Taiwan moving to help more firms return home from China
The government in Taiwan has decided to strengthen three major investment action plans to attract more Taiwanese and international firms to shift their investment focus from China to Taiwan amid the coronavirus outbreak.
NTUST Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering's pulse analyzer detects chronic diseases by measuring blood-flow waveforms
Chronic illness affects more people than other diseases in Taiwan. In fact, according to Taipei City's Department of Health, seven of the 10 leading causes of death are chronic diseases and 64.3% of deaths are due to chronic diseases. Following the recent trend of smartization in the healthcare sector,...
Coronavirus outbreak impact: Digitimes Research estimates impacts on major Chinese IT sectors
The coronavirus outbreak is hitting hard the ICT industries and markets in China. Digitimes Research provides a preliminary estimation on the impacts on four major sectors: semiconductors, display panels, handsets and notebooks. Many...
Despite automation equipment, robotic arms and AGVs (automated guided vehicles), manual operation is still necessary for some manufacturing industries and thus harmonized collaboration between workers and robots is essential to Industry 4.0, according to Shinyi Fukui, executive officer for Technology...
High-definition electronic map provider Kingwaytek Technology has obtained Taiwan's approval for trial operation of autonomous mini-buses, and will start the trial on a road mainly used for sight-seeing trips in central Taiwan in March, according to the company.
Global all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments totaled 3.42 million units in the fourth quarter of 2019, rounding out the volumes for the whole-year 2019 at 13.25 million units, down 3.4% on year, according to Digitimes Research's latest report on AIO PCs.
Server supply to remain stable before March
Server supply will remain stable for the rest of February as most brands still have components in their inventory. However, if China's coronavirus outbreak cannot be contained, the brand vendors' server shipments are expected to be disrupted after they completely deplete their components inventory...
Apacer cooperates with Allxon to provide remote monitoring of industrial SSD operation
Memory module maker Apacer Technology has cooperated with Allxon, a startup spun off from Acer, to provide a cloud computing-based platform for remotely monitoring operating conditions of industrial SSDs to minimize unexpected maintenance cost, according to company chairman Austin Chen.
Global server shipments to drop nearly 10% in 1Q20 due to outbreak, says Digitimes Research
Global server shipments went up 13.4% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2019 thanks to rising demand from US large datacenter companies and China's server market. However, shipments in the first quarter of 2020 are expected to be affected by China's coronavirus outbreak, according to Digitimes...
China's coronavirus outbreak has significantly undermined local PC and server demand and is expected to affect related upstream suppliers' performances, as PC sales from China account for nearly 20% of the global volumes and those of servers nearly 30%, according to sources from the upstream supply...
Allxon, a startup spun off from Acer, has launched an open cloud computing-based management platform for all types of Internet devices in a bid to reduce labor- and time-consuming maintenance services, according to company chairman Chen Hsuan-bin.
POS (point of sale/service) device maker Flytech Technology increased investment in R&D of non-POS product lines, mainly kiosks, mobile POS devices and panel PCs, in 2019, and aims to increase the revenue proportion for them from about 20% in 2019 to 30% in 2020, said the company.
Cobot demand from China to be robust
Factories in China may be avoiding installing collaborative robots at present due to the coronavirus outbreak, but long-term demand will be strong, according to Taiwan-based colaborative robot supplier Techman Robot.
Outbreak highlights importance of remote management
Traditional industries with plants in China will be most affected by the coronavirus outbreak as they are short of digitalized remote production management capability, according to a report released by Deloitte Taiwan.
AU Optronics (AUO) has announced a bid to acquire 5-30% shares of Adlink Technology via tender offer. Through the tender offer, the two parties are looking to form a strategic partnership for building an industrial and commercial AIoT ecosystem, according to the panel maker.
Many Taiwan-based manufacturers have prepared measures for their factories in China, making flexible adjustments in response to the quick developments of China's coronavirus outbreak, according to sources from the supply chain.
Taiwan-based IPC makers expect their shipments not to be much affected by the coronavirus outbreak as they have production lines in both Taiwan and China, but some of them are mulling adjusting their capacity scales across the Taiwan Strait along with the development of the outbreak.
Taiwan-based motherboard specialist ASRock, after seeing its 2019 revenues surge 31.61% on year to a record high of NT$13.415 billion (US$443.16 million), is expected to extend the growth momentum into 2020 mainly on increased shipment ratio for motherboards paired with AMD chipsets, according to industry...
How Foxconn-FCA JV might work in EV market
Foxconn Technology Group's plans to team up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for the EV industry, which, together with its deployments in digital healthcare and robotics, will play key roles in stoking its future business transformations and upgrades, according to industry sources.
The just-concluded CES 2020 has witnessed diverse new tech innovations and applications, such as wearable devices focusing more on diverse health monitoring, AR/VR gears incorporating AI and 8K technologies, and AIoT-driven smart home, providing new development directions and business opportunities...
ITRI uses AI to train collaborative robots
Computational Intelligence Technology Center under government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed an AI-based deep learning solution for use in training robotic arms to load and unload components onto and off production lines.
The penetration rate of Wi-Fi 6 technology is set to surge starting the second half of 2020, when prices of Wi-Fi 6-based devices are expected to touch their sweet spots, according to Tommy Tsai, chairman of Taiwan-based networking device maker Senao Networks.
Huawei revs up cloud, AI as core business
China's telecom equipment giant Huawei has newly upgraded its Cloud & AI business unit as its fourth business group (BG) parallel in status to carrier, enterprise and consumer BGs, signaling the firm's efforts to hone its cloud and AI business.
PC market still full of opportunities: Q&A with Frank Soqui, VP of Client Computing Group and GM of Gaming Division at Intel
Intel currently still holds an 80% share in the global PC market, but the growth of the CPU giant's PC platform business has weakened, thanks to prolonged shortages of its processors amid keen competition from AMD, who has TSMC's advanced manufacturing process support.
As the auction of 5G spectrums in Taiwan has reached an end, telecom carriers' high bidding prices are expected to prompt them to accelerate the adoption of x86 servers in their equipment sets to save costs, according to sources from telecom carriers.
Global server market – 4Q 2019
Global server shipments went up 13.4% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2019 thanks to rising demand from US large datacenter...
China smartphone market and industry – 4Q 2019
Falling 1.5% sequentially and 7.2% annually, fourth-quarter 2019 smartphone shipments to China remained weak mainly because...
Taiwan handsets – 3Q 2019
Taiwan makers shipped 14.21 million handsets in third-quarter 2019, up 3% sequentially but down 34.8% on year.
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020
Digitimes Research estimates that global server shipments moderately declined 1.4% in 2019 but will turn to show positive growth...
Mini/micro LED: Challenges and opportunities in the display industry
Mini LEDs and micro LEDs are expected to become improved backlighting solutions that can significantly enhance displays' quality...
Global LCD panel shipment forecast, 2020 and beyond
Global small- to medium-size LCD panel shipments are estimated to drop from 2020 to 2024, while large-size ones will continue...