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[News Article] Hyundai Motor, Kia urged to diversify supply chains as US moves to regulate Chinese c…
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Hyundai Motor, Kia urged to diversify supply chains as US moves to regulate Chinese connected cars   By Lee Min-hyung, The Korea Times - Hyundai Motor and Kia need to diversify their parts supply chains beyond China and expand their lobbying efforts to prepare for potential U.S. measures aimed at banning Chinese-connected vehicles, according to experts, Thursday. This reaction follows a series of warnings issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, highlighting concerns that connected cars manufactured by Chinese companies could pose national security threats by potentially leaking sensitive data on American motorists to the Chinese government. On Wednesday (local time), U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced that the department will issue rules on Chinese connected vehicles this autumn and consider taking "extreme actions" against them due to security risks. However, since the U.S. government has not yet clarified the specifics regarding the scope of connected vehicles, the recent announcement has sparked concerns that Korean automakers may also face broad and comprehensive regulatory risks from the U.S. Automobile industry analysts said local carmakers should come up with specific action plans by preemptively diversifying their supply chains. “Hyundai Motor and Kia have to brace for the worst by reducing their reliance on China and broadening their supply chains into other countries such as Vietnam,” Lee Ho-geun, an automotive engineering professor at Daedeok University, said. “There stands a possibility that the U.S. will regulate any connected vehicles that are equipped with Chinese parts. Under the scenario, the Korean automakers will be seriously affected, so they are advised to make more efforts to reduce the proportion of Chinese parts in their automobiles.” Even if this may end up increasing the initial costs, maintaining the status quo could result in a larger financial burden for Hyundai Motor and Kia in the long run, according to the expert. “However, it is realistically challenging for automakers to completely avoid using any Chinese components, even if they are minor,” Lee said. “For this reason, the two home-grown automakers should appeal more to the U.S. authority that their connected vehicles are free from any data leak risks by proving that critical components are sourced in Korea and other safe regions.” Other experts urged the government and automakers to expand their lobbying activities in the U.S., so they can map out more concrete countermeasures against the upcoming regulatory hurdle there. “The automakers need to beef up their lobbying actitivites and gain a clearer understanding of the regulatory direction from the U.S.,” Kim Pil-soo, an automotive technology professor at Daelim University College, said. This will help them set up a specific Plan B or even Plan C, according to the professor. “Leaving diverse scenarios open is a must, as the U.S. authority has not shared any concrete regulatory direction, even on what exactly the regulated connected vehicles are,” Kim said. From the viewpoint of Korean automakers, the regulatory action by the U.S. can be widely seen as a political gesture in its power struggle with China. But as of now, there is no clear breakthrough or solution to this situation, according to the professor. “Hyundai Motor Group may have to leave all possibilities open,” he said. “They have no clear strategies to take, other than expanding the lobbying activities for swift decision-making to the upcoming regulation.” Last month, the Korean government and a local automobile association conveyed their concerns about the U.S. regulation to the U.S. authorities. They requested clarification on the scope of connected vehicles that would be subject to the regulation. Source: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2024/05/419_374762.html 

2024.05.17

[News Article] Google unveils updated Gemini Nano AI model for upcoming Galaxy series
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Google unveils updated Gemini Nano AI model for upcoming Galaxy series   BY JIN EUN-SOO, Korea JoongAng Daily - Google unveiled an updated Gemini Nano for on-device AI that is expected to be installed on Samsung Electronics' upcoming Galaxy S25 smartphones. The Big Tech company held a developer conference, Google I/O 2024, in California on Tuesday where it laid out key updates and a road map for AI to enter what it calls "the Gemini era." The updated Gemini Nano, the smallest version of Google's large language model, comes topped with multimodality, able to process not only text but also video, pictures and sound data. The model will be deployed in Google's Pixel phones in the latter half of the year, according to the tech company. Samsung Electronics is also in talks to install the latest version of the AI model on its Galaxy S25 smartphones, which are slated for release early next year.  "Talks on how to realize the second version of Gemini Nano, which will have multimodal features for on-device AI, have commenced," said Jo Chul-min, vice president of Samsung Electronics' software development division, at a conference in April. In order to optimize the model on Samsung's Exynos 2500 processor, which is expected to power the Galaxy S25, the company is planning to expand the related research team by two to threefold, according to Jo. Speculation was also reignited when Samsung Electronics President Roh Tae-moon, in charge of the mobile business, met with Rick Osterloh, the vice president of Google responsible for platform and device operation, later that month. "Exciting things are coming up for the future of AI-powered Android and Galaxy experiences," a tweet from Samsung read after the meeting. The partnership between the two companies has become tight recently.  The Korean IT giant's first AI smartphone, the Galaxy S24, which launched early this year, has partially deployed the first version of the Gemini Nano along with its own Gauss model to run its on-device AI features. It also introduced Google's flashy Circle-to-Search feature for the first time. At its developer conference, Google also introduced Project Atra, an AI agent that takes on more natural conversation with the user and its own tensor processing unit, Trillium, which has increased the deployment of high bandwidth memory chips twice over compared to the previous version. Source: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/2024-05-16/business/tech/Google-unveils-updated-Gemini-Nano-AI-model-for-upcoming-Galaxy-series/2048239

2024.05.17

[News Article] SK hynix may complete next-generation memory chips by 2026
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SK hynix may complete next-generation memory chips by 2026 BY LEE JAE-LIM, Korea JoongAng Daily - SK hynix floated the possibility of completing the development of its next-generation high bandwidth memory (HBM) chips, known as HBM4E, by 2026 at the earliest. “HBM chips, until the fourth generation HBM3, have been developed every two years. But since the fifth generation, HBM3E, the cycle has been shortened to one year,” Kim Gwi-wook, head of SK hynix’s HBM advanced technology division, said Monday at the International Memory Workshop (IMW 2024) at Grand Walkerhill Seoul in Gwangjin District, eastern Seoul. SK hynix has not yet made a production road map for HBM4E chips official, but Kim’s remark signaled that the next-generation chips could be completed by 2026. The chipmaker is currently the sole HBM3 and HBM3E supplier to AI chip goliath Nvidia. It also became the first memory chipmaker to begin supplying eight-layered HBM3E to clients in March. Samples of SK hynix's 12-layered models will be provided to clients this month for verification and are scheduled to begin mass production in the third quarter of this year. Production of sixth-generation chips, or 12-layered HBM4, initially set to kick off in 2026, will instead begin next year. “After this year, the HBM market is expected to continue to grow due to the increase in the number of parameters to enhance AI performance and the expansion of AI service providers,” SK hynix CEO Kwak Noh-jung said at a press event on May 2. The Korean memory giant also announced last month that it had extended its partnership with Taiwan’s TSMC to collaborate on the development of HBM4.  Source:https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/2024-05-15/business/industry/SK-hynix-may-complete-nextgeneration-memory-chips-by-2026/2047413 

2024.05.17

[News Article] SK Telecom to lead AI data center standardization

SK Telecom to lead AI data center standardization   By Park Se-ra, The Korea Herald - SK Telecom said Monday that their proposal for standardizing industry-wide technologies for AI data centers has recently been approved as a new research project by a UN telecom agency. The ITU-T, a division of the UN-affiliated International Telecommunication Union, is responsible for studying and establishing electrical and telecom standards, with over 900 entities from around 190 member countries joining. "The ITU-T's endorsement of our new standardization project not only underscores the international community's recognition of the importance of AI DC-related technologies but also affirms our extensive AI R&D capabilities in this field,” said Lee Jong-min, vice president and head of future R&D at SK Telecom. “We aim to finalize the AI DC standard specifications through the collective expertise of SK Group and global partners." SK Telecom said the demand for international standards for AI data center-related technologies has been on the rise, as the increased workloads not only lead to higher energy consumption but also prompt operational inefficiency across industries. The company’s new proposal aims to revise ITU-T’s existing SG 11 requirements and protocols. The proposal is designed to enhance the interconnection and integration of the fundamental technological components that constitute AI data centers, providing a standardized framework that spans various aspects of data center technologies, including signaling methods and usage. Moreover, the proposal systematically defines and categorizes the setup into three primary modules based on their functions and roles: AI Infrastructure, Management and Resource Allocation. Each module is tailored to specific aspects of data center operations: AI Infrastructure focuses on AI computing, cooling technologies, and security; Management deals with the oversight of AI DC infrastructure; and Resource Allocation is linked to the virtualization, allocation, and authentication of resources. Now, SK Telecom is set to work with other member companies to further refine and develop detailed measures concerning data types, interconnection architecture and other aspects. Once these standards are discussed and ultimately adopted through future ITU-T meetings, the standardization proposal will be formalized as a global standard. Source: https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20240513050533 

2024.05.14

[News Article] 대한항공, 美 글로벌 트래블러 선정…“최고의 일등석 기내식 항공사”

대한항공, 美 글로벌 트래블러 선정…“최고의 일등석 기내식 항공사”   헤럴드경제 김성우 기자 - 대한항공은 세계적인 여행전문지 ‘글로벌 트래블러’가 주관하는 ‘2024 레저 앤 라이프스타일 트래블 어워즈’에서 일등석 기내식 메뉴 부문 최고상을 수상했다고 14일 밝혔다. 대한항공은 지난해 12월 글로벌 트래블러로부터 최고의 기내식을 수상한 바 있다. 올해 수상은 2년 연속 기내식 부문 수상에 해당한다. 대한항공은 현재 일등석 승객 대상으로 한국식 비빔밥, 매콤 소고기 갈비찜, 칠레 농어구이, 등심 스테이크 등 다양한 메뉴를 서비스 중이다. 글로벌 트래블러는 2004년 발간된 미주지역 항공·여행 전문 월간지다. 매년 온·오프라인 구독자를 대상으로 설문조사를 시행해 그 결과를 토대로 분야별 항공 및 여행과 관련한 다양한 분야의 업체들의 순위를 발표하고 있다. 서비스를 직접 이용해 본 소비자들이 설문에 참여한다는 점에서 신뢰도가 높다는 평가를 받는다. 대한항공은 최근 기내식 서비스 품질 향상에 박차를 가하고 있다. 지난해 초 전통 한식에 기반한 한국식 비건 메뉴를 선보이는 한편 프레스티지 클래스 승객 대상으로는 기내식 사전 주문 서비스도 도입했다. 또한 국제소믈리에협회 주관 ‘월드 베스트 소믈리에’(World’s Best Sommelier) 대회 최연소 챔피언 출신인 마크 알머트와 협업해 신규 와인을 50 여종 이상을 선정하고 서비스 중이다. 대한항공 관계자는 “앞으로도 다양한 기내식을 지속해서 개발해 새로운 맛을 추구하는 고객들의 만족도를 위해 품격 높은 기내서비스가 이루어질 수 있도록 적극 노력할 것”이라고 강조했다. 출처: https://news.heraldcorp.com/view.php?ud=20240514050163 

2024.05.14

[News Article] 두부, 세이프키즈와 ‘어린이 안전 동반자’ 협약 체결

두부, 세이프키즈와 ‘어린이 안전 동반자’ 협약 체결   이투데이 이상민 기자 - 영유아기 발달을 돕는 디지털 헬스케어 기업 ‘주식회사 두부(DUBU Inc.)’가 국제아동안전기구 세이프키즈코리아와 어린이 보건 강화 및 안전 사고 예방을 위한 ‘어린이 안전 동반자’ 협약을 체결했다고 14일 밝혔다. 이번 협약은 영유아 시기 느린 발달을 개선하는데 ‘조기 대응’과 부모가 직접 아이의 발달 훈련에 개입하는 ‘부모 실행 중재(PII: Parent-implemented Intervention)’의 중요성을 관련 기관·단체 및 양육자에게 알리기 위해 진행됐다. 어린이 보건에서 중요한 단계인 2세~7세 뇌 발달 골든타임을 놓치지 않도록 해 인지 발달 가능성을 높이고, 중증화를 예방해 건강하게 성장할 수 있는 기반을 마련한다는 취지다. 두부는 세이프키즈코리아를 통해 느린 발달 아이와 양육자를 대상으로 조기 대응 및 사고 예방 활동을 위한 인식 캠페인을 위해 협업한다. 가정에서도 느린 발달과 관련한 가이드와 솔루션을 보다 쉽게 접근할 수 있도록 지역별로 민관 협력 사례를 창출해 나간다는 목표다. 세이프키즈코리아는 두부의 어린이 안전 관련 전문성을 바탕으로, 느린 발달에 있어 ‘조기 대응’과 ‘부모 실행 중재’의 중요성을 관련 커뮤니티 및 기관에 알릴 수 있도록 협력한다. 두부 관계자는 “이번 협약을 통해 한국의 모든 영유아 및 어린이들이 인지 발달, 뇌 발달, 언어, 행동, 사회성 등 다양한 발달과 관련해 시기적절하고 충분한 중재를 제공받아 건강하게 성장할 수 있는 환경을 만들도록 노력하겠다”며 “두부는 앞으로 우리의 솔루션을 필요로 하는 더 많은 곳에 닿을 수 있도록 지자체 및 공공기관과 긴밀한 협업을 이어갈 것”이라고 말했다. 황의호 세이프키즈코리아 공동대표(전 연세대 의대 학장, 소아외과 전문의, 의학박사)는 "느린 발달 어린이는 상대적으로 사고 발생 확률이 높다. 느린 발달 치료의 골든타임은 영유아기"라면서 "느린 발달 어린이가 골든타임 중 디지털케어를 통해 사고를 겪지 않고 온전히 성인으로 성장하도록 두뇌 발달 전문 스타트업 '두부'와 협력하겠다"고 말했다. 한편 두부는 영유아 인지 훈련 과정을 디지털로 전환한 애플리케이션 형식의 헬스케어 솔루션 ‘두부팡’과 느린 발달 아이 양육자와 전문 치료사를 1대1로 매칭해 가정에서도 주 호소 증상에 대해 맞춤형 부모 실행 중재를 진행할 수 있도록 돕는 원격 홈 코칭 서비스 ‘두부홈즈’를 서비스하고 있다. 출처: https://www.etoday.co.kr/news/view/2359693 

2024.05.14