Acer February revenues up sequentially
Mar 11, 11:42
Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.47 billion (US$808 million) for February, rising by 13.98% on month but dropping by 12.93% on year. Its conslidated revenues for January-February reached NT$45.94 billion, slipping on year by 15.62%.
Taiwan PC vendors facing brain drain
Mar 10, 12:19
Several international PC brand vendors' moves to set up or expand R&D operations in Taiwan are expected to trigger a brain drain for Taiwan-based brand vendors, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2013
Mar 6, 17:09
Taiwan makers produced over 90% of the notebooks worldwide in 2008. The top-five notebook makers – Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Asustek Computer – contributed 88% of the shipments from Taiwan.
Digitimes Research: Notebook players see on-month shipment drop in February
Mar 6, 16:15
The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three makers both suffered 0-3% of on-month shipment declines in February, a range similar to that a year ago. The decline in February was caused mainly by inventory adjustments in the month. As for March, brand vendors are taking a more conservative...
Digitimes Research: MWC 2014 shows new tablet trends
Mar 6, 15:22
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 demonstrated some new trends of the tablet industry: tablets with phone functions are starting to catch attention from brand vendors; some major brand vendors are developing tablets for the niche market, a sign of their concerns over the future tablet market; and...
PC shipments to fall by 6% in 2014 and decline through 2018, says IDC
Mar 5, 15:17
Worldwide PC shipments fell 9.8% in 2013, slightly better than a projected decline of 10.1%, but still the most severe contraction on record, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Fourth quarter results were slightly better than expected, but the outlook for emerging markets has deteriorated...
Taiwan market: Channel retailers unlikely to meet 1Q14 sales goal
Mar 3, 21:37
Taiwan's channel retailers are expected to have difficulties achieving their sales target for the first quarter as back-to-school demand in February was weaker than expected, according to sources from channel retailers in Taiwan. Although they achieved a strong performance in January, estimated weak...
Is a US$25 smartphone possible?
Feb 25, 15:31
Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicked off with a bang, with Mozilla announcing a US$25 smartphone built around a turnkey solution that features silicon from China-based Spreadtrum and software from Firefox.
MWC 2014: One market focus will be Atom and LTE combo for Intel
Feb 24, 22:01
At an Intel news conference for Mobile World Congress (MWC), Intel president Renee James introduced two Intel Atom processors, an LTE-Advanced communications platform, and announced multiyear agreements with Lenovo, Asustek Computer and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to expand the...
Intel to cut a deal with Apple for Fab 42?
Feb 13, 14:27
With shipments of desktop and notebooks in the doldrums since 2010, Intel's PC processor business has been in decline. Meanwhile, AMD and others are taking aim at the Intel-dominated server business with ARM-based MPUs. At the same time, Intel has struggled to gain access to the fast-growing market...
Acer to have over 30% tablets manufactured by China makers in 2014
Feb 12, 22:01
Acer is expected to outsource over 30% of its tablet manufacturing to China-based makers in 2014 since China makers already have mature technologies, but are more competitive in terms of price compared to Taiwan-based makers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Upstream PCB firms post revenue growth in January
Feb 10, 20:30
Replenishment demand for smartphones before the 2014 Lunar New Year buoyed January sales at upstream PCB suppliers including Co-Tech Copper Foil, Fulltech Fiber Glass, Topoint Technology and Aurona Industries.
Worldwide smartphone shipments top 1 billion units in 2013, says IDC
Jan 28, 13:25
The worldwide smartphone market has reached another milestone, shipping one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 1.0042 billion smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from 725.3 million units in 2012. This aligns with IDC's most-recent forecast of...
Asustek to see shipments of 20 million notebooks in 2014
Jan 27, 21:58
Asustek Computer's notebook shipments are expected to reach 20 million units in 2014, up from 18.5 million units in 2013, while its tablet shipments are expected to remain at 12 million units with orders for Google's Nexus 8 tablet, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
MediaTek smartphone solution shipments to grow robustly in 2014
Jan 24, 11:35
Shipments of MediaTek's smartphone solutions are expected to grow at a robust pace in 2014, buoyed by efforts by China-based smartphone vendors to expand overseas sales, and growing global demand for entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources.
Intel unveils latest Education Tablet and Classmate PC
Jan 23, 10:55
Intel has unveiled its new education-focused reference devices at Bett 2014, a learning technology event in London, the UK. The new Intel Education Tablet and the Intel classmate PC are part of Intel Education Solutions, which includes devices, software, content, services and teacher professional development...
Taiwan ODMs struggle to land mobile device orders from Samsung
Jan 22, 14:13
While Samsung Electronics are expected to roll out an array of new smartphones and tablets for high-end as well as entry-level segments in 2014, the vendor is quite unlikely to release orders to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to sources at Taiwan's ODMs.
Toshiba launches new subsidiary after completing acquisition of OCZ assets
Jan 22, 11:51
Toshiba has finalized the purchase of all assets of OCZ Technology, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary. Effective immediately, the subsidiary will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions specializing in high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems.
Spreadtrum enters tablet market
Jan 22, 11:49
Spreadtrum Communications announced on January 22 that it has entered the tablet market by introducing a quad-core chipset and a turnkey reference design.
Google turns focus to 8-inch tablet market
Jan 20, 22:15
Seeing its second-generation Nexus 7 demand has been impacted by competitors' low-price 7-inch tablets, Google is planning to turn its focus to the 8-inch model market in mid-2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
TSMC mobile chip sales to grow more than 35% in 2014, says Morris Chang
Jan 17, 12:22
TSMC's revenues generated from the mobile device sector are expected to increase more than 35% in 2014, buoyed by the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets, and rising silicon content per device, said company chairman Morris Chang at a January 15 investors meeting.
Ilitek to strengthen offerings for smartphones
Jan 17, 11:37
LCD driver IC firm ILi Technology (Ilitek) is looking to enhance its offerings for smartphone panels in 2014. In addition to driver ICs for WVGA panels, Ilitek also aims to ramp up solutions for qHD, HD720 and Full HD panels, said the company.
Lite-On Technology consolidating subsidiaries
Jan 15, 11:03
Taiwan-based electronic component maker Lite-On Technology has started consolidating its subsidiaries into eight business groups within the comoany to cope with changes in the global IT and communication market, with the consolidation to complete in second-quarter 2014, company CEO Warren Chen said...
Taiwan IC design houses gearing up for MEMS market boom in China
Jan 14, 11:22
Acknowleging that demand for MEMS sensors for use in smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics devices is set to boom in China, Taiwan-based IC design houses including Sitronix Technology, Solid State System (3S) and Richtek Technology are gearing up for the growing market in 2014, according...
Acer to start new operation strategy in April to focus on BYOC
Jan 13, 21:58
Acer new CEO Jason Chen at a press conference on January 13 pointed out that the company's main objective for the future operation is the establishment of its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform and starting in April, the company will implement a new operation strategy to accomplish the goal.
Synnex December revenues hit record
Jan 13, 11:46
IT and consumer electronic products distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$32 billion (US$1.067 billion) for December, hitting a record for the second consecutive month with growth of 1.6% on month and 16.8% on year.
Acer chairman dismisses HTC merger rumors
Jan 10, 16:17
Acer chairman Stan Shih has dismissed rumors circulating in Taiwan that Acer is considering merging with High Tech Computer (HTC), He pointed out that Acer has no intention or plan to do so.
Asustek achieves record revenues in 2013
Jan 10, 15:14
Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$39.9 billion (US$1.33 billion) for December 2013, down 19.06% on month, but up 6.28% on year with consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 reaching NT$130.72 billion, rising 10.02% sequentially and hitting a new quarterly record.
Compal expects tablet shipments to double in 2014
Jan 10, 11:18
Compal Electronics expects its tablet shipments to double in 2014 to 14 million units, while shipments of its notebooks will grow only slightly to 40 million units. The company shipped 39 million notebooks and seven million tablets in 2013.