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Samsung Electronics Announces Earnings Guidance for 2Q 2018

Samsung Electronics announced its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2018.

 

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 58 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 14.8 trillion Korean won

 

The above estimates are based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be offered as a range. To comply with such regulations, the above figures represent the median of the estimate ranges provided below.

 

  • Sales:  57 ~ 59 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 14.7 ~ 14.9 trillion Korean won

 

  2018 1Q and 2017 2Q consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won) 2018.1Q 2017.2Q
Sales 60.56 61.00
Operating profit 15.64 14.07

Samsung Foundry and Arm Expand Collaboration to Drive High-Performance Computing Solutions

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that its strategic foundry collaboration with Arm will be expanded to 7/5-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology to remain a step ahead in the era of high-performance computing.

 

Based on Samsung Foundry’s 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus) and 5LPE (5nm Low Power Early) process technologies, the Arm® Artisan® physical IP platform will enable 3GHz+ computing performance for Arm’s Cortex®-A76 processor.

 

Samsung’s 7LPP process technology will be ready for its initial production in the second half of 2018. The first extreme ultra violet (EUV) lithography process technology, and its key IPs, are in development and expected to be completed by the first half of 2019. Samsung’s 5LPE technology will allow greater area scaling and ultra-low power benefits due to the latest innovations in 7LPP process technology.

 

The Arm Artisan physical IP platform for Samsung’s 7LPP and 5LPE includes HD logic architecture, a comprehensive suite of memory compilers, and 1.8V and 3.3V GPIO libraries. In addition, for Samsung’s 7LPP and 5LPE process technologies, Arm will provide Artisan POP™ IP solutions on its latest processor cores featuring Arm DynamIQ™ technology. Arm’s POP IP solution is a core-hardening acceleration technology to enable the best Arm processor implementations and the most rapid time-to-market.

 

“Building an extensive and differentiated design ecosystem is a must for our foundry customers,” said Ryan Sanghyun Lee, vice president of Foundry Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics. “Collaboration with Arm in the fields of IP solutions is crucial to increase high-performance computing power and accelerate the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning capabilities.”

 

“Arm and Samsung Foundry have collaborated on a large number of chips using Artisan physical IP on Samsung Foundry process technologies,” said Kelvin Low, vice president of marketing, Physical Design Group at Arm. “Samsung Foundry’s 7LPP and 5LPE nodes are innovative process technologies which will meet our mutual customers’ needs to deliver the next generation of advanced system-on-chips (SoCs) from mobile to hyperscale datacenters.”

 

Details of the recent updates to Samsung’s Foundry roadmap, from 7nm EUV development to 3GAAE (3nm Gate-All-Around Early) technology, and top-notch design enablement solutions were presented at Samsung Foundry Forum 2018 Korea on July 5, 2018, in Seoul. Samsung Foundry Forums were held in the United States and China earlier this year, sharing Samsung’s cutting-edge process technologies with global customers and partners.

 

For more information about Samsung Foundry, please visit www.samsungfoundry.com.

Samsung and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) Demonstrate Real-Life 5G Scenarios in Russia

Samsung Electronics and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Russia’s largest telecommunications operator and digital services provider, announced that they used Samsung’s 5G network and devices to successfully demonstrate a series of 5G scenarios including HD video calls, ultra-low latency video games and high-definition video streaming.

 

The demonstration zone was set up in the exhibition hall of the Popov Central Museum of Radio Communications, one of the world’s oldest museums of science and technology, in St. Petersburg. Guests and journalists were given the chance to make HD video calls and play a football simulation video game on Samsung’s 5G prototype tablets. 5G provides an unprecedented mobile video game user experience by dramatically reducing the response rate between devices.

 

The demonstrations also included streaming of 4K ultra-high definition video. These trials utilized Samsung’s 5G end-to-end solutions including 5G routers (CPE, Customer Premise Equipment) and prototype tablets, 5G radio access unit, virtualized RAN and virtualized core network.

 

“Our goal is to adapt new technologies to commercial use in cooperation with industry-leading vendors. Today’s trial with Samsung Electronics demonstrates that 5G is not an academic theory, but presents a nearly ready set of practical network solutions that will allow customers to manage a broad range of everyday tasks and open new opportunities that are unachievable on 4G,” commented Pavel Korotin, Director of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, MTS.

 

“Today’s tests demonstrated the readiness of MTS’s network infrastructure for the deployment of 5G. Samsung is pleased to have MTS as our partner to together explore the capabilities of 5G that are essential to unlocking near-term use cases for both customers and enterprises,” said Seungsik Choi, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Russia.

 

Samsung and MTS began their cooperation in 2014 with the launch of LTE networks in the Northwestern Federal District of Russia, including St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. In the second half of 2017, Samsung and MTS signed an agreement to expand and upgrade MTS’ network with LTE-Advanced Pro and IoT features. The companies will also continue their collaboration on 5G.

 

 

About Mobile TeleSystems PJSC

 

Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” – NYSE:MBT; MOEX:MTSS), the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, provides a range of mobile, fixed-line and digital services. We serve over 100 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Belarus, and about 9 million customers of fixed-line services, including fixed voice, broadband internet, and pay-TV. To keep pace with evolving customer demand, MTS is redefining what telecommunications services are by offering innovative products beyond its core network-related businesses in various tech segments, including Big Data, financial and banking services, internet of things, OTT, cloud computing, systems integration and e-commerce.

 

We leverage our market-leading retail network as a platform for customer services and sales of devices and accessories. MTS maintains its leadership in the Russian mobile market in terms of revenue and profitability. MTS is majority-owned by Sistema PJSFC. Since 2000, MTS shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange and since 2003 – on the Moscow Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.mtsgsm.com.

Samsung and Cisco in Partnership with Orange Demonstrate New 5G-Powered Home Entertainment and Smart City Applications in Romania

Samsung Electronics and Cisco announced today that they have successfully completed a friendly-user trial and series of 5G demonstrations with Orange in Floresti, Cluj, Romania.

 

Since the announcement in February by the three companies of the first multi-vendor 5G fixed wireless trial in Europe (Link), the friendly-user trial has been running for a month and a half across multiple homes in Floresti, Cluj district, Romania. The trial makes use of Samsung’s 5G solutions including the virtualized RAN, one of the smallest 5G access units and multiple indoor and outdoor 5G routers (CPE), as well as Cisco’s Meraki Z3 WiFi Router and Ultra Gateway Platform which delivers a 5G virtual packet core on top of Cisco NFV Infrastructure that brings enhanced throughput and flexibility.

 

By leveraging the wide bandwidth available at 26 GHz and advanced antenna technologies such as massive MIMO and beamforming, the companies were able to achieve coverage beyond 1 km at 1 Gbps speed for a single user in real live conditions. Measurements in these conditions also show aggregated cell downlink throughputs of 3 Gbps with few users, although the system capacity is significantly higher.

 

On July 2 and 3, Samsung and Cisco together with Orange are holding a demonstration near Floresti City Hall to present the results of the trial and showcase some of the most promising 5G-powered smart city and home entertainment solutions in front of media and partners from across the industry.

 

 

Smart City Applications

Samsung’s Connectivity Node is installed on a streetlamp to provide wireless connectivity for temperature and humidity sensors and security cameras. Sensors and cameras are connected wirelessly to the node, which is then connected to the core network via 5G. The Connectivity Node is a compact, high-capacity, easy-to-install and economical alternative for places where wireline deployment is unfeasible or costly.

 

 

Home Entertainment Applications

Several parallel UHD videos and VR sessions are streamed simultaneously over the same 5G broadband connection. All of the content is transmitted via the 5G core and 5G radio link. The 5G system capacity is crucial to this demonstration as it not only allows simultaneous UHD streaming over multiple screens under one roof, but also provides extra capacity in case content consumption further increases.

 

In another demonstration, two players compete against each other in a live cloud video game over the 5G network. Their split-second actions and the game’s seamless operation are made possible by the network’s extremely low latency.

 

 

Real Time Security Camera Analytics

Cisco Meraki MV21 cameras are deployed, providing video coverage as well as advanced video-based analytics. Three major use-cases are demonstrated with application for Smart Cities solution as well as for B2B verticals such as retail. Video data can be used to provide accurate count of people moving in the camera field, deliver precious information to improve disposal of products in retail environment and better organise space for efficiency and improved service.

 

“Thanks to this first successful test of 5G Fixed Wireless Access in the 26 GHz band, Orange has been able to verify several use cases enabled by this technology. We can now better understand the way in which this technology works in real usage environments in order to complement wireline solutions. This is a major step in driving forward the development of 5G in Europe and Africa.” said Arnaud Vamparys, Senior Vice President, Radio Networks and Microwaves, at Orange.

 

“5G will be more than just a faster internet connection. 5G will make cities safer and more convenient than ever before, and it will bring home entertainment to new levels that only existed in our imagination,” said GY Seo, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing Team, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “These demonstrations offer a glimpse into some of the new, groundbreaking services and capabilities that people across Europe will be able to enjoy in their everyday lives in the future.”

 

“With 5G we have the opportunity to help service providers like Orange broaden their portfolios to deliver new levels of connected experiences for consumers, businesses and governments,” said Yvette Kanouff, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “Our work with Samsung and Orange on this project is a great example of how we are enabling an innovation eco-system to test and deliver a broad range of 5G services that will offer the communities in Romania faster connections to more devices and applications that make their lives better.”

 

 

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Samsung Receives the Industry’s First Environmental Product Declaration Certificate for 512Gb V-NAND and 860 EVO 4TB SSD

 

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it is being recognized for its environmental reliability by receiving the industry’s first Environmental Product Declaration* (EPD) certificate in Korea with its 512Gb 64-layer 3bit V-NAND and 860 EVO 4TB SSD.

 

The Environmental Product Declaration is a national certification system in Korea which recognizes a product’s performance according to seven key environmental metrics including carbon footprint, resource footprint, ozone depletion, acidification, eutrophication, photochemical smog, and water footprint.

 

In terms of per capacity (gigabit), the carbon emission of the 512Gb 3-bit V-NAND has been reduced to less than half of that of the 10-nanometer (nm)-class 64Gb V-NAND that was certified last year.

 

An 8TB SSD composed with the 512Gb V-NAND can reduce approximately 240kg CO2 of carbon emission per year compared to a 8TB SSD product composed with the 64Gb NAND, producing the same effect as planting twenty-five 30-year-old trees**.

 

“The EPD certification will serve as an assurance to our customers that Samsung’s high-capacity products offer not only cutting-edge technology, but also certified environmental reliability” said Mike Mang, Vice President of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung plans to begin mass production of 1Tb V-NAND in the future to lead the growth of the rapidly expanding ultrahigh-capacity storage market and strengthen its eco-friendly technology leadership.”

 

Samsung Electronics seeks to leverage its advancements in environmental reliability to lead the consumer market by exceeding customer expectations, just as it has continuously delivered in high performance and energy efficiency in the corporate SSD market.

 

Samsung earned its first low carbon footprint certification for the DDR3 DRAM server module in 2009 and had since expanded its environmental certification portfolio across its key products, including NAND flash, LPDDR, SSD, and application processors.

 

 

[Table] Carbon Footprint Comparison

Total Carbon footprint

Per capacity
Carbon footprint

Total Carbon footprint for 8TB SSD/ year

512Gb V-NAND 1.599kg CO2/unit 0.0031 KgCO2/1Gb  204.67 Kg CO2/unit
64Gb V-NAND 0.436kg CO2/unit 0.0068 KgCO2/1Gb 446.98 Kg CO2/unit

 

* The EPD certification is developed in accordance with the International Standards ISO 14000s (14025, 14044, 14046). The certification is managed by the Korean Ministry of Environment and operated by the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute.

** The amount of carbon absorbed by an average 30-year-old tree in a year is 9.36 kg CO2.

Samsung Showcases Industry-leading Advancements in 8K and MicroLED TV Technology at QLED & Advanced Displays Summit

Samsung Electronics hosted its second annual QLED & Advanced Displays Summit on June 27 and 28 at The London West Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The Summit offered insights into Samsung’s plans for quantum dot (QLED) displays, activities surrounding its full 8K ecosystem, the brand’s ambitions of bringing MicroLED technology to consumers and its efforts in integrating HDR into cinemas.

 

Abhijeet Solat, Samsung Display’s technical sales manager, presented the 8K market trends at QLED & Advanced Display Summit, held in Los Angeles on June 27, 2018.

 

“Samsung has built a reputation for its history of innovation and groundbreaking developments in the TV industry,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re committed to maintaining that trend by bringing advancements of 8K and MicroLED TV technology to the consumers and continuing our investment in enhancing the viewing experience.”

 

The QLED & Advanced Displays Summit was co-hosted by Samsung and Insight Media, an advanced display consultant focusing on the display industry. During the event, Samsung demonstrated enhancements ranging from HDR10+ mastering workflows to Automatic Color Calibration and no burn-in on its 2018 QLED TVs, showcasing its leadership in the TV display industry.

 

Participants, including industry experts and influencers attended to experience live demonstrations and spark dialogue about the current state and challenges of TV technologies. Above all, the QLED TV demos highlighted Samsung’s efforts in pioneering HDR capability by applying next-generation enhancements for the benefit of consumers.

 

The event featured a number of prominent experts in the display industry – ranging from academia experts in the MicroLED technology sector and consultants specializing in HDR cinema integration to renowned professionals in display and mastering tool industry. Speakers and influencers from the following organizations also attended to discuss TV technology-related topics that included:

 

  • 8K Ecosystem: Insight Media, Panavision, Samsung Display Company, and Display Supply Chain Consultants
  • Quantum Dots: Palomaki Consulting, Nanosys, Nanoco, and Samsung Advanced Research Institute
  • Display and Mastering Tools: FF Pictures, Samsung Research America, Portrait Displays, and ColorFront
  • HDR Cinema: Samsung Research America, LightView, and MKPE Consulting
  • MicroLEDs: Fuzhou University, Samsung Electronics, Tesoro Scientific, PlayNitride, Sungkyunkwan University, JBD, Lumiode, and N-Tech Research

 

Martin Fishman, CEO of SpectraCal, described the Automatic Color Calibration program (left) and Florian Friedrich of FF Pictures explained the HDR10+ mastering workflows (right) at the demonstration of the summit.

 

For more information about Samsung’s QLED TVs and the QLED & Advanced Display Summit, including speakers and sessions, please visit: www.displaysummit.com/2018-qled-and-advanced-display-summit-at-hollywood.

 

 

About Insight Media

Insight Media is a technology consultancy focused on emerging technology in the ProAV, cinema, broadcast, consumer electronics and display industries. The company authors white papers and articles on these topics, provide technology and market assessment services and hosts events to discuss key technology trends in these market segments.

KDDI and Samsung Successfully Complete Live Real-Time Free-Viewpoint Video Stream Test on 5G

KDDI and Samsung Electronics, announced today that together with KDDI Research, Inc (KDDI Research), Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), it has successfully completed a real-time free-viewpoint video streaming test using 5G-supporting devices.

 

The test was conducted during a professional baseball game held in Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha and used Samsung’s 5G end-to-end solution comprised of virtualized core, virtualized RAN, one of the smallest 5G access units and 10 sets of 5G tablet devices. A total of 16 cameras were used to shoot the hitter from different angles and produce free-viewpoint video in real-time for successful transmission towards Samsung’s 5G tablets.

 

“KDDI has been continuously working toward developing a wide range of new 5G use cases that can elevate the everyday lives of our users,” said Yoshiaki Uchida, Member of the Board, Executive Vice President at KDDI. “Together with Samsung, KDDI will continue to explore ways to provide unprecedented experiences by integrating communications and life design.”

 

“It is exciting to see how 5G technology can transform our lives,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “5G is now a reality. We will continue working with KDDI to explore how the technology can be further developed and applied in our homes and cities.”

 

Real-time transmission of high-volume videos to mobile devices or large screens is expected to take viewing experience to a whole new level in crowded entertainment and sports venues. By allowing simultaneous transmission of high-volume videos, 5G enables what the preceding mobile technologies were incapable of realizing.

 

By showing that audiences are now able to view sports games from any angle of their choice and at incredible resolution, today’s test verified that the viewing experience has been taken to a whole new level. It will add a much greater depth to the traditional viewing experience on television broadcast.

 

Free-viewpoint video is a technology developed by KDDI Research that enables users to view a video from any viewpoint via reconstructing 3D model for human objects and background objects such as the stadium field.

 

 

About KDDI

KDDI works to integrate telecommunication and life design in ways that generate the kind of excitement that has helped bring more than 39 million subscribers to the au brand of mobile and fixed telecommunication services. We do this by offering a range of services that bring new value to customers’ lives, including finance and commerce, merchandise sales (through au WALLET Market) and electric power (au Denki).

 

For corporate customers, we offer not only mobile telecommunication and ICT services, but we also join forces with partners in the 5G and IoT fields to provide a one-stop source of services and solutions that can contribute to customer businesses. In addition, we aim to provide the ideal ICT environment for IoT applications through global, high-quality, highly reliable TELEHOUSE data centers. We proactively pursue consumer business in developing nations, which is our way of contributing to economic development and improved standards of living in nations around the world.

Samsung Brings Enhanced Color Accuracy and Sharpness to Mobile Photos with New ISOCELL Plus Technology

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced its new ‘ISOCELL Plus’ technology, which allows CMOS image sensors to capture more light, significantly increasing light sensitivity and color fidelity. Smartphone consumers can now expect even more accurate and clearer photos in challenging light environments.

 

 

To take high-quality photographs, CMOS image sensors need to hold as much light, or photons, as possible and transmit the right color information to the photodiode. Such requirements were resolved by the introduction of Samsung’s ISOCELL technology in 2013. ISOCELL forms a physical barrier between the neighboring pixels, reducing color crosstalk and expanding the full-well capacity. This enables each pixel to absorb and hold more light than the conventional backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensor design for superior image quality.

 

With the introduction of ISOCELL Plus, Samsung pushes pixel isolation technology to a new level through an optimized pixel architecture. In the existing pixel structure, metal grids are formed over the photodiodes to reduce interference between the pixels, which can also lead to some optical loss as metals tend to reflect and/or absorb the incoming light. For ISOCELL Plus, Samsung replaced the metal barrier with an innovative new material developed by Fujifilm, minimizing optical loss and light reflection.

 

“We value our strategic relationship with Samsung and would like to congratulate on the completion of the ISOCELL Plus development,” said Naoto Yanagihara, corporate vice president of Fujifilm. “This development is a remarkable milestone for us as it marks the first commercialization of our new material. Through continuous cooperation with Samsung, we anticipate to bring more meaningful innovation to mobile cameras.”

 

The new ISOCELL Plus delivers higher color fidelity along with up to a 15-percent enhancement in light sensitivity. The technology also enables image sensors to equip 0.8-micrometer (µm) and smaller-sized pixels without any loss in performance, making it an optimal solution for developing super-resolution cameras with over 20 megapixels.

 

“Through close collaboration with Fujifilm, an industry leader in imaging and information technology, we have pushed the boundaries of CMOS image sensor technology even further,” said Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “The ISOCELL Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions, but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs.”

 

The ISOCELL Plus will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, held from June 27 to 29.

Samsung and Dezeen Hold a Global Design Competition for Ambient Mode

 

Samsung Electronics announced a partnership with Dezeen, a leading design and architectural magazine, inviting designers to create graphics for the Ambient Mode feature on Samsung’s QLED TVs. Held from June 25 to August 3, the contest will reward 29,500 euros in total prize money. To enter the contest, designers need to submit their best Ambient Mode designs using either static or animated images.

 

Samsung’s Ambient Mode does away with the mundane black screen that dominates a room when the television is not in use. Built into the 2018 QLED televisions, Ambient Mode makes the screen appear transparent by mimicking the appearance of the wall behind it, while also enhancing its environment by overlaying additional imagery and information – such as the weather – if desired.

 

“Ambient Mode creates a useful and innovative experience for users, even when their television is turned off. Knowing that this experience is unique to every user, the Ambient Mode design competition is meant to develop imagery that resonates with each of our consumers,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We hope that designers will take this opportunity to show off their creativity and help us grow the library of designs available to consumers on Ambient Mode.”

 

To enter, contestants must pick one of the four backgrounds provided by Samsung and develop concepts that build on both the television’s environment and the time of day in which the feature would be utilized. Designers can base their entry on one of Samsung’s existing Ambient Modes – décor, information or personal photos – or they can propose a completely novel mode. Further, as Samsung and Dezeen are looking for concepts that highlight how Ambient Mode can mirror the environment and blend into the aesthetic of consumers’ homes, entrants will need to specify a particular lifestyle for their design.

 

The competition’s judging panel includes esteemed designers Neville Brody and Erwan Bouroullec, as well as members of Samsung’s and Dezeen’s design teams – Dontae Lee, Executive Vice President and the Head of the Corporate Design Center at Samsung Electronics and Amy Frearson, editorial director of Dezeen.

 

The competition will reward 29,500 euros in total prize money. The grand prize winner will receive 8,000 euros while two runners-up will receive 3,000 euros, respectively. 1,500 euros will be awarded to the other seven shortlisted entrants and 1,000 euros will be given to five longlisted designers. Dezeen will interview the finalists and publish a story about each of them.

 

The competition entry is free of charge. However, entrants must be over 18 years of age with the ability to present their work to a panel of English-speaking judges. For more information on how to enter, please visit dezeen.com/Samsung.

 

This is the second contest in which Samsung and Dezeen have partnered to organize. In 2017, the two companies cooperated to host a TV accessory design competition for Samsung QLED lineup’s TV stands and received a total of 1,200 works from 83 countries. The contest participant Fulden Denheli received a grand prize and later was also named the winner at IFA 2017 for her adaptable, Scandinavian-inspired concept.

Samsung Introduces 8TB SSD for Data Centers in Next-generation ‘NF1’ Form Factor

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has launched the industry’s highest capacity NVMe solid state drive (SSD) based on the incredibly small Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF)* – an eight-terabyte (TB) NF1** SSD. The new 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD has been optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems.

 

“By introducing the first NF1 NVMe SSD, Samsung is taking the investment efficiency in data centers to new heights,” said Sewon Chun, senior vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to lead the trend toward enabling ultra-high density data centers and enterprise systems by delivering storage solutions with unparalleled performance and density levels.”

 

The new SSD is built with 16 of Samsung’s 512-gigabyte (GB) NAND packages, each stacked in 16 layers of 256 gigabit (Gb) 3-bit V-NAND chips, achieving an 8TB density in an ultra-small footprint of 11cm x 3.05cm. This is twice the capacity offered by the M.2 NVMe SSD (11cm x 2.2cm) commonly used in hyper-scale server designs and ultra-slim laptops. The NF1 SSD is expected to quickly and easily replace conventional 2.5-inch NVMe SSDs by enabling up to three times the system density in existing server infrastructure, allowing for an unprecedented 576TB of storage space in the latest 2U rack servers.

 

The NF1 SSD features a brand new, high-performance controller that supports the NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 3,100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of 2,000MB/s. These speeds are more than five times and three times that of a typical SATA SSD, respectively. Random speeds come in at 500,000 IOPS for read operations and 50,000 IOPS for writes. Utilizing the new NF1 storage solution, an enterprise server system can perform over one million IOPS in a 2U rack space, significantly enhancing the return on investment for next-generation large-scale data centers. The SSD also includes a 12GB LPDDR4 DRAM to enable faster and more energy-efficient data processing.

 

To ensure long-term data reliability, the NF1 NVMe SSD has been designed with an endurance level of 1.3 drive write per day (DWPD), which guarantees writing an entire 8TB of data 1.3 times a day over its three-year warranty period.

 

Samsung plans to accompany its 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND-based SSD with a 512Gb version in the second half of this year to accommodate even faster processing for big data applications, while also accelerating the growth in next-generation enterprise and mid-market data centers.

 

 

* Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) is the latest SSD standard which is expected to be standardized by JEDEC in October. It succeeds the M.2 standard and can more than double the space utilization within server systems.

** NGSFF is also referred to as NF1.

Samsung Electronics and Steinway Lyngdorf Partner to Deliver Unmatched Audiovisual Experience with ‘The Wall’

Samsung Electronics announced today its partnership with the world’s finest audio systems company, Steinway Lyngdorf, for its next generation MicroLED display, ‘The Wall’. Samsung’s impressive display and Steinway Lyngdorf’s state-of-the-art sound system are a perfect combination that provides the ultimate viewing experience. First introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, The Wall was one of the most talked-about displays of the show and continues to generate buzz within the industry.

 

“The Wall is Samsung’s latest symbol of true innovation,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Through our partnership with Steinway Lyngdorf, we are pioneering a new name in display technology and delivering an unmatched, one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience.”

 

 

The first of its kind, The Wall provides superior color purity and accuracy, perfect viewing experience in both light and dark environments, and is more durable than conventional displays, all with less energy consumption. Its modular design is configurable and its 146-inch standard size is customizable without affecting performance or presentation quality.

 

The first audio company to create a fully digital amplifier in 1998, Steinway Lyngdorf is the perfect audio partner for The Wall. Steinway Lyngdorf’s audio system became the winner of the coveted “Editor’s Choice” award from The Absolute Sound magazine for six consecutive years. Their audio system includes a sound tuning service with RoomPerfect™ room correction, which is one of the world’s most sophisticated solutions for adapting the sound system to the environment.

 

Complementing Samsung’s extraordinary visuals is the exquisite sound from Steinway Lyngdorf’s freestanding Steinway & Sons Model B loudspeaker, which is paired with the new Steinway & Sons P100 surround sound processor. The Model B is a full-range dipole speaker finely-crafted to produce pure sound quality and lifelike musicality.

 

“Both products are made with one ultimate goal – to create the most realistic experience possible with today’s advanced display technology and the leading sound system design,” said Peter Lyngdorf, owner and founder of Steinway Lyngdorf. “By combining a state-of-the-art visual display with a refined audio system, Samsung and Steinway Lyngdorf delivers an enhanced sense of ‘being there’, and no cost was spared to achieve the ultimate experience.”

 

Samsung and Steinway Lyngdorf are exhibiting Steinway & Sons Model B speaker with The Wall Professional at InfoComm 2018, from June 6th to 8th. The Wall Professional, which is now available for pre-order, is geared toward both commercial and residential markets from premium indoor spaces, to media spaces and private cinemas. As a first step of the partnership, Samsung and Steinway Lyngdorf have presented The Wall Professional and Model B as a perfect bundle solution for customers who need not only the best viewing, but also superior audiovisual system.

 

For more information about The Wall, visit: https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/led-signage/thewall.

 

 

About Steinway Lyngdorf

Since 2005, Steinway Lyngdorf has been the pinnacle of the audio industry. Our name is, and always has been, synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship and 21st century technologies. Designed, developed and manufactured in Denmark, Steinway Lyngdorf sound systems are the only system on the planet that are qualified to be manufactured in partnership with Steinway & Sons. For more information about Steinway Lyngdorf – www.steinwaylyngdorf.com.

Samsung Launches The Wall Professional for Commercial Industry at InfoComm 2018

Samsung today announced at InfoComm 2018 the introduction of The Wall Professional – a modular, MicroLED display that can extend to hundreds of inches in size while delivering impressive black color, brightness, and contrast in any commercial setting. InfoComm 2018 attendees are invited to “See the Greatness” of The Wall as well as other display products and digital signage solutions at the Samsung booth (#C3127). Pre-orders of The Wall are now available from Samsung with the first orders shipping in the third quarter of 2018.

 

“Through the launch of The Wall Professional, we are changing the way users interact and the way businesses display content by delivering a one-of-a-kind visual experience,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “This first-of-its-kind display is just one product in our broad InfoComm 2018 line-up aimed at providing a state-of-the-art, next-generation visual experience. We look forward to sharing our vision for what’s next with our customers, partners, and peers at the world’s largest event for AV(audio visual) professionals.”

 

 

The Wall Professional: The Future of Display Technology

 

A business-ready variation of one of CES 2018’s most talked-about consumer displays, The Wall Professional’s modular design is configurable and customizable. It provides perfect black and superior color purity in a bright environment, as well as in the dark. The stylish design of The Wall will modernize any corporate lobby, museum, gallery or luxury retail space. The Wall Professional is highly reliable and efficient. In any arrangement, the display’s HDR10+ technology and MicroLED pixel modules produce unparalleled peak brightness of 1600nit, excellent color presentation and brilliant imagery free of color filters or backlighting

 

Great Black – Black is the essence of detail. The Wall forms the essence of black. The fusion of an exceptionally black base with a specialized ultra-low reflection black technology delivers pure black levels for unparalleled contrast and immaculate detail.

 

Great Color – True detail comes from true colors. The Wall’s inherent color qualities, with two times superior color purity and a wider color gamut than conventional LEDs, produce vibrant-yet-natural colors for an awe-inspiring visual experience.

 

Great Refinement – Cutting-edge innovation is the fruition of refinement. The Wall’s industry-leading picture quality engine—advanced HDR picture refinement, HDR10+ and more—possesses an intuitive capability to render optimum peak brightness and an extremely accurate grayscale expression for true-to-life imagery.

 

 

MagicINFO 6: Simplifying Content Creation and Management

The MagicINFO 6 is Samsung’s latest content management platform that allows businesses in any environment to conveniently create, schedule and deploy content across their entire digital signage network. The platform is powered by the TIZEN 4.0 operating system which offers the seamless remote ability for both software and hardware and supports remote management, enabling content teams to update message designs and schedules from any location at any time. The MagicINFO 6 is the industry`s best platform to support the hardware device with health checks for error detection and troubleshooting. It is compatible with all of Samsung’s signage based on the TIZEN 4.0 OS including The Wall Professional, the new QMN and QBN Series Intelligent UHD displays, and the IF Series LED Signage.

 

Dual Sided Outdoor Signage: Double the Ads, Maximize the Revenue

 

InfoComm 2018 attendees will also be the first to see Samsung’s Dual Sided Outdoor Signage display (Model OH85N-D). Backed by the TIZEN 4.0 OS, and available in an 85-inch display, the Dual Sided Outdoor Signage will be available for spaces such as bus-stop shelters and street benches. With advertising content showcased on both sides of the display, the signage is expected to maximize advertising revenue for featured businesses.

 

Intelligent UHD Signage: A Powerful and Versatile Experience

Also based on the TIZEN 4.0 OS, Samsung’s new QMN Series (500nit brightness) and QBN Series (350nit brightness) Intelligent UHD displays achieve crisper and clearer content for users seeking a more powerful and versatile experience. The displays’ intelligent engine automatically upgrades FHD content from any source to sharper, clearer UHD quality, improving the viewing experience instantaneously and without extensive manual input. The global launch of the Intelligent UHD Signage, including North America, will be this June.

 

 

IF Series LED Signage: Superior Picture Quality

 

Samsung will also showcase its fine pixel pitch IF Series LED Signage (P1.2 model), which will be available in the United States in June this year. These cutting-edge displays combine Samsung’s leading video processing technologies with HDR picture refinement to add clarity and sophistication to featured content—all with a compact, easy-to-maintain design. This includes specialized scene-by-scene adaptation technology that optimizes gradation and brightness levels within each individual content frame, to produce the most detailed and realistic picture possible.

 

For more information about The Wall Professional, visit: https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/led-signage/thewall

Three New Projects Spin Off from Samsung Electronics’ C-Lab

Samsung Electronics announced that it will support three more projects to be spun off from C-Lab (Creative Lab), an in-house start-up incubation program. With the addition of AGWART, CATCH FLOW and FOR MAKERS, a total of 34 C-Lab alumni projects have now been launched as fully-fledged start-ups since 2015.

 

Indoor Smart Garden Solution PLANTBOX

 

AGWART created ‘PLANTBOX,’ an indoor smart garden solution that enables users to easily grow vegetables and herbs at home. PLANTBOX consists of a smart greenhouse similar to a small refrigerator, seed capsules and an app. Users only need to insert the seed capsule of choice, and PLANTBOX automatically detects the species of the seed and optimizes its internal environment including lighting, temperature, humidity, air quality and nutrients. Users are also able to monitor and control the environment via app.

 

Portable Directional Speaker ‘S-Ray’

 

CATCH FLOW developed ‘S-Ray,’ a portable directional speaker. Unlike conventional speakers which spread out sound in all directions, S-Ray sends the sound directly forward so only the people in the right direction can hear it. Overcoming technical difficulties from previous researches, CATCH FLOW was able to build a smaller, lighter device – only one tenth the size of a conventional directional speaker. Compared to previous solutions, S-Ray also runs on lower power without impacting volume or sound quality.

 

AI-based Research Platform ‘AppBee’

 

FOR MAKERS built ‘AppBee,’ a research platform that connects clients and users based on mobile usage patterns. AppBee, after users’ opt-in, predicts their characteristics by analysing their mobile usage patterns and automatically matches the users to suitable clients through AI-based algorithms. FOR MAKERS hopes to produce more reliable research results at a lower cost compared to conventional, untargeted surveys to enable creators – start-ups and large corporations alike – to refine products based on user feedback.

 

The three new start-ups have engaged in business consulting and mentoring programs with field experts for the past three months, to obtain business know-how and prepare for the successful spinoff. They have officially left Samsung Electronics as of May 31, 2018.

 

A number of C-Lab alumni are already proving to be fruitful. 2017 spin-off Monit will be launching its first commercial product ‘Monit by Huggies’ – a baby diaper sensor that distinguishes between urine and feces and notifies parents – in partnership with Yuhan-Kimberly this June. Monit is also planning to expand to inconsistence briefs for adults, for use in hospitals and senior care centers. Linkflow, which develops wearable cameras, saw its value increase 20-fold, after it was spun off in 2016. Linkflow’s FITT360 Security camera has especially been attracting attention from security companies around the world.

 

“During the past three years, 34 start-ups with 130 employees were spun off from C-Lab and they have hired an additional 170 people from outside of Samsung,” said Jaiil Lee, Vice President and Head of Creativity & Innovation Center at Samsung Research. “We will continue to give opportunities to our employees to realize their innovative ideas as an entrepreneur in start-ups accelerated by Samsung.”

 

 

About Samsung Electronics’ C-Lab

Created in December 2012, C-Lab is an in-house idea incubation program that encourages a creative corporate culture and nurtures innovative ideas from Samsung employees. The program supports the development of ideas from all areas of the business. Introduced in 2015, the C-Lab spin-off policy helps Samsung employees who have successfully completed C-Lab projects to launch their own start-ups.

World-Renowned AI Scientists, Dr. Sebastian Seung and Dr. Daniel Lee Join Samsung Research

Samsung Electronics today announced that it is adding prominent artificial intelligence (AI) experts Dr. H. Sebastian Seung, the Evnin Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, and Dr. Daniel D. Lee, the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, to expand its global AI R&D capabilities.

 

At Samsung Research, Drs. Seung and Lee will play a central role in building up fundamental research on AI that will advance human knowledge with the potential for revolutionary business impact. “Samsung is a company with a long history of pursuing innovation, and is committed to tapping the full potential of artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Seung. “I look forward to working at Samsung to help discover what lies ahead in AI.”

 

DR. Sebastian Seung

 

Now an eminent computational neuroscientist, Dr. Seung originally studied theoretical physics at Harvard University. Before joining Princeton University in 2014, he worked as a researcher at Bell Labs and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He serves on the Advisory Committees of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) program on Learning in Machines and Brains. He is also an External Member of the Max Planck Society, the winner of the 2008 Hoam Prize in Engineering, and the author of Connectome.

 

DR. Daniel Lee

 

Likewise, an authority in AI and robotics, Dr. Lee earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from MIT. After working as a researcher at Bell Labs, he joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Lee is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and on the Executive Board of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation, which runs the premier machine learning conference in the world.

 

“I am eager to be joining Samsung Research and to help develop next-generation technologies for Samsung Electronics,” said Dr. Lee. “Fundamental research and understanding of machine learning and robotic systems will be key to fulfilling the promise of AI.”

 

Drawing inspiration from the brain, the two researchers jointly developed algorithms for machine learning by nonnegative matrix factorization. Later on, Dr. Seung devised an electronic circuit modeled on the brain’s cerebral cortex and featured on the cover of the journal Nature, published one of the first walking robots with reinforcement learning, pioneered the application of convolutional networks to image segmentation, and helped found the field of connectomics that reconstructs the brain’s wiring diagrams with AI.

 

Dr. Lee has developed a number of leading machine learning algorithms in addition to cutting-edge robotic systems throughout his career. He has pioneered innovative algorithms for unsupervised and reinforcement learning which draw inspiration from the brain’s neural circuitry. He has also led research teams to build advanced intelligent robots for a variety of tasks, including self-driving cars, humanoid robots, and collaborative robot teams.

 

Samsung Research, which reorganized as an advanced R&D hub of Samsung Electronics’ SET Business last year, recently established global AI Centers in five countries including Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Russia. Leading the latest effort, Samsung Research plans to continuously increase its number of AI Centers and advanced researchers to expand its R&D on AI platform.

Samsung Enables More Appealing Gaming Experience with Introduction of 10nm-Class 32GB DDR4 SoDIMMs

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has started mass producing the industry’s first 32-gigabyte (GB) double data rate 4 (DDR4) memory for gaming laptops in the widely used format of small outline dual in-line memory modules (SoDIMMs). The new SoDIMMs are based on 10-nanometer (nm)-class process technology that will allow users to enjoy enriched PC-grade computer games on the go, with significantly more capacity, higher speeds, and lower energy consumption.

 

Using the new memory solution, PC manufacturers can build faster top-of-the-line gaming-oriented laptops with longer battery life at capacities exceeding conventional mobile workstations, while maintaining existing PC configurations.

 

“Samsung’s 32GB DDR4 DRAM modules will deliver gaming experiences on laptops more powerful and immersive than ever before,” said Sewon Chun, senior vice president of memory marketing at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to provide the most advanced DRAM portfolios with enhanced speed and capacity for all key market segments including premium laptops and desktops.”

 

Compared to Samsung’s 16GB SoDIMM based on 20nm-class 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4, which was introduced in 2014, the new 32GB module doubles the capacity while being 11 percent faster and approximately 39 percent more energy efficient.

 

With a total of 16 of Samsung’s newest 16-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM chips (eight chips each mounted on the front and back), the 32GB SoDIMM allows gaming laptops to reach speeds up to 2,666 megabits-per-second (Mbps).

 

A 64GB laptop configured with two 32GB DDR4 modules consumes less than 4.6 watts (W) in active mode and less than 1.4W when idle. This reduces power usage by approximately 39 percent and over 25 percent, respectively, compared to today’s leading gaming-oriented laptops, which are equipped with 16GB modules.

 

Samsung has begun to aggressively expand its offering of the industry’s largest 10nm-class DRAM lineup (16Gb LPDDR4, 16Gb GDDR5, and 16Gb DDR4), which will usher in a new era of 16Gb DRAM in the mobile, graphics, PC and server segments, and subsequently in other markets such as supercomputers and automotive systems.

 

 

*Editor’s Note: 10nm-class is a process node between 10 and 19 nanometers

 

Samsung Electronics Launches AI Center in Russia

Samsung Electronics today announced the opening of the artificial intelligence (AI) Center in Russia, which will be located in the “White Square” business center in Moscow. The Center will help the company strengthen its leadership in the field of AI and explore the broad capabilities of user-oriented AI.

 

The new Center’s main research areas will be computer vision and basic algorithms for AI platform. The Center will also expand the field of AI for key areas such as robotics, intelligent driving assistance, as well as those for future projects by Samsung.

 

The Samsung AI Center in Russia will be led by Professor Dmitry Vetrov of the Higher School of Economics (HSE). With a Ph.D. degree in Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Vetrov is also the Head of Samsung’s laboratory at the Center for Deep Learning, and Bayesian Methods Research Group at the HSE.

 

Professor Dmitry Vetrov, the leader of Samsung AI Center Moscow, is delivering an introductory speech at the opening, May 29, 2018.

 

As the leader of the Center, Professor Vetrov will combine scientific work and administrative activities: interacting with Samsung’s divisions and third-party institutions, organizing the Center’s overall work, managing work groups, as well as controlling and participating in scientific research. Professor Viktor Lempitsky of the Skolkovo Institute of Science Technology will also join the team as the leader of the research group.

 

“Samsung has always been the first to introduce new products and solutions that change the way people interact. Considering Russia as one of the world’s biggest hubs in the field of technical sciences, it is only natural that we chose the country as one of the sites for our new AI Center,” said Ultack Kim, President of Samsung Electronics Headquarters in CIS countries. “A team of the world’s best scientists and IT specialists at the AI Center will help Samsung bring its robotics and AI technologies to a whole new level.”

 

While there currently are several joint AI laboratories at Moscow State University, the Higher School of Economics and the PDMI RAS, the new Center will establish additional joint labs with Russia’s leading universities. In addition, Samsung will conduct projects with the local universities and different regions of Russia including Kazan, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Tomsk, and Novosibirsk. Considerations regarding cooperation with Russian start-ups to solve practical problems are also under discussion. Moving forward, these can be developed into full-fledged services related to AI and machine learning, as well as promising developments in the field of applications and components for the company’s products.

 

“Samsung plans to introduce AI technologies to all of its connected devices and services by 2020. AI will enhance our customer value by offering information and services under any circumstances,” commented Jin Wook Lee, the Head of Samsung R&D Institute Russia, at the opening of the new Center. “This will be a huge step for the world of technology, and will help simplify the implementation of everyday tasks,” he added.

 

As the popularity of Internet of things (IoT) devices grows, the area of application of AI-based solutions is expanding rapidly. According to the forecast of Samsung experts, IoT devices with built-in AI will generate enormous amounts of data in the coming years. By processing this information, the devices will be able to provide maximum personalization and full compliance with the users’ needs.

 

“Currently, AI is one of the most promising branches of technology. The opening of the Samsung AI Center in Russia will allow us to contribute to the development of the industry and to apply the achievements of the Russian mathematical school, which has a high level of practical training of research specialists,” said Professor Vetrov.

 

 

Earlier in May, Samsung has opened two new AI Centers in Cambridge (UK) and Toronto (Canada). More information about Samsung AI Center in Russia and global AI Centers is available at Samsung Research website.

Samsung and Red Bull Challenge Consumers to ‘See the Bigger Picture’ in a New Extreme Sports Video

 

Samsung Electronics today unveiled a new extreme sports video in collaboration with Red Bull and the legendary Brazilian skateboarder Pedro Barros. Under the theme ‘See the Bigger Picture,’ the new video invites viewers to experience the action and intensity of skateboarding as Barros skates through an indoor structure modeled after some of the world’s most iconic backdrops like Barcelona and New York City.

 

Following the success of Samsung and Red Bull’s first extreme sports collaboration titled ‘See the Unexpected,’ the new concept highlights the intensity of skateboarding while also showcasing the capabilities of Samsung’s QLED TVs. Available in ultra large screen model sizes that range from 65 to 88 inches, the QLED TV can express the most immersive and lifelike picture quality on the market today, capturing every color and movement with pristine clarity.

 

“On the ultra-large screen of QLED TV, viewers will have an immersive experience as they watch the ‘See the Bigger Picture’ video with Pedro Barros in its full glory, and we’re excited to have partnered with Red Bull once again to highlight how brilliant extreme sports appear on screen,” said Sunghee Han, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “As we continue to grow our QLED TV lineup, our partnerships with brands like Red Bull will play an essential role in providing consumers with thrilling content optimized for premium TV viewing.”

 

Throughout the video, viewers are treated to several different concepts within the construction of a virtual, two-story indoor skate park. As Barros skates through the structure, a new aesthetic dimension is revealed, ranging from the bold architecture of Barcelona and the heat of the African desert to the concrete jungles of New York and San Francisco. Globally renowned artists, including RYNoART, Steve Fawler, Kirsten Poulsen, Sophia Langner, Marco Reinhardt, PTLN, NXT LVL and C-Bass contributed to the design of the virtual skate park. All of their work was brought to life by Starelation and a master ramp-builder Andreas Schutzenberger who constructed the concept over an eight-week period.

 

The video’s star, Pedro Barros, is an international sports celebrity famous for winning six gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal at the X-Games. He is also the top overall Bowl title-holder from the World Cup Skateboarding for four consecutive years from 2010 to 2013 and was third in 2014 and 2015.

 

The ‘See the Bigger Picture’ video will be shown on QLED TV screens at Samsung retail stores beginning in June, as well as on Samsung and Red Bull social media channels.

 

To learn more about Samsung’s QLED TVs, please visit www.samsung.com.

‘Ostrich’ – Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Brand Commercial – Wins Thirteen Awards, Including Seven Gold Pencils at The One Club Awards

Samsung Electronics today announced that it received thirteen awards including seven Gold Pencils, three Silver Pencils, three Bronze Pencils across visual effects, animation and cinematography for its ‘Ostrich’ advertisement in the Branded Entertainment category at The One Club Awards.

 

Produced by The One Club for Creativity, the global awards show is judged by top industry professionals and honors the best creative ideas that are setting new industry standards. Samsung has been recognized in both the ADC Annual Awards1, the oldest continuously running industry awards show in the world and The One Show2, one of the most prestigious awards competitions in advertising, design, interactive and branded entertainment.

 

The commercial, which has also won awards at Cannes Lions, the Clio Awards and the D&AD Awards, features an ostrich who learns to fly after donning a Samsung Gear VR headset and launching a virtual flight simulator. The campaign taps into the basic human urge to push beyond what is normal and demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing products and services that allow people to break boundaries and do the incredible.

 

“‘Ostrich’ shows the very real, human-centric story of how bold action can defy barriers. This focus on creating human value through our technology is at the core of our global marketing program and it is exciting to see it resonate with audiences as well as our peers,” said Pio Schunker, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Brand Marketing, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re honored to receive this recognition from one of the world’s leading non-profit organizations celebrating creative excellence.”

 

 

To-Date “Ostrich” Has Received the Following Awards:

The One Show Awards 2018

 

  • Gold Pencil: Craft – Visual Effects / Single
  • Gold Pencil: Craft – Direction / Single
  • Gold Pencil: Craft – Animation / Single
  • Silver Pencil: Online / Short Form – Single
  • Bronze Pencil: Television / Long Form – Single

 

One Club ADC Award 2018

 

  • Gold Pencil: Craft – Cinematography – Single
  • Gold Pencil: Online – Mobile/Online Video – Single
  • Gold Pencil: Craft – Film Animation – Single
  • Gold Pencil: Craft – Film/Special Effects – Single
  • Silver Pencil: Television – Film/Online Video Commercials/Online Commercial – Single
  • Silver Pencil: Craft – Film Direction – Single
  • Bronze Pencil: Craft – Special Effects – Single
  • Bronze Pencil: Craft – Special Effects – Single

 

D&AD 2018

 

  • Yellow Pencil: Film Advertising Crafts – Special Effects for Film Advertising
  • Graphite Pencil: Film Advertising – TV Commercials 61-120 seconds
  • Wood Pencil: Film Advertising Craft – Use of Music for Film Advertising

 

Cannes Lions 2017

 

  • Golden Lion: Film Craft – Direction
  • Golden Lion: Film Craft – Visual Effects
  • Golden Lion: Film Craft – Animation
  • Silver Lion: Film
  • Silver Lion: Film Craft – Use of Licensed / Adapted Music
  • Bronze Lion: Cyber
  • Bronze Lion: Entertainment

 

Clio Awards 2017

 

  • Gold Winner: Film – Short Form
  • Silver Winner: Film Technique – Cinematography
  • Silver Winner: Film Technique – Direction
  • Silver Winner: Film Technique – Visual Effects
  • Bronze Winner: Film Technique – Editing
  • Bronze Winner: Film Technique – Licensed Music

 

London International Awards (LIA) 2017

 

  • Gold Statue: Music & Sound – Use of Licensed Music
  • Gold Statue: TV/Cinema/Online Film: Electronic Equipment
  • Gold Statue: Production & Post-Production – Visual Effects
  • Gold Statue: Production & Post-Production – CGI Animation
  • Silver Statue: Production & Post-Production – Direction
  • Bronze Statue: Production & Post-Production – Cinematography
  • Bronze Statue: Music & Sound – Sound Editing

 

 

1 The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now in its 97th year, these Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, design, illustration, photography, packaging, motion and digital media, all with a focus on craftsmanship and innovation.

2 The One Show Awards, now in its 45th year is one of the most prestigious awards competitions in advertising, design, interactive and branded entertainment.

Samsung Electronics Begins Offering LED Component Solutions for Horticulture Lighting

 

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced digital component solutions, today announced that it is now offering LED component solutions that have been optimized for horticulture lighting. The company’s new horticulture LED lineup features a newly developed “red LED” package, as well as additions to key existing Samsung “white LED” package and module families to include horticulture lighting specifications.

 

“Our horticulture LED solutions are based on LED technologies that deliver proven levels of performance and reliability across an extensive range of lighting applications,” said Yoonjoon Choi, vice president of LED Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “By broadening our lineup to include horticulture LEDs, we are providing global luminaire manufacturers with a one-stop resource for these solutions as well as for our many other LED technologies.”

 

Samsung’s new horticultural LED – the LH351B Red – is a high-power package providing a wavelength of 660 nanometers (nm) with a photosynthetic photon flux (PPF)* value of 2.15 micromoles per second (μmol/s) (350mA), making it optimal for most types of horticulture lighting. The 660-nm wavelength helps to accelerate the growing of plants including their photosynthesis, as well as enrich the blooming of flowers. The package also features a very low thermal resistance of 2.0 kelvins per watt (K/W), allowing for easier heat dissipation within LED luminaires. Moreover, the LH351B Red uses the same electrode pad design as its LH351 series counterparts, enabling greater PCB design flexibility in luminaire manufacturing.

 

Beyond its new LH351B Red offering, Samsung has added horticulture specifications to its mid-power packages – LM301B; LM561C, and two linear modules – Q-series and H inFlux. These LED component families now include PPF values of 0.52μmol/s (65mA), 0.49μmol/s (65mA), 24μmol/s (0.45A, 21.9V) and 114μmol/s (1.38A, 46.9V), respectively.

 

In addition, the white LED packages and modules feature extremely high light efficacy of 2.92 micromoles per joule (μmol/J) (65mA), 2.72μmol/J (65mA), 2.43μmol/J (0.45A, 21.9V) and 1.76μmol/J (1.38A, 46.9V), respectively, while the LH351B Red delivers 3.13μmol/J (350mA). These high efficacy levels minimize the impact of lighting on ambient temperatures, allowing growers to better control temperatures in almost any greenhouse environment and save on energy costs.

 

Samples of Samsung’s horticulture LEDs are available now and will be showcased at LIGHTFAIR International 2018 (booth #1112) in Chicago, Illinois (USA), May 8-10.

 

 

* Editor’s Note: PPF (photosynthetic photon flux) is a unit that measures the total amount of photons in the photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) range – a spectral range between 400 and 700nm that supports plant photosynthesis.

Samsung Makes Image Sensor Integration Easier with New 16Mp ISOCELL Slim 3P9 and Plug & Play Solution

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced a new 16-megapixel (Mp) ISOCELL Slim 3P9 image sensor along with a Plug and Play solution, a pre-optimized turnkey camera module made up of an ISOCELL image sensor and preferred partner components to help expedite time-to-market.

 

“Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensors take advantage of various technologies to deliver innovative imaging experiences in mobile devices,” said Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “The ISOCELL Plug and Play solution will help reduce time-to-market for set makers and offer a quality-assured camera solution to end-users.”

 

The Samsung ISOCELL Slim 3P9 is a 1.0μm 16Mp image sensor with Tetracell technology that allows bright and vivid pictures in today’s sleekly designed smartphones. With Tetracell, a technology that merges four neighboring pixels, the 3P9 can function as a 2.0μm image sensor for front-facing cameras that can take brighter pictures in low-lit environments.

 

For faster auto-focusing, the 3P9 adopted an advanced phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) with doubled auto-focus agent density than that of conventional PDAF sensors. In addition, the sensor significantly stabilizes pictures and videos taken while in motion with a gyro-synchronizer that syncs frame exposure time from the sensor with movement data from the device’s gyroscope. Once the data is synced, the mobile processor can simply adjust the frames based on movement rather than rigorously analyzing each frame to detect and compensate for angular movement.

 

For easier camera optimization while accelerating time-to-market, Samsung also offers an ISOCELL Plug and Play solution for the 3P9 in a rear camera module. Optimizing a camera module, made up of parts from different providers, with the mobile processor can be an arduous and lengthy task for smartphone makers. Samsung’s ISOCELL Plug and Play solution simplifies this process by offering a turnkey ISOCELL sensor module tuned for Valued Camera eXperience (VCX)-grade image quality, along with other components, including lenses and actuators from preferred partners.

 

Since the optimization and reliability tests are done beforehand at the module-level rather than on the sensor alone, manufacturers can simply plug the camera module onto their device, saving up to four months of development time.

 

The Samsung ISOCELL Slim 3P9 with Plug and Play solution is currently available.

Samsung Electronics Redefines High Endurance Memory Card Market with New PRO Endurance Card

Samsung Electronics introduced today the Samsung PRO Endurance microSDHC™/microSDXC™ card, which offers industry-leading endurance and up to 43,8001 hours of continuous video recording2. Designed for consumers and B2B channel customers who use intensive video monitoring applications such as surveillance and security cameras, body cameras and dash cams, the PRO Endurance makes continuous video monitoring fast and stable. It delivers read speeds of up to 100 MB/s and provides FHD recording and 4K support via write speeds of up to 30 MB/s3.

 

“Consumers want to feel assured with their video surveillance solutions, and the need for longer-lasting, higher performing memory cards that can withstand extreme conditions and capture critical moments is at an all-time high,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is proud to again advance what is possible in memory card technology with the introduction of the PRO Endurance, which offers security-minded consumers the industry’s highest levels of endurance and optimized read/write speeds for immediate access to critical surveillance content.”

 

The Samsung PRO Endurance offers 25 times higher endurance4 than previous speed-focused cards5. It also comes with an industry-leading limited warranty up to five years6, and sets a new standard for capacity with its 128GB7 of storage.

 

The Samsung PRO Endurance is built to withstand harsh environments and features Samsung’s 4-Proof8 protection, making it water, temperature, magnetic and x-ray-proof. In times of emergencies, accidents or crisis, the PRO Endurance is the reliable solution to capture the crucial moments without the risk of compromised or lost data.

 

The PRO Endurance memory cards are now available for purchase with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices starting at $89.99 for 128GB, $44.99 for 64GB and $24.99 for 32GB. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/memorycard.

 

 

Key Specifications for PRO Endurance

Category Samsung PRO Endurance
Capacity 128GB 64GB 32GB
FHD Recording 43,800 hours 26,280 hours 17,520 hours
Form Factor microSDHC™ and microSDXC™
Read/Write Speeds Sequential read speeds up to 100MB/s,
Sequential write speeds up to 30MB/s
Bus Speed Mode UHS-I
4-Proof Features Waterproof (IEC 60529, IPX7), Temperature proof, X-ray proof, Magnetic proof
Warranty Five (5) Year Limited Warranty Three (3) Year Limited Warranty Two (2) Year Limited Warranty
Operating Temperatures From -25ºC to 85ºC9

 

 

1 Varies by capacity; 64GB model up to 26,280 hours, 32GB model up to 17,520 hours.

2 Based on Full HD (1920×1080) video content recorded at 26 Mbps video support.

3 Performance results are based on internal testing conditions. Read/write speeds may vary by host device.

4 Based on continuous recording capability.

5 Based on internal tests comparing different Samsung cards.

6 Varies by capacity; 64GB model up to 3-years, 32GB model up to 2-years. Warranty for SD adapter is limited to one year. For specific details, please visit www.samsung.com/support.

7 Actual usable storage capacity is measured with SD Formatter 3.1 tool with FAT file system and may be less than labeled capacity.

8 Waterproof: IEC 60529, IPX7; Temperature:  from -25ºC to 85ºC (-13°F to 185°F) operating; magnetic: up to 15,000 gauss (equal to MRI); X-rays: up to 50 Roentgen (equal to airport X-ray machines).

9 Withstands -25°C to 85°C (-13°F to 185°F) operating, -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F) non-operating.

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy A6 and A6+ Featuring an Advanced Camera, Stylish Design and Added Everyday Features

 

Samsung Electronics today announced the Galaxy A6 and A6+ that combine everyday convenience and stylish design with an advanced camera for  more personalized way to express yourself.

 

Featuring a powerful front and rear camera, a sleek premium design and Samsung’s signature Infinity Display, the new Galaxy A series is available in four stylish colors; Black, Gold, Blue and Lavender.1

 

“At Samsung we are committed to providing our consumers with the very best smartphone experience, while meeting their practical needs,” said Junho Park, Vice President of Global Product Planning, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy A6 and A6+ draws on Samsung’s smartphone heritage to combine everyday convenience with an impressive camera that lets users capture, personalize and share moments, in a way that lets them uniquely express themselves.”

 

With the Galaxy A6 and A6+’s powerful front and rear camera, taking beautiful shots or selfies anytime, anywhere has never been easier. Featuring an adjustable front LED flash, Galaxy A6 and A6+ users can snap stylish selfies, from day to night. And with the rear camera’s low-aperture lenses, users can also capture sharp, clear photos in low light conditions, without sacrificing image quality no matter what time of day.

 

The Galaxy A6+’s Dual Camera2 can even further enhance the pictures and moments that matter with Live Focus mode, meaning that users can control the depth of field and bokeh effect before or even after the shot is taken. Users can enrich their pictures with unique background blur patterns in a range of shapes including hearts, stars and more.

 

Users can experience a richer surround sound experience to enjoy movies, music and more with speakers supported by Dolby Atmos optimized audio3. The Galaxy A6 and A6+ provide a full range of sound from highs to lows, with outstanding clarity and true-to-life detail for a more powerful and immersive audio experience. Users can choose to turn on the Dolby Atmos effect to transform their audio with breathtaking moving sound that flows around them.

 

The Galaxy A6 and A6+ continue to set the standard for the ultimate uninterrupted viewing experience with Samsung’s signature Infinity Display that goes beyond the bezel, featuring an impressive 18.5:9 screen ratio4. Its sleek smooth curves and metal design have been engineered to offer improved durability and comfortable grip for maximum usability, without compromising on style.

 

Designed with practicality and everyday convenience in mind, the Galaxy A6 and A6+ integrates several popular features from Samsung’s flagship, including hassle-free security with Face Recognition and Fingerprint scanning for a quick and effortless way to unlock the device.

 

Both devices make multitasking fast and easy with App Pair, fully utilizing the Galaxy A6 and A6+’s large ergonomic screens by allowing users to pair two apps, halving time and doubling enjoyment. With the Always on Display5 users can get information at a glance without unlocking their phone, saving on time and battery life.

 

The Galaxy A6 and A6+ also support Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder. Samsung’s Bixby can assist users in completing a range of everyday tasks, making the Galaxy A6 and A6+ smarter and more helpful. With Samsung Pay6 included, users will always have their wallet to hand. Supporting Near Field Communication (NFC), the Galaxy A6 and A6+ can be used virtually anywhere you can tap your credit or debit card. Every transaction via Samsung Pay is secure, yet very simple

 

Available from early May starting in select European, Asian and Latin American markets, before rolling out globally to additional markets throughout South Korea, Africa and China.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ Product Specifications

  Samsung Galaxy A6 Samsung Galaxy A6+
Display 5.6” HD+ (720×1480) Super AMOLED 6.0” FHD+ (1080×2220) Super AMOLED
Camera Rear 16MP AF (F1.7)
Front 16MP FF (F1.9)
Rear 16MP AF (F1.7) + 5MP FF (F1.9)
Front 24MP FF (F1.9)
Dimension 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm 160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm
AP Octa Core 1.6GHz Octa Core 1.8GHz
Memory7 3GB / 4GB RAM
32GB / 64GB Internal Storage
Up to 256GB Micro SD
3GB / 4GB RAM
32GB / 64GB Internal Storage
Up to 256GB Micro SD
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
OS Android 8.0
Network LTE Cat.6, 2CA
Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), HT40,  Bluetooth® v 4.2 (LE up to 1Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-B, NFC(optional*), Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou**)

*May vary by country
**BeiDou coverage may be limited.

Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

 

 

1 Color availability may vary depending on region and/or carrier services

2 Feature only available on the Galaxy A6+

3 Dolby Atmos audio supported on headphones only

4 Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners on A6+

5 Feature available exclusively on the Galaxy A6+

6 Availability of Samsung Pay service may vary across participating payment networks, banks, retailers and merchants. Samsung pay is only compatible with selected cards and Samsung devices and some payment terminals may require software updates. Galaxy A6 and A6+ are only compatible with NFC.

7 Specification of RAM/ROM may vary by country

Samsung Electronics Announces First Quarter 2018 Results

Samsung Electronics posted KRW 60.56 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 15.64 trillion in operating profit for the first quarter of 2018.

 

First quarter revenue was primarily led by Samsung’s Memory Business and increased sales of its flagship mobile products, including the Galaxy S9.

 

Total revenue grew approximately 20 percent YoY to KRW 60.6 trillion. Operating profit for the quarter was a record high, posting an increase of KRW 5.7 trillion YoY. Profitability improved significantly in the quarter thanks to the Semiconductor Business and the early global launch of the Galaxy S9. All in all, the operating margin in the first quarter was 25.8 percent, up 6.2 percentage points YoY.

 

By business unit, the Semiconductor Business’ significant earnings performance was driven by demand for memory chipsets for high value-added servers and graphics products. The System LSI and Foundry businesses also contributed to first quarter earnings, backed by strong demand for chips used for smartphones and crypto-currency mining.

 

For the Display Panel segment, which manufactures OLED and LCD screens, profits were affected by slow demand for flexible OLED panels and greater competition between rigid OLED and LTPS LCD. An imbalance between supply and demand in the LCD market, brought on by competitors’ increased production capacity, also weighed on earnings.

 

For the IT & Mobile Communications Division, the early launch of the Galaxy S9 and solid sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphones resulted in considerable growth in earnings.

 

As for the Consumer Electronics Division, earnings by the Visual Display Business slid YoY following an adjustment in its TV lineup where some mid-range to low-end products were removed. As for the Digital Appliances Business, rising raw material prices and other factors impacted profitability.

 

For the second quarter, Samsung expects the Memory Business to maintain its strong performance, but generating overall earnings growth across the company will be a challenge due to weakness in the Display Panel segment and a decline in profitability in the Mobile Business amid rising competition in the high-end segment.

 

Demand for server and mobile DRAM is expected to be robust and orders for high-density storage chips will grow as the price of NAND softens in the second quarter. For the System LSI and Foundry businesses, shipments of 10-nanometer APs and crypto-currency mining chips will expand but earnings will be impacted due to sluggish demand for smartphone components.

 

The Display Panel segment will seek profitability in OLED by cutting costs and improving yield, amid the weak demand for flexible products. As for LCD panels, oversupply is anticipated despite an expected boon in TV sales in time with an upcoming major global soccer event.

 

In the Mobile Business, profitability is expected to decline QoQ due to stagnant sales of flagship models amid weak demand and an increase in marketing expenses. Meanwhile, earnings for the Consumer Electronics Division are projected to improve due to increased shipments of new products such as QLED TVs and strong seasonal demand for air conditioners.

 

The overall business outlook for the second half regarding components is positive, as the company looks forward to strong demand for DRAM and increased sales of OLED panels.

 

For set products, Samsung aims to sustain profitability by strengthening its market leadership in the sales of premium products despite challenging global market conditions.

 

In the mid to long term, Samsung will strengthen its business capabilities by delivering differentiated technology in the component business and solidifying its leadership in cutting-edge technologies such as AI and 5G. The company believes opportunities will widen for the set business, as digital devices become increasingly connected.

 

Total capital expenditure in the first quarter was KRW 8.6 trillion including KRW 7.2 trillion for the Semiconductor Business and KRW 0.8 trillion for the Display Panel segment.

 

Samsung has not yet finalized its capex plan for 2018, but the company expects it to decline YoY. Capex rose substantially in 2017 due to efforts to respond to market growth and emerging technologies, which included expanding the production capacity for flexible OLED panels.

 

 

Semiconductor Posts Solid Earnings on Strong Memory Performance

The Semiconductor businesses posted KRW 11.55 trillion in operating profit on consolidated revenue of KRW 20.78 trillion for the quarter.

 

Overall, the Memory Business achieved strong earnings, despite weak seasonality, thanks to a continuation of favorable market conditions as well as strong server demand.

 

For NAND, demand remained stable due to an expansion of cloud infrastructure and the continuation of a trend toward higher density solution products. Samsung posted solid earnings by concentrating on sales of high-density mobile storage and value-added solutions, including SSDs over 2TB for datacenters and over 8TB for enterprise, backed by a stable ramp-up of 64-layer 3D NAND production at the company’s Pyeongtaek plant.

 

For DRAM, demand stayed strong thanks to growth in servers and graphics products. Server demand remained high due to continuous expansion of datacenter infrastructure. Mobile demand saw a stable increase thanks to content growth across all segments while PC demand saw moderate growth in line with seasonal patterns. In graphics, total demand increased thanks to strong demand for both graphics and crypto-currency mining cards.

 

Looking at the second quarter outlook for NAND, total demand is expected to increase. Datacenters will remain a key driver for SSD demand, and mobile demand is forecast to be strong as the high-density trend continues. Samsung will continue to increase high-density server SSD supply and drive more eStorage strategies. Looking further ahead to the second half, server and mobile demand is expected to be solid, as the trend of SSD replacing HDD accelerates and storage expansion across smartphone segments continues. The company will focus on continued migration to 64-layer while also strengthening product and cost competitiveness and ramping up next-generation products in a timely manner.

 

As for the second quarter DRAM outlook, strong server demand is anticipated due to datacenter expansion in the US and China. Mobile demand, driven by content growth, is expected to remain solid. Samsung will focus on expediting qualification of 1Ynm and expanding 1Xnm products, while maintaining a flexible product mix. For the second half, demand from all applications is set to increase. Robust server demand will continue while AI and machine learning will drive demand for high-performance High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). For graphics, strong demand for consoles and VGA cards for crypto-currency mining will continue. Solid mobile demand is expected as manufacturers consider high-performance and high-density memory for flagship devices. Samsung will focus on flexible supply and investment, and expanding value-added sales through high-density server DRAM and differentiated products such as HBM2 and LPDDR4X.

 

For the System LSI Business, mobile DDI earnings declined due to slow OLED panel demand, but overall earnings increased amid strong demand for mobile processors and image sensors. In the second quarter, demand for premium smartphone components is expected to slow, and Samsung will focus on the stable supply of mobile processors and image sensors for flagship models. Looking further ahead to the second half, demand for image sensors is expected to rise as manufacturers increasingly adopt dual cameras and 3-stack FRS sensors. The company will focus on sustaining growth in mobile processor sales and expanding its offerings from mobile to areas such as IoT, VR and automotive.

 

For the Foundry Business, despite weak seasonality, total earnings grew QoQ due to increased demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) chipsets. During the quarter, the company also broke ground on an EUV-line at its Hwaseong plant to address future demand for 7-nano and below products. In the second quarter, solid demand for high performance chipsets is expected. Samsung plans to expand HPC and 10-nano mobile products and promote FD-SOI and 8-inch processes. In 2018, despite slowing mobile demand, the company aims to diversify its customer and application bases and continue to offer derivative processes, including those for 8- and 11-nano chips. Through these efforts, the company expects to achieve over USD 10 billion in sales and maintain a strong second place in the foundry market in 2018.

 

 

Display to Improve Production Efficiency

The Display Panel business posted KRW 7.54 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.41 trillion in operating profit for the quarter.

 

For the OLED business, QoQ earnings declined due to a slowdown in demand and intensified competition between rigid OLED and LTPS LCD panels.

 

For the LCD business, despite a decrease in shipments under weak seasonality and a continued decline in LCD panel ASPs, earnings remained flat QoQ thanks to cost reductions and an expansion in the sales portion of value-added LCD products, boosted particularly by UHD and large-sized panels.

 

Looking ahead to the second quarter, amid forecasts for weak demand for OLED panels, Samsung will strive to secure profitability by reducing costs and improving production efficiency. For LCD, under unfavorable supply-demand conditions due to capacity expansions in the industry, the company will focus on developing value-added and differentiated products as well as reducing costs.

 

For the second half, OLED panels in the smartphone industry are expected to see a rebound in demand, especially as demand for flexible panels remains strong in the high-end segment. Under these circumstances, Samsung will strengthen cost competitiveness and diversify its customer base through new products and technologies in order to increase market share. The company will also aim to secure new growth engines by applying its competencies in new applications on top of smartphones.

 

For LCD in the second half, while the company foresees market uncertainties due to growing competition and capacity expansions, Samsung will continue to strengthen its strategic partnerships with major business partners and differentiate its value-added products, including large-sized and high resolution TV panels.

 

 

Mobile Earnings to Decrease in Q2 with Higher Marketing Costs

The IT & Mobile Communications Division posted KRW 28.45 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 3.77 trillion in operating profit for the quarter.

 

While overall market demand for smartphones and tablets declined during weak seasonality, Samsung’s smartphone shipments increased QoQ due to an early release of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ as well as solid sales of the Galaxy S8. As a result of increased sales, mainly driven by premium models, revenue and profit significantly increased both QoQ and YoY. Earnings for the Networks Business also improved due to LTE investments from major overseas partners and an expansion of new solutions for optimization of network operations.

 

Looking ahead to the second quarter, Samsung expects earnings to decrease QoQ due to a slowdown in sales of its flagship models and increased marketing expenses to address the situation. Samsung will aim to maintain sales momentum of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ by expanding the operation of experiential stores, strengthening the cooperation with partners, and reinforcing promotional programs such as trade-ins.

 

For the second half, Samsung will seek to strengthen sales in the premium market by launching a new flagship model and maintaining long-tail sales of the Galaxy S9, S9+, and flagship models from the previous year. In the mass segment, Samsung will introduce new models optimized for specific markets and strengthen both offline and online sales channels. Moreover, Samsung will continuously invest in expanding the Bixby 2.0 open ecosystem to provide a seamless multi-device experience for consumers.

 

For the Networks Business, the company expects increased earnings QoQ for the second quarter and will focus on continued growth by expanding its LTE business and leading the world’s first commercialization of 5G.

 

 

Consumer Electronics to Focus on Premium Products  

The Consumer Electronics Division posted KRW 9.74 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.28 trillion in operating profit for the quarter.

 

Overall, the TV market decreased QoQ due to slow seasonality following the year-end holiday, but grew YoY due to increased demand in emerging markets such as the CIS, the Middle East, and Latin America.

 

Although earnings were slightly down YoY, due to a restructuring of the sales mix with a defocus on the entry lineup, the company maintained its leading position in the premium TV market by continuing to achieve high market share in the USD 2,500 and above premium segment, thanks to expanded sales of flagship models, including QLED and ultra-large screen TVs.

 

Looking to the second quarter, TV market demand is projected to deliver YoY growth, driven mainly by demand momentum from the major global soccer event and growth in emerging markets. Samsung will aim to improve results by expanding sales of new models, particularly during the soccer competition. For 2018, the market is forecast to slightly grow. With the addition of the company’s launch of 8K and Micro LED TVs in the second half, Samsung will seek to solidify its premium leadership and focus on ensuring sustainable and profitable growth in the mid to long term.

 

For the Digital Appliances Business, the market saw moderate growth in the first quarter due to increased demand in both developed and emerging markets. Samsung’s sales improved YoY thanks to strong sales of premium products, including the FlexWash washing machine, Cube air purifier and system air conditioners. However, earnings decreased slightly YoY due to an increase in prices of raw materials and operating costs of the new factory in North America.

Looking to the second quarter, Samsung will aim to accelerate growth by expanding its premium lineup, including QuickDrive washing machine and POWERStick PRO vacuum cleaner, and by increasing air conditioner sales during the peak season. For 2018, the company will continue to focus on strengthening premium sales in advanced markets, reinforcing its B2B business for built-in appliances and system air conditioners, and expanding its online business.

 

 

Consolidated Sales and Operating Profit by Segment based on K-IFRS (2016~2018 1Q)

Note 1: Sales for each business include intersegment sales

Note 2: CE (Consumer Electronics), IM (IT & Mobile Communications), DS (Device Solutions), DP (Display Panel)

Note 3: Information on annual earnings is stated according to the business divisions as of 2018.

Note 4: Earnings from the Health & Medical Equipment Business (HME) are excluded from the CE Division in 1Q 2018.

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 10nm-class 16Gb LPDDR4X DRAM for Automobiles

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing 10-nanometer (nm)-class* 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4X DRAM for automobiles. The latest LPDDR4X features high performance and energy efficiency while significantly raising the thermal endurance level for automotive applications that often need to operate in extreme environments. The 10nm-class DRAM will also enable the industry’s fastest automotive DRAM-based LPDDR4X interface with the highest density.

 

“The 16Gb LPDDR4X DRAM is our most advanced automotive solution yet, offering global automakers outstanding reliability, endurance, speed, capacity and energy efficiency, ,” said Sewon Chun, senior vice president of memory marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to closely collaborate with manufacturers developing diverse automotive systems, in delivering premium memory solutions anywhere.”

 

Moving a step beyond its 20nm-class ‘Automotive Grade 2’ DRAM, which can withstand temperatures from -40°C to 105°C, Samsung’s 16Gb LPDDR4X is Automotive Grade 1-compliant, raising the high-end threshold to 125°C. By more than satisfying the rigorous on-system thermal cycling tests of global auto manufacturers, the 16Gb LPDDR4X has enhanced its reliability for a wide variety of automotive applications in many of the world’s most challenging environments.

 

Adding to the degree of reliability under high temperatures, production at an advanced 10nm-class node is key to enabling the 16Gb LPDDR4X to deliver its leading-edge performance and power efficiency. Even in environments with extremely high temperatures of up to 125°C, its data processing speed comes in at 4,266 megabits per second (Mbps), a 14 percent increase from the 8Gb LPDDR4 DRAM that is based on 20nm process technology, and the new memory also registers a 30 percent increase in power efficiency.

 

Along with a 256 gigabyte (GB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) drive announced in February, Samsung has expanded its advanced memory solution lineup for future automotive applications with the 10nm-class 16Gb LPDDR4X DRAM, commercially available in 12Gb, 16Gb, 24Gb and 32Gb capacities. While extending its 10nm-class DRAM offerings, the company also plans on bolstering technology partnerships for automotive solutions that include vision ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), autonomous driving, infotainment systems and gateways.

 

*Editor’s Note:  10nm-class is a process node between 10 and 19 nanometers

Samsung Redefines the Movie Theater Experience with the New Onyx Cinema LED Screen

 

Just one year after offering CinemaCon attendees a first look at its initial Cinema LED screen, Samsung Electronics will officially launch its new Onyx brand at this year’s event. All venues featuring Samsung’s enhanced screen will operate under the “Samsung Onyx Theater” name moving forward.

 

Inspired by the gemstone of the same name, the Samsung Onyx brand alludes to the display’s ability to showcase cinema content with true, deep and realistic black colors. Combining an infinite contrast ratio and specialized low-tone grayscale settings, this pinpoint representation produces brighter and more detail-rich content.

 

“By aligning brilliant, uniform color presentation with LED picture quality and crystal-clear audio, the Samsung Onyx screen invites movie enthusiasts into the most immersive and memorable viewing arena available and repositions the theater as an entertainment haven,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to deliver a new and exciting theater experience to operators, managers and consumers around the world, and we look forward to working further with leading decision-makers in the movie industry to usher in the next generation of cinema.”

 

 

The Next Generation of Cinema

Available in variations extending between 5 and 10.3 meters (16.4-33.8 ft.) in width, the Samsung Onyx display accommodates any venue configuration while delivering visual quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. With the 4K model earning validation as the world’s first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified theater display, the Samsung Onyx translates the combination of advanced LED and High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture quality to lifelike big screen content.

 

CinemaCon 2018 attendees also will be among the first to experience the Samsung Onyx’s powerful multi-sensory viewing environment. Each Samsung Onyx screen features state-of-the-art surround sound from HARMAN International, bringing scenes to life through clear and consistent audio. This integration eliminates rearward bias by expanding the audio “sweet spot” within Onyx theaters, and ensures that all attendees can enjoy the same presentation regardless of seat location.

 

Samsung will also preview the Onyx’s ready-made sequel at CinemaCon 2018. The 3D Onyx Cinema LED screen makes 3D movie content more realistic through enhanced brightness and consistent color amplification. Glass-wearing viewers can now enjoy subtitle text, images and even minor visual details with unprecedented clarity, and without the dark, blurry shadowing and potential dizziness that can occur in traditional 3D movie theaters.

 

 

Expanding Presence through Worldwide Partnerships

The Onyx’s debut at CinemaCon 2018 comes as Samsung continues to expand its presence among global cinema operators and audiences. Last week, Samsung and partner Moving Image Tech (MIT) opened the first U.S. Onyx theater at Hollywood’s Pacific Theatres Winnetka w/XD. Samsung also recently announced partnerships with Golden Screen Cinemas – the largest cinema company in Malaysia, with 35 venues and 328 screens throughout the nation – and Cineplexx Cinemas – the largest cinema company in Austria, with 171 screens nationwide – to bring the Onyx screen to movie-goers in each country. The first locally revamped Samsung Onyx theaters are expected to open in Kuala Lumpur and Vienna, respectively, later this year.

 

“As the heart of the American film industry, Hollywood is an appropriate and symbolic location to introduce a game-changing technology in the Samsung Onyx for movie producers and consumers,” said Ron Gazzola, SVP, Sales and Marketing, IT B2B Division at Samsung Electronics America. “We are excited to revolutionize the cinema experience, and look forward to sharing the Samsung Onyx with even wider audiences both in the U.S. and throughout the world.”

 

As more theaters upgrade to the Onyx screen, Samsung is working with cinema content developers to ensure that the display can optimize upcoming films. Samsung will collaborate with leading cinema technology services provider Ymagis Group and its Eclair content development business unit to deliver EclairColor® HDR-compliant pictures that shine on the Onyx screen. CinemaCon 2018 attendees will get a sneak peek at the benefits of this alliance, as Samsung will unveil EclairColor-enhanced visuals on its next-generation display. Samsung additionally has forged a partnership with Hollywood-based post-production company Roundabout to develop specialized Onyx-ready HDR content.

 

“Today’s movies feature the most sophisticated production and advanced graphics ever, and producers and directors need powerful theater technology to showcase their works as intended and at optimal quality,” said Jean Mizrahi, president and co-founder of Ymagis Group. “We anticipate dynamic and powerful cinema displays like the Onyx becoming the accepted industry standard in the coming years, and we are honored to partner with Samsung to drive change throughout the industry and ultimately improve the content experience for cinema-goers everywhere.”

 

At CinemaCon, Samsung will additionally highlight its partnerships with production equipment businesses, such as the new research and development initiative performed in conjunction with Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI), a Munich-based designer and manufacturer of specialized motion picture camera and lighting systems, to create Onyx-optimized content. Samsung is also collaborating with GDC Technology, a leading global provider of end-to-end digital cinema solutions, to develop Onyx-compatible cinema servers.

 

Taking place April 23-26, 2018 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners with participants from more than 80 countries expected to attend.

 

For more information about Samsung Onyx, visit: https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/led-signage/onyx.

 

Samsung Electronics Sets New Performance Standards for NVMe SSDs with 970 PRO and EVO

 

Samsung Electronics, today introduced the Samsung 970 PRO and EVO, the third generation of its industry-leading consumer solid state drive (SSD) lineup. Having led the market with the first consumer-focused NVMe SSD in 2015, Samsung continues to push the performance barriers with this latest generation of SSDs that are built for tech enthusiasts and professionals so that they can enjoy higher bandwidth for intensive workloads on PCs and workstations.

 

“Samsung has led the NVMe SSD industry since its inception, and the company continues to define the latest standards of consumer storage with unprecedented performance of the 970 PRO and EVO SSDs,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “The 970 series sets a new bar in all aspects for the NVMe SSD market with groundbreaking performance, superior reliability and best-in-class capacity.”

 

The Samsung 970 PRO and EVO are designed based on the M.2 form factor standard and with the latest PCIe Gen 3×4 lane interface. The 970 series maximizes the potential of NVMe bandwidth, delivering unparalleled performance for processing large volumes of data, including 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics.

 

The 970 PRO enables sequential read speed of up to 3,500 MB/s and sequential write speed of up to 2,700 MB/s1, while the EVO features sequential read speed of up to 3,500 MB/s and sequential write speed of up to 2,500 MB/s2. The sequential write speeds represent an enhancement of up to 30 percent over the previous generation3, thanks to Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology and the newly designed Phoenix controller. The 970 EVO, in particular, utilizes the Intelligent TurboWrite technology, which uses a large buffer size of up to 78GB4 to enable faster write speeds.

 

In addition to the advancements in performance levels, the 970 PRO and EVO deliver exceptional endurance and reliability. Featuring a five-year warranty5, or up to 1,200 terabytes written6 – 50 percent higher than those provided for the previous generation7 – the 970 PRO and EVO are built to last. The Dynamic Thermal Guard technology safeguards against overheating by automatically monitoring and maintaining optimal operating temperatures, while a heat spreader and new nickel-coated controller further lower the SSD temperatures.

 

The 970 PRO and EVO also provide greater system design flexibility for the high-performance computing systems. Offering a variety of high capacity options in a compact M.2 form factor – including the single-sided 2TB EVO model – the 970 series enables convenient storage expansion across a wide range of computing devices.

 

The 970 EVO will be offered in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB8 capacities, and the 970 PRO in 512GB and 1TB capacities. The 970 PRO and EVO will be available for purchase worldwide starting May 7, 2018, with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices starting at $329.99 and $119.99 USD, respectively. For more information, including warranty details, please visit www.samsung.com/SSD, www.samsungssd.com.

 

Key Specifications

Category 970 PRO 970 EVO
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Storage Memory Samsung 64L V-NAND 2-bit MLC Samsung 64L V-NAND 3-bit MLC
Controller Samsung Phoenix Controller
Cache Memory

1GB LPDDR DRAM (1TB)
512MB LPDDR4 DRAM (512GB)

2GB LPDDR4 DRAM (2TB)
1GB LPDDR4 DRAM (1TB)
512MB LPDDR4 DRAM (250GB/500GB)

Capacity 512GB and 1TB 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB
Sequential Read/Write Speed Up to 3,500/2,700 MB/s Up to 3,500/2,500 MB/s
Random Read/Write Speed Up to 500,000/500,000 IOPS Up to 500,000/480,000 IOPS
Device Sleep 5mW
Management Software Samsung Magician Software
Data Encryption Class 0 (AES 256), TCG/Opal v2.0, MS eDrive (IEEE1667)
Total Byte Written 1,200TB (1TB)
600TB (512GB)
1,200TB (2TB)
600TB (1TB)
300TB (500GB)
150TB (250GB)
Warranty Five-year Limited Warranty*

* Five years or TBW, whichever comes first

 

 

1 970 PRO and EVO performance may vary based on SSD’s firmware version, system hardware and configuration. Performance measurements based on IOmeter 1.1.0. *Test system configuration: Intel Core i7-7700K CPU @4.2GHz, DDR4 2400MHz 32GB, OS-Windows 10 Built 10240, Chipset–ASUS PRIME Z270-A.

2 Performance may vary based on SSD’s firmware version, system hardware and configuration. Performance measurements based on IOmeter 1.1.0.
Write performance measurements are based on Intelligent TurboWrite technology.
The sequential write performances after TurboWrite region are: 300 MB/s(250GB), 600 MB/s(500GB), 1,200 MB/s(1TB) and 1,250 MB/s(2TB).
The random write performances after TurboWrite region are: 80,000 IOPS(250GB), 160,000 IOPS(500GB) and 300,000 IOPS(1TB/2TB).
* Test system configuration: Intel Core i7-7700K CPU @4.2GHz, DDR4 2400MHz 32GB, OS-Windows 10 Built 10240, Chipset–ASUS PRIME Z270-A.

3 Up to 29% and 32% in sequential write speeds, respectively, have increased when compared to Samsung 960 PRO and EVO.

4 970 EVO Intelligent TurboWrite buffer size varies based on the capacity of the SSD: 13GB for 250GB model, 22GB for 500GB model, 42GB for 1TB model and 78GB for 2TB model. For more information on the TurboWrite, please visit www.samsungssd.com.

5 Five years or TBW, whichever comes first. For more information on the warranty, please find the enclosed warranty document in the package.

6 Warrantied TBW(Total byte written) for 970 PRO: 600TB for 512GB model, 1,200TB for 1TB model; Warrantied TBW(Total byte written) for 970 EVO: 150TB for 250GB model, 300TB for 500GB model, 600TB for 1TB model, 1,200TB for 2TB.

7 50% increase when compared to Samsung 960 PRO and EVO.

8 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes by IDEMA. A certain portion of capacity may be used for system file and maintenance use, so the actual capacity may differ from what is indicated on the product label.

Samsung Showcases its Latest Innovative Appliances at EuroCucina 2018

 

Samsung Electronics today announces its first participation in the biennial EuroCucina 2018 in Milan, as part of its commitment to strengthening its presence in the European market. Samsung’s exhibit aims to elevate the company’s brand image and reputation among consumers in the region with products that make a real difference to consumers’ lives.

 

“We’re very pleased to be showcasing our latest appliances here at EuroCucina in Milan for the first time,” said BK Kang, Samsung Electronics’ Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Digital Appliances Business. “We hope our participation at EuroCucina signals our dedication to providing innovative home appliances that bring kitchens to life and give consumers real benefits they can experience every day.”

 

 

Consumer-centric Innovation with New Dual Cook Flex™

Samsung is introducing its full built-in product lineup at EuroCucina, and among the range of unparalleled kitchen solutions is the brand new Dual Cook Flex™ oven. Its EU-industry-first innovation “Flexible Door” gives consumers independent access to the upper oven compartment without losing heat and compromising cooking performance in the lower compartment. The upper and lower compartments can even be used as one bigger compartment for large dishes by removing the divider.

 

Dual Cook Flex™ also makes it easier to prepare multiple dishes using the Dual Cook system. Consumers can set two different temperatures and times for each compartment to achieve the best taste possible during simultaneous cooking. The Dual Cook also prevents odor mixing between compartments, ensuring optimal cooking performance. Enabling consumers to use the upper compartment only, the Dual Cook also enhances energy efficiency by cutting down preheating time and overall energy usage.1

 

Dual Cook Flex™ offers a range of smart features for optimized cooking. For example, consumers can conveniently start preheating the oven and remotely monitor and control cooking conditions while on the go via the SmartThings app. In addition, the Cooking Guide recommends the best cooking mode, temperature, and cooking time based on the ingredients and type of food being made.

 

 

Smarter Living with AI/IoT Solution

 

As part of Samsung’s presence at EuroCucina, there will be demonstrations of how key home IoT products work together seamlessly. Samsung plans to maximize its smart/IoT leadership by providing customized smart solutions. Visitors will be able to experience Samsung’s unique home IoT technologies through Family Hub and its smart built-in offerings.

 

On display will be the superior smart connectivity of the Dual Cook Flex™ and the latest generation of Family Hub™ that is integrated with SmartThings. Family Hub™ gives consumers an easy, convenient and harmonized experience for connecting all smart devices in the home, with features like Bixby, Meal Planner, Shopping List, and Recipes that provide real life smart experiences in the kitchen.

 

 

Innovative Technology and Flat Design in the Kitchen

At the Samsung booth, visitors will be able to experience and understand the company’s unique kitchen technologies. This includes the WaterWall™ dishwasher that perfectly cleans all dishes from corner to corner, and Virtual Flame™ cook top, which provides the intuitive visual control of flames. Samsung’s Twin Cooling Plus™ technology will be showcased as well, in a transparent display to exhibit how the system controls the refrigerator and freezer independently.

 

In addition, Samsung’s premium designs will also be on display, including flat design, a minimalist design that seamlessly harmonizes all lines into one and maximizes usability. Samsung also displays its black stainless-steel built-in package and Dacor’s Modernist collection.

 

To further demonstrate Samsung’s innovative and smart appliances, Samsung will host a launch conference for partners and media on April 18th at the Auditorium of Salone del Mobile and an exclusive Samsung Club des Chefs cooking show the same day, led by Michelin-starred chefs at the Samsung booth in Hall 15. EuroCucina, and its ancillary Technology for the Kitchen Event, runs as part of Salone del Mobile Milano from April 17th to the 22nd.

 

1Total energy consumption reduced up to 20% and the preheating time is 4 min according to the result of internal testing in the upper compartment based on IEC- 60350 test protocol (small cakes, convection 155℃, compared to when using the whole compartment). Results may vary depending on the cooking item, use, and other factors.

BuzzFeed and The Dodo Help Make Every Day Epic in Super Slow-mo with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung Electronics today announced partnerships with BuzzFeed and The Dodo to make everyday moments epic with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+’s Super Slow-mo camera. Starting today, BuzzFeed − the world’s leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news and entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally − and The Dodo − the no. 1 digital media brand for animal people1 and no. 1 most-loved publisher on Facebook2 − will publish fun, entertaining and highly-shareable super slow-motion videos across social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

The videos, including the hashtags #withGalaxy and #SuperSlowMo, will show consumers just how easy it is to create and share amazing Super Slow-mo content using the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. These partnerships will result in more than 30 unique pieces of must-see content that will reach BuzzFeed and The Dodo’s massive audiences over the next two months. Fueling the current trend for creating and sharing slow motion content with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the posts will capture and replay unique moments in everyday life − from compelling short-form content, to entertaining how-to video. BuzzFeed will showcase relatable everyday moments, taking the unique smiles, laughter and grimaces and turning them into epic, shareable moments. The Dodo will feature funny, emotive videos and stories of animals caught in the act – all shot on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in The Dodo’s authentic style.

 

“Partnering with BuzzFeed and The Dodo is a natural fit and a great way to showcase how consumers can make everyday moments epic by using the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s Super Slow-mo camera,” said Younghee Lee, CMO and Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics. “Capturing a moment within a moment has never been easier, and we want these partnerships to inspire more creative Super Slow-mo content.”

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+’s Super Slow-mo camera captures slow motion video at 960 frames per second, revealing a whole new way to relive and share remarkable moments in the everyday. With automatic Motion Detection, users can simply set up the shot and press play. Users can set their video to music by selecting background music from 35 different pre-set options, or by picking a favorite tune from their personal playlist, before instantly sharing with three creative options – video on loop, reverse or swing mode.

 

“At BuzzFeed we place an emphasis on world class production that gives our content creators the flexibility to shoot content on the go in different locations,” said Ze Frank, Chief Research and Development Officer at BuzzFeed. “With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we are able to utilize amazing features like slow motion in our production, and at the same time show our audience they no longer need expensive equipment or software to capture their favorite moments in the highest quality and share them with friends.”

 

Izzie Lerer, founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Dodo added, “We’ve built our audience on the back of our uniquely emotional approach to storytelling − putting animals front and center, and showcasing the delightful, inspiring things they do every day. We’re excited to partner with Samsung to continue to capture animal expression and joy in an exciting new way with Super Slow-mo.”

 

1 Ranked #1 animal brand on digital (Source: Tubular, Feb 2018)

2 Ranked #1 most loved page/publisher on Facebook (Source: CrowdTangle, April 2018)

Three Schools Named National Winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for Using STEAM to Address the Opioid Epidemic, Concussion Detection and Natural Disasters

With months of ideation, research, creation and pitching behind them, three schools have been named national winners in the $2 million* Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest from Samsung Electronics America, Inc. – a nationwide competition that challenges 6th through 12th graders to use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to address real-world issues and inspire change in their local communities.

 

The winning schools of Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Ky., Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, N.J. and Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem, N.C. provided unique solutions to critical issues affecting our nation – opioid addiction, sports concussion detection and natural disasters. These schools were chosen as the three national grand prize winners after pitching their projects to a panel of judges in New York City. These students and teachers succeeded through intense rounds of the contest, winning hundreds of thousands in technology along the way. First selected as one of 255 state finalists (5 per state) in November, then one of 51 state winners (including Washington, D.C.) in December, and then one of 10 national finalists in March, these three schools ultimately progressed to achieve the title of 2018 national grand prize winners.

 

“Each year that passes with the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, we are more impressed and awe-struck with the creative, strategic talent that our students and teachers possess,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “Our hope has always been to inspire confidence in today’s youth and provide the tools they need to pursue a career in STEAM. The national winners this year are testament to the possibility and promise of the next generation to answer some of today’s real issues. We are proud to bring awareness to their inspiring work.”

 

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. Each year, the competition inspires more active, hands-on teaching and learning among schools nationwide. Since 2001, Samsung has provided more than $60 million in technology to public schools in the United States. Over the past eight years, Samsung has received more than 17,000 entries for the competition, empowering youth to problem-solve and create with the support of their teachers, peers, schools and communities at-large.

 

The three national winners will receive $150,000* in Samsung technology products such as LED TVs, laptops and tablets for use in the classroom. This year’s winners include:

 

Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Ky.

Because local first responders called to the scene of a drug overdose are only armed with rubber gloves and tongs, the students of Ashland Middle School developed a solution to safely pick up and dispose of hypodermic needles. The students created a device that could be used by first responders and local authorities to pick up dangerous used needles and other drug paraphernalia.

 

“Technology is a great tool, but if you’re not using it to help people, it’s just a toy,” said Isaac Campbell, a student from the Ashland Middle School team.

 

View their project video here:

 

 

 

Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Reported concussions reached upwards of 3 million in 2017, and it’s estimated that half of all concussions are unreported or undetected. After a classmate suffered a concussion during football season last year, students at Cavallini Middle school developed sensors to be worn on football helmets to accurately and quickly identify potential concussions and help prevent any further brain damage through early detection.

 

“Our sensor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, uses two accelerometers along with a processor to calculate concussions through hits to the body. This data is collected in the app and sent to the coach on the sidelines,” explained Jake Carlin, a student from the Cavallini Middle School team.

 

View their project video here:

 

 

 

Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After learning that strong summer storms are the primary cause of flooding in the U.S., Thomas Jefferson Middle School students developed a water sensor system that deploys water barriers when rising water levels reach 6 inches.

 

“Our Assistant Fire Chief let us know that, sadly, many communities do not have enough barriers to cover their flood prone zones, so they have to send out first responders to close streets when they should be out saving lives,” said Jake Gruver, a student from the Thomas Jefferson Middle School team.

 

Once the barriers are deployed, the system uses Wi-Fi to send a signal to emergency personnel. The information is then sent to the mobile map app, Waze, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to alert drivers of the conditions.

 

View their project video here:

 

 

To learn more about the contest and the 2018 Top 10 national finalists, please visit: www.samsung.com/solve and smsng.news/SFT2018Top10.

 

*Estimated Retail Value

Samsung Electronics Announces Earnings Guidance for 1Q 2018

Samsung Electronics announced its earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2018.

 

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 60 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.6 trillion Korean won

 

The above estimates are based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be offered as a range. To comply with such regulations, the above figures represent the median of the estimate ranges provided below.

 

  • Sales:  59 ~ 61 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.5 ~ 15.7 trillion Korean won

 

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

 

  2017 4Q and 2017 1Q consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won) 2017.4Q 2017.1Q
Sales 65.98 50.55
Operating profit 15.15 9.90
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