Daily Archives: November 26, 2015

Hisense lance la première puce pour moteur graphique indépendamment développée en Chine

Le destin des entreprises chinoises réside dans leur appropriation de la technologie de base qui optimise les produits qu’elles fabriquent. Cette appropriation commence par la puce du produit, le « cœur » qui dynamise la plupart des ensembles d’équipement.

QINGDAO, Chine, 25 novembre 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense Group a annoncé aujourd’hui la mise à disposition officielle de son téléviseur intelligent équipé de la puce pour moteur graphique de niveau SOC indépendamment développée par la société. Après le lancement en 2005 de la première puce de téléviseur couleur indépendamment développée en Chine, cette annonce signale une autre réalisation et met un terme à l’ère durant laquelle la Chine dépendait de tiers extérieurs pour la puce TV couleur.

Hisense Launches China’s First Independently-developed Graphics Engine Chip.

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« La puce améliore de manière significative la gamme dynamique de l’écran TV LCD ainsi que le rapport de contraste dynamique, la gamme de couleurs, la définition et la fluidité de mouvement. Elle est le résultat de la production industrielle en Chine des appareils électroniques, des puces génériques haut de gamme et des logiciels de base », a déclaré le Dr Zhong Sheng, directeur de la recherche et du développement des puces chez Hisense.

« Un vendeur sans ses propres puces sera toujours un fournisseur de deuxième classe et ne peut pas définir ses produits d’origine », a ajouté Zhou Houjian, président du Hisense Group. Avec ce dernier modèle de puce, Hisense accède au statut de vendeur de classe mondiale. La Société devient un définisseur et un leader des technologies mondiales de télévision, à côté de Sony et de Samsung. Dans les marchés TV de moyenne et haute gamme, la Société figurait déjà parmi les trois principaux fabricants internationaux.

Les téléviseurs haut de gamme sont équipés d’une puce maîtresse et d’une puce TCOM. Avec la prévalence des puces-sources de 4K et 8K et les critères de radiodiffusion et de résolution des médias de vidéo en continu, les écrans plus grands exigent des puces pour moteurs graphiques. La combinaison des trois puces peut grandement améliorer les performances informatiques grâce à un fonctionnement interdépendant et simultané. Hisense est la première société chinoise à tirer parti des trois puces et à avoir développé indépendamment une puce pour moteur graphique de niveau SOC à des coûts de production beaucoup plus faibles que ceux de produits similaires dans d’autres pays, ce qui augmente sa compétitivité sur le marché.

Le Dr Huang Weiping, président de Hisense Hiview, a révélé que la stratégie de la Société vise à optimiser son activité LED. Le lancement de la puce pour moteur graphique permettra d’améliorer encore la compétitivité de son meilleur produit de moteur graphique, la technologie ULED. La Société prévoit de produire 1 million de puces pour moteur graphique au cours de la première année. En plus des applications maison, Hisense compte introduire la puce pour moteur graphique dans les secteurs de la surveillance médicale, du dessin et du cinéma.

Hisense Launches China’s First Independently-developed Graphics Engine Chip

The destiny of Chinese companies lies in the ownership of the core technology that drives the products they produce. Such ownership starts with the product’s chip, the “heart” that powers most complete sets of equipment.

QINGDAO, China, Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire — Hisense Group today announced the official availability of its smart television featuring the company’s independently-developed SOC-level graphics engine chip. This marks another achievement following its launch of China’s first independently-developed color TV chip in 2005, ending the era during which China had been dependent on third parties outside of the country for the color TV chip.

Hisense Launches China’s First Independently-developed Graphics.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151124/290892

“The chip significantly improves the dynamic range of the LCD TV screen as well as the dynamic contrast ratio, color gamut, definition and fluency of movement. It is the result of the industrial production of core electronic devices, high-end generic chips and basic software in China,” said Dr. Zhong Sheng, director of chip research and development at Hisense.

“A vendor without their own chips would always be a second-class vendor and cannot define its original products,” said Zhou Houjian, chairman of Hisense Group. The latest chip product elevates Hisense to the status of a world-class vendor, making it a definer and leader of the world’s television display technologies, in addition to Sony and Samsung. The company had already become one of the top three manufacturers in the global middle- and high-end television market.

High-end televisions are equipped with a master chip and a TCOM chip. With the prevalence of 4K and 8K chip sources and broadcasting and resolution needs of video streaming media, larger screens require graphics engine chips. The combination of the three chips can significantly improve the computing performance through interdependent and simultaneous operation. Hisense is the first Chinese company leveraging the three chips and independently developed the SOC-level graphics engine chip at production costs far lower than those of similar products in other countries, increasing its market competitiveness.

Dr. Huang Weiping, chairman of Hisense Hiview, revealed that the company’s strategy is to optimize its LED business. The introduction of the graphics engine chip will further improve the core competitiveness of its previous best graphics engine product, the ULED. The company is expected to produce 1 million graphics engine chips during the first year. In addition to home applications, Hisense aims to introduce the graphics engine chip to the medical, drawing and movie monitoring sectors.

Inspur collabore avec l’Afrique afin d’aborder l’avenir de l’informatique en nuage

JOHANNESBURG, 25 novembre 2015 /PRNewswire/ — La Conférence commerciale Chine-Afrique sera organisée le 3 décembre à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud. Le président chinois Xi Jinping, plusieurs chefs d’États et de gouvernements africains, des dirigeants de l’Union africaine, et un certain nombre d’organisations régionales et militaires participeront à cet événement. Sun Pishu, président et PDG d’Inspur, a été invité à participer à la Conférence commerciale Chine-Afrique, et prononcera un discours introductif. Il exprimera ses points de vue uniques sur la promotion de l’industrialisation africaine grâce aux technologies de l’information, avec pour objectif de faire progresser l’industrialisation de l’Afrique.

Inspur participe activement au développement local des technologies de l’information en Afrique grâce à sa riche expérience en développement d’infrastructures d’information ainsi qu’en technologies avancées, et considère le marché africain comme une région stratégique importante pour l’internationalisation d’Inspur.

À l’heure actuelle, les solutions TI globales et les produits clés d’informatique en nuage d’Inspur sont largement utilisés dans plusieurs domaines tels que les gouvernements, l’éducation, les soins de santé, la fiscalité et les entreprises dans de nombreux pays africains parmi lesquels l’Afrique du Sud, le Nigeria, la Tanzanie, et la Tunisie. Inspur s’engage et participe dans plusieurs sessions de formation en sciences et technologies ainsi qu’en informatique en nuage entre la Chine et l’Afrique, améliorant ainsi les compétences basiques du personnel technique africain, et promouvant largement le processus d’industrialisation en Afrique. Grâce à ces démarches, la société a obtenu la reconnaissance et le soutien de gouvernements issus de plusieurs pays.

Lors de sa visite en Afrique, Sun Pishu, président et PDG d’Inspur, participera non seulement aux événements importants auxquels se joindra le président chinois Xi Jinping en Afrique, mais accompagnera également le président Xi et les responsables d’États africains participant à l’Exposition du secteur de la fabrication d’équipements Chine-Afrique. Lors de cette exposition, Inspur dévoilera ses meilleurs produits et solutions d’informatique en nuage, s’efforcera de promouvoir la sensibilisation des clients et invités africains autour de la puissance globale majeure d’Inspur en matière d’informatique en nuage, et présentera les 70 années d’existence glorieuse d’Inspur.

Global investor buys major stake in Nigeria’s Sigma

LAGOS: ACTIS, a global pan-emerging markets investor, has acquired a majority stake in Sigma Pensions in a transaction valued at US$62 million. Sigma is a leading pension fund administrator (PFA) in Nigeria. Natalie Kolbe, Partner at Actis, said building on their extensive experience in the asset management and distribution sector, they were excited to be investing behind a growing consumer demand for future financial protection and well-being in Nigeria.

“In Sigma, we have identified a well-managed, solid business with ‘best in industry’ back office, IT and operational systems and excellent customer service that can leverage these underlying secular trends,” she said. Tony Abakisi, Investment Principal from Actis’ Lagos office, said Sigma sat in an under-penetrated, well-regulated market and had excellent growth prospects.

The pensions industry in Nigeria remains significantly underpenetrated, with pension assets constituting only about 5 percent of gross domestic product. “We are excited to be investing in the Nigerian PFA industry and to be partnering with Mr Modibbo and a great management team to support growth initiatives, including extending the core business, enhancing the brand, and creating a platform for further expansion within Nigeria,” said Abakisi. Umaru Modibbo, is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Pensions.

He was delighted to welcome Actis as a new partner. “They understand our business and bring deep asset management and distribution expertise, as well as an unrivalled track record in Africa. With Actis’ help, we look forward to continuing our growth trajectory and creating more opportunities,” said Modibbo. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Abuja, Sigma was one of Nigeria’s first PFAs and now has over 650 000 registered customers. Working from 11 offices and 32 service centres, it administers and invests funds on behalf of its customer base which spans the entire country.

Actis is one of the biggest financial services investors in Africa with over $570m invested in the space; over $1 billion invested in financial services globally and some $3 billion invested across African businesses overall.

SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY

Minister Edna Molewa welcomes arrest of suspected rhino poachers

The Minister of Environmental Affairs Mrs Edna Molewa, welcomes the arrest of 12 suspects including three police officers for alleged rhino poaching this week. The suspects were arrested by a multi-disciplinary and intelligence operation led by the Hawks in Gauteng and North West provinces.

The arrest is indicative of government’s commitment to fight the on-going scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma visited the Kruger National Park, which is the epicentre of the poaching epidemic. President Zuma opened the Mission Area Joint Operations Center – the latest weapon in our arsenal to combat this crime.

“Government acknowledges that environmental crime – and poaching in particular – does more than threaten the South Africa’s natural resources. It also results in financial burden and loss of economic and development opportunities in our country,” says Minister Molewa.

Environmental crime is a real threat to security and the rule of law, not least of all in the same communities the poachers operate in. Such criminality threatens the livelihoods of our people at a very fundamental level, it tears families apart, and it results in loss of support and causes a host of social problems.

In 2014 rhino poaching was declared a national priority crime in South Africa and has resulted in a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral approach focused on collaboration through our National Security Structure.

Some of these structures operate horizontally and vertically and involve Police structures, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), intelligence community, park rangers, Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs), border and customs officials, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and private rhino owners.

“We retain the utmost confidence that this multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral approach is successful as we continue to register a number of successes in our fight against poaching, especially with regards to the dismantling and disruption of criminal syndicates,” says Minister Molewa.

In terms of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros, as approved by Cabinet last year, the closer coordination of operations between departments has been key to all our anti-poaching efforts.

To further boost local joint collaborative effort at a national level, South Africa continues to work with regional and international enforcement networks such as the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), the CITES Secretariat and Interpol.

Through working with these bodies government is able to strengthen its priority actions at a national level as well as harness the support of international partners for those priorities that involve transnational syndicates.

South Africa has and will continue to play a key role on the Advisory Board of INTERPOL’s Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee. Last week, Minister Molewa attended the 2nd Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference in Singapore.

The Conference provided an important opportunity for countries affected by wildlife crime to take stock, as well as to identify further strategies to address the challenges we face.

The importance of global intelligence exchange among police, other investigating authorities and non-governmental organizations to support successful investigations was stressed.

A global action plan is being developed that will emphasise the recommendations put forward by the more than 140 high-level experts from 50 countries and 20 international organizations attending the conference.

It will focus on four main areas:

Multi-agency cooperation;

Increasing capability through training;

Awareness raising; and

Strengthening of legislative and regulatory mechanisms.

South Africa will ensure that we focus on the implementation of the actions once the plan is finalised. This we will align with the objectives of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros.

Compulsory Interventions such as the disruption of criminal activities and organised crime networks. This entails a multi-sectoral approach focused on collaboration through our national security forces and systems

Strengthening the capacity of the Criminal Justice System through training of officials.

Long-term sustainability measures aimed at growing rhino numbers and populations. This involves among others translocations to other range States as well as to safer areas in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent and the world;

Stronger collaboration with Private Sector and the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Sector.

The enhanced use of technology as well as the introduction of new technologies; especially in the Kruger National Park where our Mission Joint Operations Center is located.

Enhanced Border Management Systems

Improving overall communication and information sharing

The enhancement of International partnerships and collaboration through well-structured Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the rhino range states, transit and end-user countries such as Mozambique, Cambodia, Vietnam and China who we already have MOUs with

The implementation of our MoU with Mozambique in particular is well underway as both sides continue to implement anti-poaching strategies that include village resettlements on the Mozambican side, and the launch of a special Police Unit for Natural Resource and Environment Protection in Mozambique. South Africa will also soon hand over much needed anti-poaching equipment to Mozambique including a light aircraft to provide aerial support during anti-poaching operations.

The Department of Environmental Affairs has long emphasised that people are the cornerstone of conservation. By facilitating the creation of sustainable livelihoods for communities and giving them a stake in the management of wildlife, they will be less vulnerable to recruitment by poaching syndicates. It is for this reason that the DEA continues to facilitate the creation of alternative livelihoods for vulnerable communities. The recently adopted Biodiversity Economy Strategy is just one of a raft of measures introduced to enable communities to reap the benefits of conservation by making them partners in the management of wildlife.

“Combating rhino poaching is not the responsibility of government alone. I therefore want to make a call once again for all South Africans to join government in protecting one of Africa’s iconic species. We owe it to the next generations of South Africans to succeed in our efforts,” Minister Molewa urges South Africans.

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SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS