China smartphone vendors conservative about placing component orders
Mar 10, 15:58
Competition in China's smartphone market is getting keener, forcing some players including Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and LeEco to turn more conservative about placing orders with upstream component suppliers, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
MediaTek sticking with TSMC for 7nm chips
Mar 9, 10:23
Despite experiencing unsatisfactory yield rates for TSMC's 10nm process, MediaTek will continue to partner with the foundry to make its next-generation flagship mobile chips, according to industry sources.
Silitech sees revenues dips slightly in February
Stockwatch - Mar 7, 15:26
Chassis and keypad maker Silitech Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$173 million (US$5.6 million) for February, slipping 1.61% on month and 6.49% on year.
Largan Precision February revenues up on year
Mar 6, 11:30
Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.453 billion (US$112 million) for February, decreasing 9.22% on month but increasing 69.46% on year.
China market: Xiaomi mobile SoC to heat up competition in AP market
Mar 3, 13:50
While the performance and market acceptance of Xiaomi's recently released Surge S1 application processor still remains to be seen, the roll-out of the Surge S1 will certainly heat up competition in China's mobile AP market and affect the market shares of China's smartphone vendors and upstream component...
Apple redesigns fingerprint ID solution for OLED iPhone, say sources
Mar 3, 11:15
Apple has selected neither Synaptics' Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor nor Qualcomm's Sense ID fingerprint technology for its new OLED iPhones, and decided to use its own Authentec algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology to redesign a new fingerprint ID solution, according...
Competition in China mobile SoC market growing
Mar 3, 10:56
During the 2017 Mobile World Congress, there are many announcements relating to cellular modems and mobile SoC - with two major ones coming from Xiaomi and Spreadtrum, according to IHS Markit. While its announcement did not come from Barcelona, Xiaomi officially unveiled its first in-house designed...
China market: Xiaomi unveils Surge S1 mobile chip
Newswatch - Mar 1, 12:25
Xiaomi Technology has unveiled its first in-house developed smartphone solution, dubbed Surge S1, making it the second smartphone vendor to roll out its own mobile chips after Huawei.
LTCC device maker ACX reports record high EPS for 2016
Newswatch - Feb 24, 15:17
Advanced Ceramic X (ACX), a multi-layer ceramic device and LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic) module maker, has reported net profits of NT$806 million (US$26.21 million) for 2016. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$11.69, the company's highest level.
Silitech suffers losses in 2016
Stockwatch - Feb 24, 13:50
Handset-use chassis and keypad maker Silitech Technology has reported a net loss of NT$109.2 million (US$3.544 million) or NT$0.61 per share for 2016.
Samsung steps up cooperation with China-based handset suppliers
Feb 24, 11:41
Samsung Electronics has stepped up its contact with handset supply chain makers in China, aiming to strengthen its cooperation ties with ODMs and component suppliers to enable access to more competitive production capacity and component supplies, according to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain...
Xiaomi likely to unveil in-house developed CPUs on February 28
Feb 21, 18:59
Xiaomi Technology has sent out invitations for a product event to be held on February 28, during which the vendor is expected to unveil its in-house developed Pinecone CPUs and an entry-level to mid-range smartphone, according to industry sources.
TPK to quit touch panel production for Apple Watch, say sources
Feb 21, 11:08
TPK Holding has been a suppleir of G/G (2 pieces of glass) touch panels for use in Apple Watch for two years, but since Apple adopted TOL (touch on lens) for second-generation Apple Watch in 2016, TPK has been unable to hike yield rates for TOL touch panels to a reasonable level and is therefore mulling...
MediaTek to lag in 10nm-chip race, says paper
Newswatch - Feb 17, 12:37
MediaTek may suffer a setback in the ongoing 10nm mobile chip race as the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has reported that Xiaomi Technology has decided to not develop a customized 10nm Helio X30 chip with MediaTek.
Headset maker Merry sees earnings up over 200% in 2016
Newswatch - Feb 15, 15:29
Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported net profits of NT$2.01 billion (US$65.45 million) for 2016, increasing 214% from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$11.02 for 2016, a significant improvement from NT$3.48 of a year earlier.
Robust fingerprint sensor demand continues to fill 8-inch fab capacity in 2017
Feb 14, 10:54
IC foundries will continue to see a pull-in of orders for fingerprint-recognition sensor chips to fill their 8-inch fab capacity in 2017, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, longtime market leader Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is facing more competition from China- and Taiwan-based players including...
New iPhone to enter production early, say sources
Feb 10, 14:24
Makers in the iPhone supply chain will start delivering parts and components for production of the next-generation iPhone series later in the first quarter of 2017, earlier than the schedule in previous years, according to industry sources.
Samsung developing clam-type smartphones, said sources
Feb 9, 10:23
Samsung Electronics reportedly is developing clam-type smartphones and is expected to begin small production of its first foldable model featuring a flexible AMOLED display in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
FPCB maker Ichia sees revenues down in January
Stockwatch - Feb 6, 21:29
Flexible PCB and integrated component maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$407 million (US$13.16 million) for January, down 25% on quarter and 14% on year.
Casetek shipping chassis to new smartphone client in China
Jan 25, 12:38
Taiwan-based chassis maker Casetek Holdings has landed orders from one of the top-5 smartphone vendors in China and has recently begun shipping products to the client, according to company CEO and president Gary Chuang.
Samsung, LG adopt thermal pipes for smartphones to be launched in 2017
Jan 18, 15:33
Samsung Electronics has adopted thermal-pipe heat dissipation solutions for its Galaxy S8 which will launch in March 2017, with thermal pipes to be produced by Taiwan-based Auras Technology and Chaun Choung Technology (CCI). Meanwhile, LG Electronics will use heat-pipes supplied by Japan-based Furukawa...
Smartphone vendors likely to brace for component shortages in 2017
Jan 16, 11:38
The risk for the global handset industry to brace for a shortage in supplies of some key components, including displays, memory products and optical sensing devices, in 2017 is rising due to strong demand from China-based smartphone vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chains.
Ichia sees earnings increase 5-fold sequentially in 4Q16
Newswatch - Jan 12, 15:39
Flexible PCB and handset component maker Ichia Technologies has reported net profits of NT$115 million (US$3.604 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, a five-fold increase from the previous quarter.