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Digitimes Research: All-screen smartphones help ease handset panel oversupply

Dec 14, 11:46

The growing popularity of all-screen smartphones is playing a role in easing global oversupply of handset displays, as the production of 18:9 panels will consume 12.5-20% more production capacity than that for 16:9 ones, according to Digitimes Research.

Galaxy S8

AOET nets NT$1.52 per share for January-October

Dec 13, 15:06

Optical lens module maker Ability Opto-Electronics Technology (AOET) has reported pre-tax profit of NT$22.7 million (US$755,400), net profit of NT$18.4 million and net EPS of NT$0.20 for October 2017, leading to pre-tax profit of NT$178.1 million, net profit of NT$139.7 million and net EPS of NT$1.52...

Qualcomm, MediaTek yet to advance to 7nm node

Dec 13, 14:48

Qualcomm has decided to continue adopting Samsung's 10nm process for fabricating its newly released Snapdragon 845 chipset for smartphones, instead of advancing to 7nm process node. MediaTek has also decided to rely on the 12/16nm nodes of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture...

Marvell announces 802.11ax wireless portfolio

Dec 13, 14:16

Marvell has introduced what it claimed to be the industry's most complete 802.11ax wireless product portfolio. Marvell said it is the first to offer a full MU-MIMO and OFDMA uplink and downlink based on the latest IEEE 802.11ax standards which will help the next generation of high-end users with real-time...

China camera module suppliers gaining ground in smartphone space

Dec 12, 11:52

China-based suppliers of camera modules for smartphones such as O-film Technology and Holitech Technology have continued to expand their market share leveraging packaged module sales and strong support from local smartphone vendors, according to industry sources.

Lens module makers see on-month growth in November revenues

Dec 12, 10:54

Lens module maker Asia Optical has reported November consolidated revenues of NT$1.578 billion (US$52.3 million) increasing 1.86% sequentially and 8.89% on year. Fellow makers Kinko Optical and Genius Electronic Optical have posted NT$294 million (up 4.38% sequentially but down 11.41% on year) and...

Altek reports on-year drop for November revenues

Dec 11, 15:06

Altek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.033 billion (US$34.43 million) for November 2017, representing a 32.29% increase on month and 12.06% drop on year.

MediaTek reports decreased revenues for November

Dec 11, 11:47

MediaTek has announced revenues of NT$20.739 billion (US$691.23 million) for November, down 1.3% on month and 11.8% on year. For the first 11 months of 2017, revenues totaled NT$219.56 billion, decreasing 13.61% from a year earlier.

AOET ordered to pay Largan damages for trade secret theft

Dec 11, 11:39

Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court has ordered optical lens module maker Ability Opto-Electronics Technology (AOET) pay NT$1.522 billion (US$50.5 million) in damages to fellow maker Largan Precision for stealing the latter's business secrets.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 introduces new architectures for AI, immersion

Dec 7, 14:07

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform designed for immersive multimedia experiences including eXtended reality (XR), on-device artificial intelligence (AI), lightning-fast connectivity.

Qualcomm launches next-generation Snapdragon Mobile Platform

Dec 6, 14:52

Qualcomm has announced its next-generation flagship mobile technology, the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. The full unveiling of all the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform features and specs will take place later on December 6, said the company.

Largan November revenues highest in 2017

Dec 6, 13:37

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.616 billion (US$187 million) for November, the highest monthly level so far in 2017 with growth of 0.05% on month and 7.84% on year.

Wireless charging solution providers to benefit from iOS 11.2

Dec 5, 15:49

Taiwan-based wireless charging solution providers, including Generalplus Technology, Holtek Semiconductor, Nuvoton Technology and ENE Technology, are expected to see their sales increase significantly after Apple released its iOS 11.2 which supports 7.5W wireless charging technology, according to industry...

Panel makers ramping up production of all-screen displays

Dec 5, 11:55

Flat panel makers including Innolux, AU Optronics (AUO) and BOE Technology are ramping up their production of profiled all-screen displays in response to rising demand from the smartphone sector, according sources from upstream suppliers.

Penetration rate of all-screen smartphones to increase significantly in 2018

Altek expects 3D sensing boom in next 5-8 years

Dec 5, 11:06

Digital camera and imaging solution supplier Altek expects 3D sensing to see strong demand in the next 5-8 years, according to company chairman and CEO Alex Hsia.

Altek

Taiwan players in 3D sensor supply chain to see lucrative market in 2018

Dec 4, 15:04

With Android-based smartphones vendors expected to incorporate 3D sensors into their smartphone models following Apple's adoption of TrueDepth facial recognition system of iPhone X, Taiwan players in the related supply chain, including upstream suppliers of gallium arsenide (GaAs) wafers and makers...

iPhone X with 3D sensor facial recognition system

Flexible PCB maker Ichia reports steady November sales

Dec 4, 11:50

Flexible PCB and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported steady sales for November, buoyed by increased shipments of flexible PCB products to the automobile sector. Sales for November were down 2% sequentially but up 11% on year to NT$660 million (US$21.98 million).

Taiwan market: LG sees growing profits from OLED TV sales

Nov 30, 13:43

LG Electronics expects earnings from sales of OLED TVs in the Taiwan market to grow significantly in 2018 as compared to those recorded in 2017, according to sources at LG Taiwan.

Penetration rate of OLED smartphone panels to reach over 30% in 2018

Nov 30, 12:06

The penetration rate of OLED panels in the smartphone display market is expected to reach over 30% in 2018 due to increasing adoption by smartphone vendors, according to industry sources.

Supply constraints and screen burn-in issue are limiting the penetration of OLED smartphone panels

PCB maker Unitech to end 2017 with profitability

Nov 29, 14:24

Unitech Printed Circuit Board is expected to return to profitability by the end of 2017, as brisk shipments to the smartphone sector and rising product ASPs have helped drive up the firm's earnings for the second half of the year. And the shipment boom is expected to last into 2018, allowing the company...

Egistec likely to supply fingerprint sensors for Samsung Galaxy S9, report says

Nov 28, 12:27

Taiwan-based Egis Technology (Egistec) has been identified as the most-likely fingerprint sensor supplier for Samsung's flagship smartphone series slated for launch in the first quarter of 2018, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

MediaTek launches chipset supporting NB-IoT

Nov 27, 13:03

MediaTek has announced its newest chipset, the MT2621 dual-mode system-on-chip (SoC) designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications with both narrow band IoT (NB-IoT) Release 14 (R14) and GSM/GPRS connectivity. The MT2621 chipset brings dual-mode cellular technologies for IoT, and ensures lowest...

Genius improving yield rates for iPhone X lens modules, say sources

Nov 27, 10:58

Genius Electronic Optical is actively hiking yield rates for two lens modules - a 7-megapixel one and a 3D sensing one - for front cameras of iPhone X, which is likely to help improve its fourth-quarter revenues, according to the industry sources.

Kinko developing receiver optical lenses for 3D sensing

Nov 27, 10:47

Kinko Optical is developing receiver optical lenses for 3D sensing, which is expected to see fast growing adoption by smartphone vdndors, according to company chairman Kent Chen.

Kinko Optical chairman Kent Chen (standing) at an investor confernece

NPO MLCC tight supply lingers due to booming demand

Nov 23, 15:05

The market supply of MLCC (multi-layer ceramic capacitors) has remained tight, especially NPO models, due to increasing demand from the mobile-device fast charging and wireless charging segments, with the tight supply not expected to ease until the first half of 2018 at the earliest, according to...

MLCC remains in tight supply

Epistar to increase VCSEL wafer output in 2018

Nov 23, 11:32

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has extended production to wafers for processing VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser), with plans to expand production for the segment in 2018, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow mildly in 4Q17

Nov 22, 16:05

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to reach 179 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, up 4.1% on quarter and 1.4% on year, according to estimates of Digitimes Research.

Gemtek establishes LoRa base stations in Beijing

Nov 22, 15:48

Networking equipment maker Gemtek Technology has established 231 LoRa base stations for IoT applications in Beijing, and plans to expand the number to over 500 in the first half of 2018, according to company chairman Howard Chen.

Gemtek chairman Howard Chen

Smartphone panel prices stay flat in November

Nov 22, 14:59

Prices of a-Si and LTPS smartphone panels will remain steady in November due to decreasing demand for 16:9 handset displays, according to China-based market consulting firm Sigmaintell.

Digitimes Research: Worldwide tablet shipments to reach 128 million units in 2018

Nov 21, 14:28

Seeing all-screen smartphones continue eroding tablet demand, tablet vendors, to differentiate the two product lines, are turning aggressively to promote 10-inch and above models with consumer-friendly prices, hoping to trigger a replacement trend. Digitimes Research expects worldwide tablet shipments...

More Android smartphone vendors to adopt 3D sensing for new models

Nov 17, 12:03

Android smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi Technology are expected to equip 3D sensing functionality to their new models slated for launch in 2018, according to industry sources, which also pinpointed suppliers including Largan Precision, Sunny Optical, Orbbec and Himax Technologies...

More smartphone vendors are to adopt 3D sensing technology

Samsung to continue adopting heat pipes for smartphones in 2018

Nov 17, 11:00

Despite the recent market rumors indicating that Samsung Electronics may stop using heat pipes for its new smartphones in 2018, sources from upstream supply chain players have pointed out that the Korea-based vendor will continue the thermal design and its suppliers have already begun small volume...

MediaTek touts Helio P in China amid Qualcomm speculation

Nov 16, 15:40

MediaTek is aggressively persuading China smartphone vendors to adopt its Helio P processors to reduce risks of heavy reliance on Qualcomm, whose operations might be affected by Broadcom's takeover bid, according to industry sources.

Flexible AMOLED supply capacity to exceed demand by 44% in 2018, says IHS Markit

Nov 15, 17:42

With flexible AMOLED panel fabs building at a quicker pace than global demand, supply capacity of flexible AMOLED panels is forecast to be 44% higher than global demand in 2018, according to IHS Markit.

HiSilicon selects Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP for Kirin 970

Nov 15, 13:52

Cadence Design Systems has announced that HiSilicon, a global fabless semiconductor and IC design company, has selected the Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP for its 10nm Kirin 970 mobile application processor, which debuted in Huawei's new Mate 10 series mobile phones. In deploying the Vision P6 DSP,...

Phison UFS controller validated by Qualcomm, Hisilicon

Nov 14, 14:00

Phison Electronics' new PS8313-series Universal Flash Storage (UFS) controller has been validated by Qualcomm and HiSilicon Technologies for their smartphone chip platforms, according to the NAND device controller supplier. Phison expects its new UFS solutions to drive its overall eMMC controller business...

SSD products and eMMC controllers drove Phison's 3Q17 profit to a record high

Zhen Ding expects strong PCB demand to last till 1Q18, says chairman

Nov 14, 12:00

Taiwan-based PCB maker Zhen Ding Technology is seeing strong demand in the fourth quarter of 2017 and expects the momentum to continue in the first quarter of 2018, according to company chairman Charles Shen.

Zhen Ding chairman Charles Shen

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom acquisition bid

Nov 14, 11:55

Qualcomm has announced that its board of directors has unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017, saying the bid "significantly uvervalues" the chip firm's value.

Asia Optical developing smartphone-use 5x optical zoom lenses

Nov 14, 11:42

Asia Optical is developing smartphone-use 5x optical zoom lenses, each consisting of an aspherical glass lens piece and four plastic ones, through cooperation with Israel-based software developer Corephotonics, and will start the certification process for the new products by the end of 2017, according...

Asia Optical chairman Robert Lai

Global 3Q17 DRAM revenues climb 16.2%. says DRAMeXchange

Nov 14, 10:43

Sales in the global DRAM market surged 16.2% sequentially to a record US$19.18 billion in the third quarter of 2017, when contract prices of various DRAM products rose by about 5% on average, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices were driven up by a seasonal pickup in demand coupled with limited growth...

Qualcomm signs purchase MoUs with China smartphone vendors

Nov 13, 14:46

Qualcomm has announced that it has signed three non-binding memoranda of understanding (MoU) wherein Xiaomi Technology, Oppo Mobile Telecommunications and Vivo Communication Technology each expresses a nonbinding interest in the purchase of components with an aggregate value of no less than US$12 billion...

Android camp reportedly seeking to renegotiate royalties with Qualcomm

Nov 13, 14:19

The Android camp could follow the steps of Apple to temporarily suspend royalty payments to Qualcomm aiming to force the US-based chip vendors back to the negotiating table to work out "fairer" royalty schemes, according to industry sources.

Altek reports decreased sales for October

Nov 13, 13:50

Imaging solution developer Altek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$780 million (US$25.84 million) for October, down 16.3% on month and 19.6% on year.

Altek chairman Alex Hsia

FocalTech optimistic about TDDI chip demand for all-screen devices in 2018

Nov 10, 10:44

Full in-cell display module makers have been improving yield rates to lower their production costs for all-screen panels, which will see wider adoption by smartphones and tablets in 2018, according to Genda Hu, chairman for touchscreen and LCD driver solution provider FocalTech Systems.

PCL reports heavy valuation losses for 3Q17

Nov 9, 16:19

Optical component maker PCL Technologies has reported net profits of only NT$429,000 (US$14,221) or NT$0.01 per share for the third quarter of 2017 due largely to valuation losses on financial instruments.

PCL spokesman Chao Wei-chou

iPhone X costs Apple US$370 in materials, says IHS Markit

Nov 9, 11:54

Teardown engineers at IHS Markit have completed their preliminary physical dissection of the new Apple iPhone X and found that the model A1865 version of the smartphone with 64GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of US$370.25.

Oppo, Xiaomi to adopt 3D sensors for smartphones in 2018

Nov 9, 11:40

China-based vendors Oppo and Xiaomi Technology will adopt 3D sensing solutions for smartphones to be launched in 2018, with such solutions to be developed by Himax Technologies via cooperation with Qualcomm and the sensor modules to be produced by Truly Opto-Electronics, according to industry source...

Egistec 3Q17 profits hike

Nov 9, 11:34

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) has announced net profits for the third quarter hiked 132% sequentially to NT$174 million (US$5.76 million). EPS for the quarter arrived at NT$2.50.

Spreadtrum chips adopted by Accent for smartphones sold in North Africa

Nov 9, 10:46

Spreadtrum Communications, a China-based fabless chipmaker specializing in mobile SoCs, has announced its solutions have been selected by Accent, an IT brand based in Morocco, for two smartphone models sold in the North Africa region.

Catcher capex to reach NT$10 billion in 2018 to support capacity expansion

Nov 8, 15:44

Chassis maker Catcher Technology expects its capex for 2018 to be comparable to the NT$10.4 billion (US$344.61 million) it will have spent in 2017, as it continues its capacity expansion, according to company chairman Allen Horng.

Catcher chairman Allen Horng
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