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Asustek adjusting tablet operations

Feb 20, 10:50

Asustek Computer is adjusting its tablet operations by decreasing the number of models developed, focusing shipments on fewer overseas markets, and transferring a portion of its about 1,000 employees specifically working on tablets to its VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality), and smartphone...

Samsung unveils a new line of smart appliances at Samsung SEAO Forum 2017

Feb 18, 15:41

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new line of consumer electronic products at the ongoing Samsung SEAO Forum 2017 in Singapore.

Samsung FlexWash washer/dryer

HTC takes VR lead in China, says Canalys

Feb 18, 11:06

Shipments of VR headsets totaled 300,000 units in China in 2016, making it the world's second-largest market with a 15% share, according to Canalys.

15.74 million tablets shipped globally in 2016, says firm

Feb 17, 15:11

There were 15.74 million tablets shipped globally in 2016, decreasing 6.6% on year. Apple was the largest vendor shipping 42.55 million iPads, according to Taiwan-based consulting firm TrendForce.

Lenovo quarterly sales down 6% on year

Feb 16, 14:48

Lenovo has announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenues were US$12.2 billion, a 6% decrease year-on-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68% decline year-on-year. Net income fell 67% year-on-year to US$98 million.

Asustek expects sequential drop in 1Q17 revenues

Feb 16, 11:55

Asustek Computer expects first-quarter 2017 revenues from the PC product line to decrease 15-20% on quarter, those from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to slip 10-15% and those from DIY motherboards, graphics cards and components to drop 0-5% due to off-season effects, said company CEO...

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen at a Feb 15 investors conference

Notebook shipments get bump in 4Q16

Feb 15, 15:57

The final quarter of 2016 brought good news to the global notebook industry, as shipments showed an on-year increase for the first time since 2012, according to data from Digitimes Research.

Asustek Computer nets NT$26 for 2016

Feb 15, 11:06

Asustek Computer has released its unaudited financial report for the fourth quarter of 2016, leading to net EPS of NT$25.85 (US$0.834) for 2016.

Clevo to see notebook shipments remain robust in 1Q17

Newswatch - Feb 14, 15:33

Taiwan-based Clevo has reported increased revenues for January thanks to strong shipments of its notebooks in the China market. The company's January revenues came to NT$1.98 billion (US$64.162 million), increasing 6.2% on month and 19.7% on year.

China market: Asustek fails to reach DIY motherboard shipment goal in 2016

Feb 14, 11:57

Asustek Computer aimed to ship 10 million DIY motherboards in the China market in 2016 but actually shipped nine million units, according to industry sources.

Quanta continues to be largest notebook ODM for HP in 2017

Feb 13, 11:44

HP has decided on the distribution of orders among its four main Taiwan-based ODMs for notebook to be launched in 2017, with Quanta Computer maintaining the status as the largest accounting for 35% of HP's planned total orders, higher than the 32% in 2016, according to industry sources.

Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron post mixed growth in January revenues

Feb 13, 11:39

EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw its consolidated revenues of NT$345.332 billion (US$10.96 billion) for January decrease 23.20% on month but increase 2.29% on year, while ODM Pegatron had those of NT$84.149 billion, growing 6.11% on month but dropping 12.11% on year,...

Acer focuses 2017 PC marketing on slim notebooks, gaming notebooks, says Taiwan president

Feb 13, 11:32

Acer will focus PC marketing in 2017 on two market-niche product lines, slim notebooks and gaming notebooks, and will launch new models beginning the first quarter, according to the company's Taiwan operations president Dave Lin.

Acer Taiwan operations president Dave Lin

Digitimes Research: All-in-one PC shipments to increase in 2017

Feb 10, 15:38

Because of weak demand for all-in-one PCs, worldwide all-in-one ((AIO) PC shipments fell 4.8% on year to total only 12.11 million units in 2016, the third consecutive year of on-year declines. However, the shipment volume is expected to return to growth in 2017, up 1.5% on year, as the market starts...

Mitac International lands orders for truck-use ELDs

Feb 10, 14:48

Mitac International has obtained orders from US-based truck fleet management undertakers for electronic logging devices (ELDs), electronic devices for recording truck drivers' hours of service to avoid overtime work, according to the company.

AI helps Nvidia reach record revenues

Feb 10, 12:15

Nvidia has reported fourth quarter (ending January 29, 2017) Fiscal Year 2017 revenues of US$2.17 billion, up 55% from US$1.40 billion a year earlier, and up 8% from US$2.00 billion in the previous quarter. For Fiscal 2017, revenues reached a record US$6.91 billion, up 38% percent from US$5.01 billion...

Asustek, MSI are top-2 gaming notebook vendors in 2016

Feb 10, 12:09

While global gaming notebook sales in 2016 are estimated at 4.5 million units, Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped 1.2 million units and 800,000-850,000 units respectively, becoming the globally largest and second largest vendors.

Compal Electronics ships 2.2 million notebooks in January

Feb 9, 23:05

Compal Electronics shipped 2.2 million notebooks in January, declining 4.34% on year, and corresponding revenues dropped 8.56%, according to the company.

Acer to create VR system for National Palace Museum

Feb 9, 14:39

Following its partnership with IMAX over virtual reality experience centers, Acer will cooperate with Taiwan's National Palace Museum to create a VR system for visitors to view the antiques without display cases.

Samsung leads VR device makers in 2016, says report

Feb 9, 13:54

Samsung Electronics led the global VR (virtual reality) device makers by shipping a total of 4.51 million units of its Gear VR devices in 2016, according to a Korea-based ET News report, which cited data from SuperData Research.

Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab

Feb 9, 12:13

Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.

ECS January revenues flat on year

Stockwatch - Feb 8, 15:50

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.598 billion (US$83.58 million) for January 2017, representing a 13.09% drop on month and 0.32% increase on year.

Gigabyte Technology launches Quadro graphics cards in Thailand market

Feb 3, 09:53

DIY motherboard maker Gigabyte Technology, in view of slowing growth in global demand for gaming notebooks, has stepped into the market for niche graphics cards specifically for use by film and animation designers and other art professionals, and has launched Quadro series graphics cards through cooperation...

Acer expect fruition of new business development in 2017

Feb 2, 21:23

Acer has been developing new business other than PCs for a while and expects to begin commercial application of AI (artificial intelligence) and deep learning and shipments of in-house-developed robots in 2017. The company also began to ship digital signage in January 2017, according to company CEO...

Apple sees record revenues in 1Q fiscal 2017

Newswatch - Feb 2, 13:33

Apple has announced that it posted all-time record quarterly revenues of US$78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of US$$3.36 for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended December 31, 2016. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter's revenues.

Samsung and Apple remain top global semiconductor customers, says Gartner

Feb 2, 10:43

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top-two semiconductor chip buyers in 2016, representing 18.2% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$61.7 billion of semiconductors in 2016, an increase of US$0.4 billion from 2015.

Microsoft to partner with notebook vendors to push Lunar New Year promotions

Jan 26, 15:57

Microsoft has cooperated with its notebook partners including Acer, Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) to promote their notebooks over the Lunar New Year holidays.

Acer expects over 10% on-year revenue growth from Taiwan

Jan 26, 14:15

Acer Taiwan general manager Dave Lin expects the company's revenues from Taiwan to grow by a double-digit percentage on year in 2017 and he has seen demand for the company's ultra-thin notebooks launched in the second half of 2016 growing strong recently and has had to shift inventory from other branch...

Compal ramping up smartwatch shipments to Fossil, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 25, 22:50

Compal Electronics is expected to double OEM smartwatch shipments to brand vendor Fossil to 1.2 million units in 2017, up from 500,000-600,000 units shipped in the previous year, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Google develops meldCX via cooperation with AOpen

Jan 25, 15:13

Google has offered meldCX, customized software and services to enable Chromebox, Chromebase and Chromebook compatibility with retail operators' existing peripheral devices not based on Chrome OS. meldCX was developed through cooperation with Taiwan-based AOpen, Google's hardware partner.

Increasing sales of Nvidia graphics cards to affect profitability of other suppliers

Jan 25, 11:14

Efforts by Nvidia to push sales of its own-brand Founders Edition graphics cards are likely to affect the profitability of graphics card suppliers in Taiwan and China in 2017 and beyond, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Seiko Epson launches Smart Canvas

Jan 24, 11:49

Seiko Epson has launched Smart Canvas smartwatch in the Taiwan market at NT$5,490 (US$173) for watch body alone plus NT$999 for a belt made of synthetic leather, according to Epson Taiwan.

Seiko Epson Smart Canvas

Wistron reportedly to be main OEM for new iPhone in India

Jan 23, 15:05

Apple has reportedly selected Wistron to be the first OEM in India for new iPhones to be launched in 2017, while Foxconn Electronics and other makers will become second OEMs if demand increases. In preparation for OEM production, Wistron has expanded smartphone production capacity in Kunshan, eastern...

Wistron chairman and CEO Simon Lin

Dell to separate Greater China office from Asia Pacific branch

Jan 23, 12:26

Dell is expected to change its company structure in February and turn its Greater China operations into an office independent of its Asia Pacific branch. The Greater China office will report directly to the US headquarters.

Acer to be free of amortization cost for intangible assets beginning 2018, says CEO

Jan 20, 15:11

After recognizing an intangible asset impairment of NT$6.34 billion (US$199 million) at the end of 2016, Acer will see amortization of costs for intangible assets decrease by US$7 billion in 2017 and will be eliminated beginning 2018, according to company CEO Jason Chen.

Global VR production value to take off in 2017, says TCA chairman

Jan 20, 11:55

The global production value of the VR (virtual reality) industry, including VR devices and applications, will stage a major take-off in 2017, according to TH Tung, chairman of the Taipei Computer Association (TCA).

TCA chairman TH Tung

HTC to release new VR games, accessories to promote Vive

Jan 19, 15:41

HTC will release new VR games at the Taipei Game Show 2017 and plans to launch new accessories, including the HTC Vive Tracker and a wireless VR headphone, in the second quarter to promote sales of its Vive VR devices.

Apple reportedly planning 3 new tablets for 2017

Jan 19, 11:56

Apple reportedly is planning three new tablets for 2017, a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The products are still in planning, with the 9.7-inch model expected to enter mass production in the first quarter, and the other two in the second,...

Xiaomi to launch notebook with magnesium-lithium chassis in 2017

Jan 19, 11:53

Xiaomi Technology will launch a notebook featuring a chassis made of magnesium-lithium alloy in 2017. The chassis will be exclusively produced by a China-based joint-venture established by Taiwan-based thermal management solution provider TaiSol Electronics and Japan-based ShinSho. Inventec will undertake...

Digitimes Research: KDDI sets up smart drone platform, Rakuten Mobile launches drone

Jan 19, 10:24

In the Japan market, mobile operator KDDI set up a smart drone platform to store photographs and video in a database in the fourth quarter of 2016, while MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) Rakuten Mobile launched Mavic Pro, a drone developed by China-based DJI, for bundled sale in the quarter,...

MacBook shipments to reach 15 million units in 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 17, 15:32

Apple's MacBook shipments are expected to grow 10% on year to reach 15 million units in 2017 due to new MacBook Pro products. Related supply chain players including Quanta Computer, Shin Zu Shing (SZS), Auras and Wistron are expected to benefit from increased orders, according to a Chinese-language...

Acer, Asustek see notebook sales rising in Russia, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 17, 14:49

Acer and Asustek Computer saw their notebook sales in Russia grow strongly in the second half of 2016 thanks to an economic recovery triggered by rising oil prices, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

ASRock reportedly to take over Pegatron system integrator orders

Jan 17, 13:58

Pegatron Technology has been re-organizing its business groups since the second half of 2016 and has recently decided to gradually shift the group that handles small-to-medium-size motherboard and graphics card design, manufacturing and services for its system integrator clients to its subsidiary ASRock...

Smartphone vendors likely to brace for component shortages in 2017

Jan 16, 11:38

The risk for the global handset industry to brace for a shortage in supplies of some key components, including displays, memory products and optical sensing devices, in 2017 is rising due to strong demand from China-based smartphone vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chains.

Compal negotiating to sell LCFC stake to Lenovo, says president

Jan 16, 11:01

Compal Electronics is negotiating with Lenovo to sell its 49% stake in LCFC (Hefei) Electronics Technology, a joint-venture notebook maker established by the two companies in 2011, according to Compal president Ray Chen.

BYD wins price negotiation priority for 2017 Asustek notebooks

Jan 13, 11:31

Asustek Computer for the first time adopted online bidding for requests for quotations (RFQ) for notebooks to be launched in 2017, and China-based OEM BYD has won the first right for price negotiation, followed by Taiwan-based Pegatron Technology, Compal Electronics and Quanta Computer, according to...

Microsoft lowers 2017 Windows 10 licensing rates for low-cost notebooks

Jan 12, 21:09

Microsoft has settled with notebook vendors on Windows 10 licensing rates for models to be launched in 2017, with costs for under 14.1-inch low-cost models lowered from 2016, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

PC market stabilizes with solid 4Q16 shipments despite component shortages, says IDC

Jan 12, 14:36

Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) totaled 70.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, posting an on-year decline of 1.5%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. The results continued the recent trend of stabilizing...

MSI pushing new gaming products in 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 12, 11:30

Micro-Star International (MSI) has released a total of 25 new VR-supported gaming motherboards targeting the mid-range to high-end sector and 21 new VR-ready mid-range to high-end gaming notebooks for early 2017, and is looking to expand its presence in the gaming industry by releasing multiple models...

Quanta sees growth in December revenues; Acer suffers drops

Jan 11, 15:57

Quanta Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$104.97 billion (US$3.28 billion) for December, the company's second highest record with on-month growth of 13.42% and on-year growth of 7.78%. The company's consolidated revenues for 2016 were only NT$894 billion, down 11.25% on year.

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