South Korea aims to acquire 40% share in wearable device market by 2020
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 12, 14:58
As demand for smartphones and tablets is gradually approaching saturation with related shipment growths slowing down, vendors have been aggressively seeking new growth drivers. Wearable devices are identified as one of the main growth drivers. Among them, smart watches, bracelets and glasses look the...
China touch panel makers to see shipments drop 5% in 1Q14
CHINA TOUCH | Mar 11, 15:22
China makers shipped 148.8 million touch panels in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the latest Digitimes Research China Touch Panel Tracker. Digitimes Research predicts that touch panel shipments from China makers will drop about 5% in the first quarter because of seasonality.
China smartphone vendors rely on international brands for overseas expansion
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Mar 10, 14:59
China-based smartphone players' shipments to markets outside of China currently account for 20% of their total volume. As demand from the local market - which has been their main growth driver - is weakening and the China-based players' combined shipments will only grow by 26.7% on year in 2014, expanding...
Google to get the brunt of dual OS tablets while Microsoft to benefit the most
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 7, 15:26
Intel and Asustek Computer released dual OS tablets at CES 2014 that combine Windows and Android operating systems into one unit in an attempt to tackle a new segment in the tablet market. However, due to pressure from Google, Asustek has postponed plans to release its TD300 tablet that was presented...
Notebook players see on-month shipment drop in February
TAIWAN ICT | Mar 6, 16:15
The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three makers both suffered 0-3% of on-month shipment declines in February, a range similar to that a year ago. The decline in February was caused mainly by inventory adjustments in the month. As for March, brand vendors are taking a more conservative...
MWC 2014 shows new tablet trends
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 6, 15:22
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 demonstrated some new trends of the tablet industry: tablets with phone functions are starting to catch attention from brand vendors; some major brand vendors are developing tablets for the niche market, a sign of their concerns over the future tablet market; and...
February LED bulb prices in China market down over 18%
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 6, 11:35
February average retail pricing for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market slipped 18.8% sequentially to CNY38.1 (US$6.2), and 9W ones (equivalent to 60W incandescent) dropped 18.1% to CNY45.3, according to Digitimes Research.
Cortex-A17 to take over ARM high-end/mid-range 32-bit business
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 4, 14:49
Digitimes Research considers ARM's new Cortex-A17 and existing Cortex-A12 processors to be basically the same based on their architectures, except for the Cortex-A17's support for big.LITTLE architecture. As to why ARM created the Cortex-A17, Digitimes Research believes the chip designer is trying...
Taiwan panel makers look to expand LTPS LCD production capacity
TAIWAN FPD | Feb 27, 15:08
Taiwan-based panel makers had conservative developments in expanding production capacity for LTPS TFT LCD technology in 2013 amid increased competition from Japan-, Korea- and China-based makers. However, from 2014 to 2016 Taiwan makers are expected to increase production capacity on 6.5G and 4.5G,...
China handset vendors to rely on local AMOLED panel production from 2016
CHINA FPD | Feb 26, 15:08
On December 17, 2013, China-based touch panel maker Truly Optoelectronics announced that it had entered a joint venture with the Huizhou City Government to invest in a 4.5G AMOLED line that will go into production in the second half of 2015 and have a production capacity of about 15,000 substrates...
Is a US$25 smartphone possible?
GLOBAL SMARTPHONE | Feb 25, 15:31
Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicked off with a bang, with Mozilla announcing a US$25 smartphone built around a turnkey solution that features silicon from China-based Spreadtrum and software from Firefox.
Pay TV subscriber demand sees changes in 3Q13
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 21, 12:21
Pay TV subscriptions in the US reached 84.5 million in the third quarter of 2013, with cable TV users making up 47.2%, while 40.3% were direct broadcast satellite users ,and 12.5% IPTV users. Since 2011, the number of cable TV users has dropped by 2.5 million while companies such as Verizon and AT&T...
AUO to be forerunner in notebook panel shipments in 2014
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 19, 14:29
As Samsung Display continues to shift its focus away from notebook panel production to AMOLED production, Taiwan panel makers such as AU Optronics (AUO) are expected to see increased orders for notebook panels in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.
January 40W-equivalent LED bulb prices in Japan market down on month
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 19, 11:43
Average retail prices for LED light bulbs equivalent to 40W and 60W incandescent ones in the Japan market stood at JPY1,633 (US$16) and JPY2,473 respectively in January 2014, slipping by 3.2% and remaining unchanged on month respectively, according to Digitimes Research.
Taiwan ODMs to see decreased 1Q14 digital camera shipments
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 18, 10:54
Taiwan-based ODMs Ability Enterprise, Altek, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Asia Optical will ship a total of 2.762 million digital cameras in the first quarter of 2014, decreasing by 18.8% on quarter and by 51.6% on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Taiwan top foundries combined revenues to drop 6% in 1Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 17, 16:21
Taiwan's top-three IC foundries will see their combined revenues drop 6.2% sequentially in the first quarter of 2014, due to seasonal factors and continued inventory adjustments at their clients, according to Digitimes Research.
China sets LED production value of CNY1 trillion for 2020
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 14, 16:07
The China government has set a 2020 target production value of CNY1 trillion (US$164 billion) for all types of LED products, with 70% of the value to come from LED lighting, according to Digitimes Research.
Taiwan touch panel makers expect shipment slowdown in 1Q14
TAIWAN FPD | Feb 14, 15:01
Taiwan touch panel makers' shipments of handset touch panels dropped 3% in the third quarter of 2013. While shipments did stabilize in the fourth quarter, the makers expect another 7.5% decline in the first quarter of 2014 largely due to decreased iPhone 4/4S touch panel demand, according to Digitimes...
Taiwan suppliers concerned about competition from China in 2014
CHINA TOUCH | Feb 10, 21:39
With Acer rumored to be planning to outsource its tablet OEM orders to China-based makers, Asustek Computer has reportedly also been seeking partnerships with China component makers to strengthen its competitiveness in the mobile device market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The...