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China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Sep 2, 14:12

Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and...

Proportion of HDMI/DisplayPort technology in LCD monitors increases 7.5pp in August

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 1, 15:36

Nearly 70% of LCD monitors sold in August 2014 in the markets of US, UK, Germany, Japan and China, were equipped with HDMI/DisplayPort technology, up 7.5pp on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Korea kicks off semiconductor development projects

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 1, 14:35

Aiming at becoming the world's second largest system IC producer in 2025, Korea has mapped out a seven-point development project to develop related IC products, including core architecture of application processors, power management (PWM) ICs, SoC (system on chip) solutions and integrated software,...

Japan sees growing investment in R&D for care-giving robots

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 26, 12:28

Due to subsidies offered by Japan central and local governments, there has been increasing investment in R&D for care-giving robots. For example, 21 companies have engaged in the development of robotic care-giving devices particularly for use by Alzheimer disease patents, with Paro (personal robot)...

GTAT estimated to supply up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhone sapphire covers in 2014

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 22, 10:55

US-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the exclusive sapphire supplier for Apple, is estimated to supply enough sapphire to make covers for up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhones by the end of 2014 based on the progress of GTAT's sapphire production ramp, according to Digitimes Research.

Entry-level smartphone may help Amazon extend e-commerce reach

X | Aug 21, 22:01

Amazon released its mid-range to high-end Fire Phone in late-July 2014, looking to attract consumers to shop through Amazon's e-commerce platform with the phone's built-in Firefly technology, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan LCD monitor shipments grow in 2Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 20, 22:08

Taiwan LCD monitor makers' shipments reached 22.14 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 10% on quarter and 0.9% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Top-6 Taiwan LCD driver IC companies post revenue gains in 2Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 20, 10:55

Revenues for the six main LCD driver IC companies in Taiwan reached NT$28.18 billion (US$940.04 million) in the second quarter of 2014, up 13.1% on quarter and 4.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Revenues of top-3 Taiwan foundry houses to leap 13% on quarter in 3Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 20, 10:37

Combined revenues of the top-three Taiwan-based foundry houses are expected to top US$8.47 billion in the third quarter of 2014, increasing 13.4% from the previous quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

Japan household appliance makers rolling out HEMS compatible products

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 18, 15:44

While major Japan-based household appliance suppliers, including Toshiba, Sharp, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Denki, have already made the controls and operations of their smart household appliance systems through smartphones as standards, sales of smart household appliances compatible with home energy...

July LED bulb prices grow in China market

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 18, 11:02

July average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market increased by 5.2% sequentially to CNY36.3 (US$5.9), while the 9W segment (equivalent to 60W incandescent) also saw a 8.3% increase to CNY50.9, according to Digitimes Research.

Tablet market facing growing pains in 2014

GLOBAL TABLET | Aug 15, 15:34

After facing a second quarter where overall shipment results came in below expectations, tablet vendors are expected to see a rebound in the third quarter, with global shipments increasing 23.8% on quarter, according to data from the latest Digitimes Research Tracker service. Worldwide tablet shipments...

Taiwan makers to ship 134.7 million large-size panels in 2H14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 15, 14:21

Taiwan-based makers will ship 134.7 million large-size (9-inch and above) TFT-LCD panels in the second half of 2014, up 3.8% from the first half, according to Digitimes Research.

Singapore tops ASEAN countries in LTE subscriptions

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 13, 19:36

Fifteen mobile telecom carriers in seven ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries had started LTE commercial operations as of the end of the second quarter of 2014, and Singapore ranked first with LTE subscribers accounting for nearly 30% of all mobile communication subscriptions, according...

Foxconn stands chance of winning Mexico government LCD TV procurement orders

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 13, 19:34

The Mexico government will hold an open bid to procure 13.7 million LCD TVs over three years as part of a subsidy program for low-income families in line with the digitization of terrestrial TV broadcasts. Foxconn Electronics stands a considerably large chance of winning the procurement orders, and...

South Korea 2Q14 memory production value hits record

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 12, 20:23

Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix posted total production value of KRW10.73 trillion (US$10.41 billion) for DRAM and NAND flash in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly figures on record, according to Digitimes Research.

White-box vendors ship 22.3 million tablets in 2Q14

X | Aug 12, 20:20

White-box vendors shipped 22.3 million tablets globally in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 9.3% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research.

iPhone ASP falls in 2Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 12, 11:14

Smartphone vendors' strategies and timing of product launches in different markets were affecting their sales in second-quarter 2014.

Sapphire demand to reach over 108 million mm in 2015

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 12, 10:57

Global demand for sapphire for use in LED and optical applications (such as smartphone covers) will reach 80.084 million mm of 2-inch equivalent ingots in 2014 and increase 36.1% to 108.902 million mm in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Innolux tops 5 panel makers in 2Q14 profitability

X | Aug 11, 14:54

Taiwan-based Innolux, among fellow makers AU Optronics, Samsung Display, LG Display and Sharp, recorded the highest net profit margin for the second quarter of 2014 mainly due to large increases in shipments of Ultra HD TV panels and notebook panels, according to Digitimes Research.

Samsung, LG launch wireless charging-enabled smartphones

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 8, 10:23

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, as of the end of the second quarter of 2014, had launched smartphones supporting wireless charging technology with wireless charging modules produced by affiliates Samsung Electro-Mechanics and LG Innotek, according to Digitimes Research.

Top-5 vendors, top-3 ODMs see sequential drops in July notebook shipments

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 8, 10:20

The five largest notebook vendors' combined shipments in July decreased 25% on month while the three largest ODMs' combined shipments also slipped 17%, according to Digitimes Research.

South Korea ambitious in boosting 3D printing

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 7, 10:49

The South Korea government has been actively promoting development of the 3D printing industry, aiming to hike South Korea's 3D printing patents as a percentage of those around the world to 20% and to develop five global leading companies for a global market share of 15% by 2020, according to Digitimes...

Taiwan makers ship 53.13 million smartphone touch panels in 2Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 6, 11:16

Taiwan-based makers together shipped 53.13 million smartphone touch panels in the second quarter of 2014, growing 5.9% on quarter mainly due to increased demand from Microsoft Mobile, HTC, Asustek Computer and China-based smartphone vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

Smartphone shipments in China up less than 5% in 2Q14

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 5, 11:21

Smartphones shipped in the China market during the second quarter of 2014 increased on quarter by 4.8% and on year by 4.4%, according to Digitimes Research.

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