Japan semiconductor product value edges up 8.7% in 2014 amid strategic changes
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 25, 15:47
The production value of Japan's semiconductor industry reached JPY3.25 trillion (US$27.5 billion) in 2014, increasing 8.7% from a year earlier. Companies have received a boost from government policies that help strengthen the division of labor in order to improve their profitability, according to Digitimes...
Samsung to rank as top smartphone vendor in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 25, 12:28
Samsung Electronics will lead the world's top-10 smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, followed by Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Microsoft, TCL Communication Technology, Coolpad and Oppo, according to Digitimes Research.
White-box tablet players turn to Windows 2-in-1s using Intel Bay Trail in 2Q15
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 23, 15:51
Shipments for white-box tablets using Intel solutions enjoyed significant growth on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2014 and are expected to see flat performance or drop slightly in the first quarter of 2015 despite the quarter being the traditional slow season. Compared to shipments for MediaTek,...
Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 18, 22:12
Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung's smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor's product lineup.
South Korea 2013 robot production valued at KRW2.42 trillion
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 16, 21:57
South Korea recorded production value of KWR2.42 trillion (US$2.3 billion) for robots mainly used in the industrial segment during 2013, growing on year by 6.5%, while KWR737.6 billion was for exports to China and emerging economies, up 23.9%,according to Digitimes Research, citing sources form the...
Taiwan ready to develop smartphone payment system in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 13, 16:01
With 4G service subscribers accounting for 13% of Taiwan's overall telecom service users and the number of smartphone users in the country surpassing 13.5 million in 2014, Taiwan's environment is already mature enough to develop a payment system using near-field communication (NFC) technology on smartphones...
Smartphone AP suppliers looking to offload inventory to tablet market
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 13, 14:28
China's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments enjoyed strong growth in the second half of 2014 as the country's 4G ecosystem gradually matured. However, the 4G growth came at the expense of 3G AP sales. Currently, the China market's 3G AP inventory has already piled up to tens of millions...
Development of Wi-Fi Only Phone service gaining momentum
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 12, 14:49
The launch of Google's Nova project and Cablevision's Freewheel services will help push the deployment of Cable Wi-Fi as well as the implementation of Wi-Fi Only Phone and Wi-Fi First telecom services, according to Digitimes Research.
LG, Sony Mobile, Acer highlight entry-level, mid-range smartphones at MWC
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 11, 22:07
In light of slowing sales of high-end smartphones, vendors including LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and Acer all highlighted their new entry-level and mid-range models at the recently concluded MWC 2015 targeting emerging markets, according to Digitimes Research.
Notebook shipments by major brands, ODMs decline in February
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 11, 10:47
Notebook shipments (excluding detachable models) by the world's top-five brands and top-three ODMs declined 13% and 18%, respectively, in February, affected by reduced work days in the month, high inventory levels of consumer models left over from the previous year, as well as the impact caused by...
WiGig chips to support smartphones in 2H15
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 9, 11:09
WiGig (Wireless Gigabit Alliance) chips are expected to appear in high-end smartphones in the second half of 2015 with Qualcomm, Broadcom, Panasonic, Intel and Nitero as initial suppliers, according to Digitimes Research.
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:...