Taipei, Saturday, November 28, 2015 05:06 (GMT+8)

Apple tells supply chains it will use OLED in upcoming iPhones, says report

Nov 27, 14:09

Apple has notified supply chains that it intends to switch to OLED panels for iPhones released in 2017-2018 and is calling on display makers in Korea and Japan to begin expanding production for the technology, according to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review that quoted supply chain sources...

TEEMA urges Taiwan government to take action on China hostile headhunting

Nov 26, 14:22

The Taiwan Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA) has urged the Taiwan government to take measures on China enterprises' hostile headhunting as their actions have caused Taiwan companies to lose many intangible assets.

More China firms developing own ARM-based chips

Nov 26, 10:27

China-based ZTE has received a cash injection from the government enabling the company to accelerate the development of its own application processors, while Lenovo also intends to develop ARM-based chips in-house, according to industry sources.

Largan said to face increasing pressure from Kantatsu

Nov 25, 16:00

With Japan-based camera lens module maker Kantatsu's entry into Apple's iPhone supply chain and aggressively expanding its capacity, Taiwan-based Largan Precision, which has been the main supplier of iPhone's camera lens module, is seeing increased competition, according to sources from Taiwan-based...

China firm reportedly lands SiP device orders from Apple

Nov 25, 13:56

Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET), China's largest semiconductor packaging and test services provider, has reportedly grabbed assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules from Apple for 2016.

IC designers eye business opportunity from force touch solutions

Nov 24, 15:56

More Taiwan-based IC design houses, including FocalTech Systems and Himax Technologies, have stepped up their efforts to develop force touch sensors as China-based smartphone vendors Huawei and Xiaomi Technology are likely to launch flagship smartphones supporting 3D touch technology, according to...

Huawei shifting orders away from JDI to Samsung

Nov 23, 15:33

Huawei Device is expected to shift its orders to suppliers with more competitive pricing heading into 2016, according to industry sources.

Handset chassis maker AVY reports increased revenues for October

Newswatch - Nov 19, 14:45

Handset and digital camera chassis maker AVY Precision Technology has reported revenues of US$623 million (US$19 million) for October, increasing 12.1% from the previous quarter. Accumulated 2015 revenues through October totaled NT$4.79 billion, up 57% on year.

Sony Mobile, LG reportedly to develop smartphone application processors in-house

Nov 18, 11:00

Sony Mobile Communications and LG Electronics reportedly will follow the steps of Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei to develop smartphone-use application processors in-house, according to industry sources.

China Hi-Tech Fair 2015 starts

Nov 17, 12:17

China Hi-Tech Fair 2015 opened in Shenzhen on November 16, and will run until November 21. Several China government officials as well as executives at Chinese Academy of Engineering in China participated in the opening ceremony.

China Hi-Tech Fair 2015 runs from November 16-21

Competition among SoC suppliers to heat up

Nov 17, 10:57

Competition among smartphone-use SoC providers is expected to heat up in 2016 as companies are gearing up for their new 8- or 10-core solution rollouts.

Foxconn Technology reports increased profits for 3Q15

Newswatch - Nov 16, 12:02

Metal chassis maker Foxconn Technology has reported net profits of NT$2.914 billion (US$88.75 million) for the third quarter of 2015, up 0.7% sequentially and 11.6% on year.

Production value of Taiwan telecommunication industry to grow 8.5% in 2016, says IEK

Newswatch - Nov 12, 10:21

The production value of Taiwan's telecommunication industry is expected to grow 8.5% on year to NT$1.15 trillion (US$35.18 billion) in 2016, driven by strong sales of personal terminal-end mobile devices, according to government-backed Industrial Economics Knowledge Center (IEK).

Silitech reports EPS NT$0.37 for 3Q15

Stockwatch - Nov 12, 10:19

Handset and automotive part maker Silitech Technology has reported net profits of NT$66 million (US$2.02 million) or NT$0.37 per share on revenues of NT$907 million for the third quarter of 2015.

Xiaomi to receive OLED displays from LG in 2016, says report

Nov 10, 14:29

LG Display is about to finalize talks with China-based vendor Xiaomi for providing OLED displays for handsets, according to a report from Korea-based MT News.

Apple places driver IC orders for 2016 iPhone models with Synaptics

Nov 5, 15:39

Apple has placed LCD driver IC orders for its 2016 series of iPhones with Synaptics, indicating its in-house developed touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions will not be ready, according to industry sources.

China becoming a major investment market for Intel

Nov 5, 15:31

Intel Capital is estimated to invest a total of US$500 million in 2015. Prior to the end of October, Intel Capital had already invested US$168 million in China and with a separate US$1 billion investment in the Tsinghua Unigroup, several funds established specifically for China-based firms, and an...

Falling sales of Android smartphones affecting Taiwan IC design houses

Nov 5, 11:47

The global sales of Android-based smartphones have been a disappointment affecting negatively the performance of Taiwan-based IC design houses, according to industry sources.

LandMark Optoelectronics to expand capacity by 20%

Nov 4, 14:14

LandMark Optoelectronics, a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers used to make laser diodes and photo detectors for optical communications, will expand production capacity by 20% through adding four MOCVD sets to reach 18 in total in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Ichia Technologies sees decreased October revenues

Stockwatch - Nov 3, 15:27

Flexible PCB and handset chassis component maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$598 million (US$18.4 million) for October, decreasing 6.12% on month and 35.42% on year.

Falling handset-IC prices put pressure on gross margin, says MediaTek

Nov 2, 11:07

Intense competition among handset-IC suppliers has led to falling chip prices affecting negatively MediaTek's gross margin performance, according to company president Ching-Jiang Hsieh.

MediaTek 3Q15 profits soar 25%

Oct 30, 15:45

MediaTek's net profits soared to almost NT$8 billion (US$246 million) in the third quarter of 2015 hitting the highest quarterly level for the year.

Huawei using more HiSilicon chips in high-end smartphones

Oct 30, 12:13

The ratio Kirin-series application processors, developed by HiSilicon Technologies, used in Huawei's mid-range and high-end smartphones has continued to increase, which is unfavorable to MediaTek, according to industry sources.

Demand for fingerprint, force touch sensors to increase significantly in 2016, says sources

Oct 30, 10:58

More Android-based smartphone vendors are expected to incorporate fingerprint and force touch sensors into their new models for 2016 as they strive to enhance the performance of their new products to compete more effectively with iPhone devices, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chai...

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 14.6% on quarter in 4Q15

Oct 28, 11:46

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to grow 14.6% sequentially to 161 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 as handset vendors are building up inventories to meet year-end seasonal demand in the US and Europe, according to Digitimes Research.

Slow sales of iPad devices affect operations of supply chain makers

Oct 28, 11:08

Sales of small-size iPad products have remained flat in the fourth quarter of 2015, affecting operations of some makers in the supply chain, according to industry sources.

Samsung may supply Apple with OLED panels for iPhone, says report

Oct 27, 14:48

Samsung Display is now a supplier of OLED displays for Apple Watch, and may even supply Apple with OLED panels for other devices, according to Korea-based ET News.

Digitimes Research: Google OnHub Wi-Fi routers to play an important role in IoT applications

Oct 23, 16:27

The OnHub household Wi-Fi routers being promoted by Google could also play an important role in Google's household IoT initiations as the interior design of the OnHub retains a number of hardware resources and capabilities which can be utilized through upgrades in firmware, according to Digitimes Re...

IC demand from China smartphone vendors to remain brisk in 2016, say sources

Oct 23, 11:29

Taiwan-based IC design houses expect demand for IC parts from China-based smartphone vendors to remain brisk in early 2016 as vendors have continued to upgrade the hardware specifications of their devices, according to industry sources.

OLED handset panels in high demand due to orders from China

Oct 23, 11:06

Korea panel makers are eyeing opportunities in the OLED handset panel segment due to increased demand in China where the volume of smartphones released with the panel technology has tripled in 2015 compared with 2014.

Taiwan PCB players to turn down slim-profit orders from smartphone vendors

Oct 20, 15:54

With demand for smartphones weakening and Apple's iPhone sales continuing to rise, some smartphone vendors such as HTC, Xiaomi Technology and Asustek Computer have been demanding that their upstream suppliers, including PCB makers, cut component prices to help reduce their pressure, according to sources...

Lite-On Technology subsidiary temporarily stops operation of India factory

Oct 19, 19:51

EMS provider Lite-On Technology's handset mechanical component subsidiary Lite-On Mobile Mechanical Strategic Business Group (SBG) (renamed from Lite-On Mobile) has temporarily stopped operation of its factory in Chennai, Tamil Nadu state in southern India, according to Lite-On Technology.

Global 2Q15 smartphone AP market grows slightly, says Strategy Analytics

Oct 16, 10:40

The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market grew by a modest 1.5% from a year earlier in the second quarter of 2015, while the tablet AP sector saw an on-year decline for the second consecutive quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

Digitimes Research: NFC-based transaction solutions become hot in mobile payment market

Oct 15, 11:43

Mobile payment users in the US accounted for 20% of those worldwide in 2014, and 15.8% of mobile payment transactions were conducted in the country. With Apple, Samsung Electronics and Google having each announced in-house developed mobile payment solutions, NFC technology from the likes of TSM, HCE...

Samsung to use Clear Force touch technology in Galaxy S7 handset, says report

Oct 14, 15:25

Samsung Electronics will incorporate Clear Force touch technology from Synaptics in its reported Galaxy S7 smartphone, according to Korea-based ET News.

Foxconn Technology revenues hit high in September

Newswatch - Oct 12, 11:14

Handset case maker Foxconn Technology has reported revenues of NT$10.28 billion (US$318.44 million) for September, increasing 30% sequentially and 17.8% on year.

Maanshan Electronics Expo to open on October 30

Oct 8, 16:09

Maanshan Electronic Expo will be hosted from October 30-November 1 in Maanshan, China and staff from the local government, the Maanshan Economic and Technological Development Zone and Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association have recently arranged a pre-show conference to promote...

Fingerprint sensors set to see growing adoption among Android phones

Oct 8, 16:07

Fingerprint identification sensors are expected to see growing adoption among Android smartphones in 2016, according to industry sources.

Headset maker Merry sees revenues up in September

Stockwatch - Oct 7, 20:40

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$1.35 billion (US$41.61 million) for September, up 29.53% sequentially and 7.22% on year.

Tablet demand stays weak, say Taiwan IC designers

Oct 6, 20:27

IC demand for tablet PCs has been weak prompting more chip suppliers to phase out their tablet-IC businesses, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Silitech revenues up on month in September

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 20:24

Handset and automotive part maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$320 million (US$9.78 million) for September, rising 7.1% on month but sliding 15.96% on year.

LandMark Optoelectronics revenues hit record in September

Oct 6, 11:12

LandMark Optoelectronics (LMOC), a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers for producing fiber-optic communication devices LDs (laser diodes) and PDs (photo detectors), has reported consolidated revenues of NT$192 million (US$5.83 million) for September, hitting monthly record for the seventh...

MediaTek expanding IoT ecosystem

Oct 2, 16:09

MediaTek is stepping up efforts to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The fabless chipmaker has announced a series of new partnerships to push its SoC shipments across multiple devices.

Samsung AMOLED business to benefit from China smartphone demand in 2016

Oct 1, 16:31

Many China-based smartphone vendors are planning to use AMOLED in their high-end smartphones in 2016 and are looking to Samsung Display for panel supply as the maker continues to increase yields for the technology.

IC suppliers concerned about new iPhone orders

Oct 1, 16:28

Despite the record first-week sales for the newest iPhones, suppliers of related ICs have been concerned about the possibility of Apple downward adjusting its chip orders for the smartphones for the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Upgraded components in iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple an extra US$16 per device, says IHS

Oct 1, 10:07

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost US$16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus. The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16GB of NAND flash memory costs US$231.50, according to IHS.

Touchscreen controller IC prices falling

Sep 30, 11:06

Prices for smartphone-use touchscreen controller ICs have been falling as an increase in the number of suppliers has led to more competition in the market, according to industry sources.

Intel Capital Global Summit to open on November 2

Sep 24, 15:58

Intel is set to host Intel Capital Global Summit on November 2, revealing its latest investments. Via the CPU giant's moves, upstream supply chain players will be able to get hold on Intel's strategy, lineup and development focuses for 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Taiwan, China IT industries reach consensuses for cooperation for next 12 months

Sep 24, 15:53

The 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum hosted by Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation, Chinese Electronics Standardization Association and China Communications Standards Association closed on September 23 with participants from China and Taiwan reaching 32 consensuses...

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 wins design-in projects

Sep 24, 10:10

A number of handset OEMs have expressed satisfaction with the performance of the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and have mapped out design-in projects or product design plans using the chipset, according to Digitimes Research.

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