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Samsung, SK Hynix to Benefit from US CHIPS and Science Act Guardrails, Despite China Restrictions

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According to industry officials and experts, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix appear to feel assured over the US CHIPS and Science Act’s safeguards, as the regulation, which aims to restrict China’s chip development technology, limits the expansion of advanced semiconductor production capacity to no more than 5 percent in China. The Act comprises a guardrail clause to prevent the subsidies’ benefits from moving to China, but it also offers a total of $39 billion in subsidies for semiconductor manufacture and incentivizes chip manufacturers to produce chips in the US. It is essential to note that SK Hynix has facilities in Wuxi and Dalian, and Samsung Electronics has semiconductor manufacturing in Xi’an and Suzhou in China.

China is an important region for both of them, as they generate nearly half of their worldwide DRAM chips and around 40% of their NAND flash in particular. These efforts to ease the limits on manufacturing growth should grow further as the worst-case scenario of Korean chipmakers being unable to conduct their business in China has been avoided, which was agreed upon by the experts and authorities. The Korean government and local chip makers have pushed for the growth of advanced semiconductor output to be doubled from 5% ever since the drought was announced in March of last year.

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Further, they lobbied for a more lenient norm for legacy chips, which are made using outdated equipment. These demands haven’t been complied with, though. Since manufacturing quantities vary depending on market conditions, the guardrails altered the definition of chip production capacity from the number of wafers per month to the number of wafers per year as per the March draft. The final guardrails of the Act were announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce on September 22. Through this, chip companies that receive subsidies in the U.S. are prohibited from increasing production by more than 5% for cutting-edge chips and 10% for older technology in foreign nations, including China.

Companies that produce chips must repay any Washington-provided subsidies if they increase output above what is allowed in China. The March draft was mostly followed by the guardrails announced on September 22. Kim Dae-jong, a professor of business administration at Sejong University, claimed that Korean businesses and the government benefited from the guardrails.

Kim states that it is a fortuitous decision that Samsung and SK will be able to increase the production of advanced semiconductors in their Chinese facilities by 5 percent. Among the total exports of Korea, semiconductors account for 20 percent, and 60 percent of chip exports go to China and Hong Kong. Neither the government nor the domestic companies can afford to abandon the Chinese market, and the announcement means that trade with China can at least be maintained.”


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Samsung to Introduce AI Drawing Tool for S-Pen Equipped Galaxy Devices

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is all set to expand its AI-powered tools by adding more new AI features to the Galaxy AI package on the Galaxy Z Fold 6. The AI-powered drawing assistance feature is on the list. 

Samsung Galaxy Devices with S-Pen to Gain AI Drawing Capabilities

Samsung initially introduced dozens of generative AI tools under the Galaxy AI title on the Galaxy S24 series. Later, the brand expanded the availability of these features on more high-end Galaxy devices via the One UI 6.1 update. Now the brand is setting to launch its next-generation foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 6, which will bring a new AI-powered drawing assistance feature. 

As with the previous time, the brand will expand this new feature via the One UI 6.1.1 update to eligible old Galaxy devices. A well-known tipster hinted that One UI 6.1.1 on the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 will have an AI Graffiti feature. However, he didn’t mention the detailed information about this feature. It seems like it could help users draw better using the S Pen and generate images based on inputs that users give through text prompts. 

If the report is to be believed, this feature will be released to older Galaxy devices with the S Pen with One UI 6.1.1 update. There are only countable Galaxy phones and tablets, especially from the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Z series, that get the Galaxy AI features. It is expected that the AI-powered drawing feature from One UI 6.1.1 will arrive on Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Fold 5 series devices. However, Apple has already introduced a similar feature with the iPadOS 18 update.

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Galaxy AI Boosts Samsung Keyboard Ahead of Gboard

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Samsung Keyboard and Gboard are made to provide more convenience while typing any content for continuing your conversation or doing more with new features that are added with time, such as GIFs, stickers, and many editing options. If we talk about the basic to medium features, both of the keyboard applications come with similar features, but if we talk about some specific feature, the Samsung keyboard takes the lead.

Galaxy AI changed the game to allow users to text more conveniently

Samsung has recently introduced two new Galaxy AI-powered features with the One UI 6.1 update for the Samsung keyboard, which include writing assist and chat assist. Going into details, the writing assistant allows you to translate the text message into the desired language and also provides guidance on style and grammar. Along with this, the feature also offers to change the tone of the message in different manners, like polite, casual, professional, etc.

Meanwhile, the Chat List offers translation of messages in real time into 13 different languages, which will make it easy to understand the message in your language.

Other features that make the Samsung keyboard much better

Clipboard management: The Samsung keyboard provides more optimized functioning, which allows users to take advantage of better continuation of working with PCs and smartphones. The clipboard is also used to copy and paste objects from one device to another.

Text shortcuts: Samsung keyboards offer to create shortcuts for frequently used phrases. This will save effort when typing repetitive text.

Better swipe typing: According to the report from several users, the swipe recognition is more accurate in certain languages.

Cursor control with space bar: The Samsung keyboard lets you move the cursor by sliding the finger on space. The main difference is that you can actually move the cursor not only in the in the left and down directions but also in the up and down directions.

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Samsung Surges Smartphone Production Amidst High Demand

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is raising its mass production even beyond the expectations of its smartphone division. 

Samsung Electronics is on cloud nine for the mass production of its Galaxy devices. Somewhere, the reason behind this seems to be the strong sales of the recently launched Galaxy S24 smartphones and lower-tier models in some markets. 

The report says that Samsung asked its suppliers of cameras and other components to deliver parts for nearly 50 million phones by the end of the quarter. This hints that Samsung is ramping up production even further than the initial increase mentioned earlier. The boost arrives on the heels of a massive 22% bump in orders in the first quarter, compared to Samsung’s forecasts, for an overall 17% rise in potential sales for the brand in the first half of the year. 

The reason behind the massive boost in Samsung’s sales is the generative AI-powered tools housed in the Galaxy S24series and strong sales of lower-cost phones in growing markets such as India. According to Korean supply chain industry officials, Samsung’s upward march may be coming to an end. 

However, there is an efficient chance Samsung’s phone success could continue into the second half of the year. It is about to launch its next-generation foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6, which could boost the sales percentage of the firm. If both of these foldables match the expectations of fans, they could keep Samsung’s actuation going.

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