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Asia Pacific Telecom gearing up for 5G network deployments

Oct 20, 16:03

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) is actively proceeding with deployments of 5G mobile communications infrastructure, with a spate of tests and certifications of network technologies scheduled to kick off by the end of 2018, according to company sources.

APT chairman Lu Fang-ming

White-box smartphone players adopting new innovations to enhance competitiveness

Oct 20, 11:22

Facing fierce competitions from first-tier vendors, white-box smartphone vendors have been incorporating the latest technologies such as all-screen high-resolution displays, fingerprint identification sensors and ultra-thin form factor design into their new smartphones to enhance their competitiveness,...

Bright prospect for wireless charging: Q&A with WPC chairman Menno Treffers

Oct 19, 14:23

Wireless charging is emerging as a new major feature of high-end smartphones after Apple, Samsung and other leading vendors incorporated it into their latest smartphone models.The global wireless charging sector is expected to flourish steadily along with likely technological breakthrough for long-distance...

Menno Treffers, chairman of WPC

Taiwan makers all set for mini LED

Oct 19, 12:11

Taiwan-based LED firms, in view of tight supply of AMOLED smartphone panels and increasing competition in the LED backlighting segment from China-based makers, are ready adopt mini LEDs for TV and smartphone backlighting applications and fine pixel pitch displays, according to industry sources.

Handset panel pricing flat in October, tablet panel prices declining

Oct 18, 15:32

Prices of handset panels have remained stable in October, but those for tablet panels have been declining due to weak demand from device makers, according to industry sources.

Handset panel prices stay steady in October

Goodix obtains fingerprint sensor orders for new Huawei devices

Oct 18, 14:47

Goodix Technology has obtained fingerprint sensor orders from Huawei for the newly-unveiled Mate 10 devices, according to the China-based IC design house.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan panel makers focusing on 18:9 all-screen smartphone panels

Oct 17, 15:59

With regard to the development of smartphone-use panels, Taiwan's top-three TFT LCD panel makers all have been focusing on all-screen displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio recently. The new 6G LTPS fabs of AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux in Taiwan have entered volume production recently, and a new 6G line...

Samsung striving for OLED panel orders from China

Oct 17, 11:59

Samsung Display is striving for OLED panel orders from China-based mobile device vendors, but will be facing competition from its China-based rivals such as BOE Technology and Tianma Micro-electronics, according to industry sources.

Largan recruiting over 1,000 workers

Oct 17, 11:13

Smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision is recruiting more than 1,000 workers for a new plant under construction beside its existing factory in Taiwan, according to the company.

Largan Precision CEO Lin En-ping

Yield rates for iPhone X components improving

Oct 17, 11:00

Yield rates for certain iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, and shipments of the smartphone are set to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

iPhone X components supply has become stable

Taiwan peripheral suppliers to benefit from rising wireless charging market demand

Oct 16, 15:58

As wireless charging is set to gain popularity following the adoption of Qi wireless charging standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) by both the latest iPhone devices and some Android-based smartphones, Taiwan IC design houses, MCU (microcontroller) suppliers, and protection diodes makers...

Latest iPhone with wireless charging function

Largan developing 3D sensing solutions

Oct 13, 11:26

Lens module maker Largan Precision has been developing 3D sensing solutions for smartphones, according to company CEO Lin En-ping.

Largan Precision CEO

Largan nets NT$129.48 per share for January-September

Oct 13, 11:18

Smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision has reported net EPS of NT$129.48 (US$4.27) for January-September 2017. Judging from the order visibility, October revenues are likely to increase sequentially, company CEO Lin En-ping indicated.

Largan Precision CEO Lin En-ping

Mobile DRAM prices to rise 10-15% in 4Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Oct 13, 10:49

Average prices for mobile (LPDDR) DRAM products are expected to rise 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to DRAMeXchange. Major suppliers have intentionally raised mobile DRAM prices to narrow the price gap between mobile DRAMs and other DRAM products, while mobile DRAM demand...

Taiwan IC designers to rely on emerging markets for 4Q17 growth

Oct 13, 10:45

Taiwan-based IC design houses have seen orders from China's smartphone market slow down, but orders from vendors launching handsets in emerging markets like India have surged recently, according to industry sources.

Himax reportedly supplying WLO chips for iPhone X face ID

Oct 12, 15:10

Fabless IC firm Himax Technologies has begun shipments of chips based on wafer-level optics (WLO) technology to Apple, according to industry sources. The solution is reportedly a key component of the iPhone X's face ID sensor.

Catcher reports over 30% growth in September revenues

Oct 6, 14:18

Catcher Technology has registered consolidated revenues of NT$11.45 billion (US$374.19 million) for September, a new monthly record with growths of 34.8% on month and 48.2% on year.

Catcher's revenues reportedly are being driven by orders from Apple for iPhone 8

Win Semiconductors reportedly enters iPhone X supply chain

Oct 6, 13:59

Win Semiconductors, one of Taiwan's top-3 GaAs PA (power amplifier) suppliers, has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.395 billion (US$144.58 million) in the third quarter of 2017, surging 15.19% on quarter and 23.88% on year. The impressive growth was reportedly driven by the firm's indirect foray...

Lite-On Tech to beef up marketing of IoT wireless communication modules

Oct 6, 11:16

EMS provider Lite-On Technology will focus marketing of wireless communication modules on IoT (Internet of Things) applications, with the sales proportion of the segment expected to rise from 11% in 2017 to 20% in 2018, according to the company.

Largan sees increased September revenues

Oct 6, 11:02

Smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.442 billion (US$180 million) for September, increasing 8.61% sequentially and 9.87% on year to reach the highest monthly level so far in 2017.

Low yield rates for 3D sensing modules to blame for smartphone shipment delays

Oct 5, 10:55

Low yield rates during production for 3D sensing modules to be incorporated into Apple's iPhone X and other Android-based smartphone brands have forced major global vendors to postpone their shipments of new smartphone models with 3D sensors, according to industry sources.

MediaTek to conduct interoperability tests with SoftBank for NB-IoT development in Japan

Oct 3, 14:29

MediaTek has announced it will conduct a series of interoperability tests of NarrowBand IoT connectivity (NB-IoT) with SoftBank in the first quarter of 2018 to pave the way for development of NB-IoT commercial applications in Japan.

"MediaTek is proud to be at the forefront of NB-IoT...

Shortages of all-screen displays to continue into 2018

Oct 3, 11:09

The current shortage in the supply of smartphone panels is expected to continue into 2018 due to strong demand for customized all-screen panels from the smartphone sector, according to industry sources.

all-screen display

MediaTek regains smartphone AP market share in China

Oct 2, 15:53

MediaTek's revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 are likely to be the highest level for the year as the chipset vendor has managed to recapture more share in China's smartphone application processor market from Qualcomm recently, powered by its newly released Helio P23 and P30 SoCs, according to...

IT component shortages could worsen during holidays

Oct 2, 15:16

With components including DRAM and panels still in shortages, the long holidays in China, South Korea and Taiwan in October are expected to pose a great challenge to smartphone and notebook players' inventory management ability and influence their performances in the fourth quarter, according to sources...

Component shortages may worsen

MediaTek smartphone chipset MT6739 debuts in India

Sep 28, 11:55

MediaTek has introduced its MT6739chipset at India Mobile Congress 2017, the first mobile conference of its kind in the region. The quad-core system on chip (SoC) is built for India's rapidly growing 4G market, according to the chip vendor.

mediatek

GIS expects shipment momentum to continue into 4Q17

Sep 27, 13:51

Touch panel solution provider General Interface Solution (GIS) expects its shipment momentum to continue into November, which will enable the company to post month-over-month revenue growth through the second half of 2017, according to company chairman Chou Hsien-ying.

GIS reportedly is in the supply chain of Apple's new iPhone devices

MediaTek likely to meet high end of 3Q17 guidance

Sep 27, 13:46

MediaTek is expected to meet the high-end of its sales guidance for the third quarter of 2017, driven by better-than-expected sales of its recently introduced Helio P23 and P30 chips, according to market sources.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus carries over US$280 BOM, IHS teardown reveals

Sep 26, 13:47

The new Apple iPhone 8 Plus, equipped with 64GB of NAND flash memory, carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$288.08, higher than any previous versions of the company's smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

iPhone X component suppliers told to slow down delivery, say sources

Sep 25, 11:53

Apple has reportedly instructed component suppliers to withhold part of the component shipments prepared for the production of iPhone X devices, according to sources from Taiwan-based upstream component suppliers.

iPhone X

TSMC to hold over 70% of PWM IC orders from Qualcomm

Sep 21, 14:11

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to grab 70-80% of the total orders for Qualcomm's new-generation power management ICs (PWM IC), according to industry sources.

qualcomm

Genius Electronic Optical dismisses report about insider trading

Sep 19, 11:00

Optical lens maker Genius Electronic Optical has dismissed allegations that it had leaked of sensitive business information to a market analyst in order to manipulate its stock price.

MediaTek to unveil 5G prototype chip by end-2017

Sep 18, 11:19

MediaTek is expected to complete development of its 5G prototype chip by the end of 2017, and is gearing up for trials of its 5G solutions in 2018, according to industry sources.

iPhone X sets new trends for smartphones

Sep 15, 14:11

A number of new features that come along with Apple's newly released iPhone X such as 3D sensing are likely to become new standards for next-generation smartphones launched by Android-based smartphone vendors, according to industry sources.

iPhone X sets new trends for smartphone

MediaTek to lag in advanced-node chip race

Sep 14, 11:14

MediaTek is unlikely to roll out mobile chips built using more advanced 10nm and 7nm process technologies in 2018, as it has moved to focus on the mid-range smartphone market segment, according to industry sources.

mediatek

Headset maker Merry to set up new JV in China

Sep 12, 15:51

Headset maker Merry Electronics is teaming with China-based connector maker Luxshare Precision Industry to set up a CNY200 million (US$30.566 million) joint venture in Dongguan to produce head-mounted earphones and other acoustic products.

MediaTek August revenues climb to 9-month high

Sep 8, 11:24

MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues climbed to a nine-month high of NT$22.5 billion (US$748.8 million) in August 2017. MediaTek's consolidated sales for August 2017 represented a sequential increase of 18.6% but an on-year decrease of around 13%. Combined revenues for July and August came to...

Silitech sees revenues up in August

Sep 7, 15:52

Chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$225.84 million (US$7.5 million) for August, up 14.7% on month and 7.79% on year.

The midrange smartphone concept: Q&A with TL Lee, GM of MediaTek Wireless Communication Dept

Sep 6, 14:44

Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek has newly released its Helio P-series chipset solutions for smartphones, aiming to regain its share of the global market for SoCs for midrange smartphones. But the release is accompanied by a spate of question marks hanging over whether the new SoCs will be accepted...

TL Lee, general manager of MediaTek's Wireless Communication Department

Largan August revenues highest in 2017

Sep 6, 14:07

Smartphone lens maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.011 billion (US$166 million) for August, the highest monthly level so far in 2017 with growths of 12.84% on month and 3.95% on year.

LandMark Opto revenues hit high in August

Sep 6, 13:08

LandMark Optoelectronics, a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers for production of laser diodes, photo detectors and other optical communication components, has reported revenues of NT$184.71 million (US$6.145 million) for August, up 2.53% month and 1.39% on year.

Headset maker Merry sees revenues up sharply in August

Sep 6, 11:12

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$2.392 billion (US$79.51 million) for August, a sharp increase of 52.2% from the previous month and 42.24% from a year earlier.

Samsung increases chip orders to Taiwan fabless firms

Sep 5, 15:12

Samsung Electronics has stepped up purchases of IC parts from its Taiwan-based suppliers, including fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) and RF component specialist Richwave Technology, and other fabless firms specializing in LCD driver ICs, touchscreen controllers, and other chips...

samsung

Apple reportedly books up Largan capacity at new factory

Sep 5, 11:29

Apple reportedly has booked up the production capacity for above 12-megapixel lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision in central Taiwan.

Largan Precision CEO Lin En-ping (right)

IFA 2017: Huawei unveils Kirin 970

Sep 4, 15:34

Huawei Consumer Business Grouphas unveiled at IFA 2017 in Berlin the Kirin 970, which combines the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, according to the company.

Upstream material suppliers in new iPhone supply chain to see strong growth

Sep 4, 15:09

With Apple expected to launch its new iPhone soon, Taiwan players in the US vendor's smartphone supply chain are warming up to embrace a new round of business boom, with the upstream suppliers of semiconductor and optical materials, particularly, likely to score higher business growth than industry...

Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone soon

FPCB maker Ichia revenues reach 31-month high in August

Sep 4, 11:08

Flexible PCB (FPCB) and chassis maker Ichia Technologies saw its consolidated revenues increase 8.39% on month and 36.39% on year to a 31-month high of NT$691.78 million (US$22.96 million) in August.

MediaTek launches SoCs for mid-range smartphones

Aug 29, 15:24

MediaTek has introduced new members of its Helio chipset family, the P23 and P30 system-on-chips (SoCs), designed to deliver performance and power efficiency, dual camera photography, dual SIM and dual 4G VoLTE capabilities for mid-range smartphones.

PCL ramping shipments of 32Gb optical transceiver modules

Aug 28, 11:44

PCL Technologies saw shipments of its 32Gb optical transceiver modules for datacenter applications increase by five-fold in the second quarter of 2017, and the order visibility of this product line has extended to the first quarter of 2018, according to company chairman Gene Chen.

PCL chairman Gene Chen (left) looks to growing shipments of 32Gb transceiver modules

Optical lens suppliers benefit from rising demand for multi-lens camera phones

Aug 25, 16:03

While leading smartphone vendors, such as Apple, Samsung and many China brands, are rushing to launch smartphones with twin-lens or four-lens cameras, upstream optical lens players in the supply chains across the Taiwan Strait, including Largan Precision, Sunny Optical and Shenzhen O-Film Tech are...

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