SK Innovation will pay $ 1.8 billion to LG Energy Solution to stay in the US market

(Igor Golovniov

As previously reported, two South Korean electric vehicle battery makers reached a last-minute resolution to a bitter U.S. trade dispute, freeing President Joe Biden from having to choose between infringing intellectual property rights and hitting the country’s electrical efforts.

(Igor Golovniov | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images)

(Igor Golovniov | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images)

According to a joint statement from the two companies, SK Innovation has agreed to pay LG Energy Solution (a division of LG Chem) a sizable amount of KRW 2 trillion (about $ 1.8 billion). The fees are split equally in cash and royalties.

As noted in the aforementioned joint statement, the companies will strive to work to help the development of the electric vehicle industry in South Korea and the United States through healthy competition and friendly cooperation. In particular, we will work together to strengthen the battery network as part of the environmentally friendly policy pursued by President Biden’s administration., – the company was told.

(PR Newswire)

The agreement will enable SK Innovation to avoid a 10-year ban on US battery imports and end a two-year dispute between the two companies. The import ban threatened to complicate the production of the new Ford Motor F-150 pickup truck and Volkswagen AG ID.4 SUV – both electric vehicles are set to begin mass production next year and should use batteries assembled at SK Innovation’s Georgia plant.

This standoff became a political issue for Joe Biden because it threatened up to 6,000 battery manufacturing jobs in Georgia and prompted two Democratic senators and the Republican governor of the state to urge the president to intervene. One of the senators faces re-election next year.


“This peace agreement is a victory for American workers and the American auto industry.”– said Mr. Biden on Sunday. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai noted that the deal followed through significant efforts by the administration of the President of the United States.

SK and LG have also agreed to withdraw all lawsuits filed in South Korea and overseas, according to the statement. Moreover, the companies agreed not to take any legal action against each other for the next 10 years.

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Lenovo, following Dell, began to tie AMD processors to its products / ServerNews

Lenovo, following Dell, began to tie AMD processors to its products / ServerNews

ServeTheHome has confirmed that Lenovo is using AMD Platform Secure Boot (PSB) to bind AMD processors to its hardware. This means that if the processor was launched once as part of the platform with the necessary PSB settings, then it cannot be used in systems from other manufacturers. It is almost impossible to “untie” such a CPU.

In particular, this feature effectively blocks the CPU from being used on another motherboard, or at least on a non-original motherboard. AMD PSB uses AMD’s Secure Processor SoC for hardware Root-of-Trust and other security features. PSB is not enabled by default, but every OEM is free to use it as they see fit.

Processors are also unlocked by default and can be used on any platform. If it turns out to be a system with an activated PSB, then the information about the key that signs the firmware, BIOS / UEFI of the OEM vendor will be tightly “wired” into the CPU. This allows you to create a reliable trusted boot chain, starting from hardware and ending with the OS, which not only protects against tampering with the system, but also prevents, for example, the possibility of theft of processors.

However, if the system is upgraded by installing a different CPU, the old one actually turns into e-waste, unless it falls into the hands of someone who already has a compatible system. If the motherboard fails, the owner will have to buy a new motherboard from the same manufacturer. And this applies not only to servers – AMD PSB allows you to “tie” not only EPYC, but also AMD Ryzen Pro (Renoir and Cezanne) and Threadripper Pro.

Dell was the first to use PSB to bind processors to its hardware back in the days of the AMD EPYC 7001. Lenovo followed suit and also began using PSB in off-the-shelf systems. In turn, HPE said it does not use CPU binding. Other large vendors, as a rule, also do not activate processor binding by default, but they can enable it at the request of the customer.