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Starting last January, the Covid-19 disease spread in every corner of the Earth and still worsening the situation in some regions. Due to this, several countries imposed nationwide lockdown to control the situation created by this virus. However, leading drugmakers developed the Covid-19 vaccine, which is the one and only treatment of coronavirus disease.

Pfizer, the US-based drugmaker has also produced its Covid-19 vaccine and marketing it in multiple countries. However, the demand for the vaccine is quite high due to the huge population of the earth, it’s a difficult task to meet the requirements.

Meanwhile, it looks like Samsung’s drug-making unit – Samsung Biologics Co. is in talks with Pfizer Inc. to produce its Covid-19 vaccine under a contract manufacturing organization scheme, said Korean media sources. Furthermore, an authentic source said that if all goes well, Samsung Biologics will be able to begin mass production of the vaccine in August at the earliest.

If you don’t know, Samsung Biologics is the largest CMO company in terms of capacity across the globe. The company is ramping up facilities at its third plant in Songdo, west of Seoul to produce Pfizer’s vaccine, jointly developed with Germany’s BioNTech SE.

Apart from this, the government of South Korea said that a domestic biopharmaceutical firm is in negotiations to produce the Covid-19 vaccine approved in the US and Europe. However, Samsung Biologics can make up to one billion doses for 500 million people a year for Pfizer and a deal would help Korea as well as other Asian territories.

The report also suggests that Samsung Biologics’ talks with Pfizer haven’t been finalized as both sides need to address some remaining issues such as the transfer of vaccine technology. But, the company officially denied the reports regarding vaccine production on May 12 and said “the report is not true.”

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Samsung teases Galaxy S24 Ultra Titanium Yellow launch in India

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Samsung might soon launch Galaxy S24 Ultra in a new Titanium Yellow color in India. The company has recently teased the forthcoming colorway of its latest flagship through a cryptic post. A related report claims that a Yellow variant of the S24 Ultra is coming.

The company hasn’t revealed such details in its Instagram post. The post, in particular, has an image showing a girl holding a Sunflower in her hands. Additionally, the Instagram post caption “All set to welcome a fresh new look for something (already) epic.”

Since the flower is only highlighted in that color pop image, it aligns with the Yellow color arrival. TheTechOutlook claims that Samsung may launch the Titanium Yellow colorway of the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Besides, its sale in the offline channels will likely start on June 21.

 

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The Galaxy S24 Ultra sports a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with a QHD+ resolution. The display features 120 Hz refresh rate, 2,600 nits peak brightness, and HDR10+ support. The phone is equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, paired with up to 12 GB RAM and 1 TB internal storage.

Under the hood, the S24 Ultra packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging. The smartphone runs Android 14-based OneUI 6.1 and will get 7 years of Android upgrades. It also features a large vapor chamber cooling technology for a seamless gaming experience.

In terms of optics, the S24 Ultra boasts a 200MP OIS-enabled primary, a 50MP Periscope with 5x optical zoom, a 10MP telephoto with 3x zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide camera on the back. The front side of the smartphone sports a 12MP front camera for selfies and video calling.

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Samsung may ditch AMD Xclipse, in-house Galaxy GPU likely in future

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Samsung Galaxy may end up canceling the AMD partnership for Exynos GPU. Following reports of Snapdragon exclusivity in Galaxy S25, another input suggests Samsung considering investing in GPU. A flagship chip for Galaxy with an in-house GPU is expected to debut in 2026.

According to Bloter, a Samsung executive of the management committee within the board of directors has decided to invest in GPU. It’s a move likely to strengthen Samsung’s “GPU-related business competitiveness or to expand its internal information technology (IT) infrastructure.”

With the Exynos 2200, Samsung debuted the Xclipse GPU made in partnership with AMD. There was no Exynos 2300, while the second-gen Xclipse GPU has been integrated with Exynos 2400. The partnership may continue with AMD for another SoC, i.e. Exynos 2500.

In the recent past, a trusted insider also claimed that the Samsung-AMD partnership may be discontinued for Galaxy GPU after 2025. The South Korean tech giant may introduce a powerful processor featuring its in-house graphics processing unit in 2026.

This is the first time that Samsung Electronics has decided to invest in GPUs at the management committee since 2012. Meanwhile, there is an interpretation that Samsung Electronics decided not to develop and manufacture GPUs, but to utilize them internally.

Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Qualcomm will be the sole supplier of the Galaxy S25 series. Snapdragon’s share in the Galaxy S24 series is just 40%, which will jump to 100% next year. Samsung is unlikely to ship Exynos 2500 due to 3nm yield and power efficiency concerns.

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TSMC ahead in 3nm process, Samsung struggles for next Snapdragon, Tensor

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TSMC managed to secure its lead in the latest 3nm foundry process. It would further widen the gap with rivals such as Samsung and SMIC. Samsung failed to win orders for its most advanced 3nm foundry process due to yield and efficiency concerns.

Global semiconductor vendors could opt for the TSMC 3nm process this year. After Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD, Intel, MediaTek, and Google will be joining the Taiwanese chip maker. Samsung missed orders from Qualcomm and Google for their next-gen chips.

Samsung’s contract manufacturing division’s prototypes have lagged behind TSMC. The company’s foundry yield and power efficiency concerns offered an early lead to TSMC in the 3nm race. Google and Qualcomm ultimately chose TSMC after careful consideration for their 2025 chips.

Samsung Foundry had been working hard to secure Qualcomm and Google orders for next-generation chip. The next generation Tensor processor will be manufactured by TSMC. Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is also being produced in Taiwan on a 3nm process node.

The Korean tech giant was the first to commence (in June 2022) mass production of the 3nm process using the GAAFET process. Despite entering its third year since introducing the 3nm process semiconductors, the OEM has struggled to secure customers.

The Exynos 2500, developed in-house and produced using Samsung Foundry’s 3nm process, has faced similar yield issues. The efficiency is still 10-20% lower compared to TSMC, suggesting a potential cancellation to be used in the Galaxy S25 series next year.

Also Read | No Exynos in Galaxy S25, Samsung may go all Snapdragon again!

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