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Taiwan handset shipments drop 1.6% sequentially in 1Q14

TAIWAN ICT | Apr 15, 15:44

Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) saw a significant increase in handset shipments in first-quarter 2014, because of Nokia's joint design manufacturing (JDM) orders for feature phones, while Compal Communications also achieved sequential shipment growth. Only Arima Communications suffered a slight...

Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan

GLOBAL TABLET | Apr 15, 14:34

Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7% of Japan's tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the...

ITO film price drop to slow metal mesh penetration in mid-size touch applications

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 15, 11:54

Metal mesh technology has entered mass production at some China-based touch panel makers, such as O-film, since the second half of 2013. It helped O-film become the largest notebook touch panel supplier in the world in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to its pricing advantages. Lenovo was one of...

Taiwan IC backend production value to expand 5.9% in 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 11, 10:47

The production value of Taiwan's IC testing and packaging industry is expected to grow 5.9% in 2014, higher than the 4.9% growth posted a year earlier, as well as the 4.2% growth projected for the global IC backend industry in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Global sapphire capacity to remain unchanged in 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 10, 16:02

Global leaders in the sapphire industry, in attempts to return to profits from losses incurred in 2012-2013, will focus on increasing utilization rates rather than expand capacities in 2014. Therefore, the global sapphire capacity in 2014 will be approximately the same as that in 2013, Digitimes Research...

LCD TV panel surface area shipped in 2014 expected to rise 8.7%

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 9, 14:32

The LCD TV panel surface area shipped in 2014 is expected to rise 8.7% on year as demand for TVs is expected to increase and the average TV panel-size increases, according to Digitimes Research.

China makers gear up for high-resolution small- to medium-size panel production

CHINA FPD | Apr 8, 15:23

With most of the China-based panel makers aggressively eyeing the high-resolution small- to medium-size panel market but lacking experience, Digitimes Research believes that in 2014, China's LTPS small-to-medium-size panels will still mainly be on the HD level. However, in 2015, FHD shipments should...

LED bulb prices in China fall in March

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 8, 11:33

March average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market slipped 11.0% sequentially to CNY33.9 (US$5.5), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescent ones) saw a 2.9% decline to CNY44.0, according to Digitimes Research.

Notebook shipments enjoy over 25% on-month growth in March

TAIWAN ICT | Apr 7, 21:34

In March, global top-5 notebook brand vendors and top-3 ODMs both achieved an over 25% on-month shipment growth due to February's weak shipments caused by inventory adjustments, orders for new products and end of support of Windows XP in early April, according to Digitimes Research's figures.

Taiwan ODMs losing out as PC brand vendors turn to China supply chain for tablets

GLOBAL TABLET | Apr 7, 15:46

Among global top-7 PC brand vendors, only Apple (sixth place) still outsources its tablet orders mainly to Taiwan-based EMS providers and ODMs, while the rest - Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba - have gradually shifted their entry-level tablet design and manufacturing...

LED fluorescent powder prices dropping amid waning reliance on China rare earths

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 7, 11:11

The China government has lowered its rare earths export quotas for 2014 by 30% compared to 2013 after the actual export volume last year was lower than its original estimates. Prices of cerium, yttrium and terbium oxide (rare earths used in LED production) dropped 38.1%, 0% and 41.3% on year, respectively,...

Over 50% white-box tablets to come with phone functions in 2H14; MediaTek to benefit most

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Apr 3, 12:08

China white-box tablet players' shipments increased sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2013 thanks to strong demand from mature markets worldwide. Demand from emerging markets has also started picking up after mid-December 2013.

Taiwan LCD monitor shipments reach 24.47 million in 4Q13

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 2, 21:00

Taiwan LCD monitor makers' shipments reached 24.47 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 1.5% on quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

3-mode smartphones to dominate China entry-level market

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Apr 2, 12:03

When announcing its LTE product lineup in 2013, China Mobile originally set 5-mode support for five major networking standards in China as a basic requirement for its 4G products, but the company lowered it to 3-mode at the end of 2013, as most chipmakers were unable to supply 5-model single-chip products...

On-cell touch panels not as popular as expected

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 28, 15:26

On-cell touch panels were once expected to be the solution with the best development potentials in China's entry-level to mid-range smartphone sector, but so far, the number of mobile devices using on-cell touch and their shipments have been far below the original expectations.

DSC ASP rises 9.6% in March

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 27, 15:31

According to Digitimes Research's latest digital still camera (DSC) pricing tracker, global DSCs' average selling price (ASP) was up 9.6% on month and reached US$309 in March, matching Digitimes Research's previous analysis that the global DSC ASP will continue to rise in the future as most DSC vendors...

Melfas eyes top notch in Korea touch panel industry

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 26, 15:05

Samsung Electronics' mid-range and entry-level mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in 2013 mostly adopted touch panels using thin-film technologies such as glass-film-film (GFF) or glass-film (G1F). Because the key component, the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent conducting film (TCF), had been...

China smartphone market to reach 422 million units in 2014, says Digitimes Research

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 26, 14:06

Demand in China's smartphone market is expected to reach 422 million units in 2014, with 278 million units contributed by China-based vendors, according to the latest Digitimes Research Special Reprort, "2014 China Smartphone Market and Industry - Forecast and Analysis."

China smartphone vendors to continue focusing on entry-level to mid-range models in 1H14

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Mar 25, 14:12

China-based handset vendors will continue to focus on rolling out entry-level to mid-range smartphones for China and other emerging markets in the first half of 2014 due to persistently strong demand for those models, according to Digitimes Research.

OTT TV users grow fast in China in 2013

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 25, 11:42

There were 428.2 million subscribers of OTT (over the top) TV subscribers in China as of the end of 2013, increasing 144.3 million from 2010 and accounting for 69.3% of all Internet service users, according to Digitimes Research.

China touch panel makers struggling with in-cell technology

CHINA TOUCH | Mar 24, 20:37

China touch panel makers are making slower-than-expected progress producing in-cell and on-cell touch panel technology during 2014, according to findings from Digitimes Research.

Korea-based makers to hold 50% share of large-size LCD supply capacity throughout 2017

CHINA FPD | Mar 24, 16:07

Samsung Display and LG Display are expected to hold a 50% or above share of large-size (9-inch and above) TFT LCD panel supply capacity throughout 2017, according to Digitimes Research.

Samsung 12.2-inch enterprise tablets unlikely to see strong sales in short term

GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 24, 14:56

Samsung started flooding the tablet market with new devices in the first quarter and is pushing its new 12.2-inch tablets, featuring a new user interface and multi-tasking abilities, as its main products for the enterprise market. However, because the devices have weaker price/performance ratios compared...

March analysis of tablet market

GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 24, 11:53

China-based Huawei and CoolPad have both recently launched their new low-price high-specification phablets in China, aiming to grab shares from the high-end phablet market. Both vendors have adopted similar online hunger marketing strategies for the devices.

MediaTek to continue eating into Spreadtrum market share

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 20, 15:18

Despite the slow-season performance of China's smartphone market, chipmaker MediaTek's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in the first quarter continue to see strong growth like it did during the previous quarter. The good price/performance ratios of MediaTek's entry-level and mid-range...

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