Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Samsung's new CXL-based memory chip module

Korea is the world leader in the production of memory chips, with Samsung and SK Hynix leading the way.  As reported in The Korea Times and other media, this week "Samsung Electronics unveiled the industry's first memory module supporting the new compute express link (CXL) interconnect standard. Integrated with its in-house double data rate 5 (DDR5) technology, this CXL-based module will enable server systems to significantly scale memory capacity and bandwidth, accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in data centers."

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Jeonju: First in Bibimbap and 5G service


The Korean city of Jeonju has traditionally been known for bibimbap, a rice dish with vegetables and red pepper paste.  Now, as shown in this graphic from a recent OpenSignal measurement, the city has the fastest 5G service download in the world.  Why am I not surprised?

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Korea's mobile carriers share 5G networks in remote areas

 As reported by Koreabizwire and other media, Korea's three major mobile carriers in mid-April agreed to "share their 5G networks in remote coastal and farm towns in a move to accelerate the rollout of the latest generation networks.."  The agreement was announced by the Ministry of Science and ICT.  "The carriers — SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. — signed an agreement so that 5G users can have access to the high-speed network regardless of the carrier they are subscribed to in 131 remote locations across the country, according to the Ministry of Science and ICT. Under the plan, a 5G user would be able to use other carrier networks in such regions that are not serviced by his or her carrier. The ministry said telecom operators will test the network sharing system before the end of this year and aim for complete commercialization in phases by 2024."

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hyundai Mobis M.Vision POP Concept model


Hyundai Mobis has released its Hyundai Mobis M.VISION POP concept mode. (click on the graphic for a full size version).  As reported by The Korea Times, the technology used in this vehicle is set to be commercialized within five years.  The report noted that "The vehicle's four wheels can be steered independently, even turning them 180 degrees, capable of moving sideways just like a crab," Hyundai Mobis said. "When linked with a smartphone, it personalizes the car settings through a digital display. For example, it detects when the driver is drowsy and moves the steering wheel to the passenger seat."  The report further noted that "The key description for the M.Vision POP is "PHOBILITY," a word that combines "phone" and "mobility." It has embedded a new technology that docks the smartphone on the steering wheel with the user able to steer the vehicle using the device." 

Monday, April 26, 2021

A milestone in Korea's new disaster network

With the announcement by KT and Samsung today marks a milestone in Korea's efforts to build and integrated national disaster network.  As reported by Yonhap News, "The government-led project to establish a next-generation wireless network allows for more efficient response against major natural disasters and accidents, according to KT. The project, which started in 2015, merged the networks of 333 state institutes, such as the police, railway, defense and firefighting agencies. The wireless network is also the world's first to cover a country's entire land area and waters, the telecom giant added."