Intel Announces 9th Gen Desktop Core i9-9900K With 8 Cores, New Core X-Series, and Updated Xeon Processor


Intel has taken the wraps off three new 9th Gen desktop Core CPUs for gamers and mainstream users, as well as a new range of Core X-Series CPUs and also a Xeon consumer workstation CPU for extremely demanding content creators. The highlight of the new 9th Gen lineup is the Core i9-9900K with eight cores and a top speed of 5GHz, which the company is calling “the world’s best gaming processor”. Intel also showed off motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock based on a new desktop platform controller, the Z390, to go along with the 9th Gen Core processors.

The new Core i9-9900K marks the first time that Intel is using its Core i9 brand for a mainstream desktop CPU, supplanting the usual top-spec Core i7 model. It has eight cores with Hyper-Threading, for 16 total threads. The base speed is 3.6GHz and the single-core boost speed is 5GHz. The company is calling this the first “broad-volume” 5GHz CPU. There’s also a 16MB cache and dual-channel DDR4 RAM support. The rated TDP is 95W, and Intel points out that compared to the Core i7-8700K, the new Core i9-9900K has more cores with similar frequencies running within the same thermal envelope.

Intel claims that gaming performance is improved by up to 10 percent compared to the previous generation and up to 37 percent compared to a three-year-old PC. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel’s own testing. The company demonstrated a single PC with a Core i9-9900K running two games in separate virtual machines simultaneously, but gaming while encoding and streaming is a more likely usage scenario. This processor ships in a new dodecahedron-shaped box which Intel thinks buyers will want to show off.

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Joining this flagship model are the Core i7-9700K and the Core i5-9600K. The Core i7 model interestingly has eight cores, compared to six with the Core i7-8700K, but this model lacks Hyper-Threading which means that the total thread count has actually declined from 12 to eight. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading. The base and boost speeds are 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz respectively, and the cache comes in at 9MB.

All three 9th Gen Core desktop CPUs are based on the existing Coffee Lake architecture and use an optimised 14nm manufacturing process that Intel calls 14nm++. All three also feature hardware mitigations for the high-profile Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect multiple generations of Intel CPUs. They have 95W TDPs and are multiplier unlocked for easy overclocking. They all support dual-channel DDR4 RAM and Intel Optane Memory. They will be backwards compatible with existing Intel Z370 motherboards as well as the new Z390 models that will be releasing.

All three are already up for pre-orders, with retail availability beginning on October 19. The Core i9-9900K will cost $488 (approximately Rs. 36,100), the Core i7-9700K is priced at $374 (approximately Rs. 27,667), and the Core i5-9600K will retail for $262 (approximately Rs. 19,381). The Z390 chipset introduces native support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with up to Gigabit speed. Motherboards will also be available for preorders globally starting today.

Intel’s new lineup of Core X-series processors consists of seven new models with between eight and 18 cores, for different kinds of users whose workloads might not always be able to take advantage of multiple threads. These processors all use the Skylake-X architecture much like the first-gen X-series. Unlike the previous series, they all support quad-channel DDR4 RAM and have the same 165W TDPs as well as support for up to 68 PCIe lanes including those arising from the chipset.

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The top-end Core i9-9980XE has 18 cores and 36 threads. The base speed is 3GHz and boost speed is 4.45GHz, and Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 feature pushes that to 4.5GHz on demand. In a direct reference to AMD’s 32-core Threadripper 2990WX, Intel asserted that its use of a unified memory architecture means that cache access is low-latency, uniform, and predictable, because the cache is not split across multiple core complexes.

There’s also the Core i9-9960X with 16 cores, Core i9-9940X with 14 cores, Core i9-9920X with 12 cores , Core i9-9900X with 10 cores (not to be confused with the Core i9-9900K), Core i9-9820X with 10 cores, and Core i7-9800X with 8 cores. Cache amounts scale with core counts, and all models are unlocked. Prices start at $589 (approximately Rs. 43,565) and go up to $1,979 (approximately Rs. 1,46,377).

Finally, Intel disclosed some details of its upcoming 28-core Xeon W-3175X processor which is aimed at workstation-class content creation workloads such as industrial design and cinema-quality video rendering. The single-core boost speed is 4.3GHz, and there’s a 38.5MB cache. This CPU will support up to 512GB of ECC DDR4 RAM in six channels. No further details were announced. This processor will ship in December 2018.

Disclosure: Intel sponsored the correspondent’s hotel stay for the launch event in New York City.



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Xiaomi Mi Notebook With Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM Launched


Xiaomi Mi Notebook With Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM Launched

Xiaomi Mi Notebook comes weeks after the launch of the Mi Notebook Pro 2.

Xiaomi has expanded its range of notebooks by launching the Mi Notebook in China – to recall, thus far, the company has Mi Notebook Air, Mi Notebook Pro, and Mi Gaming Laptop series. The new notebook has up to eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processors as well as 128GB of SSD storage alongside a 1TB of hard drive. Xiaomi has also provided a 15.6-inch display and a dual-fan cooling system. Unlike the previously launched Mi Notebook Pro 2 and the Mi Gaming Laptop that had Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, the new Mi Notebook comes with an Nvidia GeForce MX110 GPU that comes with 2GB of video RAM. The notebook also includes up to 8GB of RAM to support regular multitasking use cases.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook price

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook price in China has been set at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 40,700) for the 4GB RAM model that is powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, while the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM comes with a price tag of CNY 4,499 (roughly Rs. 45,800). Customers have also been provided with another 8GB RAM variant that is powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor at a price of CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 50,900). All the three variants will go on sale in China starting August 28. Details about the price and availability of the Mi Notebook in other markets including India haven’t been revealed yet.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook specifications, features

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook features a 15.6-inch full-HD anti-glare display that has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees. There is up to eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, coupled with Nvidia GeForce MX110 GPU that has 2GB of dedicated memory and 4GB and 8GB RAM options. The notebook has a full-functional keyboard along with a separate numeric keypad. To make the Mi Notebook sufficient for your daily tasks, Xiaomi has provided a dual-fan layout that comes along with a 2+2 heat-sinking pipe. The notebook also has 3W stereo speakers that are powered by Dolby surround sound.

In terms of connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook has an array of ports that include an HDMI port, two USB 3.0, a USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, and an Ethernet port. The notebook also has a memory card slot. Further, the model has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It comes in two colour options, including Deep Gray and White.



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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 ‘Lightest and Thinnest’ Laptop With Intel Xeon Processor Launched


Lenovo has launched two new products – ThinkPad P1 and ThinkPad P72 – for professionals looking for powerful hardware. The Lenovo P1 workstation notebook is touted to be the thinnest and lightest laptop by the company, measuring at 18.4mm and weighing at 1.7kgs. Both the laptops are powered by the 8th-gen Intel Xeon processors. The ThinkPad P72, successor of last year’s ThinkPad P71, is also a powerhouse and it brings top of the class hardware as well. Both the devices will go on sale in the end of August.

Starting with the ThinkPad P71, as mentioned, its big USP is its slim form factor and light weight. The ThinkPad P71 is the lightest and the thinnest laptop from the company yet. It sports a 15.6-inch touchscreen display with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and is powered by the 8th-gen Intel Xeon E-2176M six core processor with vPro (2.70GHz, up to 4.40GHz with Turbo Boost Technology, 12MB Cache) paired with up to Nvidia Quadro P2000 graphic card. It offers 64GB of DDR4 memory, and 4TB storage.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P71 sports a black carbon fibre finish, and has passed 12 military-grade testing requirements and more than 200 quality checks. It supports two Thunderbolt ports, as well as more traditional connectors like USB 3.1 Gen 1 and HDMI. It runs on Windows 10, supports Bluetooth 5.0 and offers battery life of up to 13 hours depending on the usage. Lenovo ThinkPad P1 is priced in the market at $1,949 (roughly Rs. 135,700).

Coming to the Lenovo ThinkPad P72, this one sports a slightly larger 17.3-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) display. It is powered by the 8th gen Intel Xeon E-2186M six core processor with vPro (2.90GHz, up to 4.80GHz with Turbo Boost Technology, 12MB Cache) paired with up to NVIDIA Quadro P5200 16GB graphics card. It offers up to 128GB DDR4 memory, and 6TB storage options.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P72 will be available by the end of August

It comes with a fingerprint reader support and facial recognition with Windows Hello support. Dimensions are at 416mm x 281 mm x 24.5mm-29.4mm, and the laptop weighs a hefty 3.4 kgs. Ports include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one HDMI 2.0, a 4-in-1 SD card reader, and a Mini DisplayPort as well. Pre-loaded software includes Lenovo Vantage, McAfee LiveSafe, (30-day trial), and Microsoft Office 2016 (trial version). The Lenovo ThinkPad P72 is priced at $1,799 (roughly Rs. 125,400) respectively.



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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2 With Up to Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Launched


Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2 With Up to Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Launched

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2 was launched on Tuesday as the successor to last year’s Mi Notebook Pro.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2 has been launched at ChinaJoy 2018 in Shanghai, China. As its name suggests, the new notebook model comes as an upgrade to the Mi Notebook Pro that was launched in September last year. It features upgraded, eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processors over the Intel Core i7-7700HQ powering the predecessor. There is also a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB video RAM. However, the display panel of the Mi Notebook Pro 2 is identical to the Mi Notebook Pro that comes in 15.6-inch of size and with full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution along with 72 percent of NTSC colour space. Xiaomi has also brought a Mi Notebook Pro GTX edition that comes with Intel Core i7-8550U processors along with Nvidia GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics and up to 16GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2, Mi Notebook Pro GTX edition prices

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2 price in China has been set at CNY 6,999 (roughly Rs. 70,200) for the 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1050Ti graphics, and Intel Core i5 configuration, while its 16GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card, and Intel Core i7 comes at CNY 8,999 (roughly Rs. 90,300). The Mi Notebook Pro GTX edition, on the other hand, starts at CNY 6,299 (roughly Rs. 63,200) along with 8GB RAM, whereas its 16GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 7,599 (roughly Rs. 76,300). All these models will go on sale in China starting August 16.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2, Mi Notebook Pro GTX edition specifications

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2 features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with an 81 percent of screen-to-body ratio and 72 percent of NTSC colour space. The display panel is touted to deliver 300 nits of brightness. The notebook is powered by up to eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processors along with 256GB of PCIe SSD as well as 1TB HDD. There is also 160MHz Intel 2×2 AC modem and a UHS-1 memory card reader. Xiaomi has provided Hi-Res Audio and Dolby Atmos integration that works with the two built-in 3W speakers. Further, there is a backlit keyboard with four independent colour zones and each key featuring a thickness of 1.8mm. The keyboard includes an N-key rollover of 30 keys and five programmable keys. In terms of connectivity, there are three USB 3.0 as well as a USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 2.0. The notebook also has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.1. Besides, there is a built-in cooling system that helps maintains temperature.

Most of the specifications of the Mi Notebook Pro 2 matches the hardware of the Mi Notebook Pro GTX edition, including the same 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display. However, the GTX edition has the eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processors, paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics and up to 8GB of RAM. There is also 256GB PCIe SSD.



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Intel Xeon E-2100 Processor for Entry-Level Workstations Unveiled


Intel on Thursday launched new Xeon E-2100 6-core processor for entry-level workstations. Intel Xeon E-2100 processor is the successor to Intel Xeon E3 processor. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will begin shipping Intel Xeon E-2100 processor-based systems from July 13.

“With today’s workloads, ageing workstations impede productivity, collaboration and creativity. The release of the Intel Xeon E processor is intended to deliver the essential performance and visuals for entry workstations, as well as optimizing the innovative form factors, designs and diverse requirements of our customers,” said Jennifer Huffstetler, Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Product Management, Intel Corp.

The new chip has been and crafted for the demands of creative professionals, Intel said. Compared to its predecessor, the new processor offers higher max turbo frequency, faster DRAM speeds, enhanced I/O, and advanced security and reliability features.

The Intel Xeon E-2100 processors are available with Intel UHD Graphics 630 supporting 4K UHD with built-in HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration to deliver enhanced 4K media decoding and encoding. The processor supports Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory – a key feature to maximise data integrity and improve system stability.

The Xeon E-2100 has up to 6 cores and 12 threads, clocked up to 4.7GHz using Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. It supports up to 64GB 2666MHz ECC DDR4 RAM. It supports up to 40 lanes of PCIe for graphics, storage, and network expandability. It also offers support for USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt technology, apart from support for Intel Optane memory. The company is also touting advanced hardware-enhanced security with Intel vPro technology and enhanced Intel Software Guard Extensions Support for Intel Ethernet and Intel Wireless-AC networking.



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Rockford Fosgate DSR1 Audio Processor Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 29,990





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The Rockford Fosgate DSR1 is a first-of-its-kind offering in India

US-based audio systems manufacturer Rockford Fosgate has introduced the new DSR1 audio processor system in India. The DSR1 is an 8-channel interactive signal processor and has been priced at ₹ 29,990. The system connects with the factory-fitted audio system on any car and amplifies the sound quality for a better acoustic experience. The  plug-and-play system does not void warranty and can be connected with even complex audio connectivity systems that modern day cars are equipped with. Rockford showcased the DSR1 capabilities at an event in Mumbai along with its premium audio range including the Power series T,400X4ad and T500X18DCP amplifiers, T-1650-S 6.5-inch component speakers and multiple punch Series P3SD4-12 12-inch subwoofers.

The Rockford Fosgate DSR1 is a first-of-its-kind offering in India and replaces the factory amplifier, acting as a bridge between the factory-fitted audio components and the aftermarket amplifier and speakers in cars. This works most effectively in vehicles where swapping the factory unit is next to impossible. With OEMs providing state-of-the-art radio systems on their vehicles, the DSR1 emerges as an interesting tool to improve the sound quality without having to install more premium audio systems.

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(The Rockford Fosgate DSR1 processor aims to act as a bridge between factory systems and aftermarket products)

The Rockford Fosgate DSR1 will upgrade the audio quality of the factory-fitted system and can be discreetly fitted anywhere in the vehicle including the boot or under the seat, and does not occupy too much space either.

The DSR1 has been co-developed with ADS and combines a full-featured 3Sixty digital signal processor with a flashable iDatalink Maestro Module. The DSR1 can be customised to meet the customer’s aural needs with a high or low level input or with a quick flash download to meet the vehicle firmware to avoid loss of equipment control and features. The Rockford Fosgate app on Android and iOS devices also offers control of the sound profile.

The Rockford Fosgate is a interesting product considering the customer gets to upgrade the audio quality on his/her respective vehicle without having to interfere too much with the factory unit. This avoids the fears to voiding company warranty or the electricals on the car, which happens to be the case in several botched jobs. Rockford says the DSR1 will also give dealers the confidence to work on premium vehicles from brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Jaguar and the likes given the simple nature of the equipment.

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(The Rockford Fosgate DSR1 processor is compatible with all cars – new and old)

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Rockford Fostage commenced operations in India back in 2016 in partnership with Blaupunkt. The audio systems provider operates via 40 distributors and a network of over 3500 dealers across the country. Rockford’s product range comprises premium speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers. Headquartered in Arizona, US, Rockford also works with car makers to provide factory-installed audio systems on vehicles.

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Spectre-Next Generation: Germany Calls on Chip and Hardware Makers to Tackle Processor Flaws


Germany’s federal cyber agency called on chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in computer central processing units, but said no complete fix was possible at the moment.

The BSI agency said its analysis showed the new flaws, dubbed Spectre-Next Generation, resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs discovered in January and could allow attackers to access personal data such as passwords and encryption keys.

While no new attacks were known outside laboratories, there was a risk that attackers could develop new methods based on detailed information that had been disclosed, it added.

“No complete eradication of the flaws is possible at the moment; the risk can only be minimised,” it said in a statement.

Temporary measures were needed since vulnerable processors and affected computer systems could only be swapped out in the longer-term, the agency said on Friday.

BSI also called on cloud and virtual solution providers to immediately investigate the impact of the flaws on their products, and respond along with the manufacturers of system components.

“Customers should be informed about the measures taken and the remaining risks,” the agency said.

A German computing magazine called c’t reported earlier this month that researchers had found eight new flaws that resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.

It said Intel Corp planned to patch the flaws and some chips designed by ARM Holdings, a unit of Japan’s SoftBank, might be affected. Work was continuing to establish whether Advanced Micro Devices chips were vulnerable.

BSI did not name any manufacturers involved.

Intel has not addressed the c’t article directly but said in a statement earlier this month that it uses a process called “coordinated disclosure” in which security researchers and companies agree to not release information about bugs until patches are ready.

“We believe strongly in the value of coordinated disclosure and will share additional details on any potential issues as we finalise mitigations,” the company said in the statement. “As a best practice, we continue to encourage everyone to keep their systems up-to-date.”

AMD has said it was aware of the media reports and was examining the issue.

No comment was immediately available from ARM.

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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 Laptop With 4K Display, Intel Core i9 Processor Launched


Asus has launched the ZenBook Pro 15 (UX550GD) laptop – the premium variant of which comes with the latest Intel Core i9 processor and a 4K display. The laptop has a thickness of 18.9mm and a weight of just about 1.86kg making it one of the lightest PCs to sport the Core i9 chipset. The ZenBook Pro 15 will be sold in a single Deep Dive Blue colour variant, however pricing and availability are currently not unknown. The laptop is powered by Windows 10.

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX550GD) specifications

The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 runs Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. It sports a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with options of a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) and a 4K (3840×2160 pixels) panel, both with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 178-degree wide viewing angle. The laptop is powered by 8th generation Intel Core i5 -8300H (2.3GHz)/ Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz)/ Core i9-8950H (2.9GHz) processors, coupled with 8GB/ 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

Graphics on the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 are complemented by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM. In terms of storage, it comes with a 1TB/ 512GB PCIe SSD and a 512GB/ 256GB SATA3 SSD. On the laptop is a full-size backlit keyboard with 1.5mm key travel. The Precision Touchpad comes with an optional integrated fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support.

As for audio, the ZenBook Pro 15 has the company’s proprietary SonicMaster stereo audio system, array microphone with Cortana voice recognition support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Harman Kardon branding. There is also a VGA webcam for video calls. The 71Whr 8-cell lithium-polymer battery claims up to 9 hours of battery life.

Connectivity on the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 includes two USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt) ports, two USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, one HDMI port, one combo audio jack, and one microSD card reader. The laptop also gets dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0. Dimensions of the ZenBook Pro 15 are 365x251x18.9mm and weight is 1.86kg.



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Samsung in Talks With ZTE, Other Smartphone Makers to Supply Mobile Processor Chips


Samsung Electronics is in talks with several smartphone makers including China’s ZTE to supply mobile processor chips, a senior executive said, a move that will bring it in more direct competition with larger rival Qualcomm.

The South Korean tech giant generates the bulk of its profit from its bread and butter memory chips and has been beefing up development of logic chips such as mobile processors, image sensors and automotive chips to diversify.

Its flagship Exynos mobile chips power Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones, but the chipset has only one external smartphone client – China’s Meizu Technology.

“We are talking to all OEMs,” Inyup Kang, head of Samsung’s logic chip developer called System LSI, told Reuters in an interview, referring to original equipment manufacturers.

Kang, a former Qualcomm executive, said he expects to announce a new client for its Exynos chipsets in the first half of 2019.

Its search for new clients for the Exynos chips comes as the United States banned its companies from selling components to China’s ZTE for seven years after it violated the terms of a settlement deal for illegally shipping goods made with U.S. parts to Iran and North Korea.

That has created urgency for ZTE to diversify its suppliers, analysts said, although attempts to resolve the issue have picked up some pace after US President Donald Trump pledged on Sunday to help ZTE “get back into business, fast”.

Regardless of US-China trade talks, Kang said Samsung will continue discussions with ZTE.

Its efforts like that will put further pressure on the industry leader Qualcomm, which said last month it expects the loss of business with ZTE to lower its profits by 3 cents per share next quarter.

Samsung is ranked far behind competitors Qualcomm and Apple in mobile processing chips, but the use of Exynos chips by its own smartphone business helped it become the fastest growing player in the segment, according to research firm Counterpoint.

Samsung’s System LSI business saw a 27 percent rise in shipments last year, Counterpoint says.

Qualcomm also faces competition from Chinese companies such as Huawei Technologies, which uses its own processing chips called HiSilicon in its flagship smartphones.

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As the smartphone market slows, Samsung’s logic chip division also plans to seek growth in new fields such as fifth-generation mobile network technology (5G) and automotive, Kang said.

He said Samsung is in discussion with multiple automobile companies to develop chips for autonomous driving, declining to name the car makers. It said in January that it is providing automaker Audi with Exynos processor chips.

System LSI still uses Samsung’s foundry for all of its manufacturing needs, but is in talks with other contract manufacturers to diversify production in areas Samsung’s foundry isn’t prepared for yet, such as high-voltage automotive products, Kang said.

TSMC is the world’s top contract chip manufacturer, followed by the likes of U.S.-based Global Foundries, Taiwan-based UMC and Samsung.

Samsung’s semiconductor business, reporting a 2017 operating profit of KRW 35.2 trillion ($33 billion), contributed more than 65 percent of the whole firm’s record annual profit of KRW 53.65 trillion last year.

Out of this semiconductor business, memory chips contributed about 96 percent of the profits as it rode a “boom” cycle, while System LSI and foundry took up the rest with about KRW 1.44 trillion in 2017 operating profits, according to data from Mirae Asset Daewoo Securities.

Kang said his business is expected to see a 5-10 percent revenue growth this year in dollar terms. He declined to provide last year’s growth rate.

© Thomson Reuters 2018



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