3 Jun 2004:
CPT to countercharge LG.Philips for patent infringement case
Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) plans to counter LG.Philips LCD’s (LPL) accusation that CPT infringes LPL’s patent rights of notebook panels, said CC Liu, sales and marketing vice president of CPT.
International vendors expect WLAN to lead digital home market
International WLAN vendors including Atheros Communications, CyberTAN Technology and Texas Instruments (TI) forecast future WLAN standards will eventually solve problems like the lack of QoS (quality of service) support and bandwidth stability.
Moxa Technologies introduces the UC-7420 Universal Communicator at Computex Taipei 2004
Moxa Technologies, a manufacturer of data communications equipment, will be presenting a full product lineup of “Total Solutions for Industrial Device Networking” at Computex 2004.
MSI plans to launch V-series motherboards for entry-level market
Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to launch a new series of motherboards, called the V-series, for the entry-level motherboard market, aiming to compete with its peers that have already launched similar products, according to sources at the makers.
IT prodigy A-data to show off 533MHz DDR2 module at Computex
Three-year-old IT start-up A-data Technology enjoyed 2003 revenues of NT$13.4 billion, advancing to become the largest DRAM module maker in Taiwan. According to rankings provided by iSuppli, A-data is also the largest memory module maker in the Asia Pacific region.
Nvidia expects three-fold growth of global media center shipments in 2004
Global media center shipments should reach six million units this year, up three-fold from two million last year, said Huang Jen-hsun, president and CEO of Nvidia, at Computex 2004.
STMicroelectronics: Samsung welcomes ST to join NAND flash market
Samsung Electronics welcomes other industry players including STMicroelectronics (ST) into the NAND flash memory market as it may help to raise Samsung’s share in the market, said Frederick Fu, president of ST Taiwan, at the Computex Taipei (Taipei Int’l Information Technology Show) exhibition hall yesterday.
Foxconn plans “Foxconn Inside” brand promotion
With its own-brand motherboards, Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) is in the spotlight at this year’s Computex. However, the company seems to be reluctant to grab the limelight and its sales team has maintained a low profile during the exhibition, so far.
CTX exhibits P- and F- LCD monitor lines
CTX will launch its P- and F-lines of LCD monitors at Computex 2004. The two new lines share an efficient modern design, and will be targeted toward the European market.
GlobalSunTech shows full range of products for today’s Digital Home
The concept of a Digital Home has been around for many years, but the number of end user products and infrastructure devices that need to be developed and popularized remains the biggest barrier to the realization of this dream. GlobalSunTech (GST) is more than pulling its weight in the development of these products, with a range that includes mobile DVD players, Wi-Fi IP phones, wireless storage devices, wireless LAN and WAN combo devices, presentation gateways, Internet radios, Bluetooth dongles and many more.
BenQ to start delivering Joybook 7000 notebooks in July, aims to ship 500,000 LCD TVs in 2004
BenQ will start mass-producing its 14.1-inch wide-screen notebook, the Joybook 7000, in July, said Jerry Wang, company vice president and general manager of marketing and sales. The Joybook was highlighted at the company’s booth at Computex 2004.
ZOT print servers for the wireless office seen at Computex
Computex for Zero One Technology (ZOT) is a complete change from last year. The company’s stand is no longer crammed with the latest SOHO gateways, routers and firewall products. Print servers – both wired and wireless – have taken over.
Tatung shows off entertainment products, displays, Tablet PCs, servers and a videophone
Tatung’s theme at this year’s Computex is “Quality Living to Live Smart.” The company is displaying its full range of IT products that enable people to access and display digital content easily and pleasantly. The line of devices on display includes the Media Center Extender, Photo Jukebox, TV cards, PDP/LCD TVs, Tablet PCs and a broadband videophone.
Antek Networks offers VoIP gateway at Computex
Antek Networks is displaying a full range of VoIP gateways alongside a H.323/SIP proxy server product and a wireless IP phone at this year’s Computex. Due to late booking and a lack of other space, the company’s booth is situated in the Korean pavilion, away from other networking companies (Hall 1, booth B1225).
Notebooks to be at the center of the digital home
Although digital home products will hit the market in force soon, Quanta Computer sees the notebook PC as the best candidate to act as the home server, according to company chairman Barry Lam at the third annual IAFA 2004 (Information Appliances Forum Asia 2004). The conference was held during Computex 2004 on June 2.
NDC offers family of outdoor WLAN bridge products
National Datacomm Corporation (NDC) has built on its successful release of an outdoor 802.11b WLAN bridge last year with an expanded family of outdoor WLAN products. The expanded family now includes the 802.11b-compliant NWH9200 and NWH9210, 802.11g+-compliant NWH9250, and niche 2.5GHz compliant NWH9220 outdoor WLAN bridges, and the NWH9210AP outdoor access point.
Cellink to display Bluetooth headsets and handsfree devices at Computex 2004
Cellink, a manufacturer and designer of Bluetooth and RF wireless products, is promoting its Bluetooth wireless headsets and handsfree products at Computex 2004 (Hall I, C729, 731).
Huawei Technologies ranked as China’s No.1 software vendor in 2003
Huawei Technologies, a Chinese company, posted sales revenues of 6.22 billion yuan to become China’s largest provider of software products, systems integration and related consulting services in 2003, according to statistics published by China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) as reported by Taiwan’s Chinese-language Commercial Times.
Brief: Taiwan makers hesitate to offer new 3-megapixel CMOS digital camera models
Major manufacturers of CMOS digital cameras in Taiwan, while waiting for adequate supply of 5-megapixel CMOS image sensors to upgrade their products, are currently in a dilemma of whether to remodel existing 3-megapixel cameras. This is because the remodeling cost incurred will push up the prices of 3-megapixel CMOS cameras too close to that of CCD digital cameras with the same resolution, making them not competitive.
Planet Technology launches new network security products
Planet Technology, a Taiwan-based networking and telecommunications equipment vendor, plans to launch several new network security products through its international distributors, according to company CEO Jack Chen. Contribution to the company by the new products is likely to grow in the second half of this year, Chen added.
2 Jun 2004:
BenQ introduces new handsets at Computex 2004
BenQ is showing a variety of new handsets, including bar phones and smart phones, at Computex 2004.
Tyan releases latest four-way 64-bit Opteron server board
Tyan unveiled its new 4-way AMD Opteron platform at Computex today. The Thunder K8QS Pro (S4882) server board supports up to four AMD Opteron 800 Series Processors, a low latency high-bandwidth memory bus, and AMD’s Hyper Transport technology. The board has a PCI-X 133MHz bus, Ultra320 SCSI capability, serial ATA RAID support, and a built-in ATI Rage XL with 8MB of video RAM.
CMO: Investments in China not affected by People's Daily commentary
Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) made an announcement yesterday in response to the May 31 commentary of the People’s Daily that Hsu, Wen-long, chairman of CMO, is among the Taiwanese businessmen that the China government does not welcome as an investor.
Computex lures major exhibitors; relocation possible in 2007
With its increasing popularity, Computex Taipei this year has lured four new major international firms as exhibitors and massive amount of visitors.
AboCom to release new ExpressCard products at Computex 2004
AboCom Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of PCMCIA related cards in Taiwan, will release five new products developed exclusively for the ExpressCard at Computex 2004.
United Information Systems receives NT$7 billion orders from Taiwan TFT LCD makers
Taiwan-based clean room provider United Information Systems (UIS) has landed orders for sixth-generation (6G) plants from AU Optronics (AUO), Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and Quanta Display, according to sources. The sources also estimate that the company should receive a total of NT$7 billion for clean room and equipment orders.
Motorola to enter Asia-Pacific display market
Motorola is set to market FPD (flat panel display) products under its brand in the Asia-Pacific region by partnering with Taiwan-based Moxell Technology, according to Moxell Technology president Hardy Lin. Moxell Technology is a wholly owned subsidiary of Moxell.
Planet Technology introduces new wireless IP phone at Computex
Taiwan-based network equipment vendor Planet Technology is displaying its VIP-151W wireless IP phone at Computex 2004. The handheld-design device supports the 802.11b WLAN standard and has built-in 64- and 128-bit WEP (wired equivalent privacy).
Multifunctional LCD TVs at Computex 2004
Taiwan-based Winsonic, Webpro Technologies and Insight Solutions are all showing their multifunctional LCD TVs at Computex 2004.
Gigabyte: Motherboard demand to pick up in 3Q, to begin shipping LCD TVs in September
Motherboard demand will definitely pick up in the third quarter but growth may not be as high as the 15-20% that the market anticipated, stated chairman and president of Gigabyte Technology, Dandy Yeh, while visiting the Computex 2004 show yesterday.
Gartner expects DRAM bit growth to slow down
The worldwide DRAM market is slowing down due to the weakening PC market, warned Richard Gordon, research vice president with Gartner Dataquest, yesterday.
Distinctively designed peripherals at Computex
A variety of distinctively designed peripherals, including keyboards, mice, MP3 players, and speakers, are competing for the spotlight at Computex 2004.
Despite rising competition, Premier Image keeps aim at 2004 profit goal
Premier Image Technology, Taiwan’s largest digital camera maker, still intends to pursue its 2004 pretax profit goal of NT$3.2 billion set earlier this year, even though smaller Taiwanese makers have launched a cutthroat price war in order to compete for orders, company president Cliff Liu pointed out at an interview after the end of the company’s 2004 shareholders meeting on June 1.
Computex sees new Intel chipsets on mobos – will sales follow?
Despite motherboard makers showcasing products using Intel's 915 and 925 chipsets, demand for these products is not likely to pick up rapidly in the second half of this year, said Dandy Yeh, chairman and president of Gigabyte Technology.
Asustek, Gigabyte and MSI showcase wireless routers at Computex
Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International are all highlighting wireless broadband routers at Computex 2004.
SiS has no plans to withdraw from entry-level chipset market: CEO
Daniel Chen, president and CEO of Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), yesterday denied a market report that SiS is withdrawing from the entry-level chipset market. Instead, SiS will continue to introduce entry-level chipsets that fully comply with clients’ specifications while creating profits for the company.
Taiwan TFT LCD makers to recruit additional R&D staff
Taiwan-based TFT LCD makers, including AU Optronics (AUO), Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and HannStar Display, all have ambitious recruitment plans in 2004. The companies plan to increase their R&D workforce by 600-700 people.
National Semiconductor launches new interface architecture for LCD TVs
National Semiconductor today announced its new point-to-point differential signaling (PDPS™) digital interface architecture and chipset for LCD TVs at Taipei’s Grand Hyatt hotel during Computex Taipei. National claims that the new PPDS architecture enables cinema-quality display performance and smaller bezels on LCD TVs up to 90 inches (measured diagonally). The architecture has been designed to simplify the intra-panel interconnect and reduces the total number of column driver input signals by up to 50%. The company is actively working with TV designers and technology partners to drive adoption of the architecture as a new standard for LCD TVs.
Senao wireless IP phone seamlessly integrates voice and data communications
Senao International has leveraged its extensive experience in wireless communications, cordless phones, Internet connectivity and wireless LAN technology to launch the SI-7800H wireless IP phone. Announced at the beginning of May, this brand-new product is set to attract a lot of attention at Computex 2004.
CMC Magnetics exhibits PAV recorders at Computex 2004
Taiwan’s largest optical disc producer, CMC Magnetics, has extended its product line to digital audio/video devices. At Computex 2004, CMC will present a portable PAV (personal audio/video) recorder and a karaoke Station, a portable personal karaoke player, according to company IA Director Colin Chien.
BenQ shows three SOE winners at Computex 2004
BenQ is one of Taiwan’s leading brands in networking lifestyle devices, including displays, storage and imaging solutions, and wireless and broadband access devices. At this year’s Computex, the company is showing its full range of products, including three SOE winners: the P30 smartphone, 5250C flatbed scanner and Joybee 610 DVD player.
Atheros expects rising shipments of 802.11a/g chips this year
WLAN device vendor Atheros Communications estimated an increase in shipments of 802.11a/g chipsets in the first quarter of this year, according to president and CEO Craig Barratt.
CEO IJ Lee introduces Senao International
Senao International celebrated its 25th year in the promotion of own-brand wireless networking products at the end of May. With brand positioning as a wireless solutions provider, Senao promotes its product lines under both the Senao brand and the brand of its wholly-owned subsidiary in the US, EnGenius. In addition to own-brand manufacturing, the company also offers ODM manufacturing services and has been ranked highly by Business Week in both the service and manufacturing sectors. With its worldwide presence and recognition, customers and partners are guaranteed competitive time to market with a full range of advanced product solutions.
AMD unveils four 64-bit processors at Computex Taipei
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) yesterday unveiled four high-end 64-bit processors – the Athlon 64 FX-53, Athlon 64 3800+, Athlon 64 3700+ and Athlon 64 3500+ – at the Computex Taipei show, which runs from June 1-5.
MSI’s MEGA 865 wins SOE award
In this year’s SOE awards, three of Taiwan’s top four motherboard makers have won awards for system products: Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte Technology. While Asustek won awards for a motherboard and a notebook and Gigabyte won for a home entertainment center, a mini PC and a notebook MSI joined the ranks with a mini PC positioned as an entertainment platform and the only Tablet PC in the competition – the MSI Pen Note 3100.
Sales of new phone models to increase market share for Nokia in Taiwan
Nokia recently launched three new handset models in Taiwan, the 6230, the 3120 and the 7200. The company said that sales of the three models are expected to increase its market shares in Taiwan over the 11.3% it recorded in March.
Buy a graphics card, get a backpack! Tul’s PowerColor X800 Pro Assassin edition
At the beginning of May, Tul Corporation (formerly CP Technology) launched the PowerColor X800 Pro Assassin edition graphics card with a distinct differentiating feature – a backpack. In an attempt to distinguish itself from competing cards in boxes, this card will be on store shelves in the backpack.
Tul’s mid- to high-end ATI graphics card line – the Tul PowerColor 9550
Tul Corporation started planning the PowerColor 9550 product line soon after ATI announced its Radeon 9550. The line is divided into two product series: the high-end 128-bit 9550 and the entry-level 64-bit 9550 SE.
Tul looks to catch the leaders in cards and boards and make waves with own-brand systems
Tul Corporation (formerly CP Technology) was established in 1997 with its headquarters in Taipei (Taiwan). The company became publicly listed on the local OTC (over-the-counter) market in March 2002. There are over 180 employees in the corporation and the company has set up branch offices in countries including China and the Netherlands. Tul currently partners with over 300 distributors worldwide and has established sales channels in over 50 countries.
1 Jun 2004:
Computex 2004 emerges as world’s second largest exhibition
This year, Computex will house 1,329 exhibitors, up 7% from 1,241 last year, with the total booth count growing 16.7% to 2,824 from 2,419 last year. The exhibition will occupy all three halls of the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), marking a total floor area of 58,730 square meters, up 14.35% from last year and outshining Comdex Fall and CeBIT Asia.
Fuji Electric Holdings to produce OLED panels in 2005
Fuji Electric Holdings plans to begin production of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels in fall 2005, according to Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
Formosa Epitaxy projects May revenues to grow 20% on month
May revenues should surpass NT$90 million for Taiwan-based LED chip maker Formosa Epitaxy, up 20% on month, according to the company.
Roundup: Display industry products at Computex 2004
Display products with 12ms response times, wide screens, and larger sizes are the highlights of Computex 2004.
BenQ shows display products at Computex, expects to volume produce 46-inch LCD TVs at end of June
BenQ is showing a variety of new display products, including notebooks, LCD monitors, LCD TVs and DLP (digital light processing) projectors, at Computex 2004 and expects to volume produce 46-inch LCD TVs in the third quarter of this year, according to the company.
Taiwan top disc makers exhibit 8.5GB DL DVD discs at Computex 2004
Top optical disc manufacturers in Taiwan, including CMC Magnetics, Ritek and Prodisc Technology, will be exhibiting 8.5GB single-sided double-layer (DL) DVD+R/-R discs at Computex 2004, taking place from June 1-5 in Taipei.
King Yuan to consider entering flash packaging business, say sources
King Yuan Electronics is considering setting up thin small outline packaging (TSOP) lines to package flash chips, a move that could complement the company’s testing business, said sources.
IT makers dominate handsets at Computex 2004
With the absence of the world’s leading handset brands, Taiwan’s major IT manufacturers are taking center stage with their new mobile phone offerings at Computex 2004. Asustek Computer, BenQ and Mitac International will be showcasing their latest phones to a captive audience.
Industry-leading notebooks and digital home products – Twinhead showcases its power in product development and design
Twinhead aims to market stylish and diversified products to strive for greater margins and the company has dedicated significant resources to designing products using the latest technology and offering the most flexible and diverse functionality. Prior to Computex this year, Twinhead launched a range of Intel Centrino and AMD notebooks, including the efio!121i 12-inch, efio!14A and efio!14B 14-inch and efio!15B 15-inch models.
Hynix to double NAND flash wafer starts in 3Q, says paper
Hynix Semiconductor may double its wafer starts for NAND flash to 40,000 8-inch equivalent wafers per month in the third quarter, after completing a hike to 20,000 wafers this month, according to a June 1 Commercial Times report, citing sources with chip distributors.
Handsets tops list of products produced by top 10 electronics makers in China
Of the top 10 Chinese manufacturers of consumer electronics products in 2003, seven engaged in production of handsets, according to the Chinese-language media SINA.com.
Despite flat shipments, Chunghwa Picture Tubes denies temporary suspension of TFT LCD production
Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) denied recent rumors that the company suspended its TFT LCD production for three days in May due to glass substrate shortages.
Agere to introduce PCI Express and PHY products at Computex 2004
Pennsylvania-based WLAN chip vendor Agere Systems plans to launch gigabit solution products later this year, according to Shen Ming-Kun, president of Agere Systems (Taiwan).
Gigabyte SOE products demonstrate company’s success in extending its product offerings
Well known for its motherboards, Gigabyte originally stopped selling notebooks at the beginning of 2001. This year’s SOE awards clearly demonstrate that the company has not only returned to the notebook market with a bang, but its ventures into other system products have already been recognized by a panel of international experts. This year, Gigabyte has won SOE awards for three products: the NB-1401 Notebook, HA home entertainment computer and the TC series of mini PC.
Acer to begin volume production of TravelMate 3200 and Aspire 1800 in July
Acer will start volume production of two brand new notebooks in July – the 14.1-inch wide-screen TravelMate 3200 for SOHO professional users and the 17-inch Aspire 1800 for home users, according to company sources.
Quanta Computer to become Acer's largest contract notebook maker
Quanta Computer is likely to replace Wistron as the largest contract notebook maker for Acer this year, according to sources at the notebook vendor.
Aiptek International’s new CIS – Digital Tai Chi; New corporate values emphasize technology, humanization and innovation
Since Aiptek’s establishment in 1997, the wireless multimedia electronics maker has focused on strengthening brand equity and retaining strong sales channels while adhering to the philosophies of innovation, quality and time to market. Aiptek strives to apply advanced technologies to the development and promotion of digital video, wireless communication and optoelectronic products and solutions for which the Internet has become the means by which people’s lives can be instantly improved.
AnexTEK, Asustek and BenQ showcase handheld devices at Computex 2004
Wistron subsidiary AnexTEK Technology will display its first PDA phone, while Asustek Computer displays its second own-brand handset and two Pocket PCs. Taiwan’s largest handset vendor BenQ will introduce three new mobile phones including a megapixel model at Computex 2004.
Chartered expects 0.18-micron and below capacity to increase 50% this year
Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing expects its monthly capacity for 0.18-micron and below processes will reach 461,000 8-inch equivalent wafers this year, up almost 50% from 308,000 wafers last year, according to company president and CEO Song-hwee Chia.
Symbol of Excellence identifies exceptional products at Computex
Taiwan’s Symbol of Excellence (SOE) identifies premium products designed and manufactured in Taiwan. SOE winners are chosen annually by a panel of international judges for their ability to demonstrate “Innovalue.”
MSI lowers 2004 motherboard shipment projection to 16 million units
Micro-Star International (MSI) has lowered its projected motherboard shipments for 2004 to 16 million units, down from the 17.25 million units it had originally forecast, according to company sources.
DRAM contract prices may drop up to 5% in 1H June
DRAM contract prices are forecast to drop up to 5% in the first half of June, ending a rally that began in January, according to sources with DRAM makers.
Bright LED expects increasing monthly revenues for LEDs in 2H
LED packaging firm Bright LED Electronics expects its revenues for LED products to grow 10% per month in the second half of this year, according to company president Sandy Liaw. Liaw indicated that monthly revenues for LED products reached about NT$200 million in the second quarter of this year.