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.
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...
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.
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.
Asustek sees 14% on-year drop in July revenues
Aug 10, 21:43
Asustek computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$34.55 billion (US$1.09 billion) for July, down 17.11% on month and 14.04% on year, and its January-July revenues totaled NT$254.84 billion, down by 0.3% on year.
iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources
Aug 4, 14:02
Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce its next-generation budget smartphones in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources from the semiconductor industry.
Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to decline 15% on year in 3Q15
Aug 4, 12:11
Global tablet shipments are expected to decline 15% on year to reach 51.88 million units in the third quarter as the mobile device market continues to see weak demand despite vendors' inventory preparation for the year-end holidays, the launch of Windows 10 and growth in the 4G services market. However,...
HP says business separation not affecting ordering system
Aug 4, 11:00
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recently finished the separation of HP and HP Enterprise, and orders received from August 1-6 are scheduled to ship on August 7. Although many channel retailers and upstream suppliers still have concerns about possible confusion over related orders, HP has maintained that its...
Win Semi expects 3Q15 sales to drop
Aug 3, 14:42
Pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry Win Semiconductors has expressed caution about its performance in the third quarter, as some device industries are undertaking inventory correction at a slower pace and part of its clients are engaged in transition from old to new products.
Getac launches new ruggedized tablet with improved gear
Jul 30, 11:57
Getac has announced upgrades to its existing T800 ruggedized tablet with new hardware that is certified by ATEX Zone 2, 22 and will rename the device to T800-Ex. The new tablet has also passed US military MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications.
Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments decline 10% in 2Q15
Jul 28, 15:16
Global tablet shipments declined 10% sequentially and over 15% on year to reach only 45.76 million units in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research's latest report on the global tablet market. Major markets felt the impacts of weak currencies; mid-range to entry-level large-size smartphones...
Commentary: China notebook ODMs set to ramp up shipments
Jul 28, 11:35
Although the production capability of China-based notebook ODMs is still too small to make a significant impact on their Taiwan-based counterparts, the notebook supply chain in China stands a chance of expanding their presence in the global notebook industry.
Asustek CFO David Cheng dies
Stockwatch - Jul 27, 15:59
Asustek Computer announced on July 24 that its CFO David Cheng has died and the company is currently assisting Cheng's family handling related matters. The death so far has not yet made any major impact on the company's operation, according to a company post on Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
Apple sees growing Mac shipments in 2015
Jul 23, 12:07
Apple has revealed it shipped 4.8 million Mac products in its fiscal third-quarter 2015 (ended June 27, 2015), up 5% sequentially and 9% from the same period a year ago. Sources from Apple's upstream supply chain noted that their orders for Mac products for the second half are stable and the overall...
Intel preparing to release notebook Skylake in October
Jul 23, 10:06
Following the upcoming release of desktop Skylake processors at Gamescom in Germany in August, Intel's Skylake processors for notebooks will start showing up in October. The CPU giant is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in the fourth quarter, looking to help boost notebook...
Taiwan market: Tsann Kuen, Lenovo enhance cooperation
Jul 22, 15:53
Tsann Kuen, an IT and consumer electronics retail chain in Taiwan, and Lenovo on July 21 strengthened their cooperation, with members of Tsann Kuen entitled to Lenovo products at discounted prices and Lenovo notebooks, tablets, desktops and other devices available for sale at all 319 Tsann Kuen chain...
DRAM contract prices to fall further, says DRAMeXchange
Jul 21, 22:03
DRAM contract prices discontinued their six-month rally in November 2014, and have fallen since, according to DRAMeXchange. Growing chip supplies, coupled with weak PC sales and decelerating smartphone demand, have caused the prices to continue falling.
Apple becomes top vendor of wearable bands in 2Q15, says Canalys
Jul 21, 22:00
Apple became the world's leading vendor of wearable bands in the second quarter of 2015, according to Canalys. With shipments of 4.2 million units, Apple overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smartwatch vendors, despite the Apple Watch's significantly higher pricing.
Tablet vendors pushing new strategies for tablet business line
Jul 20, 15:23
As demand for tablets has been weakening, tablet brand vendors worldwide have been adjusting their strategies for the product line. Apple and Microsoft are both planning to release large-size tablets or 2-in-1s with disaplys bigger thatn 12-inch, while Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are pushing...
Apple introduces new iPod touch
Jul 16, 14:41
Apple has introduced its latest iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including gray, silver, gold, pink and blue. The iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera for photos, FaceTime HD camera, the A8 chip and the M8 motion coprocessor.
TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production
Jul 16, 14:28
TSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple's A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources.
Microsoft new Surface tablet expected to be launched in October
Jul 16, 12:22
Following the recent market rumor that Microsoft has placed a large order for Samsung Electronics' 256GB solid state drive (SSD) to be used for its new Surface tablet, the related upstream supply chain reportedly has recently been notified to start mass shipments of components in September with the...
China market: 4G handset shipments soar in 1H15
Jul 15, 21:55
China shipped a total of 237 million handsets in the first half of 2015, rising 7.4% from a year earlier, with shipments of 4G models increasing 381.8% on year to 195 million units, according to data from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).
Asustek expected to ship 6-7 million tablets in 2015, down 30% on year, says paper
Newswatch - Jul 14, 22:50
Asustek Computer is planning to release inexpensive ZenPad series tablets to help boost its tablet shipments in 2015, but some market watchers still expect the company's tablet shipments to reach only 6-7 million units in 2015, down 30% from 9.4 million units in 2014, according to a Chinese-language...
Wearable device orders may not be strong enough to support supply chain growth
Jul 14, 15:14
Although many brand vendors have launched wearable products, orders for wearable devices may not be sufficient to drive growth for related component suppliers. The vendors have many different devices and each of them needs only a small amount of components support, according to sources from the upstream...
Upstream supply chain expect weak 2H15 PC performance
Jul 13, 16:08
With AMD having lowered its second-quarter revenues guidance, and Asustek Computer downwardly adjusting its notebook shipment goal for 2015 by almost three million units, the upstream supply chain is seriously concerned about the PC industry's performance in the second half of the year.
Apple cautious about placing orders for 12.9-inch iPad
Jul 13, 15:33
Apple's upstream supply chain is expected to start supplying components for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad in late-September and the device is expected to become available in the market after mid-November; however, Apple is rather cautious about placing related orders and the initial shipment volume is...
Worldwide PC shipments declined 9.5% in 2Q15, says Gartner
Jul 10, 11:56
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% decline from the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This was the steepest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013. PC shipments are projected to decline 4.4% in 2015.
Gartner cuts 2015 chip market growth forecast again
Jul 10, 10:21
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The prediction, however, is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 4% increase.
Large-screen smartphone shipments to rise 66% in 2015, says IC Insights
Jul 9, 10:16
Large-screen smartphones, or phablets with displays of five inches or greater, are on track to surpass worldwide shipments of tablet computers in 2015, according to IC Insights. The popularity of extra-large smartphones continues to gain momentum with unit shipments expected to reach 252 million in...
Getac reports growth in June revenues
Jul 6, 21:46
Taiwan-based ruggedized PC vendor Getac Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.56 billion (US$50.42 million) for June, up 11.3% on month and 14.8% on year with the amount for the first half of 2015 reaching NT$8.67 billion, up 17.7% on year. The company expects its revenue ratio for...