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Digitimes Research: AMOLED to become mainstream smartphone panels

May 26, 16:09

AMOLED panels, due to superiority in color saturation, thinness and power consumption over TFT-LCD panels, have seen increasing adopted for smartphones and will eventually become mainstream smartphone, as well as a dominate solution for VR head-mounted devices (HMD), according to Digitimes Resaerch.

Qualcomm pursuing Apple manufacturers over royalty row

May 26, 15:17

Qualcomm has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California against FIH Mobile and Hon Hai Precision Industry (together known as Foxconn), Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics - the four manufacturers of all Apple iPhones and iPads sold worldwide - for allegedly...

Shipments of 18:9 smartphone panels to surge in 2H17

May 25, 11:19

In view of fast growing demand for 18:9 all-screen displays from smartphone vendors, panel makers will expand production of such panels in the second half of 2017, according to industry sources.

Vapor chamber may become new heat-dissipation choice for smartphones

May 23, 15:45

Smartphone vendors have been eager to try out vapor chamber technology to improve heat dissipation efficiency, with Taiwan-based Asustek Computer and China-based ZTE having undertaken small-volume trial use and Apple rumored to be interested in the solution, according to Taiwan-based suply chain mak...

MediaTek reportedly to roll out 12nm P30 mobile SoC

May 18, 10:28

MediaTek plans to roll out a new Helio P30 series later in 2017, according to Taiwan's media reports. The chips designed for mid-range smartphones will be built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using 12nm process technology.

TSMC capacity utilization ramping up

May 16, 11:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which had disappointing sales results in April, has seen its capacity utilization soar in May, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone-use AP shipments to grow over 10% sequentially in 2Q17

May 15, 15:31

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors (APs) in the China market are expected to grow 10.5% on quarter but decline 10.8% on year to 129.85 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research.

CMOS sensor distributor Sunnic to see revenues hit highs in May-June

May 11, 15:17

CMOS image sensor distributor Sunnic Technology & Merchandise is expected to see its revenues continue hit highs in May and June thanks to increasing demand for the sensor products from China's smartphone sector, according to industry sources.

Tatung enjoys profits of NT$93 million for 1Q17

May 8, 16:15

Tatung has announced its financial results for the first quarter and achieved net profits of NT$93 million (US$3.1 million). The company is planning to increase capital by NT$6 billion to push its solar business and will talk about the plan in its upcoming investors meeting.

New iPhone mass production on schedule, says report

Newswatch - May 8, 15:44

There will be no delay for the launch of the next generation iPhone devices, with the new devices to be unveiled in September, and Apple will begin selling the products in October, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Largan sees increased April revenues

May 8, 11:12

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.69 billion (US$122 million) for April, increasing 1.68% on month and 18.66% on year, and those of NT$14.498 billion for January-April grew 27.44% on year.

Rising mobile DRAM prices to constrain growth of memory content in smartphones, says TrendForce

May 5, 15:22

A rally in mobile DRAM prices will hold back the growth of average per device memory content for smartphones in 2017, according to TrendForce. Average DRAM content in smartphones is forecast to reach 3.2GB per device in 2017, said TrendForce, which previously estimated 3.7GB.

Casetek Holdings sees drastic decrease in 1Q17 business

May 5, 12:19

Metal-alloy chassis maker Casetek Holdings has released its financial report for first-quarter 2017, with revenues and profits declining significantly mainly due to decreased orders for chassis used in iPad.

FPCB maker Ichia posts sequential revenue decline in April

Stockwatch - May 3, 11:11

Flexible PCB and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$516.75 million (US$17.2 million) for April, down 9% on month but up 18.03% on year.

Qualcomm to set up smartphone-chip JV with Datang, Beijing JAC, says paper

Newswatch - May 2, 15:16

Qualcomm reportedly will team up with China-based Datang Telecom Group and Beijing Jianguang Asset Management (JAC) to set up a joint venture in China to produce chips for smartphones, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

China market: More vendors to launch smartphones with dual-lens cameras

Apr 28, 13:53

China-based smartphone vendors including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Gionee will follow the steps of domestic rival Huawei to launch smartphones with dual-lens cameras in the second half of 2017, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

China market: China makers slash smartphone panel prices

Apr 26, 16:16

China-based panel suppliers including China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), BOE Technology, Everdisplay Optronics and Tianma, have resorted to price competition in order to win orders from smartphone vendors such as Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Gionee, Xiaomi, Meizu, ZTE, Asustek Computer and HTC, according...

Merry reports strong EPS for 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 25, 22:13

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported net profits of NT$319 million (US$10.594 million) on revenues of NT$4.515 billion for the first quarter of 2017. First-quarter EPS stood at NT$1.74 compared to NT$0.21 of a year earlier.

China market: Huawei suspected of using different memory cards for P10 smartphones

Apr 19, 15:43

Huawei is suspected of using different types of memory cards for its Huawei P10 devices which is not consistent with its statement saying that the Kirin 960 CPUs used in these mobile devices support UFS 2.1 memory standards, according to market sources.

FPCB maker Ichia reports losses for 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 17, 11:21

Flexible PCB and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported a net loss of NT$88 million (US$2.896 million) or NT$0.26 per share for the first quarter of 2017.

Headset maker Merry reports increased revenues for March

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 15:01

Headset and speaker maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$1.863 billion (US$60.75 million) for March, increasing 51.83% on month and 114.21% on year.

Silitech sees revenues up on month in March

Stockwatch - Apr 7, 15:27

Chassis and keypad maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$180 million (US$5.867 million) for March, up 4.3% on month but down 15.38% on year.

FPCB maker Ichia sees revenues up in March

Stockwatch - Apr 6, 14:09

Flexible PCB and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$566 million (US$18.65 million) for March, increasing 13% on month and 9% on year.

Not all China smartphone vendors to use AMOLED panels, say sources

Apr 6, 12:01

Not all of China-based brand smartphone vendors are to adopt AMOLED panels for their new models to be launched in 2017 due to concerns of insufficient supply of the panels and rising prices of memory products, according to industry sources.

Largan Precision sees increased March revenues

Stockwatch - Apr 6, 11:45

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.629 billion (US$119 million) for March, increasing 5.10% on month and 20.01% on year, and those of NT$10.807 billion for January-March slipped 31.26% on quarter but grew 30.66% on year.

Asustek may reboot connection with MediaTek after failing to receive priority from Qualcomm

Mar 31, 10:52

Asustek has failed to be among the first wave of Qualcomm's customers adopting the firm's 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor and is also unwilling to use the older-generation Snapdragon 821, pushing back the launch of its fourth-generation ZenFone until June or July, according to industry sources.

Simplo to cut capital by 40%

Mar 30, 12:33

Notebook battery maker Simplo Technology has announced plans to reduce its capital by 40% and will also distribute dividends of NT$6 (US$0.20) in cash for 2016. With the two cash returns, the company's shareholders will be able to receive a total of NT$10 in cash for each share. Simplo chairman Raymond...

GigaDevice aims to take up 50% of memory products for feature phones

Mar 16, 12:18

GigaDevice Semiconductor, a China-based NOR flash specialist, aims to take up a 50% share of memory products used by feature phones globally, according to company vice president of strategic marketing Mark Cao.

Mark Cao, strategic marketing VP, GigaDevice

Huawei to face AMOLED panel shortage for smartphones in 2017

Mar 16, 00:21

China-based vendor Huawei reportedly will have only 8% of its total production of smartphones featuring AMOLED panels in 2017 due to an insufficient supply of the panels.

Meizu to switch part of smartphone AP orders from MediaTek to Qualcomm in 3Q17, say sources

Mar 14, 11:48

China-based smartphone vendor Meizu, which currently supplies over 90% of its smartphones with MediaTek application processor (AP) solutions, is expected to begin largely adopting AP solutions from Qualcomm in the third quarter of 2017, and 30% of Meizu's shipments in the year are expected to be Qualcomm-powered...

China smartphone vendors conservative about placing component orders

Mar 10, 15:58

Competition in China's smartphone market is getting keener, forcing some players including Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and LeEco to turn more conservative about placing orders with upstream component suppliers, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

MediaTek sticking with TSMC for 7nm chips

Mar 9, 10:23

Despite experiencing unsatisfactory yield rates for TSMC's 10nm process, MediaTek will continue to partner with the foundry to make its next-generation flagship mobile chips, according to industry sources.

Fingerprint sensor maker Egistec sees revenues up 4-fold on year in February

Newswatch - Mar 8, 11:34

Fingerprint sensor maker Egis Technology (Egistec) has reported revenues of NT$387 million (US$12.53 million) for February, down 16.41% on month but up 427.5% on year.

Silitech sees revenues dips slightly in February

Stockwatch - Mar 7, 15:26

Chassis and keypad maker Silitech Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$173 million (US$5.6 million) for February, slipping 1.61% on month and 6.49% on year.

Merry sales down on month in February, but to pick up in 2Q17

Stockwatch - Mar 7, 11:31

Headset and audio component supplier Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.227 billion (US$40 million) for February, slipping 13.53% on month but surging 184.12% on year.

Largan Precision February revenues up on year

Mar 6, 11:30

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.453 billion (US$112 million) for February, decreasing 9.22% on month but increasing 69.46% on year.

China market: Xiaomi mobile SoC to heat up competition in AP market

Mar 3, 13:50

While the performance and market acceptance of Xiaomi's recently released Surge S1 application processor still remains to be seen, the roll-out of the Surge S1 will certainly heat up competition in China's mobile AP market and affect the market shares of China's smartphone vendors and upstream component...

Apple redesigns fingerprint ID solution for OLED iPhone, say sources

Mar 3, 11:15

Apple has selected neither Synaptics' Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor nor Qualcomm's Sense ID fingerprint technology for its new OLED iPhones, and decided to use its own Authentec algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology to redesign a new fingerprint ID solution, according...

Competition in China mobile SoC market growing

Mar 3, 10:56

During the 2017 Mobile World Congress, there are many announcements relating to cellular modems and mobile SoC - with two major ones coming from Xiaomi and Spreadtrum, according to IHS Markit. While its announcement did not come from Barcelona, Xiaomi officially unveiled its first in-house designed...

FPCB maker Ichia reports increased sales for February

Stockwatch - Mar 2, 16:09

Flexible PCB and handset component supplier Ichia Technologies has reported revenues of NT$501 million (US$16.268 million) for February, up 23% on month and 45% on year.

High component prices to squeeze margins at smartphone makers, says TrendForce

Mar 2, 10:43

Prices for key components used in smartphones including memory chips and AMOLED panels have been rising the second half of 2016, according to market research firm TrendForce. With the prices set to continue their rally through 2017, smartphone makers' margins are under downward pressure.

China market: Xiaomi unveils Surge S1 mobile chip

Newswatch - Mar 1, 12:25

Xiaomi Technology has unveiled its first in-house developed smartphone solution, dubbed Surge S1, making it the second smartphone vendor to roll out its own mobile chips after Huawei.

Lite-On Technology expects monthly dual-lens CCM shipments to rise to 4-5 million units in 2Q17

Mar 1, 11:53

Lite-On Technology expects 3-5 China-based smartphone vendors to adopt dual-lens CCMs (compact camera modules) in first-quarter 2017, boosting its monthly shipments of such products to 4-5 million units in the second quarter, according to the company.

LTCC device maker ACX reports record high EPS for 2016

Newswatch - Feb 24, 15:17

Advanced Ceramic X (ACX), a multi-layer ceramic device and LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic) module maker, has reported net profits of NT$806 million (US$26.21 million) for 2016. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$11.69, the company's highest level.

Merry sees EPS hit record high in 2016

Newswatch - Feb 24, 14:41

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported an EPS of as high as NT$11 for 2016, compared to NT$3.48 for a year earlier.

Silitech suffers losses in 2016

Stockwatch - Feb 24, 13:50

Handset-use chassis and keypad maker Silitech Technology has reported a net loss of NT$109.2 million (US$3.544 million) or NT$0.61 per share for 2016.

Samsung steps up cooperation with China-based handset suppliers

Feb 24, 11:41

Samsung Electronics has stepped up its contact with handset supply chain makers in China, aiming to strengthen its cooperation ties with ODMs and component suppliers to enable access to more competitive production capacity and component supplies, according to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain...

Ability Opto-Electronics sees earnings improve significantly in 2016

Newswatch - Feb 23, 16:00

Camera module maker Ability Opto-Electronics Technology has reported net profits of NT$95.02 million (US$3.045 million) for 2016, which translated into an EPS of NT$1.02 for the year compared to a loss of NT$1.11 of a year earlier.

Xiaomi likely to unveil in-house developed CPUs on February 28

Feb 21, 18:59

Xiaomi Technology has sent out invitations for a product event to be held on February 28, during which the vendor is expected to unveil its in-house developed Pinecone CPUs and an entry-level to mid-range smartphone, according to industry sources.

TPK to quit touch panel production for Apple Watch, say sources

Feb 21, 11:08

TPK Holding has been a suppleir of G/G (2 pieces of glass) touch panels for use in Apple Watch for two years, but since Apple adopted TOL (touch on lens) for second-generation Apple Watch in 2016, TPK has been unable to hike yield rates for TOL touch panels to a reasonable level and is therefore mulling...

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