Analysis
  • The China government is expected to continue to push its wafer foundry houses to further expand their production capacity in coming years as it has clearly set a goal for raising the country's IC self-sufficiency rate to 70% by 2025, from a low of 26.2% in 2016.
  • The global production values for automotive electronics and semiconductors will increase at CAGR of 5.4% and 7% respectively during 2018-2022, significantly higher than the 2% CAGR for car production in the same period.
  • Samsung Display and other panel makers are expected to commit more investments to ramp up their capacity for flexible AMOLED displays as such screens have become mainstream technology for smartphones and smartwatches, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Along with mature development of ECG (electrocardiography) and PPG (photoplethysmograph) sensing technologies, ICT firms are keen on developing monitoring devices for use in mobile medical care, which is expected to see demand take off, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) is deemed as a critical technology needed to boost LPWAN (low power wide area network) application values. Global tech giants including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Baidu and other software service providers are aggressively developing the AIaaS (artificial intelligence as...
  • Commercialization of Micro LED displays have come closer to reality since Sony unveiled CLEDIS (crystal LED integrated structure) display based micro LED technology in 2016.
  • With its production capacity for large-sized LCD panels likely to surpass that of Korea's in 2019, China's policy for the development of the next-generation display products now aims to help its panel makers narrow the gaps of AMOLED panel production capacity and shipment volumes against their counterparts...
  • China-based drone maker Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology (DJI), which claims the largest share of the consumer market segment, has extended to the commercial sector. Intel is also promoting commercial drones via cooperation with UK-based Cyberhawk Innovations.
  • Global market value for 3D sensing technology, which has caught attention since Apple unveiled iPhone X with face-recognition functionality in early November 2017, will increase to US$9-10 billion by 2020, Digitimes Research estimates.
  • Global smartphone AP shipments are expected to increase 5.1% on year in 2018, with Qualcomm to continue to serve as the top vendor, followed by MediaTek, according to Digitimes Research.
  • China's development of innovative technologies used in smart medical care in 2018 will focus on AI (artificial intelligence)-aided interpretation of medical images and gene inspection mainly for cancer detection.
  • The top-5 notebook brands' combined shipments, after experiencing two consecutive months of on-year declines in September and October, witnessed an on-year growth of 3% in November mainly thanks to increased volumes from Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo and Asustek Computer.
  • HBM2 memory solutions gaining popularity

    Wednesday 27 December 2017
    The popularity of HBM2 (second-generation high bandwidth memory) solutions has been increasing recently due to the adoption of such products by Nvidia's Tesla P100 accelerator and Quadro GP 100 graphics card as well as AMD's Radeon Vega chip, Digitimes Research has found.
  • After experiencing years of growth plateau, the Southeast Asian region is arriving at a critical turning point, as there are three major favorable development opportunities looming ahead, though accompanied by some challenges, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Global shipments of small- and medium-sized LCD panels are estimated to suffer a negative CAGR of 6.9% during the next five years to reach 1.8 billion pieces in 2022, down from 2.4 billion estimated for 2018, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Taiwan wafer foundry revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 are estimated to surge 7.8% sequentially and 9.3% on year to US$10.54 billion, with the growth mainly seen in revenues from communication applications and associated with 10nm process, according to Digitimes Research.
  • The top-5 notebook brands' combined shipments, after experiencing two consecutive months of on-year declines in September and October, witnessed an on-year growth of 3% in November mainly thanks to increased volumes from Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo and Asustek Computer.
  • Multi-rotor drones are now employed to do many jobs, such as pesticide spraying and field inspection, but it remains challenging to increase their duration on the air and loading capacities that could extend their uses.
  • Global LCD TV shipments are expected to edge down 2.1% on year to 212 million units in 2017 before expanding by a CAGR of 1.2% during a forecast five-year period to reach 228 million units in 2022, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research.
  • As Microsoft and Qualcomm jointly announced in early December that the first Windows 10 notebooks with ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors will be officially launched in early 2018, there will be more and more PCs with ARM processor architecture hitting the market. This is expected to let ARM-powered...
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