Recently, the market research firm – Yole Developpement has revealed that Sony is not able to continue the supply of CMOS image sensors to the Chinese tech giant – Huawei and facing major business loss. However, Samsung is taking this situation as an opportunity and wants to lead the sensor market itself.
The reason behind this is the US sanctions on Huawei that banned the use of American technology and components in its devices. Additionally, it restricts US-based companies to do business with Huawei in the same manner.
In the past few years, the demand for smartphones furnished with a multi-camera system and support high-quality pictures has increased. Following this, major smartphone makers started making efforts in order to satisfy the consumers.
So, the requirement for a high-definition smart camera system and CMOS image sensors also seen a big hike. The result of this became a boom in the business of Sony image sensors and shipments as well.
To be mentioned, Huawei was one of the biggest customers of Sony image sensors for a long time. However, almost all Huawei devices equipped with Sony’s high-end mobile image sensors especially flagship Mate and P-series smartphones.
According to the information, Sony’s market shares decreased as compared to last year’s statistics. The US sanctions on Huawei also side by side effects the companies, which had Huawei as a major customer.
Moreover, Huawei has a spends a lot of money to customize special sensors from Sony. After losing large amount image sensor orders from Huawei, the market sales of Sony CMOS image sensors started declining.
Sony Market Share:
According to the Yole Development data report, amid problems in the semiconductor business, Sony still leads the market share in 2020 with 20.7 billion USD accounted for 40% of the total market share. To be mentioned, the share was slightly lower than the share of 2019, which was 42% of the market.
Samsung secured second place in the market, but its share rose from 21% in 2019 to 22% in 2020. Additionally, Sony’s CFO said that it is expected that the sensor business will not recover completely until 2023.
Aside from Yole Developpement market researchers mentioned that there will be a slight rebound in 2021 with an annual growth rate of 12%. It is estimated that the market share in 2021 will reach 21.4 billion USD with an increase of 3.2% over 2020. Also, there will be stronger chances of growth in 2022 and 2023.
Samsung wants to lead the image sensor market share:
It is revealed that Samsung’s global image sensor market shares with 20% less than Sony’s. But Samsung’s sensor market seems to be more stable than Sony because most Samsung products use self-produced image sensors.
Moreover, CMOS image sensors produced by Samsung are more favored by mid-range smartphones and can attract more mid-range customers to stabilize their growth momentum.
On the other hand, it was reported that Samsung is planning to use its 13th DRAM wafer fab in Hwaesong to produce CMOS image sensors. This year, Samsung’s monthly image sensor wafer production capacity may increase by about 20,000 to 30,000 pieces, which will also help Samsung further increase its sensor market share.
Sony reconstructing its business strategy:
To cope up with this situation, Sony Group is now reconstructing its semiconductor business strategy and planning and trying to jump into the automobile sensor business to overcome the losses and avoid the impact of the sharp drop of Huawei image sensor orders.
In this segment, Sony has signed a business agreement (MOU) with South Korea’s Autonomous a2z company in January this year. An Autonomous company representative said: “We will apply Sony’s advanced image sensor to our autonomous driving cognitive system so that we will have world-class autonomous driving technology.”
(Via | zhidx)
Kirin Maker: Huawei will support HiSilicon for its chipset journey
At Huawei Connect 2021, Eric Xu, Rotating Chairman of the company said in an interview with the media that HiSilicon, the Kirin chipmaker, is only a chip design department. He also mentioned that Huawei has no profit requirement from HiSilicon.
However, the Huawei chief also mentioned that the company will continue to support and raise its chip designing subsidiary and will also allow outstanding talents to join the company to prepare it for future ventures.
Xu further expressed that Huawei is currently aiming to survive in harsh conditions and we are now in a process of survival. Under this process, different companies have different choices and a large number of companies will choose to give and lay off employees. On the other hand, Huawei has its own approach.
Huawei wants to survive all of the outcomes and challenges. Therefore, it may face many technical outages and problems that need to be resolved, which requires top talents to overcome the difficulties.
So we are now spreading out hands and collecting the world’s top talents to join Huawei, and helps it solve as well as improve our overall strength in the survival process. This will all lead towards our prime goal.
Xu concluded its remarks by saying that our approach in this difficult time is different from other companies and we hope that Huawei achieves this path.
This is not the first time when the Huawei chief has come up with such remarks regarding the Kirin maker – HiSilicon. Back in April, during the Huawei Analyst Summit, Eric reiterated the same statement on the ground.
In June, HiSilicon started recruiting new talents that could further enhance the competitiveness of the company in various technologies and put the recruitment in the following categories:
The recruitment is currently underway and seemingly continues to move forward in this way.
(Via – Phonix Tech)
After Three Years: Huawei CFO finally returns China, dealt with U.S. [Updated]
Update – Huawei Statement:
Huawei has shared a statement on this matter, check it below
“United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou have reached a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in a case bringing federal charges against Ms. Meng for bank and wire fraud. In 2018, Ms. Meng was arrested in Canada in connection with the U.S. charges, and since that time, she has been living in Canada while a Canadian court considers the United States’ request for Ms. Meng’s extradition. Zuckerman Spaeder partner William W. Taylor, III, one of the lawyers who represents Ms. Meng, issued the following statement:
“I’m very pleased that Sabrina Meng and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) and it has been approved by Judge Donnelly. Under the terms of this agreement, Ms. Meng will not be prosecuted further in the United States, and the extradition proceedings in Canada will be terminated. She has not pleaded guilty and we fully expect the indictment will be dismissed with prejudice after fourteen months. Now, she will be free to return home to be with her family.”
Back in 2018, Meng Wanzhou, CFO (Chief Financial Officer) at Huawei arrested at Vancouver, Canada airport. And after nearly three years, Huawei CFO returns to China following a deal with the U.S. on the matter of alleged bank fraud.
According to Reuters, Meng and the U.S. prosecutors signed an agreement to end the bank fraud case. Following this settlement, it’s become possible for Huawei CFO to return to China years after a tight relationship between the U.S. and China.
Just after spreading the news of a settlement between Huawei CFO and the U.S. prosecutors, China released two Canadian citizens, which were jailed around two years back following the Huawei official’s arrest, stated by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
To be mentioned, Beijing (China) has denied that there’s no connection between the arrest of Canadian citizens and Huawei Meng. Meanwhile, the PM of Canada said that the country will be incredibly happy to know, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are on a plane and they’re coming home.
Huawei Meng release: Behind the scene!
The report reveals that the Huawei CFO and the US prosecutors’ settlement process had begun earlier yesterday (Friday), in which the official joined the hearing by video conferencing in Brooklyn USA courtroom. The judge accepted the prosecution agreement related to fraud charges.
Going forward, the British Columbia Supreme Court of Canada, led by Justice Heather Holmes, passed the petition of withdrawal of the extradition order. John Gibb-Carsley, the attorney who was involved in the case, confirmed that it’s the “final chapter” of the case.
Moment: Before leaving for China, Meng Wanzhou thanked Holmes, outside the Vancouver courthouse, the Crown, and Canada for “upholding the rule of law.”
At the same time, Canada’s Justice Department issued a formal statement after the hearing to confirm Meng was free to leave the country.
Three years earlier:
On a U.S. warrant, Huawei Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport and charged with bank and wire fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC in 2013 about the company’s telecommunications equipment business dealings in Iran.
Since December 2018, Huawei CFO’s case has been connected to “the Michaels” when the policemen of Canada arrested her at the Vancouver airport on a U.S. warrant. Following this, China arrested two Canadian men and the story has continued since then.
New programming language will launch for Huawei HarmonyOS and EulerOS
On September 25, Huwaei launched its brand new operating system – OpenEuler that is designed for digital infrastructure. That’s not it, Huawei has something more to reveal on this matter that is related to the development of both EulerOS and HarmonyOS.
Deng Taihua, Vice President and President of Huawei Computing Product Line was interviewed by the Chinese media. During the interview, Deng revealed that OpenEuler and OpenHarmony projects share the same capabilities and ecosystem interoperability.
EulerOS and HarmonyOS:
Den mentioned that the core technologies of these two operating systems are shared. In the future, these two OS will further strengthen their core areas including security, programming languages, device driver frameworks, and distributed soft buses. In terms of ecosystem interoperability, the system of these two realizes application, device, developers as well as university ecosystem.
New Huawei Programming Language:
Deng said Huawei will launch a new research programming language CJ for HarmonyOS and EulerOS application development. However, the official didn’t reveal any further details on this matter.
Earlier this year, Huawei filed a registration name patent for “Cangjie Language” and it’s classified under 42 international categories for design and research. This trademark is expected to be for the programming language of Huawei.
According to the information, the patent was officially filed in February and its status is currently pending. Similarly, Huawei has also applied for a trademark “Cangjie” as the keyword found by Huawei and also for Huawei Cangjie.
Last September, some Weibo users rumored that Huawei was developing its own programming language, named “Cangjie”. Also, this development is underway for a long time and it’s expected that some specific details will be announced in 2021.
Huawei’s Rotating Chairman – Eric Xu said HarmonyOS and Euler, both will be open source and the company will focus on building these two operating systems in the future.
In terms of working terminology, HarmonyOS is used for smart devices, IoT, industrial use cases. On the other hand, Euler is designed for servers, edge computing, cloud, and more.
(via – Tech Sina)