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Motherboard players and Intel to face challenges over CPU product line management in 2Q15

Oct 22, 15:25

Intel will have a total of four CPU product lines for the desktop market in the second quarter of 2015: the new 14nm Broadwell series and Skylake-S series which are both set to launch in the quarter; the existing 22nm Haswell Refresh series and the overclockable Haswell-E series, according to sources...

Taiwan Li-ion battery makers look to data center applications

Oct 21, 22:31

Taiwan-based Li-ion battery module makers, in view of weak global demand for notebooks and slow growth in tablet sales, are looking to new business opportunities from data center UPS systems, according to the makers.

Intel may stop providing subsidies for mobile solutions; switch to providing support through different methods

Oct 21, 16:06

With better-than-expected performance in the third quarter of 2014, some market watchers have speculated that Intel will stop providing subsidies for its mobile device solutions to eliminate losses from the business; however, sources from PC players believe Intel is likely to continue offering subsidies...

International smartphone chip vendors enhance development of tablet chips

Oct 20, 10:44

In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently,...

Acer, MediaTek BYOC partnership to achieve some results in 1H15

Oct 17, 15:51

Acer and MediaTek's cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek's new business development unit JC Hsu.

Maverick Shih, Acer BYOC business manager

Asustek beefs up own-brand motherboard marketing

Oct 17, 15:10

Competition in the global own-brand motherboard market between Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology is heating up and Asustek has lowered prices and strengthened marketing efforts, according to industry sources.

Primax to acquire 30% stake in Global Tek

Oct 17, 11:11

PC peripheral and CCM (compact camera module) maker Primax Electronics has said it will invest NT$545.49 million (US$18 million) to acquire a 30% stake in precision machining service provider Global Tek, in a bid to extend production to automotive and instrumentation components.

Largan Precision 3Q14 net profits hit record

Oct 17, 11:01

Lens module maker Largan Precision posted net profits of NT$5.286 billion (US$175 million) for the third quarter of 2014, its highest quarterly level on record, company CEO Lin En-ping said at an October 16 investors conference.

Sony commercializes high sensitivity CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras

Oct 17, 10:55

Sony has announced the commercialization of its "IMX224MQV" CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras, which it says boasts the world's highest sensitivity levels of any image sensor of its kind. The sensor is capable of capturing high-resolution color images even in light conditions as low...

Google launches Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus Player

Oct 16, 14:33

Google has launched its next-generation Nexus 6 smartphone with Motorola Mobility and its new tablet, the Nexus 9, in cooperation with HTC. The search engine giant has also teamed with Asustek Computer to roll out its new STB, the Nexus Player, according to a company press release.

Google Nexus 6

Inhon braces for impact on parent company over food scandal

Oct 16, 12:14

Sales of Inhon Technologies Group (Inhontech), an ODM maker of glass fiber handset and notebook cases, chassis and other plastics parts, may be affected by an ongoing investigation into its parent company Ting Hsin International Group over a tainted cooking oil scandal, according to industry sources...

Intel reports record 3Q14 revenue of US$14.6 billion

Oct 15, 16:09

Intel has reported third-quarter 2014 revenues of US$14.6 billion, operating income of US$4.5 billion, net income of US$3.3 billion and EPS of US$0.66. The company generated approximately US$5.7 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of US$1.1 billion, and used US$4.2 billion to repurchase...

Delta Electronics supplies mini chokes for iPhone 6

Oct 15, 11:00

Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics is the exclusive supplier of mini chokes used in the iPhone 6/6 Plus, and is expected to see increased shipments of the product in the fourth quarter due to booming iPhone sales, according to industry sources.

Casetek enjoys growth in September revenues thank to orders for new iPad

Oct 14, 15:45

Casetek Holdings, a chassis making subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has announced revenues of NT$3.29 billion (US$108.22 million) for September 2014, up 21.25% on month and 16.48% on year, with combined revenues for the first nine months of 2014 reaching NT$22.99 billion, down 9.03% on year.

Asustek, AMD said to strengthen partnership

Oct 14, 11:59

AMD's partnership with Asustek Computer is growing tighter and the CPU maker reportedly will use Zen to name its next-generation desktop APU platform for 2016 and their expanding cooperation is also expected to influence the desktop market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However,...

Gaming notebook vendors start new competition in 4Q14

Oct 13, 22:37

Despite weak sales of traditional notebooks, vendors are still aggressively releasing new gaming models and are expected to trigger a new wave of competition in the fourth quarter of 2014 as demand from the gaming market continues to rise and several governments worldwide are aggressively supporting...

Hong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition kicks off

Oct 13, 16:17

Hong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition 2014, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) from October 13-16, has a total of 4,100 exhibitors showcasing their latest products.

MSI sees revenues rise in September

Stockwatch - Oct 13, 14:33

MSI has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.198 billion (US$273.26 million) for September 2014, representing a 21.37% increase on month and 26.98% increase on year.

Altek sees decreased September revenues

Oct 13, 10:27

Digital camera ODM Altek posted consolidated revenues of NT$1.12 billion (US$37.0 million) for September 2014, falling on month by 16.17% and on year by 46.06%, according to the company.

Gigabyte sees strong revenue growth in September

Stockwatch - Oct 9, 14:28

Gigabyte has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.116 billion (US$170.5 million) for September 2014, representing a 31.39% increase on month and 26.15% increase on year.

Nvidia announces GeForce GTX 980M/970M for gaming notebooks

Oct 9, 12:33

Nvidia has unveiled its latest mobile GPUs, the GeForce GTX 980M/970M, and has received orders from Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Clevo for their gaming notebooks.

AMD appoints Lisa Su as president and CEO

Oct 9, 11:09

AMD has announced that its board of directors has appointed Lisa Su as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective immediately.

Delta Electronics 3Q14 revenues hit record

Oct 9, 10:51

Power supplies and energy management solutions provider Delta Electronics has reported third-quarter consolidated revenues reached NT$50.455 billion (US$1.67 billion) hitting a quarterly record and growing by 5.96% sequentially and 9.35% on year.

Lite-On Technology September revenues up sequentially

Oct 9, 10:46

EMS provider Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.313 billion (US$672 million) for September, growing 5.88% sequentially but slipping 0.24% on year.

Chicony reports revenues for September 2014

Stockwatch - Oct 8, 21:26

Chicony has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.87 billion (US$258.03 million) for September 2014, representing a 29.41% increase on month and 17.71% increase on year.

Primax 3Q14 revenues hit record

Oct 8, 11:41

PC peripheral and handset-use CCM (compact camera module) maker Primax Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$13.623 billion (US$451 million) for third-quarter 2014, hitting the highest-ever quarterly level and increasing 0.32% seqeutnailly and 31.51% on year.

Notebook component makers turn to niche markets for survival

Oct 7, 16:02

Makers of internal notebook components are currently experiencing a wave of elimination as competition for orders has grown fierce and many small makers have reportedly quit the market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, who added that many second-tier makers such as Mitac Precision...

AMD prepares to release next-generation notebook APUs

Oct 7, 16:02

AMD is planning to announce next-generation Carrizo APUs in March 2015 to replace its existing Kaveri APUs for the mainstream performance notebook segment and will release Carrizo-L APUs for the entry-level notebook segment in December 2014 at the earliest to challenge Intel's Pentium and Celeron processors,...

Simplo, Dynapack see revenue growth in September thanks to iPhone

Oct 7, 15:26

Battery maker Simplo Technology has announced revenues of NT$5.4 billion (US$177.3 million) for September 2014, up 7.85% on month and 1.66% on year, with combined revenues for the first nine months of 2014 reaching NT$40.98 billion, up 9.24% on year. Market watchers pointed out that the growth was...

ECS reports revenue drops for September 2014

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 21:45

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.82 billion (US$125.42 million) for September 2014, representing a 6.48% drop on month and 27.98% drop on year, according to the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE)

Vapor chamber looks promising for smartphone cooling

Oct 6, 16:30

In addition to ultra-thin heat pipes, cooling module makers have also developed vapor chamber solutions for mobile devices and several Japan-, Taiwan- and Korea-based smartphone vendors have already expressed interest in the solutions, according to sources from the smartphone supply chain.

Intel to push Broadwell in 3 major notebook segments

Oct 6, 14:59

Intel is planning to push its 14nm Broadwell processors, which will be released by the end of 2014, into three major notebook segments: entry-level non-touchscreen traditional notebooks sized 10.1- to 17.3-inch and priced between US$199-599; 2-in-1 devices priced between US$349-999; and 14- to 17-inch...

Digitimes Research: Microsoft new inexpensive solution for 2015 may not help on competition with Chromebook

Oct 6, 13:08

Microsoft, which launched Windows 8.1 with Bing for US$249 notebooks, has recently decided to continue pushing the solution in 2015, but with some modifications on specifications and applicable markets, looking to suppress Chromebooks which have been achieving rapid growth recently.

Largan September revenues hit record

Oct 6, 10:38

Handset-use lens module maker Largan Precision on October 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.624 billion (US$153 million) for September 2014, hitting a monthly record for the sixth consecutive time with growth of 16.68% on month and 74.27% on year.

Intel, AMD to offer new tablet platforms in 2015

Oct 3, 14:08

Despite slowing growth in global tablet demand, Intel will unveil Cherry Trail, 14nm-based SoC processors specifically designed for tablets and equipped with Intel 8th-generation GPUs, and supporting Android and Windows, in the first quarter of 2015 and start volume production in March, while AMD will...

Taiwan market: Over 95,000 inkjet, 62,000 laser printers shipped in 2Q14, says IDC

Oct 3, 10:37

There were 95,640 inkjet printers shipped in the Taiwan market during the second quarter of 2014, decreasing 17% on quarter and 21% on year, and 62,067 laser printers shipped in the same period, increasing 13% on quarter and 26% on year, according to IDC Taiwan.

New Wintel platforms may impact 4Q14 PC demand

Oct 2, 18:54

Microsoft and Intel's plans to release new platforms in the first half of 2015 are expected to affect demand for PCs in the fourth quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Windows 10 expected to have limited effect on boosting notebook demand

Oct 2, 10:18

Commenting on Microsoft's latest operating system, some notebook component makers are taking a pessimistic attitude about Windows 10 helping to boost notebook demand and expect overall notebook shipments to only grow 5-10% on year in 2015.

ITRI licenses STOBA to Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals for explosion-proof Li batteries

Sep 30, 15:42

The Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on September 29 signed for exclusive licensing deal for STOBA (self terminated olygomers with hyper-branched architecture) technology to Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals,...

Largan Precision obtains factory site in central Taiwan

Stockwatch - Sep 30, 10:42

Handset-use lens module maker Largan Precision has acquired 45.48 hectares (112.38 acres) of factory land in central Taiwan at NT$3.1 billion (US$102.5 million) from the Taichung City Government.

Peripheral makers to benefit from iPhone 6 Plus bending issue

Sep 29, 22:51

Bending issues with the iPhone 6 Plus has brought business opportunities to iPhone peripheral vendors, as they have released protective cases to help eliminate the problem, according to sources from smartphone peripheral vendors.

Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple

Sep 29, 15:01

Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players,...

China market: SSD prices drop sharply, say memory module makers

Sep 26, 10:47

SSD (solid-state drive) prices in the China market have drastically fallen, with prices for a 128GB model dropping to US$50-55 and those for a 256GB model to below US$100, according to Taiwan-based memory module makers.

Connector maker Aces to merge with MEC

Stockwatch - Sep 25, 11:33

Taiwan-based connector maker Aces Electronics, during a shareholder meeting on September 24, approved its merger with MEC, another Taiwan-based connector maker. The merger will complete on December 31, 2014.

Global information storage to grow to 447ZB in 2020, says HGST executive

Sep 25, 10:39

Global information storage in 2013 was estimated at 4.4ZB (zettabyte) and is forecast to increase to 447ZB in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 44% during the seven-year period, according to HGST Taiwan and Shanghai general manager Vincent Chen.

Gigabyte Technology may still see losses from non-motherboard businesses in 2014

Sep 25, 10:30

Despite having strong performance in the motherboard business, Gigabyte Technology's notebook and handset businesses are still having trouble picking up and may still suffer losses in 2014, according to market watchers.

AMD, Nvidia to see shrinking GPU demand in 4Q14 due to launch of low-cost notebooks

Sep 24, 15:22

Notebook vendors including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Lenovo, Asustek Computer, Acer and Toshiba, will launch low-cost models with CPUs with integrated graphics in the fourth quarter of 2014 and therefore AMD and Nvidia are expected to see demand for their discrete mobile GPUs decrease, according...

Asustek, Gigabyte unlikely to achieve motherboard shipment goals for 3Q14

Sep 22, 13:57

Neither Asustek Computer nor Gigabyte Technology is likely to be able to achieve their 5.8 million motherboard shipment targets for the third quarter, as demand in China remains weak and the retail channel's orders ahead of China's National Day holidays have been also worse than those of previous years,...

China CCM makers expanding capacities

Sep 22, 11:50

China-based Sunny Optical Technology, Shenzhen O-film Tech and Truly Opto-electronics have been expanding production capacities for compact camera modules (CCMs) for smartphones and tablets, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain.

Asustek aiming to achieve 15% on-year PC shipment growth

Sep 18, 14:11

Asustek Computer is looking to achieve 15% on-year growth in its PC shipments each year starting 2014 and expects its annual desktop and notebook shipments together to reach 50 million units in five years, according to market watchers. It will also be aggressively pushing gaming notebooks to maintain...

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