Single-layer multi-touch technology to enter tablet touch panel market
CHINA TOUCH | Apr 24, 14:28
The single-layer multi-touch applications, mass production of which has been enabled by touch IC designer Goodix' technology, requires only a single layer of ITO film to support 5- to 10-point touch. Previously, the technology worked well only on small-size touch panels, but Goodix has made improvements...
Global tablet shipments drop 30% sequentially in 1Q14
GLOBAL TABLET | Apr 23, 21:59
Global tablet shipments reached only 58.56 million units in the first quarter of 2014, down almost 30% sequentially, but up 4.6% on year despite Samsung Electronics trying to boost both its high-end and entry-level tablet shipments and Lenovo pushing shipments to meet its fiscal 2013 targets. Seasonality,...
Microsoft facing difficulties in 3 major segments
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 21, 14:31
Microsoft's operating system business has been seeing internal conflicts and external threats in areas such as technology development, partner relations and operating model. Without a clear long-term strategy, the software giant will need to gradually improve these issues soon, according to Digitimes...
SoC technology for Ultra HD TVs to mature in 2015
X | Apr 21, 14:26
System on chip (SoC) solutions for Ultra HD TVs are expected to become more mature in 2015 as Ultra HD content, transmissions and display technology develop, according to Digitimes Research.
Qualcomm rethinks AP development strategy
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Apr 17, 14:02
Qualcomm has received recognition from brand vendors for its mobile application processors (APs) based on its in-house developed architecture. However, its competitors have started to pick up their pace in releasing new products, and the CPU cores have become less important in SoC products. Amid such...
Taiwan handset shipments drop 1.6% sequentially in 1Q14
TAIWAN ICT | Apr 15, 15:44
Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) saw a significant increase in handset shipments in first-quarter 2014, because of Nokia's joint design manufacturing (JDM) orders for feature phones, while Compal Communications also achieved sequential shipment growth. Only Arima Communications suffered a slight...
Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan
GLOBAL TABLET | Apr 15, 14:34
Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7% of Japan's tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the...
ITO film price drop to slow metal mesh penetration in mid-size touch applications
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 15, 11:54
Metal mesh technology has entered mass production at some China-based touch panel makers, such as O-film, since the second half of 2013. It helped O-film become the largest notebook touch panel supplier in the world in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to its pricing advantages. Lenovo was one of...
Taiwan IC backend production value to expand 5.9% in 2014
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 11, 10:47
The production value of Taiwan's IC testing and packaging industry is expected to grow 5.9% in 2014, higher than the 4.9% growth posted a year earlier, as well as the 4.2% growth projected for the global IC backend industry in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.
Global sapphire capacity to remain unchanged in 2014
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 10, 16:02
Global leaders in the sapphire industry, in attempts to return to profits from losses incurred in 2012-2013, will focus on increasing utilization rates rather than expand capacities in 2014. Therefore, the global sapphire capacity in 2014 will be approximately the same as that in 2013, Digitimes Research...
China makers gear up for high-resolution small- to medium-size panel production
CHINA FPD | Apr 8, 15:23
With most of the China-based panel makers aggressively eyeing the high-resolution small- to medium-size panel market but lacking experience, Digitimes Research believes that in 2014, China's LTPS small-to-medium-size panels will still mainly be on the HD level. However, in 2015, FHD shipments should...
LED bulb prices in China fall in March
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 8, 11:33
March average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market slipped 11.0% sequentially to CNY33.9 (US$5.5), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescent ones) saw a 2.9% decline to CNY44.0, according to Digitimes Research.
Notebook shipments enjoy over 25% on-month growth in March
TAIWAN ICT | Apr 7, 21:34
In March, global top-5 notebook brand vendors and top-3 ODMs both achieved an over 25% on-month shipment growth due to February's weak shipments caused by inventory adjustments, orders for new products and end of support of Windows XP in early April, according to Digitimes Research's figures.
Taiwan ODMs losing out as PC brand vendors turn to China supply chain for tablets
GLOBAL TABLET | Apr 7, 15:46
Among global top-7 PC brand vendors, only Apple (sixth place) still outsources its tablet orders mainly to Taiwan-based EMS providers and ODMs, while the rest - Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba - have gradually shifted their entry-level tablet design and manufacturing...
LED fluorescent powder prices dropping amid waning reliance on China rare earths
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 7, 11:11
The China government has lowered its rare earths export quotas for 2014 by 30% compared to 2013 after the actual export volume last year was lower than its original estimates. Prices of cerium, yttrium and terbium oxide (rare earths used in LED production) dropped 38.1%, 0% and 41.3% on year, respectively,...
3-mode smartphones to dominate China entry-level market
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Apr 2, 12:03
When announcing its LTE product lineup in 2013, China Mobile originally set 5-mode support for five major networking standards in China as a basic requirement for its 4G products, but the company lowered it to 3-mode at the end of 2013, as most chipmakers were unable to supply 5-model single-chip products...
On-cell touch panels not as popular as expected
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 28, 15:26
On-cell touch panels were once expected to be the solution with the best development potentials in China's entry-level to mid-range smartphone sector, but so far, the number of mobile devices using on-cell touch and their shipments have been far below the original expectations.
DSC ASP rises 9.6% in March
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 27, 15:31
According to Digitimes Research's latest digital still camera (DSC) pricing tracker, global DSCs' average selling price (ASP) was up 9.6% on month and reached US$309 in March, matching Digitimes Research's previous analysis that the global DSC ASP will continue to rise in the future as most DSC vendors...
Melfas eyes top notch in Korea touch panel industry
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 26, 15:05
Samsung Electronics' mid-range and entry-level mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in 2013 mostly adopted touch panels using thin-film technologies such as glass-film-film (GFF) or glass-film (G1F). Because the key component, the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent conducting film (TCF), had been...