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TSMC chip production cost to increase 20%, Apple and others will affect

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TSMC is expected to raise its costs for advanced sub-7nm and 16nm process technologies that will result in the rise of the overall manufacturing cost, reports Digitimes. It will largely affect Apple’s upcoming products and other clients of TSMC.

Apple is solely dependent on TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) for all kinds of processors used in its products and its future products are likely to be affected. In addition to Apple, this will also impact companies such as AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, Nvidia, and others. As per the info, the price hike will come into effect starting from 2022.

The company has already made its customers aware of this price hike and it will mainly have an impact on the price of CPUs, GPUs, SoCs, and controllers. The chipmaker has taken this step in order to improve its gross margins and partly to cover the ongoing chip shortage.

Specifically, TSMC has planned to raise the price of its 7nm process by 10%, whereas the wafers processed using 16nm will face a 20% increase. This new price will be applicable for the orders starting December 2021.

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It is yet to be known how much this price increase will have an impact on the cost of actual products such as CPUs and GPUs manufactured by AMD or Apple. The companies affected by this inflation will rather increase the overall product cost or may reduce their profits.

TSMC’s expected revenue increase after the price inflation

The 5nm and 7nm fabrication technologies of TSMC took about 49% of the company’s total revenue in Q2, 2021, which was 13.29 billion. The 10% increase in their price will make around 600 million more profit in the first quarter of 2022.

On the other hand, then 16nm and 28nm processes contributed about 25% of TSMC’s Q2 revenue. If we roughly figure out the increase in profit of TSMC in the first quarter of 2021 after the rise in price, then the revenue may increase by over 1 billion.

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Huawei registers ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark

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On May 18, 2022, Huawei registered the ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark in China. This trademark application has document version 47543398 and the trademark has not been published yet. According to the information, Trademark Office held that the goods designated for use by the opposed trademark were Class 1 “silicones”.

The ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark class belongs to the same category as “unprocessed plastics; plasticizers” that were approved for use in trademarks such as “Huawei Zhixuan” cited earlier by the opponent. or similar goods.

In further terms, the opposed trademark completely contains the distinctive identification part of the trademark cited by the opponent, “Huawei”, and does not form a new meaning with an obvious difference. If it is used concurrently, consumers will be misunderstood.

(via – ithome)

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Huawei AppGallery facing a severe issue: Report

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Huawei AppGallery is a new generation of an app distribution platform for Huawei devices and the Chinese tech maker is working on improving its productivity for smartphone owners. However, recently a severe issue has been reported on Huawei AppGallery that allows downloading paid apps for free of cost.

According to the input coming from 9to5Google, an Android developer has found an issue in Huawei AppGallery that doesn’t have any special protection feature for the paid applications. This could lead to easy exploitation and enables to obtain the download link for premium apps without even paying for them.

In simple words, it could cause a loss to the developer but the report also mentions that this issue has been reported to Huawei. However, there’s no clear guideline or response that has been received on this matter.

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Huawei AppGallery:

Huawei AppGallery is a smart solution that allows developers to create a new user experience for the consumers. The platform is supported by Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core, which enables various APIs in applications.

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Huawei AppGallery serves under the top three app marketplace globally and brings a whole range of global and local apps including navigation & transport, news, social media, and more.

AppGallery is available in more than 170 countries and regions with over 580 million monthly active users globally. Huawei partnered with 5.4 million developers across the globe, and in 2021 the total app distributions from AppGallery reached 432 billion times.

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Huawei S-Tag launched with professional motion sensor

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On May 18, 2022, Huawei unveiled its new activity tracker – Huawei S-Tag in the global market. The tracker comes with a professional motion sensor that detects perfect motion while being connected to your smart devices such as a smartwatch or smartphone.

The S-Tag comes with up to 14 running form metrics, it provides guidance for running, has a super compatible split design that weighs only 7.5 grams, and can drown into 50meter of water.

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The S-Tag also has cycling metrics as well as fast charging support for better and faster connection with support devices. Huawei S-Tag availability may vary depending on the market.

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