Taiwan market: HTC, Samsung optimistic about May sales
May 16, 21:25
HTC and Samsung Electronics introduced new flagship models for 2013, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, in April. Both firms believe May sales of the new flagship models will exceed the monthly sales of previous generation of flagship models in the first month after launch. In addition, HTC and Samsung both...
New generation iPhone may adopt sapphire crystal glass for home button
May 15, 21:46
Market rumors that the new generation of Apple's iPhone may adopt sapphire crystal glass for the home button have been circulating and Taiwan-based sapphire substrate maker Tera Xtal has reportedly sent samples to Apple for verification. However, the firm refused to comment on the rumors.
Computex 2013 expected to create US$25 billion in business opportunities
May 13, 16:27
Computex Taipei 2013, which will run from June 4-8, is expected to attract 40,000 international buyers and create business opportunities worth US$25 billion. The show will have about 1,700 exhibitors occupying 5,000 booths. Firms such as Intel, Microsoft, Acer, Asustek computer, Corning, Nvidia, Marvell,...
Haswell-based notebooks to arrive in channels at the end of May
May 13, 15:23
Notebook brand vendors' new Haswell-based products have mostly been shipped and are estimated to arrive in retail channels worldwide at the end of May; however, since the new models will have a higher price level than the existing ones, most brand vendors are still taking a cautious attitude about...
Foxconn, Pegatron April revenues up sequentially
May 13, 10:43
Taiwan-based EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw April consolidated revenues of NT$291.759 billion (US$9.82 billion) increasing on month by 12.05%, while Pegatron Technology reported revenues of NT$65.404 billion up 1.27%, according to the companies.
Nokia introduces Asha 501
May 10, 15:59
Nokia has unveiled the first of a new Asha family of smartphones, the Asha 501, targeting the sub-US$100 budget smartphone segment in emerging markets, including India, Latin America and Africa.
Pegatron to expand workforce by 40% in 2H12
May 10, 12:19
Pegatron Technology CEO Jason Cheng, at the company's recent investors meeting, said that the company will start expanding its production workforce in mid-June with the worker number to grow from 100,000 currently to 130,000-140,000, a growth of 40%.
Smart mobile device shipments exceed 300 million in 1Q13, says Canalys
May 10, 10:51
Total smart mobile device (notebook, tablet and smartphone) shipments for first-quarter 2013 hit 308.7 million units, according to Canalys' latest worldwide estimates. This represents on-year growth of 37.4%. In terms of OS vendors, the Open Handset Alliance continued to dominate, with Android the...
Smartphone brands to introduce new flagship products in 3Q13
May 9, 15:20
Smartphone brands such as HTC, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics all plan to introduce new flagship models in the third quarter of 2013 in order to take on the forthcoming new iPhone scheduled to be released in the second half of the year, according to industry sources.
Pegatron sees profit growth in 1Q13
May 9, 14:07
Pegatron Technology has announced its first-quarter 2013 results with consolidated revenues reaching NT$217.6 billion (US$7.39 billion), consolidated net profits NT$3.45 billion and EPS NT$1.01, up significantly from the NT$0.57 of a year ago.
DRAM shortages to impact PC players in 2Q13
May 8, 21:10
DRAM shortages, which started in early 2013, have become worse recently and may impact PC brand vendors' performances in the second quarter, according to sources from PC players.
Demand for SSDs in PCs to boom through 2017, says IHS
May 8, 16:01
Global shipments of solid state drives (SSD) in PCs are set to rise by a factor of seven by 2017, allowing them to claim more than one-third of the market for PC storage solutions by that time, IHS iSuppli said in its new report.
Acer unveils new ultrabooks, notebooks and tablet
May 6, 14:49
At a press event held in New York, Acer has unveiled its latest mobile products including the Aspire R7, a 15.6-inch notebook; Aspire P3 ultrabook; Iconia A1 7.9-inch tablet; and updated Aspire V5 series notebooks and new Aspire V7 ultrabooks.
Sony PS4 may not achieve expected shipments in 2013
May 6, 14:18
Sony's PlayStation (PS) 4 may have trouble achieving shipments of 12-16 million units in 2013 as expected, as the related upstream supply chain has not yet received any shipment instructions from the Japan-based vendor, implying a possible delay in the game console's mass shipment schedule, according...
Apple and Samsung to ship a combined 110 million tablets in 2013
May 3, 12:16
Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel makers have received surging orders from international tablet vendors and China-based white-box ones, according to Taiwan-based supply chain sources, adding that Apple and Samsung Electronics together will ship 110 million tablets in 2013.
Heat pipe demand from tablets starts rising in 2013
May 2, 15:20
Cooling module demand from tablets is rising in 2013 as average power consumption of ARM-based processors has increased significantly from 3W in the past to 6-7W currently and heat pipes are now required for products consuming more than 7W of power, according to sources from cooling module makers.
Microsoft preparing second-generation Surface
May 2, 14:51
Microsoft is expected to announce second-generation Surface tablets at the company's Build Developer Conference, which will be hosted from June 26-28, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, adding that they have already shipped components for 1-1.5 million Intel-based units to the software...
Worldwide tablet market surges ahead on strong 1Q13 sales, says IDC
May 2, 12:28
Worldwide tablet shipments continue to surge, growing 142.4% year over year in the first quarter of 2013, according to research firm IDC. Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units in the quarter, surpassing that of the entire first half of 2012. With growth fueled by increased market demand for smaller...
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2013
May 1, 10:36
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.
China becomes leading PC market in 2012, says IHS
Apr 30, 12:01
China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time ever on an annual basis in 2012, relegating the US to second place with a lead of more than three million units, according to IHS iSuppli.
Acer selling tablet using Intel Y series processor
Apr 30, 10:33
Intel's Y series processors designed specifically for mobile devices, are expected to be broadly adopted by tablets launched by PC brand vendors and Acer has already released its 11.6-inch Aspire P3 tablet using one of the processors, in China, according to sources from PC players.
Acer set to launch US$399 touchscreen notebook in May
Apr 29, 21:37
Acer plans to release an 11.6-inch touchscreen notebook in mid-May, priced at only US$399 and since such a price point has already hit brand vendors' bottom line, there is unlikely to be any other touchscreen notebooks with an even lower price to appear in the short term, according to sources from...
Acer, Asustek to launch new Chromebooks in 2H13
Apr 29, 14:12
Acer and Asustek Computer are optimistic about the long-term prospects of Chromebooks and plan to release new models in the second half of 2013, during which Google is expected to aggressively promote the platform it has developed, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Competition between 7-inch tablets arises in 2H13
Apr 29, 12:13
As tablet players are turning their focuses from the 10-inch segment to 7-inch for the second half of 2013, sources from the upstream supply chain believe the competition between Apple iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets will become fiercer than before.
Samsung posts record 1Q13 profit on smartphone sales
Apr 26, 15:51
Samsung Electronics has announced that net profits climbed to an all-time high of KRW7.15 trillion (US$6.4 billion) in the first quarter of 2013. Consolidated revenues and operating profits for the quarter came to KRW52.87 trillion and KRW8.78 trillion, respectively, in line with company guidance.
SMIC swings to 1Q13 profits
Apr 25, 13:49
IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has reported net profits of US$40.6 million for the first quarter of 2013. The figure improved on net losses of US$42.82 million a year earlier, but was lower than the profits of US$46.6 million reported for the prior quarter.
MacBook shipments to grow 10% in 2Q13
Apr 24, 22:21
Apple's MacBook shipments in the second quarter are expected to grow 10% sequentially as the company has almost finished digesting its excess inventory and should start placing new orders in mid-May, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Low-cost smartphone shipments boom, says ABI Research
Apr 24, 19:34
In many parts of the world, smartphone shipments account for a larger percentage of mobile handset shipments than feature phones and low-cost handsets. Yet within the smartphone class of devices, segmentation is increasing to three price tiers, according to ABI Research.
Apple reports fiscal 2Q13 results
Apr 24, 12:16
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended March 30, 2013. The company posted quarterly revenues of US$43.6 billion and quarterly net profits of US$9.5 billion, or US$10.09 per diluted share. These results compare to revenues of US$39.2 billion and net profits of...
MEMS-enabled energy harvesting: Q&A with MIG executive director Karen Lightman
Apr 23, 14:12
Digitimes recently spoke with Karen Lightman, the executive director of MEMS Industry Group (MIG), about the use of MEMS for energy-saving applications. Lightman pointed out opportunities for energy harvesters – devices used to capture, accumulate and store energy absorbed from one or more natural...
Asustek to push Padfone Infinity in China
Apr 23, 09:57
Asustek Computer has recently partnered with China Unicom to sell its new Padfone Infinity in China and the company will also host a launch conference later this month (April) to promote the smartphone, according to sources familiar to the plans.
Notebook ODMs to see mixed declines in April shipments
Apr 22, 22:09
Notebook ODMs are expected to see on-month shipment declines in April with Compal Electronics and Wistron dropping about 10%. Meanwhile, Quanta and Pegatron will only see single-digit percentage drops on month.
Demand for 64Gb NAND flash chips stays strong
Apr 22, 21:34
The 64Gb NAND flash memory market segment has been growing, driven by strong demand for smartphones and tablets. Prices for the high-density chips have stayed high to reflect that the current supply is insufficient to satisfy demand, according to industry observers.
Acer preparing for tablet competition in summer
Apr 22, 16:06
Acer recently shifted forward the launch of its second-generation Iconia B1 tablet from the end of 2013 originally to June and also moved volume production of its 10-inch entry-level tablet from the fourth quarter to the summer, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.