Most of the roughly 1.4 billion smartphone processors world-wide are made by TSMC.
While the U.S. still leads the world in chip design and intellectual property with homegrown giants like Intel Corp. , Nvidia Corp. and Qualcomm, it now accounts for only 12% of the world’s chip manufacturing, down from 37% in 1990, according to Boston Consulting Group.
Other countries would need to spend at least $30 billion a year for a minimum of five years “to have any reasonable chance of success” in catching up with TSMC and Samsung, wrote IC Insights, a research firm, in a recent report.
Dimitris Dotis, the Audi brand specialist at Audi Tysons Corner dealership in Virginia, summed up the situation to customers. “Almost all microchips that go into all new vehicles including Audi come from TSMC in Taiwan,” he wrote.
LCD TVs while still delivering strong peak brightness.
Expect to see the term Mini LED popping up a lot in the very near future, while Micro LED will probably stay out of the mainstream for a while yet. Other companies, like Apple, are bullish on Mini LED and are poised to roll it out in all sorts of products like laptops and tablets in the coming months.
As if the stew of terms like “OLED,” “LED,” “LCD,” “Mini LED,” and “Micro LED” wasn’t confusing enough, Samsung has opted to brand its Mini LED sets “Neo QLED” TVs, which essentially means nothing, except that Samsung wants to claim it’s the only company making “Neo QLED” TVs.
The company called its previous high-end LED TVs “QLED” TVs because of an optimization dubbed quantum dot technology, which was the previous big push to make LCD TVs more competitive with OLED before Mini LED came along.
Global News Canada comments on the Chip Shortage.
Automakers around the world have been forced to halt or slow down production thanks to a global shortage of semiconductor chips.
“Normally, we would have 225 to 250 pickup trucks stocked at all times because we have both Chevrolet and GMC brands, and there’s been many times in the last six months we’ve been down to three or four,” said Peter Heppner, owner of the Preston Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac dealership in Langley, B.C.
According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian auto industry has been impacted by the shortage since January, but worsened in April as every major auto manufacturer had to stop or slow down production.
“In some cases, it’s meant manufacturers are building vehicles without the chips, storing them on site until they are able to resolve that issue.
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And as usual, Samsung isn’t playing ball with Dolby, so there’s no support for Dolby Vision HDR (or Atmos, for that matter). Rather, you’ll have to lean on either the just-as-good-in-most-cases-but-inferior-in-some-situations HDR-10 standard, or HDR-10+, which remains a little light on content.
And of course, like every other big 2021 TV, the new Mini LED sets will feature an improved AI processor that does video and audio processing to maximize the wow factor.
The other big news with the 2021 TVs is that Samsung is (sort of) walking back a widely criticized move it made in its lineup in 2020. That was when the company actually downgraded the number of dimming zones and some other features in its 4K TVs relative to their 2019 predecessors in favor of pushing the envelope in its 8K portfolio instead.
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Samsung introduced its first TVs with Mini LED technology at CES 2021, and they wound up being perhaps the best sets that the company has produced yet — not counting the exorbitantly priced The Wall, that is. So this year, Samsung is opting for a different approach: it’s taking smaller strides in hardware and focusing more of its efforts on software refinement and new features.
Samsung’s 2022 TVs will continue to run the company’s Tizen OS, but they’ll now come with a totally revamped home screen that’s described as “a testament to our vision for the future of TVs.” The first part of the new user experience is what Samsung calls the Media Screen. This will “put all of your streaming service content into one, easy-to-browse place” with a continue watching section that aggregates content “from any provider” — so Samsung claims, anyway.
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And the AI Quantum Processor – the powerhouse behind the flagship display – is also helping to power Samsung’s open smart home platform, Tizen, enabling users to experience everything from enhanced picture quality to heightened usability to other connected home functions.
Further supporting the picture quality and design enhancements of the QLED 8K lineup, the 8K ecosystem continues to expand to provide seamless playback for 8K content from providers like YouTube. The adoption of AV1 codec allows for better compression rates, and enables the support of HDR10+ technology, image dimensionality, brightness optimization, and contrast ratio.
And building off of the picture quality amplification are the QLED 8K’s premium sound features – Q-Symphony, Object Tracking Sound (OTS), and Active Voice Amplifier.
OLED has been making major year-over-year gains, however.
Samsung has focused much of its product development and marketing efforts on espousing the benefits of LCD TVs compared to OLED (like superior HDR brightness, the lack of burn-in risk, and lower prices) because it competes fiercely with LG at the top end of the market.
Samsung has repeatedly positioned an emerging TV technology called Micro LED as its ultimate OLED killer. Micro LED TVs are said to offer similar peak brightness to LED TVs—as well as reduced burn-in risk compared to OLED—while still offering OLED’s chief picture quality advantage: per-pixel illumination and perfect black levels.
But it’s only this year that the first consumer Micro LED TVs have begun shipping, and Samsung has not yet been able to bring Micro LED TVs down to sizes suitable for most living rooms.
The 8K TVs still have more dimming zones, but we’re not looking at a huge year-over-year drop like last time. That’s because Samsung’s new 4K models will also feature Mini LED tech just like the 8K TVs—which wasn’t a forgone conclusion, given what happened last year.
Samsung says its less expensive TVs will launch later in the year, and it didn’t provide any information that we didn’t already see at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
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While much of the hype in the world of TVs is currently focused on OLED, Samsung’s LCD TVs remain the bestselling TVs in many regions, and in-depth technical reviewers like Rtings pretty consistently name Samsung’s sets as the best non-OLED ones available in terms of picture quality, albeit not always in bang-for-buck.
The tablet fit just fine while in the case (the documentation with the dock even says it’s compatible with the Samsung book cover) and the dock itself is larger than I’d imagined, not so big that it’ll take up a lot of desk space, but big enough to comfortably hold the tablet up. Even sitting in bed with the tablet on a pillow on my lap, I can push quite firmly on the top of the tablet and it won’t topple backwards.
My only gripe and the reason I’m giving 4 stars is the sound. The dock boats its ability to connect to speakers. It really only does this via a headphone jack port in the rear, you could just as easily connect it to the port on your device.
Not a bad thing, but the issue is, sound coming out of the dock is tinny. With the same pair of headphones, I connected to the port on the dock and then to the port on my tablet. The sound was much better straight from the tablet.
Consumers are now able to personally experience how Samsung’s design and innovation engineering teams have reimagined the TV.
With 75-, 88-, 93-, 110-, and 150-inch display sizes, MicroLED models are suited for a variety of homes and lifestyles. In particular, the new 88- and 150-inch MicroLED models introduce ultra-slim infinity designs, virtually removing all four sides of the bezels for a finish that blends right into any wall. And consumers can also connect multiple MicroLED panels together to create new combinations and adapt their TV for their specific space.
MicroLED displays offer best-in-class picture quality.
They deliver greater depth, better resolution, and higher clarity as well as a peak brightness of 5,000 nits. They also leverage upscaling abilities based on deep learning to deliver the highest-quality content, regardless of the source.
Samsung, the world’s biggest TV manufacturer, may be on the precipice of significantly shifting its strategy to focus on OLED technology. Samsung has not produced OLED TVs in recent years, focusing instead on variants of LED LCD technology.The news comes from a report by South Korean broadcaster MTN (among other South Korean news outlets), which says Samsung and LG have reached a conditional deal wherein Samsung would buy as many as 1 million OLED panels from LG this year and 4 million in 2022. MTN clarifies that the deal is not yet final but says only a few details are left to be worked out.
LG produces most of the world’s large-format OLED panels, such as those used for TVs; its panels are not just used in LG TVs but also in TVs sold by Sony, Panasonic, and others.
Samsung produces OLED panels as well, but not at TV sizes.
The first wave of Micro LED TVs measure at 110 or 99 inches, though 88- and 78-inch sizes are planned. And that’s to say nothing of cost; as expensive as OLED can be, it’s getting more affordable by the year, and Micro LED will be out of most consumers’ price ranges for a while yet.Samsung could still ultimately shift to Micro LED, but external factors may be forcing the company to look into OLED seriously in the meantime.
MTN says that Samsung is making the move because the dominance of various Chinese companies like BOE in producing LCD panels needed for Samsung’s current TVs has driven up the cost for South Korean companies, leading to the conclusion that Samsung may need to diversify to OLED.