Korea and Netherlands agree to cooperate in agro sector

Korea has agreed with the Netherlands to cooperate in agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Thursday.  Agriculture Minister Lee Dong-phil signed a memorandum of understanding with his Dutch counterpart Sharon Dijksma to enhance exchanges and cooperation in agricultural policies, the ministry said.

When it comes to agriculture policy, the Netherlands, the second largest exporter of agricultural and food products in the world after the U.S., has been a benchmark nation for Korea in that the country has advanced competitiveness in the agriculture sector, overcoming disadvantageous conditions for agro-businesses due in part to small land size. The ministry said the two governments will develop co-projects not only in policy but also in research and development activities. Combining the nation’s advanced information and technology with the agricultural sector is one of top policy priorities of the ministry.

Source: Korea Herald.

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Top smartphone makers consider water-cooled tech

Overheating of smartphones is increasingly becoming a problem as users worldwide stay connected longer and more frequently with high-speed fourth-generation Long Term Evolution services. In response, some of the top smartphone makers are expected to incorporate a high-precision water-cooled pipe technology into future devices, according to cooling module manufacturers.

Samsung Electronics, Apple and HTC have recently shown interest in adopting the new cooling technology for their future models. The conventional graphite and foil cooling method currently being used in smartphones fails to effectively dissipate heat generated by the device’s core parts. In May, Japanese tech corporation NEC released the first Android-based water-cooled smartphone ― Medias X06E ― with a 0.6-millimeter cooling pipe in the chip.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

LG to mass-produce flexible displays

2013_06_flex_displayLG Display is expected to solidify its leadership in the display market as it will mass-produce a new flexible smartphone panel for major clients from the fourth quarter of this year. Technicians and researchers at LG say this new development is an effort to meet growing demand for innovative business solutions.

LG spokesman Frank Lee said that his company is looking to meet “the rapid need for display advancements.” Lee stressed upcoming flexible displays, which are bendable and unbreakable, could be the next innovation in display-making technology. According to the company, LG is investing in flexible displays for mobile devices and new high-tech panels, called organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, which support ultra high-definition (UHD).

“We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year,” the company said in a statement to The Korea Times. Company officials said its E2 line at its display complex in Paju is going to handle the production of flexible displays.

For full article, see Korea Times.

Computer mouse delivers sensory info to users

2013_06_touchmouse South Korean researchers have developed a computer mouse that generates a sense of touch in cyberspace, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said on Wednesday. The Center for Mass and Related Quantities in the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science has developed the world’s first computer mouse that delivers touch information to users.

The device allows users to feel coldness and the choppiness of a river on the screen by touching the pad attached to the mouse when they move the cursor to the picture. At the heart of the new technology is a “multi-sense display device,” which provides multiple characteristics of a certain material at once such as friction, intensity, temperature and roughness.

Lead researcher Park Yeon-kyu said that when the technology was fully developed customers would be able to feel the texture of products before making online purchases.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

Cloned dogs given to 119 services

Two dogs cloned by former stem-cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk will be donated to the National 119 Rescue Service. The service, which is one of the affiliated organizations of the National Emergency Management Agency, said Monday that it will receive the dogs under an agreement with the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation where Hwang is chief technology officer.

Sooam Biotech signed a memorandum of understanding with National 119 Rescue Service on Dec. 26, 2012, on the preservation of pedigree rescue dogs by a technology called somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning. The agreement is intended to shorten the training period for rescue dogs and raise their training success rate.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

KT to invest W3 trillion in ‘network revolution’

Lee Suk-chae, chairman and CEO of telecommunications giant KT, vowed Tuesday to develop more content-oriented revenue sources, saying it can’t survive by only sticking to its conventional business models. He said the nation’s dominant fixed-line operator is going to spend 3 trillion won by 2017 on a “network revolution” in a strategy to offer creative contents and services that run on faster networks.

In detail, the company plans to invest 2.5 trillion won in backbone networks, while the remaining 500 billion won will be used to speed up networks for households.

For full article, see Korea Times.

SK Hynix develops new DRAM

2013_06_hynix_dramSK Hynix, the world’s No. 2 chipmaker, on Monday said it planned to mass produce 8-gigabit LPDDR3 mobile DRAM chips as early as the end of this year. Developed as the world’s first 8-gigabit product in its class, the LPDDR3 was created by applying 20-nanometer-class technology, and is more advanced than the 4-gigabit LPDDR3 being produced by Samsung Electronics.

SK Hynix’s newest product features high density, high speed and low power consumption, which together make for an ideal memory product, company officials said. “With the development of this high-density LPDDR3 using 20nm class, SK Hynix is now able to supply a top-performance product suitable for mobile devices to the market,” said senior vice president Richard Chin, the head of the firm’s global sales and marketing.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

Electronics giant renews focus on mobile development with newest facility

“For continued growth, we must aspire to become a creative company capable of leading change. Erecting our R5 institute was one such chance for precipitating the change and advancement required for becoming a truly creative company,” said Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung Electronics mobile unit chief. His speech was on the day Samsung held a ceremony for marking the move into Samsung’s newest mobile research institute, the R5, in Suwon, home to the world’s largest consumer electronics company and chipmaker.

Industry watchers said both the speech and the ceremony signaled that mobile products and services would continue to be the nerve center for Samsung, which this month celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “New Management Initiative” by chairman Lee Kun-hee. Research and development is cited as one of the most significant driving engines behind Samsung’s growth into a global electronics powerhouse.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

Korea IT sector breaks records in exports, trade surplus in May

South Korea logged its largest ever exports and trade surplus in the IT sector last month. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) said last Sunday the IT sector posted exports of $15.15 billion and a trade surplus of $8.27 billion in May, according to Yonhap News.

The exports jumped 17.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) and trade surplus 23.6 percent to break fresh monthly all-time highs. The previous monthly record exports in the IT sector stood at $14.54 billion in October last year and that of trade surplus at $7.84 billion in November in the same year.

The recent booming exports pushed the combined exports and trade surplus between January and May this year to record-highs of $67.97 billion and $35.07 billion respectively.

For full article, see Maeil Business.

Hanwha takes an outside-the-box approach to photovoltaic power

Hanwha Group, South Korea-based conglomerate that has adopted solar power as its next key growth propeller, has sealed the last deal of its vertical integration within the group. “Hanwha Chemical completed the construction of a polysilicon production line with an annual capacity of 10,000 tons at the Yeosu plant,” said an official at the group last Sunday. “We will conduct inspection by production process between early June and late this year, and start mass production in January next year.”

With the construction, the conglomerate has fully integrated the entire value chain of photovoltaic power: Hanwha Chemical manufactures primary component polysilicon; Hanwha Solarone handles secondary components ingots and wafer cells; Hanwha Solarone and Hanwha Q Cells manufacture cells and modules that make up solar panels, and; Hanwha Q Cells Korea partakes in bids and builds and operates photovoltaic power plants.

For full article, see Maeil Business.