Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad
Mar 22, 15:35
Apple has updated its 9.7-inch iPad, featuring a brighter Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels. The device is enclosed in an aluminum unibody enclosure weighing one pound, and it runs on the Apple-designed A9 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture.
MEA PC market declines on year amid weak commercial demand, says IDC
Mar 13, 15:52
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market experienced a mild decline of 1.8% on year in the fourth quarter of 2016 to total 3.2 million units, according to IDC. The decline stemmed from the desktop segment, as weak commercial demand saw shipments fall 10% on year to total 1.2 million units for the...
Getac expects revenues to grow strongly in 2H17
Mar 8, 11:21
Ruggedized PC player Getac Technology expects its revenues to decrease sequentially in the second quarter, but the volume will have a good chance to grow strongly in the second half due to increased procurement orders.
Samsung recalls faulty 18nm PC DRAM, says report
Newswatch - Mar 2, 11:01
Samsung Electronics in mid-February started to recall certain PC DRAM module series, which PC OEMs found as the cause of blue screens while testing products, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.
Qualcomm makes splash with VR announcements
Feb 24, 17:01
Qualcomm has made several announcements in the virtual reality (VR) space including introducing a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and the launch of a head mounted display (HMD) reference design.
Asustek likely to unveil new 2-in-1 model at MWC 2017
Newswatch - Feb 23, 15:29
Asustek Computer is expected to unveil a new 2-in-1 notebook model, the ZenFlip UX370, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
HTC aims high while LG look low in India smartphone market
Feb 23, 11:44
HTC has reiterated its stance that it wants to focus on the high-end of the India smartphone market while LG Electronics is reportedly making plans to increase its presence in the volume segments, according to reports coming out of India.
New iPhone shipments to reach 100 million in 2017, says TrendForce
Feb 22, 11:06
Apple's latest refresh of the iPhone series scheduled for later this year will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMOLED display and 3D facial recognition, market research firm TrendForce indicated.
Sated China smartphone market to sit back and digest inventory in 1Q17
Feb 21, 12:22
After seeing record shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016, the China smartphone will ease up and try to digest inventory in the first quarter of 2017. Smartphone shipments in the China market are expected to see a year-on-year dip in the quarter, marking the first on-year quarterly decline since...
Display bookings to top US$2 billion in Fiscal 2017 for Applied Materials
Feb 17, 17:02
Semiconductor equipment provider Applied Materials delivered another strong quarter for its display business, with its first quarter display revenues increasing 66% on year to US$422 million and its orders tripling to US$632 million. The company noted that since 2012 it has grown its display revenues...
Lenovo quarterly sales down 6% on year
Feb 16, 14:48
Lenovo has announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenues were US$12.2 billion, a 6% decrease year-on-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68% decline year-on-year. Net income fell 67% year-on-year to US$98 million.
Samsung limps to smartphone gold in 2016
Feb 16, 12:49
Nearly 1.5 billion smartphones were sold to end users in 2016, an increase of 5% from 2015, according to market research firm Gartner. And despite a sloppy second half of the year, Samsung held on to remain the top vendor worldwide for the year, shipping 306 million devices.
Asustek expects sequential drop in 1Q17 revenues
Feb 16, 11:55
Asustek Computer expects first-quarter 2017 revenues from the PC product line to decrease 15-20% on quarter, those from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to slip 10-15% and those from DIY motherboards, graphics cards and components to drop 0-5% due to off-season effects, said company CEO...
Notebook shipments get bump in 4Q16
Feb 15, 15:57
The final quarter of 2016 brought good news to the global notebook industry, as shipments showed an on-year increase for the first time since 2012, according to data from Digitimes Research.
Foxconn reaffirms US$5 billion investment in India
Feb 15, 15:06
Amid concerns Foxconn is reconsidering plans to set up a mobile handset in India, the Taiwan manufacturing firm has reportedly met with ministers from the state of Maharashtra where it reaffirmed its intent to invest US$5 billion in the state, according to multiple media reports out of India.
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2016
Feb 11, 11:25
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.
Fire at Samsung SDI factory caused by defective batteries
Feb 9, 12:16
Just weeks after Samsung stated that it was defective batteries that caused its Note 7 to burst into flames and that the company had implemented several controls to prevent it from happening again, a fire broke out at the Samsung SDI battery factory in China.
IBM, Nokia and AT&T get together to foster trust in IoT
Feb 9, 12:15
In a 2016 AT&T survey, 58% of the companies they spoke to stated that were not confident in the security of their IoT devices. This is not surprising considering that in the past three years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices.
Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab
Feb 9, 12:13
Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.
MediaTek announces chipset for dual-camera smartphones
Feb 8, 10:58
MediaTek has announced the launch of its MediaTek Helio P25, the newest addition to the MediaTek Helio P series mobile processor family. The new chipset combines a 16nm Octa-core processor with MediaTek Imagiq (the company's advanced Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology) and dual camera features...
Qualcomm extends deadline for NXP purchase offer
Feb 7, 12:31
Qualcomm has announced that it has extended the offering period of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NXP Semiconductors. The tender offer is now scheduled to expire on March 7, 2017, unless extended or earlier terminated.
Inventec expected to see new chairman and president
Feb 7, 11:54
Inventec is planning to have Inventec Solar Energy chairman Tom Cho take over the chairman position of Inventec after current chairman Richard Lee retires. Inventec's president Huang Kuo-chun will also step down, and will be replaced by Maurice Wu, CEO of AiMobile, an Inventec joint-venture company,...
Investment compass pointing south for Taiwan ODMs
Feb 6, 17:09
China has long been considered the cause and solution for all of Taiwan's economic and political problems, but with exports to China stagnating and Taiwan's government introducing new policies, the needle has started pointing south for investment opportunities for some IT firms.
Acer covering all bases with niche notebook offerings in 2017
Jan 26, 16:38
With the kickoff of the 2017 British Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT) in London, Acer announced multiple notebooks targeting the education market, adding to an already busy 2017 where the vendor has been lining up products that target niche markets including education, the gaming market...
Acer expects over 10% on-year revenue growth from Taiwan
Jan 26, 14:15
Acer Taiwan general manager Dave Lin expects the company's revenues from Taiwan to grow by a double-digit percentage on year in 2017 and he has seen demand for the company's ultra-thin notebooks launched in the second half of 2016 growing strong recently and has had to shift inventory from other branch...
Apple reportedly planning 3 new tablets for 2017
Jan 19, 11:56
Apple reportedly is planning three new tablets for 2017, a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The products are still in planning, with the 9.7-inch model expected to enter mass production in the first quarter, and the other two in the second,...
Acer, Asustek see notebook sales rising in Russia, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 17, 14:49
Acer and Asustek Computer saw their notebook sales in Russia grow strongly in the second half of 2016 thanks to an economic recovery triggered by rising oil prices, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Compal aims to ramp up device shipments by 10% in 2017
Newswatch - Jan 16, 10:53
Compal Electronics aims to ramp up shipments of its device products by 10% to 87 million units in 2017, according to company president Ray Chen. Shipments of device products, including notebooks, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, TVs, IoT and wearable devices, totaled 79 million units in 2016.
MSI pushing new gaming products in 2017, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 12, 11:30
Micro-Star International (MSI) has released a total of 25 new VR-supported gaming motherboards targeting the mid-range to high-end sector and 21 new VR-ready mid-range to high-end gaming notebooks for early 2017, and is looking to expand its presence in the gaming industry by releasing multiple models...
Quanta sees growth in December revenues; Acer suffers drops
Jan 11, 15:57
Quanta Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$104.97 billion (US$3.28 billion) for December, the company's second highest record with on-month growth of 13.42% and on-year growth of 7.78%. The company's consolidated revenues for 2016 were only NT$894 billion, down 11.25% on year.
Asustek sees better-than-expected 4Q16 revenue growth
Jan 9, 21:25
Asustek's fourth-quarter revenues reached NT$117.23 billion (US$3.66 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 9.1% from a quarter ago and better than the company's original expectation thanks to mass shipments of its ZenFone 3 series smartphones. However, the company's revenues are expected to drop...
Quanta to make next-generation Apple Watch, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 3, 13:58
Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation Apple Watch in the third quarter and the wearable device will be manufactured by Quanta Computer and features better performance and longer battery life, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing market...
Asustek, Gigabyte restructing poorly performing businesses
Dec 27, 14:10
As the mobile device market is no long seeing strong growth, Asustek Computer has been reorganizing its loss-making tablet business since the first half of 2016, while Gigabyte Technology is also planning to adjust operations for some of its poorly-performing subsidiaries such as Gigabyte Communications,...
Foxconn appoints CMO, says report
Newswatch - Dec 26, 10:37
Foxconn Electronics has named Freddie Yuan as the first person to hold the title of chief marketing officer (CMO) for the company, with the appointment becoming effective in December, according to a Taipei-based Central News Agency (CNA) report.
China e-sports industry entering golden age, says IDC
Dec 15, 16:15
China's e-sports games revenues are expected to exceed CNY50 billion (US$7.3 billion) for 2016, up more than 50% from 2015 thanks to the increasing popularity of tournaments as more organizers and players jump on the bandwagon, according to IDC 2016 China E-sports Industry Review and Outlook.
MSI sees on-month drop in November revenues
Stockwatch - Dec 13, 21:59
Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.74 billion (US$273.59 million) for November 2016, representing a 6.85% drop on month but a 1.66% increase on year.
Flexible display shipments to surge 135% in 2017, says IHS
Dec 12, 19:14
As more smartphone manufacturers build designs using flexible display technology, shipments of flexible displays are expected to reach 139 million units in 2017, an increase of 135% compared to 2016, according to IHS. Flexible displays are expected to comprise 3.8% of total display unit shipments in...