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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.

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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...

FPCB suppliers reportedly deliver samples for Apple iWatch validation

Apr 8, 21:52

Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology reportedly have delivered FPCB samples for use in iWatch devices to Apple for validation, according to industry sources.

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.

Digitimes Research: Notebook shipments enjoy over 25% on-month growth in March

Apr 7, 21:34

In March, global top-5 notebook brand vendors and top-3 ODMs both achieved an over 25% on-month shipment growth due to February's weak shipments caused by inventory adjustments, orders for new products and end of support of Windows XP in early April, according to Digitimes Research's figures.

Microsoft and MediaTek rumored to be looking to push Windows tablets in the China white-box tablet market

Apr 7, 21:33

Microsoft reportedly has been aggressively trying to persuade MediaTek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market and with the software giant's announcement of offering free Windows licensing to mobile devices sized below 9-inches, sources from the upstream supply chain expect a high...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan ODMs losing out as PC brand vendors turn to China supply chain for tablets

Apr 7, 15:46

Among global top-7 PC brand vendors, only Apple (sixth place) still outsources its tablet orders mainly to Taiwan-based EMS providers and ODMs, while the rest - Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba - have gradually shifted their entry-level tablet design and manufacturing...

Suppliers to start pilot production of components for 4th-generation Surface in September

Apr 7, 11:41

Microsoft unveiled its third-generation Surface at the Build 2014 conference, but the company has already started developing the fourth-generation model and will start pilot production for some of its components in September, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

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...

Digitimes Research: Samsung 12.2-inch enterprise tablets unlikely to see strong sales in short term

Mar 24, 14:56

Samsung started flooding the tablet market with new devices in the first quarter and is pushing its new 12.2-inch tablets, featuring a new user interface and multi-tasking abilities, as its main products for the enterprise market. However, because the devices have weaker price/performance ratios compared...

Taiwan market: Retailers placing rush orders for 2-in-1 devices for 2Q14

Mar 24, 13:40

As 2-in-1 device sales in Taiwan continue to stay strong, channel retailers have been placing extra orders with brand vendors to satisfy demand, according to sources from channel retailers.

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.

Digitimes Research: South Korea aims to acquire 40% share in wearable device market by 2020

Mar 12, 14:58

As demand for smartphones and tablets is gradually approaching saturation with related shipment growths slowing down, vendors have been aggressively seeking new growth drivers. Wearable devices are identified as one of the main growth drivers. Among them, smart watches, bracelets and glasses look the...

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%.

Digital camera players offering cheap full-frame DSLR cameras to boost sales

Mar 10, 21:04

Full-frame DSLR cameras' current share in overall digital camera sales has risen to 15% and the share is expected to surpass 30% by the end of 2014 with factors such as the release of new entry-level models driving demand, according to market observers.

MEA tablet market sees explosive growth on back of strong consumer and corporate demand, says IDC

Mar 10, 13:53

Shipments of tablets into the Middle East and Africa (MEA) expanded 111% on year in the final quarter of 2013, according to the latest results released by IDC. The overall MEA tablet market reached a total of 3.45 million units for the quarter.

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...

Dell to enter home entertainment market via AlienWare

Feb 27, 13:55

Dell is planning to add new product lines under its sub-brand AlienWare and will expand from the PC industry to the home entertainment market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Supply chain aims to increase production for wearable device components

Feb 25, 20:18

The upstream supply chain is increasing production and R&D for wearable device components as vendors are gearing up to release or expand product lineups in 2014, according to industry sources.

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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.

Global 2013 smartphone and tablet chip markets rise, says Strategy Analytics

Feb 25, 12:26

The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market climbed 41% on year to US$18 billion in 2013, while the market for tablet APs grew 32% to US$3.6 billion, according to Strategy Analytics.

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...

Explaining the Chaiwan model for the mobile device supply chain: Q&A with Digitimes Research director Joanne Chien

Feb 21, 12:08

While Digitimes is known as a media outlet, the company also includes a business unit that solely focuses on market research. Run independently from the Digitimes news organization, Digitimes Research provides market intelligence and data analysis on a number of different IT and high-tech industries...

Joanne Chien, senior analyst & director, Digitimes Research

Nokia reportedly to launch Android variant smartphones

Feb 17, 12:26

Nokia reportedly plans to unveil an Android variant smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 targeting the entry-level segment, according to industry watchers.

Microsoft to unveil new mobile devices running on integrated OS, say sources

Feb 13, 15:05

Microsoft is expected to unveil an array of new mobile devices with display sizes below 8.5-inch running on an integrated OS derived from Windows RT and Windows Phone in June, according to makers in Taiwan's supply chain.

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.

TSMC shifts to 8-inch processing to produce fingerprint sensors for next-generation iPhone

Feb 11, 12:15

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will use its 8-inch processing, instead of 12-inch, to produce fingerprint sensors for Apple's next-generation iPhone due to concerns about yield rates for 12-inch wafer-level packaging (WLP), according to industry sources.

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.

Digitimes Research: Global AP shipments to see slower growth in 2014 on maturing smartphone market

Feb 7, 12:26

After experiencing annual growth of 43% in 2013 on shipments of 1.32 billion, the global application processor (AP) market is forecast to see decelerated growth in 2014, with shipments increasing 23% on year, according to a new Digitimes Research Special Report.

Digitimes Research: Notebook shipments from brand vendors and ODMs better than expected in January

Feb 6, 16:08

Notebook shipments from the top-5 brand vendors were better than expected in January 2014, showing an increase of 9% from a year earlier despite a 15% decline from the previous month, according to Digitimes Research.

Global 4Q13 PC shipments rise 18% boosted by tablet sales, says Canalys

Feb 5, 11:11

Worldwide PC shipments grew 17.9% from a year ago in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to a surge in tablet shipments, according to Canalys. Tablets grew 65.2% on year to reach 76.3 million units, representing 48.3% of the total PC market in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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.

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2014 global notebook demand forecast
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