Global semiconductor revenue hits $419.7 billion in 2017, says Gartner

Preliminary results released by Gartner showed that global semiconductor revenue amounted to $ 419.7 billion in 2017, up 22% year-over-year.

The memory market, which accounted for 31% of the overall semiconductor revenue in 2017, realised revenue growth of 64% due to higher prices arising from undersupply. Samsung Electronics occupied the top position in the memory vendors list for 2017, followed by Intel, SK Hynix, Micron Technology and Qualcomm.

Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, said: "The largest memory supplier, Samsung Electronics, gained the most market share and took the No. 1 position from Intel — the first time Intel has been toppled since 1992. Memory accounted for more than two-thirds of all semiconductor revenue growth in 2017, and became the largest semiconductor category.”

Samsung Electronics outpaced Intel as the top memory vendor with revenue of $ 61.2bn, up from $ 40.1bn in 2016, compared to Intel’s 2017 revenue of $ 57.7bn (2016 revenue: $ 54.1bn). The third position is occupied by SK Hynix with revenue of $ 26.3bn, followed by Micron Technology and Qualcomm with revenue of $ 23.1bn and $ 17.1bn, respectively. In terms of market share, Samsung Electronics held 14.6% and Intel’s market share stood at 13.8%. SK Hynix, Micron Technology and Qualcomm’s market share stood at 6.3%, 5.5% and 4.1%, respectively.

Norwood added: “The current rankings may not last long, however, Samsung’s lead is literally built on sand, in the form of memory silicon. Memory pricing will weaken in 2018, initially for NAND flash and then DRAM in 2019 as China increases its memory production capacity. We then expect Samsung to lose a lot of the revenue gains it has made."

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YouTube’s problematic Content ID says white noise is copyrighted


A YouTube content creator recently found his video the subject of multiple content claims, meaning several people are trying to claim ownership of white noise. Sebastian Tomczak a.k.a “littlescale”, a music technologist based in Australia, told TorrentFreak he received several complaints on his video, which he created via a noise generator. My ten hour white noise video now has five copyright claims! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/dX9PCM1qGx — Sebastian Tomczak (@littlescale) January 4, 2018 The original video is a ten hour-long video of white noise; not too unusual by YouTube’s standards. The five claimants all feature white noise in some form or other.…

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase says it won’t be adding Ripple… for now


Coinbase today released a blog post denying it had plans to add any new assets. This indicates that rumors crypto’s current flavor of the week, Ripple (XRP), would be added to the popular exchange aren’t to be believed. At least not right this moment. The exchange says, on its blog: Coinbase will announce the addition of new assets only via our blog post or other official channels. We previously reported that rumors of the Ripple addition were allegedly coming from inside the offices, and while there’s absolutely nothing to substantiate that, the blog post does serve to remind everyone that…

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Apple says all iOS and Mac devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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This week, news about two major CPU vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre came out. These security flaws affect devices with processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM and can put your data at risk. Today Apple opened up about how these bugs affect their devices.

Apple says that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre, but that there aren’t any known exploits impacting users right now. The company released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to protect against Meltdown, so if you’re not on those versions, you may want to update. The Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown.

Many of the issues that can be caused by Meltdown require you to download a malicious app, so Apple warns that you should only download software from a trusted source, such as the App Store.

When it comes to Spectre, Apple says that its analysis shows that the exploitative techniques are difficult but can potentially be exploited by JavaScript in a web browser. Apple plans to release an update to Safari on both macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate the exploit techniques.

To read more of Apple’s response to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, hit the link below.

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Intel says it will patch 90 percent of recent chips by next week (updated)

A little more than a day since Google Project Zero went public with its findings regarding a major security flaw in Intel (and others) chip designs, the company announced that it is already is pushing out patches to eliminate the vulnerability. Intel…
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T-Mobile says 600MHz LTE now in 586 cities, confirms completion of Iowa Wireless deal

Along with its news about customer satisfaction in 2017, T-Mobile has some network news to share today. T-Mo says that its 600MHz coverage is now live in 586 cities. The full list can be found right here, complete with cities like Greenview, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Jacksonville, Penn.; and Y-O Ranch, Wyo. To help customers take advantage of that 600MHz coverage, T-Mobile says that it’ll launch more than 12 new 600MHz-capable smartphones in 2018. No specific … [read full article]

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Intel says memory security issue extends beyond its own chips

That major security flaw attributed to Intel chips might not be so Intel-specific after all. After hours of silence, Intel has posted a response denying some of the claims about the exploit, which is believed to revolve around identifying content in…
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Telcos confident of rising Wi-Fi investment in 2018, says WBA

Telcos confident of rising Wi-Fi investment in 2018, says WBA

Telcos and their IT suppliers are confident of seeing big investments in Wi-Fi connectivity in 2018, according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance. 

Among wireless broadband providers, levels of confidence in Wi-Fi investments have never been higher, with important implications for the IoT.

That’s the view put forward in the latest annual report from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), an industry consortium that comprises telcos and mobile operators, along with leading technology companies including Cisco, Microsoft and Huawei.

The consensus found in the report, which was compiled by analyst firm Maravidis on behalf of the WBA, is that with Wi-Fi positioned to support 5G-type performance and use cases, there’s good reason to be confident that investment levels will be healthy in 2018. More than four out of five respondents say they feel as confident or more confident in these than they did a year ago.

Read more: Ford to install Wi-Fi smart benches across London

Not just Wi-Fi

When looking at unlicensed spectrum more broadly, almost half of respondents (47 percent) feel more confident, they say. In other words, many technologies operating in unlicensed and shared bands will play a part here, as Maravedis senior analyst Adlane Fellah points out.

“Wireless use cases are expanding rapidly, enabled by new technologies and spectrum in the unlicensed and shared banks,” he said. “These innovations are laying the foundations for the 5G era, in which Wi-Fi will play a central role.”

The survey also looks at questions around monetizing Wi-Fi and finds that three use cases in particular look set to drive near-term revenue: extending internet access and media to a full smart home; richer and more efficient enterprise services driven by cloud-managed networks and security; and expansion of the Wi-Fi roaming model.

The report also claims that Wi-Fi, along with low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, will provide a rapid and cost-effective deployment of various IoT applications, including the deployment of smart cities.

But interoperability between different technologies, independent certification of devices and equipment and collaboration between different city stakeholders are identified as areas that connected city ecosystems must urgently address.

Read more: Cisco chosen to provide free Wi-Fi to City of London

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Brazilian state says Apple refused to sign notification on iPhone battery issues

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Apple employees have declined to sign a notification requiring them to tell Brazilian iPhone owners how they can get discounted battery replacements, according to a state agency.
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Apple says Chicago store’s snow problems are result of software issue

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Troubles with snow and ice at Apple’s North Michigan store in Chicago were attributable to glitches in a rooftop warming system, rather than any inherently bad architecture, according to the company.
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