The top-5 notebook brands saw better-than-expected results with combined shipments falling 21% on month in January 2019, as the market has entered the slow season in the first quarter, helping ease Intel CPU shortages. The top-5's shipments also represent an increase from those recorded in the same...
PC vendors eyeing Southeast Asia gaming market
PC and peripherals vendors have been aggressively expanding into the gaming markets of some Southeast Asia countries where e-sport has received much government support, with vendor including Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and Lenovo all expected to...
Besides IT and semiconductor industries, Taiwan has opportunities of developing another globally-competitive sector in smart medical care, according to Acer founder Stan Shih.
Gaming and ultrathin notebooks are expected to become the growth driver of Acer's operation in Thailand, particularly gaming models, as e-sports has been gaining popularity among the country's young consumers, according to deputy director of Acer Thailand's retail business, Supong Tangtongbenjasin.
Worldwide notebook shipments are forecast to decrease only 12.9% sequentially in the first quarter of 2019 as vendors are still seeing some unfulfilled demand created by the CPU shortages. The CPU shortage gap is also expected to shrink to below one million units in the low season.
Asustek Computer reportedly has been in talk with China-based mobile game distributor Tencent to release a gaming smartphone that supports Tencent's games, but has recently encountered competition from Razer, which also has the same intention, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Because of Intel CPU shortages and the US-China trade tensions, worldwide all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments in 2018 slipped slightly from a year ago, according to Digitimes Research.
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2019
Taiwan makers produced over 90% of the notebooks worldwide in 2008. The top-five notebook makers – Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Asustek Computer – contributed 88% of the shipments from Taiwan.
ATrack to see business rebound in 2019
GPS car tracking device maker ATrack Technology has landed ODM orders from a new client in the US and another in Japan, and is expected to see significant business growth in 2019, according to industry sources.
Acer remains focused on gaming, Chromebook products
Acer will see growth this year continue to be driven by sales of its gaming PCs, Chromebooks and business-use products while stepping up its efforts to develop new product lines, according to company chairman and CEO Jason Chen.
Global demand for gaming PCs is expected to slow down significantly in 2019, with shipments of gaming notebooks likely to record an annual growth of only 10%, compared to average annual increase of over 20% seen in the past 6-7 years, according to industry sources.
Taiwan supply chain makers of Apple's three major product lines beyond iPhones will see mixed shipment prospects for 2019, with shipments of MacBook series expected to fall from 2018 and those of AirPods and Apple Watch likely to pick up significantly on the availability of new models.
Hinge makers keen on MIM capacity expansions
Hinge makers are set to expand their metal injection molding (MIM) capacity in 2019 to satisfy increasing demand from notebook vendors, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Gigabyte Technology is reportedly planning to cut its sales and marketing expenses for 2019 and will axe 5-10% of its personnel in the first half of 2019, according to some market watchers.
Featuring exhibits of innovations by startup companies from all over the world, Eureka Park was the most eye-catching exhibit area of CES 2019. Many of those companies were gathered inside national pavilions and their exhibits were flavored with a cultural touch, making the presentations dazzling and...
Taipei Game Show attracts 320,000 visitors
At the Taipei Game Show 2019 during January 24-28, the B2C Zone attracted about 320,000 visitors, according to the organizer Taipei Computer Association (TCA).
A team of 44 startups showcasing their innovations at CES 2019 have managed to win more thatn NT$5.5 billion (US$178.44 million) in business opportunity, according to science and technology minister Chen Liang-Gee.
Eureka Park: Startup teams present wide-ranging AI engines targeting diverse applications
Artificial intelligence (AI) development is no longer something only big players can do and has exploded in recent years with all firms big and small taking the initiative to incorporate AI in their products. AI applications are the focus of attention of the startup community. CES 2019 Eureka Park...
Taipei Game Show opens
The Taipei Game Show 2019 is taking place during January 24-28, with 426 exhibitors from 24 countries showcasing gaming products and services at 2,144 booths, according to the organizer Taipei Computer Association.
Multinational business leaders are less confident about Taiwan's economic outlook for the next 12 months, with only 45.8% of those surveyed noting that they were very or somewhat confident about the country's economic prospects for 2019, down 10pp from a year earlier, according to findings of the 2019...
AR/VR, smart home and healthcare were the three popular exhibition themes at CES 2019 Eureka Park with about 10% of the exhibitors being AR/VR developers. In terms of nationalities, French AR/VR startups made up the largest team, surpassing the US, followed by the Netherlands and Korea.
Nintendo Switch shipments to shrink in 2019
Taiwan's upstream supply chain for Nintendo's Switch is expected to see shipments of the game console shrink 25-30% in 2019, according to industry sources.
Rapid expansion of AR/VR applications has spurred demand for microdisplay devices, now adopting three major display technologies LCoS, HTPS and AMOLED, but inorganic micro LED technology can rival the current mainstream technologies in mocrodisplay application over the long term, according to industry...
TCA chairman warns IT players of political factors
Chairman of Pegatron and Taipei Computer Association (TCA) TH Tung, commenting on several countries considering banning the use of Huawei equipment, has said IT players worldwide need to be cautious about political influence on industrial developments.
Acer so far in January 2019 has already obtained two procurement orders for high-performance computing (HPC) products for artificial intelligence (AI) applications and is looking to outperform its 2018 record of 12 cases in 2019, according to Acer Pan Asia Pacific president Andrew Hou.
China smartphone AP shipments – 4Q 2018
Smartphone application processor (AP) shipments to China in fourth-quarter 2018 declined 10% quarter over quarter with system...
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018
With weak seasonal demand, Taiwan's large-size LCD panel shipments dropped 3.7% sequentially to arrive at 62.38 million units...
Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018
Taiwan's small- to medium-size panel shipments slipped 22.1% sequentially and 23.1% on year to arrive at only 240.55 million...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2019
According to Digitimes Research statistics and analyses, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end...
Global mobile device shipment forecasts, 2019 and beyond: Smartphones, notebooks and tablets
This Digitimes Research Special Report offers global shipment forecasts for three major mobile device market segments - smartphones,...
iPhone shipment analysis and forecast, 2H18
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