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Samsung invests in China-based BYD

Jul 22, 14:54

Shanghai Samsung Semiconductor, a unit of Samsung Electronics, has acquired 52.26 million shares of BYD Electronic for CNY3 billion (US$449 million), according to an announcement by the China-based electric vehicle maker.

Software solution provider GrandTech reports increased earnings for 2Q16

Stockwatch - Jul 20, 21:45

GrandTech CG Systems, a Taiwan-based supplier of IT products and a software solution provider, has reported pre-tax earnings of NT$49.58 million (US$1.55 million) for the second quarter of 2016. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.92 before taxes for the period.

IPC maker Parpro expected to see strong contribution from aerospace and military businesses in 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 20, 15:34

Taiwan-based industrial PC maker Parpro is expected to see its revenues from the aerospace and military businesses grow significantly in 2017, increasing their combined revenue contribution to 50% in 2017, up from 35% in 2015 due to a replacement trend for airplanes, according to a Chinese-language...

Commentary: ARM a must for SoftBank in paradigm shift

Jul 20, 12:46

SoftBank's decision to buy out ARM for GBP24.3 billion (US$32.2 billion) not only highlights the ruthless investment style of SoftBank's chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, but also indicates the future business opportunities that will come along with the rising penetration of Internet of Things (IoT).

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Merry to form investment partnership with Luxshare via Suzhou subsidiary

Jul 19, 15:59

Headset maker Merry Electronics has signed a letter of intent for cooperation with China-based Luxshare Precision Industry under which Luxshare or one of its subsidiaries will take up a 40-60% stake in a Merry subsidiary in Suzhou, China for CNY400-600 million (US$59.71-89.57 million).

Hinge makers see increasing demand for MIM-made hinges

Jul 19, 15:49

Demand for metal injection molding-made (MIM) hinges is expected to grow strongly in the second half of the year as Apple's upcoming new ultra-thin MacBooks will feature the component, while many brand vendors' new 2-in-1 devices will also continue using the hinges. Taiwan-based hinge maker Shin Zu...

SoftBank to acquire ARM

Jul 18, 16:24

The boards of directors of SoftBank and ARM have announced that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition of ARM for GBP24.3 billion (US$32.2 billion).

Samsung to take up 4% stake in China-based BYD, says paper

Jul 15, 14:19

Samsung Electronics has decided to invest KRW500 billion (U$442 million) to take up a 4% stake in China-based electric vehicle maker BYD Electronic, according to a Korea Economic Daily report.

Largan Precision 2Q16 gross margin hits record

Jul 15, 11:17

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported record gross margin of 66.37% for the second quarter of 2016.

ASRock reports increased sales for June

Newswatch - Jul 15, 10:55

ASRock has reported revenues of NT$559.37 million (US$17.48 million) for June, up 9.22% on month and 9.41% on year. Accumulated 2016 revenues through June totaled NT$3.457 billion, increasing 3.56% from a year earlier.

Notebook hinge maker Jarllytec sees revenues up sharply on year in June

Newswatch - Jul 13, 22:13

Notebook hinge maker Jarllytec has reported revenues of NT$557.84 million (US$17.34 million) for June, down 3.78% on month but up 128.65% on year. Second-quarter revenues were NT$1.587 billion, marking the company's highest quarterly figures.

Notebook chip order visibility extends

Jul 13, 14:02

Taiwan-based IC design houses have landed an influx of orders for notebooks, and have seen better order visiility for the third quarter, according to industry sources.

Gigabyte launches two new GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards

Jul 13, 11:09

Gigabyte Technology has announced the availability of two new variants of GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards. They are the small form factor GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC Edition (GV-N1070IXOC-8GD) and the dual-fan GTX 1070 Windforce OC Edition (GV-N1070WF2OC-8GD).

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Windforce OC Edition graphics card

Foxconn Technology reports June revenues up on year

Stockwatch - Jul 12, 19:35

Foxconn Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.07 billion (US$188.18 million) for June 2016, representing a 6.33% drop on month but a 5.45% increase on year.

Chicony Electronics revenues flat on year in June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 16:17

Chicony Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.922 billion (US$214.94 million) for June 2016, representing a 14.38% increase on month and 0.78% drop on year.

Foxlink revenues drop on year in June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 16:14

Foxlink has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.374 billion (US$197.93 million) for June 2016, representing a 11.12% increase on month and 15.1% drop on year.

Gigabyte June revenues increase

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 16:13

Gigabyte Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.853 billion f(US$150.7 million) or June 2016, representing a 47.36% increase on month and 26.17% increase on year.

Altek reports decreased revenues for June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 16:12

Altek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$890 million (US$27.64 million) for June 2016, representing a 6.06% drop on month and 6.74% drop on year.

MSI reports increased revenues for June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 16:06

Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.719 billion (US$270.74 million) for June 2016, representing a 22.59% increase on month and 25.59% increase on year.

Delta Electronics revenues increase in June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 15:38

Delta Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$17.874 billion (US$555.02 million) for June 2016, increasing 0.5% on month and 5% on year.

Lite-On Technology June revenues hit 8-month high

Jul 11, 11:04

EMS provider Lite-On Technology on July 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$19.107 billion (US$590 million) for June, the highest monthly level since November 2015 and increasing 9.58% on month and 7.78% on year.

Robot maker Hiwin reports brisk sales for June, looks to strong 3Q16

Newswatch - Jul 11, 10:51

Mechanical component and robot maker Hiwin Technologies saw its revenues grow 4.5% on month and 5.79% on year to a record high of NT$1.549 billion (US$48.06 million) for June, buoyed by orders for automated equipment and robot products.

Motherboard players see 20-30% drop in 2Q16 shipments

Jul 8, 11:05

Motherboard players' shipments suffered worse-than-expected sequential declines in the second quarter of 2016 with many seeing over 20% decreases and some around 30%, according to sources from the motherboard industry. Orders from the retail channel for the third quarter remain weak and the issue is...

Catcher sees drop in June revenues

Jul 7, 15:23

Metal chassis maker Catcher Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$5.61 billion (US$173.1 million) for June, down 4.6% on month and 9.4% on year, while consolidated revenues for the second quarter were NT$17.52 billion, up 4% sequentially, but down 12.9% on year.

Handset component maker Silitech sees sales up on month in June

Newswatch - Jul 7, 14:46

Handset keypad and component maker Silitech Technology has reported revenues of NT$215 million (US$6.64 million) for June, increasing 5.7% on month but declining 19.9% on year.

FCCL material supplier Taiflex reports flat sales for June

Newswatch - Jul 6, 21:51

Taiflex Scientific, which supplies flexible copper clad laminates and PV module backsheets, has reported revenues of NT$833 million (US$25.74 million) for June, down 6.1% on month and 6.6% on year.

ECS June revenues decrease

Stockwatch - Jul 6, 15:59

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.672 billion (US$82.54 million)for June 2016, representing a 34.65% increase on month and 46.15% drop on year.

Foxconn connector subsidiary applies for listing on HKEX

Jul 6, 15:47

Foxconn Group's connector affiliate, Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), has recently applied to be listed on Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) using the name FIT Hon Teng, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn did not comment on the decision.

Largan sees June revenues drop on year

Jul 6, 11:30

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.594 billion (US$110.9 million) for June, so far the highest monthly level in 2016 and growing 6.89% sequentially but slipping 29.61% on year.

Digitimes Research: Growing popularity of VR/AR devices to boost component demand

Jul 6, 11:28

The growing availability of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices will offer growth opportunities for a number of component suppliers, including sensors, infrared (IR)/laser transmitters and LED chips, according to Digitimes Research.

Headset maker Merry June revenues reach all-time high

Newswatch - Jul 5, 22:03

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$1.409 million (US$43.66) million for June, the company's highest monthly figures. June's figures also represented an increase of 56.61% from the same period a year earlier.

Taiwan market: HTC Vive availability starting on July 12

Newswatch - Jul 5, 15:15

Following its entry into the Japan market on July 7, High Tech Computer's (HTC) Vive will become available in Taiwan on July 12, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report.

BeingNet Alliance establishes medical application wing

Jul 5, 12:10

Acer founder Stan Shih on July 4 announced the establishment of a medical application net for BeingNet Alliance and has invited Taiwan's ex-premier Simon Chang to be the chairman of the alliance. Prior to the medical application net, the alliance already established an application net for agriculture...

Taiwan IT players see Apple demanding price cuts

Jul 5, 12:02

With worldwide smartphone shipment growth slowing down, Apple has been cutting its existing upstream component suppliers' quotes and seeking new component suppliers to maintain its high gross margins. Several Taiwan-based IT players such as Largan Precision, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry)...

Robust SSD demand to buoy related IC revenues in 3Q16

Jul 1, 16:06

Robust SSD demand will buoy related IC suppliers' revenues in the third quarter of 2016. Companies including Phison Electronics, Silicon Motion Technology and Realtek Semiconductor are expected to post brisk sales for the third quarter, according to industry sources.

Hota Industrial lands 7-year orders from BorgWarner

Jul 1, 15:42

Automotive component and parts maker Hota Industrial has obtained 7-year orders for transfer case components from US-based automotive part supplier BorgWarner, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 and annual shipments to range from 100,000 to 300,000 units, according to the company.

Taiwan government rejects China investment in Merry

Jul 1, 14:24

Taiwan's Investment Commission has rejected a plan by headset maker Merry Electronics to sell 63 million new shares to China-based Luxshare Precision Industry through a private placement for NT$3.78 billion (US$117.24million).

Robot maker Hiwin looks to strong performance in 3Q16

Stockwatch - Jun 29, 11:19

Mechanical component and robot maker Hiwin Technologies expects its sales performance for the third quarter of 2016 to be better than that in the previous quarter, buoyed by recent appreciation of Japanese yen and brisk demand for high-end machine tools in China, according to company chairman Eric...

AMD, Nvidia next-generation graphics card competition to begin earlier

Jun 27, 22:16

Seeing that AMD is ready to release its new Polaris-based Radeon RX 480 graphics card soon and company vice president Raja Koduri steadily managing the Radeon graphics technology business, Nvidia has decided to start selling its GeForce GTX 1060 products, which were originally set to launch in August,...

Intel to initialize 3rd wave of layoffs that could affect Taiwan suppliers

Jun 27, 15:36

Intel will start its third wave of layoffs at the end of June, targeting mainly its worldwide sales and marketing units. The move is expected to affect players in Taiwan's supply chain, according to industry sources.

Intel tightening up its personnel

Lite-On Technology expects growth for 2Q16

Jun 27, 15:13

EMS provider Lite-On Technology expects quarterly growth in second-quarter 2016 as sales have been better than expected, company CEO Warren Chen said at a shareholders meeting on June 24.

Sony to ship 9 million PS VR headsets in 2016, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 27, 13:52

Sony is expected to ship up to six million units of PlayStation VR (PS VR) headsets in 2016, accounting for 67% of the global VR HMD market, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times reports, citing data fromTaipei-based Topology Research Institute.

Quanta to launch 360-degree VR add-on camera

Jun 27, 11:25

Quanta Computer has developed a 360-degree live VR (virtual reality) streaming add-on camera through cooperation with ImmerVision, a Canada-based developer of immersive optical and imaging technology, and will launch the product at the end of 2016, the Taiwan-based ODM's chairman Barry Lam said at...

360-degree live VR streaming add-on camera developed by Quanta via cooperation with ImmerVision

Chenbro to expand capacity to meet growing demand from data centers

Jun 24, 14:47

Rack-mount and tower server chassis maker Chenbro Micom, in view of growing demand from data centers, will expand production capacity in China, pushing its sales in North America, and set up service centers in Europe, according to the company,.

MediaTek rolls out 4G solutions for vehicle recorder market

Jun 24, 11:23

MediaTek and downstream device designers have jointly come out with smart rear-view camera modules, built utilizing MediaTek's 4G solutions.

Largan expected to keep lead in smartphone dual-lens module

Jun 24, 10:56

Although adoption of dual-lens cameras for smartphones is not yet popular, Largan Precision is expected to maintain its leading market status in technology and production capacity of smartphone-use dual-lens modules, according to industry sources.

Dow Chemical continues to ramp up CMP production in Taiwan

Jun 22, 15:32

Dow Chemical held recently a groundbreaking ceremony for the fourth-phase expansion project of its chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) plant in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, according to the company.

IC suppliers landing short lead-time orders for Type-C solutions

Jun 21, 22:11

Taiwan-based IC suppliers have been receiving more short lead-time orders for USB Type-C solutions from notebook vendors and ODMs recently, indicating that the Type-C interface is likely to become mainstream in products in the second half of 2016, according to industry sources.

Gigabyte launches graphics card with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU

Jun 21, 15:37

Gigabyte Technology has released the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card (GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD), featuring overclocked GPU, WindForce cooling module and RGB illumination. The Pascal-based card is also equipped with 8GB of GDDR5 memory.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card

AMD Zen chipset design issue could increase costs for motherboard players

Jun 21, 15:27

AMD's chipsets for Zen-based processors, which AMD outsourced to Taiwan-based ASMedia Technology for R&D, are rumored to be seeing design issues, which will increase motherboard players' costs by US$2-5, according to sources from the motherboard industry.

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