China Tech Digest: C919 Aims Delivery Within Year; Chip Shortage Hit Phone Makers


China’s C919 passenger aircraft expects first delivery within the year

On March 1, China Eastern Airlines Group Co., Ltd. and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China formally signed the C919 large passenger aircraft purchase contract in Shanghai.

This is also the world’s first official purchase contract for the domestically produced large aircraft C919. China Eastern Airlines will become the first airline to operate the C919 large passenger plane.

In accordance with the C919 large passenger aircraft purchase contract signed by both parties, China Eastern Airlines introduced five C919 large passenger aircraft in the first batch and strives to deliver the first one within this year.

As Chinese semiconductor manufacturers stepped up their purchases, the average price of second-hand manufacturing equipment rose by 20%

According to reports, Chinese semiconductor manufacturers are stepping up their purchases of old chip manufacturing equipment, pushing up prices in the Japanese second-hand chip equipment market.

A source at Mitsubishi UFJ Leasing Finance said: "Nearly 90% of the old chip manufacturing equipment seems to be sold in China." With the increase in global chip demand, even if not the most advanced chip manufacturing equipment is showing strong sales.

A source at a large leasing company said: "The price of second-hand equipment is rising every year. In the past year, the price has risen by an average of 20%." The price of core equipment such as lithography systems has tripled.

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: The government will strongly support the chip industry at the national level

According to the State Council Information Office website, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spokesperson Tian Yulong said that the development of the chip industry is facing opportunities and challenges.

It is necessary to strengthen cooperation on a global scale to jointly build a chip industry chain and make it more healthy and sustainable. The Chinese government will give vigorous support at the national level.

Hubble, an affiliate of Huawei, acquires a stake in Lixin Technology with a 20% stake

Recently, Shanghai Lixin Software Technology Co., Ltd. has undergone industrial and commercial changes, and a new shareholder, Hubble Technology Investment, which is a Huawei subsidiary, has a 20% shareholding ratio.

At the same time, the registered capital was increased from RMB 1 million to RMB 1,333,400. The business scope of Shanghai Lixin Software Technology Co., Ltd. includes technology development, technology consulting, technology service, technology transfer, software development in the field of software technology.

Shanghai’s "New Infrastructure" key tasks announced in 2021: Speed ​​up the formulation of the city’s data center "14th Five-Year" construction plan

According to a Shanghai announcement, Shanghai’s “new infrastructure” key tasks in 2021 will cover 26 tasks in 5 areas, including the construction of 10,000 5G macro base stations, 30,000 new public, private, and special-purpose charging piles, 15 taxi car charging demonstration stations, 5 hydrogen refueling stations, and 20,000 smart meter replacements.

Shanghai will build a first-class super-large-scale artificial intelligence computing and empowerment platform in the Asia-Pacific, explore the construction of the "International Data Port" Internet facility system in the new Lingang area, and accelerate the formulation of the city’s data center "14th Five-Year Plan" construction plan.

Autohome passed the Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing hearing

According to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange documents, Auto Home passed the Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing hearing.

Global image sensor shipments are expected to reach 7.99 billion units in 2021

According to Qunzhi Consulting, global image sensor shipments will reach approximately 7.99 billion units in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 4%. Among them, the shipment of smartphone camera sensors was approximately 5.89 billion, a year-on-year increase of 4%.

The Civil Aviation Administration responded to the issue of Boeing 737MAX: technical review has not yet entered the stage of certification test flight in China

On March 1, Dong Zhiyi, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, in response to a question about the Boeing 737MAX aircraft’s return to flight in China, said that China’s civil aviation has repeatedly expressed the principles of the return, that is, the design modification of the aircraft must be approved.

For airworthiness approval, the pilot must regain sufficient and effective flight training, the conclusions of the two previous accidents must be clear, and the improvement measures must be effective.

Judging from the previous situation, the major safety concerns raised by the Civil Aviation Administration of China have not yet been fully resolved, so the technical review has not yet entered the stage of certification test flight in China.

Ministry of Transport: China’s comprehensive transportation network will reach 700,000 kilometers

According to Li Xiaopeng, Minister of Transport, it is estimated that by 2035, the scale of China’s comprehensive transportation network will reach about 700,000 kilometers.

Among them, the railway is about 200,000 kilometers, the highway is about 460,000 kilometers, the high-grade waterway is about 25,000 kilometers, there are 27 major coastal ports, 36 major inland ports, about 400 civil transportation airports, and 80 postal express hubs.

Shanghai builds a model city for intellectual property rights, and takes the lead in foreign-related rights protection

The "Regulations of Shanghai Municipality on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights" were officially implemented today. Rui Wenbiao, director of the Shanghai Intellectual Property Office, said in an interview with reporters that Shanghai will take the lead in innovative intellectual property protection working mechanisms and dispute resolution, and foreign-related rights protection, and further promote the improvement of administrative law enforcement and judicial protection linkage mechanisms.

According to reports, Shanghai supports the Pudong New Area to build a model city for intellectual property rights and is the first to explore the establishment of a unified management and enforcement system for intellectual property rights.

Tesla Shanghai GigaFactory expansion is expected to further increase

Following the completion and commissioning of Tesla’s Shanghai super charging pile factory in early February, Tesla’s Shanghai GigaFactory may also be expanded again.

On March 1, a land transfer announcement was posted on the official website of the Shanghai Land Exchange. The information showed that the land plot covers an area of ​​461,142.40 square meters and is located in the Lingang Heavy Equipment Industrial Zone of the Free Trade Zone.

The permitted industry type is new energy. For vehicle manufacturing, the investment intensity is not less than 14925 yuan/square meter. This piece of land is extremely likely to be used for the expansion of the Tesla factory.

SoftBank’s Internet subsidiary plans to invest US$4.7 billion in technology in the next 5 years

SoftBank’s Internet subsidiary Z Holdings announced on Monday that it will invest 500 billion yen (approximately US$4.7 billion) in technology in the next five years, with a focus on artificial intelligence.

Z Holdings said in a statement that the company aims to reach 2 trillion yen in revenue and 225 billion yen in operating income by 2023.

The Personal Bankruptcy Regulations of the Special Economic Zone will be implemented today, the first personal bankruptcy regulations in China

This morning, China’s first personal bankruptcy management agency, the Shenzhen Bankruptcy Management Office, was officially inaugurated. From March 1, the "Regulations on Personal Bankruptcy of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone" came into effect. This is China’s first personal bankruptcy law.

Huawei EMUI11 system upgrade users have exceeded 100 million so far

Huawei’s EMUI official WeChat account today revealed that EMUI11 system upgrade users have exceeded 100 million so far, and officially announced: "The next stop is HarmonyOS".

Tencent Cloud will set up a data center in Bahrain

Tencent Cloud and the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Economic Development Committee formally signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation. The two parties announced that they would jointly promote the development of the local data center industry and cloud computing technology to help Bahrain become a cloud service regional center in the Middle East and North Africa.

At the same time, Tencent Cloud will set up its first cloud computing data center in the Middle East and North Africa region in Bahrain, and it is expected to go online at the end of 2021.

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: 6G is currently in the exploratory stage

Xiao Yaqing, Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that 6G is currently in the exploratory stage. The Ministry is also interacting with the international community to promote common standards, long-term requirements, and technological maturity.

SAIC Motor Group suggest to increase the localization rate of automotive-grade chips, and increase support for the automotive-grade chip industry

Representative Chen Hong, chairman of SAIC Motor, suggested that on the basis of the support policies for consumer-level chip companies, increase support for the automotive-level chip industry, so that vehicle and component companies "willing to use, dare to use, and actively use" domestic chips.

China should introduce support policies focusing on automotive-grade chips, including R&D and production line investment subsidies at all levels, subsidies for the first set of applications, to reduce corporate investment and product prices; and encourage insurance companies to design product liability insurance, and provide domestic chips for the entire vehicle.

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: By the end of 2020, China’s mobile broadband user penetration rate will reach 108%

Today, data released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show that by the end of 2020, the penetration rate of fixed broadband households in China has reached 96%, and the penetration rate of mobile broadband users has reached 108%.

"chip shortage" affects the mobile phone industry chain, and Xiaomi 11’s prices continue to rise amid shortage

Whether it is on the official website of Xiaomi or JD’s self-operated platform, Xiaomi Mi 11 is out of stock, and consumers need to make an appointment to purchase it.

A Xiaomi distributor revealed: "Our lowest price was 3940 yuan a year ago, and it will increase by one or two hundred after the year. Due to tight supply, the price of Xiaomi 11 has increased. Yesterday it was still 4110 yuan, and today’s price has become 4140 yuan."

Xiaomi’s phones are in shortage reportedly due to a shortage of chips.

Former chip startup founder Yao Song launched SEE Fund, aiming at early investment in technology

A new fund "SEE Fund" initiated by the founder and CEO of Chinese chip startup DeePhi Technology, Yao Song, has recently completed the first fund raising of 200 million yuan. In addition to Yao Song, the founding team of SEE Fund also has He Jinglai, who also has a Tsinghua background, as the managing partner.

Mobile phone chips are in short supply, and Qualcomm’s delivery period has been extended to more than 30 weeks

It has been learned from mobile phone manufacturers that, as the market with the largest amount of semiconductor chips, mobile phone chips are in a "completely out of stock" state.

Some people in the mobile phone supply chain said that Qualcomm’s full range of material delivery time has been extended to more than 30 weeks, and the delivery cycle of CSR Bluetooth audio chips has reached more than 33 weeks.

In addition, mobile phone manufacturers including Huawei, OPPO, vivo and OnePlus are all increasing the stock of mobile phone products, which will undoubtedly increase the imbalance between chip supply and demand.

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