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[Selected Topics] Navigating the Dynamics of Chinese Smartphone Brands and their Supply Chains in the US-China Power Struggle

2024/02/02

Telecommunications

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The US-China trade war has been ongoing for several years, significantly impacting the semiconductor industry due to the US imposing numerous restrictions on China. Semiconductors, essential for smartphones, have notably hindered the progress of China’s smartphone sector amid these sanctions.
Huawei was particularly affected during this standoff between the US and China. The sanctions led to a market decrease in Huawei’s market share, prompting other Chinese smartphone manufacturers to aggressively pursue the high-end market. However, the situation escalated on August 29, 2023, when Huawei unveiled its 5G Mate 60 Pro, stirring further tensions with the US. This move highlights how the smartphone development conflict has transitioned from mere brand competition to a pivotal aspect of the technological struggle between the US and China.

[Selected Topics] Applications and Development of AI in Smartphones

2024/01/17

Telecommunications

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AI technology has become a new industry trend after OpenAI released ChatGPT, and this trend has now extended to the smartphone field. Current observations find that in-house large language models (LLMs) have become the major competing category for brands, who are showcasing the performance of their models in areas such as language comprehension and image recognition. AI on edge computing solutions are expected to become the industry's development direction when the requirements of user privacy and latency reduction in data transmission emerge after the official boom of AI capabilities in smartphones.

[Selected Topics] Business Opportunities for the Global AI Ecosystem (Presentation)

2024/01/15

Semiconductors , Telecommunications , Computer System +5

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1. Development of Global AI Industry Chain
2. Analysis of Cross-Modal Business Opportunities in AI
3. A Breakdown of Hardware Supply Chain
4. TRI’s View

[Selected Topics] 2024 AI Industry Development Trends (Presentation)

2024/01/10

Semiconductors , Telecommunications , Computer System +5

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1. Global Overview of the AI Market Development
2. The Necessity of Openness in AI Development
3. Current Applications and Development of AI
4. TRI’s View

[Selected Topics] Analysis of Li-Fi Technology and Development of Related Market

2023/12/12

Telecommunications

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The IEEE officially released the 802.11bb standard in July 2023, thereby providing a definition for the mutual support specifications of Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) devices. With the publication of this standard for wireless communication, the major Li-Fi technology providers have been actively exploring the related crucial application scenarios and developing corresponding solutions. Additionally, Li-Fi is expected to play a vital role in achieving comprehensive terrestrial network coverage in the 6G era.

[Selected Topics] Global Telecommunications Industry Outlook for 2024 (Presentation)

2023/11/16

Telecommunications

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1. Development of Global Fixed Broadband Industry
2. Development of Global Mobile Broadband Industry
3. Development Trends of Global LEO Satellite Industry
4. TRI’s View

[Selected Topics] Analysis of Huawei's Kirin Chip Revival and New Smartphones

2023/11/06

Telecommunications

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In the past, Huawei had maintained a strong position in the global smartphone market, stably ranking among the top three in market share, thanks to the differentiation advantage of its self-developed Kirin SoC chip. However, since May 2019, Huawei has been heavily impacted by the US sanctions and has been unable to access high-end 5G chips. As a result, Huawei's market share in the smartphone industry has experienced a significant decline. The market initially believed that the US sanctions would severely impact Huawei and its smartphone supply chain, potentially pushing Huawei into a dire situation. However, Huawei has made a comeback by launching the new Mate 60 Pro, which supports 5G technology. This comeback is a testament to the Nietzsche saying, "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger."

[Selected Topics] Analysis of In-house Development of Semiconductor Chips by Smartphone Brands

2023/10/23

Telecommunications

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With the global semiconductor industry increasingly adopting specialization, the design and development of application processor (AP) and system on a chip (SoC) for smartphones are primarily undertaken by integrated circuit (IC) design companies. However, in the wake of Apple’s successful release of in-house developed chips, various smartphone brands have started to adopt the same strategy.
For smartphone brands, developing semiconductor components in-house requires a significant initial investment. Additionally, a SoC consists of various modules and architectures, such as image signal processors (ISP) and modems. Chip designers are tested to see if they can achieve the best balance between performance and power consumption by optimizing the allocation of resources between these modules and architectures. Overall, developing semiconductor components in-house is a complex task for smartphone brands without sufficient prior experience and technological expertise. Nevertheless, driven by various motivations, smartphone brands still want to pursue this goal.

[Selected Topics] Analysis on Global 5G FWA Chip Market

2023/10/13

Semiconductors , Telecommunications

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An increase in demand for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) was seen throughout 2023 to complement last-mile wired broadband deployments. This will bring 5G experiences to homes, businesses, factories, and other areas. 5G FWA also helps to bridge the digital divide in rural areas by providing fast and cost-effective broadband access. FWA enhances the feasibility of wireless as a home broadband solution, which in turn drives opportunities for 5G FWA device manufacturers. The analysis on the global 5G FWA chip market is as follows.

[Selected Topics] Foldable Phone Market to Accelerate in Expansion under Maturing Development Conditions

2023/09/26

Telecommunications , Consumer Electronics

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Development conditions for foldable phones are becoming increasingly mature due to the active involvement of smartphone brands. This report probes into the positioning, market segmentation, and hardware specifications of foldable phones, whilst examining their market competitiveness under price changes, future development trends, global market dynamics, and key component suppliers.

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