AMD to host APU 14 in China; embracing China for growth
Apr 18, 14:11
AMD will host its APU 14 event in Beijing, China in May with several AMD executives set to deliver keynotes. AMD's partners will showcase their latest innovations, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan
Apr 15, 14:34
Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7% of Japan's tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the...
Acer CTO retires
Apr 8, 11:45
Acer CTO David Lee has retired, and the notebook business will be fully handled by business general manager Jackson Lin, according to sources familiar with Acer's personnel changes.
Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources
Apr 3, 15:46
The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.
HP ships 7 million notebooks in 1Q14; may return as largest vendor
Mar 31, 21:37
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is expected to have shipped seven million notebooks in the first quarter, one million units more than expected and will have a chance to return as the largest notebook vendor worldwide, surpassing Lenovo, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Digitimes Research: DSC ASP rises 9.6% in March
Mar 27, 15:31
According to Digitimes Research's latest digital still camera (DSC) pricing tracker, global DSCs' average selling price (ASP) was up 9.6% on month and reached US$309 in March, matching Digitimes Research's previous analysis that the global DSC ASP will continue to rise in the future as most DSC vendors...
Wistron sees over 20% drop in 2013 profits
Mar 27, 13:55
Wistron has announced revenues of NT$624.01 billion (US$20.41 billion) for 2013, down 5.14% on year. with gross margin reaching 4.84% (up 0.31pp), net profits NT$5.75 billion (down 20.62%), and earnings per share (EPS) NT$2.51.
Microsoft and Dell sign patent licensing agreement
Mar 27, 11:41
Microsoft and Dell have announced a patent licensing agreement allowing the companies to share technology and build on each other's innovations. It is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell.
Intel places orders for 16 million education tablets with Taiwan makers
Mar 24, 22:36
Intel is pushing aggressively into the education tablet market and reportedly placed orders for 10 million units with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and six million units with Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) recently, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel, ECS...
Apple pushing automated production
Mar 24, 13:37
Apple is planning to have its iPhone batteries fully manufactured on automated production lines in 2014 to reduce its manpower demand. The move is expected to trigger other brand vendors to follow suit, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Digitimes Research: March analysis of tablet market
Mar 24, 11:53
China-based Huawei and CoolPad have both recently launched their new low-price high-specification phablets in China, aiming to grab shares from the high-end phablet market. Both vendors have adopted similar online hunger marketing strategies for the devices.
Asustek Taiwan sales agents worry about competition from ADI
Mar 21, 12:11
Asustek Computer has set up Asus Digital International (ADI), a joint venture with e-commerce operator Uitox specifically for marketing and selling its Zenfone smartphones online. But Asustek's retail partners are concerned that ADI may extend its businesses from smartphones to notebooks, tablets and...
Two Acer employees probed over suspected insider trading
Mar 19, 14:06
Acer has confirmed that its headquarters was searched by prosecutors on March 18 over alleged insider trading with two of its employees under investigation. Acer stressed that it was an isolated case involving some individuals.
Smartphone cooling module demand may remain weak until 2015
Mar 17, 22:01
Despite having received orders for tablet heat pipes, Taiwan-based cooling module makers are still not able to land orders from most smartphone vendors and are unlikely to do so until 2015, when demand for 4G LTE smartphones is expected to start picking up, according to sources from the cooling module...
Digitimes Research: Google Glass for medicare?
Mar 14, 15:18
Wearable devices' functions have extended from the traditional area of information management to health management. This trend was highlighted by many smart health-monitoring bracelets showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014.
Digitimes Research: 12-inch tablets facing development hurdles
Mar 14, 15:01
Brand vendors have started showing interests in large-size tablets since early 2014. In addition to Apple's rumored 12.85-inch tablet, Samsung Electronics has already launched a 12.2-inch Android-based enterprise tablet, while Asustek Computer is planning to release a 13.3-inch dual-OS tablet.
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2014
Mar 13, 16:20
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.
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.
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.