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.
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...
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,...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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).
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...
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.