Intel simplifies Atom product lines for mobile devices
GLOBAL SMARTPHONE | Mar 6, 16:16
Intel has announced its latest lineup for its Atom series products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 and in addition to simplifying the naming system for the processors to avoid confusion, the CPU giant also designed and optimized them specifically for different segments of the market.
February 7W, 9W LED light bulb prices sequentially up in China market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 6, 16:05
February 2015 average retail prices for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescents) in the China market increased 10.8% on month to CNY37 (US$5.9), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescents) rose 4.3% to CNY43.9, according to Digitimes Research.
LG focuses on mid-range/entry-level smartphones and smartwatches at MWC 2015
GLOBAL SMARTPHONE | Mar 6, 11:13
Unlike Samsung Electronics and High Tech Computer (HTC) that unveiled their newest flagship smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, LG Electronics focused its exhibition on four new mid-range and entry-level models: the LG Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy, and smartwatches:...
South Korea sees worldwide memory market share reaching 57.1% in 4Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 4, 15:38
South Korea's production value for memory products, mainly DRAM and NAND flash chips, has been increasing for three consecutive quarters and reached KRW13.17 trillion (US$11.97 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2014, accounting for 57.1% of the worldwide value, according to Digitimes Research's latest...
Global server shipments in 2014 up 7.1% on year
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 4, 15:01
There were 10.420 million servers (counted based on motherboards) shipped globally in 2014, increasing on year by 7.1%, and due to fast growing demand from Internet data centers, shipments in 2015 will rise 13.5% to 11.825 million units, according to Digitimes Research.
Tablet AP shipments to China drop 7.7% on year
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 2, 15:32
Tablet application processor (AP) shipments to China are estimated to decline 24.2% sequentially to reach 26.3 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Compared to the same period a year ago, the volume will drop 7.7% and be the first time China's tablet AP shipments experience an on-year decline...
Smart home segment proposes growth but lacks direction
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 26, 15:41
Within the Internet of Things (IoT) market the smart home segment is one of the most talked about areas. However, there currently lacks a mainstream standard, and vendors, content providers and other service providers are still trying to solidify plans on how to tackle the market and create business...
Government-led investment funds to drive China IC design growth
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 25, 12:15
China's government policies for supporting the local IC design industry have put less emphasis on intervention measures such as offering tax breaks, providing direct financial support, and making purchases of domestic products, while shifting their focus to the establishment of investment funds, according...
Qualcomm antitrust probe reshapes patent licensing in China
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Feb 17, 15:46
China's anti-trust investigation of Qualcomm has come to an end with the US chip vendor making concessions in order control damage to its operations in the country. The fine for the company and its agreement to adjust licensing fees are expected to only have a limited impact on Qualcomm's revenues...
Korea TV vendors outsourcing orders in order to secure panels
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 16, 21:45
In an effort to secure TV panels in 2015 as supply will be limited, Korea-based TV vendors Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are each planning to outsource TV production orders to makers in Taiwan and China such as Compal and BOE who have relations with supply chain makers that can guarantee supply,...
Google to finish 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 1Q15
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Feb 13, 14:22
Google is planning to push 2-in-1 devices in 2015, according Digitimes Research's inquiries within the upstream supply chain. Google's 2-in-1 Chromebook designed by Quanta Computer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter.
Samsung, LG outsource TV orders to ODMs to secure panel supply
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 10, 15:57
Korea-based vendors who have adopted a one-stop business model for their LCD TV business have recently placed some strategic orders with outside ODMs for 2015. Samsung Electronics has outsourced production to China panel maker BOE's TV manufacturing subsidiary Beijing BOE Multimedia Technology, while...
Japan aims at robot market value of JPY2.4 trillion in FY2020
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 10, 12:11
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in January 2015 announced new five-year strategies for robot development, with a goal of attaining a domestic market value of JPY2.4 trillion (US$20.5 billion) for robot applications by fiscal year (FY) 2020 (April 2020-March 2021), according to...
Global notebook shipments by top vendors and ODMs decline significantly in January
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 9, 16:03
Notebook shipments (excluding detachable models) by the top-five vendors as well as top-three ODMs suffered a sequential decline of 25% and 19%, respectively, in January due to a high level of inventory at channels which resulted mainly from excess shipments of consumer models by Hewlett-Packard (HP)...
China touch panel shipments gain strength in 4Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 6, 11:35
The fourth quarter of 2014 is typically the busy season for touch panel makers. In China alone, makers experienced 9.8%, 7.1% and 2.5% sequential increases in the handset, tablet and notebook segments but will see declines of 17.9%, 24.8% and 13.4% respectively heading into the first quarter of 2015...