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11.14.2022

First gaming review of GeForce RTX 4080 - up to 19% faster than GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

First gaming review of GeForce RTX 4080 - up to 19% faster than GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

First gaming review of GeForce RTX 4080 - up to 19% faster than GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

Two days left before the sales of GeForce RTX 4080 graphics gas pedal on Ada Lovelace architecture, and Chinese enthusiasts already started to publish first reviews of novelty in circumvention of NVIDIA ban.
For example, performance data was shared by Big Hardware Player user on Bilibili platform.
Previously, he was one of the first to publish reviews GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti generation Ampere.Image source: NVIDIAChinese enthusiast did not specify the manufacturer tested GeForce RTX 4080, but pointed out that the graphics card is equipped with a dual BIOS.
In one case, the maximum TDP of the novelty is set at a nominal value of 320 watts.
The second firmware increases the maximum TDP of the graphics card to 450W.
The second BIOS the Chinese enthusiast used to test the power efficiency.
Source images here and below: Bilibili / Big Hardware PlayerThe GeForce RTX 4080's gaming tests used Forza Horizon 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Borderland 3, Total War Troy and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Below is the average performance of the new gas pedal against the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.
In gaming benchmarks, the GeForce RTX 4080 averaged 19% faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and about 23% slower than the GeForce RTX 4090.
Note that GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti were tested on a DDR5-6800 PC, whereas GeForce RTX 4080 were tested on a DDR5-6200 system.
However, in both cases the test platform was based on the flagship Intel Core i9-13900K processor.
GeForce RTX 4080 in Cyberpunk 2077 GeForce RTX 4080 in Forza Horizon 5 GeForce RTX 4080 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider In 3DMark the new GeForce RTX 4080 is 25% faster than GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and 21% slower than the new flagship GeForce RTX 40 series.
Performance of GeForce RTX 4080 in synthetic 3DMark testsThe most interesting detail of an early review of GeForce RTX 4080 graphics gas pedal were the results of energy efficiency measurements.
For this test Chinese reviewer used BIOS with inflated to 450W TDP value.
Power consumption of GeForce RTX 4080 in synthetic benchmarksTests showed that the card is close to its maximum performance already at 280W.
GeForce RTX 4080 gaming power consumptionGaming power consumption of GeForce RTX 4080 can be reduced even further, to nearly 260W.
Increased power consumption does not bring gas pedal significant performance boost, at least in tests in 4K resolution.Video review of GeForce RTX 4080 by Chinese enthusiast can be found here.
The video card will go on sale on November 16.

11.11.2022

Chip imports to China fell markedly in 2022 amid US sanctions, especially in October

Chip imports to China fell markedly in 2022 amid US sanctions, especially in October

Chip imports to China fell markedly in 2022 amid US sanctions, especially in October

Chip imports to China fell by more than 13% from January to October, according to Chinese customs, as the world's largest semiconductor market is affected by the growing trade standoff between the US and the Middle Kingdom as well as a general economic slowdown.
Source image: TSMSZThe first 10 months of the year, China imported 458 billion integrated circuits, which is 13.2% less than the 527.9 billion chips imported into the country in the same period last year.
In October the decline in imports markedly accelerated - during the first 9 months of decline was an average of only 12.8%.Decrease in supply volumes is also due to the fact that in 2021 the import of integrated circuits took off - during the first 10 months of growth then was 21.2% year-on-year, so it is difficult to keep up with these figures now.
But despite the decline in the volume of imports, higher prices for chips led to an increase in the value of supplies during this period by 1.3%, leaving $351.2 billion.
In general, chips have long been a major item of imports to China, at one time by the value of purchases such imports overtook crude oil and consumer goods.
Nevertheless, it began to decline at the beginning of this year, the first year-on-year decline since 2020.
The drop in imports in October was 13.7% (to 41.1 billion) compared to October 2021.
By comparison, 47.6 billion chips were imported in September.
The accelerated decline in purchases comes amid Washington's strengthening of export controls and coincides with a global decline in demand for semiconductors as a whole.Source image: TSMC7 October, the Bureau of Industry and Security - a unit of the U.S.
Department of Commerce announced a series of measures to control technology exports to China aimed at weakening the Chinese high-performance semiconductor sector - not only exports to the Middle Kingdom chips themselves, but also equipment for their manufacture, special permits for the production of semiconductors, and a number of other measures.
At the same time, the value of sold year-on-year increased by 6.2%.
The problem may be partly related to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country - due to sanitary restrictions, the ability to fulfill orders was also affected.

11.05.2022

Intel has released a special gold version of Arc A750 Limited Edition for China

Intel has released a special gold version of Arc A750 Limited Edition for China

Intel has released a special gold version of Arc A750 Limited Edition for China

Intel has introduced a special version of Arc A750 Limited Edition graphics card for Chinese market.
The new graphics card differs from the standard reference version Limited Edition only with minor cosmetic changes.
On the casing of its cooling system with gold paint added lion picture.Image source: IntelThe card comes in a slightly differently designed in the product packaging.
The general appearance is preserved, but different inscriptions and markings are applied to the package also painted in gold.Technically Arc A750 China Limited Edition from the normal version does not differ.
There is no additional overclocking of the graphics processor or memory.
At the heart of the gas pedal uses the ACM-G10 GPU with 28 Xe cores, 28 ray tracing blocks and 480 XMX matrix engines.
Claimed GPU frequency is 2050 MHz.
Intel Arc A750 has 8 GB of GDDR6 memory with 16 GHz 16Gb/s effective bandwidth, 256-bit bus bandwidth, and 512 GB/s throughput.
The power consumption index of the graphics card is 225 W.Soon the novelty will be available in Chinese retail, as well as at various online venues.
It is also important to note that the Arc A750 China Limited Edition is priced the same as the regular version - 2,499 yuan (about $344).

10.24.2022

Taiwan is ready to assist in the implementation of U.S.sanctions against China

Taiwan is ready to assist in the implementation of U.S.sanctions against China

Taiwan is ready to assist in the implementation of U.S.sanctions against China

The specifics of U.S.
export control requirements are such that authorities may prohibit third countries to cooperate with undesirable counterparties, and in the case of new sanctions against China, U.S.
partners may once again drag Taiwan into the orbit of their interests.
The island's authorities have already expressed their willingness to help in every way possible to comply with the new U.S.
requirements.Source image: UMCWe remind that the U.S.
lawmakers ended the week by adopting a new package of sanctions against China.
It restricts the supply to China of components for supercomputers of certain performance, equipment for the production of a certain range of chips, as well as components for the creation of such equipment.
The list of contractors with dubious reputation includes 31 Chinese companies that the U.S.
suspects of using U.S.-origin technology and products for the needs of the Chinese defense industry.
Companies have 60 days to pass an audit by U.S.
inspectors, and if the latter are not admitted to the industrial facilities of interest, the company will finally be put on the sanctions list.Some market participants now express concern that the activities of major Chinese civilian sector companies - Alibaba and ByteDance, for example - may fall under restrictions by the supercomputer performance criterion.
The latter is the owner of the globally popular TikTok service, creating server systems that can approach the \"sanctioned\" ones in terms of their parameters.
In fact, the U.S.
authorities want to prevent the appearance in China of supercomputers capable of delivering more than 100 petaflops of computing power with a volume of less than 1178 cubic meters.
On the one hand, many civilian systems that will be created in China in the next couple of years can fall under this criterion.
On the other hand, designers will have an incentive to be flexible in the layout of such systems.
For example, the system could be broken down into several smaller nodes that would be separated geographically, but would communicate through a high-speed optical interface.Expressing solidarity with U.S.
authorities, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs officials have shown a willingness to follow the legal requirements of those countries where the headquarters of foreign customers working with Taiwanese companies are located.
According to Taiwanese officials, following the law is very important.
The biggest contract manufacturers of semiconductor components in Taiwan are TSMC and UMC.
They are not able to make personal statements on this issue yet as they are preparing to publish their quarterly reports.
However, the example with the U.S.
sanctions against Huawei under President Donald Trump shows that TSMC will not hesitate to limit the access of Chinese customers to its services in accordance with the new U.S.
requirements.
Next week, Taiwan's Minister of Economy Wang Mei-hua will travel to the U.S.
to meet with major customers of Taiwanese companies and discuss, among other things, the impact of geopolitical processes on business.

9.05.2022

Computing gpu ban could hurt China, but give local companies a chance

Computing gpu ban could hurt China, but give local companies a chance

Computing gpu ban could hurt China, but give local companies a chance

Shortly after it became known that the US had imposed restrictions on the supply of advanced AMD and NVIDIA computing gas pedals to China and Russia, NVIDIA reported that the US government has allowed it to continue developing H100 gas pedals in China and continue supplying A100 gas pedals to its US customers with data centers in China until 1 March 2023.
Still, the new restrictions have raised questions about the long-term prospects of the graphics chip industry in China.Image source: DigiTimesTalking about the prospects of the graphics processor market in China, Jing Zhu, vice president of the China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA), noted in an interview with Ijiwei that the latest restrictions imposed on graphics chip imports are an extension of earlier US attempts to hit the Chinese high performance computing industry.After the 2015 launch of Tianhe 1 and Tianhe supercomputer The sanctions also affected Intel, which was subsequently banned from supplying Xeon processors for the Tianhe 2 upgrade.
In subsequent years, the U.S.
continued to pursue sanctions policies against Chinese supercomputer companies, including other branches of the National Supercomputer Center.Zhu noted that sanctioned companies had to obtain chips capable of performing double-precision (FP64) calculations through other channels, such as front firms.
Zhu suggested that NVIDIA and AMD could have offered dedicated GPUs without FP64 support in the Chinese market to circumvent the ban, but they still would have faced additional costs.
Taiwanese and Chinese suppliers of data center peripherals, including motherboard controllers and power management chips, will also reportedly be affected by the new restrictions.China is making efforts to bridge the gap with leading firms in the GPU market.
Several new companies have emerged here in recent years, trying to compete with the leaders like AMD and NVIDIA.
Among them are Moore Threads and Biren Technology, created by former NVIDIA employees.Founded in 2016, Jingjia Microelectronics (Jingjia Micro) has developed its own MUSA architecture, which it uses in its MTT S60 desktop graphics cards and MTT S2000 server-focused gas pedals.
In 2021, Jingjia Micro was placed on the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Entity List, and in 2022 it released two versions of the JM9 GPUs, whose performance received mixed reviews from experts.In turn, Biren Technology has created the BR100 AI gas pedal, which is said to outperform NVIDIA A100 in several areas, from computer vision to natural language processing.

8.11.2022

Semiconductor equipment shipments from South Korea to China fell by half

Semiconductor equipment shipments from South Korea to China fell by half

Semiconductor equipment shipments from South Korea to China fell by half

Compared with the same period last year, exports of South Korean microchip equipment to the Middle Kingdom in the first half of the year fell by 51.89%.
Experts do not rule out the possibility that sales will continue to fall, and at the initiative of China itself.Image source: L N/unsplash.comAccording to the Korean Customs Service, released on August 9, total exports of semiconductor equipment to China amounted to $694.8 million in the first half of the year - a 51.89% decrease compared with the first half of 2021.
According to Business Korea magazine, China is the most important market for South Korean producers of the equipment, which accounted for 60% of South Korea's exports of the relevant \"tools\", primarily sent to Samsung Electronics and SK hynix plants located in China.
In addition, Chinese companies such as YMTC, CXMT and SMIC are considering to buy South Korean solutions for the semiconductor industry in response to supply restrictions by the U.S.
Experts explain the drop in exports by increasing Chinese investment in its own semiconductor industry amid growing pressure from the United States.
Industry sources suggest that exports may drop even more due to Korea's joining the Chip 4 alliance, which consists mostly of states unfriendly to China.
It is expected that Chinese authorities themselves may limit export of equipment to South Korean memory chip plants in China by encouraging Chinese enterprises to stop using South Korean equipment for development and production of the equipment in the country itself.We know that the U.S.
has already introduced restrictions on cooperation with the Celestial Empire in the semiconductor industry, limiting inter alia access to subsidies for manufacturers planning to develop semiconductor production in the PRC.
China itself has initiated criminal proceedings against officials responsible for import substitution in the semiconductor industry - it remains to be seen how effectively the allocated funds were used.

7.07.2022

ASML shares fell due to rumors that the U.S.</br>is trying to cut off its supplies to China - shares of Chinese chipmakers on the contrary jumped

ASML shares fell due to rumors that the U.S.
is trying to cut off its supplies to China - shares of Chinese chipmakers on the contrary jumped

ASML shares fell due to rumors that the U.S.</br>is trying to cut off its supplies to China - shares of Chinese chipmakers on the contrary jumped

After the recent publication of Bloomberg about the pressure on the lithography equipment manufacturer ASML from the U.S.
authorities in order to cut off supplies to China, the company's shares immediately went down in price.
Paradoxically, the shares of Chinese semiconductor manufacturers after that began to rise in price.Image source: Laura Ockel/unsplash.comThe Dutch ASML, which is the largest supplier of advanced lithography equipment for chip production, some time ago already prohibited to supply its most advanced tools to China.
Nevertheless, Bloomberg reported on a possible complete ban on supplies, including mature process machines.
The source cited \"people familiar with the issue.\" ASML itself refused to comment on the rumors.After the publication Bloomberg share price ASML plummeted by 7.2%.
Valuations fell cheaper and securities of other equipment manufacturers for chip makers - the company Lam Research by 3.6% and Applied Materials by 2.4%.
Refusal to sell to China may be extremely unprofitable for the ASML - in 2021 about 16% of its sales accounted to the Celestial Empire for 2.1 billion euros.
Each sold machine is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
At the same time, an export license is required to supply such tools.
Since 2019, the Dutch government, under an agreement with the United States, denies ASML export licenses for sales of the most advanced machines for EUV lithography in the Middle Kingdom.
Only less advanced DUV variants have been sold there.That said, most chips are still produced using DUV lithography and limiting sales of the machines in question could have a devastating effect on the Chinese semiconductor industry, with it likely exacerbating the global semiconductor deficit.In 2021, the US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, chaired by former Google head Eric Schmidt, recommended that the US State Department and Commerce Department pressure allies with Securities for various Chinese chip makers rose 10 percent or more.China's chip manufacturing industry is growing faster than anywhere else in the world, and after the U.S.
imposed sanctions on giants like Huawei and Hikvision, demand for locally made components only increased.
According to Chinese industry representatives, prices are rising on expectations of import substitution by Chinese companies of foreign solutions.The share price in the Chinese segment was also fueled by preliminary, extremely optimistic data on the revenues of local Advanced Micro-Fabrication, which produces equipment for semiconductor production.
In addition, fears that chipmaker revenues would be too low due to pandemic restrictions have not materialized to the extent expected.
Finally, there is still no reliable data on the discontinuation of ASML sales.

6.29.2022

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX has been retailed - more expensive than its predecessors and so far only in China

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX has been retailed - more expensive than its predecessors and so far only in China

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX has been retailed - more expensive than its predecessors and so far only in China

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX processors on Zen 3 architecture have been retailed.
True, AMD's next-generation HEDT chips are only available in China for now.
This information, as well as pictures of the new products in the product packaging, shared by one Twitter user.Image source: Twitter / @AnhPhoneThe 64-core Threadripper Pro 5995WX flagship model is offered for purchase for 47 thousand yuan or about $7029.
The mid-range 32-core Threadripper Pro 5975WX model is half the price at ¥24,000 ($3589).
The younger 24-core Threadripper Pro 5965W model is priced at 17,200 yuan (about $2572).Recall that the 16-core Threadripper Pro 5955WX and 12-core Threadripper Pro 5945WX, which are also part of the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX series, will not be available as retail products.
These chips will be offered exclusively by OEMs as part of off-the-shelf workstations.
The Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX chips are priced higher than the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000WX (Zen 2).
For example, the official price of the flagship 64-core Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX is $5849 and the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3975WX is $2749.
However, it should be noted that AMD itself has not announced the recommended price of the new processors.
The new Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000WX processors support up to 2TB of eight-channel DDR4 memory, have 64 to 128 MBytes of L3 cache, support for 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes and have 280W TDP.
In tests, they are up to 20% faster than their predecessors and up to 45% faster than competitors.

6.09.2022

Chinese automakers complained of chip costs rising more than 100-fold

Chinese automakers complained of chip costs rising more than 100-fold

Chinese automakers complained of chip costs rising more than 100-fold

As the global chip shortage continues to persist, it is also affecting car production in China.
Local automakers are seeing multiple times the cost of semiconductors.Image source: XPengIn a recent speech, XPeng CEO He Xiaopeng complained that the cost of chips has increased by more than 100 times due to likely price manipulation.
According to Digitimes, the information was confirmed by Richard Yu, head of Huawei Consumer Business Group and Intelligent Automotive Solution BU.
According to his words in automobile industry the chips earlier costing about $1.5-2.99 have grown in price up to about $375.According to AFS analysts, only in May 1.69 million fewer cars were produced in the world because of chip deficit.
Because of the imbalance of supply and demand, some vendors are attempting to manipulate prices.
In particular, Bosch is rumored to be negotiating a price hike for car chips, and industry experts warn that other industry players may follow suit.As prices for minerals used in traction batteries also continue to rise, some Chinese automakers have already raised prices for their cars in 2022.
At the same time, WM Motor head Freeman Shen (Freeman Shen) said that car chip prices have also risen and now the cost of car semiconductors exceeds the cost of traction batteries.Although vehicle production in China has slowed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, demand for car chips should remain high in the medium to long term.
As a result, the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers are planning to expand their capacity.
For example, Infineon has declared its intention to invest in numerous large projects of the corresponding orientation.Meanwhile, China is trying to ensure its independence from chip supplies, but many experts believe that the country has yet to obtain in one way or another some key technologies for their production.
As the world's largest car market, China is particularly short of the semiconductors needed to produce cars.
Nevertheless, 95% of the total volume of relevant products come from abroad.
So far, according to experts, the country has no companies capable of offering products with stable characteristics, so the Celestial Empire still continues to rely on imported components.

6.07.2022

A former ASML employee escaped trial in the US and set up a successful semiconductor business in China

A former ASML employee escaped trial in the US and set up a successful semiconductor business in China

A former ASML employee escaped trial in the US and set up a successful semiconductor business in China

Patriotism allows Chinese citizens not only to serve their country, but also to make big money.
Zongchang Yu, an engineer who used to work for the famous Dutch chipmaker ASML, established Dongfang Jingyuan Electron in China and Xtal in Silicon Valley, USA a few years ago, after which ASML began leaking employees and presumably data.
Source image: ASML According to Bloomberg, the two companies have worked in tandem, probably receiving technology and transferring it to China - the latter is in dire need of advanced solutions for creating advanced semiconductors, but because of sanctions can not get legal access to the most advanced technology and is forced to informally attract the cooperation of specialists working in the United States.Xtal was sued and during the proceedings she filed for bankruptcy.
However, a lawyer representing the company argued that the company has not earned \"a penny\" on the technology received.
In addition two employees of ASML were tried in the United States and suffered rather symbolic punishment in the local criminal proceedings, Yu himself managed to fly to China and now heads Dongfang, receiving substantial funds and benefits from the Chinese authorities.
Beijing has taken unprecedented measures to close the gap with the West amid sanctions.
In particular, in 2014, the country launched a $150 billion project to support the semiconductor industry in order to develop local manufacturing.According to the FBI, China often \"borrows\" intellectual property from Western companies and later uses it to compete with them.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry calls such accusations \"malicious hype\" and argues that \"China does not make technological advances by stealing or robbing others.
\"The Dutch ASML has the technology to produce the most productive computer chips and controls more than 90 percent of the lithographic equipment market.
Some of the technology generates less than 1% of all revenues, but it is the key to creating advanced semiconductors.Before Yu founded the two companies, he was educated in China and then worked in Japan and the United States, including at ASML, which he left in 2012.
After founding his own companies, he poached other employees from ASML.
As it turned out, some of them had taken millions of lines of code out of the company, and when the investigation began, they began to destroy traces of their activities - on one laptop alone more than 60 GB of information had been erased.
However, Xtal's lawyer claimed that other Xtal employees knew nothing about the illegal activity.Image source: Santa Clara County District Attorney's OfficeAccording to ASML, Yoo was behind the thefts.
In this case, the company Xtal not only engaged in the transfer of technology to China, but also conducted business activities, only in January 2016, signed a contract with Samsung to supply specialized software for $ 27 million - previously the South Korean giant has cooperated with ASML in the same area.Although ASML directly pointed to theft of technology, the company preferred not to focus on the possible involvement of official Beijing, calling the topic \"speculation\" and said that several employees of Silicon Valley just wanted to get rich by stealing.
It is noteworthy that the Chinese authorities themselves mentioned ASML a few months earlier, but quickly dropped any accusations.The problem with such companies is that many Western businesses prefer to gloss over sensitive issues, keeping both the public and investors and shareholders in the dark, since many do business in China and, among other things, would not want to get into new problems with the local authorities.
Xtal's bankruptcy has had no effect on Beijing-based Dongfang's prosperity - in 2015, the company entered into an agreement with the Institute of Microelectronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to form a joint venture to develop semiconductor technology.
Since then, Dongfang has been celebrated repeatedly by the authorities, and its head and founder has been lavished with millions of dollars by Chinese authorities.
In an interview in 2020, Yu was called the \"standard-bearer\" of China's semiconductor industry.

5.27.2022

Chinese increased production of mining GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 on mobile GPUs - NVIDIA not noticing anything

Chinese increased production of mining GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 on mobile GPUs - NVIDIA not noticing anything

Chinese increased production of mining GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 on mobile GPUs - NVIDIA not noticing anything

Enterprising Chinese OEMs have established mass production of GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 graphics gas pedals based on GPUs from mobile versions of these graphics cards.
As it turned out, this is the easiest way to bypass the Lite Hash Rate protection, which is equipped with desktop versions of these GPUs.
In other words, such solutions are aimed precisely at miners, not at ordinary gamers.Image source: TaobaoA similar practice has been previously reported, but now, according to VideoCardz, it has gained a much larger scale.On the one hand, it is not quite clear why OEM manufacturers decided to release such graphics cards in general, especially now that LHR-protection on desktop versions of gas pedals has been completely disabled by special applications for mining.
Perhaps, graphics chips for mobile versions of video cards turned out to be much easier to get.
Such \"Frankenstein monsters\", writes VideoCardz, have been built for months, right under NVIDIA's nose.
But NVIDIA either doesn't know about it or doesn't want to.
In the end, gamers will suffer again, because there will be fewer gaming laptops equipped with GeForce RTX 30-series graphics gas pedals.
Consequently, the price of the available ones might go up.
Offers of GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 based on mobile GPUs have already flooded the online shopping site Taobao.
All sellers of such graphics cards advertise them as a mining, offering them as a separate product, or immediately as part of a ready-made mining farm.
For the same \"mobile desktop\" GeForce RTX 3070 performance is claimed to be 60-65 Mhash/s.

5.20.2022

Chinese authorities are mulling extending the electric car subsidy program for this year

Chinese authorities are mulling extending the electric car subsidy program for this year

Chinese authorities are mulling extending the electric car subsidy program for this year

According to many experts, China's electric car market could not have become the world's largest without active support from the government, which since 2009 has spent $14.8 billion on subsidy payments to buyers of private and commercial vehicles with traction electric motors.
The subsidy program was set to end this year, but authorities are mulling extending it until the end of next year.Image source: BYDThis was reported by Reuters, citing its own knowledgeable sources.
In April this year, sales of new vehicles in China fell by 48%, while sales of electric cars and hybrids rose by 45% to 299,000 units.
In March, the volume of sales of cars with new types of power units more than doubled, so the Chinese authorities want to compensate the economic slowdown provoked by the new lockdowns with new stimulating measures.Initially, the local authorities wanted to refuse subsidizing the purchase of electric cars by Chinese citizens back in 2020, but the pandemic prolonged the program for a couple of years.
It is noteworthy that about 40% of the Chinese market of electric cars now are cars worth about $4,000, most of them are not covered by subsidies.
But buyers of more expensive models are able to save a couple of thousand dollars from the car.At the same time the value of subsidies in the years decreased, and tax incentives for buyers of cars with power plants of the new type will be reduced.
If this year, the authorities allow buyers to not pay tax on the purchase of the vehicle, from next year will apply a rate of 5%.
Initially, the Chinese government wanted to introduce the tax at a rate of 10%, but in the current economic conditions it was decided to act in stages.

5.18.2022

Former Samsung employees accused of spying for China, experts call for stiffer penalties

Former Samsung employees accused of spying for China, experts call for stiffer penalties

Former Samsung employees accused of spying for China, experts call for stiffer penalties

As China's technological ambitions grow, cases of industrial espionage in South Korea have increased.
According to The Korea Times, the latest significant case was the indictment of former employees of SEMES, a subsidiary of Samsung, as well as their subcontractor associates.Image source: CristianIS/pixabay.comThe group of four is accused of handing over critical equipment to Chinese industrial espionage market participants, designed to clean silicon wafers exclusively supplied by Samsung.
The amount of \"reward\" was the equivalent of $62.8 million.
Earlier this year, a Samsung employee tried to steal technology by gaining access to the databases of Samsung Electronics, but was identified and detained by state intelligence services.According to experts, Chinese companies are willing to make every effort to eliminate the technological gap from industry leaders in critical sectors like semiconductor manufacturing.
Therefore, penalties for industrial espionage should be tightened.
The problem is complicated by the fact that different companies have different approaches to protecting the technology available to them.
In addition, it is difficult to track the activities of former employees who have already left the company.South Korean experts emphasize that in response to the mass purchase of technology by China in Taiwan introduced clear definitions of such crimes.
According to the updated law in April, criminals who contributed to the leakage of industrial technology will be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison and a fine equivalent to $3.36 million.Source image: blickpixel/pixabay.com Meanwhile, in South Korea the penalties are too mild - for trafficking in trade secrets, the punishment is up to three years in prison.
According to local intelligence agencies, from January 2017 to February 2022 there were 99 cases of leakage of industrial technology.At the same time, out of 115 episodes of violations of the Law on Protection of Trade Secrets, only 15 of the guilty were sentenced to actual imprisonment in 2021 in the court of first instance.Experts insist that the state must move to a stricter oversight of the technology market.
Otherwise, Chinese companies will simply hire former employees of Samsung Electronics and SK hynix to obtain the necessary Korean secrets.

5.17.2022

China's YMTC began sending out samples of 192-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips

China's YMTC began sending out samples of 192-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips

China's YMTC began sending out samples of 192-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips

Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC), the largest Chinese manufacturer of 3D NAND flash memory chips, announced that it has already begun sending out samples of the new 192-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips to customers.
A full-scale release of the chips could occur by the end of the year, according to DigiTimes.Image source: YMTC is producing 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips in volume production, providing strong competition for manufacturers in Korea, Japan and the United States.
Experts praise Chinese chips for their high density and throughput, which the company has managed to achieve during its transition to the new architecture Xtacking 2.0.
Xtacking architecture is a proprietary YMTC development.
It is the basis for the production of 64-layer NAND chips.
Last year, the Chinese manufacturer switched to Xtacking 2.0 technology, which has provided a number of advantages for the family of 128-layer products.DigiTimes reports that YMTC overcame all the difficulties associated with the mass production of 128-layer memory type 3D NAND and set up its production.
The company has increased its monthly silicon wafer processing capacity to 100,000.
Insiders say that the NAND memory from the company YMTC interested even in Apple, which will consider using them in their products.Chinese manufacturer has set a goal by the end of 2023 to win 7-8% of the world market of NAND memory production.
In terms of volume, this means processing 200 thousand silicon wafers per month.