AMD Introduces New Socketed AMD Sempron and AMD Athlon APU Products with AM1 Platform in India

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Chipmaker AMD today announced India availability of its new AM1 platform featuring  quad-core and dual-core variants of the AMD APUcodenamed “Kabini” into the component channel for system builders.The AM1 platform, branded with the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Sempron™ APU brands will deliver award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and “Jaguar” CPU cores on motherboards from the leading manufacturers. AMD Athlon™ 5150/5350 and AMD Sempron ™ 2650/3850APUs provide consumers a balanced computing experience on a socketed upgradable platform.

AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APUs deliver a quad-core solution to consumers that includestwo SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, PCIe 2.0 lanes for graphic card upgrades, and a trio of video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA)starting at under $40 USD . The AMD AM1 platform provides up to 3x more compute performance than itscompetitors, as well as balanced computing with DirectX® 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets .

AMD Partner Program Launch

AMD also announced the official launch of the new AMD Partner Program, aimed to strengthen and reward its global channel partners in India today. The program is based on three cornerstones: Aspire, Motivate, Design – AMD.   The AMD Partner Program provides well-defined and transparent criteria through a tiered program offering a broad range of attributes including: financial, access, marketing, referral/recognition, technical, and material benefits.Anenhanced AMD Partner Portal provides up-to-date information to partners through secure web access, with contenttailored to help channel partners grow and prosper with AMD’s broad, industry-leading technology portfolio.

The AMD Partner Program recognizes distributors, system builders, retailersand etailersas Elite, Premier, Provisional Premier, and Select partners, based on criteria outlined within the program. As channel partners ascend to a higher tier, they are eligible to receive anincreased level of benefits. The new “Hero Builder” badge is a supplemental designation awarded toinfluential and dedicated system builders that are ultra-AMD enthusiasts. Depending on thechannel partner’s tiered status, Hero Builders will receive additional program benefits, as well as exclusive early access to select AMD technology.

“Over the last year AMD introduced some ground breaking new technologies with our next-generation APUs, HSA features and our AMD Radeon™ R-Series GPUs.  But these amazing products cannot succeed without a strong and vibrant channel to deliver them,” said Roy Taylor, corporate vice president, Channel Sales, AMD.  “Under the leadership of Amy McFarland, we examined our channel program and have made significant improvements to it.  We now have a program that reflects the new AMD and which will hopefully surprise and delight all of our channel partners worldwide.”

“Association with AMD has always been important to our business and with the new partner program we see it strengthening even further.” said Mr. Bhavesh Shah, Proprietor of Niagara Info. “This enhanced program promises access to critical information, AMD’s support team and transparency that will assist us in informed decisions” he added.

For us, our customers are extremely valuable and are our biggest asset, and AMD plays a key role in adding value to that relationship. We believe that this initiative of improved structure and enhanced access to product roadmaps, training tools and support, will help us grow our business and maximize profitability. We are absolutely thrilled to have deepened our ties with AMD”, said Mr. MadhuSudhan Reddy, MD, General Computer Hyderabad.

When partners register as part of the new AMD Partner Program, they receive access to a secure AMD Partner Portal. The Portal offers sales tools, marketing assets, product training, video spotlights, top reviews and news, resources such as the latest drivers, and more.  All of these resources are designed to help channel partners grow their AMD business.

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The development of Lithium-ion batteries

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The Lithium-ion battery is being used increasingly in portable devices and finding the right one to suit your needs can noticeably improve your user experience. There are many specialized online shops that boast impressive ranges. Leading online suppliers such as RS Components and Premier Farnell, for example, have a wide range of batteries available online, including Lithium-ion ones, which offer several advantages compared to standard battery types.

Benefits of Li-ion batteries

The use of Lithium-ion batteries has been boosted recently due to their adaptability for mobile phones and laptops. They have a higher energy density and lower weight than the nickel-based alternatives, making them ideal for portable devices. Approximately five billion Li-ion batteries were sold worldwide last year.

Possible drawbacks

Despite the huge benefits of Li-ion batteries, their uses have been somewhat confined to small items such as laptops and mobile phones. Their suitability for electric cars is a matter of debate as such vehicles need a battery of 500 watt-hours per kilogram. The current batteries on the market only provide about 150 watt-hours, compared to petrol’s 12,000. Consequently, much more development is needed if the Li-ion battery is to be suitable for motor cars.

Improvements

Development of the Li-ion is ongoing and some companies are adapting it by using non-flammable materials. Meanwhile, improvements are being made to the performance of the battery by getting more energy stored in the same available space and also making the battery capable of holding its charge for longer periods of time.

Further developments in lithium will see batteries getting even smaller, some as small as grains of sand, while greater use will be made of solar power, which will increase the number of ways the batteries can be recharged.

There is also work going into extending the life of the batteries. Their performance declines a couple of years into their life, but new technology in wireless recharging could extend this considerably.

The future

Some believe that lithium technology is already showing signs of age. While the aforementioned advances will ensure lithium will remain dominant for a while, long term, there cannot be a reliance on it if we want improved performance from our gadgets and vehicles.

Maybe, as some researchers claim, there will be increases in the sources of energy used to power devices and there will be no need for batteries at all? Ambient backscatter is already used to power devices and its further development could make batteries obsolete. This is doubtful as it is likely only to be available for the smallest of devices and laptops, with electric cars having to rely on batteries for a long time to come.

Assuming that batteries will continue to be used, magnesium ion may replace lithium in the future because magnesium is more abundant and therefore cheaper. Lithium air is another possibility, differing from Li-ion as it allows much greater “charge storage”. Neither of these alternatives is the finished article but their development may be viewed more closely in the coming years.

 

 

 

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By 2018, Global Phablet Shipments to Reach Over 120 Million Units

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juniperA recent report by Juniper Research has revealed that sales of big-screen smartphones, popularly termed as Phablets, will reach over 120 million units by 2018, rising from an estimated 20 million in 2013. According to the report, the device will find particularly receptive markets in East Asian territories such as South Korea – with gamers who desire a larger surface to play on, and China – where content streamers will benefit from a higher quality screen.

The report found that the Phablet market could become a growth area for established smartphone vendors, allowing them to build flagship phablet models targeting tech heavy demographics. As proved by the recent entry of new vendors, including Nokia, Alcatel and Intex, the Phablet market will likely grow from both ends of the price spectrum with established global brands predicated to focus on higher price points allowing local players to gain a foothold in the lower end.

According to the Juniper Report, the OS market for Phablets will be dominated by two major players, Android and Windows. The Windows ecosystem will be driven by Nokia’s Lumia range, which is anticipated to find success in the more affluent demographics of developing nations. Meanwhile, the Android ecosystem will be driven by the latest in Samsung’s Note series in developed markets as well as local vendors such as Intex.

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Smartphones Are Transforming User's Shopping Experience – IDC

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smartphoneA recent survey conducted by IDC found that survey respondents believe the smartphone is transforming the shopping experience. Around 69% of the surveyed respondents agree that their smartphone is a critical tool allowing them to have a better shopping experience. The report found that the smartphone is enabling shoppers to be more informed and more confident in their shopping decisions, as many consumers reach out to their trusted social networks while shopping. Seven in 10 respondents said they check prices using their smartphones, and five in 10 said they check reviews from their smartphones.

The research revealed that the Smart(Phone) Shopper may prove challenging to brick-and-mortar retailers. One in five survey respondents bought from a competitor while they were shopping in a retail store this holiday season. One in three respondents indicated they purchased much more online versus in a retail store this year compared to last year.

In addition to the survey, the app and mobile Web activity of over  10,000 smartphone users was analyzed during the holiday shopping season. Among retailers, Amazon dominated, with far more consumers accessing its app, mobile website, or both, than any other retailer. Brick-and-mortar retailers significantly lag behind Amazon when analyzing smartphone users’ propensity to use a brand’s app and/or visit the mobile website.

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Worldwide Combined Shipments of Devices Expected to Reach 2.5 billion Units in 2014

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gartnerAccording to a recent report by Gartner, Worldwide combined shipments of devices like PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014. As per the report, among the operating system (OS) market, Android is on pace to surpass one billion users across all devices in 2014.

Commenting on the insights, Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner said,”The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs. Mobile phones are a must have and will continue to grow but at a slower pace, with opportunities moving away from the top-end premium devices to mid-end basic products. Meanwhile users continue to move away from the traditional PC (notebooks and desk-based) as it becomes more of a shared content creation tool, while the greater flexibility of tablets, hybrids and lighter notebooks address users’ increasingly different demands.”

As per the report, mobile phones are expected to dominate overall device shipments, with 1.9 billion mobile phones shipped in 2014. Ultramobiles, which include tablets, hybrids and clamshells, will take over as the main driver of growth in the devices market from 2014, with a growth rate of 54 percent.

The report forecasts that in the year 2014 the worldwide tablet market will grow to 47 percent with lower average selling prices attracting new users. According to a recent consumer study that Gartner conducted in the third quarter of 2013 across Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K., the U.S. and Japan, over two-thirds of tablets were used outside the home for activities such as vacation or concert. This is a similar pattern to that of smartphones as smaller form factors are driving more portability outside the home.

Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 278 million units in 2014, a seven percent decline from 2013. Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain flat in 2014 (0.2 percent), after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure.

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All Apple Apps must be optimised for iOS 7 from 1st Feb 2014

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Apple is requiring all apps submitted to its App Store after 1 February 2014 to be optimised for iOS 7 and built using the latest version of the Xcode 5 development framework. The change applies to both new apps and updates.

Over the past few years, Apple has been encouraging developers to support the latest editions of its OS more rapidly.

This is likely to be even more important with iOS 7, which represents the biggest upgrade in terms of functionality between versions of Apple’s mobile OS, featuring a distinct new look that older apps will not fit into.

According to Apple’s developer support centre, 76 per cent of all iOS devices are running the latest version, compared to 20 per cent using iOS 6.

Xcode 5 includes 64-bit support and access to features such as multitasking APIs. An app can be built against the latest version of Xcode without having to be redesigned, according to TechCrunch, but may need to be reworked to function correctly for iOS 7.

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India's Cell Phone Market is driven by India made phones

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India’s cell phone market has seen a tremendous growth in the last few years. With cheap Chinese handsets (Smart phones) entering the Indian market has eaten up the market share from Samsung,NOKIA. Some of the best cell phones in India have been launched by the rising star Indian brands like Micromax, Karbonn, LAVA & Intex. The Indian consumers are now getting more inclined towards buying the cheap Indian cell phone brands as compared to the global brands like Samsung, Apple , Blackberry, Nokia.

Some of the latest handsets introduced in the Indian market today by top Indian cell phone manufacturer Micromax is the Canvas series and Titanium series by Karbonn. Samsung had launched their top of the line S4 series and Apple’s Iphone 5S recently competes with the Indian brands. This year Micromax and Karbonn are planning to introduce a number of low cost smart phones, which will definitely take the market in a big way.

From a promotion and branding perspective the Indian brands are giving their international counterparts a run for their money by bringing in some top celebrities to drive the brands. Micromax recently signed up Hollywood super star Hugh Jackman as their brand ambassador. With this Indian brands are projecting themselves as a global brand and not cheap phone brands.

Micromax and Karbonn are planning to start manufacturing their devices in India in the recent future. Indian consumers aren’t aware of a drawback to purchasing Indian phones. The Indian phones unfortunately works only in India and the Indian sub-continent, if a user is roaming  internationally in locations such as US ,Europe or Middle East, these phones won’t work. Indian handset OEM’s should try and solve this issue soon, as then eventually their handsets can be sold overseas. With time we will see a lot of focus on building the devices within India and not import the parts from China, which increases the duty of the imported parts and is passed on to the consumers.

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Smartphones Account for 55 Percent of Mobile Phones Sold in Q3-2013 : Ericsson

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smartphoneAccording to a recent report by Ericsson, Smartphone uptake continued its strong momentum and accounted for around 55 per cent of all mobile phones sold in July-September period compared to around 40 per cent for the full year in 2012. The report said mobile subscriptions across the world are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 per cent of these – 5.6 billion – will be for smartphones.

As per the report, total mobile subscriptions up to and including Q3 2013 are at around 6.6 billion, including 113 million new subscriptions added during the third quarter. India saw the second highest number of new mobile subscriptions in Q3 2013, following China.

According to the report, there was a net addition of 10 million mobile subscriptions in India, taking the total number of Indian mobile subscriptions to 742 million. The report forecasts that the total smartphone subscriptions will reach 1.9 billion at the end of 2013 and are expected to grow to 5.6 billion in 2019.

An increase in Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa subscriptions is one of the key factors leading to an increase in smartphone subscriptions.

Commenting on the insights, Ericsson Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy Douglas Gilstrap said:”The rapid pace of smartphone uptake has been phenomenal and is set to continue. It took more than five years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark. Between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple. Interestingly, this trend will be driven by uptake in India and other emerging markets as lower-priced smartphone models become available.”

The report also revealed that due to availability of smartphones in lower price ranges, in 2016 there will be more smartphone subscriptions globally than those for basic phones.

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Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Reach a Record 250m in Q3 2013

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smartphoneAccording to a recent report by Juniper Research, the number of smartphone shipments exceeded a quarterly record of 250 million in Q3 2013, representing a y-o-y growth of almost 49% from Q3 2012, and q-o-q growth of 10%. The report found that ndset maker Samsung now accounts for a third of all smartphones shipped with an estimated 85 million smartphones. Driven by  an increase of smartphone sales in both Premium and Economy segments, Samsung reported a 26% growth in profit.

As per the report, the iPhone accounted for 1 in 7 smartphone shipments during Q3 2013, representing a quarterly growth of 8% from Q2 2013. According to Juniper, Apple and Samsung will continue to dominate the global market, shipping 17% more smartphones in 2018 than were shipped globally by all vendors in 2012.

Nokia shipped a record 8.8 million Lumia devices and nearly 6 million Asha smartphones in Q3 2013, together exceeding LG for the second time this year. LG maintained its smartphone shipment pace compared to the previous quarter, shipping another 12 million in Q3 2013, representing a 24% increase year-over-year. While BlackBerry shipped only 3.7 million units, Huawei, ZTE and LG together shipped over 37 million smartphones in Q3 2013, accounting for a combined market share of 15%.

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Shipments of consumer M2M devices will reach 13.8 million in 2017 – Berg Insight

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berg-insightAccording to a new research report from Berg Insight, shipments of consumer M2M devices with cellular connectivity reached 5.3 million worldwide in 2012. In the next five years, shipments are forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1 percent to reach 13.8 million devices in 2017. This relatively new breed of connected devices – neither classified as handsets, PCs, tablets nor traditional M2M devices – have strong growth potential. Today, e-readers and PNDs are the most common consumer M2M devices already shipping in millions. The consumer device market is changing rapidly and dedicated devices are facing fierce competition from multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablets. Introducing wireless connectivity is one strategy to meet this threat and new connected products such as the Galaxy camera range from Samsung as well as smaller scale success stories such as the PocketFinder from Location Based Technologies show the market potential for cellular connected consumer devices.

Emerging device categories such as personal tracking, wearable technology and digital cameras are well suited for embedded cellular connectivity and have high growth potential in the coming years. Berg Insight predicts that by 2017, smart watches will be the most sold consumer M2M device category before personal tracking devices, accounting for 23 percent and 17 percent respectively of total annual shipments. An increasing share of all content and services are delivered through the cloud and cellular connectivity gives the freedom of being connected everywhere.

“There are already over 15 million consumer M2M devices in use worldwide. Business innovation from device vendors, content service providers and telecom operators is now necessary in order to turn M2M consumer devices into a mainstream success” says Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. The 3G connected Kindle e-reader from Amazon is the most sold consumer M2M device to date. “A seamless integrated offering without any complicated subscription models has been key to the success”, continues Mr Svanberg. Mobile data plans which let users buy a bucket of data to share across several devices as well as pay-per-use models are other promising business models for consumer M2M devices. “It is not always possible to hide the cost of data such as in the case of the Kindle, but the relationship between the benefits and costs need to be both clear and fair in order for users to be willing to pay extra for wireless data”, concludes Mr Svanberg.

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