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  • Google to incorporate NFC functionality into Android

    Mobile + telecom | 9h 33min ago

  • TPCA urges Taiwan government to upgrade PCB industry

    Bits + chips | 9h 45min ago

  • TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

    Bits + chips | 11h 41min ago

  • TPK sees 2Q14 gross margin drop sequentially

    Before Going to Press | 10h 21min ago

  • O-film Tech to acquire Shenzhen Temobi Science & Tech

    Before Going to Press | 10h 23min ago

  • PCB maker Apex completes capital expansion

    Before Going to Press | 10h 36min ago

  • Handset solution vendors may roll out 10-core CPUs in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 10h 47min ago

  • TPK posts 1H14 net EPS of NT$1.37

    Before Going to Press | 10h 47min ago

  • China market: Mainstream pricing for smart wireless routers stands at CNY100-200

    Before Going to Press | 10h 48min ago

  • More IC vendors to engage in merger or acquisition deals

    Before Going to Press | 10h 50min ago

  • Intel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet 2-in-1 models in 4Q14

    Before Going to Press | 10h 50min ago

  • Notebook thermal module makers eye business opportunities from electric vehicles

    Before Going to Press | 11h 59min ago

  • Career expects sales to peak in 4Q14

    Before Going to Press | 12h ago

  • Acer sees booming sales of Chromebooks, says CEO

    Before Going to Press | 12h 8min ago

  • China PV module makers expected to ask Taiwan solar cell makers to offer incentives

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:50

  • LG launches cloud-based monitors

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:49

  • AUO able to produce 42- to 75-inch WCG curved Ultra HD TV panels

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:47

  • Touch Taiwan 2014 to take place in late August

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:46

  • Global Ultra HD TV penetration to reach at least 6-8% in 2014

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:46

  • Digitimes Research: Japan promoting service robots

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:45

  • Small- to medium-size China smartphone component makers under pressure of being forced out in 2H14

    Before Going to Press | Jul 24, 18:44

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Chassis makers doubtful about rumors Samsung to release metal chassis smartphone

Jul 24, 13:58

With Apple's next-generation iPhones expected to appear in the market soon, rumors that Samsung Electronics is planning to release a metal-chassis smartphone in September to defend its position have been circulating in the market; however, sources from chassis makers pointed out that Samsung may not...

Samsung reportedly suffering from infighting; may impact upcoming smartphone plans, says report

Jul 24, 13:58

Samsung Electronics' wireless business unit is reportedly seeing infighting between the manufacturing and purchasing departments since the manufacturing arm is gradually increasing the adoption of in-house-made components, edging out the purchasing arm's presence in the business unit, according to...

Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors

Jul 24, 11:47

Sony has announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center (Nagasaki TEC) and Kumamoto Technology Center (Kumamoto TEC) from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 through the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, to increase...

Digitimes Research: Optical-use sapphire demand to reach 12.44 million mm of 2-inch equivalents in 2014

Jul 23, 10:48

There will be an estimated demand for 12.44 million mm of 2-inch-equivalent sapphires for optical purposes in 2014, mainly consisting of 54.3% for use in smartphone button covers, 24.1% iWatch covers and 17.4% smartphone camera lens covers, according to Digitimes Research.

Component makers suffer weak sales as smartphone specifications turn to entry-level

Jul 21, 15:12

With competition in the smartphone market growing fiercer, vendors have turned to entry-level components for their new devices, causing their suppliers to face declining performance, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Jul 21, 10:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment.

Flextronics plans to release orders for wearable device components to Taiwan

Jul 18, 14:20

Singapore-based EMS provider Flextronics International plans to release orders for wearable device components to Taiwan-based makers due to their technological advantages in precision processing compared to China-based makers, according to supply chain sources.

Ichia sees profits increase sharply in 2Q14

Jul 17, 14:01

Flexible PCB and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported pre-tax profits of NT$524 million (US$17.46 million) for the second quarter of 2014, up 98% sequentially and 180% on year. Net EPS for the first half of 2014 stood at NT$1.91.

Digitimes Research: AMOLED tablets unlikely to benefit Samsung in 2H14

Jul 17, 11:04

Samsung Electronics recently launched the 8.4- and 10.5-inch AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S flagship tablets. Although the new Galaxy Tab S tablets feature specifications exceeding those of Apple's iPads, the series is still unlikely to boost Samsung's sales in the second half of 2014 as demand in the high-end...

More vendors expected to adopt 2K panels in smartphones

Jul 17, 10:54

As smartphones equipped with 2K (2560 by 1440) displays are starting to appear in the market from vendors such as Vivo, more vendors are expected to launch 2K-smartphones in the second half of 2014, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Apple orders for new iPhones to benefit Taiwan component maker revenues but not gross margins

Jul 16, 14:34

Taiwan-based component makers are reducing the thickness of components including panels, chassis and battery packs for upcoming iPhones, and are facing technological difficulties maintaining or hiking yield rates. Consequently, Apple orders will contribute to component makers' revenues but will not...

MediaTek launches 64-bit 8-core chip early

Jul 15, 22:14

MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014.

Samsung finishes LTE-A solution development for mobile processors, says report

Jul 15, 11:53

Samsung Electronics reportedly has finished developing an LTE-A modem chip solution, the Exynos Modem 300, and will integrate it into the company's quad-core processors to compete against Qualcomm, according to a Korean-language D-Daily report.

Samsung, HiSilicon looking to sell more handset solutions to other vendors, say sources

Jul 15, 10:24

Samsung Electronics and HiSilicon Technologies both have accelerated the developments of their handset solutions, including 8-core, 64-bit and 4G LTE-enabled chips and plan to ship more chips outside the companies, according to industry sources.

Huawei to become first client for TSMC 16nm FinFET process

Jul 15, 10:20

China-based smartphone vendor Huawei is likely to be the first client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's 16nm FinFET process node, according to industry sources.

Holitech eyes wearable device opportunities

Jul 14, 11:20

China touch panel maker Jiangxi Holitech Technology is aiming at touch panel opportuniites in the 7- to 15.6-inch segment during the second half of 2014 into 2015, and expects demand for wearable applications to increase as well, according to the company.

Discrete component makers to enjoy sales growth in 2014

Jul 14, 09:51

Taiwan-based discrete component makers including Lite-On Semiconductor, Actron Technology, Taiwan Semiconductor, Eris Technology and Panjit International are expected to see their revenues grow significantly in 2014 on substantial shipments for PCs, tablets, handsets and other mobile devices, according...

FPC obtains design-wins for fingerprint sensor in China

Jul 11, 15:47

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has gained design-wins for its fingerprint sensor, the FPC1021, from smartphone vendors in China, which will pave the way for the firm to begin volume production of the chip in October 2014, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC design houses aim to land more tablet IC orders from brand vendors

Jul 11, 14:42

Taiwan-based IC design houses are shifting their focus to win more IC orders from brand tablet vendors instead of white-box suppliers since shipment growth of white-box tablets has begun to decline, according to industry sources.

High-end smartphone component supply may be tight approaching release of new iPhone

Jul 11, 12:40

Smartphone vendors that are looking to release new high-end models in the second half of 2014 are worried about getting access to enough component supplies as many component makers are preparing orders for Apple's new iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Digitimes Research: Hisilicon AP to give Huawei cost advantage in high-end mobile device market

Jul 9, 14:13

Hisilicon, an affiliate of Huawei, has been developing application processors for many years. The company's early products had issues that caused resulted in poor power consumption-performance ratio. But Huawei's strategic support and continuous R&D resource investments have helped improve Hisilicon's...

Taiwan components suppliers see decreased smartphone orders from Samsung, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 9, 14:00

With Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphone sales having been seriously impacted recently, Taiwan component makers' orders for the Galaxy S5 have greatly reduced to only 15 million units for the third quarter, down from 21 million in the second, while the Galaxy S4's orders also dropped from six million...

Chipset solution vendors to ramp up market share at the expense of gross margins

Jul 8, 22:03

Smartphone solution vendors including Qualcomm, MediaTek and Marvell Technology are expected to ramp up shipments of 4G chips in the third quarter of 2014 at the expense of their gross margins, according to industry sources.

MediaTek confident of attaining 2014 target of 15 million 4G processors

Jul 4, 10:30

IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Google looking to clean up Android device mess in emerging markets

Jul 3, 12:01

The Android operating system was again the spotlight of Google I/O developer conference and in addition to a preview of the latest Android L, the Internet giant also launched an entry-level turnkey solution, Android One for emerging markets.

Most Taiwan makers unlikely to enter Android One supply chain

Jul 1, 15:41

While Google is ambitious to boost sales of its planned Android One-based smartphones to emerging markets, most Taiwan-based handset component makers are unlikely to obtain orders for Android One smartphones because they are less price-competitive compared to China-based rivals, according to industry...

Sony Mobile to adopt MediaTek 64-bit quad-core 4G LTE solutions

Jul 1, 12:03

Sony Mobile Communications will adopt MediaTek's 64-bit quad-core solution, the MT6732, for production of entry-level and mid-range 4G LTE smartphones for delivering in 2015, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Wi-Fi chipmakers taking different paths for growth

Jun 30, 15:43

In the first half of 2014, Wi-Fi chipmakers can be divided into two groups: one focusing on developing Wi-Fi chip solutions with better specifications and higher speed, and the other that is no longer interested in increasing the number of antenna or transmission speed, but instead focusing on meeting...

Small- to medium-size panel demand to grow 22.3% in 2H14, says report

Newswatch - Jun 30, 15:01

Small- to medium-size panel demand is expected to climb 22.3% in the second half of 2014 as handset and tablet vendors are set to release new units, according to Taiwan-based Apple Daily.

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Jun 27, 11:57

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply ch...

Blue glass filter supply currently tight

Jun 26, 20:53

Blue glass filter supply is currently tight as more smartphones and wearable devices are using the technology, according to industry sources.

Wireless charging solution market to grow by CAGR of 30% in next 3-5 years

Jun 25, 21:19

The global wireless charging solution market is expected to grow by a CAGR of over 30% in the next 3-5 years as more and more smartphone vendors have begun to incorporate such solutions into their new models, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Casetek expects surging performance in 2H14

Jun 25, 14:53

Chassis maker Casetek Holdings expects its revenue performance in the second half of 2014 to be far better than in the first as clients will start releasing new products, according to company chairman TH Tung.

China government likely to acquire Broadcom handset solution business

Jun 24, 21:32

The China government, which has set up a number of development funds to promote the IC industry, reportedly plans to take over Broadcom's handset solution business, according to industry sources.

Apple rejects Catcher iPhone 6 chassis; places extra orders with Jabil and Foxconn, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 24, 15:26

Catcher Technology's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 chassis has reportedly been rejected by Apple due to defects in the connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts, forcing Apple to place short-term orders with its existing suppliers Jabil and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), according...

Digitimes Research: Spreadtrum finding smartphone AP business difficult

Jun 19, 16:44

China-based Spreadtrum's application processor (AP) shipments have been dropping since China Mobile began subsidizing dual-core smartphones, as opposed to single-core models, in June 2013, and the company so far is showing no signs of recovery. Spreadtrum's parent company Tsinghua Unigroup's acquisition...

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm far ahead of Marvell and MediaTek in China LTE market

Jun 19, 12:38

Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China's LTE service started later than most of the developed countries.

China market: MediaTek to ship over 200 million 3G handset solutions in 2014

Jun 17, 22:08

MediaTek is expected to ship over 200 million 3G handset solutions in China in 2014, accounting for a 50% share of the segment and making MediaTek the top 3G solution vendor in the country, according to industry sources.

MediaTek 3G solution shipments unaffected by cancellation of subsidies

Jun 16, 12:22

MediaTek's shipments of 3G smartphone solutions to China have not been affected by the moves of China-based telecom operators to shift their promotional subsidies from 3G to 4G smartphones, according to industry sources.

Differentiation is the core advantage: Q&A MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang

Jun 16, 11:36

MediaTek has taken up to 60% of the 3G handset solution market in China, pushing the market value of the company shares to over NT$800 billion (US$26.68 billion) recently. Digitimes took the opportunity to talk with MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang to have a glimpse of the chipset vendor's successful...

MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang

Intel prepared for emerging industries, says company president Renee James

Jun 13, 12:03

Intel president Renee James, during a recent interview, told Digitimes that the company and its partners in Taiwan are committed to developing smart devices with integrated designs that will be able to connect with other devices, cloud computing services and people's life.

Renee James, Intel president

China market: MediaTek 4G LTE solutions verified by China Mobile

Jun 10, 21:52

MediaTek's 4G LTE smartphone solutions have been verified by China Mobile, paving the way for China-based handset vendors to begin shipping LTE models to China Mobile, the largest telecom operator in China.

Turning a smartphone into a PC in a pocket: Q&A with Analogix

Jun 10, 14:08

According to a recent IDC research note, the transition toward mobile and cloud-based computing is unstoppable, with tablet volumes expected to pass total PC volume in the fourth quarter of 2014 and on an annual basis in 2016. Even smaller tablets are facing stiff market competition from large-size...

Matt Ready, sales VP at Analogix

MediaTek revenues continue to hit new high in May

Jun 10, 11:44

MediaTek saw its consolidated revenues hit a new high for the fourth straight month in May, totaling NT$19.33 billion (US$641 million) and representing an increase of 1.2% sequentially and 76.8% on year.

Digitimes Research: GG touch panels yet to be eliminated from market thanks to iPhone 4/4s and iPad 4

Jun 10, 11:34

The traditional glass-glass (GG) touchscreen technology was once thought to be heading towards elimination from the IT industry as Apple, a major supporter of the technology, turned to other touchscreen technology for its new mobile devices. Compared to film-type touch panels, GG-based touch panels...

Aviacomm adopts M31 MIPI M-PHY IP for 4G-LTE RF transceiver solutions

Jun 9, 11:20

M31 Technology and Aviacomm have jointly announced the availability of M31's MIPI M-PHY-based DigRF v4 interface for Aviacomm's 4G-LTE RF transceivers for mobile devices.

Largan May revenues hit record

Jun 6, 10:42

Handset-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.393 billion (US$112.5 million) for May, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month with growth of 5.56% on month and 72.95% on year. January-May consolidated revenues reached NT$13.437 billion,...

MediaTek 4G, tablet solution shipments to be higher than expected in 2014

Jun 4, 22:04

MediaTek's shipments of 4G smartphone solutions and tablet solutions in 2014 are expected to surpass its targets of 40 million and 15 million units, respectively, due to improved order visibility, according to industry sources.

MediaTek CEO gives glimpse into company vision and role in IoT market

Jun 4, 21:15

Advancements in cloud computing and the proliferation of smart devices, beyond even smartphones and tablets, have allowed an increasing number of devices to remain connected, with the market eyeing a potential of 26 billion connected devices, according to MediaTek CEO Ming-Kai (MK) Tsai.

MediaTek likely to take up Broadcom baseband business, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 4, 14:27

MediaTek is likely to take up the baseband business unit of Broadcom after the US-based chipmaker announced recently that it plans to sell or wind down the business for cost savings, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

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