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...
China smartphone shipments to decline slightly in 1Q14
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Feb 7, 14:12
China-based handset companies are expected to see their shipments of smartphones decline lightly in the first quarter of 2014, after combined shipments posted a 13% sequential growth in the previous quarter, according to Digitimes Research.
Smartphone solution prices to drop in 2Q14
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Feb 5, 22:00
Prices of 3G and 4G smartphone solutions are likely to drop significantly in the second quarter of 2014 as chipset vendors are expected to adopt more aggressive pricing strategies in order to gain more orders, according to industry sources.
Apple triggers 64-bit AP battle
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Feb 5, 12:09
Why is Apple so eager to adopt 64-bit technology for its processors? Digitimes Research believes it is because in the 32-bit segment, Apple is unable to use the existing architecture and low clock frequency setting to achieve performance similar to that done by the Android camp, which has been blindly...
MediaTek hikes turn-key value by virtue of Hotknot
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Jan 29, 17:16
Why has MediaTek stepped into NFC (near field communication) technology? Digitimes Research thinks that there are two main motivations, one to increase the exclusiveness of its platforms and the other is to hike the added value of the main components of its turn-key solutions.
China handset vendors to rely on local AMOLED panel production from 2016
CHINA FPD | Jan 29, 16:14
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...