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Samsung Electronics Begins Mass Production For 9th-Gen V-NAND

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The Korean Electronics firm announced that it has begun mass production for its one-terabit (Tb) tripe-level cell (TLC) 9th-generation vertical NAND (V-NAND). 

One of the key reasons for beginning this mass production is just to solidify its leadership in the NAND flash market. This 9th generation V-NAND flash memory has significant improvements. It offers a 50% increase in storage density compared to its predecessor, the 8th-generation V-NAND. This appears due to the tiny cell size and thinner design. 

The Korean giant also executed new techniques for upgrading the reliability and lifespan of the memory cells while eliminating dummy channel holes, which significantly reduced the planar area of the memory cells. The Head of Flash Products & Technology of the Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, SungHoi Hur, stated, “Through our latest V-NAND, Samsung will continue to set the trend for the high-performance, high-density solid-state drive (SSD) market that meets the needs of the coming AI generation.” 

Samsung‘s advanced ‘channel hole etching’ technology exhibits the brand’s leadership in process capabilities. This technology creates electron pathways by stacking mold layers and increases fabrication productivity as it authorizes simultaneous drilling of the industry’s highest cell layer count in a double-stack structure. As the cell layers increase, the capability to pierce through higher cell numbers becomes crucial, demanding more complicated etching techniques. 

The 9th-generation V-NAND is enabled with the next-gen NAND flash interface, Toggle 5.1, which will help to support the increased data input and output speeds by at least 33% to up to 3.2 Gbps. The Korean giant plans to solidify its position within the high-performance SSD market by expanding support for PCIe 5.0. 

With the advancement in low-power design, power consumption has also improved by 10%.


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Samsung Self-Repair Program Discontinued by iFixit Over Accessibility Issues

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Samsung partnered with iFixit a couple of years ago and introduced a self-repair scheme in the US as an alternative to Apple’s program. This program is known for its repair guides, which make the program user-friendly. 

Now iFixit has decided to step back from collaborating with Samsung on this program. It is expected that Self-Repiar will live on with another partner, but iFixit will no longer play a role in it. iFixit has made some crucial claims regarding ‘obstacles’ from Samsung that prevented it from achieving the objective; however, the Korean brand has not responded yet. 

Regarding this decision, iFixit stated that even after its best efforts, it has not been able to deliver on the promise of offering independent repair shops with the tools and parts they require. The brand also depresses the point that it has continued going through a hard, challenging face that has made it “doubt Samsung’s commitment” to make repairs more accessible for customers. 

Samsung’s Self-Repair program faced various challenges; for instance, spare parts were difficult and expensive for repair shops to obtain; high part prices made repair costly as compared to replacing the device; and Samsung’s glued-together phone design raised repair difficulty and cost. iFixit also claims that the design of Samsung’s Galaxy devices is “frustratingly glued together,” forcing the brand to sell batteries and screens in pre-glued bundles that repair costs. 

In the end, iFixit says that it has ended its partnership with Samsung, saying that the Korean giant’s progress towards repairability doesn’t align with its mission. Starting next month, iFixit will cease to be an authorized third-party parts and tool distributor for Samsung. 

However, Samsung has not commented on the situation, but a response is expected due to the seriousness of iFixit’s claims. 

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Samsung Leads European Smartphone Market in Q1 2024

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Samsung never fails to maintain its legacy of leading the tech market. This is what new reports are proving, since in Europe, the company managed to widen the gap between itself and its rival Apple.

If the latest metrics from Counterpoint Research are to be believed, Samsung was the biggest smartphone brand in Q1 2024. Its market share was 32%, and its sales increased by 7% in the first quarter of this year as compared to the first of last year (Q1 2023). However, somewhere, the Galaxy S24 series is the key reason behind the increment in sales since it was already reported that within a few days after its launch, the Galaxy S24 broke its predecessor’s Galaxy S23 series’ sales record. 

While its sales volume increase was not as good as the overall sales rise in the European market, which was at 10%, For the first time in two years, the South Korean firm regained its number one position in central and eastern European regions from Xiaomi. Apple scored a 25% share of the European smartphone market, two percentage points lower than last year. This means that iPhone sales decreased this year. Not only this, but iPhone sales are also expected to continue dropping until the launch of the iPhone 16 in Q4 2024. 

Xiaomi’s sales increased by 11% over 2023, and its overall market share in the European smartphone market earned 18%. Honor and Realme were the brands that showed the highest growth, and noticeably, Honor’s sales increased by 67% to reach a market share of 4%, whereas Reamle’s sales rose by 59% to reach a market share of 4%. 

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Samsung Knox Enhances Security to Curb AI Misuse

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Transparently, Samsung is now dedicatedly focusing on AI security, and ethics are gaining traction. The reason behind this seems to be their chairman’s emphasis on responsible AI use. 

This suggests a growing trend within Samsung to get well-off and upgrade products and services that prioritize AI safety and ethical considerations. On May 22, industry sources reported that during the AI Seoul Summit held virtually on May 21, Lee Jae-young stated, “It is crucial to responsibly utilize the advantages of AI technology.” 

He also added, “Globally, there must be discussions on how to minimize the misuse of AI and maximize its benefits during the innovation process.” This meeting followed up on discussions from the AI Safety Summit held in Bletchley Park in the U.K. in November 2023 and was the second meeting co-hosted by South Korea and the U.K. 

Crimes using AI—for instance, breaches of personal information, corporate data theft, and financial sector hacking—are increasing globally, and now Samsung Electronics has been actively focusing attention on the safety of its AI products and services. The company is looking forward to preventing customer attrition in the AI market by increasing consumer trust. 

Currently, Samsung has debuted the application of its security solution “Knox” to “Family Care,” which was revealed at its Suwon site. Samsung’s AI home appliances are connected through an integrated SmartThings platform and have improved security because of privacy concerns. During the Bespoke AI Media Day in April, the incorporation of Knox into each home appliance was heavily emphasized. Vice Chairman Han Jin-hee stated, “The core of Bespoke AI is trustworthy security,” adding, “We prioritize security so that consumers can use our products with confidence.” 

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