IT components, peripherals
  • The flat panel industry has been hit hard by the virus
    The impacts of the coronavirus outbreak are expected to exact a toll of 20% in global flat panel output in February, with prospects to see the ratio alleviate to 5-10% in March when more workers return to work in China, according to industry sources.
  • Production has been disrupted by the epidemic
    Supply chain players with operations in China, besides suffering production delays and labor shortages from the coronavirus outbreak, may face possible violations of supply contracts with clients for failing to deliver shipments on time. But clients should be able to understand the situation, according...
  • Kioxia is shipping PCIe 4.0 NVMe enterprise and data center SSDs
    Kioxia has announced that its lineup of PCIe 4.0 NVMe enterprise and data center solid state drives (SSDs) are now shipping to customers.
  • Lite-On Technology CEO Warren Chen
    EMS provider Lite-On Technology expects consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2020 to decrease 20-30% on year due to impact s of the coronavirus outbreak, according to company CEO Warren Chen.
  • The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the needs to monitor people under quarantine
    Spatial Topology Technology has combined its indoor positioning system with Bluetooth trackers developed by Tracmo and smart thermometer patches produced by iWEECARE to form a solution that monitors real-time body temperatures of people under quarantine.
  • Millilab's mmWave radar sensors
    Taiwan-based startup Millilab is dedicated to development of mmWave radar sensor solutions for non-automotive use, said company founder and CEO Lin Yu-cheng.
  • Notebook makers have only partially resumed production in China
    Notebook makers are turning cautious about purchasing some specific components such as MLCCs and chip resistors that are running low in inventory and facing price hikes, as the purchases may push up their costs amid epidemic-induced uncertainties over capacity utilization and terminal demand, according...
  • MediaTek relies heavily on the coronavirus-hit China market
    Everyone in the ICT sector had expected the 5G era to get off to a flying start in 2020 when the coronavirus hit. Major players continue to make deployments for 5G, but cannot be sure when the momentum will actually pick up. Now Taiwan-based chip vendor MediaTek,...
  • USI may enter the AirPods supply chain
    Taiwan-based Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a unit of ASE Technology, is likely to obtain system-in-package (SiP) orders for AirPods Pro Lite, which may also benefit Taiwanese makers of SiP substrates, according to industry sources.
  • Optical lens makers' production in China has been delayed by the outbreak
    Taiwan-based optical lens and lens module makers running factories in China, mainly Genius Electronic Optical, Asia Optical, Ability opto-Electronics Technology, and Newmax Technology, expect operations in first-quarter 2020 to be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak that has been delaying production...
  • AMD is likely to see profit growth in 2020
    Demand for AMD's new 7nm EUV processors remains robust, with development projects for the chips commenced by PC, motherboard and graphics card makers this year set to be 10-20% higher than the levels in 2019, according to industry sources.
  • Kai-Lung Hua, professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, NTUST,
    Smartization has become a key development strategy across all types of businesses. However, as different industries operate on different systems and in different environments, the design of smart systems has to incorporate a certain degree of customization to be able to accommodate business needs....
  • The PC market is being impacted by the coronavirus outbreak
    Global shipments of PC products (desktops and notebooks) are expected to retreat to a sliding path in the first quarter of 2020 as PC brands have slowed down their orders for ICs and related components due to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC-design...
  • Supply of packaging boxes has become a serious problem in China
    Electronics manufacturing operations in China are facing mounting risks of operating losses in the first quarter, as low labor return rates, poor capacity utilization, and shortages of upstream components are denting their revenues while logistics and components costs are mounting, according to industry...
  • PT Synnex Metrodata's logistics center in Jakarta, Indonesia
    IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has disclosed its joint venture, PT Synnex Metrodata, in Indonesia has achieved impressive sales growth since its establishment in 2011.
  • NTUST team
    Applying medication on the skin is a common medical treatment that avoids making an injection into the body. However, transdermal drug delivery is very challenging as the drug must pass through many layers of skin. A team led by Ai-Ho Liao, professor, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National...
  • TSMC reportedly is moving reduce reliance on Huawei's orders
    The US has been mounting pressure on its allies over its trade ban on Huawei, which has in turn been shaking the IT supply chain. The world's top pure-play foundry TSMC, with Huawei being one of its major clients, reportedly is moving...
  • A local government in China is offering subsidies to encourage new car purchases amid the outbreak
    Foshan City in southern China, among local governments around China, takes the initiative to subsidize purchases of new cars with exhaust emissions meeting new control standards in a bid to stimulate demand in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, according to China-based media reports.
  • Vivotek to deepen deployments in OBM and ODM businesses
    IP surveillance camera maker Vivotek will continue to pursue a two-pronged approach to promote its OBM and ODM businesses in 2020, leveraging different application technologies to tap various niche market segments, according to company chairman Owen Chen.
  • SSD prices are rising in China
    SSD retail prices in China have been rising unexpectedly, as channel distributors have become reluctant to sell amid worries about possible supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry sources.
  • BizLink is acquiring Speedy Industrial Supplies
    Taiwan-based electrical cable maker BizLink Holding has decided to fully acquire its Singapore peer Speedy Industrial Supplies for SGD65 million (US$47 million), bolstering its production and sales force in Southeast Asia.
  • Huang-Jen Chiu, professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, NTUST
    Playing a vital role in global power electronics technology development, Taiwan hosts six of the world's top 10 power supply manufacturers. The impressive achievement is attributable to active devotion on the part of leading enterprises. More than that, the Center for Power Electronic Technologies,...
  • Apple says its manufacturers are ramping production more slowly than expected
    Apple has warned of iPhone supply constraints due to the coronavirus outbreak. And the iPhone is not the only Apple device whose production is being disrupted by the epidemic, as manufacturers are unlikely to start volume production as...
  • Components supply for TWS devices is running low
    The global market for TWS earbuds and other devices has been expected to expand sharply in 2020, but certain component shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak are hitting its supply chain and may dampen shipments to terminal markets, according to industry sources.
  • The PC DIY market is China is being hit hard by the outbreak
    Motherboard and graphics card sales in China are expected to plunge 50% or more in the first quarter of 2020, according to sources at local channel distributors, who also expressed pessimism about the sales outlook for the second quarter.

Global tablet market (outbreak updates) – 4Q 2019

China smartphone market and industry (outbreak updates) – 4Q 2019

Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 4Q 2019

Coronavirus impact special report: Mobile devices

Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020

Mini/micro LED: Challenges and opportunities in the display industry

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