Getac launches new ruggedized tablet with improved gear
Jul 30, 11:57
Getac has announced upgrades to its existing T800 ruggedized tablet with new hardware that is certified by ATEX Zone 2, 22 and will rename the device to T800-Ex. The new tablet has also passed US military MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications.
Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments decline 10% in 2Q15
Jul 28, 15:16
Global tablet shipments declined 10% sequentially and over 15% on year to reach only 45.76 million units in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research's latest report on the global tablet market. Major markets felt the impacts of weak currencies; mid-range to entry-level large-size smartphones...
Commentary: China notebook ODMs set to ramp up shipments
Jul 28, 11:35
Although the production capability of China-based notebook ODMs is still too small to make a significant impact on their Taiwan-based counterparts, the notebook supply chain in China stands a chance of expanding their presence in the global notebook industry.
Asustek CFO David Cheng dies
Stockwatch - Jul 27, 15:59
Asustek Computer announced on July 24 that its CFO David Cheng has died and the company is currently assisting Cheng's family handling related matters. The death so far has not yet made any major impact on the company's operation, according to a company post on Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
Apple sees growing Mac shipments in 2015
Jul 23, 12:07
Apple has revealed it shipped 4.8 million Mac products in its fiscal third-quarter 2015 (ended June 27, 2015), up 5% sequentially and 9% from the same period a year ago. Sources from Apple's upstream supply chain noted that their orders for Mac products for the second half are stable and the overall...
Intel preparing to release notebook Skylake in October
Jul 23, 10:06
Following the upcoming release of desktop Skylake processors at Gamescom in Germany in August, Intel's Skylake processors for notebooks will start showing up in October. The CPU giant is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in the fourth quarter, looking to help boost notebook...
Taiwan market: Tsann Kuen, Lenovo enhance cooperation
Jul 22, 15:53
Tsann Kuen, an IT and consumer electronics retail chain in Taiwan, and Lenovo on July 21 strengthened their cooperation, with members of Tsann Kuen entitled to Lenovo products at discounted prices and Lenovo notebooks, tablets, desktops and other devices available for sale at all 319 Tsann Kuen chain...
DRAM contract prices to fall further, says DRAMeXchange
Jul 21, 22:03
DRAM contract prices discontinued their six-month rally in November 2014, and have fallen since, according to DRAMeXchange. Growing chip supplies, coupled with weak PC sales and decelerating smartphone demand, have caused the prices to continue falling.
Apple becomes top vendor of wearable bands in 2Q15, says Canalys
Jul 21, 22:00
Apple became the world's leading vendor of wearable bands in the second quarter of 2015, according to Canalys. With shipments of 4.2 million units, Apple overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smartwatch vendors, despite the Apple Watch's significantly higher pricing.
Tablet vendors pushing new strategies for tablet business line
Jul 20, 15:23
As demand for tablets has been weakening, tablet brand vendors worldwide have been adjusting their strategies for the product line. Apple and Microsoft are both planning to release large-size tablets or 2-in-1s with disaplys bigger thatn 12-inch, while Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are pushing...
Apple introduces new iPod touch
Jul 16, 14:41
Apple has introduced its latest iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including gray, silver, gold, pink and blue. The iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera for photos, FaceTime HD camera, the A8 chip and the M8 motion coprocessor.
TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production
Jul 16, 14:28
TSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple's A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources.
Microsoft new Surface tablet expected to be launched in October
Jul 16, 12:22
Following the recent market rumor that Microsoft has placed a large order for Samsung Electronics' 256GB solid state drive (SSD) to be used for its new Surface tablet, the related upstream supply chain reportedly has recently been notified to start mass shipments of components in September with the...
China market: 4G handset shipments soar in 1H15
Jul 15, 21:55
China shipped a total of 237 million handsets in the first half of 2015, rising 7.4% from a year earlier, with shipments of 4G models increasing 381.8% on year to 195 million units, according to data from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).
Asustek expected to ship 6-7 million tablets in 2015, down 30% on year, says paper
Newswatch - Jul 14, 22:50
Asustek Computer is planning to release inexpensive ZenPad series tablets to help boost its tablet shipments in 2015, but some market watchers still expect the company's tablet shipments to reach only 6-7 million units in 2015, down 30% from 9.4 million units in 2014, according to a Chinese-language...
Wearable device orders may not be strong enough to support supply chain growth
Jul 14, 15:14
Although many brand vendors have launched wearable products, orders for wearable devices may not be sufficient to drive growth for related component suppliers. The vendors have many different devices and each of them needs only a small amount of components support, according to sources from the upstream...
Upstream supply chain expect weak 2H15 PC performance
Jul 13, 16:08
With AMD having lowered its second-quarter revenues guidance, and Asustek Computer downwardly adjusting its notebook shipment goal for 2015 by almost three million units, the upstream supply chain is seriously concerned about the PC industry's performance in the second half of the year.
Apple cautious about placing orders for 12.9-inch iPad
Jul 13, 15:33
Apple's upstream supply chain is expected to start supplying components for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad in late-September and the device is expected to become available in the market after mid-November; however, Apple is rather cautious about placing related orders and the initial shipment volume is...
Worldwide PC shipments declined 9.5% in 2Q15, says Gartner
Jul 10, 11:56
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% decline from the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This was the steepest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013. PC shipments are projected to decline 4.4% in 2015.
Gartner cuts 2015 chip market growth forecast again
Jul 10, 10:21
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The prediction, however, is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 4% increase.
Large-screen smartphone shipments to rise 66% in 2015, says IC Insights
Jul 9, 10:16
Large-screen smartphones, or phablets with displays of five inches or greater, are on track to surpass worldwide shipments of tablet computers in 2015, according to IC Insights. The popularity of extra-large smartphones continues to gain momentum with unit shipments expected to reach 252 million in...
Getac reports growth in June revenues
Jul 6, 21:46
Taiwan-based ruggedized PC vendor Getac Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.56 billion (US$50.42 million) for June, up 11.3% on month and 14.8% on year with the amount for the first half of 2015 reaching NT$8.67 billion, up 17.7% on year. The company expects its revenue ratio for...
Compal 2015 shipment goals unchanged, says president
Jun 29, 11:00
Compal Electronics in early 2015 set a goal of shipping 45.2 million notebooks, 50.5 million tablets, smartphones and other smart mobile devices as well as 4.4 million LCD TVs in 2105, and although global demand for such products so far in 2015 has been short of original expectation, the ODM's shipmment...
Commentary: The gaming notebook industry heats up
Jun 23, 12:40
Competition in the gaming notebook segment is surely to become keener in the second half of 2015 as notebook brands including Acer, Asustek Computer, Dell, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) together are expected to launch at least 10 new 15- to 17-inch gaming notebooks in the fourth...
IC suppliers expect orders to flow in August
Jun 17, 14:56
Downstream clients are expected to step up their pace of orders between the end of July and early August as they are about to complete inventory clearance and begin preparing for new product roll-outs, according to sources at IC suppliers.
Global wearable shipments to reach 45-50 million in 2015
Jun 17, 11:42
The release of the Apple Watch will help accelerate the growth of the wearable market, pushing global shipments of wearable devices to 45-50 million units in 2015, up 125-150% from 20 million units shipped a year earlier, according to sources at Taiwan's supply chain.
High inventory levels signal further declines for MEA PC market, says IDC
Jun 15, 15:42
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market suffered an on-year decline of 9.6% in the first quarter of 2015, with shipments to the region totaling 4.3 million units. That's according to the latest market insights by IDC, which attributed the market's poor performance to currency fluctuations in a number...
Asustek net profit deceases in 2014
Jun 12, 15:20
Asustek Computer has posted consolidated revenues of NT$477.4 billion (US$15.43 billion) for 2014, up 3% on year and net profit of NT$19.47 billion, down 9% on year. The 2014 net profit dropped on year because in 2013 the company's earnings were boosted by substantial non-operating incomes from selling...
Asustek revenues drop on year in May
Stockwatch - Jun 10, 16:32
Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.682 billion (US$1.09 billion) for May 2015, representing a 1.94% increase on month and 8.58% drop on year.
Acer revenues drop on year in May
Stockwatch - Jun 10, 16:31
Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$17.664 billion (US$571.61 million) for May 2015, representing a 11.63% increase on month and 30.86% drop on year.
HiTi Digital to launch 2nd-generation Pringo portable photo printer
Jun 10, 15:56
Dye-sublimation-based digital photo printer and card printer maker HiTi Digital has unveiled second-generation Pringo, a portable digital photo printer model, and will launch it in Taiwan and Hong Kong in July 2015 as well as Japan, South Korea, the US, and Europe in 2016, according to the company.