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Top 5 global application processor suppliers in 2013 - Products and market analysis
Special Report | April 30, 2013
ARM architecture for application processors (APs) remains the mainstay for mobile applications, with the top five suppliers of ARM architecture-based APs - Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, MediaTek and Spreadtrum - currently accounting for around 90% of the market. Digitimes Research looks at each supplier's strengths and weaknesses through a comprehensive analysis of technology, architecture, product positioning and shipments, providing the industry with an overview of the latest trends and developments in the AP industry.
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Development and commercialization of Thunderbolt technology
Special Report | April 25, 2013
Thunderbolt interface technology (Light Peak) was created by Intel but licensed exclusively to Apple for one year in June 2011. However, once other system makers had the opportunity to use the technology in their products, implementation has not been as widespread as predicted. Due to this phenomenon, this Digitimes Research Special Report investigates the obstacles and problems that Thunderbolt technology has faced in becoming more widespread in the market and offers predictions concerning the development of the technology in the future.
Analysis of Google's platform strategy, positioning and supply chain management for Google-branded devices
Special Report | April 22, 2013
This report takes Google's core businesses as a starting point to analyze how Google is competing in the one-cloud, many-screen environment. This is followed by an analysis of the strategic expansion of the Android and Chrome OS platforms, complemented by an exploration of Google's presence in the digital content service business and its goals in operating in this sector. Lastly, the report examines Google's strategic thinking and positioning with regard to the launch of Google-branded smartphones, tablets and notebooks, as well as an overview of key supply chain partners for these products.
Global high-brightness LED market forecast
Special Report | March 18, 2013
Digitimes Research forecasts that the global LED lighting market will be worth US$25.4 billion in 2013, representing 54% growth on the 2012 figure of US$16.5 billion, while the LED lighting penetration rate will also rise to 18.6%. This report covers the various areas of the LED market including applications, LED street prices and the main players in the global LED supply chain, with forecasts mostly extending to 2015.
China's changing semiconductor industry - Government policies as the 12th Five Year Plan enters its third year
Special Report | January 30, 2013
During the 12th FYP period, only semiconductor companies established from 2011 are eligible for tax incentives. Moreover, only profitable firms working in areas consistent with government goals will be offered subsidies, with a quota of 40 firms also imposed. These requirements and assessments may encourage IC design startups, while also focusing R&D resources on product and technology sectors the government views as promising. The ultimate impact will probably be to weed out poorly performing firms and expedite the consolidation of the industry.
Trends and forecast for 2013 touch panel market
Special Report | December 28, 2012
Global touch screen shipments are expected to reach 1.75 billion in 2013, up 17.2% on year. Among the shipments, approximately 1.28 billion or 73% are estimated to be for handsets, which will be a 14.2% on-year increase. Shipments for touch screens used in tablets meanwhile are expected to reach 233 million units, up 38.2% on year, while touch screens for PCs are expected to reach 26.33 million in 2013, up 251.3% on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Trends in China's IC design industry in 2013
While China technically hosts 400-500 IC design firms - more than Silicon Valley or Hsinchu Science Park, the world's two largest IC design centers - a closer inspection of the list of players shows that around half of these firms are in fact China subsidiaries of international companies, while many others are purely technological research organizations. The real number of homegrown IC design firms in China is therefore no greater than 100 at most.
LCD TV market trends and outsourcing strategies for 2013
Special Report | December 26, 2012
LCD TV shipments are expected to see a rebound in 2013, with an on-year increase in shipments of 5.7% due to demand from emerging markets and a revitalization of the US economy. China will also be an important market in 2013 and China-based TV vendors are expected to surpass Japan-based vendors in LCD TV shipments, with their total surpassing 50 million units. However, Korea-based TV vendors are expected to still hold the highest proportion of LCD TV shipments in 2013 at 37%.
Smartphone industry and market, 2013 forecast
Special Report | December 21, 2012
Three main factors will influence the smartphone industry in 2013: relationships between platform leaders and hardware manufacturers, market demand and carrier support, and the decisions of a number of major players with regard to key transitions or major trends. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes how Windows Phone and its supporting telecom carriers are trying to break the dominance of Android and iOs and how individual vendors, such as former giants Nokia and RIM, will tackle the smartphone race.
Trends in China's LED chip and packaging sector
Special Report | December 12, 2012
The China LED industry has developed at a breakneck pace over the last two years, thanks largely to a clear government policy on solid-state lighting (SSL) and the inclusion of LED as one of the key areas of industry for development within the 12th Five Year Plan. Looking at China's LED chip and packaging industry, there is considerable variation in the level of success achieved by the various major players, and this Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes these differences in terms of financial position, capacity and industry presence.
Research press releases
Digitimes Research: Seoul Semiconductor may see 2013 revenues up 40.3% on year
Digitimes Research: US new solar installations may only reach 3.5GW in 2013
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: 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)...