China handset supply chain to delay IC purchases till 2Q15, say sources
Dec 22, 16:30
China-based handset makers and suppliers in the supply chain have adopted a wait-and-see attitude toward the purchases of ICs and other parts as telecom operators there are unlikely to launch new handset subsidy programs until the second quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.
IC design houses gearing up for 64-bit smartphone boom
Dec 18, 14:39
With Android phone makers pushing for migration to 64 bit architecture, chip suppliers including Qualcomm and MediaTek are set to introduce new quad- and 8-core 64-bit solutions in the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: BOE to ship 50% of smartphone panels to Samsung, LG
Dec 8, 11:59
Of the three largest China-based small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panel makers, BOE Technology will ship 50% of its smartphone panels to Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, 14.8% to China-based vendor Lenovo and 11.9% to China-based white-box vendors in 2015, Digitimes Research estimates.
Largan Precision November revenues hit record
Dec 8, 11:34
Handset-use lens module maker Largan Precision has posted consolidated revenues of NT%5.62 billion (US$183 million) for November, hitting monthly record for the eighth consecutive time with growth of 3.04% on month and 76.63% on year.
E Ink, TPK supply components for YotaPhone 2
Dec 3, 10:54
Russia-based smartphone vendor Yota on December 3 will unveil the YotaPhone 2, a dual-touch screen smartphone with a front 5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel supplied by Samsung Display, and rear-side 4.7-inch EPD (electrophoretic display) supplied by E Ink Holdings. The touch panels of both screens are supplied...
JDI cuts smartphone panel pricing to below US$20
Newswatch - Dec 2, 11:59
Panel maker Japan Display (JDI) has cut pricing for smartphone panels originally priced US$20 and more to below US$20 in order to spur orders from handset vendors, most of which are expected to be in China.
FPCB maker Ichia sees revenues decline in November
Dec 1, 21:31
Flexible PCB (FPCB) and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$830 million (US$26.81 million) for November, down 10% sequentially and 19% on year. For the first 11 months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$10.47 billion, increasing 20% on year.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics to expand businesses in China in 2015, says paper
Nov 27, 16:05
The Samsung Group's component manufacturing affiliate Samsung Electro-Mechanics has seen its performance seriously impacted by Samsung Electronics' weakening smartphone sales recently and therefore is looking to expand its businesses in China in 2015 to reduce the risk of having all its eggs in one...
TSMC to grab 40-50% of A9 chip orders
Nov 26, 13:56
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to secure a combined 40-50% of Apple's A9 processor orders for next-generation iPad and iPhone devices, according to industry sources.
Intel decides to keep tablet subsidies, say sources
Nov 24, 15:08
Intel has reportedly decided to continue subsidizing its mobile device processor platform after a series of evaluations recently and will even expand the product coverage from 10-inch and below devices to 12-inch and below ones, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Keypad makers shifting production for non-handset applications
Nov 18, 14:11
Taiwan-based handset keypad makers Ichia Technologies and Silitech Technology are shifting the focus of their production to non-keypad products or products not for handset applications, affected by the rise of smartphones, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to rise 4.7% in 4Q14
Nov 11, 20:11
Shipments of tablet-use application processors (AP) in China are forecast to rise 4.7% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, shipments from Intel are set to outpace those from Allwinner Technology during the quarter enabling the US firm to break into...
Xiaomi invests in 4G chip development, says sources
Nov 11, 11:58
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology and China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology have established a joint venture specifically for developing 4G chip solutions, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.
MediaTek October revenues hit record
Nov 10, 12:02
MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.6 billion (US$705.9 million) for October 2014, up 16.5% sequentially and hitting a monthly record. Accumulated 2014 sales through October totaled NT$179.2 billion, rising 62.7% from a year earlier.
MediaTek expects seasonal sales decrease in 4Q14
Stockwatch - Nov 7, 10:58
MediaTek expects revenues to decrease up to 6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to seasonal factors, but there is still a possibility of a 2% growth. However, shipments of its smartphone solutions are likely to remain flat on quarter, according to the company.
Quanta said to be main supplier of Google Project Ara
Oct 30, 11:04
Project Ara, Google's development plan for modular smartphones, is expected to become available on the market in 2015 with Quanta Computer reportedly being the main hardware supplier. Orders are expected to boost the Taiwan-based ODM's non-notebook revenues, according to sources from the upstream supply...
MediaTek expected to see sales decline 6-11% sequentially in 4Q14
Oct 27, 11:54
MediaTek is expected to see its revenues drop 6-11% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to declining shipments of 3G smartphone solutions and other ICs for consumer electronics, networking communication and optical storage applications, according to industry sources.
Supply chain estimated to deliver 50 million units of iPhone 6 in 2014
Oct 23, 15:06
Strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology's orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to 25 million units before the end of 2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will also deliver about 25 million...
Inhon braces for impact on parent company over food scandal
Oct 16, 12:14
Sales of Inhon Technologies Group (Inhontech), an ODM maker of glass fiber handset and notebook cases, chassis and other plastics parts, may be affected by an ongoing investigation into its parent company Ting Hsin International Group over a tainted cooking oil scandal, according to industry sources...
MediaTek announces MT6735 WorldMode smartphone platform
Oct 16, 11:16
MediaTek has announced a new 64-bit mobile system on chip (SoC), the MT6735, which builds opon MediaTek's existing line-up of mainstream LTE platforms by integrating with CDMA2000 technology and adding the critical WorldMode modem capability.
Handset solution vendors to launch low-priced 4G chips in 1H15
Oct 16, 09:53
Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources.
LCD driver IC vendors ramping up non-LCD driver IC shipments
Oct 7, 22:14
Some Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors, including Himax Technologies, Sitronix Technology and ILi Technology (Ilitek), have begun ramping up shipments of non-LCD driver IC products, which are expected to contribute significantly to sales and profit growth for the companies in 2014, according to industry...
Simplo, Dynapack see revenue growth in September thanks to iPhone
Oct 7, 15:26
Battery maker Simplo Technology has announced revenues of NT$5.4 billion (US$177.3 million) for September 2014, up 7.85% on month and 1.66% on year, with combined revenues for the first nine months of 2014 reaching NT$40.98 billion, up 9.24% on year. Market watchers pointed out that the growth was...