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  • Taiwan 2Q14 economic growth rate upward adjusted to 3.84%, says DGBAS

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  • Taiwan IC suppliers to benefit as Samsung steps up purchases of IC parts

    Bits + chips | Jul 31, 22:08

  • MediaTek hikes 4G smartphone solution shipment target for 2014

    Bits + chips | Jul 31, 22:07

  • Digitimes Research: Promotion of HEMS appliances in Japan faces problems

    Green energy | Jul 31, 20:14

  • Young Optics nets NT$54 million for 1H14

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 20:56

  • China market: Gome to start price-cuts to promote LCD TVs in August, says report

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 20:52

  • Teco to exhibit cloud-based smart home appliances at TAIROS

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 20:37

  • Samsung reports decreased handset and tablet shipments for 2Q14

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 20:35

  • PCB/LCD equipment supplier Asia Neo Tech to debut on OTC market

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 20:10

  • Nearly 50 firms stepping into 3D printing, says ITRI

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:59

  • Radiant Opto-Electronics nets NT$3.07 per share for 1H14

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:57

  • Taiwan market: WD launches NAS HDDs

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:57

  • Russia market: Smartphone competition heating up

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:56

  • Taiwan panel makers plan to cooperate with China TV vendors to tap international market

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:56

  • UMC to ramp 28nm wafer capacity

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:55

  • Wintek becomes major touch panel supplier for Xiaomi

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:54

  • HTC swings to profitability in 2Q14

    Before Going to Press | Jul 31, 19:53

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Yageo to cut capital by 70%

Jul 30, 15:48

Shareholders of Yageo have approved the company's plans to reduce its capital by NT$15.4 billion (US$514 million) or 70% to NT$6.6 billion. Shareholders will receive NT$7 for each share.

FCCL supplier Taiflex looks to 10% on-quarter revenue growth in 3Q14

Jul 30, 14:09

FCCL supplier Taiflex Scientific expects its revenues to grow 10.5% sequentially and 2.2% on year to NT$2.6-3.3 billion (US$86.78-110.14 million) in the third quarter of 2014, with a gross margin of 21-25% and operating margin of 11-15%.

Kinsus net profits up over 55% sequentially in 2Q14

Jul 29, 14:41

IC substrate supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology has reported net profits of NT$1.23 billion (US$41.09 million) for the second quarter of 2014, increasing 55.4% from a quarter earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$2.76 for the quarter.

Unitech, Dynamic ramping rigid-flexible PCBs

Jul 28, 15:03

PCB makers Unitech Printed Circuit Board and Dynamic Electronics are ramping up their production of rigid-flexible PCB boards to meet increasing demand from the smartphone and wearable device sectors, according to industry sources.

Career expects sales to peak in 4Q14

Jul 25, 10:46

Flexible PCB supplier Career Technology expects its sales to peak in the fourth quarter of 2014, buoyed by increasing shipments of FPCBs to the wearable device sector.

TPCA urges Taiwan government to upgrade PCB industry

Jul 24, 21:26

The Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) has presented a white paper calling for the government to lead Taiwan's PCB industry to develop next-generation products and to promote industry upgrades.

Compeq looks to strong revenue gains in 3Q14 on growing HDI board orders

Jul 22, 14:43

PCB maker Compeq Manufacturing is expected to see its revenues grow 10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by new orders for HDI boards from Apple and Xiaomi Technology, according to industry sources.

Flexible PCB suppliers to enjoy strong sales in 2H14

Jul 21, 15:10

Taiwan-based flexible PCB makers are bracing for strong sales in the second half of 2014, particularly from August when related makers begin to assemble the new iPhones, according to industry sources.

PCB maker Gold Circuit to swing back to profitability in 2014

Jul 21, 13:34

PCB maker Gold Circuit Electronics is expected to swing back to profitability in 2014, buoyed by rising capacity utilization rate and an improvement in product mix, according to industry sources.

Equipment suppliers Acter, Lumax brace for strong sales in 2H14

Jul 18, 15:56

Cleanroom supplier Acter and process control solution provider Lumax International are expected to see their revenues grow quarter-on-quarter in the second half of 2014, based on booming wafer foundry business in Taiwan and continued expansion by LCD and LED plants in China, according to industry so...

Ichia sees profits increase sharply in 2Q14

Jul 17, 14:01

Flexible PCB and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported pre-tax profits of NT$524 million (US$17.46 million) for the second quarter of 2014, up 98% sequentially and 180% on year. Net EPS for the first half of 2014 stood at NT$1.91.

Kinsus, Unimicron to benefit from Apple A8 processor orders

Jul 16, 15:33

IC substrate suppliers Kinsus Interconnect Technology and Unimicron Technology are likely to land windfall orders for 20nm substrates from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the foundry house has begun producing A8 processors for Apple.

PCB makers TPT and Tripod see increased 2Q14 revenues

Jul 15, 15:23

Taiwan-based TV-use PCB makers Taiwan PCB Techvest (TPT) and Tripod Technology both have posted strong sales for the second quarter of 2014, buoyed by their expanding product portfolios, according to industry sources.

Zhen Ding, Career ramping FPCB production capacity

Jul 14, 16:18

Flexible PCB suppliers including Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology both have ramped up their capacities in preparation for new orders that are likely to come along with the release of next-generation iPhones and new smartphone models by non-Apple vendors in the second half of 2014,...

AEM coverlay products enters iPhone supply chain, say sources

Jul 14, 15:07

Flexible copper clad-laminate (FCCL) maker Asia Electronic Materials (AEM) reportedly has landed coverlay orders for next-generation iPhones, driving up its revenues for the first half of 2014, according to industry sources.

Discrete component makers to enjoy sales growth in 2014

Jul 14, 09:51

Taiwan-based discrete component makers including Lite-On Semiconductor, Actron Technology, Taiwan Semiconductor, Eris Technology and Panjit International are expected to see their revenues grow significantly in 2014 on substantial shipments for PCs, tablets, handsets and other mobile devices, according...

Power inductor maker Magic to debut on OTC securities market

Jul 9, 22:15

Power inductor maker Magic Technology plans to debut on Taiwan's OTC securities market at NT$32-35 (US$1.07-1.17) per unit on July 25, 2014.

IC substrate suppliers look to strong sales in 2H14

Jul 9, 19:51

Major Taiwan-based IC substrate suppliers are set to post strong revenue growth in the second half of 2014 in line with booming sales at wafer foundry houses and IC backend service companies, according to industry sources.

Lite-On Semi to ramp up rectifier diode shipments

Jul 8, 15:41

Lite-On Semiconductor is expected to significantly ramp up its shipments of thin bridge rectifier diodes from the third quarter of 2014 as the company has landed orders from two major smartphone vendors in China, according to industry sources. The company is currently shipping 5-10 million thin bridge...

Ichia Technologies June revenues hit record

Jul 3, 16:11

Taiwan-based flexible PCB and handset keyboard maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.066 billion (US$35.5 million) for June, its highest monthly level with growth of 2.38% on month and 38.19% on year.

Copper foil prices to remain low amid oversupply

Jul 3, 14:38

Copper foil suppliers are unlikely to hike their quotes for the time being due to oversupply in the market despite stabilizing copper prices, according to industry sources.

Taiwan-based PCB makers expect to see increased production value in 2Q14, says IEK

Jul 3, 13:57

Factories set up by Taiwan-based PCB makers in Taiwan and China recorded total production value of NT$125.3 billion (US$4.14 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, decreasing 14.1% on quarter but up 8.5% on year, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK).

Mirle, Hiwin set for strong sales in 2H14

Jul 2, 13:58

LCD panel equipment supplier Mirle Automation and machinery component and robot maker Hiwin Technologies are bracing for strong sales in the second half of 2014 due to improved order visibility, according to industry sources.

Apex sees increase in revenues, but drop in profits in 2013

Jun 26, 15:24

PCB maker Apex International has announced consolidated revenues of NT$6.34 billion (US$211.58 million) for 2013, up 11.1% on year, but the company's net profits dropped 35.35% on year to reach NT$353 million with EPS reaching NT$3.70 due to costs from establishing new plants and appreciation of the...

PCB maker Chin-Poon to kick off production of new plant in 1Q15

Jun 26, 13:58

The new PCB plant of Chin-Poon Industrial in Taoyuan, Taiwan will kick off commercial production at a monthly output of 62,500 square feet in the first quarter of 2015, according to the company.

PCB maker TPT to ramp capacity by 1.5 million square feet in 2014

Jun 25, 16:14

PCB maker Taiwan PCB Techvest (TPT) plans to ramp up its capacity by 1.5 million square feet in 2014, aiming to boost its share in the global notebook board market to over 25% in the year compared to 20% in 2013, according to industry sources.

FPCB maker Zhen Ding to kick off 3rd 5-year expansion plans

Jun 24, 11:56

Flexible PCB maker Zhen Ding Technology Holding plans to kick off its third five-year expansion plans starting 2015, according to company chairman Charles Shen.

Digitimes Research: Spreadtrum finding smartphone AP business difficult

Jun 19, 16:44

China-based Spreadtrum's application processor (AP) shipments have been dropping since China Mobile began subsidizing dual-core smartphones, as opposed to single-core models, in June 2013, and the company so far is showing no signs of recovery. Spreadtrum's parent company Tsinghua Unigroup's acquisition...

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm far ahead of Marvell and MediaTek in China LTE market

Jun 19, 12:38

Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China's LTE service started later than most of the developed countries.

Supply of any-layer HDI boards to remain in 2H14, says Compeq chairman

Jun 13, 14:16

The supply of any-layer HDI boards will remain tight in the second half of 2014 due to limited capacity ramps by major players, according to Wu Chien, chairman of Compeq Manufacturing.

Compeq chairman Wu Chien

Thinking revenues hit 3-year high in May

Jun 12, 21:58

Protective component supplier Thinking Electronic saw its revenues hit a three-year high in May, powered by the availability of added production capacity from its new plant in Jiangxi, China, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: South Korea sees increasing semiconductor exports to Vietnam

Jun 12, 15:28

As labor costs in China are gradually rising, IT players have started turning to establish production lines in Vietnam, increasing the country's demand for upstream semiconductors and components. The scale of South Korea's semiconductor and component exports to Vietnam has grown significantly recently,...

PCB maker Dynamic swings back to profitability in 1Q14

Jun 11, 22:21

Rigid-flexible PCB maker Dynamic Electronics has reported net profits of NT$34.77 billion (US$1.16 million) for the first quarter of 2014, ending a five-quarter string of losses. First-quarter EPS stood at NT$0.12.

Zhen Ding to continue posting revenues of over NT$5 billion for June

Jun 11, 12:18

Flexible PCB maker Zhen Ding Technology Holding is expected to continue to post revenues of over NT$5 billion (US$166.69 million) for June, driven by its rising utilization rate, according to industry sources.

TPT, Tripod to see revenues grow 5-10% in 2Q14

Jun 10, 22:09

PCB makers Taiwan PCB Techvest (TPT) and Tripod Technology are expected to see their revenues grow 5-10% and 5%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the previous quarter, buoyed by rising shipments of notebook, HDI and optoelectronics boards, according to industry sources.

T-Flex Techvest focuses on rigid-flexible PCBs for smartphones, tablets

Jun 6, 13:59

PCB maker T-Flex Techvest has generated profits for two straight quarters, buoyed by its focus on rigid-flexible PCB products for smartphones and tablets, according to industry sources.

FPCB makers raising capex budgets for 2014

Jun 4, 22:06

Taiwan-based flexible PCB makers including Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology are increasing their capex for capacity ramps in 2014, according to industry sources.

What works in telecom can work in high-speed manufacturing: Leveraging IoT with Vitesse

Jun 4, 14:35

Until recently, Vitesse Semiconductor saw its core market as being the carrier Ethernet market, particularly what it calls the IP edge, which is anything from base stations to picocells to backhaul microwave/milliwave small cells, as well as routers and switches in the aggregation network. However,...

Vitesse CTO Martin Nuss

The challenges: Digitimes Research director Joanne Chien on the changing Taiwan role in the global supply chain

Jun 3, 13:31

Historically, Computex has played a key role in the global IT ecosystem, complementing other tradeshows that appear in different markets at different times of the year and highlighting the role of Taiwan as the hub of the global it supply chain. However, the IT market is in a state of transition and...

Joanne Chien, Digitimes Research director

Computex gets smart

Jun 3, 13:26

Asia's biggest ICT procurement exhibition and the world's second largest show is set to kick off today and run for the next five days, and Computex Taipei 2014 is expected to highlight a wide variety of IT products and solutions, from the latest mobile devices and computer peripherals, to the newest...

Tapping the power of mobile devices through connectivity: Silicon Image on HDMI, MHL and Wireless HD

Jun 3, 12:34

Silicon Image is a semiconductor IP company whose expertise is connecting boxes to displays. The company develops semiconductor IP based on industry standards it has helped develop. For example, it is one of the inventors of HDMI, DVI technology (in association with the Digital Display Working Group)...

David Kuo, senior director of marketing, mobile devices at Silicon Image

Taiwan PCB production value down 14.1% sequentially in 1Q14, says IEK

May 30, 11:51

Factories set up by Taiwan-based PCB makers in Taiwan and China recorded total production value of NT$125.3 billion (US$4.14 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, decreasing 14.1% on quarter but increasing 8.5% on year, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK).

FCCL maker AEM ramping EMI shielding film shipments

May 29, 14:14

Flexible copper clad-laminate (FCCL) maker Asia Electronic Materials (AEM) has ramped its shipments of EMI shielding films to 40,000 square feet a month, pushing its monthly revenues to an all-time high in April, according to the company.

EMI shielding films from AEM

Global semiconductor production edges down sequentially in 1Q14, says WSTS

May 28, 12:01

Global sales of semiconductor products totaled US$78.5 billion in the first quarter of 2014, down 1.8% sequentially but up 11.4% on year, according to data compiled by WSTS.

Taiwan PCB makers look to more orders from China-based Xiaomi

May 27, 15:55

Taiwan-based PCB makers are expected to land more orders, particularly for high-end HDI boards, from Xiaomi Technology as the China-based vendor has begun to ramp up shipments of its tablets in addition to smartphones, according to industry sources.

Compeq new HDI board capacity to come online in 3Q14

May 26, 12:17

The first-phase of capacity of Compeq Manufacturing's new plant in Chongqing, China will come online at the end of the third quarter of 2014, according to the PCB maker.

Handset vendors to compete for audio performance

May 23, 15:50

Handset vendors are likely to enter a new round of competition to upgrade their sound-processing technology in order to deliver high quality audio content through their smartphones, according to industry sources.

HDI, any-layer board production lines to run at full capacity through June

May 23, 14:27

The production lines for HDI and any-layer boards at Taiwan's major PCB makers, including Unimicron Technology, Compeq Manufacturing, Tripod Technology and Unitech Printed Circuit Board, are likely to run at full capacity through June due to strong demand from the smartphone sector, according to industry...

Tripod Technology HDI capacity utilization rises to 90%

May 22, 19:20

Taiwan-based PCB maker Tripod Technology, due to booming orders for HDI boards, seen its HDI production capacity utilization rise to 90% currently, higher than the overall capacity utilization of over 80% for all types of PCBs, according to the company.

Apex new capacity in Thailand comes online

May 21, 22:09

Apex International, a Taiwan-invested PCB maker in Thailand, has kicked off commercial operations for the first-phase capacity of its new plant. The plant will have a production capacity of 700,000 square feet of PCBs initially.

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