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Friday 1 March 2024
Foxconn to still reap benefits despite Apple's shift away from EVs
Rumors persist that Apple is interested in investing in the development of the Apple Car. Recent speculations suggest that Project Titan, which has never been officially confirmed, might be terminated. According to industry sources, Apple's current main contract assembler, Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn), is not expected to be greatly affected despite its increasing emphasis on electric vehicles (EVs).
Friday 1 March 2024
2024 Industry Outlook (3): Using economic data to assess industry directions in Taiwan and China
In 2023, Taiwan's exports declined by 9.8%, which is of course related to the weakening of electronics exports, but with a total export value of US$432.5 billion, a trade surplus of US$80.56 billion, and a surplus of over US$300 billion in tax revenue, the overall result is not too bad. S&P Global projects a 19.2% growth for Taiwan's exports in 2024. What can be expected optimistically and what should be planned for?
Friday 1 March 2024
What does it mean for Taiwan ICT firms if Apple ends its EV plans?
According to reports, Apple has abandoned its nearly decade-long electric vehicle (EV) R&D and production strategy, leaving many wondering how this will impact Taiwan's ICT supply chain.
Thursday 29 February 2024
Taiwan's transformation into global semiconductor leadership and future challenges
In university, I studied electrical engineering, and at that time, semiconductors were an emerging field. The electronics courses we took still taught vacuum tubes. It wasn't until near graduation that a visiting professor from abroad started teaching courses on semiconductors. After completing my military service, I went to the United States to study computer engineering. Computer engineering is closely related to semiconductors, as semiconductor chips gradually replaced vacuum tubes as components of computers. In 1978, after graduating from graduate school, I found a job as a design engineer in Silicon Valley, California, and began to delve into advanced microprocessor design.
Thursday 29 February 2024
2024 Industry Outlook (2): ICT industry performance reflects economic health in Taiwan
In 2023, 940 plus publicly listed electronics companies in Taiwan reported a total of US$833 billion in revenues, down 12.6% from US$953 billion in 2022. This number reflected the global industry struggle last year. Looking ahead into 2024, many electronic company executives said they expect a gradual rebound this year. However, we observe that not only the pace of the rebound is slower than expected, but the strength in the rebounds is also significantly different in sectors.
Tuesday 27 February 2024
Synaptics CEO: the age of Edge AI has arrived
In recent years, Synaptics, a leading US-based IC design firm, has undergone a transformation, refocusing its efforts on IoT applications. This strategic shift included divesting its mobile Touch with Display Driver (TDDI) business and reallocating resources to the automotive electronics sector. Despite maintaining a robust presence in traditional areas like PC touchpads and fingerprint recognition chips, Synaptics has strategically expanded its IoT product line through acquisitions and in-house research and development.
Tuesday 27 February 2024
2024 Industry Outlook (1): cross-discipline competitions and diversified business development
Newcomers to the industry are often intimidated by the flexibility and diversity of the strategies of the traditional large companies that are constantly responding to change. When analyzing industry trends, real-time information is needed with industry knowledge accumulated over the years. We have selected 10 issues enterprises must pay attention to in 2024 for this series of column articles.
Tuesday 27 February 2024
Mirror on the wall... will Intel become 2nd largest foundry in the world? Perhaps, but...
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger wants the company to become the world's second-largest foundry service provider by 2030. With the right partners, it may achieve the goal faster than expected. Although many in the industry see its collaboration with United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) have a high potential for joint venture or merger, will Intel be discerning enough to see the value of a perfectly complementary partnership?
Monday 26 February 2024
Why Kioxia is warming up to SK Hynix for WD merger talks
The memory market has rebounded from the previous trough, led by NAND Flash's multi-fold price surge. However, the NAND business of many integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) is still in the red. Further integration between Western Digital (WD) and Kioxia is seen as the inevitable solution for the less fortunate.
Monday 26 February 2024
China's homegrown NearLink wireless tech to challenge Wi-Fi dominance, says DIGITIMES Research
NearLink (also known as SparkLink), China's homegrown wireless communication technology, entered commercialization in 2023 after being led by Huawei and supported by more than 400 Chinese companies. NearLink aims to reduce China's reliance on international standards, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, dominated by the US.
Friday 23 February 2024
Intel is grabbing Samsung's cheese with system-level foundry
Samsung beware: As Intel Foundry (IF) is now collaborating with TSMC to accomplish an advanced packaging mission to meet customer's needs, it is aiming for something bigger.
Friday 23 February 2024
Creating new EV charging vision: Q&A with Chander Electronics general manager Robert Lo
As one-sixth of new car buyers worldwide purchased EVs in 2023, the vehicle has gradually become part of people's daily lives. In September last year, Taiwan-based Chander Electronics released the island's first charging robot, E-Hero, to disrupt the market.
Friday 23 February 2024
As Nvidia's downgraded AI chips go unwanted in China, who is the biggest beneficiary?
Recently, DIGITIMES has had several reports and comments regarding Nvidia's launch of the 2-gen downgraded AI chip H20 designed exclusively for China, but a lack of interest from Chinese customers. It's worth discussing which semiconductor company will benefit from commercial opportunities provided by the vast supply and demand gap in the Chinese market.
Thursday 22 February 2024
Nvidia's FY2025 revenue likely to exceed US$100 billion as AI boosts growth
With the surge in demand for generative AI training over the past few quarters, Nvidia's performance has shown a significant leap, benefiting various supply chain players and emerging as the world's largest semiconductor company by revenue. The industry's critical turning point has arrived in Q3 2023, and Nvidia's lead continues to expand in Q4!
Thursday 22 February 2024
AI server reality check: Foxconn's Young Liu raises doubts amidst industry hype
In 2023, AI took the global tech scene by storm, not just lighting up the tech industry's dim outlook but also emerging as a linchpin for supply chain players eyeing a market resurgence.
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