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  • Major Taiwan-based fabless IC firms likely to suffer revenue decreases in 2015

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  • Taiwan IC designers expect orders to pick up in 1Q16

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  • TPK revenues up in August

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  • Merger with Asustek unlikely, says Acer CEO

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  • Laser to become next-generation lighting source, says 2014 Nobel laureate

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  • Foxconn Interconnect reportedly to acquire equipment from Avago

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  • Green Energy Technology sees increased August revenues

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  • Taiwan market: BenQ launches 4G-connected action camera

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  • LG expected to release 8K TVs in 1H16

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  • Handset vendors decreasing touch panel orders for 4Q15

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  • Aurora expects revenues of NT$300 million from 3D business in 2015

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New Zealand PC market stabilizes, says IDC

Sep 3, 16:07

New Zealand PC shipments totaled 188,000 units during second quarter of 2015, about 2.8% higher than the previous forecast, according to the IDC's Asia Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker. Despite this the market experienced an on-year decline of 2.7% and was flat on quarter.

IFA 2015: Asustek unveils gaming products

Sep 3, 15:31

In addition to several Zen-series products, Asustek Computer has unveiled new products under its gaming Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand including a water-cooling gaming notebook, the GX700, the G752 gaming notebook supporting Microsoft Xbox games, the Intel Z170-based ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly...

IFA 2015: Acer unveils new gaming products

Sep 3, 15:13

At the company's IFA 2015 pre-show conference, Acer has unveiled a full series of products under its Predator gaming sub-brand including two gaming notebooks, a desktop, a curved gaming monitor and an 8-inch gaming tablet. In addition, the vendor also unveiled a 6-inch smartphone with MediaTek's 10-core...

Online TV viewing habits differ in Europe, says IHS

Sep 3, 14:29

New research from IHS Technology indicates that traditional broadcast TV viewing is being overtaken by two forces: Personal Video Recorders (PVRs) like Sky+ and online video from services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. More time than ever before is being shifted from traditional broadcast TV to onlin...

IFA 2015: Asustek unveils new innovations at pre-show conference

Sep 3, 14:24

Asustek Computer has unveiled its latest innovations at a pre-show conference before IFA in Germany and displayed two ZenWatch 2 smartwatches, the VivoStick, the RT-AC5300 wireless AP, the Zen AiO S all-in-one PC, and the ZenFone Zoom smartphone.

Acer to acquire bicycle GPS device vendor Xplova

Sep 3, 11:20

Acer has announced it will acquire bicycle GPS vendor Xplova and integrate the vendor's GPS technologies, bicycle routes and maps into its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform.

China market: Asustek to launch Vivo Stick

Sep 2, 15:46

Asustek Computer will launch Vivo Stick, a Windows computer-on-stick (Intel Compute Stick) equipped with Intel Bay Trail-CR processor, 2GB memory and 32GB storage, in the China market, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

US pay TV cord-cutting fears validated by subscriber losses in 2Q15, says IHS

Sep 2, 14:47

Validating industry cord-cutting fears, in the second quarter of 2015, pay TV companies in the US posted their worst ever quarterly video subscriber losses, shedding 658,450 subscribers. According to IHS, the second quarter was the first time non-cable pay TV operators lost video subscribers, since...

Acer and Asustek looking to raise notebook prices in Taiwan, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 1, 16:10

Acer is planning to raise pricing of its new PC by 4.5-5% in Taiwan in September as the NT dollar has been depreciating over the past few weeks. Asustek Computer is also planning to follow suit in the fourth quarter, but the company will absorb part of the costs, according to a Chinese-language Apple...

Xiaomi said to release notebook in 2016 with help from Inventec and Foxconn

Sep 1, 14:26

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi reportedly is planning to launch a notebook in 2016 and is currently developing the device jointly with its ODM partners Inventec and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry). So far, the notebook's mass production schedule has yet to be confirmed, according...

Toshiba sells shares in Topcon

Aug 31, 21:54

Toshiba has announced it has decided to sell all shares of its shares in Topcon Corporation held both by it and its consolidated subsidiary, Toshiba Insurance Service Corporation (TISCO), in order to improve assets and to its balance sheets.

Ruggedized and gaming notebooks becoming new target of ODMs

Aug 31, 16:15

Notebook ODMs are keen to expand into to gaming and ruggedized device segments that offer high ASPs. The ruggedized notebook market also has seen about a 10% shipment growth every year.

Revenues from vehicle-to-external communications systems expected to total nearly US$180 billion from 2015-2025, says report

Aug 28, 13:47

The increasing drive to reduce vehicle emissions and increase safety for drivers is spurring several technological developments in the transportation segment. One area benefiting from this push is the increasing development of vehicle-to-external communications (V2X) systems that allow real-time information...

Global tablet shipments in 2015 estimated at 163 million units, says TrendForce

Aug 28, 10:59

There will be an estimated 163 million tablets shipped globally in 2015, decreasing 14.9% on year. 117 million units will be shipped by brand vendors and 46 million units by white-box vendors, slipping 18.7% and 3.1% respectively, according to Taiwan-based consulting firm TrendForce.

Global PC demand impacted by currency depreciation and high inventory, says Acer CEO

Aug 27, 16:12

Global PC demand was weaker than expected in early 2015 due to impacts from changes in foreign exchange rates and vendors' inventory levels, according to Acer CEO Jason Chen.

Canon announces new 4K wide-angle broadcast lens

Aug 27, 14:55

Canon has announced the CJ12ex4.3B portable Ultra HD (4K) 2/3-inch broadcast lens, a 4K wide-angle lens for use with 4K broadcast cameras featuring 2/3-inch sensors. This will be the first in a new line of 4K broadcast lenses from Canon intended to support a range of 4K productions. Designed as a portable...

Inventec plans to set up factory in Indonesia or Philippines

Aug 27, 11:18

Notebook ODM Inventec, in line with clients' move to tap the ASEAN market, plans to set up a factory in Indonesia or the Philippines in 2016, according to company chairman Richard Lee.

Wistron to buy back 3.13% stake

Stockwatch - Aug 27, 11:08

Wistron has announced a bid to buy back 80 million shares, equivalent to a 3.13% stake, at a price interval of NT$12-23 per share as treasury stock during August 27-October 26, according to a company's posting on Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE)

Chip orders for notebooks picking up

Aug 26, 20:53

IC demand for notebooks is picking up, and the outlook for replacement demand triggered by Microsoft's Windows 10 is more positive, according to sources at Taiwan-based PC-related IC suppliers.

Compal to shift notebook capacity from Chengdu factory to Kunshan

Aug 25, 20:44

Notebook ODM Compal Electronics will gradually move notebook production capacity at its factory in Chengdu City, western China, to its factory in Kunshan, eastern China, and has notified its component makers of the plans, according to notebook supply chain makers.

Asustek seeing notebook shortages in Europe, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 25, 16:04

PC demand in Europe and Asia Pacific countries has started recovering recently and Asustek Computer has even seen its notebooks suffering from shortages in Europe, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing Asustek CEO Jerry Shen.

Inventec inks 5-year partnership with Siemens for Industry 4.0

Aug 25, 15:27

Notebook ODM Inventec has signed an MoU with Siemens PLM Software, Siemens AG's subsidiary, for a 5-year strategic partnership to promote Germany Industry 4.0 in Taiwan, according to the company.

Notebook vendors start RFQ process; competition grows fierce

Aug 25, 14:12

Notebook brand vendors such as Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Toshiba have recently begun the request for quotation (RFQ) process for their notebook orders for 2016 and the result is expected to be determined in 1-2 months.

South African tablet market surges but premium brands feel the pinch, says IDC

Aug 24, 15:47

The South African tablet market bounced back from a disappointing performance in the first quarter of the year to record strong on-year growth of 56% in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures released by IDC. The research firm revealed that much of this growth was spurred by devices...

Lenovo reportedly to raise PC prices in China because of Chinese yuan deprecation

Aug 24, 15:18

China-based Lenovo reportedly is planning to raise its PC prices in China at the end of August due to a significant depreciation of the country's currency, and the vendor will next raise the prices in Southeast Asia, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Turkey PC market declines amid weak consumer and public sector demand, says IDC

Aug 21, 16:02

Ongoing social and political unrest across the country caused Turkey's PC market to suffer a dramatic on-year decline during the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures from IDC. The research firm's results show overall PC shipments into Turkey fell 41.6% on year in the second quarter...

HiTi Digital aims to sell 200,000 new digital photo printers in 2016

Aug 21, 15:28

Own-brand dye-sublimation-based digital photo printer and card printer maker HiTi Digital launched its Pringo portable digital photo printers at the end of 2013 and has so far sold more than 200,000 units. The company recently launched new models with target sales of 5,000 units in the second half...

Sony announces SmartBand 2 for September

Aug 21, 15:08

Sony Mobile has unveiled its new smart bracelet, the SmartBand 2, which is set to become available worldwide starting September. The SmartBand 2 features the same form factor and design as the first-generation and is equipped with pulse sensor, movement tracker and sleep detector to record personal...

Sony SmartBand 2 smart bracelet

Taiwan market: BenQ to sponsor gaming event

Aug 21, 12:41

Taiwan-based monitor brand vendor BenQ will sponsor the Capcom Pro Tour gaming event in Taiwan, which will be hosted starting August 22. The company's RL-series monitors will be the official monitor used for the gaming event.

Acer to launch 1st gaming tablet

Aug 21, 12:12

Acer has begun production of its first gaming tablet equipped with an Intel Atom Z8700 processor and 8-inch touch screen for launch in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Portable PC sales to remain flat despite Windows 10 launch, says ABI Research

Aug 20, 21:43

According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful,...

Taiwan IP camera shipments top 2.33 million in 1H15, up 14.9% on year, says MIC

Aug 20, 21:16

The global IP camera market is projected to grow in 2015, but two factors pushed down Taiwan IP camera makers' shipment performance in the first half of 2015. China players' aggressively moved into overseas markets and there were abundant resources for product R&D. Secondly, as the euro depreciated...

Acer picked as sole supplier of new education project in Chile

Aug 20, 14:51

Acer has announced that it has been picked as the sole supplier of Chile's Connected for Learning project and will supply over 75,000 notebooks to the country's schools.

Apple 12.9-inch iPad to use displays from Sharp

Aug 19, 22:18

Apple's reported 12.9-inch iPad will feature displays from Sharp while Foxconn Group subsidiary General Interface Solution (GIS) will be mainly responsible for touch modules, lamination and LCM assembly, according to industry sources.

Orders for onboard recorders growing from China, say Taiwan IC designers

Aug 18, 21:12

Chip orders for onboard recorders from China's white-box makers have been rising in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Acer stresses financial health

Aug 18, 19:54

Acer, in response to media reports about its financial information, on August 18 emphasized that it is financially healthy as reflected by the financial report it released for the second quarter of 2015.

Worldwide EMV payment card shipments top 2.1 billion in 2014 with 43% issued into the US and China, says firm

Aug 17, 14:37

Just over 2.1 billion EMV cards were issued worldwide in 2014, up 27.5% from 2014. The exponential on-year growth rate was driven by significant EMV issuance into the US and China. EMV card issuance in the US in 2014 was up 187 million units when compared to 2013 and China continued its steep EMV issuance...

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 ODMs see dropping shipment performance in July

Aug 14, 15:37

After a short shipment rebound in May and June, the global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three notebook ODMs saw their combined shipments drop 34% and 24% on month and 17% and 19% on year in July, respectively.

Clevo pushing own-brand consumer electronics product line in China

Aug 14, 15:26

Clevo is planning to create a brand to sell smart home electronics, medical devices and creative products and will establish a section in its Buynow store in Guangzhou, China to test the water in the second half.

AIO PC demand from China Internet cafes rising

Aug 14, 10:59

Despite the PC market's weak performance, all-in-one (AIO) PCs have become popular in China's Internet cafe market after the China government relaxed the restrictions on Internet cafes.

Asustek ships 4.3 million notebooks in 2Q15

Aug 13, 12:33

Asustek shipped 4.3 million notebooks in the second quarter, down from 4.8 million units in the first quarter and 4.6 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Asustek's desktop shipments were only 500,000 units, 100,000 units lower than a quarter ago.

Mitac sees decreased July revenues

Aug 13, 12:19

Mitac International has announced consolidated revenues of NT$3.36 billion (US$106.18) for July, down 27.59% and 8.27% on year, and consolidated revenues for the first seven months of 2015 totaled NT$33.4 billion, up by 40.09% on year.

Compal Electronics nets NT$0.81 per share for 1H15

Stockwatch - Aug 12, 15:30

Notebook ODM Compal Electronics on August 11 released its financial report for the first half of 2015, posting consolidated revenues of NT$397.15 billion (US$12.7 billion), net operating profit NT$5.642 billion, net profit NT$3.522 billion and net EPS NT$0.81.

Quanta expects difficult 3Q15

Aug 12, 11:15

Notebook ODM Quanta Computer expects a difficult third-quarter 2015 due to unfavorable global economic outlook, company chairman Barry Lam said at an August 11 investors conference.

Inventec expects to recover after slow 2Q15

Aug 11, 21:48

Notebook ODM Inventec's operations in the second quarter of 2015 reached a low level but are expected to rebound in the third and fourth quarters, the company said at an August 11 investors conference.

Foxconn revenues up nearly 20% on year in July

Newswatch - Aug 11, 21:43

Foxconn Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$312.19 billion (US$9.86 billion) for July 2015, down 2% on month but up 19.97% on year.

Asustek nets NT$11.23 per share for 1H15

Aug 11, 20:05

Asustek Computer recorded net EPS of NT$11.23 (US$0.36) for the first half of 2015, the company said at an August 11 investors conference.

Suppliers see increased orders for new Surface 2-in-1

Aug 11, 14:54

Microsoft's orders for new Surface 2-in-1 devices for fourth-quarter 2015 reportedly will be 50% higher than the volume during the same period a year ago, and the related upstream supply chain is already preparing to supply components for the devices.

Acer sees over 30% drop in July revenues, but achieves success with Chrome OS products

Aug 11, 14:50

Acer reported consolidated revenues of NT$16.88 billion (US$533.33 million) for July 2015, down 36.46% on month and 32.78% on year. The company has totaled NT$145.03 billion in year-to-date revenues, down 20.83% on year.

Quanta reports 7% on-year increase in July revenues

Aug 11, 12:05

Notebook ODM Quanta Computer has reported NT$83.64 billion (US$2.64 billion) in July consolidated revenues, down 21.43% on month but up 7.33% on year. The company has totaled NT$539.84 billion in year-to-date revenues, up 6.21% compared with the same time last year.

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