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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.

Wi-Fi chipmakers taking different paths for growth

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 30, 15:43

In the first half of 2014, Wi-Fi chipmakers can be divided into two groups: one focusing on developing Wi-Fi chip solutions with better specifications and higher speed, and the other that is no longer interested in increasing the number of antenna or transmission speed, but instead focusing on meeting...

Google to expand Chromebooks into consumer market

TAIWAN ICT | Jun 27, 15:19

Introduced in 2011, the Chromebook was initially developed mainly for the education sector and has achieved outstanding sales in the past two years. During Google I/O 2014, Google announced plans to further integrate Android with the Chromebook, and Digitimes Research believes the tech giant is looking...

Fierce price competition revives GG touch panel demand

TAIWAN FPD | Jun 26, 16:17

Generally, the touchscreen technology used in a tablet is related to the device's specifications: high-end models usually adopt cutting-edge technologies, first-tier brand vendors' mid-range/entry-level models mostly adopt GFF-based touch panels, and white-box products normally use lower-end technologies...

South Korea eyes AP development; pushing for mid-range market initially

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 25, 15:34

South Korea paid about KRW350 billion (US$342.81 million) in royalties to ARM for AP licensing in 2012, up significantly from KRW180 billion in 2008 and the fee is expected to rise to KRW900 billion by 2020 if the country does not have a home-grown AP architecture.

MediaTek open platform to attract more wearable device vendors

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 24, 19:06

MediaTek's open LinkIt platform developed for wearable devices may offer opportunities for hardware developers to come out with wearable devices with killer applications rather than general-purpose smartwatches being rolled out by vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

LTE broadcast to become a new area for growth in the long term

TAIWAN ICT | Jun 24, 15:29

In mature telecom markets, most carriers have faced saturation in customer bases and slow revenues growths in the past five years. The top-4 carriers in the US, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, together only achieved total revenues growth of US$24.4 billion from 2008-2012 with a CAGR of 2.28%,...

7-inch tablet prices to continue dropping

GLOBAL TABLET | Jun 23, 14:48

In the US tablet market, the lowest price point for a 7-inch brand tablet dropped to US$79 in June, according to Digitimes Research. With 7-inch tablet specifications gradually converging and prices declining, Samsung Electronics' 7-inch tablets, which are priced at a relatively higher level, are expected...

Taiwan PSS makers keep expanding capacities in 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 23, 14:44

Taiwan-based PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) makers have been expanding production capacities, with total monthly capacity to increase from 2.19 million 2-inch-equivalent substrates in the first quarter of 2014 to 2.63 million units in the second, 3.55 million units in the third, and 4.27 million...

Smartphone shipments to China unlikely to surpass 400 million units in 2014

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Jun 23, 14:04

China smartphone vendors' shipments started weakening in mid-May with the upstream supply chain also seeing orders turning week despite the fact that several China-based smartphone players are still able to deliver over 10 million units each quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

Japan-based DSC vendor shipments to fall 22.7% in fiscal 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 20, 11:48

Observing Japan's mobile consumer electronics market in the second quarter of 2014, Digitimes Research found several key factors such as mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILC) are seeing better shipments than DSLR cameras; Japan-based DSC vendors' total shipments for fiscal 2014 (April 2014-March...

Spreadtrum finding smartphone AP business difficult

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Jun 19, 16:44

China-based Spreadtrum's application processor (AP) shipments have been dropping since China Mobile began subsidizing dual-core smartphones, as opposed to single-core models, in June 2013, and the company so far is showing no signs of recovery. Spreadtrum's parent company Tsinghua Unigroup's acquisition...

Amazon Fire smartphone to promote offline-to-online shopping business model

GLOBAL SMARTPHONE | Jun 19, 16:02

Amazon announced its first own-brand smartphone, the Fire on June 18, 2014. Digitimes Research has commented that Amazon has not set the smartphone's price low to boost competition, and the device's hardware specifications are also not considered very high-end. Some special features of the smartphone...

Qualcomm far ahead of Marvell and MediaTek in China LTE market

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Jun 19, 12:38

Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China's LTE service started later than most of the developed countries.

Korea semiconductor companies to ramp up capital spending in 2H14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 17, 16:26

Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics has topped the world's semiconductor companies for the fourth straight year since 2010. In 2014, Samsung's semiconductor capex is expected to stay flat at US$11.5 billion as compared to the previous year. However, since Samsung plans to begin install...

Panel makers eyeing wearable device business opportunities

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 16, 21:33

Panel makers are eyeing wearable device business opportunities, as the market for other panel applications continues to mature and demand remains limited, according to Digitimes Research.

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