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Digitimes Research: China IC foundries focus on domestic market
Press release | April 1, 2013
China's consumption of semiconductors has increased gradually in recent years, encouraging foundries including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), Shanghai HuaHong NEC Electronics Company (HHNEC), Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (ASMC) to stay focused on the domestic market, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: Mobile devices to drive 2013 DRAM market
Press release | March 29, 2013
Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, will spur an almost 30% increase in overall DRAM bit demand in 2013, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: China 2013 rare earth mining targeted at 46,900 tons
To prevent an oversupply of rare earth materials, China's 2013 rare earth mining target is only half that of 2012, at 46,900 tons. China's export quota has been around 30,000 tons since 2010 and the actual export volume has been lower due to falling demand from major customers in countries such as Japan and the US. The actual export volume in 2013 is forecast at around 60% of the export quota.
Digitimes Research: China panel makers continue to improve their panel technology
Press release | March 28, 2013
China-based panel makers BOE, Tianma Micro-electronics and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) are showing increasing signs of improved technology and are likely to start producing more high-end panel products in 2013.
Digitimes Research: Toshiba, Sony see semiconductor revenues grow; Renesas struggles to make profits
Press release | March 25, 2013
Due to rising prices of NAND flash in the third quarter of 2012, Japan-based semiconductor firm Toshiba has reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenues of its semiconductor business unit grew by 10.5% on quarter, reaching JPY231.6 billion (US$2.4 billion). The firm has seen revenue growth for two consecutive quarters. Toshiba also reported fourth-quarter operating profits of JPY20 billion, showing an on-quarter growth compared to JPY12 billion in the third quarter.
Digitimes Research: Japan 2013 solar installations to reach over 3GW
The Japan government continues to promote the use of renewable energy and lower the percentage of electricity generated from nuclear power. In July 2012, the government announced a full buy-back scheme which successfully stimulated solar installations. Installations in the fourth quarter of 2012 alone reached over 1GW and the total 2012 installations showed an on-year increase of about 200%. A new feed-in-tariff (FIT) will become effective in April 2013. Under the new scheme, the FIT for solar PV systems under 10kW is lowered to JPY38/kWh (US$0.40/kWh) and the FIT for systems above 10kW is lowered to JPY37.8/kWh. Ahead of the cuts, the Japan market has been experiencing a surge of installations.
Digitimes Research: Room for further development in China smartphone market
Press release | March 21, 2013
Sales of smartphones in China are expected to top 330 million units in 2013, making the market a fierce battle field for local and international smartphone brands and inducing makers in the supply chain to expect strong growth in the year, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: More software developers join Android camp
Press release | March 20, 2013
More and more software developers and free software projects are willing to join development for the Android platform in view of the dynamic shipment growth demonstrated by Android-based smartphones over the past quarters, during which Android smartphones managed to take up a 70% share of the global smartphone market, while rival iOS saw its share slip to 15-20%, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: Thunderbolt facing strong competition from USB 3.0
Press release | March 19, 2013
Digitimes Research has recently examined several existing data transmission technologies and found that currently seven of them may become competitors of Intel Thunderbolt.
Silicon Works expands presence in global LCD driver IC market
South Korea-based Silicon Works saw revenues from the LCD driver IC segment jump by over 100% in 2012, according to Digitimes Research in a recent report, which found that its fellow Taiwan-based peers managed growth of only 0-16%.
Digitimes Research: China touch panel makers expand their influence in the market
As China-based touch panel makers are continuing to improve and expand their product portfolios, international-based handset and tablet vendors are increasing...
Digitimes Research: Taiwan notebook shipments enjoy growth in May
First-tier notebook vendors and ODMs enjoyed on-month shipment growth in May with brand vendors together having an increase of over 10% and ODMs around...
Digitimes Research: Samsung logic IC capex stays high in 2013
Samsung Electronics is expected to spend US$6 billion on its logic IC business in 2013, down from a record US$7 billion in 2012, according to Digitimes...
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Digitimes Research: Competition in the AMOLED panel industry continuing to heat up
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Digitimes Research: China mobile AP market to expand in 2013
The China mobile application processor (AP) market will expand over 60% in 2013 to 506 million units, with smartphone-use APs accounting for 77.4% of...
Digitimes Research: Google tying up with branded vendors to strengthen its online retail channel
The launch of HTC's New HTC One Google Edition and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 Google Edition by Google on June 26 through Google Play highlights...