Ruggedized PC vendors eyeing 7- to 8-inch tablet market
May 17, 16:09
As 7- to 8-inch displays are expected to become a new specification for ruggedized tablets in 2014, vendors, such as Taiwan-based Getac Technology and Japan-based Panasonic, are eyeing the market for such devices.
Synnex Technology reports profits for 1Q13
Stockwatch - May 17, 14:55
IT and consumer electronics products Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$73.637 billion (US$2.47 billion), gross margin of 3.23%, net operating profit of NT$577 million, net profit of NT$1.043 billion and net EPS of NT$0.63 for first-quarter 2013.
Taiwan market: HTC, Samsung optimistic about May sales
May 16, 21:25
HTC and Samsung Electronics introduced new flagship models for 2013, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, in April. Both firms believe May sales of the new flagship models will exceed the monthly sales of previous generation of flagship models in the first month after launch. In addition, HTC and Samsung both...
Samsung reportedly to supply panels for Microsoft 7.9-inch tablet
May 15, 22:18
Microsoft will reportedly release a 7.9-inch Surface tablet at the end of June featuring displays from Samsung Display, but LG Display (LGD) and Taiwan-based firms have yet to be included in the panel supplier list for the new device, according to industry sources.
New generation iPhone may adopt sapphire crystal glass for home button
May 15, 21:46
Market rumors that the new generation of Apple's iPhone may adopt sapphire crystal glass for the home button have been circulating and Taiwan-based sapphire substrate maker Tera Xtal has reportedly sent samples to Apple for verification. However, the firm refused to comment on the rumors.
Notebook vendors pessimistic about 3Q13 outlook, say Taiwan makers
May 15, 16:05
Notebook vendors originally thought that Microsoft would launch Windows Blue in September 2013 and the new operating system could pair with Intel's Haswell platform, to be unveiled in early June, to boost global demand in the third quarter. But because Microsoft will launch Windows Blue in late 2013,...
Computex 2013 expected to create US$25 billion in business opportunities
May 13, 16:27
Computex Taipei 2013, which will run from June 4-8, is expected to attract 40,000 international buyers and create business opportunities worth US$25 billion. The show will have about 1,700 exhibitors occupying 5,000 booths. Firms such as Intel, Microsoft, Acer, Asustek computer, Corning, Nvidia, Marvell,...
Wistron posts 1Q13 net EPS of NT$0.74
Stockwatch - May 13, 16:24
Wistron recorded net EPS of NT$0.74 for first-quarter 2013, according to the company. The Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN) reported that Sharp is negotiating sale of its LCD TV assembly factory in Malaysia with Wistron. In response, Wistron on May 13 clarified...
Haswell-based notebooks to arrive in channels at the end of May
May 13, 15:23
Notebook brand vendors' new Haswell-based products have mostly been shipped and are estimated to arrive in retail channels worldwide at the end of May; however, since the new models will have a higher price level than the existing ones, most brand vendors are still taking a cautious attitude about...
Foxconn, Pegatron April revenues up sequentially
May 13, 10:43
Taiwan-based EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw April consolidated revenues of NT$291.759 billion (US$9.82 billion) increasing on month by 12.05%, while Pegatron Technology reported revenues of NT$65.404 billion up 1.27%, according to the companies.
Nokia introduces Asha 501
May 10, 15:59
Nokia has unveiled the first of a new Asha family of smartphones, the Asha 501, targeting the sub-US$100 budget smartphone segment in emerging markets, including India, Latin America and Africa.
Tsann Kuen, E-Life Mall April revenues up on month
May 10, 15:43
Tsann Kuen and E-Life Mall, two IT, communication device and consumer electronics retail chains in Taiwan, had April consolidated revenues of NT$2.171 billion (US$73.1 million) and NT$1.151 billion increasing on month by 29.84% and 20.64% respectively, according to the companies.
Pegatron to expand workforce by 40% in 2H12
May 10, 12:19
Pegatron Technology CEO Jason Cheng, at the company's recent investors meeting, said that the company will start expanding its production workforce in mid-June with the worker number to grow from 100,000 currently to 130,000-140,000, a growth of 40%.
Total projector volume reaches 1.95 million units in 1Q13, says PMA Research
May 10, 11:44
Total projector volume in the worldwide projector market reached 1.95 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down slightly from 2.07 million units in the same quarter of 2012. The figures exclude projector modules embedded in host devices such as handsets, camcorders, and heads-up displays, according...
Smart mobile device shipments exceed 300 million in 1Q13, says Canalys
May 10, 10:51
Total smart mobile device (notebook, tablet and smartphone) shipments for first-quarter 2013 hit 308.7 million units, according to Canalys' latest worldwide estimates. This represents on-year growth of 37.4%. In terms of OS vendors, the Open Handset Alliance continued to dominate, with Android the...
Smartphone brands to introduce new flagship products in 3Q13
May 9, 15:20
Smartphone brands such as HTC, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics all plan to introduce new flagship models in the third quarter of 2013 in order to take on the forthcoming new iPhone scheduled to be released in the second half of the year, according to industry sources.
Pegatron sees profit growth in 1Q13
May 9, 14:07
Pegatron Technology has announced its first-quarter 2013 results with consolidated revenues reaching NT$217.6 billion (US$7.39 billion), consolidated net profits NT$3.45 billion and EPS NT$1.01, up significantly from the NT$0.57 of a year ago.
DRAM shortages to impact PC players in 2Q13
May 8, 21:10
DRAM shortages, which started in early 2013, have become worse recently and may impact PC brand vendors' performances in the second quarter, according to sources from PC players.
Demand for SSDs in PCs to boom through 2017, says IHS
May 8, 16:01
Global shipments of solid state drives (SSD) in PCs are set to rise by a factor of seven by 2017, allowing them to claim more than one-third of the market for PC storage solutions by that time, IHS iSuppli said in its new report.
Synnex Technology April revenues down on month, up on year
May 8, 11:05
IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26.49 billion (US$892 million) for April, decreasing 2.7% sequentially but increasing 10.8% on year.
Acer unveils new ultrabooks, notebooks and tablet
May 6, 14:49
At a press event held in New York, Acer has unveiled its latest mobile products including the Aspire R7, a 15.6-inch notebook; Aspire P3 ultrabook; Iconia A1 7.9-inch tablet; and updated Aspire V5 series notebooks and new Aspire V7 ultrabooks.
Sony PS4 may not achieve expected shipments in 2013
May 6, 14:18
Sony's PlayStation (PS) 4 may have trouble achieving shipments of 12-16 million units in 2013 as expected, as the related upstream supply chain has not yet received any shipment instructions from the Japan-based vendor, implying a possible delay in the game console's mass shipment schedule, according...
Taiwan April CPI goes up, says DGBAS
May 6, 11:10
Taiwan's April 2013 consumer price index (CPI) of 102.04 (2011 as base year) increased by 0.6% on month and by 1.04% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 96.76% slipped by 0.66% on month and by 3.69% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics...
Altek expects 30% sequential growth in 2Q13 revenues
May 6, 10:48
Taiwan-based digital camera ODM Altek, having seen first-quarter 2013 consolidated revenues drop 18.83% sequentially to NT$4.014 billion (US$134 million), expects consolidated revenues for the second quarter to increase 30% mainly because of shipments of new models to Nikon, Fujifilm and Pentax, according...
Micron intros new PCIe SSD for data centers
May 3, 11:22
Micron Technology has announced a new PCIe enterprise solid state drive (SSD) which it claims will improve overall performance in enterprise servers, appliances and storage platforms.