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Amazon considering setting up cloud data centers in Taiwan

May 23, 11:05

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considering establishing cloud data centers in Taiwan and has finished a feasibility evaluation but has not yet made any decision, Amazon corporate vice president and AWS greater China managing director Alex Yung revealed at AWS Summit in Taipei on May 20.

Amazon vice president and AWS greater China managing director Alex Yung

Denmark-based Universal Robots to set up subsidiary in Taiwan

May 20, 11:27

Universal Robots, a Denmark-based developer of collaborative robots, will set up a subsidiary in Taiwan in June 206 to tap the local market. The subsidiary will start operations in the third quarter, according to the company's Asia Pacific president.

Universal Robots-developed UR3 6-axis collaborative robot

Alibaba increasing investments in online video services

May 19, 14:28

Yin Jing, president of the home appliance business unit at China-based Alibaba's e-commerce subsidiary T-mall has commented at CES Asia 2016 that Alibaba has been keen on investing in and developing online video services and is optimistic about video services' prospects.

Taiwan market: HTC ties up with Volkswagen to enter IoV market

Newswatch - May 19, 14:21

HTC has tied up with automaker Volkswagen to jointly develop in-car monitoring systems in a bid to penetrate into the fast growing Internet of Vehicles (IoV) market.

Lenovo launches xClarity to unify control of IBM System and ThinkServer products

May 18, 15:33

After acquiring IBM's x86 server business, Lenovo has been aggressively trying to merge IBM's System X with its ThinkServer solutions and is planning to complete the process by 2017. With Intel's server platform Grantley having recently been updated with Broadwell-based processors, Lenovo has also...

Worldwide server virtualization market is reaching peak, says Gartner

May 16, 22:29

The worldwide x86 server virtualization market is expected to reach US$5.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 5.7% from 2015, according to Gartner. Despite the overall market increase, new software licenses have declined for the first time since this market became mainstream more than a decade ago. Growth...

Intel, Microsoft to limit OS support on new processors; to increase IPC players costs

May 16, 22:25

With Intel planning to have its next-generation processors support only Windows 10, industrial PC (IPC) players are concerned that the move will dramatically increase their costs and affect market demand, according to sources from IPC players.

MediaTek announces sale of auto IC subsidiary to China firm

Stockwatch - May 13, 15:06

Taiwan-based IC design house MediaTek has announced the signing of a strategic cooperation framework agreement with NavInfo, a China-based digital mapping service provider. According to the agreement, NavInfo will also acquire AutoChips, in which MediaTek holds an 82.9% stake, for a total of US$600...

Sensus pushing into smart grid market in Taiwan

May 12, 14:42

US-based smart grid solution provider Sensus is optimistic about smart grid development in Taiwan and has contacted several system integrators such as Tatung and Chung Hsin Electric & Machinery for cooperation.

Taiwan motherboard players crossing into IPC, embedded industries

May 12, 13:56

Facing weakening worldwide PC demand, Taiwan-based motherboard players have been expanding their businesses into new industries such as industrial PC (IPC), healthcare, car electronics and embedded products to strive for orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

DFI sees significant rise in 1Q16 gross margin

May 12, 11:05

Industrial PC motherboard and system maker DFI recorded gross margin of 37.38% for the first quarter of 2016, hiking 5.39pp on quarter and 4.29pp on year, the company said at a May 11 investors conference.

Advantech revenues almost flat on year in April

Stockwatch - May 10, 11:19

Advantech Company Ltd. has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.301 billion (US$101.72 million) for April 2016, representing a 19.11% drop on month and 0.83% increase on year.

Cypress to acquire Broadcom IoT business for US$550 million

May 9, 14:42

Cypress Semiconductor and Broadcom have announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cypress will acquire Broadcom's wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets in an all-cash transaction valued at US$550 million.

Networking device maker Alpha Networks swings back to profitability in 1Q16

Newswatch - May 9, 11:56

Network switch and router maker Alpha Networks has managed to post a net profit of NT$78 million (US$2.41 million) for the first quarter of 2016, ending two consecutive quarterly losses.

Notebook-use thermal module makers step into server applications

Apr 29, 12:02

Notebook-use heat-dissipation module makers, including Taiwan-based Auras Technology, Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry, Asia Vital Components and Cooler Master as well as Japan-based Furukawa Electric, are extending production to models for use in servers which is likely to trigger a price war,...

Asustek denies plans to split company businesses

Apr 28, 12:53

Asustek Computer has refuted a rumor that the company is considering separating its Open Platform business group, which includes motherboard, graphics card, monitor and peripheral product lines, and the System business group, which includes PC, smartphone and tablet product lines, to form independent...

ITTS steps into smart factory, city, logistics services

Apr 27, 15:19

IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing service provider Information Technology Total Services (ITTS) has extended operations to Internet of Things-based (IoT) services for smart factories, smart cities and smart logistics, according to the company.

Rising industrial PC market to stabilize in 2018, says IHS

Apr 21, 15:54

While the global market for industrial PCs has experienced ups and downs in recent years, it is forecast to pick up in 2016 and will start to stabilize in 2018. The key reason for the increase in short-term growth is an expected improvement in the outlook for process industry investment and the continued...

Acer, Dell pushing VDI solutions for enterprise sector

Apr 19, 11:07

PC brand vendors have become more aggressive on expanding into the enterprise sector, and both Dell and Acer are pushing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

University team develops cloud-based symbiotic system for fish farms and hydroponics

Apr 18, 11:24

A team consisting of several professors from the Department of Electronic Engineering at the National Taipei University of Technology has developed a symbiotic ecosystem between fish culture and vegetable hydroponics, according to the team.

Lite-On Technology aims at revenue proportion of 10-15% for automotive electronics in 2018

Apr 18, 11:12

Lite-On Technology aims to increase the revenue proportion for automotive electronics, including LED automotive lighting (headlights, taillights, brake-lights and in-car lights), collision prevention sensors, driver-assist around-view cameras, actuating motors and heads-up displays, to 10-15% in 2018,...

Cloud environments will drive IT infrastructure spending growth across all regional markets in 2016, says IDC

Apr 13, 11:07

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.9% in 2016 to reach US$38.2 billion. This amount excludes double counting between storage...

Advantech posts NT$10 billion in 1Q16 revenues

Apr 12, 14:06

Advantech has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.08 billion (US$125.72 million) for March 2016, representing a 50.89% increase on month and 20.26% increase on year. The company has totaled NT$10.07 billion in year-to-date revenues, up 14.45% compared with the same time last year.

Tech companies creating strategic platforms to support IoT, IHS Says

Apr 11, 21:51

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology concept that is currently transforming and redefining virtually all markets and industries in fundamental ways. In fact, IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and...

Inspur reportedly joins Apple server supply chain

Apr 11, 16:07

China-based server brand vendor Inspur has been rumored to have entered Apple's datacenter supply chain, but the rumor has been confirmed neither by Apple nor Inspur.

Worldwide IT spending forecast to decline 0.5% in 2016, says Gartner

Apr 8, 16:02

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total US$3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5% over 2015 spending of US$3.5 trillion, according to Gartner. This is down from last quarter's forecast of 0.5% growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations.

India x86 server market registers 19.2% annual growth in 2015, says IDC India

Apr 8, 15:49

According to IDC, overall server market in India surged by 19.2% in 2015, with 157,061 units shipped in 2015 as against 131,695 units in 2014. The fourth quarter of 2015 witnessed 32,853 server units shipped, down by 16.2% over the previous quarter. However, with each of the previous two quarters observing...

Acer China eyes enterprise business opportunities, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 8, 14:57

Acer China is turning to focus on the enterprise sector as demand for PCs in China continues to weaken, according to Acer China president Song Jinghua (transliterated from Chinese). He pointed out that Acer will push its Shared Resource Computing (SRC) terminal VDI solution to expand in China's enterprise...

Europe becoming new battlefield for datacenter server players

Apr 7, 14:22

Datacenter server competition has recently expanded from North America to Europe and players including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Quanta Computer and Wistron's server subsidiary, Wiwynn, have been aggressively seeking cooperation with telecom carriers and datacenter hosts in Europe to push for business...

Digitimes Research: Global server shipments grow 9.8% in 2015

Apr 6, 21:46

Taiwan server players' revenues from products including server motherboards, servers, storage and related network equipment, continued to enjoy growth on year to surpass NT$500 billion in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Quanta reports decreased profits for 2015

Newswatch - Apr 6, 11:11

Quanta Computer has reported that its net profits declined 5.6% on year to NT$17.827 billion (US$538.91 million) for 2015, the lowest level in nine years. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$4.62 for 2015.

Unitech Electronics announces revenues for 2015

Mar 30, 22:16

Industrial PC (IPC) player Unitech Electronics has announced consolidated revenues of NT$2.05 billion (US$62.85 million), net profits of NT$34.46 million and EPS of NT$0.73 for 2015.

Taiwan ODMs/OEMs take up 91% of 2015 global server shipments, says IDC

Mar 29, 22:01

There were 9.68 million servers and server motherboards shipped globally in 2015 and Taiwan-based ODMs/OEMs accounted for 91% of the volume, according to IDC.

Intel RSA to heat up competition in server industry

Mar 28, 16:08

Seeing Intel and Microsoft's new platforms have been unable to boost demand for notebooks, ODMs are shifting their focuses to non-notebook product lines especially servers to maintain their gross margin performances in 2016; however, this along with Intel's Rack Scale Architecture (RSA), is expected...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan players have strong influence in server upstream supply chain

Mar 28, 16:01

Server brand vendors and ODMs are mainly purchasing their components in three business styles: buy and sell, direct sourcing and direct buying and Taiwan-based component makers are a key part of the server supply chain and have acquired an important position in the industry.

Avalue Technology to produce tablets used in retail operation

Stockwatch - Mar 25, 16:09

Embedded computing and industrial computer maker Avalue Technology has developed tablets for use in retail through cooperation with Compal Electronics and will begin production in April, according to company president Philip Chang.

IEI workers probed for insider trading

Mar 25, 14:31

Industrial PC player IEI Integration's headquarters in Taiwan were raided by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau on March 24 for suspicion of having conducted insider trading. Commenting on the incident, IEI said that the company will fully cooperate with the investigation and its operations...

IDC comments on Qualcomm server-chip venture in China

Mar 24, 21:15

In a move that is likely to alleviate its strained relationship with Beijing and give new impetus to big data in one of China's poorer regions, Qualcomm has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the provincial government of Guizhou.

EMEA x86 server spending grows 5% on year in 4Q15, says IDC

Mar 24, 15:36

As reported in IDC's EMEA Server Tracker, in the fourth quarter of 2015 the EMEA server market continued to show moderate growth, reporting US$3.9 billion in vendor revenues and 625,000 units shipped, for on-year growth of 5% and drop of 1.6% respectively.

Intel IDF Shenzhen to promote IoT

Mar 24, 14:59

Intel will host Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China on April 13, focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Intel will also unveil its latest business strategies as well as investments and partnerships in China during the event.

Google to establish new Cloud Platform Region

Mar 24, 12:03

Google has announced it will expand its Cloud Platform Region and establish new centers in Oregon, the US and Tokyo, Japan with both to start operating at the end of 2016.

Inventec, Advantech set up joint venture

Mar 24, 11:24

Inventec and Advantech on March 22 jointly announced the establishment of a joint venture, AIMobile, for R&D, production and marketing of industrial wireless mobile devices for retail, automotive and medical applications at an initial paid-in capital of NT$1 billion (US$30.3 million). Inventec...

Quanta partners with Ericsson for cloud computing datacenter business

Mar 23, 15:36

Quanta Computer has partnered with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to push the cloud computing datacenter market and the cooperation is expected to boost its telecom products' revenue contribution in the cloud computing business from 3% currently to 40% after five years.

IoT business value to grow at CAGR of 17.5% over next 5 years, says Pegatron chairman

Mar 23, 15:27

Internet of Things (IoT) has taken off, especially in smart city solutions that integrate IoT, cloud, and open data technologies. Overall IoT business value will grow at a CAGR of 17.2% over the next five years, Pegatron chairman and Taipei Computer Association president TH Tung said at the opening...

Innodisk to deal out cash dividend NT$5 for 2015

Newswatch - Mar 23, 10:49

Industrial-class storage product vendor Innodisk plans to hand out a cash dividend NT$5 for 2015. The company saw its profits gain 10.48% on year to a record high of NT$560 million (US$17.27 million) or NT$9.02 per share in 2015.

Acer to undertake major restructuring; form holding company, say sources

Mar 22, 22:14

Acer reportedly plans to implement a corporate restructuring project under which the company will divide its business into three major segments: PC, cloud and data center management, and re-investment businesses, according to industry sources.

EMEA external storage market continues to decline in 4Q15 but all-flash adoption soars, says IDC

Mar 21, 16:02

The total EMEA external storage systems value fell 7.5% on year to US$2.08 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to IDC's EMEA Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker. For the full year 2015, the external storage systems value in EMEA fell 8.5% to just over US$7 billion, from US$7.66 billion...

Advantech posts EPS NT$8.08 for 2015

Mar 18, 15:21

Industrial computing device and solution provider Advantech has reported net profits of NT$5.127 billion (US$158.53 million) for 2015, which translated into an EPS of NT$8.08 for the year.

Ibase Technology nets NT$4.45 per share for 2015

Stockwatch - Mar 18, 14:11

Industrial computing device maker Ibase Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.27 billion (US$130 million), gross margin of 32.05%, net operating profit of NT$528.8 million, net profit of NT$499.51 million and net EPS of NT$4.45 for 2015.

Adlink to see revenues grow at double-digit rate in 2016

Mar 18, 12:15

IPC vendor Adlink Technology remains optimistic about the business prospects for 2016 and looks to see sales grow by a double-digit rate to over NT$10 billion in the year, according to company CFO Jeff Chou.

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