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Monday 25 October 2021
Southeast Asia roundup: Indonesia eyes EV production
Malaysia's chip shortages are expected to persist longer even after lockdown were lifted, while Indonesia is looking to start producing electric vehicle (EV) in 2023-24.
Friday 22 October 2021
Digital economy to be 20% of Vietnam GDP by 2025, says prime minister
Vietnam expects digital economy to reach 20% of GDP by 2025 and 30% by 2030, prime minister Pham Minh Chinh said at the Digital World 2021 exhibition, cohosted by the government of Vietnam and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), according to Vietnamese-language news outlet Youth Newspaper.
Thursday 21 October 2021
Migo provides affordable data services for emerging markets
As a co-inventor of the technology that powers hundreds of millions of units of Kindle and an inductee of the National Inventor Hall of Fame in America, Barrett Comiskey, founder and CEO of Migo, could have retired young and enjoyed a comfortable life after selling E-Ink, his first company. However, it did not take long for him to embark on another innovation journey to solve the same problem that Google Loon and low-earth orbit satellite companies are trying to solve.
Wednesday 20 October 2021
Sivers acquires MixComm to expand mmWave ecosystem
Sweden-based Sivers Semiconductors will acquire millimeter wave (mmWave) semiconductor supplier US-based MixComm for US$135 million (NT$37.6 billion).
Friday 15 October 2021
Chipmakers gearing up for Wi-Fi 6/6E chip boom
Chipmakers including MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Broadcom are set to ramp up their output for Wi-Fi 6/6E chip solutions looking to embrace booming demand for such chips and increase their market shares in 2022, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 13 October 2021
Gaming in Thailand raked in US$1 billion in 2020
Thailand's gaming industry raked in more than US$1 billion in revenue last year amid COVID-19, according to Thailand Business News citing data from NewZoo, with the number of gamers increasing to 32 million in the country.
Tuesday 12 October 2021
Southeast Asia roundup: Vietnam reopens after 3Q21 GDP fell by 6.17%
American clothing brands are seeing delayed production ahead of end-of-the-year shopping season because of reduced production in Vietnam, which logs the biggest quarterly fall in GDP for third-quarter 2021 due to the pandemic.
Thursday 7 October 2021
Highlights of the day: Foundry houses to see strong profits in 2022
Tight fab capacity has been sending foundry quotes rising, which is expected to continue boosting profits for foundry houses in 2022. For the backend sector, supply of packaging leadframes is expected to remain tight with order visibility already extending to 2023. Networking device vendors are wary that chip and component shortages could curb their sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Thursday 7 October 2021
Networking device makers guardedly optimistic about 4Q21
Taiwan-based networking device manufacturers including Accton Technology, Arcadyan Technology and Sercomm all expect their revenues in the fourth quarter to outperform the prior quarter's levels, but are still aware of challenges arising from the ongoing chip and component shortage.
Wednesday 6 October 2021
Wireless connectivity chip supply stays tight
The supply of wireless connectivity chips will stay tight through the first quarter of 2022, with Wi-Fi 5 chip modules from vendors in Taiwan able to satisfy only 70% of demand, according to sources at IC distributors.
Tuesday 5 October 2021
Network communications makers diversify production bases amid material shortage, China power shortage
Although materials in the fourth quarter are still in short supply, companies are starting to get a better handle on the pace of supply and demand and expect operations to improve, according to the network communications supply chain. However, what impact, if any, the power shortage in China will have is still uncertain.
Wednesday 29 September 2021
Taiwan makers to benefit from development of low/medium Earth orbit satellites, says Pegatron chairman
Development of low and medium Earth orbit satellites is expected to bring many potential business opportunities for Taiwan-based communication equipment makers, according to Pegatron chairman TH Tung.
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Taiwan Tech to develop near-field OTA validations for 5G active antennas together with mmWave antenna and connector designs
With the standards for the 5G protocols largely established, wireless communication providers in the US and Korea started to offer the service in select major cities starting third-quarter 2019. Not to fall behind, Taiwan also completed the bidding for its 5G bandwidths towards the end of 2019 and started offering services during second-quarter 2020, marking Taiwan among one of the fewer countries in the world currently capable of sustaining 5G communications. 5G communication has the advantage of higher data throughput, wider bandwidths, lower latencies, and can support much higher volume of connections. However, 5G networks require more base stations in a given area to provide users good coverages and services. Consequently, this has led to a rush from telecommunication companies investing in the deployments of the base stations to expedite the availability of the 5G networks.
Monday 27 September 2021
Southeast Asia roundup: Xiaomi top smartphone brand in Indonesia in 2Q21
Smartphone sales were strong in Indonesia in second-quarter 2021, with Xiaomi being the top selling brand. while Apple fans in Thailand will receive their new iPhones earlier than usual this year. And Malaysia will have new digital banks next year.
Friday 24 September 2021
Highlights of the day: AMD, MediaTek reportedly in JV talks
AMD and MediaTek are said to be seeking to form a joint venture that will develop notebook applications integrating Wi-Fi, 5G and high-transmission technologies. Other chip vendors in Taiwan are also hoping MediaTek to play a leading role in the local supply chain to compete with Qualcomm in the mmWave 5G market. In the EV market, Thailand has ambitious goals for its car manufacturing sector.
Wednesday 22 September 2021
Highlights of the day: NAND chip supply may turn tight in 2H22
NAND flash pices may stablize in 2022, but supply is likely to turn tight in the second half of next year, according to Silicon Motion's president. Meanwhile, Chinese memory maker YMTC is ready to volume produce 128-layer QLC NAND flash, initially targeting consumer SSDs. And in a recent interview by DIGITIMES, Harish Krishnaswamy, CTO and co-founder of MixComm, and Marzieh Veyseh, CTO/CPO and co-founder of SiTune, talked about their views on the development of mmWave market, latest chip crunch, and the Satcom market opportunities.
Wednesday 22 September 2021
mmWave finds potential markets in 5G and Satcom: Q&A with MixComm and SiTune CTOs
MixComm, a provider of millimeter-wave (mmWave) and front-end solutions for 5G and Satcom applications, has recently announced a collaboration with SiTune, an innovator of multiple generations of RF and mixed-signal system on a chip, to develop 5G mmWave reference designs. Both companies have been recognized for their high-performance energy-efficient 5G solutions.
Friday 17 September 2021
Chipmakers working with partners to step up deployments in 5G RF devices
Fabless chipmakers are looking to step up their deployments in the 5G RF front-end module (RF FEM) and other device markets by working closely with their manufacturing partners, according to industry sources.
Friday 17 September 2021
AiP packaging demand set to be stimulated by new iPhone
With the new-generation iPhones equipped with more antenna-in-package (AiP) modules, AiP packaging demand will be rising along with the iPhone sales, according to industry sources.
Friday 17 September 2021
High-speed transmission chip suppliers expect output value to boom
Taiwan's suppliers of high-speed transmission chips, which have obtained commitments from foundries to provide sufficient capacity support next year, are gearing up for a boom in their output value, according to industry sources.
Thursday 16 September 2021
Highlights of the day: Monolithic/heterogeneous integration is key to semicnductor development
In a recent interview by DIGITIMES Etron chairman Nicky Lu explains why monolithic/heterogeneous integration is important to the future of the semiconductor industry. Meanwhile Apple has increased the storage capacity of its new iPhone 13 series to up to 1TB, and memory makers believe this will prompt other smartphone brands to follow suit and equip their flagship devices with the same internal storage capacity. Backend service providers believe Apple's new iPad mini 6 will generate strong orders for 5G RF modules.
Thursday 16 September 2021
Indian consumers have high hopes for 5G, CMR survey shows
Smartphone users in India acknowledge that 5G will bring more possibilities, including more IoT appliances at home, higher resolution in graphics, and higher speed in download, a CMR survey shows.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Vanchip tapping Wi-Fi 6 RF FEM market
China-based Vanchip Technologies, a subsidiary of MediaTek, is partnering with IC distributor WPG and GaAs foundry Win Semiconductors to promote its Wi-Fi 6 RF front-end modules (RF FEM) including power amplifier (PA), according to industry sources.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Apple Watch Series 7 features larger displays
Apple has announced Apple Watch Series 7, featuring a re-engineered always-on Retina display with significantly more screen area and thinner borders, making it the largest display ever.
Friday 10 September 2021
Digitimes Research forum talks about trends in 5G industry
Digitimes Research, on August 25, hosted an industrial trend forum covering the latest topics of the communication industry such as 5G smartphones and telecom network infrastructure to assist Taiwanese vendors to get hold of the newest trends of the industry.