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Digitimes Research: Toshiba, Sony see semiconductor revenues grow; Renesas struggles to make profits
Press release | March 25, 2013
Due to rising prices of NAND flash in the third quarter of 2012, Japan-based semiconductor firm Toshiba has reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenues of its semiconductor business unit grew by 10.5% on quarter, reaching JPY231.6 billion (US$2.4 billion). The firm has seen revenue growth for two consecutive quarters. Toshiba also reported fourth-quarter operating profits of JPY20 billion, showing an on-quarter growth compared to JPY12 billion in the third quarter.
Digitimes Research: Japan 2013 solar installations to reach over 3GW
The Japan government continues to promote the use of renewable energy and lower the percentage of electricity generated from nuclear power. In July 2012, the government announced a full buy-back scheme which successfully stimulated solar installations. Installations in the fourth quarter of 2012 alone reached over 1GW and the total 2012 installations showed an on-year increase of about 200%. A new feed-in-tariff (FIT) will become effective in April 2013. Under the new scheme, the FIT for solar PV systems under 10kW is lowered to JPY38/kWh (US$0.40/kWh) and the FIT for systems above 10kW is lowered to JPY37.8/kWh. Ahead of the cuts, the Japan market has been experiencing a surge of installations.
Digitimes Research: Room for further development in China smartphone market
Press release | March 21, 2013
Sales of smartphones in China are expected to top 330 million units in 2013, making the market a fierce battle field for local and international smartphone brands and inducing makers in the supply chain to expect strong growth in the year, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: More software developers join Android camp
Press release | March 20, 2013
More and more software developers and free software projects are willing to join development for the Android platform in view of the dynamic shipment growth demonstrated by Android-based smartphones over the past quarters, during which Android smartphones managed to take up a 70% share of the global smartphone market, while rival iOS saw its share slip to 15-20%, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: Thunderbolt facing strong competition from USB 3.0
Press release | March 19, 2013
Digitimes Research has recently examined several existing data transmission technologies and found that currently seven of them may become competitors of Intel Thunderbolt.
Silicon Works expands presence in global LCD driver IC market
South Korea-based Silicon Works saw revenues from the LCD driver IC segment jump by over 100% in 2012, according to Digitimes Research in a recent report, which found that its fellow Taiwan-based peers managed growth of only 0-16%.
Digitimes Research: South Korea sets 2013 new solar installation target at 230MW
In the beginning of 2012, the South Korea government adopted the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policy. Due to falling prices of related equipment, firms have been participating eagerly. South Korea-based industry sources estimate that the PV system installation goal of 220MW was 70% achieved.
Digitimes Research: Smartphone sales to reach 329 million in China in 2013
Press release | March 18, 2013
There will be 329 million smartphones sold in the China market in 2013, hiking 67.0% from 2012 due to large growth in the total number of 3G subscribers, while sales of feature phones will drop 39.9% to 146 million units, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: Samsung, LG, Sony Mobile aim to ramp up smartphone sales in emerging markets
Press release | March 15, 2013
Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications demonstrated different product strategies for their smartphone businesses at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, but they all aim to ramp up sales in emerging markets, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: China-based Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo eager to expand to overseas smartphone markets
Press release | March 13, 2013
Benefiting from an explosive growth in demand for smartphones in China since 2012, Huawei Device, ZTE and Lenovo have managed to outperform rivals in terms of shipment volumes in the local market; they are now eager to expand their overseas sales by showcasing their latest mobile devices at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: Global LED tube light shipments to reach 220 million units in 2013
Global LED tube lighting shipments in 2013 will increase to 220 million units to account for 5.5% of the entire lighting market, as LED tube lights'...
Digitimes Research: Europe solar trade tariffs may slow down market growth
The European Union (EU) plans to announce the details of its anti-subsidy tariff against China-based solar firms on June 6, 2013. The tariff is expected...
Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments in 1Q13 down sequentially, up on year
There were 31.93 million tablets shipped globally during the first quarter of 2013, decreasing on quarter by 26.1% but increasing on year by 66.1%, according...
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Digitimes Research: US new solar installations may only reach 3.5GW in 2013
The US has rich natural resources and states in the southwest region have sufficient sunshine with an annual average of over 2,200 hours. Western states...
Digitimes Research: Taiwan LCD driver IC shipments rise 22% in 1Q13
Shipments of LCD driver ICs by Taiwan-based IC design houses for the first quarter of 2013 grew 21.6% from a year ago to NT$20.18 billion (US$673.8 million)...