year-over-year decline of -0.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 106 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units," said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth."

Samsung Launches New UHD Commercial Display Lineup

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled the QMD Series, a new lineup of 4K UHD commercial displays that enable businesses to deliver greater visual impact, inform and inspire their audience. In addition to exhibiting its latest hardware and software solutions for a smarter digital signage experience, Samsung will also be introducing a new 32-inch UHD desktop monitor. InfoComm attendees can see the full lineup of Samsung commercial display innovations for education, retail, corporate and more at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #C6319, from June 18-20.

"Samsung has a legacy of leadership in display technology and digital signage, and we are now leading the exciting transition to UHD for customers looking to deliver more visually engaging, memorable visual experiences," said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung's Enterprise Business Division. "As 4K content becomes more prevalent and cost-effective to produce, offerings like our new QMD Series enable early adopters to wow their audiences and ensure they are future-proofed as the UHD becomes the new standard."

Samsung Announces the SD850 Business Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduced the premium SD850 Business Monitor for the professional B2B and performance consumer markets. The SD850 combines rich functionality with superior picture quality, all exquisitely designed to deliver a deeper viewing experience. With the SD850, professional customers can be more productive and deliver higher quality work.

"The SD850 redefines the upper limit for enterprise-level monitors. We have designed the monitor to empower users that demand the most innovative display technology possible for producing their highest quality work," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. "The SD850 delivers the form, functionality and features that set a new standard for business monitors, and its sleek, ergonomic design perfectly complements the stunning quality of the display."

Samsung 14 nm FinFET Process Technology Ecosystem Solidly in Place

Stating that not all FinFETs are created equal, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that the IP and design enablement ecosystem for its foundry's 14nm FinFET process technology is firmly in place as customers begin their early design work. Highlighting this fact, Samsung will be demonstrating a 14nm FinFET system-on-chip (SoC) reference board at the 51st Annual Design Automation Conference.

"To ease customers design risks moving to 14nm FinFET, we need to have all the elements of the design ecosystem optimized well in advance," said Dr. Shawn Han, vice president of foundry marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are pleased to work with the industry's leading IP and design enablement companies. Our early work at this advanced node will allow our customers to bring their next-generation SoCs to the market quickly while taking full advantage of the benefits of our 14nm FinFET technology." Samsung's foundry offering has focused its 14nm FinFET ecosystem efforts with key IP partners. Collaboration specifically around optimal Fin-based design infrastructure and early FinFET IP development has resulted in foundation libraries and advanced IP suite. On the enablement side, Samsung, with its EDA partners, has worked to optimize 3D device modeling, extraction solutions, and design verification as well as Design for Manufacturing (DFM) solutions. The result of which is the 14nm FinFET reference board that will be on display at DAC 2014.

Samsung Introduces the 845DC EVO Solid State Drive for Data Centers

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today introduced the Samsung 845DC EVO Solid State Drives (SSD), adding a new SSD line designed for use in data centers to its award-winning memory portfolio.

The Samsung 845DC EVO has been designed and built for sustained performance, low latency and high endurance in read-intensive data center applications, such as video/content streaming, application and web servers. Utilizing Samsung's advanced 10-nanometer class 3-bit NAND flash memory, the firmware and controller of the Samsung 845DC EVO are based on the Samsung PM853T SSD, which has been tested and qualified for system compatibility by leading server system manufacturers. The 845DC EVO SSD is ideal for small and medium business system integration and data center use, while the PM853T provides a customized solution for OEM server manufacturers and large data centers.

NAND Flash Brand Supplier Revenue Falls 6.6% in First Quarter

The shipment performances of Smartphones, Tablets, and Notebooks were relatively weak in the first quarter due to seasonality. As a result of the entire NAND Flash market's oversupply in 1Q 2014, the branded suppliers' Q1 revenues saw a 6.6% drop compared to the previous quarter, and slid to approximately US$ 7,244 million, according to Sean Yang, Assistant Vice President at DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage research division of TrendForce.

Looking at the branded supplier revenue ranking, Samsung managed to retain its lead in the market with approximately US$ 2,175 million in sales, but saw its market share dip slightly to 30.0%; Toshiba came in second with a revenue total of US$ 1,548 million and an improved market share of 21.4%; SanDisk ended up in third place with US$ 1,367 million in revenue, while Micron came in fourth with US$ 1,050 million; Affected by its capacity allocations, SK Hynix's revenues slid to approximately US$ 594 million, resulting in market share of 8.2%.

Samsung Starts Mass Producing Industry's First 32-Layer 3D V-NAND Flash Memory

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first three-dimensional (3D) V-NAND flash memory using 32 vertically stacked cell layers, which is its second generation V-NAND offering. Samsung's 32-layer 3D V-NAND - also referred to as Vertical NAND - requires a higher level of design technology to stack the cell arrays than the previous 24-layer V-NAND, yet delivers much greater production efficiency because Samsung can use essentially the same equipment it used for production of the first generation V-NAND.

In addition, Samsung has just launched a line-up of premium SSDs based on its 2nd generation V-NAND flash memory with 128 gigabyte (GB), 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options. After introducing 3D V-NAND-based SSDs to data centers last year, Samsung is now extending its V-NAND SSD line-up to high-end PC applications, in expanding its market base. "We increased the availability of our 3D V-NAND by introducing an extensive V-NAND SSD line-up that covers the PC market in addition to data centers," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Look for us to provide a consistent, timely supply of high-performance, high-density V-NAND SSDs as well as core V-NAND chips for IT customers globally, contributing to fast market adoption of 3D NAND technology."

VESA Elects New Board Officers

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced the election of new Board of Directors leadership. Alan Kobayashi of MegaChips has been elected Board Chair; Syed Athar Hussain has been re-elected Vice Chair; and Richard Hubbard of Texas Instruments has been elected Secretary/Treasurer. The new leadership slate will serve one-year terms of office.

Alan Kobayashi, VESA's new Board Chair, is Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. Based in San Jose, CA, Mr. Kobayashi has served in a variety of senior corporate technology roles, and he has been an author of VESA's DisplayPort Standard and served as Chair of the DisplayPort Task Group, the Leader of the organization's PHY/Link Layer Compliance Sub-groups, and as a VESA Board member. Mr. Kobayashi holds several dozen patents in the area of A/V transport and display.

"VESA's work developing standards and establishing compliance test protocols is of strategic importance to the entire video display ecosystem," explained Alan Kobayashi. "I hope to help guide the organization as we continue to enhance our existing, widely adopted standards, while also developing solutions for the industry's emerging video challenges."
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