Logitech has unveiled its G560 speakers, which have RGB LED lighting zones capable of displaying about 16.8 million colors; additionally, the company used its LIGHTSYNC technology to sync the lights based on what's played on the screen.
The storage capacity of batteries will likely jump by 30% in the coming years, per manufacturers, researchers and developers. The breakthrough could come from a major change in the materials that make up a battery, especially with the addition of silicon, which boosts lithium ion storage.
A new feature on the upcoming P version of Android will allow users to shrink photos to half the size of an ordinary JPEG. However, the feature requires a more potent processor than is available on some Android phones.
Users of voice assistant devices have been slow to switch to voice ordering, as 66% of owners report that they've never ordered anything via voice, per an Episerver report titled "Reimagining Commerce: Global Findings." Ed Kennedy of Episerver said consumers are willing to shop across channels but are "still warming up to new devices like voice assistants and smartwatches."
Apple could be preparing to design and manufacture device displays for its own devices at a secret facility in California, according to this report. The company is investing in MicroLED screen development, a thinner and brighter alternative to OLED displays.
Acronis has announced it will utilize Google's Cloud Platform to provide data protection support for its backup and disaster-recovery solutions. Acronis said access to the platform would improve performance on service-level agreements and disaster recovery.
Worldwide semiconductor sales could potentially go to $500 billion a year or higher due to 5G and artificial intelligence applications, said Ajit Manocha, SEMI's president and CEO. Global chip revenue rose 22.3% last year to $420 billion.
As system-on-a-chip devices find their way into automotive electronics for advanced driver-assistance systems, the standard definition of excessive heat for such chips is changing, says Oliver King, chief technology officer of Moortec Semiconductor. "One thing that is interesting now with the growth in ADAS and infotainment sectors within automotive, is we are starting to see that even 125°C is not high enough," he says in this interview.
Toshiba introduced the TCK401G and TCK402G charge pump driver chips for applications in high-current mobile charging. When paired with n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors, the ICs can provide such safety functions as auto output discharge, inrush current reduction and overvoltage protection.
MC Chiu, chairman of Gudeng Precision Industrial, predicts the wafer fabrication facilities in China will meet the needs of the domestic electronics industry once they catch up to the technological prowess of wafer fabs around the world. China's foundries are now working on making chips with 28-nanometer features, while other chipmakers have progressed to the leading edge of 14nm, 10nm and 7nm chips.