Since the start of Tesla Model S electric-car production in 2012, the company s lithium-ion cells have been supplied by its Japanese partner Panasonic.That applies to the more recent Tesla Model X crossover SUV as well—and Panasonic was also an early investor in Tesla Motors shares, owning a small percentage of the Silicon Valley company.For the upcoming $35,000 Model 3 sedan, Tesla is building its massive gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, to lower the cost of that car s cells through a single integration production site.Panasonic is a partner in that project, although its financial commitments have been cautious and conservative.Now, according to an article yesterday in The Korea Times, Tesla is talking with three other possible cell suppliers for the Model 3: LG Chem, Samsung, and SK Innovation.According to the newspaper s report, LG Chem is expected to win the Tesla business thanks to its output commitment, good pricing and on-time delivery.LG Chem is one of the world s three largest suppliers of lithium-ion cells for electric vehicles, with contracts to supply more than a dozen different vehicles—including both the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the Chevy Bolt EV that will go into production by the end of this year.Panasonic is another of the three, with Tesla as its primary customer.The third large cell supplier is Automotive Electric Supply Corporation AESC , the joint venture between Nissan and Japanese computer giant NEC.That venture supplies cells for the current Nissan Leaf, the world s best-selling electric car.Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company had moved up its target date for producing 500,000 electric cars a year.Formerly planned for 2020, he now says that will be the rate for 2018—an escalation in production rates that some industry insiders say simply cannot be met.The Model 3 is scheduled to go into production before the end of 2017, another extremely aggressive target, using cells from the Nevada gigafactory.At the moment, that plant is assembling battery packs using cells assembled elsewhere, but Tesla says it will begin fabrication of the cells themselves by the end of this year.Still, if Musk s remarkable volume target is to be met, it appears that Model 3s may require more than one cell supplier.Hence the discussions with the three Korean companies.If the newspaper s report is accurate, and even some Tesla Model 3s are built using cells made by LG Chem, that would likely catapult the Korean company to the leader among global battery suppliers.The Model 3 is expected to use 4.9-Amp-hour cylindrical cells from Panasonic in the 26650 format, somewhat larger than the 3.4-Ah 18650 cells used in the Model S and Model X.To ramp up to the required battery-pack volumes for Musk s Model 3 targets, LG Chem, Samsung, or SK Innovation would have to offer cells in that format that offer the same energy and power characteristics as the Panasonic cells—which Tesla likely helped to design.Whether those cells would be shipped to its pack-assembly line from elsewhere, or fabricated in the gigafactory, remains unknown.But with such aggressive goals for Model 3 volumes, it appears that Tesla wants to ensure that the capacity of the world s lithium-ion cell suppliers won t constrain production of the car for which Tesla says it has taken almost 400,000 deposits.In fact, the ability of battery suppliers to provide enough cells to meet growing demand for battery-electric cars promises to be a fascinating story over the next two or three years.hat tip: Joseph Dubeau This post first appeared on Green Car Reports.
The submarine cable system will be operated by Telxius, Telefónica's telecommunications infrastructure company, and connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, US, to Bilbao, Spain.The company believes this will help to ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition at Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, said the reason why the company has entered the joint project with Facebook is because Microsoft is "seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure".This new "open" design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Less than a week after Aqua Comms' announcement, Equinix and Aqua Comms unveiled their own plans to build a 5,400Km subsea system linking New York to London.However, the last time a content provider giant entered a transatlantic cable deployment, was in August 2014, with Google partnering in a $300m project with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Singte, and NEC Corporation.
The submarine cable system will be operated by Telxius, Telefónica's telecommunications infrastructure company, and connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, US, to Bilbao, Spain.The company believes this will help to ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition at Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, said the reason why the company has entered the joint project with Facebook is because Microsoft is "seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure".This new "open" design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Less than a week after Aqua Comms' announcement, Equinix and Aqua Comms unveiled their own plans to build a 5,400Km subsea system linking New York to London.However, the last time a content provider giant entered a transatlantic cable deployment, was in August 2014, with Google partnering in a $300m project with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Singte, and NEC Corporation.
Intel Corp. attacked the European Commission for being unfair in a probe that led to a record 1.06 billion-euro $1.2 billion fine.The key issue in the investigation was loyalty rebates to lower retail prices, Daniel Beard, a lawyer for Intel, told the European Union s Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday.But the European Commission failed to analyze all relevant circumstances to see if the rebates shut out rivals, he said.The world s biggest chipmaker is making a final attempt to overturn the penalty doled out in 2009 for unfairly squeezing out Advanced Micro Devices Inc. No date for a ruling has been set.Two years ago, the EU General Court rejected Intel s first appeal.That ruling was a timely boost to the Brussels-based European Commission, which is embroiled in lengthy probes of search engine giant Google and chip designer Qualcomm Inc. Regulators say Google gave financial incentives to telecommunications operators and phone makers that install its search app.They also allege Qualcomm paid a smartphone and tablet manufacturer to mostly use its chips.The Intel case concerns whether a company with a very large market share can pursue a commercial strategy, the focus of which is the marginalization or even the elimination of its only competitor, the commission s lawyer Nicholas Khan told the court Tuesday.The evidence shows that the rebates prevented computer makers from seeking out lower prices that might have been available, he said.The EU s antitrust regulator in its decision said Intel had obstructed competition by giving rebates to computer makers from 2002 until 2005 on the condition that they buy at least 95 percent of chips for personal computers from Intel.Intel then imposed restrictive conditions for the remaining 5 percent, supplied by AMD, which struggled to overcome its rival s hold on the market for PC processors, the EU said.The computer makers coaxed to not use AMD s chips included Acer Inc., Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Lenovo Group Ltd. and NEC Corp., the commission said in 2009.The EU also ordered Intel to stop using illegal rebates to thwart competitors, an instruction that Intel complained was unclear.
Intel paid the fine in 2009, but is still fighting for a rebateThe Intel logo, displayed on the company's booth at Computex 2015 in Taipei.Then with a 70 percent share of the worldwide x86 processor market, Intel granted exclusivity rebates to four PC and server manufacturers, Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC, the Commission found.Intel also made payments to Media-Saturn on condition that the German distributor sold PCs with only Intel processors inside, the Commission said.The court has had plenty of time to study the appeal, the Commission's defense, Intel's reply and the Commission's rejoinder, filed in April 2015.Judgement won't come so quickly, however.First will come a report -- a kind of advisory verdict -- from Nils Wahl, one of the court's Advocates General.
Intel's rearguard action to avoid a billion-Euro-plus fine continued this week in a Luxembourg court, with the company arguing that the 2009 European Commission penalty was unfair.The ancient spat – it began with an October 2000 complaint by AMD – concerns whether or not rebates Intel paid to OEMs to use its processors constitutes anti-competitive conduct.After a supplementary filing by AMD in 2003, the European Commission ground into action in 2004, in an investigation that drew Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP and NEC into its orbit.After five years, the commission imposed a €1.06 billion-dollar penalty – and in 2012, Intel's formal appeal against the decision was kicked off.Bloomberg quotes the European Commission's lawyer Nicholas Khan as saying the rebate prevented computer makers from seeking out lower prices for processors.No date has been set for a decision, so there's every chance we'll be singing "twenty-one today" to the original filing.
A new undersea cable designed to deliver 60 terabits-per-second Tbps of bandwidth across the Pacific Ocean is scheduled to begin service after almost two years in the works.A consortium of companies consisting of Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and Singtel back in August 2014 unveiled their plans to create a 9,000km transpacific submarine cable system spanning from Japan in the east to Oregon on the west coast of the U.S.There are three landing points — two in Japan Chiba and Mie prefectures and one in Oregon.The work and end-to-end testing has been completed, and service will resume tomorrow June 30 .The cable system, which goes by the name of Faster, is touted as the first transpacific submarine cable system designed from day one to support digital coherent transmission technology.It uses low-loss fiber and the latest digital signal processor to deliver its promised 60Tbps bandwidth.Given that the cable hooks into the U.S. West Coast, this introduces the possibility of super-fast connectivity for many major conurbations, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland.And, of course, it also opens up major Japanese cities and other locations across the broader region.This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region, said Kenichi Yoneyama, project manager for Faster at NEC s submarine network division.This isn t the first investment Google has made in undersea cabling — it previously invested in another transpacific system, called Unity, that was completed in 2010, in addition to the pan-Asia SJC system that went operational in 2013.Other tech companies have invested in undersea internet infrastructure, too — just last month, Microsoft, Facebook, and Telefonica subsidiary Telxius announced plans to build a new submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean, with endpoints in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Bilbao, Spain.Ultimately, companies that rely on their customers being connected are pushing to ensure that those customers can get online with minimal friction — and this effort extends far beyond submarine cables.
Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was the $300 million it invested in the FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast.Back in 2014, Google announced that it was joining a consortium of six companies, including NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI, to better connect the two countries.As the company announced today, this cable is going online tonight.The 9,000km six-fiber pair cable can deliver up to 60 Terabits per second Tbps of bandwidth — or as Google s SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Holzle puts it, that s about 10 million times faster than your cable modem.The cable will give Google dedicated access to 10Tbps per second over its own pair of cables that will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to Bandon, Oregon putting it relatively close to the company s The Dalles data center in the state .It s worth noting that Google also plans to launch its Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo later this year and the company notes that having this dedicated bandwidth for its operations will result in faster data transfers and reduced latency as GCP customers deliver their applications and information to customers around the globe.
Backed by Google and built by NEC, the FASTER consortium submarine cable has been lit up.The 9,000 km trans-Pacific cable connects two locations in Japan – the Chiba and Mie prefectures – to US hubs covering Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle.As well as The Chocolate Factory, the 60 Tbps design capacity cable was co-funded by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Singtel.The Japanese landing facilities were chosen to avoid tsunami risk.As Google's Alan Chin-Lun Cheung notes it's currently the highest-capacity submarine cable ever built.Google's signed on for 10 Tbps of the cable's capacity.
The internet infrastructure linking North America with Asia is about to get a whole lot faster, as a giant undersea fiber cable partly funded by Google is set to go live today.The undersea cable, known as the "Faster Cable System", was constructed by NEC and funded by a consortium of six companies that include Google and several Asian telecom giants.Amounting to 9,000 km of cable, Faster spans from Oregon in the United States to two landing points in Japan's Chiba and Mie prefectures.NEC says the six-fiber pair cable is capable of 60 terabits per second of throughput, making it the only trans-pacific cable to offer this sort of capacity.Impressively, NEC created this cable using extremely low-loss fiber without a dispersion compensation section, instead relying on digital processing to compensate for dispersion at the ends of the cable.When the Faster Cable System was initially announced in 2014, it was expected to cost around $300 million to construct.
Google is one of the partners backing the cableThe world s highest-capacity undersea internet cable, a 5,600-mile link between the US and Japan backed by Google has been activated.The fibre cable, which can transport data at 60 terabits per second 60 million Mbps is expected to be a significant boost to trans-pacific internet speeds.Google is one of six companies behind the project, alongside Asian telecoms groups.Google s Urs Hozle said it had more capacity than any active subsea cable .The trans-pacific cable Credit: NEC
Microsoft and Facebook might be trying to plant a submarine cable across the Atlantic, but Google has it beat when it comes to the Pacific.Granted, the FASTER cable system did start a lot earlier, almost two years ago.Now the consortium that runs the program has proudly announced that construction of the undersea cable is now done and that FASTER is ready to deliver faster Internet between Japan and the US West Coast, which, of course, also promises to improve Internet connectivity and service in neighboring states and cities.The FASTER consortium is made up of five other companies, most of them Internet service providers: China Mobile International and China Telecom Global of China, KDDI of Japan, Global Transit of Malaysia, and Singtel of Singapore.The construction of the cable itself, however, is credited to the NEC corporation, making FASTER the first submarine cable built solely by the company.Spanning 9,000 km, the cable system utilizes 100 Gbps coherent optics technology to deliver data at a speed of 60 Tbps.
Cable landing at Minami-boso city, Chiba, Japan Enlarge / The Faster Cable System.Google and five Asian telecoms have begun using an undersea cable connecting Oregon and Japan.At 60Tbps, "this is the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built," and Google will have access to 10Tbps of that, the company said in an announcement yesterday."We'll use this capacity to support our users, including Google Apps and Cloud Platform customers," the announcement said."This is especially exciting, as we prepare to launch a new Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo later this year.Dedicated bandwidth to this region results in faster data transfers and reduced latency as GCP customers deliver their applications and information to customers around the globe."
The FASTER trans-Pacific cable, built by NEC, boasts a total throughput of an impressive 60Tb/s - more than any other active undersea cable.The FASTER undersea cable between Japan and North America has officially been lit up today, boasting of a 60Tb/s terabits per second throughput thanks to multi-spectral lighting technology.Built by NEC alongside Google, KDDI, Singtel, Global Transit, China Telecom Global, and China Mobile International, the Faster Cable System - to give the 9,000km trans-Pacific cable its full name - certainly lives up to its name.'From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, faster, Faster and FASTER,' and at one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality,' crowed FASTER Management Committee chair Hiromitsu Todokoro as the cable was sent live.'This is the outcome of six members' collaborative contribution and expertise together with NEC's support.'Wholly built by the NEC Corporation, the first time it has approached a trans-Pacific cabling project solo, and using 100 different frequencies of light, the cable offers an overall throughput of 60Tb/s - more than any currently active undersea cable.
Back in 2014, Google teamed up with five telecom and communications firms to install an undersea cable network between the United States and Japan to help deal with increasing Internet traffic between North America and Asia.Called Faster, the $300 million project involved laying a cable across 5,000 miles of ocean, between the West Coast of the U.S. and Japan.This will then link up with neighboring cable systems already in place to improve the network beyond Japan to other locations throughout Asia.On the U.S. side, the cable will connect to networks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.System supplier NEC said the project was being undertaken in order to address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the trans-Pacific route.A couple years ago, Google s Urs Hölzle said the undersea cable was vital to help keeps its products fast and reliable, whether it s for the more than a billion Android users or developers building products on Google Cloud Platform.
Credit TeleGeographyThe location of the FASTER cableInternet users in Japan are about to get a speed boost.Google's 9,000km undersea internet cable from the United States to the country has been 'switched on'.The 60 terabits per second capacity "Faster" cable, first announced in 2014, has been completed and "officially entered into service".Costing $300 million £222m , the cable was created after a partnership between six different companies.As well as Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, SingTel, were all involved in the cable's creation and laying.
FASTER cable system connecting Japan and the US GoogleA new trans-Pacific undersea internet cable service backed by Google and five other companies, connecting Japan and the US, is now live following successful construction and testing processes.The 9,000 km 5,600 mile submarine cable system is capable of transferring data at 60Tbps terabits per second .The cable system dubbed FASTER has been built by a consortium of Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Singtel.FASTER supports users including Google Apps and Cloud Platform.Earlier in 2008 the internet giant invested in 7.68Tb trans-pacific Unity cable that went online in 2010.
Fifteen years ago, when many of you were sucking at the teet of your mothers the rest of us were sucking at the teet of technology, and we, being brave technological pioneers, bought our RAM and installed it ourselves.And the RAM manufacturers, being douche canoes of the highest order, collaborated to artificially inflate the price of RAM.Big names implicated in the scheme include Samsung, Crucial, and NEC.The RAM manufacturers were sued for their anti-competitive behavior, and ultimately settled for $310 million in 2014.$200 million was set aside for payments like the $60 check Deadspin s Tim Burke received in the mail yesterday.Others are reporting checks as large as $72.95.
Fifteen years ago, when many of you were sucking at the teet of your mothers the rest of us were sucking at the teet of technology, and we, being brave technological pioneers, bought our RAM and installed it ourselves.And the RAM manufacturers, being douche canoes of the highest order, collaborated to artificially inflate the price of RAM.Big names implicated in the scheme include Samsung, Crucial, and NEC.The RAM manufacturers were sued for their anti-competitive behavior, and ultimately settled for $310 million in 2014.$200 million was set aside for payments like the $60 check Deadspin s Tim Burke received in the mail yesterday.Others are reporting checks as large as $72.95.
Hannspree is one of the very few remaining Taiwanese display companies left.Alongside the likes of BenQ, AG Neovo, Acer and ViewSonic, they have had to fend off increasing competition from the likes of TP Vision AOC, Philips , Samsung, LG and Japanese rivals Ilyama, NEC and Eizo .This has caused diversification to be seen as an essential aspect of Hannspree's business plans, with mixed results.At any rate, today we're looking at Hannspree's latest 4K monitor, the HannsG HU282PPS with a price tag of just under £290 around $380, AU$510 at Ebuyer.On paper, it looks like a pretty compelling offering: you get two rear-facing 3W speakers, a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, a DVI one, audio in/out ports, a VESA mount and a rated brightness/contrast of 280cd/m2 and 1000:1 respectively.Interestingly, the monitor sports toughened glass which claims to be anti-glare – such a feature is usually associated with touchscreen functionality, but this is not even an option on this model.
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