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Digitimes Research: Tablets with phone functionality from white-box players to suffer over 15% decline in 2Q15

Jul 3, 16:07

While visiting Southern China's white-box tablet supply chain, Digitimes Research discovered that shipments of white-box tablets with phone functionality saw their first on-year drop in the second quarter. This is because their major markets have experienced weak economy and competition is also growing...

Clevo starts remodeling Buynow chain stores in China

Jul 3, 15:10

IT vendor and ODM Clevo has begun to remodel stores of its IT and consumer electronics retail chain Buynow in China by adding IoT and smart life product lines. The store in Shanghai, eastern China, will be remodeled first and will re-open in early 2016, according to Clevo.

Taiwan IC distributors optimistic about demand for handsets, TVs

Jul 3, 15:07

Chip demand for handsets will enjoy a seasonal pick-up in the second half of 2015, while shorter TV replacement cycles and the trend towards higher resolutions will drive the number of LCD driver ICs used, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC distributors.

Bluetooth speakers drive growth in home audio, says firm

Jul 3, 14:45

The home audio market (wireless speakers, soundbars, Hi-Fi systems, A/V receivers and speaker docks) grew by 22% to ship 71 million units. Trade value also grew by 22%, generating just under US$10 billion worth of revenues in 2014, according to Futuresource Consulting.

New iPhone enters production, say Taiwan makers

Jul 3, 11:37

Makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron for production of next generation iPhone devices, which are widely expected to come in September, according to sources at the supply chain.

iphone

Garmin to launch first bicycle-use rear-view radar

Jul 2, 20:42

Garmin will launch Varia, the world's first bicycle-use rear-view radar to warn riders of approaching vehicles up to 140 meters behind and flash a taillight to catch vehicle drivers' attention, in the third quarter of 2015 at a retail price of US$199.99, according to the company.

Acer to form 1,000-member team for BYOC business in a year

Jul 2, 15:14

Acer currently has about 200 employees in Taiwan and North America specifically for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business unit, and as demand for BYOC services has far exceeded supply capacity, the company plans to recruit more R&D and marketing personnel in one year to form a 1,000-member team,...

Supply chain players gear up for new Nintendo console

Jul 2, 11:54

Japan-based Nintendo is planning to launch its next-generation games console in 2016 and has recently asked its supply chain partners to start pilot production in October, at the latest. The console will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), but Pegatron Technology is...

Taiwan market: Huawei to launch 7-inch tablet with dual-SIM feature; Aaeon releases new ruggedized tablet

Jul 1, 21:20

To differentiate from their competitors, several tablet brand vendors have started to develop tablets with unique functions in order to attract demand. China-based Huawei launched the MediaPad X2, supporting dual 4G SIM cards and is targeting mainly enterprise buyers that frequently travel.

Global cellular baseband chip market rises 27% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics

Jul 1, 21:17

The global cellular baseband processor market registered a strong 27% on-year increase to reach US$5.8 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics.

Acer opens BYOC experience center in Taiwan

Jul 1, 20:23

Acer on June 30 opened a Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) experience center at its headquarters in New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, and will open another in Chongqing City, western China, on July 17, according to the company. Acer also unveiled abChat, a software application that works between desktops,...

Japan-based vendors see decreased digital camera shipments in May, says CIPA

Jul 1, 20:07

Japan-based vendors shipped 3.046 million digital cameras worth JPY75.62 billion (US$618 million) globally in May, with the volume decreasing 9.5% on month and 12.4% on year, according to the Japan-based Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

IBM and BOE sign agreement to develop health management platform

Jul 1, 14:50

China-based panel maker BOE and IBM have signed an agreement to develop a new health management data platform as part of the two companies' efforts to extend their influence in the medical segment.

Taiwan market: Sony unveils MILC Alpha 7R II

Jul 1, 12:26

Sony on June 30 unveiled Alpha 7R II, a digital MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera) model, for launch in the Taiwan market on July 23 at a recommended retail price of NT$94,980 (US$3,064) for camera body only, according to Sony Taiwan.

Sony digital MILC Alpha 7R II

Stagnant tablet demand to continue in 2H15, say Taiwan makers

Jul 1, 11:13

Global sales of Apple's iPad and tablets launched by brand-name and China-based white-box vendors have been far short of original expectation and the stagnant demand is expected to continue in second-half 2105, according to Taiwan-based tablet supply chain makers.

Europe shipments of DSLRs into professional video applications dropped 41% in 2014, says firm

Jun 30, 14:30

Europe's shipments of DSLRs into professional video applications dropped by 41% in 2014, according to Futuresource Consulting.

Pay TV set-top box market contracts for the first time in 12 years, says IHS

Jun 30, 14:29

Pay TV operators purchased US$15.3 billion worth of set-top boxes (STBs) in 2014, down from US$15.9 billion in 2013. This decline represents the first contraction in the market since 2002, according to IHS. Shipments of pay TV STBs grew slightly in 2014 to 204.7 million units, an increase of just under...

Notebook demand not strong as expected in 2H15, overall shipments to drop on year in 2015

Jun 29, 15:31

Notebook demand may not see as strong growth in the second half as originally expected and overall shipments are expected to decline to 160 million units in 2015, down 5% on year with some conservative players even forecasting the number to reach only 150 million units, down a double-digit percentage...

Windows 10 not prompting new notebook panel surge, say makers

Jun 29, 15:18

Despite the busy season in the notebook segment approaching coupled with the upcoming release of Windows 10, notebook panel makers are currently not seeing demand increase despite previous market expectations.

Windows 10 expected to have limited effect on notebook panel market

Intense set-top box market consolidation not over, says firm

Jun 29, 14:44

Arris' acquisition of Pace created the largest set-top box (STB) manufacturer, with 22% worldwide market share of the STB market. Arris is about three times larger than most competitors including EchoStar, Technicolor, Cisco, and Humax. STB semiconductor leader Broadcom was also acquired by relative...

Wistron conservative about 2H15 notebook shipments, says chairman

Jun 29, 11:19

Wistron's first-half 2015 notebook shipments fell far short of expectation and the second-half volume will not grow more than 10% sequentially, according to company chairman and CEO Simon Lin.

Wistron chairman and CEO Simon Lin

Compal 2015 shipment goals unchanged, says president

Jun 29, 11:00

Compal Electronics in early 2015 set a goal of shipping 45.2 million notebooks, 50.5 million tablets, smartphones and other smart mobile devices as well as 4.4 million LCD TVs in 2105, and although global demand for such products so far in 2015 has been short of original expectation, the ODM's shipmment...

Compal president Ray Chen (right) and chairman Rock Hsu (center)

Compal expected to benefit from vice chairman joining Amazon

Jun 26, 14:54

Compal Electronics' former vice chairman John Kevin Medica will reportedly join Amazon and this is expected to help tighten Compal and Amazon's partnerships further, according to industry sources.

Quanta Computer expects Apple Watch shipments to increase in 2H15

Jun 26, 14:16

With related yield rates significantly improved, the Apple Watch is expected to see a significant shipment growth in the second half of 2015, boosting the revenue performance of the device's manufacturer Quanta Computer, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. As for recent market rumors...

Foxconn to be largest handset, tablet, desktop ODM/OEM in 2015, says chairman

Jun 26, 11:41

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the largest OEM/ODM for handsets, tablets and desktops in 2015, company chairman Terry Guo claimed at its 2015 shareholders meeting on June 25.

PCB firm Tripod to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$2.75

Jun 26, 11:16

Tripod Technology announced at its shareholders meeting on June 25 that it will deal out a cash dividend per share of NT$2.75 (US$0.09) for its 2014 operations.

Digitimes Research: White-box players pushing 10.1-inch Windows tablets

Jun 25, 14:42

During a survey of southern China's white-box tablet supply chain recently, Digitimes Research found that Intel will not be able to supply its Cherry Trail-based solutions to white-box players until the end of the third quarter. Most white-box players will only be able to use Bay Trail-T CR solutions...

Apple to increase flexible PCB purchases, say sources

Jun 25, 14:29

The forthcoming iPhone 6S series will feature Force Touch technology, which will demand more flexible PCBs (FPCB). As a result, Apple is set to increase orders to its FPCB suppliers including Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect, according to industry sources.

Acer focusing on steady profitability, says CEO

Jun 24, 15:51

Acer's operations are moving toward steady profitability and it will focus on maintaining the trend before looking to expand business scale, company CEO Jason Chen said at a shareholders meeting on June 23.

Jason Chen, Acer CEO

Acer shareholders dissatisfied at no dividend

Jun 24, 14:54

Many Acer shareholders are up in arms after finding out that the PC vendor has declined to distribute a dividend for 2014 and voiced their displeasure during the company's annual shareholder meeting on June 23. Acer reported annual net profits of NT$1.79 billion (US$57.9 milion) for 2014 but the protesters...

George Huang, Acer chairman (right)

ECS to quit own-brand DIY motherboard business, say Taiwan makers

Jun 24, 12:32

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced that it will no longer actively market own-brand DIY motherboards but will undertake ODM/OEM production if clients have demand, and this is the equivalent of a gradual withdrawal from the global own-brand DIY motherboard market, according to Taiwan-based...

Silicon providers main beneficiaries of enthusiast PC growth; opportunities exist for vendors to raise profits with innovative products, says HWinsights

Jun 23, 15:28

The rapid expansion in demand for premium PC hardware from the enthusiast and overclocking segments has given hardware vendors a much needed opportunity to bolster declining sales in the mainstream consumer space. But while related players have all enjoyed some gains from their efforts to design and...

DDR4 memory prices fall at rapid pace

Jun 22, 23:24

Contract prices for DDR4 memory have recently experienced a dramatic fall, due mainly to Samsung Electronics' price cuts aimed at increasing market share, according to industry sources.

Worldwide pay-TV penetration to exceed 50% in next 2 years, says firm

Jun 22, 16:19

The worldwide pay-TV market surpassed more than 900 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2015, representing 48% penetration, according to ABI Research. The market is likely to grow steadily over the next five years, mainly boosted by emerging markets. "According to ABI Research's recent...

Global revenues from shipments of residential IoT devices expected to reach nearly US$70 billion in 2025

Jun 22, 14:44

As device manufacturers continue to embed communications technologies, sensors, and intelligence into an array of products, the residential IoT market continues to grow. Driven by a desire to enable devices in the home to share information for the purposes of greater efficiency, automation, security,...

Taiwan market: Gogoro launches electric scooters starting at NT$128,000

Jun 22, 14:42

Taiwan-based Gogoro on June 17 unveiled the Gogoro Smartscooter and Gogoro Plus for launch in the Taipei metropolitan area on July 25 at retail prices of NT$128,000 (US$4,129) and NT$138,000, according to company founder and CEO Horace Luke.

Gogoro Smartscooter and Gogoro Plus

Quanta Computer looks to business opportunities from driverless cars

Jun 22, 11:29

Notebook ODM Quanta Computer is looking at business opportunities arising from the development of driverless cars which will need cloud computing-based support. Quanta has been transforming operations from notebooks to cloud computing applications, according to company chairman Barry Lam.

Clevo considering issuing REITs in China, says chairman

Jun 22, 11:22

Clevo is considering issuing real estate investment trusts (REITs) in China once the government agrees to open up the availability. The China government is currently conducting trials for REITs in several locations, according to company chairman Kent Hsu.

PTI 2Q15 revenues to rise 9-10%, says report

Newswatch - Jun 18, 10:30

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) is expected to post revenue growth of 9-10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted market watchers as saying in a recent report.

Digitimes Research: IoT market pushing DIY smart home solutions

Jun 17, 22:45

The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought multiple applications and new business models for the development of smart home, which in turn may also bring about a take-off for the smart home industry, according to Digitimes Research.

IC suppliers expect orders to flow in August

Jun 17, 14:56

Downstream clients are expected to step up their pace of orders between the end of July and early August as they are about to complete inventory clearance and begin preparing for new product roll-outs, according to sources at IC suppliers.

Taiwan market: Canon launches EOS 5DS, 5DSR

Jun 17, 11:47

Canon on June 16 unveiled two 50.6-megapixel DSLR camera models, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R, for immediately launch in the Taiwan market at recommended retail prices of NT$103,900 (US$3,352) and NT$109,900, respectively, for camera body only, according to Canon Marketing (Taiwan).

Canon DSLR cameras EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

Global wearable shipments to reach 45-50 million in 2015

Jun 17, 11:42

The release of the Apple Watch will help accelerate the growth of the wearable market, pushing global shipments of wearable devices to 45-50 million units in 2015, up 125-150% from 20 million units shipped a year earlier, according to sources at Taiwan's supply chain.

Inventec to expand robotic arm capacity

Jun 16, 21:35

Notebook ODM Inventec, in order to increase automated production, will invest US$20-30 million to procure additional robotic arms to raise the total from 200-300 at present to 3,000 in a year, according to the company.

High inventory levels signal further declines for MEA PC market, says IDC

Jun 15, 15:42

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market suffered an on-year decline of 9.6% in the first quarter of 2015, with shipments to the region totaling 4.3 million units. That's according to the latest market insights by IDC, which attributed the market's poor performance to currency fluctuations in a number...

Thin and terminal client results disappoint in 1Q15, says IDC

Jun 15, 15:40

The global thin and terminal client market deteriorated during the first quarter of 2015, declining 7.8% on year, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker.

Synnex Technology mulls tapping three more overseas markets, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 15, 14:02

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International is evaluating the feasibility of expanding operations into Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times (CT) cited company president Evans Tu as indicating.

Asustek net profit deceases in 2014

Jun 12, 15:20

Asustek Computer has posted consolidated revenues of NT$477.4 billion (US$15.43 billion) for 2014, up 3% on year and net profit of NT$19.47 billion, down 9% on year. The 2014 net profit dropped on year because in 2013 the company's earnings were boosted by substantial non-operating incomes from selling...

Pegatron chairman expects IT industry to see rising demand in 2H15

Jun 12, 11:52

Commenting on the IT industry's overall weaker performance in the first half, Pegatron Technology chairman TH Tung said the IT industry was slack during the first half, but many players have grown busy since early June in order to release new smartphones, tablets and notebooks, and he expects demand...

Asia Optical unveils home-use atherosclerotic blood pressure monitor

Jun 12, 10:55

Digital camera ODM Asia Optical has unveiled a home-use atherosclerotic blood pressure monitor, developed through cooperation with Japan-based medical instrument vendor Shisei, and aims to sell 100,000 units in 2016 and 300,000 units in 2017, according to the company.

Asia Optical chairman Robert Lai
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