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
RESEARCH EXTRAS | 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...
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 ICT | 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.
28-inch monitors veering toward TN technology and 24-inch units IPS
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 19, 15:42
Monitors sized 28-inch were an increasingly larger focus for monitor vendors throughout 2014, with Samsung Electronics, IIYAMA, Lenovo and Acer at the forefront. Many of the units released were equipped with Ultra HD panels and twisted nematic (TN) technology, according to Digitimes Research.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 ships as scheduled for Xiaomi and LG product launches
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Jan 16, 16:14
Qualcomm's top-notch product in 2015, the Snapdragon 810, has been rumored to have defects and see unstable mass production with some media even speculating that volume production for the application processor (AP) would not start until the second quarter of 2015. However, judging from LG's and Xiaomi's...
Global notebook shipments in 4Q14 over 46 million units
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 15, 23:28
There were an estimated 46.059 million notebooks shipped globally during the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing by 3.1% on quarter and remaining unchanged on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Global tablet shipments to decline 11.8% in 2015
GLOBAL TABLET | Jan 15, 15:07
Global tablet shipments are estimated to drop 11.8% on year to reach 244 million units in 2015 as demand for high-end and entry-level tablets has both become saturated, while large-size smartphones and inexpensive notebooks are gradually taking demand away from the device, according to Digitimes Research's...
TSMC SSL merger to enhance Epistar in the LED market
TAIWAN FPD | Jan 14, 23:15
Epistar has invested NT$825 million (US$25.94 million) to merge with TSMC Solid State Lighting (SSL), helping to enhance Epistar's capability in the lighting industry. Before the decision was made, many companies such as SemiLEDs and Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT) had also been talking to...
Curved OLED TV sales unlikely to break 800,000 in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 9, 16:00
Following developments to push Ultra HD TVs in the market vendors have begun to promote curved units as well and aim to push the technology throughout 2015-2016. However, due to higher panel costs, limited market prospects and higher retail pricing, shipments during the time period will be limited,...
Ultra HD BD players not likely to be available until end of 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 9, 15:32
Panasonic is showcasing an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player (BDP) prototype at CES 2014 and is the only exhibitor with such a device at the show. Digitimes Research believes Ultra HD BDPs will wait at least until the end of 2015 before hitting store shelves, but demand may pick up in 2016.
December 7W, 9W LED bulb prices sequentially down in China market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 8, 21:44
December average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market decreased by 8.7% on month to CNY35.7 (US$5.8), while that for 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescent ones) decreased by 9.1% to CNY37.1, according to Digitimes Research.
Samsung, LG, Panasonic bent on competing against Android TV
TAIWAN FPD | Jan 8, 15:14
Observing major LCD TV brand vendors' strategies for 2015, Google's Android TV has become the official platform for Sony's and Sharp's smart TVs, but vendors such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Panasonic are still resisting Android, and bent on using their in-house developed platforms to...
China white-box players accelerate LTE tablet supply to Russia vendors
GLOBAL TABLET | Jan 8, 12:02
Despite the fact that Russia's IT market has been greatly impacted by the fast depreciation of the country's currency, Digitimes Research expects demand for LTE tablets from Russia to continue growing in 2015 due to the rise of its regional brand vendors and strong consumer demand for high price/performance-ratio...
Global high-brightness LED shipments in 2015 to reach over 186 billion chips
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jan 8, 07:47
There will be an estimated 186.017 billion high-brightness LED chips shipped globally in 2015, increasing on year by 32.6%, and the corresponding production value will grow much less by 7.5% to US$13.699 billion due to continued drops in the average selling price, according to Digitimes Research.