Recently, Counterpoints and IESA (Indian Electronic and Semiconductor Association) together prepared the ‘2019-2026 India Semiconductor Market Report’. As per the report, India will become the second largest semiconductor customer by 2026.
The report mentioned that the cumulative revenue of India’s semiconductor components market to climb to $300 billion in 2021-2026. In the year 2021, India’s end equipment market stood at $119 billion in terms of revenue and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19% from 2021 to 2026.
Currently, the IT and industrial sectors contribute about 80% of India’s semiconductor revenue. ‘Make in India’ and production-related incentive schemes will facilitate local sourcing of semi-components in the coming years. Further policy reforms and building a semiconductor ecosystem will reduce dependence on semiconductors
In terms of size and growing demand for semiconductor components across multiple industries and applications, India is going to become the world’s second-largest market.
This demand is driven by the rapid pace of digital transformation of consumers, businesses, and the public sector in the country, from enhanced connectivity to cloud content consumption through the adoption of new technologies. These include smartphones, PCs, wearables, cloud data centers, Industry 4.0 applications, IoT, smart mobility, and advanced telecom and utility infrastructure.
According to IESA CEO and President Krishna Moorthy:
‘Before the end of this decade, there will be nothing that will not be touched by electronics and the ubiquitous ‘chip’. Be it fighting carbon emissions, renewable energy, food safety, or healthcare, the semiconductor chip will be all-pervasive. Imagine this – all children all over India get educated in virtual classrooms by the country’s best teachers. The chip makes it possible. Again, imagine everyone in the country gets quality healthcare and diagnostics done remotely. Medicines are delivered by drones at your doorstep, even in the farthest villages of India. The chip will make it possible, and we will see this in front of our eyes very soon. Let us make India the semiconductor nation.’
As per Research Director at Counterpoint Research Tarun Pathak:
The mobile and wearables sector was the biggest contributor to India’s semiconductor industry in 2021. Mobile devices have become a primary tool for internet connectivity given that broadband and laptop/PC penetration remains low. In the last five years, the ‘consumer digital transformation’ has accelerated with the availability of cheap mobile internet, and mobile devices have connected a big part of the Indian population. Also, the gradual shift from feature phones to smartphones has been generating increased proportions of advanced logic processors, memory, integrated controllers, sensors and other components. This will continue to drive the value of the semiconductor content in smartphones, which is still an under-penetrated segment in India, aided by the rise of wearables such as smartwatch and TWS.”
Samsung’s Galaxy S24 could debut Wi-Fi 7 technology
Currently, Wi-Fi 6E is the latest Wi-Fi version, which will be succeeded by Wi-Fi 7 in 2024, and it’s ready to debut with Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series in the second half of the year, reports DigiTimes. It’s not going to happen for the first time as Samsung has always been the first Android vendor to debut the latest version.
At present, the latest Apple iPhone models are using the Wi-Fi 6 technology, and there’s no notable flagship phone launching in near future, the company will directly switch to the 7th iteration in 2024. The latest report suggests that Wi-Fi 6E will just be a “transactional technology, as Wi-Fi 7 launching in 2024.
According to the report, Wi-Fi 7 technology will be capable of using 300MHz channels with the support of 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), offering up to 2.4x faster speeds compared to Wi-Fi 6 without extending the number of antennas.
Per the info via Wi-Fi Alliance, the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 is likely to be equipped with speeds of between 30Gbps to 40Gbps. Meanwhile, it’s important to mention that the Wi-Fi 7 technology will be introduced with routers and laptops ahead of mobile phones.
Earlier this year, Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek showcased the Wi-Fi 7 and later on Intel revealed that this new standard is coming to laptops by 2024. Apart from this, the US chipmaker Qualcomm is also working on Wi-Fi 7 chip options to adopt it as early as possible, which could debut with FastConnect 7800 chip.
TSMC-made Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 boasts serious upgrades
For Qualcomm, Samsung manufactured the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset for flagship mobile devices, while the chip giant joined forces with TSMC for the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. Instead of Samsung, Qualcomm has given orders for the 4nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chips to TSMC due to bad performance complaints.
The US chip maker already confirmed that its annual Snapdragon Summit will be held in November 2022, where, the 8 Gen 2 processor is expected to be introduced. Ahead of the official release, a Weibo tipster revealed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will have ultra high frequency and GPU will outperform Apple A-series chips.
According to the information, the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform has reached the 3.4-3.5GHz range in internal testing, which will be further improved before the official launch, while there are notable improvements in GPU performance compared to the existing chips.
The tipster further added that the future Android flagships packed with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset will beat Apple A-series chips, thanks to the extreme performance of the GPU. Meanwhile, the mobile platform should be more power efficient alongside bringing improved performance.
As per the previous reports, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor will introduce a number of new features and performance enhancements. And Chinese OEMs are preparing to introduce their upcoming flagships with futuristic hardware capabilities, such as:
- 2K+120Hz E6 1440Hz PWM flexible screen
- 1.5K+120Hz Q9 2160Hz PWM flexible screen
- 1-inch main camera
- New Telephoto sensors
Apart from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, the same source revealed that the mid-year flagship chip won’t feature major changes in performance as the 8 Gen 1 and 8 Plus Gen 1. Qualcomm would only introduce an overclocked version of the 8 Gen 2 as 8 Plus Gen 2 in mid-2023.
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Samsung launched Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro with versatile features
Samsung introduced a new rugged tablet – Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro, which is designed to thrive under the pressures of today’s mobile business. This versatile tablet is a combination of military-grade toughness, lightweight portability, and exceptional performance.
The Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro comes with a 10.1-inch LCD display, 13MP AF rear camera, 8MP front camera, 64GB/126GB storage, 6nm Octa-Core Processor, 7600mAH battery, multiple sensors support, and more.
This tablet has a versatile design, which is not only durable and easy to handle, but its performance and connectivity is amazing.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Specification
- 10.1-inch, WUXGA (1920 x 1200), TFT LCD, Touch Sensitivity
- 242.9 x 170.2mm x 10.2mm (674g)
- With S Pen and cover – 833g
- 6nm Octa-Core Processor
- 64GB/ 128GB, microSD up to 1TB
- Android 12.0
- 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Type-C USB 3.2, POGO Pin
- Dual SIM / Single SIM
- Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Light, Hall, Fingerprint, Proximity
- IP68 Rating
- Dolby Atmos, 2 microphone
- Face Recognition
- Fingerprint with Home Key
- Security by Samsung Knox
Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro will be available in Europe starting in September and i in other regions including Asia, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East later this year.