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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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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Huawei updates HarmonyOS 3 wallpaper and window cleanup feature

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Last month, Huawei pushed a number of new software updates for all of the HarmonyOS 3 beta testers and it brings improvements for wallpapers and app window cleanup. The HarmonyOS 3 upgrade comes with firmware HarmonyOS version 3.0.0.126 and around 1Gb of OTA size.

During the time of testing, the Chinese tech maker continues to feed in new features for the consumers. Soon, we will witness the release of a stable HarmonyOS 3 rollout.

Coming back to the rollout, this HarmonyOS 3 version brings you optimizations for the display of home screen wallpapers, performance, and stability, app window cleanup feature, as well a September 2022 security patch.

Furthermore, the company poses new fixes for WiFi that may have not been connecting in some situations.

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How to update:

To get this software update, HarmonyOS 3 users will have to visit System & updates settings, from here tap on Software updates, and then tap on CHECK FOR UPDATES. Now let the phone fetch the latest firmware and bring it down for your device. Although, Huawei has kept the software limited to the Chinese models but its features are also shared by EMUI 12.

There are some notes that you should know before moving with the software installation.

  1. This update will not erase your personal data, but we suggest you back up any important data before updating.
  2. The update package will be deleted automatically after the update is complete.
  3. The phone must have sufficient charging levels (over 50 percent recommended).

Changelog:

Display:

  • Optimizes the display of home screen wallpapers

System:

  • Optimizes navigation performance and improves positioning stability
  • Optimizes the app window cleanup function

Security:

  • Integrates security patches released in September 2022 for improved system security.
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Huawei improves AppGallery games section

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On October 2022, Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, VP of Consumer Mobile Services Europe at Huawei, people from the global gaming industry were given insight into how they could achieve an improved return on their considerable investment in new and existing games to boost AppGallery for game distributions.

In the past few years, AppGallery is becoming a popular platform for games as it serves millions of monthly active users with new and existing gaming apps. Up until today, AppGallery now lists games from some leading titles such as PUBG Mobile, Mobile legends, Free Fire, State of Survival, and more. Hence, Huawei continues to work on the games section for AppGallery users to enrich its user engagement.

“Games developers are finding it increasingly difficult to reach new audiences. The major challenge is that customer acquisition cost has increased significantly over the years due to market saturation and inflated pricing. That’s why alternative app platforms such as AppGallery are emerging and playing their part to provide developers with improved revenue-generating opportunities,” said Jaime Gonzalo”.

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Currently, 99.9% of apps downloaded via the leading app distribution platforms are losing users monthly, pushing the costs of retention higher and higher.

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Gonzalo pointed out that AppGallery currently has 580 million global monthly active users, 45 million of which are in Europe. Outside China, AppGallery has increased in-app revenue by 3x year-on-year, casual game growth has increased by 20x over the same period, and monthly ad revenue for developers has doubled.

“We have a high spending audience,” Gonzalo told the Pocket Gamer audience. “In countries like Germany the ARPPU is $200, in the UK the average is $159 while in Poland it is $100, and this is coupled with very low developer effort. Existing Android games can be ready to onboard to AppGallery in just a few minutes. We also support every game with solutions, promotions, and developer kits, which accelerate distribution and boost revenue numbers.”

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Huawei to bring new cloud region in Indonesia later this year

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Huawei is planning to bring a new and advanced cloud region to Indonesia. The Chinese tech maker gave a little hint and description of this matter at the recently organized Huawei Cloud Indonesia Summit in Jakarta, this week.

So far, Huawei and its cloud technologies are constantly hovering around the world. With such efforts, the high-profile manufacturer is trying to provide the best network solutions to its consumers and operators across the global regions.

According to the latest information, Huawei will establish a new cloud region in Indonesia, later this year. Consequently, this means that by the end of this year, Indonesian users will be able to enjoy a far better network experience than ever.

The CEO of Huawei Indonesia – Jacky Chen describes that the advanced cloud region for Indonesia will consist of three availability zones. In such a manner, it will continue to promote and orient advanced and high-end technologies as well as services in the region.

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For instance, cloud-native AI, pre-trained large models, databases, big-data interfaces, and more. Together, these initiatives will provide better help to small-scale enterprises. Further, it will aid in improving competitiveness and reducing overall costs.

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Huawei Cloud – An immersive network experience for users

Up to this point, Huawei Cloud has deployed its affiliation in 6 international regions. This includes Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Johannesburg, and more. On the flip side, it also has numerous base stations in Hong Kong and China.

Huawei Cloud has encouraged the planning and evolution of cloud-native infrastructures for a long time. This evolution has played a vital role in developing the local internet industry. Besides, the customers also gained the chance to experience new resources, flexible services, rapid time-to-market info, and automated operations.

‚ÄčTo bring these facilities to Indonesia as well, the largest news media group in the region – DetikNetwork has chosen Huawei Cloud. The cooperation believes that only Huawei is capable of providing high-quality live broadcast services through its Cloud Infrastructure.

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This will be a great help for approx 200 million Internet users in the region. Earlier, the company announced the cloud region plans for Saudi Arabia. Now, it’s time to stretch the roots of cloud services in different parts of the world.

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