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Optical-use sapphire demand to reach 12.44 million mm of 2-inch equivalents in 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 23, 10:48

There will be an estimated demand for 12.44 million mm of 2-inch-equivalent sapphires for optical purposes in 2014, mainly consisting of 54.3% for use in smartphone button covers, 24.1% iWatch covers and 17.4% smartphone camera lens covers, according to Digitimes Research.

Global tablet shipments reach 55.06 million units in 2Q14

GLOBAL TABLET | Jul 23, 10:32

There were 55.06 million tablets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2014, decreasing 4.5% on quarter but increasing 17.9% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

January-May handset shipments in China market down 28% on year

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 22, 11:01

There were 178 million handsets shipped in the China market during January-May 2014, decreasing over 70 million units on year. The decrease was mainly because China Mobile shifted marketing resources to promote 4G TD-LTE smartphones and reduced subsidies for 2G and TD-SCDMA (3G) handset purchases,...

Global notebook shipments to grow 4.3% sequentially in 3Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 22, 10:29

Buoyed by back-to-school demand, global notebook shipments are expected to grow 4.3% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 before taking a dive of 1.1% in the fourth quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

AMOLED tablets unlikely to benefit Samsung in 2H14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 17, 11:04

Samsung Electronics recently launched the 8.4- and 10.5-inch AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S flagship tablets. Although the new Galaxy Tab S tablets feature specifications exceeding those of Apple's iPads, the series is still unlikely to boost Samsung's sales in the second half of 2014 as demand in the high-end...

Digital home industry sees new developments in June from Google, Aereo and Samsung

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 16, 10:30

In June 2014, the digital home industry saw several developments worth noting. Google-owned Nest Labs released a new smart home API that is open to iOS and Android developers. Digitimes Research believes the new platform will open up cross partnerships across the digital home industry as well as bring...

China Mobile excluded from FD-LTE pilot operation licenses

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 15, 11:39

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued two FD-LTE pilot operation licenses to China Unicom and China Telecom on June 27 for several cities in China. However, China Mobile, which is most aggressive about FD/TD-LTE dual-mode network technology was excluded, showing that the...

Google Fit to benefit remote medical care industry

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 15, 11:36

Google has recently announced its new wearable device platform, Google Fit, which is expected to change the business model for wearable devices to horizontal partnerships with different industries with its hardware/software integration and connectivity, according to Digitimes Research.

On-cell touch panels unlikely to win favor in high-end smartphones in 2014

TAIWAN FPD | Jul 14, 14:47

The on-cell touchscreen technology led by US-based touch control IC maker Synaptics and China-based Focaltech have accumulated total unit shipments of one million since the beginning of the technology's mass production in October 2013.

Global notebook shipments decline 4.9% in 2Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 14, 10:05

Global notebook shipments dropped 4.9% on year in the second quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research. Despite the end of Windows XP bringing about a surge of notebook orders, panels and some key components were in limited supply, and demand in China and South and Central America was down,...

Ultra HD TV demand grows in Japan in May

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 11, 16:28

Japan's Ultra HD TV channel, Channel4K, started pilot broadcast on June 2, 2014 and Digitimes Research has found that sales of Ultra HD TV sets continue to enjoy stable growth despite a recent rise in the country's consumption tax. In May 2014, 2.4% of TVs sold in the Japan market were Ultra HD models,...

China market sees mixed LED bulb pricing trend in June

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 10, 10:43

June average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market decreased 7.8% on month to CNY34.50 (US$5.50), while 9W ones (equivalent to 60W incandescent models) saw their average price increase 2.6% to CNY47, according to Digitimes Research.

Hisilicon AP to give Huawei cost advantage in high-end mobile device market

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Jul 9, 14:13

Hisilicon, an affiliate of Huawei, has been developing application processors for many years. The company's early products had issues that caused resulted in poor power consumption-performance ratio. But Huawei's strategic support and continuous R&D resource investments have helped improve Hisilicon's...

LCD TV panel surface area shipped in 2Q14 grows 14%

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 8, 21:58

The amount of LCD TV panel surface area shipped in the second quarter of 2014 grew 14% on year largely due to an increase in average LCD TV size, according to Digitimes Research.

Tablet-AP shipments from Intel expected to reach 31.15 million in 2014

GLOBAL TABLET | Jul 8, 14:31

Intel aims to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, but most market watchers believe such a volume is quite a challenge. Digitimes Research expects the CPU giant to be able to ship 31.15 million APs in 2014, achieving about 80% of its goal,...

Global TD-LTE users to reach 70.4 million at end of 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 7, 15:41

The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research.

Epistar-Forepi merger to help stabilize LED industry

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 3, 16:20

Taiwan-based LED maker Epistar announced a merger with Formosa Epitaxy (Forepi) on June 30, 2014, with the former aiming to fully acquire the latter and become the surviving company. Epistar explained that the merger is meant to improve its strengths in competition for first-tier international lighting...

Ultra HD TV shipments to grow at CAGR of 160% from 2013-2017

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 3, 14:07

Worldwide Ultra HD TV shipments will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 160% from 2013 to 2017, soaring from 1.5 million units to 68.2 million, according to Digitimes Research.

Global UHD TV shipments, 2013-2017

Google looking to clean up Android device mess in emerging markets

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 3, 12:01

The Android operating system was again the spotlight of Google I/O developer conference and in addition to a preview of the latest Android L, the Internet giant also launched an entry-level turnkey solution, Android One for emerging markets.

Youngfast, Melfas looking beyond G1F touch

TAIWAN FPD | Jul 3, 11:40

The G1F touch technology, which is composed of a glass-type touch sensor and a thin-film touch sensor, is gradually losing its competitiveness in the face of GFF and OGS touch.

Vehicle industry showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 2, 15:25

Google's new Android Auto platform announced at Google I/O developer conference is focusing mainly on the connection between Android-based smartphones and car infotainment systems, and the vehicle industry is showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features into newer vehicles...

Local brands to see smartphone sales rebound in China market in 3Q14

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Jul 2, 15:07

Sales of smartphones by local brands in China are expected to rebound starting the second half of third-quarter 2014 after seeing their sales drop by nearly 30% sequentially in second-quarter 2014,according to Digitimes Research.

Android TV facing same difficulties as Google TV; Chromecast to boost user attachment

TAIWAN FPD | Jul 1, 12:14

During Google I/O 2014, the Internet giant introduced Android TV as the successor of Google TV and added new features into its Chromecast. Digitimes Research believes that Android TV did not resolve the difficulties that Google TV faces, but only resembles the giant's return to the TV business. Chromecast's...

Japan seeing increased exports to ASEAN

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 1, 11:58

Trading activities between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are growing rapidly with the two sides' import and export values both exceeding US$100 billion each year for the past five years. In 2013, the combined amount of import and export values between the two reached...

China unveils new semiconductor industry development guidelines

X | Jun 30, 15:50

The China government has been offering tax incentives to promote the development of its semiconductor industry since the implementation of its 12th five-year economic development plans in 2011.

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