Global notebook shipments see over 19% sequential drop in 1Q15
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 16, 15:22
Global notebook shipments not including detachable models reached less than 38 million units in the first quarter of 2015, down 4.7% on year and 19.4% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research's latest report about notebooks. The shipment drop was due to seasonality plus inventory left over from...
Japan LED lighting penetration in 2015 to reach 78.6%
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 15, 21:39
Demand for all types of lighting products in the Japan market in 2015 is estimated at a total value of JPY646 billion (US$5.39 billion) and LED lighting will account for 78.6% (penetration), according to Digitimes Research.
20- and 24-inch monitor retail pricing to decline in April
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 15, 15:05
Average retail prices for 20- and 24-inch LCD monitors in the US, UK, Germany, China and Japan during April 2015 are expected to decrease 8.7% to US$116 and 6.5% to US$244, respectively, according to Digitimes Research.
China foundry houses to optimize specialty processes for IoT
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 15, 11:36
China-based foundry houses, including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), XMC and Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, are expected to focus on developing specialty processes for producing chips for IoT applications, according to Digitimes Research.
Surface 3 to see low shipments
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 14, 15:37
Microsoft unveiled its third-generation own-brand tablet, the Surface 3 on March 31 with a size and industrial design similar to those of the previous-generation models, but instead of using an ARM-based platform and Windows RT operating system, the device has adopted Intel's Atom processor and Windows...
Philips makes wise move selling Lumileds stake
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 14, 11:49
Philips originally planned to spin off its wholly-owned subsidiary Lumileds and automobile lighting business to make them an independent company by the end of the first half 2015. But on March 31, Philips announced a deal to sell a 80.1% stake in Lumileds to Go Scale Capital for an amount of US$2.8...
Microsoft patent fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps in Android products
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 14, 11:14
According to Digitimes Research's latest findings from Taiwan's and China's smartphone/tablet upstream supply chain, in exchange for hardware players to pre-install its software applications such as Office, OneDrive or Skype onto their Android-based devices, Microsoft is offering them discounts on...
Samsung semiconductor capex to reach record high in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 13, 15:53
Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics is expected to reach an all-time high of US$15 billion in 2015, making the company's capex the world's highest in the semiconductor industry for the sixth straight year since 2010, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, SK Hynix's...
AMOLED to dominate werable displays from 2015-2020
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 13, 15:50
Over the next five years the wearables industry will continue to develop applications ranging from smartwatches, smart wristbands and various facial applications, and will primarily rely on AMOLED technology for displays due to its flexible and energy-saving features, according to Digitimes Research...
BOE and Tianma struggling to mass produce Full HD TDDI displays
CHINA FPD | Apr 13, 15:20
China panel makers BOE and Tianma Microelectronics are aiming to mass produce Full HD displays with in-cell LTPS TFT LCDs and TDDI (touch with display driver) technology for handsets but are currently unable to do so beyond displays equipped with HD resolution, according to Digitimes Research.
Lenovo smartphone shipments reach only 8-9 million units in 1Q15
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Apr 10, 14:46
Lenovo's smartphone shipments in first-quarter 2015 reached only 8-9 million units, lower than the volume that Digitimes Research had previously estimated and about the same as the level a year ago due to high inventory built up during the fourth quarter of 2014. Lenovo brand image is relatively weak...
March 7W, 9W LED light bulb prices down in China
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 7, 13:57
March average retail pricing for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescents) in the China market decreased 21.4% on month to CNY29.10 (US$4.70), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescents) slipped 11.6% to CNY38.80, according to Digitimes Research.
China panel makers advancing production of high-end applications
CHINA FPD | Mar 31, 15:51
China panel makers are continuing to move toward production of TFT Oxide displays for use in large-size applications in addition to AMOLED, with Tianma Microelectronics starting to make some of the biggest shifts, according to Digitimes Research's observations at the China 2015 FDP exhibition.
Tianma expects new high-end display fabs to enter production in 2H15
CHINA FPD | Mar 27, 11:32
Based on recent product displays and talks with representatives at Tianma Optoelectronics at the FPD China 2015 exhibition, the company is actively pursuing OLED and LTPS TFT LCD production and expects new facilities to enter production by late 2015, according to Digitimes Research.
Holitech to become 2nd-largest touch panel maker in China after acquisitions
CHINA FPD | Mar 26, 14:56
China-based touch panel maker Holitech Technology reportedly will raise funds to acquire Each Opto Electronics Industrial, BYD's electronics component department, and Pingbo Electronics, all makers of touch panel-related components. Digitimes Research believes the acquisitions will raise Holitech's...
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,...