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Adlink partners with MVTec on machine vision products

Mar 24, 15:27

Taiwan-based industrial PC (IPC) maker Adlink Technology has announced a strategic alliance with Germany-based software designer MVTec Software to jointly develop new industrial-level smart camera products.

Microsoft announces IP licensing program for connected cars

Mar 23, 15:37

The automotive industry is undergoing a digital transformation. The technology in automobiles that's connected to the Internet and capable of receiving services from the cloud is ushering in a new wave of innovation. In fact, by some estimates, over the next three years, more than 90% of all cars will...

VIA eyes panoramic photography business opportunity

Mar 23, 15:26

VIA Technologies has been shifting its focus from the PC processor market to the embedded sector and has recently announced its new Vpai 720 degree panoramic photography solution. The company has formed partnerships with China-based vendors to sell seven mobile panoramic cameras based on the solution...

POS vendor Posiflex reports strong EPS for 2016

Newswatch - Mar 22, 11:15

Own-brand POS equipment maker Posiflex Technology has reported net profits of NT$649 million (US$21.34 million) for 2016, increasing 5.37% from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$9.34 (US$0.306) for the year, the company's highest in 11 years.

Advantech to push Industry 4.0 in Thailand with local partners

Mar 21, 12:14

Industrial PC (IPC) maker Advantech recently hosted a forum in Bangkok, Thailand focusing on Industry 4.0 and has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Thailand's Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and local leading ICT player Computer Union, looking to push into Thailand's Industry 4.0 market.

Industry 4.0 pushes light design of industrial computers, says Advantech

Mar 20, 14:51

Industry 4.0 is increasing demand for intelligence, computing capability and connectivity across terminal devices, controllers and sensor devices, and this has led to conceptual changes in the design of industrial computers. Industrial computers have a lesser need to have strong computing capability...

Foxconn to deepen cooperation with Czech-based KKCG, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 20, 12:43

Foxconn Electronics and Czech-based KKCG will deepen their cooperation by jointly establishing a EUR100 million (US$107.5 million) IT-focused investment fund, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (END) report.

Advantech offers modularized industrial computers

Mar 17, 16:05

Advantech has offered modularized industrial computers for making customized products that are characterized by diverse models and small volumes, according to the company.

Advantech and partners form Embedded Linux & Android Alliance

Mar 17, 11:41

Industrial computing device maker Advantech has announced at Embedded World 2017 the formation of Embedded Linux & Android Alliance (ELAA) through partnership with AIMobile, ArcherMind, Canonical, Lineo, Retronix, RTSoft, Timesys, ThunderSoft and Witekio.

Taipei looking to transform city into test ground for IoT applications

Mar 16, 15:09

The city government of Taipei, Taiwan is looking to cooperate with enterprises to test various kinds of IoT applications in the city, according to vice mayor Charles Lin. Lin said that he expects Taipei's Smart City Summit and Expo show to become the largest communication platform among cities and...

Advantech offers WISE-PaaS Marketplace

Mar 16, 10:27

Industrial computing device maker Advantech has announced at the ongoing Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany the offering of WISE-PaaS Marketplace, an online store of various software specifically for IoT (Internet of Things) application, through cooperation with ARM, Microsoft, Intel Security...

Taiwan startups creating platforms via Microsoft Visual Studio and cloud services

Mar 15, 10:17

Taiwan-based startups Pyramius, Wishing-Soft and Biomdcare are releasing software products designed using Microsoft's Visual Studio and services. To support such demand, Microsoft has released new Virtual Studio software to help developers design apps for iOS and Android via its Universal Windows Platform...

EMEA server spending declines 12.9% on year, says IDC

Mar 14, 15:35

IDC's EMEA Server Tracker shows that in the fourth quarter of 2016 the EMEA server market reported an on-year decline in vendor revenues of 12.9% to EUR$3.4 billion (US$3.62 billion) and an on-year decrease of 4.7% in units shipped to just under 600,000. Looking at the EMEA market in euros, reported...

Pure Storage optimistic about all-flash storage solutions

Mar 14, 11:57

Pure Storage Asia Pacific and Japan CTO Michael Cornwell believes the all-flash storage method will become the trend for the IT market and even grow to become a mainstream technology. The company is currently seeing increasingly more players from different industries beginning to adopt all-flash storage...

Michael Cornwell, Pure Storage Asia Pacific and Japan CTO

IBM pushes blockchain system for e-transaction

Mar 13, 15:29

IBM has been aggressively pushing the blockchain system. In a recen press conference in Taiwan to talk about the system's development, Christopher Ferris, IBM's CTO of Open Technology and chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee at Hyperledger Project, pointed out that blockchain involves...

Taiwan forms alliance to promote IoT

Mar 10, 11:17

Taiwan's National Development Council (NDC) has organized Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA), a cross-industry alliance specifically to promote IoT, according to NDC deputy minister and ASVDA CEO Kung Ming-hsin.

Stan Shih, Acer founder and ASVDA honorary president

Adlink sees 2016 net profits slip 29% on year

Mar 9, 15:53

Industrial PC maker Adlink has announced consolidated revenues of NT$9.57 billion (US$309.56 million) for 2016, up 5.5% on year with gross margins reaching 43.5%, up from 41.3% in 2015, net profits NT$431 million, down 29.2% on year and EPS NT$2.

The robotic expansion: Q&A with Kuka CEO Stefan Lampa

Mar 8, 14:40

Kuka Robotics, as the world's leading maker of robots used in automobile manufacturing, has been making efforts to extend robotic application to other manufacturing sectors, especially consumer electronics.

Kuka Robotics CEO

Quanta Storage to ship over 1,000 collaborative robots in 2H17

Newswatch - Mar 8, 11:23

Quanta Storage reportedly has landed orders for its own-brand Teckman (TM) collaborative robots from shoemaker Pou Chen Group and Pegatron, with total shipments likely to reach 1,000 units in the second half of 2017, according to a Chinese-language udn.com report.

Advantech enjoys over 9% on-year growth in February revenues

Mar 7, 13:56

Advantech has announced consolidated revenues of NT$2.96 billion (US$95.67 million) for February, down by 2.5% from January, but up 9.38% from the same month a year ago. The company's combined consolidated revenues for the first two months of 2017 were NT$5.99 billion, down only 0.02% on year.

Advantech sees on-year growth in February revenues

VMware expects demand for hybrid cloud system from Taiwan to rise

Mar 6, 15:48

General manager of VMware Taiwan Barry Chen, citing research firm figures, pointed out that worldwide public cloud systems' information loading ratio will increase to 30% in the next five years, up from 15% currently and enterprises are expected to become more aggressive in adopting hybrid cloud systems...

Barry Chen, general manager of VMware Taiwan

Advantech offers edge intelligence solution for elevator maintenance

Mar 3, 15:55

Industrial computing device maker Advantech has offered an in-house-developed edge intelligence equipment solution, a cloud computing-based platform to remotely monitor operation of elevators for preventive maintenance to minimize breakdowns and reduce repair cost for and outage of elevators.

IPC maker Ennoconn reports record high earnings for 2016

Newswatch - Mar 2, 15:40

IPC maker Ennoconn saw its net profits grow 18.1% on year to a record high of NT$1.02 billion (US$33.12 million) in 2016. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$14.01 for the year compared to NT$12.75 of a year earlier.

Advantech sets up WISE-PaaS Marketplace as IoT application store

Feb 24, 16:46

Industrial computing device maker and solution provider Advantech has established WISE-PaaS Marketplace, an open platform for providing on-demand IoT software solutions, according to the company.

Advantech introduces edge computing to IoT solutions

Feb 24, 15:35

Industrial computing device maker Advantech has introduced the concept of edge computing to its IoT (Internet of Things) solutions by offering edge intelligent servers, in which built-in middleware undertakes preliminary computing to lighten the burden of transferring a huge amount of data for cloud...

Advantech nets NT$8.96 per share for 2016

Feb 24, 14:58

Industrial computing device maker Advantech posted consolidated revenues of NT$10.805 billion (US$341 million), gross margin 40.26%, net operating profit NT$1.737 billion, net profit NT$1.430 billion and net EPS NT$2.24 for the fourth quarter of 2016, leading to consolidated revenues of NT$42.002 billion,...

Worldwide public cloud services spending forecast to reach US$122.5 billion in 2017, says IDC

Feb 22, 15:49

A new update to the IDC Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide shows that worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach US$122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4% over 2016. Over the 2015-2020 forecast period, overall public cloud spending will experience...

Acer unveils smart roadside parking management system

Feb 22, 11:07

Acer, Tainan City Government and Tainan University of Technology have jointly unveiled a smart roadside parking management system, according to Acer's e-business group president Ben Wan.

Server DRAM prices rise nearly 40% in 1Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 22, 10:48

Contract market prices of server DRAM modules have risen nearly 40% on average from the same point in the prior quarter, and will continue their growth in the second quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

Samsung unveils a new line of smart appliances at Samsung SEAO Forum 2017

Feb 18, 15:41

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new line of consumer electronic products at the ongoing Samsung SEAO Forum 2017 in Singapore.

Samsung FlexWash washer/dryer

Mentor Graphics announces Veloce Strato platform scales up to 15BG

Feb 17, 15:35

Mentor Graphics has announced the Veloce Strato emulation platform. The company also claimed it is the only emulation platform on the market with full scalability across both software and hardware. As part of the announcement, Mentor is launching the Veloce StratoM high-capacity emulator and Veloce...

Smart City Summit and Expo 2017 to open on February 21 in Taiwan

Feb 16, 15:41

The Smart City Summit and Expo 2017 will be hosted from February 21-24 at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. The show will host about 200 exhibitors and feature special exhibition zones for nine Taiwan cities and counties and six non-Taiwan cities, to showcase the latest smart city innovations...

Lenovo quarterly sales down 6% on year

Feb 16, 14:48

Lenovo has announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenues were US$12.2 billion, a 6% decrease year-on-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68% decline year-on-year. Net income fell 67% year-on-year to US$98 million.

AI helps Nvidia reach record revenues

Feb 10, 12:15

Nvidia has reported fourth quarter (ending January 29, 2017) Fiscal Year 2017 revenues of US$2.17 billion, up 55% from US$1.40 billion a year earlier, and up 8% from US$2.00 billion in the previous quarter. For Fiscal 2017, revenues reached a record US$6.91 billion, up 38% percent from US$5.01 billion...

Robot maker Hiwin sees revenues up on year in January

Newswatch - Feb 9, 23:16

Robot and motion control mechanical component maker Hiwin Technologies has reported revenues of NT$1.268 billion (US$40.85 million) for January, down 19.2% on month but up 26.5% on year.

IBM, Nokia and AT&T get together to foster trust in IoT

Feb 9, 12:15

In a 2016 AT&T survey, 58% of the companies they spoke to stated that were not confident in the security of their IoT devices. This is not surprising considering that in the past three years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices.

Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab

Feb 9, 12:13

Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.

Number of connected things to surpass global population in 2017

Feb 8, 14:13

The number of connected "things" in the overall installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide in 2017 will surpass the total global population for the first time in 2017. According to Gartner there will be 8.4 billion connected things in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from the 6.4 billion...

Digitimes Research: Various robots showcased at RoboDEX 2017

Feb 8, 11:11

Various types of robots were exhibited at RoboDEX 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, during January 18-20, including collaborative, humanoid, assistant and receptionist robots, according to Digitimes Research.

Advantech sees revenues drop to 11-month low

Newswatch - Feb 7, 14:35

Advantech saw its consolidated revenues decline 20.68% on month and 7.75% on year to an 11-month low of NT$3.034 billion (US$98.086 million) in January.

Acer expect fruition of new business development in 2017

Feb 2, 21:23

Acer has been developing new business other than PCs for a while and expects to begin commercial application of AI (artificial intelligence) and deep learning and shipments of in-house-developed robots in 2017. The company also began to ship digital signage in January 2017, according to company CEO...

Google develops meldCX via cooperation with AOpen

Jan 25, 15:13

Google has offered meldCX, customized software and services to enable Chromebox, Chromebase and Chromebook compatibility with retail operators' existing peripheral devices not based on Chrome OS. meldCX was developed through cooperation with Taiwan-based AOpen, Google's hardware partner.

The synergy of NXP acquisition: An interview with Qualcomm president Derek Aberle

Jan 23, 12:19

Qualcomm agreed in late 2016 to buy NXP Semiconductor for about US$47 billion in the biggest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry - a move which clearly indicates Qualcomm's roadmap for its long-term growth.

Qualcomm president

VIA launches Custom IoT Platform Design Service

Jan 19, 16:10

VIA Technologies has announced the launch of its VIA Custom IoT Platform Design Service to enable customers to accelerate the development of application-specific IoT systems and devices tailored to meet their usage requirements.

IPC supplier IEI Integration braces for strong sales in 1Q17, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 17, 14:08

Industrial PC (IPC) OBM and ODM IEI Integration will be able to maintain its sales momentum in the first quarter of 2017 after its quarterly revenues hit a record high in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

IPC maker Ennoconn sets price for ECB issue

Newswatch - Jan 17, 11:36

Industrial PC (IPC) supplier Ennoconn, an affiliate of the Foxconn Group, has set the conversion price of its five-year US$200 million European convertible bond (ECB) issue at NT$488 (US$15.41) per share.

Growth in cloud IT infrastructure spending will accelerate in 2017, says IDC

Jan 16, 15:57

According to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.2% in 2017 to reach US$44.2 billion. Of this amount,...

DFI expects casino, financial, automation products to drive growth in 2017 revenue

Jan 16, 11:33

Motherboard and computing device maker DFI expects products used in casino machines, financial services and industrial automation to be the main sources of growth in 2017 revenues, the company said at a January 13 investors conference.

Worldwide cloud IT infrastructure market revenue grows 8.1% to US$8.4 billion in 3Q16, says IDC

Jan 13, 16:16

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenues from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 8.1% on year to US$8.4 billion in the third quarter of 2016. Ethernet switch...

Worldwide IT spending forecast to grow 2.7% in 2017, says Gartner

Jan 13, 15:42

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total US$3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to Gartner. However, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3%.

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