Samsung has established a credible Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to create a more sustainable environment in the future by achieving carbon neutrality. The purpose of developing LCA is to get the product carbon footprint of its semiconductor business.
One of the world’s leading independent certification bodies, DNV has verified LCA establishments to take part in overcoming the climate crisis and achieving carbon neutrality.
LCA is an approach for assessing the environmental impact of a commercial product, process, and service throughout its life cycle by quantifying energy, material, and waste emissions. Specifically, on the carbon footprint of semiconductors, Samsung’s LCA covers the extraction of raw materials for chip manufacturing, assembly, and testing. Its calculation is based on ISO 14040, ISO 14044, and ISO 14067 to ensure reliability and transparency.
Samsung and its customers commonly use the Carbon Footprint to identify the environmental impact of all stages of Samsung’s semiconductor products and can be used as an indicator to track and reduce carbon emissions.
So far, 37 of Samsung’s semiconductor products including DRAM, SSD, embedded storage, mobile SoC, mobile Image Sensor, and automotive LED packages have received Carbon Trust and UL’s Carbon Footprint certification. In addition to this, 6 memory products have received Carbon Trust’s Carbon Emission certification.
Using LCA established late last year, Samsung will measure the carbon footprint of chips produced at all of its global manufacturing, testing, and assembly sites in South Korea, China, and the United States.
Samsung will expand its Life Cycle Assessment to include water and resource footprints to provide a more comprehensive assessment that will eventually reduce the application’s effect on the environment.
According to Dooguen Song, Executive Vice President of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Center at Samsung Electronics:
“Since 2019, we have been actively mobilizing efforts to measure and reduce the carbon emissions of our key memory and logic solutions. By leveraging LCA, we will be able to support our customers to achieve their carbon neutrality, as well as becoming more transparent on the environmental impact of the semiconductors we produce worldwide.”
Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.