Analysis
  • Worldwide tablet shipments totaled around 46 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, better than Digitimes Research's original forecast thanks to increasing demand from year-end holidays. Both brand and white-box tablet shipments had sequential growths in the quarter.
  • Smartphone shipments in the China market are likely to decline over 30% sequentially in the first quarter of 2018 after such shipments expanded nearly 10% on quarter to 199.8 million units in the October-December period of 2017, according to Digitimes Research.
  • High performance computing (HPC) will become the most crucial platform in the development of process technologies for AI (artificial intelligence) chips, and CoWoS (chip on wafer on substrate) and SiP (system in package) will emerge as key packaging processes for such chips, according to Digitimes...
  • Worldwide server shipments in the first quarter of 2018 are expected to stay flat or drop slightly due to seasonal impact, but demand from large-size datacenter clients will remain strong.
  • Apple preparing four smartphone projects for 2018
    Apple has been developing four next-generation iPhone projects: a 5.7- to 5.8-inch LCD device; a 6.0- to 6.1-inch LCD device; a 6.0- to 6.1-inch OLED device; and a 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED device, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin. But the vendor is likely to eventually launch the...
  • Year 2018 could become the beginning of the commercial application of foldable panels as Samsung Display has unofficially unveiled its 7.3-inch foldable (in-folding type) OLED panels at the recently concluded CES 2018, and LG Display is also expected to roll out comparable devices, according to Digitimes...
  • 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.
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