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Friday 30 July 2021
HTC sees loss narrow with gross margin growth in 2Q21
With its Vive business and ecosystem continuing to expand, HTC saw its net losses narrow further in the second quarter of 2021 with a higher gross margin.
Friday 30 July 2021
Primax expects acoustic components sales to drive 3Q21 growth
Primax Electronics has expressed optimism about its operations in the third quarter of 2021, citing robust growth of its acoustic components sales.
Friday 30 July 2021
Lite-On Tech steps into production of components for EV charging piles
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has landed orders for components and devices used in power charging piles for electric vehicles (EVs) from clients in North America mainly, and will undertake small-volume trial production in the third quarter of 2021 and start volume production in the following quarter, according to company president Anson Chiu.
Thursday 29 July 2021
LandMark lands LD sensors orders from US vendor
GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafer maker LandMark Optoelectronics (LMOC) has obtained orders of LD (laser diode) sensors from a US-based head-mounted device vendor, with trial production to begin in the third quarter of 2021 and volume production to kick off at the end of the year, according to the company.
Thursday 29 July 2021
Brand vendors experience pressure from increasing costs
The rising costs from logistics as well as components and materials have started bringing pressure to downstream brand vendors such as Apple and Asustek Computer, according to some market observers.
Thursday 29 July 2021
ASC 100: Thailand-based AAPICO Hitech expands from jig maker to OEM car parts supplier
Listed on Thailand stock Exchange in 2002, AAPICO Hitech was founded in 1996 by Yeap Swee Chuan and headquartered in Thailand. AAPICO expanded from manufacturing jigs and stamping die to manufacturing OEM car parts including floor parts, crossmembers, and plastic fuel tanks for Thailand's major car-assembling providers.
Thursday 29 July 2021
ASC 100: Fabrinet, optical transceiver manufacturer, makes to the top 10 employers in Thailand
Fabrinet is one of the world's largest manufacturers of optical transceivers. Headquartered in George Town, Cayman island, Fabrinet was founded in 2000 by Seagate co-founder David T. Mitchell with an initial capital of US$1 million.
Wednesday 28 July 2021
EU new carbon-reduction package to push datacenters go liquid cooling
European Commission's Fit-for-55 package passed on July 14 is expected to prompt datacenter operators to act more keenly in adopting liquid cooling solutions.
Wednesday 28 July 2021
RF connector maker EZconn poised for significant revenue growth in 2H21
EZconn, a specialist in RF connectors and optical fiber devices, has said its two-pronged strategies to shift its primary markets to the US and Europe from China and focus more on high-margin products have begun to pay off.
Wednesday 28 July 2021
Macronix sees profits more than double in 2Q21
ROM and NOR flash memory maker Macronix International saw its net profits climb 110% sequentially to NT$1.93 billion (US$68.6 million) in the second quarter of 2021, buoyed by rising chip shipments and ASPs. EPS for the quarter came to NT$1.04.
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Highlights of the day: TI reportedly still sees strong orders
Texas Instrutments has given a less optimistic outlook for the third quarter of 2021, but industry sources have claimed that TI still sees prolonged lead times. TSMC has disclosed it is in early talks with clients about the feasibility of constructing a fab in Germany, and industry observers say such a fab could be a boost to Europe's car supply chain. DIGITIMES Asia president Colley Hwang has just published the first of his latest series of analysis of the global IT supply chain.
Tuesday 27 July 2021
AMOLED panels make significant headway in notebook, tablet segments
Propelled by the relentless efforts of Korean and Chinese panels makers, the application of the AMOLED panels has made significant headway in the tablet and notebook sector since 2021.
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Young Optics 2Q21 operation turns profitable
Optical component and module maker Young Optics saw operation for the second quarter of 2021 swing into profitability from consecutive net losses for six quarters, according to the company.
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Seizing online audio-visual communication business opportunities, iHH's Arctos gains favor with customers
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 at the end of 2019, the global economy and people's lives have been greatly affected. Going to banks, hospitals, shopping at supermarkets, religious activities, and other daily activities, for example, all came under restrictions. In addition, onsite exhibitions that used to have large crowds have now almost all turned to the online format, including major international exhibitions such as CES and COMPUTEX. Although there are many online exhibition solutions on the market, they all focus on product exhibits and lack a platform for follow-up business opportunities and communication, relying only on traditional email, text customer service, telephone customer service, and video conferencing. These traditional communication modes lack scheduling design and are unable to provide appointment communication services and interactive functions, which in turn weakens the effectiveness of the online exhibition.
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Views from Taiwan (1): Insights into IT trends and dynamics
After the peak of component crunch in the second quarter along with insufficient inventory in the third quarter, stress of stagnant deliverables on the highway seems to have been relieved. A consensus of the supply chain is to let the manufacturers breathe. The fourth quarter is in line with the traditional off-season, and the days should be easier. From foundries to IC design houses, Taiwanese manufacturers are in the limelight now. DIGITIMES Asia has noted in its reports that the foundry sector is now a seller's market with strong demand to last in end of 2022. Such messages are based on dynamic changes in demand-supply status of IT industry from the most upstream of the supply chain. Component shortages and component cannibalization require long-term rolling tracking. DIGITIMES Asia has been making dynamic adjustments to its views in line with rolling forecasts.
Monday 26 July 2021
Automotive lighting module suppliers EOI, Laster see 2Q21 sales rebound
Although the supply of automotive chips in the second half of the year remains slow and the overall shortage of materials continues to affect future shipment, the automotive lighting module maker, Excellence Optoelectronics (EOI) still expects its sales performance in 2021 to be better than 2020.
Monday 26 July 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC mulls more overseas fabs
TSMC is evaluating the feasibility of building more fabs overseas fabs, including Germany, according to the foundry house's chairman. Strong demand and tight capacity are sending foundry quotes rising. UMC is mulling raising service fees further by 10-15% in first-quarter 2022 for 40nm process. MIH CEO Jack Cheng believes the Foxconn-led open platofrm for EV development is revolutionzing the car industry.
Monday 26 July 2021
Voice coil motor makers poised to see robust shipment momentum in 2H21
Taiwan-based voice coil motor (VCM) suppliers expect their shipments to gain momentum in second-half 2021, having already kicked off recently the related shipments for the next-generation iPhone devices slated for the launch in the latter half of 2021.
Monday 26 July 2021
VinFast to start selling EVs in Europe and North America
Vietnam-based VinFast's branch offices in the US, Canada, France, Germany, and Netherland have begun operation and will start selling electric vehicles (EVs) in these countries, according to a report by Vietnam Investment Review.
Friday 23 July 2021
Highlights of the day: Foundry houses gear up for car chips
Demand from the car sector has been strong, and foundry houses are stepping up efforts to rolling out more automotive chips. Apple's manufacturing partners are seeing COVID-induced disruptions to their production in Vietnam, and will have to move poduction of new-gen AirPods to China. And in China, construction of 5G base stations is slowing down this year.
Friday 23 July 2021
PCB firms shipping in small volumes for upcoming AirPods
Shipments of flexible PCBs (FPCB) and SiP modules for use in the next-generation AirPods have kicked off in small volumes, and will be scaled up between late third-quarter and fourth-quarter 2021, according to industry sources at the upstream supply chain of the AirPods.
Friday 23 July 2021
Strong demand for panels boosts Taiwan optoelectronics industry
Taiwan's optoelectronics industry in the first half of 2021 shows strong growth, compared to the same period in 2020, due to the large-scale stimulus plans from major economies and the steady global economic demand. Among the optoelectronic industry, panels have increased the most, because of the stay-at-home economy and shortage of raw materials and components, which have stimulated the increase in panel price.
Friday 23 July 2021
GSEO expects full capacity utilization to remain until early 4Q21
Smartphone-use lens module maker Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO), based on orders received, expects current full utilization of production capacity to continue until the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2021, according to company chairman Jones Chen.
Friday 23 July 2021
Diversifying vital signs information with optimized real-time multi-to-many monitoring
WHO estimates show that cardiovascular diseases are the cause of approximately 17.9 million deaths worldwide each year and account for 31% of total deaths, making it the leading non-infectious cause of death. Reports of individuals living alone suddenly passing away at home or bus drivers dying due to a heart attack while on the clock are far from rare occurrences on the news. Today, with the advent of technology, there is finally a solution to these events that used to catch people off guard. Singular Wings Medical has come up with a Group CVD monitoring system that serves as a network-based multi-to-many real-time physiological vital signs monitoring solution. Patients only need to wear a lightweight monitoring patch to allow the back-end system to monitor the real-time changes of their vital signs, thus reducing the chance of sudden death due to cardiovascular failure through active monitoring in place of after-the-fact diagnosis.
Thursday 22 July 2021
Superior Plating to step into electroplating of thermal modules for EVs and aircraft
Metal and plastic surface treatment service provider Superior Plating Technology has set up Ever Superior Tech, a joint venture with heat-dissipating module maker Amulaire Thermal Technology and aircraft maintenance service provider Evergreen Aviation Technologies, in a bid to extend its operation to electroplating of heat-dissipating modules used in electric vehicles (EVs) and aircraft, according to Superior Plating.