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Toshiba reportedly to close R&D center in Taiwan

Feb 4, 12:34

Toshiba reportedly plans to close its R&D center in Taiwan and will lay off about 100 engineers working at the center, according to sources in Taiwan's notebook industry.

Global tablet shipments decline 13.7% on year in 4Q15, says IDC

Newswatch - Feb 3, 15:21

Despite the holiday season, worldwide tablet shipments declined 13.7% on year to 65.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to IDC. Total tablet shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million units, down 10.1% on year.

Microsoft ships 6.0 million Surface tablets in 2015, say sources

Feb 3, 12:07

Microsoft shipped 2.5 million Surface-series tablets in the fourth quarter of 2015, leading to total shipments for the year reaching six million units, or 50% higher than market expectations of four million, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Apple products driving MEMS microphone market growth, IHS says

Feb 2, 16:09

The popularity of Apple's iPhone 6S and other products is boosting the MEMS microphone market to a CAGR of 13% from 2015 to 2019, according to IHS. The market is forecast to reach six billion units, with US$1.3 billion in revenues, in 2019.

Digitimes Research: Worldwide notebook shipments grow slightly on quarter in 4Q15, but will drop over 16% in 1Q16

Feb 1, 22:43

Worldwide notebook shipments enjoyed a slight growth of 0.6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2015 thanks to stable demand from the year-end holidays in Europe and North America plus brand vendors have been pushing new Windows 10-based entry-level and mid-range notebooks.

Fierce competition eliminating small gaming product players

Feb 1, 15:00

With competition growing fierce in the gaming PC market, several gaming peripheral vendors have quit the market, unable to bear the increasing losses, and some channel retailers are concerned that gaming PC players could be the next to fade from the market.

Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2015

Jan 28, 16:14

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.

Apple estimated to ship 20 million Macs in 2016

Jan 28, 15:27

Apple's Mac-series product shipments are expected to remain at a level similar to that of 2015 at around 20 million units in 2016, but despite flat shipment performance, new MacBook and iMac products for 2016 are expected to boost the company's overall product ASPs, according to sources from the supply...

Supply chain braces for possible merger of Vaio, Toshiba, Fujitsu PC units

Jan 28, 14:45

Japan-based PC brand vendors Vaio (previously Sony), Toshiba and Fujitsu reportedly are ready to merge their notebook businesses into a company, a move which will affect Taiwan-based notebook ODMs, particularly Pegatron Technology, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Asia Pacific PC market dips 8% in 2015, says IDC

Jan 25, 15:15

PC shipments in Asia Pacific (including Japan) totaled 107.6 million units in 2015, according to IDC's preliminary results. This accounted for a 7.7% on-year decrease and a steeper contraction from the 5.7% on-year drop in 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the market declined by 6.5% on year, reaching...

PC market finishes 2015 as expected, hopefully setting the stage for a more stable future, says IDC

Jan 13, 16:15

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, an on-year decline of 10.6%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker . Although total shipments were in line with already conservative expectations,...

Acer revenues decline in December

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 15:47

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.59 billion (US$67.75 million) for December 2015, representing a 3.38% drop on month and 22.05% drop on year.

Asustek shifts back notebook orders from BYD to Taiwan partners

Jan 12, 15:21

Asustek Computer originally outsourced part of its 2016 notebook orders to China-based EMS provider BYD, but has recently retracted some of the orders and given them back to its Taiwan-based partners because the China-based maker was not able to stably supply the volumes that Asustek demanded. However,...

Taiwan market: Samsung announces Gear VR

Jan 12, 14:48

Samsung Electronics has announced its virtual reality (VR) device, the Gear VR in Taiwan with the availability to start on January 15, priced at NT$3,490 (US$105).

Notebook players to take measures to save costs and expand into non-PC market in 2016

Jan 12, 12:30

With the notebook market expected to continue seeing a single-digit percentage shipment decline in 2016, brand vendors and ODMs are expected to become more aggressive pushing into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector to boost their non-PC incomes and adopting components from China-based suppliers to...

CES 2016: Asustek to start marketing ZenFone Zoom in US in February

Newswatch - Jan 6, 11:04

Asustek Computer has announced that it will begin marketing its flagship smartphone, the ZenFone Zoom, in the US in February, priced at US$399.

Taiwan market: Samsung releases new smartphones, to launch VR devices and Samsung Pay

Jan 5, 15:24

To strengthen its mid-range smartphone competitiveness, Samsung Electronics has launched its new Galaxy A5 and A7 smartphones in the Taiwan market, aiming to recapture the top vendor ranking in the local market.

CES 2016: Acer to showcase new high-end 2-in-1 and tablet for kids

Jan 4, 22:57

Acer is planning to showcase its latest high-end 2-in-1 device, the Aspire Switch 12 S at CES 2016, adopting magnetic hinges and support different usage models, including notebook, tablet and display.

Acer expands smartphone presence into Latin America

Dec 31, 10:41

Acer has announced cooperation with Bahamas Telecommunications and Ecuador's Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones to sell its smartphones and wearable devices.

Taiwan market: Notebook, consumer electronics sales to remain flat in 2016, says Apple device dealer

Dec 25, 15:31

Sales of consumer electronics, computer and communication devices in the Taiwan market are expected to remain flat in 2016 as compared to a year earlier, according to Andy Tu, president of Data Express, a premium reseller of Apple products in Taiwan.

Taiwan market: Asustek ranks top notebook vendor during January-October period

Dec 25, 12:45

Asustek Computer ranked as the number one notebook vendor with a 54% share in Taiwan's notebook market in the first 10 months of 2015, according to sources from the local retail channels.

2016 will be the year of USB Type C and DisplayPort is along for the ride: Q&A with Analogix

Dec 24, 17:50

At this point most consumers are not that familiar with the USB Type C specification but it has the IT industry excited, with adoption rates among makers ramping up quickly. Leading market players including Apple, Google and Microsoft have already adopted the standard in some of their products and...

Andre Bouwer, vice president of marketing for IC design house Analogix

Pegatron not affected by entry of China players into OEM notebook sector, says chairman

Dec 24, 15:19

The notebook business of Pegatron Technology will not be affected by the entry of China-based players into the OEM notebook sector, according company chairman Tung Tsu-hsien.

Pegatron chairman Tung Tsu-hsien

Global notebook market braces for more uncertainty in 2016

Dec 23, 11:58

The global notebook market will face more uncertainty in 2016 as Xiaomi Technology and Huawei will debut in the mature market, and Samsung Electronics has also renewed its interest in it, according to industry sources.

China market: iPad Pro sales reach only 49,000 units in the first month

Dec 22, 15:17

Apple's new enterprise tablet, the iPad Pro did not achieve expected sales in its first month after the launch in China selling only 49,000 units, according to China-based research firm TalkingData.

Surface Book to become available to China consumers on December 24

Dec 18, 12:01

Microsoft China has announced that its new Surface Books will become available for pre-order online on December 24 in China and the retail channel in China will also start accepting pre-orders for the devices on January 1, 2016.

Clevo sees dropping notebook shipments, but rising revenues from the business

Dec 14, 16:56

Clevo has been seeing success in its notebook products especially gaming models and though its notebook shipments will drop from 1.65 million units a year ago to reach only less than 1.5 million units, the revenues and profits from the business have grown stably.

PC supply chain remains pessimistic about demand in 1H16

Dec 11, 10:40

Despite seeing growth in third-quarter worldwide PC shipments, the PC supply chain is still conservative about demand from the fourth quarter to the first half of 2016 as most PC demand in the fourth quarter comes from price-cut promotions with the only exception being Apple's Mac-series products,...

Acer considering dual-brand to promote BYOC products

Dec 8, 15:44

Acer is considering adopting a dual-brand strategy for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business and is looking to tighten its cooperation with partners and release BYOC-based smart home devices. However, the plan is currently still in evaluation due to concerns over channels and it will not start using...

Inventec sees on-month revenue growth in November

Dec 8, 14:47

Inventec has reported consolidated revenues of NT$36.34 billion (US$1.11 billion) for November, up 3.33% on month, but down 7.29% on year, while combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2015 were NT$356.92 billion, down 10.53% from a year ago.

Surface Book and Pro 4 see order delay to 1Q16

Dec 7, 23:20

Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 are expected to see weaker-than-expected shipments in the fourth quarter because of Intel Skylake processor shortages and some orders have been postponed to the first quarter of 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, who added that...

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to drop less than 5% in 2016 thanks to large-size models

Dec 1, 15:01

Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface 2-in-1 devices are expected to boost demand for large-size tablets, partly offsetting the shipment declines in small-size segments. This will result in global tablet shipments dropping only 4.8% on year to reach 196 million units in 2016.

ECS to ship 2.5 million education tablets

Nov 30, 12:14

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has obtained tablet orders from the education sector in Latin America via cooperation with Intel, and expects to ship 2.5 million units by the end of 2015, according to chairwoman LW Kuo.

The smartphone ambition: Q&A with Asustek CEO Jerry Shen

Nov 30, 12:00

Buoyed by its ZenFone series smartphones, Asustek Computer has captured a portion of the global smartphone market and more importantly has started generating profits from its handset business.

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen (center)

Taiwan market: Acer expects strong sales for Predator gaming notebooks during IT Month

Nov 27, 11:51

Acer has launched the full series of its Predator gaming products in Taiwan and expects demand to grow strongly during the local IT Month events running from November 28-January 13.

Asustek launches Chromebit CS10

Nov 20, 15:26

Asustek has announced its Chromebit CS10, a small Chrome-based device that turns a HDMI-compatible TV or monitor into a Chrome OS desktop. Chromebit CS10 is available in two colors - black and orange - and features an extension cable or bendable Flex Connect HDMI connector. The Chromebit CS10 has built-in...

Asustek Chromebit CS10 PC stick

Apple seeking second supplier for next-generation Apple Watch, says report

Newswatch - Nov 19, 15:26

Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays. Sales of Apple Watch are expected to surpass 10 million units in 2015. With a plan to release a second-generation Apple Watch in 2016, Apple is currently talking to Inventec,...

China market: Xiaomi to unveil new smartphone on November 24

Newswatch - Nov 18, 10:57

Xiaomi Technology is expected to unveil its new smartphone the Redmi Note 2 Pro and Mi Pad 2 during a product event to be held on November 24. The product offerings may also include Xiaomi's first notebook model.

Asustek looking to become largest consumer notebook vendor in 2017

Nov 13, 16:02

In response to competitors and research firms naming his company as one of the PC brand vendors that will quit the PC market, Asustek Computer CEO Jerry Shen pointed out that Asustek has always been one of the top-notch vendors in terms of gross margins, and the criticism only shows that Asustek has...

Quanta reports strong performance for 3Q15

Nov 13, 13:40

Quanta Computer has reported its financial results for the third quarter with consolidated revenues growing 9.9% sequentially and 12.9% on year to reach NT$275.9 billion (US$8.44 billion). Its gross margins stood at 4.27%, with operating profits increasing 1.4% sequentially to reach NT$4.52 billion...

Acer pan-Asia chief quits

Nov 12, 10:49

Acer has announced that its president of pan-Asia operations Oliver Ahrens has left the company and its position will be taken over by CEO Jason Chen. President of Acer China Zhang Yonghong reportedly has also resigned from his post, but Acer has not confirmed Zhang's departure.

Digitimes Research: Worldwide tablet shipments decline 18% on year in 3Q15

Nov 3, 15:56

Worldwide tablet shipments reached only 50.64 million units in the third quarter, up 9% from the second quarter, but still down sharply by 18% on year, despite the fact that Europe and US retailers were aggressively preparing for the year-end holiday shopping season and demand from Russia and Eastern...

Taiwan market: Samsung launches Gear S2 smartwatch, supporting wireless charging

Oct 29, 14:47

Samsung Electronics has launched its Gear S2 smartwatch in Taiwan and is looking to release the Gear S2 e-Sim around the Lunar New Year holidays. Currently, the Gear S2 e-Sim is only available in South Korea and the US.

China tablet makers turn production lines to entry-level notebooks

Oct 29, 10:15

A number of China-based white-box tablet makers have switched their production lines to notebooks and showcased a bunch of entry-level models at the recently concluded Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade fair. The move by the tablet makers is expected to heat up competition in the entry-level notebook...

Richtek to focus on analog chips for mobile devices, wearables

Oct 26, 22:37

After becoming a unit of MediaTek, Richtek Technology will continue to expand its analog IC portfolio and move more aggressively to gain market share, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to decline 17.5% on year in 4Q15

Oct 26, 22:26

Global notebook shipments (not including detachable 2-in-1 products), are expected to drop 17.5% on year and 5.3% sequentially in the fourth quarter as most notebook vendors already completed their inventory preparation for the year-end holiday sales in the third quarter and are still conservative...

Suppliers see weaker-than-expected orders for iPad Pro

Oct 26, 22:16

Apple is ready to sell its iPad Pro in November, but has only placed limited orders with the related upstream supply chain prior to the end of 2015 and for the first quarter of 2016, showing Apple is taking a rather conservative attitude about the sales of the product, according to sources from the...

Xiaomi notebook to enter mass production in 1Q16

Oct 26, 15:58

China-based Xiaomi's first notebook products reportedly will enter mass production in the first quarter of 2016 and the vendor plans to release two models, a 12.5-inch and a 13.3-inch, the former made by Inventec and the later Compal Electronics, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Acer establishes subsidiary to enter electric vehicle power system and battery industries

Oct 23, 10:47

Acer's Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business recently established a new subsidiary, MPS Energy, to focus on developing car-use batteries and electric vehicle power systems and will also combine its BYOC system with the product lines to create new smart management systems.

Notebook brand vendors strengthening high-end product lines

Oct 22, 14:50

Seeing that Microsoft plans to push Surface Book into the high-end segment, first-tier notebook brand vendors have started strengthening the quality and design of their high-end product lines, looking to expand their competitiveness in the segment, according to sources from the upstream supply chain...

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2015 global notebook demand forecast
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    Taiwan notebook Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) account for more than 90% of global notebook production and Digitimes is there to provide daily...

  • Huawei and Xiaomi in notebook market

    China-based Huawei and Xiaomi are both planning to launch notebooks in 2016, looking to snatch some share from the market.

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    Notebook brand vendors have been postponing their RFQ processores for 2016orders, lacking development direction and waiting for Intel new Skylake processors...

  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

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