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White-box notebook makers displaying ultra-thin, 2-in-1 devices in Hong Kong trade fair

Oct 20, 16:11

China-based white-box notebook players are showcasing their new ultra-thin notebooks and 2-in-1 devices at the ongoing Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong.

White-box notebooks are one of the spotlights at Global Sources Mobile Electronics

Epson developing versatile inkjet printers to achieve ambitious goals by 2025

Oct 20, 15:53

Inkjet printer and robotic arm supplier Seiko Epson is aggressively moving to expand its product lines and boost sales of high-performance printers for uses by other sectors than consumers, aiming to achieve an annual revenue and profit goal of JPY1.7 trillion (US$15 billion) and JPY200 billion, respectively,...

Gaming monitor shipments soar 350% on year, says IHS Markit

Oct 20, 15:30

Global shipments of gaming monitors increased 350% on year to 1.1 million units in the first half of 2017 from the same period a year ago, according to IHS Markit.

Colorful motherboard shipments to reach 2.8 million units in 2017, 3 million in 2018

Oct 20, 15:25

China-based Colorful is expected to ship 2.8 million motherboards globally in 2017 and the volumes are estimated to rise to three million in 2018, fueled by its entry into South Korea's PC DIY market and rising sales in Southeast Asia, according to industry sources.

Colorful crossing into Korea's PC DIY market

Asustek, Gigabyte reorganization efforts to bear fruit in 1Q18

Oct 19, 17:43

Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology have both completed their business reorganization, and are expected to see the efforts bear fruit around the end of first-quarter 2018.

Gigabyte is expected to see sales picking up starting 1Q18

Graphics card vendors upbeat about crytocurrency mining

Oct 19, 16:11

As the values for some major cryptocurrencies continue rising and prolonging related graphics card demand, graphics card vendors, including Asustek Computer who was originally conservative about the mining trend, have been expanding their orders for Nvidia and AMD GPUs, according to sources from the...

Digitimes Research: Global AR/VR HMD device shipments to grow at 41.6% CAGR in 2017-2022

Oct 19, 15:40

Global shipments of AR/VR head-mounted display (HMD) devices, including standalone models, are expected to grow by a CAGR of 41.6% during the period from 2017 to 2022, Digitimes Research estimates.

Worldwide gaming notebook shipments to reach 5.5 million units in 2017

Oct 16, 15:48

Worldwide gaming notebook shipments are estimated to reach around 5.5 million units in 2017 with Micro-Star International (MSI) to account for 1.1-1.2 million units and Asustek 1.3 million.

Gaming notebook shipments growing strong

Amazon pushing Echo into Asia markets

Oct 16, 15:39

Amazon has been aggressively looking to promote its Echo series smart speaker products in Asia markets including India and Japan and has been tuning its Alexa system to recognize the local languages, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

DJI unveils technology to identify and track airborne drones

Oct 16, 10:40

DJI, a developer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones with existing technology that can address safety, security and privacy concerns.

Acer to become holding company, says Stan Shih

Oct 13, 16:15

Acer founder Stan Shih has pointed out that the company will gradually turn into a holding company with most of the Acer Group's affiliates to transform into independent entities and list in stock markets.

Taiwan market: Canon launches Selphy CP1300

Oct 13, 11:09

Canon has launched Selphy CP1300, a wireless compact photo printer, in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$4,990 (US$165).

Selphy CP1300

Notebook ODMs see shipments increase in September

Oct 13, 11:03

Notebook ODMs including Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec have reported on-month shipment growths for September with Inventec and Wistron both enjoying double-digit percentage increases.

Notebook ODMs had increased shipments in September

Pegatron September revenues hit 23-month high

Oct 12, 15:49

Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$153.66 billion (US$5.07 billion) for September, hitting the highest monthly level since November 2015 and increasing 72.41% on month and 1.97% on year.

Pegatron to enjoy a strong 2H17

Asustek revenues increase in September

Oct 12, 15:35

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated sales of NT$45.11 billion (US$1.48 billion) for September, increasing 19% on month and 1.1% on year thanks to stable notebook, motherboard and graphics card shipments as well as the releases of its ZenFone 4 series smartphones.

Synnex September revenues hit record

Oct 12, 11:33

IT and consumer electronics distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.503 billion (US$1.24 billion) for September, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month with growth of 7.90% on month and 15.96% on year.

Synnex to set up logistics center in Indonesia

Oct 12, 11:23

IT and consumer electronics distributor Synnex Technology International has announced a plan to build a logistics center in Indonesia with estimated investment of NT$600 million (US$19.8 million), consisting of NT$130 million for land acquisition, NT$290 million for building construction and NT$180...

Gigabyte revenues up in September

Oct 11, 17:01

Gigabyte Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.7 billion (US$188.52 million) for September 2017, representing a 3.53% increase on month and 8.7% increase on year.

Acer revenues flat on year in September

Oct 11, 17:00

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.357 billion (US$739.44 million) for September 2017, representing a 11.47% increase on month and 0.77% drop on year.

ECS revenues increase on year in September

Oct 11, 16:59

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.172 billion (US$104.91 million) for September 2017, representing a 1.23% drop on month and 7.08% increase on year.

Consumer sectors to grow faster in next 5 years in Indonesia: Q&A with DBS economist Gundy Cahyadi

Oct 11, 15:02

Indonesia is the most populous and largest country in Southeast Asia, but some changing trends in this market could be easily overlooked if observers only look at the statistics at their face value, according to Gundy Cahyadi, an Indonesian economist at the Singapore-headquartered DBS Bank. He has...

Gundy Cayhdai, economist at DBS

White-box tablet players turn to new markets for survival

Oct 11, 14:31

Seeing difficulties in differentiating from competitors, tablet brand vendors have been mainly focusing on cutting their prices to boost sales, which has in turn impacted China-based white-box tablet players' market shares and driven them to other device markets.

White-box tablets see growing competition from first-tier models

Google reportedly places orders for detachable Pixelbook

Oct 11, 14:22

Google has recently announced its latest Pixelbook featuring a 360-degree foldable touchscreen display. Sources from the upstream supply chain have disclosed that the device is manufactured by Quanta Computer and Google has recently placed orders for another detachable Pixelbook model with the ODM.

Google Pixelbook Chromebook

XYZprinting unveils panchromatic FFF 3D printer

Oct 11, 13:28

XYZprinting has unveiled a panchromatic FFF (fused filament fabrication) 3D printer for sale in the Taiwan market. Target customers of the printer are startups, small- to medium-size enterprises and companies engaged in cultural creative industries, XYZprinting said.

Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2017

Oct 8, 17:01

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.

Time-lapse camera maker Brinno sees revenues soar 47% in 1Q-3Q 2017

Oct 6, 15:37

Taiwan-based time-lapse camera maker Brinno saw its consolidated revenues for the first three quarters of 2017 shoot up 47% on year to reach NT$401million (US$13.19 million), due mainly to increased shipments to Europe and Southeast Asia.

Getac sees revenues up slightly in September

Oct 6, 14:11

Ruggedized PC vendor Getac has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.06 billion (US$67.32 million) for September, growing slightly from August's NT$2.05 billion, but down 1.95% on year. The company's ruggedized PC shipments have been rising since August and the growth momentum is expected to last...

Getac F110 ruggedized tablet

Asustek cutting notebook outsourcing to BYD and Wistron for 2018

Oct 6, 11:06

Asustek Computer is planning to reduce the proportions of notebook orders given to BYD and Wistron for 2018 and will increase those to Pegatron and Quanta Computer to improve product quality and time to market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Pegatron is expected to see increased orders from Asustek for 2018

PC vendors eyeing medical care market

Oct 5, 15:58

PC brand vendors including Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have shown interests in entering the medical care device market and are partnering with their component suppliers to design related products, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Medical care devices becoming a new market for PC vendors

Nintendo ups Switch supply to 2 million a month

Oct 5, 15:34

Nintendo has recently raised its orders for the Nintendo Switch to two million units a month because of the product's surging demand and the vendor is expected to be able to achieve its annual shipment target of 20 million units for 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Sharp Taiwan invests in local retail chain

Oct 3, 15:59

Sharp (Taiwan) Electronics has revealed it will acquire a 66% stake in Aurora Telecom retail chain for NT$546.89 million (US$18.1 million) to strengthen marketing of its consumer electronics and home-use electric appliances in the Taiwan market.

Ways to explore Indonesia ICT market: Q&A with Aptiknas chairman Franky Christian

Oct 3, 12:07

When making forays into the Indonesia market for ICT products, Taiwan makers would curiously ask where their business opportunities are after finding that the smartphone market is getting matured and smart city and IoT (Internet of Things) applications are just beginning there. They would also wonder...

Franky Christian (right), chairman of Aptiknas in Indonesia

VR headsets to drive near-term growth, but AR headsets to gain momentum by 2020, says IDC

Oct 2, 15:19

IDC is forecasting the combined augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset market to reach 13.7 million units in 2017, growing to 81.2 million units by 2021 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56.1%. VR headsets will account for more than 90% of the market until 2019 while AR...

Upstream suppliers to enjoy rising revenues from AirPods and Apple Watches in 4Q17

Oct 2, 15:05

Quanta Computer, Inventec as well as the ASE group's Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) and the Foxconn group's Shunsin Technology and Luxshare-ICT, are expected to see strong growths for their wearable product operations in the fourth quarter thanks to rising sales for Apple's AirPods and Watches,...

Asustek ramping up share in branded motherboard market

Sep 29, 13:12

Asustek Computer has seen its share in the global branded motherboard market surge to as high as 45% recently, powered by brisk sales of its X299- and Z270-series high-end products, according to industry sources.

Asustek ramping shipments of Z370-based motherboards

China makes 820 million smartphones in January-July, says MIIT

Sep 26, 15:57

China-based firms made 1,100.82 million handsets in January-July 2017, increasing 4.0% on year, and 820.75 million of them were smartphones, growing 3.4%, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Asustek expects China gaming notebook market to reach 3 million units in 2018, says paper

Sep 26, 15:47

Asustek Computer internally estimates that China's gaming notebook market will have a shipment scale of three million units in 2018 and is aiming to account for over 30% of the volumes, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report citing company president Jerry Shen as saying.

Wearable brands releasing new devices

Sep 26, 11:34

Wearable device brand vendors including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Garmin, Xiaomi, Huawei, LG Electronics and Fitbit, have recently started unveiling their latest products to compete for market shares.

Education IT spending in APEJ to surpass US$11.8 billion by 2020, says IDC

Sep 25, 15:07

Education IT spending in the APEJ (Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan) area will increase from US$9.8 billion in 2015 to US$11.8 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.86% for the period, according to IDC.

iPhone X component suppliers told to slow down delivery, say sources

Sep 25, 11:53

Apple has reportedly instructed component suppliers to withhold part of the component shipments prepared for the production of iPhone X devices, according to sources from Taiwan-based upstream component suppliers.

iPhone X

Asustek to launch next-generation ZenFone 5 in March 2018

Sep 22, 15:49

Asustek Computer will release its next-generation ZenFone 5 family products at the earliest in March 2018 as the operations of its smartphone business have returned to a growth truck as a result of recent restructuring, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen poses with Qualcomm executive vice president Christiano Amon in Roman

Commentary: HTC faces new challenges after Google deal

Sep 22, 15:04

HTC, which built the world's first Android-based smartphone, the HTC Dream, in 2008, is facing new challenges after it signed a US$1.1 billion deal to hand over its ODM team or half of its R&D unit to Google.

TCA modifies exhibition shows to attract new participants

Sep 22, 14:01

Taipei Computer Association (TCA) has been making adjustments to the names of its exhibition shows for 2018 and adding more new applications in order to attract more participants from industries other than the PC sector.

TCA places AI, IoT as new spotlights of SmarTEX 2018

Competition for 2018 gaming notebook orders growing fierce

Sep 22, 10:42

With notebook brand vendors having recently begun their request for quotation (RFQ) processes for 2018 orders, gaming notebook models have become the priority for Taiwan-based ODMS due to their high margins, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Google buys part of HTC smartphone team for US$1.1 billion

Sep 21, 11:19

Google and HTC have announced a definitive agreement under which certain HTC employees - many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones - will join Google. HTC will receive US$1.1 billion in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive...

htc google

Acer increases marketing budget for gaming notebooks

Sep 20, 14:34

Acer is ramping up marketing budgets for its gaming notebook business, and will support e-sport teams in various areas to promote its brand image in the sector.

Acer is increasing resources for the gaming business

Synnex applies AI to logistics operation in China, says paper

Sep 19, 15:35

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has applied AI (artificial intelligence) technology to operation of its logistics centers in China, Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News cited company president Evans Tu as indicating.

Asustek new strategy gives priority to profitability

Sep 19, 13:47

Asustek Computer has implemented a new business strategy to improve its profitability by focusing on high-margin orders and markets for higher product ASPs, according to some market watchers.

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors see on-year shipment declines in August

Sep 18, 11:16

Worldwide top-5 notebook brand vendors' combined shipments grew on month, but decline on year in August. With the consumer notebook sector continuing to lack new innovations to stimulate demand, the overall notebook market may see difficulties growing further by only relying on the contribution from...

Acer 1H17 gaming LCD monitor shipments hike 103%

Sep 14, 15:59

Acer has revealed its gaming LCD monitor shipments soared 103% on year in first-half 2017 with their revenues growing 50%, mainly thanks to launches of mid-range models, according to Victor Chien, Acer's general manager of Display business.

Acer optimistic about its gaming monitor business
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