Samsung Note 7 issues may help Apple to regain number-1 crown in 4Q16
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 11, 20:44
With a series of battery fires reported with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and its latest announcement telling customers to turn off the smartphones immediately to prevent further incidents, Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin expects the move to seriously impact Samsung's overall smartphone production...
Global small- to mid-size LCD panel shipments to slip at CAGR -4.6% in 2017-2021
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 11, 15:02
As Samsung Display, LG Display and Japan Display have shut down mostly 5G to 6G TFT-LCD lines to gradually expand AMOLED production capacity since the beginning of 2015, global shipments of small- to medium-size LCD panels will continue decreasing from 2.647 billion panels in 2017 to 2.189 billion...
Japan allows use of electronic rear-view mirrors
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 4, 11:52
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on June 17, 2016 approved the use of electronic rear-view mirrors, mainly consisting of cameras and displays, in place of traditional models in automobiles, making Japan the first country to adopt the technology around the world,...
Cellular IoT may have limited opportunities for mobile telecom carriers
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 30, 14:59
As mobile communication markets are approaching saturation, cellular IoT is expected to bring new business opportunities and revenue growth for mobile telecom carriers. But development of cellular IoT may not be optimistic, mainly because ARPU for cellular IoT services will be much lower than for mobile...
Global average LTE-based data transfer speed rises unnoticeable
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 28, 23:27
While the number of LTE networks around the world is steadily on the rise, improvements in LTE-based download speeds have been relatively unmoved; for example, the global average speed of 13.5Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2015 rose by only 3.1Mbps from three years ago based on surveys by UK-based OpenSignal,...
China starts tightening up control on third-party payment service companies
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 26, 16:51
The enactment of the administrative measures on non-financial institutions by the People's Bank of China (PBOC) in 2010 has since then resulted in a proliferation of more than 200 third-party payment service companies in China. However, a number of financial risk indexes in China have climbed along...
TD-LTE development faces disadvantages
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 26, 16:02
Development of TD-LTE, in comparison with that of FDD LTE, has been faced with some disadvantages, mainly because few globally first-tier mobile telecom carriers have adopted the technology, 80% of TD-LTE subscribers around the world are in China, and total bandwidth of frequency band units assigned...
Worldwide notebook shipment update - August 2016
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Sep 23, 14:19
The top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 notebook ODMs saw their combined shipments rise 27% and 31% on month, respectively in August thanks to inventory preparation for the year-end holidays in Europe and North America, Windows 10's annual update, and mass shipments of Intel's Kaby Lake processors.
Notebook players see August shipments up on month
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 21, 15:51
The top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 notebook ODMs saw their shipments rise 27% and 31% on month in August thanks to inventory preparation for the year-end holidays in Europe and North America, Windows 10's annual upgrade, and mass shipments of Intel's Kaby Lake processors.
Collaborative robots to drive Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 20, 14:16
Buoyed by increasing investments by makers and rising popularity in use, collaborative robots, which are designed to promote collaborative operations between human being and machines, are expected to become a major force to push forward Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing, according to Digitimes Resear...
7W and 9W LED light bulb pricing headed in different directions in China
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 12, 21:10
August 2016 average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market increased 6.4% from June to CNY26.5 (US$4.0), while that for 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescent ones) decreased 13.4% to CNY26.6, according to Digitimes Research.
Touch Taiwan 2016 becomes main stage for Taiwan display panel makers
TAIWAN LCD PANEL | Sep 12, 21:07
The exhibition at Touch Taiwan has been beyond touch panels and technology, for Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel makers AU Optronics (AUO), Innolux and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and EPD (electrophoretic display) e-paper maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) showcased various display panels at the Touch Taiwan 2016...
Taiwan handset makers to post decreased shipments in 4Q16
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Sep 7, 12:13
Shipments of handsets, mostly smartphone models, by Taiwan-based handset makers are expected to peak at 14.49 million units in the third quarter of 2016 before sliding to 13.47 million units in the fourth quarter, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research.íC
Taiwan TFT-LCD panel makers focus on in-cell development on TDDI technology
TAIWAN LCD PANEL | Sep 5, 21:07
Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel makers AU Optronics (AUO), Innolux and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), at the Touch Taiwan 2016 taking place in Taipei during August 24-26, showed that they are capable of producing in-cell touch panels based on TDDI (touch with display driver integration) technology featuring...
Worldwide tablet shipments drop to 40 million units in 2Q16
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 30, 15:32
Worldwide tablet shipments dropped 9.4% sequentially and 13.2% on year to reach only around 40 million units in the second quarter of 2016. This was due to overall weak demand for tablets; seasonality; dropping sales of Wi-Fi-only tablets, tablets with phone functionality and 2-in-1 devices; and shortages...
China mobile AP shipments to growth over 18% in 2H16
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Aug 29, 21:29
Shipment of mobile application processors for smartphones and tablets in the China market are expected to grow 18.6% in the second half of 2016 from those shipped in the first half of the year due to seasonal demand and inventory build-ups for the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Resear...
Global tablet shipments to up over 16% on quarter in 3Q16
GLOBAL TABLET | Aug 25, 10:36
Global tablet shipments will bounce back 16.3% sequentially to reach nearly 47 million units in the third quarter, but the volume will still be down over 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago, showing the market is still in no condition of recovering, according to Digitimes Research.
Japan IT vendors stepping into IoT business
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 25, 10:06
Due to stagnant growth in the Japan IT market, many Japan-based IT vendors have stepped into developing cloud computing-based IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for the Japan market, including Hitachi-developed M2M Traffic Solution, Toshiba-developed Toshiba INdsutry IoT, Fujitsu-developed Fujitsu...
China mobile AP shipments increase 8% in 2Q16
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 24, 15:37
China's mobile application processor (AP) market is forecast to reach a total of 166 million units in the second quarter of 2016, up 7.8% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research.
China firms to share up to 30% of 2016 global fingerprint sensor shipments
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 24, 12:11
Due to fast growing use of smartphone-based mobile payment services in the China market, both international and domestic vendors, including white-box ones, have adopted fingerprint recognition functions for their smartphones. Consequently, China-based IC design houses are expected to account for up...
Qualcomm to extend lead in smartphone AP market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 24, 11:55
Qualcomm will manage to extend its lead in the smartphone applications processor market in the second half of 2016 thanks to its competitive high-end and mid-range solutions, according to Digitimes Research.
Japan to focus on developing self-driving, medicare and smart-factory industries
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 23, 14:57
The Japan Revitalization Strategy 2016 calls for the development of key technologies related to the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), including IoT, robot and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and also aims to push Japan's GDP to reach JPY600 trillion (US$5.992 trillion) by 2021...