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...
Taiwan LCD TV shipments in 4Q14 highest since 1Q12
TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Feb 6, 11:05
Taiwan makers' LCD TV shipments reached 10.86 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, the first time they broke the 10 million mark since the first quarter of 2012, according to Digitimes Research.
7W LED bulb pricing down in China market in January, 9W up
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Feb 4, 19:17
January average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market decreased 6.4% on month to CNY33.4 (US$5.4), while prices for 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescents) increased 13.5% to CNY42.1, according to Digitimes Research.
Smartphone shipments in China top 100 million units in 4Q14
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Feb 3, 22:03
Shipments of smartphones in the China market grew 10.8% on quarter and 13.2% on year to 103.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven by the release of iPhone 6 devices as well as low-priced 4G models by local vendors, according to Digitimes Research.
Smartphone AP shipments in China to slide 10% on quarter in 1Q15
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Feb 2, 14:51
Shipments of smartphone-use application processors (AP) in China are expected to decline 10% sequentially but up 28.6% on year in the first quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. The sequential decline is due to excessive orders placed by device vendors in the fourth quarter of 2014, according...
WPC far surpasses PMA in wireless power charging certification
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 30, 16:05
682 products offered by 128 vendors/makers had obtained Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) technological certification for wireless power charging as of the end of 2014, while there were only 24 products offered by eight vendors/makers passing certification by the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), according...
Taiwan sees increased 4Q14 digital camera shipments
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Jan 29, 19:31
Ability Enterprise, Altek, Asia Optical and Foxconn Electronics together shipped 3.99 million digital cameras during the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing 13.9% on quarter and 15.7% on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Global tablet shipments grow 16.9% sequentially in 4Q14
GLOBAL TABLET | Jan 29, 11:04
Although white-box tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, global overall tablet shipments in the quarter still grew sequentiallyby 16.9% to reach 74.77 million units thanks to Apple and non-Apple first-tier vendors' strong performances, according to Digitimes Research's latest report...
China smartphone shipments drop 8.8% sequentially in 4Q14
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Jan 28, 21:59
Shipments of smartphones by China-based vendors declined 8.8% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014, affected by weaker than expected sales for some brand vendors, according to Digitimes Research.
Korea makers to expand AMOLED production capacity 36% in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 27, 14:46
The global AMOLED panel industry saw an over 10% on-year decline in sales revenue during 2014 largely due to lagging sales from Samsung Display. Despite the decline, Korea makers LG Display and Samsung Display have prospects for the technology in 2015 and will expand accumulative production capacity...
Windows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile device market in 2015
TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Jan 23, 14:58
Microsoft on January 21, 2015 announced Windows 10, but Digitimes Research believes the operating system, though falling in line with the software giant's Mobile First, Cloud First strategy, is unlikely to make any dramatic change to the competition between notebooks, tablets and smartphones in 2015...
China players becoming strong threat to first-tier brand vendors
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 23, 14:04
Observing vendors' showcases at CES 2015, Digitimes Research believes first-tier notebook brand vendors' 2-in-1 devices are expected face fierce price competition from China's white-box products as well as other mobile devices including notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Meanwhile, China-based smartphone...
China smartphone industry to report shipment growth of 8.6% for 4Q14
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Jan 22, 15:47
During visits to firms in China's smartphone supply chain in November and December 2014, Digitimes Research found that their shipments to the domestic market were weak in the fourth quarter of 2014. But their exports remained strong. Many China-based brand vendors and ODMs who had a strong focus on...
Price wars for Ultra HD TVs spurring in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 21, 15:13
In a push to make Ultra HD TVs more prevalent in the market, TV vendors are aiming to push lower-priced solutions, which is starting to spur intensified price competition among vendors and related supply chains, according to Digitimes Research.