• Global notebook shipments (Wintel-based models) by the top-five brands and top-three ODMs suffered declines on month in January due to seasonality, according to Digitimes Research.
  • The ongoing investment spree on datacenter infrastructure will boost shipments of Taiwan-based white-box server and related hardware makers during 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Acer chairman and CEO Jason Chen (center)
    Acer will continue to deepen its deployments in the gaming PC and Chromebook sectors in 2018, while stepping up its efforts to develop smart transportation and education solutions for sustained growth, according to company chairman and CEO Jason Chen.
  • Facebook is set to officially foray into the global smart speaker market in mid-2018 by launching two new models, codenamed Aloha and Fiona - both with 15-inch touchscreens - in July at the latest, with the devices positioned as a way to allow family and friends to stay in touch with video chat and...
  • Huaqin expects shipments to continue growing in 2018
    China-based ODM Huaqin Telecom Technology expects its combined shipments of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other IT devices to reach 120 million units in 2018, up from 96 million shipped a year earlier, according to company sources.
  • Asustek Computer shipped 1.5 million gaming notebooks in 2017 and aims to ship two million units in 2018, according to the company.
  • Taiwan's four major notebook ODMs - Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec - have reported better-than-expected revenues in January despite declines in notebook shipments, thanks to their efforts in intensifying deployments in non-PC segments.
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) Taiwan has launched its latest enterprise PCs and workstations in Taiwan as well as a virtual reality (VR) backpack, a wearable workstation system supporting enterprise VR applications. It weighs only 4.6kg and features a wireless design.
  • China-based makers produced 1.4 billion smartphones in 2017, increasing 0.7% on year, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
  • IT and consumer electronics products distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$34.259 billion (US$1.17 billion) for January, decreasing 3.39% sequentially but increasing 47.37% on year.
  • Pegatron chairman TH Tung
    Pegatron expects the capital spending of its entire group in 2018 to be higher than the US$400-450 million spent in 2017 as the company and its subsidiaries are to ramp up their capacities to meet increasing demand, according to company chairman TH Tung.
  • Compal Electronics to return to the desktop ODM market in 2018
    Taiwan-based Compal Electronics, now the world's No.2 notebook ODM, will stage a comeback to the desktop PC market in 2018 as a contract manufacturer, a move seen to stir the global desktop market that has stayed quiet for a long while.
  • Worldwide tablet shipments totaled around 46 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, better than Digitimes Research's original forecast thanks to increasing demand from year-end holidays. Both brand and white-box tablet shipments had sequential growths in the quarter.
  • Apple shipped 77.316 million iPhone devices in the fiscal 2018 first quarter ended December 30, 2017, up 66% on quarter but down 1% on year, according to a company announcement.
  • The fastest growing types of microprocessors in 2012-2017 were mobile system-on-chip (SoC) designs for smartphones and tablets, and microprocessors used in embedded-processing applications, according to IC Insights.
  • Worldwide notebook shipments, not including detachable 2-in-1 devices, performed weaker than expected and arrived at only around 41.15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, resgistering their first on-year decline after four consecutive quarters of on-year growths.
  • AOpen expects rising business with Acer's assistance
    Acer has obtained three seats on AOpen's board of directors after taking a major stake in the Taiwan-based digital signage developer. Acer chairman Jason Chen has also been elected as the chairman of AOpen.
  • Worldwide server shipments in the first quarter of 2018 are expected to stay flat or drop slightly due to seasonal impact, but demand from large-size datacenter clients will remain strong.
  • Taipei Computer Association (TCA) chairman TH Tung has pointed out that the production value of the gaming industry will have a good chance of reaching US$143.5 billion by 2020, an amount far higher than that generated by the notebook industry.
  • HTC has begun shipping its Vive Focus VR devices to consumers in China, expecting the availability of the standalone VR products to boost its sales performance for the first quarter of 2018, according to company sources.
  • Taiwan makers produced over 90% of the notebooks worldwide in 2008. The top-five notebook makers – Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Asustek Computer – contributed 88% of the shipments from Taiwan.
  • Taiwan-based IT firms including Acer and Compal Electronics have been keen on planning products and services for Taiwan's elderly consumer groups.
  • Acer founder Stan Shih
    Acer founder Stan Shih has dismissed media reports claiming he is planning to have his son, Maverick, currently president for the BYOC business unit, take the helm of the entire company.
  • Micro-Star International (MSI) has cooperated with Electronic Sports League (ESL) by sponsoring gaming hardware for use in ESL One Genting 2018 e-sport event in Malaysia during January 26-28, in a bid to enhance presence in the Southeast Asia e-sports market.
  • Rock Hsu, Compal chairman
    Compal Electronics saw the revenue proportion for PC products slip from over 70% in the past to 68% in 2017 and expects the percentage to further drop to 65% in 2018, as shipments will increase for smart wearables, as well as for medical care and biotechnological segments, according to company chairman...

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