Skylake processor delay to weaken Windows 10 notebook demand
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 31, 15:55
Intel's Skylake-based processors, originally expected to launch in early third-quarter 2015 to support the release of Windows 10-based notebooks, may not become available until the end of the third quarter or early fourth-quarter 2015. The delay is expected to hurt demand for Windows 10 notebooks.
Global notebook shipments to drop 1.7% in 2015
TAIWAN ICT | Oct 28, 14:17
Global notebook shipments, which are expected to decline 2.1% on year in 2014, will further drop 1.7% in 2015 to reach 168 million units, despite Microsoft's attempts to stimulate demand in the PC market.
Taiwan ODMs ship 3.503 million digital cameras in 3Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 27, 15:15
Taiwan-based ODMs Ability Enterprise, Altek, Asia Optical and Foxconn Electronics shipped 3.503 million digital cameras in the third quarter of 2014, increasing on quarter by 1% but decreasing 22.4% on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Sales of 4G smartphones to remain sluggish in China in 4Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 27, 14:03
Major China-based handset vendors including Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi Technology are unlikely to reach their shipment goals set for 2014 due to slow sales of 4G models in the third quarter and gloomy prospects for the fourth quarter, according to Digitimes Research.
Intel to see strong shipment growth for Education Tablets in 2015
TAIWAN ICT | Oct 27, 11:08
Intel, which launched the Classmate PC specifically for emerging countries' education markets in 2007, did not achieve significant results with its StudyBook tablet in 2012. But in 2013, it released the Education Tablets, renewing its efforts for the educational segment. Digitimes Research estimates...
Apple turns to focus on price management to save tablet business
GLOBAL TABLET | Oct 23, 13:55
Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple's entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors' high-end tablets.
Global notebook shipments to drop in 4Q14
TAIWAN ICT | Oct 21, 11:26
Despite Intel and Microsoft subsidies, Digitimes Research expects global notebook shipments, not including 2-in-1 models, to drop 4.4% on year and 2.6% sequentially in the fourth quarter, as Windows XP will have less of an effect on boosting demand in the enterprise segment and most of the inventory...
Lenovo starts price-cut competition for 7-, 8-inch tablets
GLOBAL TABLET | Oct 20, 16:09
Most 7-inch tablets' prices have dropped significantly during October with several first-tier vendors' 8GB models even dropping to as low as US$99. Meanwhile, 8-inch tablets also seen their prices decrease with stable panel supply and vendors expanding their investments in related products. Among the...
Japan new fund raising policy to provide positive benefit to crowd funding market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 20, 15:51
Following the passing of Japan's 2014 amendment of financial instruments and exchange act, etc. on May 23, 2014, unlisted companies in Japan are now allowed to raise funds through the Internet and the move is expected to prompt Japan's crowd funding platforms to include investment projects, which is...
Average retail pricing for 23- to 27-inch LCD monitors down in October
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 17, 11:13
Average retail pricing for LCD monitors in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and China will all see declines on month in October 2014, with 27-inch units dropping 5% to US$341, 24- and 23-inch units 1% to US$264 and US$259, respectively, and 22-inch units 2.8% to US$175, according to Digitimes Research.
GTAT woes disrupt sapphire industry
TAIWAN FPD | Oct 16, 11:14
GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) move to seek bankruptcy protection on October 6 came as a surprise to the IT industry especially because the maker was a major supplier of Apple for sapphire screens.
September 7W LED bulb prices sequentially up in China market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 14, 20:15
September average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescents) in the China market increased 11% on month to CNY33.9 (US$5.50), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W) fell 7.3% to CNY41.70, according to Digitimes Research.
Silicon Works expected to expand non-LCD driver IC revenues thanks to LG
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 14, 15:33
Although Silicon Works' revenues from the LCD driver IC (LDI) business dropped 8.1% on year and reached KRW128.7 billion (US$120 million) in the first half of 2014 because of two consecutive quarters of decline in iPad shipments, the company is expected to be able to expand its revenues from non-LDI...
MediaTek, Rockchip to join Chromebook market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 9, 14:16
In addition to gradually integrating Android's ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information...
Global LED lighting demand in 2018 to grow 180-190% from 2013
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 8, 21:30
Global demand for LED lighting products and LED-based lighting systems and services in 2018 will increase from 2013 by 190% and 180%, respectively, and global demand for LED lighting will begin to exceed that for conventional lighting products in 2017, according to Digitimes Research.
ARM Mali to become mainstream GPU architecture for China APs in 2H14
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Oct 3, 11:38
ARM's Mali is expected to become the mainstream GPU architecture for China-based application processors (APs) in the second half of 2014 in terms of market share, surpassing Imagination significantly. However, in the high-end segment, Mali's share will be slightly weaker than that of Qualcomm's GPU...