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