China robot industry developing fast, but risks oversupply in low-end segment
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 28, 11:27
China has strong demand for robots, but locally produced robots took up only 26.7% of its demand in 2015. Too meet the demand, China firms have geared up development of robots with government incentives in recent years and the use of robots has extended from manufacturing to other sectors. But the...
Worldwide notebook shipment update - February 2017
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Mar 24, 11:40
The worldwide top-5 notebook brand vendors saw their combined shipments grow 20% on month and 22% on year in February, while the top-3 ODMs' shipments also grew 10% on month and 30% on year growths in the month as demand was better than expected. In addition, the Lunar New Year holidays in 2017 were...
MVNOs growing in Japan due to government easing unlocking rules
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 23, 10:09
The Japan government relaxed regulations on unlocking SIM of handsets in early 2017 and consequently MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) business has been in booming development in the Japan mobile communication market, with several MVNOs expanding retail networks and offering more services to attract...
DNN-architecture AI widely used in image recognition
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 22, 15:33
Artificial intelligence (AI) based on deep neural network (DNN) architecture has been widely used in image recognition and has large potential in autonomous driving, according to Digitimes Research.
pre-5G commercial operations to kick off earlier than expected
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 22, 15:03
At Mobile World Congress 2017, three tends of wireless networking/communication development were revealed: Commercial operation of pre-5G networks will begin ahead of the original schedule; mobile telecom carriers are driven to change their roles to cope with fast IoT growth; 5G networks will be extensive...
Global market value for driver sensing systems to soar
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 20, 22:10
Along with the fast development of self-driving technology, there will be increased demand for driver sensing systems used to monitor drivers for determining whether they are able to take over driving when self-driving breaks down, with the global market value for such sensing systems used in level...
Notebook players see rising shipments in February
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 16, 15:55
The worldwide top-5 notebook brand vendors saw their combined shipments in February grow 20% on month and 22% on year, while the top-3 ODMs' shipments also experienced 10% on-month and 30% on-year growths in the month as demand was better than expected. In addition, the Lunar New Year holidays in 2017...
Compal, MSI see increased AIO PC shipments in 2016
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 15, 10:25
Most Taiwan-based ODMs saw their all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments drop on year in 2016 except Compal Electronics and Micro-Star International (MSI). TPV-Inventa Technology - originally an AIO PC joint venture between TPV Technology and Inventec, but became a subsidiary of Inventec in September 2015 -...
Growth in global 4G user base to slow down beginning 2017
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 13, 22:21
The global number of LTE (4G) mobile communication subscribers quickly increased to 1.935 billion at the end of 2016 according to statistics by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), but because the 4G user density (the number of 4G users divided by the population) in China is nearly 60% and...
February 7W LED light bulb prices up, 9W down
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 10, 11:20
February 2017 average retail prices for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescents) in the China market increased 0.8% from December 2016 to CNY26.5 (US$3.9), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescents) decreased 4.6% to CNY29, according to Digitimes Research.
Worldwide notebook shipments to enjoy on-year growth in 1Q17
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 2, 10:50
Worldwide notebook shipments (not including 2-in-1 devices) surpassed 40 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, dropping only 1.2% on year. Shipments from Taiwan-based ODMs even achieved on-year shipment growth in the quarter thanks to strong demand from the US and Europe due to seasonality and...
Smartphone shipments by Taiwan brand vendors, ODMs to decline nearly 40% in 1Q17
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Mar 2, 10:33
Shipments of smartphones by Taiwan-based brand vendors and ODMs are expected to decline 39.6% on year to below 10 million units in the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research. Taiwan's brand vendors and ODMs shipped a total of 13.22 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2016,...
Japan aims at 20% of cars to be self-driving in 2030
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 1, 13:47
Japan-based automobile makers have been developing self-diving cars and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) aims at 20% of cars to be self-driving models in 2030, according to Digitimes Research.
Taiwan makers ship nearly 20 million LCD monitors in 4Q16
TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Mar 1, 12:03
Taiwan-based makers shipped 19.825 million LCD monitors in fourth-quarter 2016, slipping 5% on quarter and 6.9% on year, and taking up 65.9% of the global total, according to Digitimes Research.
Lenovo largest AIO vendor worldwide in 2016
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 1, 11:21
Lenovo was the largest all-in-one PC vendor worldwide in 2016, followed by Hewlett-Packard (HP) at number two. The two players' shipments gap was widened in 2016 compared to 2015 mainly because of HP's unsatisfactory all-in-one PC sales. Lenovo's shipments include those from subsidiaries NEC and Med...
Worldwide notebook shipment update - January 2017
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Feb 24, 14:06
Worldwide top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 ODMs saw their combined shipments drop 35% and 30% on month, respectively in January because the month was the traditional slow season and there were fewer working during Lunar New Year holidays period in late January. However, compared to the same month a...
Global electric vehicle market heating up
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 20, 15:23
Mainly because Tesla has successfully boosted battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and several countries have adopted policies in favor of BEVs, global competition is increasingly intense, according to Digitimes Research.
ADAS expected to become mainstream car-driving safety system
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 18, 10:56
Of the various devices developed by ICT makers to increase car safety, ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) are expected to become the mainstream driver-safety system, with global production value for ADAS and devices/components estimated to increase to US$12.54 billion in 2020, according to Digitimes...
NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, SoftBank step into power supply
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 18, 10:49
Following the liberalization of Japan's low-voltage electricity market beginning April 1, 2016, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank, the three largest Japan-based mobile telecom carriers, have become retailers of electricity for households and small businesses in a bid to promote sales of value-added services...
China smartphone AP shipments to fall 16% in 1Q17
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Feb 17, 15:59
Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to decline 15.9% sequentially to 145 million units in the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research. Shipments on an annual basis will grow about 7.6% from the 134.8 million units shipped in first-quarter 2016.
January shipments of Wintel notebooks down on month, up on year
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 16, 22:21
Wintel notebooks shipped by the global top-five vendors: HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek Computer, in January 2017 decreased 35% on month but increased 10% on year, while shipments by the three largest Taiwan-based ODMs: Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Wistron, also slipped 30% on month...