Thursday 7 March 2024
British Nvidia's uncertain future: Graphcore weighs sale amidst financial and geopolitical woes
Amid Nvidia's historic achievement of reaching a market value of US$2 trillion, attention shifts to its rivals.
Thursday 7 March 2024
Is Taiwan's defense industry up for asymmetric warfare?
As China's National People's Congress holds its annual Two Sessions meeting, the defense budget for 2024 submitted by China's Ministry of Finance has revealed a 7.2% growth to reach CNY1.67 trillion (US$232 billion), surpassing its moderate GDP growth target set at around 5%. In the government work report delivered by China's Premier Li Qiang, the term "peaceful reunification" has been dropped, a change that was soon picked up by international media.
Thursday 7 March 2024
2024 Industry Outlook (6): Learning from past economic nodes of paradigm shift
Using the IMF's statistics on global GDP, I will explore the keys to the post-1950 rise of the four Asian Tigers. I have chosen 1950, 1980, 2009, 2019, and 2023 as nodes to explore the century and the world as we have experienced it.
Wednesday 6 March 2024
Interview with UBI Research founder Yi Choong-Hoon: breaking down the competition in the panel sector
Founded in 2007, UBI Research has become South Korea's most renowned research institution regarding the panel industry by establishing a diverse OLED database through its extensive research on LCD and OLED panel technologies and long-term observations of IT market trends.
Wednesday 6 March 2024
2024 Industrial Outlook (5): the cliff-like economic growth model
Visual Capitalist has published a study that organizes the evolution of total economic output and GDP for various countries over the past 2,000 years. Using data estimated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the statistics show how human economic activity has evolved over the past 2,000 years.
Tuesday 5 March 2024
2024 Industry Outlook (4): Automobile production migration from advanced to emerging countries
The market is looking forward to the business opportunities of electric vehicles; however, the demand has been impacted by the weaker-than-expected macroeconomic growth.
Monday 4 March 2024
Four questions regarding the potential of foldable devices
The high, double-digit annual shipment growth rate of foldable smartphones has caused the market to view it as a crucial product line that will drive the turnaround in overall smartphone demand in 2024. There are reports that major companies like Samsung Electronics and Huawei plan to release budget versions of foldable smartphones in 2024 to boost sales even faster.
Friday 1 March 2024
Apple's titanic EV tragedy explained
Apple recently woke up from its EV pipe dream.
Friday 1 March 2024
Something tricky this way comes as China's EV empire grows
The aggressive market capture tactics, employed by Chinese car manufacturers, present fresh challenges for the global electric vehicle (EV) industry.
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.
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