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  • AOT expects 2015 LED lighting revenue proportion to double on year

    LED | 7h 7min ago

  • USITC upholds findings that China and Taiwan PV makers have been dumping their products, says TrendForce

    Green energy | 7h 9min ago

  • Taiwan December manufacturing production index up on month, year, says MOEA

    Bits + chips | 7h 11min ago

  • Global 3Q14 smartphone and tablet chip markets rise, says Strategy Analytics

    Bits + chips | 7h 12min ago

  • SanDisk reportedly looking for mobile DRAM supplier

    Bits + chips | 7h 14min ago

  • Inotera on schedule to transition to 20nm process technology

    Bits + chips | 7h 15min ago

  • China market: China vendors to beef up competition for CNY2,000-3,000 segment, say sources

    Mobile + telecom | 7h 18min ago

  • Some Taiwan solar cell makers lower prices to maintain orders

    Green energy | 7h 23min ago

  • Notebook vendors eye 12-inch notebooks

    IT + CE | 8h 9min ago

  • A quarter billion connected vehicles expected to be on the road by 2020, says Gartner

    IT + CE | 8h 11min ago

  • Taiwan December manufacturing production index up on month, year, says MOEA

    Before Going to Press | 8h 42min ago

  • Samsung reportedly starts Indonesia smartphone production lines, says report

    Before Going to Press | 8h 43min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Korea makers to expand AMOLED production capacity 36% in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 8h 45min ago

  • US to impose 5-year anti-dumping tariffs on Taiwan solar cell makers, but allow review every year, says MOEA

    Before Going to Press | 8h 45min ago

  • Foxconn taking different approach on patent management

    Before Going to Press | 8h 46min ago

  • A quarter billion connected vehicles expected to be on the road by 2020, says Gartner

    Before Going to Press | 8h 46min ago

  • Taiwan market: Beacon-based devices see growing demand

    Before Going to Press | 8h 47min ago

  • USITC upholds findings that China and Taiwan PV makers have been dumping their products

    Before Going to Press | 8h 50min ago

  • Lite-On Semi looks to flat performance in 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | 8h 51min ago

  • Inotera on schedule to transition to 20nm process technology

    Before Going to Press | 8h 52min ago

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China smartphone supply chains estimate demand to pick up in March

Jan 26, 15:50

China smartphone supply chain makers estimate they will begin shipments for new devices following the Lunar New Year period as local handset vendors remain concerned over clearing out inventories through the early part of first-quarter 2015.

China smartphone vendors keen to adopt metal-stamping chassis

Jan 23, 16:02

China smartphone vendors are keen to adopt unibody metal-stamping chassis for their smartphones because of low production costs. Stamping can produce large volumes of products in a short time to meet requirements of a market where product life cycles are typically short, according to sources from chassis...

Samsung OLED handset panel pricing to reach parity with TFT LCD in 2015

Jan 23, 11:25

Samsung Display is reportedly continuing to push down pricing for OLED handset panels to the point where they will be priced the same as TFT LCD technology in 2015.

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China market: IC demand for 4G smartphones to pick up after Lunar New Year holidays

Jan 22, 19:36

IC demand for 4G smartphones is set to pick up after the Lunar New Year holidays as China-based brand vendors and OEMs are gearing up for new product roll-outs in the second quarter, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Merry denies losing out orders to China rivals

Stockwatch - Jan 21, 15:16

Headset maker Merry Electronics has denied recent market reports indicating that the local supplier is likely to lose its speaker orders for iPhone devices to China-based rivals.

Asustek seeking partnerships with Xiaomi supply chain

Jan 19, 21:48

Asustek Computer reportedly is seeking cooperation with Xiaomi's upstream partners such as earphone designer 1more Design and software designer Cheetah Mobile, to strengthen its smartphone competitiveness, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Largan Precision 4Q14, 2014 revenues, net profits hit records

Jan 16, 11:18

Largan Precision, a Taiwan-based maker of lens modules used in smartphones, tablets and notebooks, has reported highest-ever results for the fourth quarter and the entire 2014.

Samsung and Globalfoundries reportedly win majority of A9 orders

Jan 15, 23:17

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple's A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources.

Samsung said to dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6

Jan 14, 23:10

Rumors have circulated in the industry that Samsung Electronics will dump Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S-series flagship smartphone, in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, due to concerns related to the Snapdragon 810 overheating issues.

MediaTek adjusts organization

Jan 13, 23:10

MediaTek has quietly adjusted its organizational structure by setting up two business groups - wireless products and home entertainment - to cover all its product lines, according to industry sources.

Smartphone vendors to resume hardware competition in 2015

Jan 12, 11:17

Handset makers are expected to resume hardware competition for their new smartphones in 2015 focusing on upgrading the specifications of display and camera functions, according to industry observers.

MediaTek reports record sales for 2014

Jan 12, 11:12

MediaTek saw its sales climb to a record high of NT$213.06 billion (US$6.68 billion) in 2014, buoyed by strong demand for smartphone chips.

Samsung reportedly grabs processor orders for Apple Watch

Jan 9, 10:37

Samsung Electronics' 28nm process technology has reportedly obtained orders for the Apple Watch set for launch in March 2015. The orders call for 3,000-4,000 12-inch wafers monthly, according to industry sources.

Merry Electronics December revenues down slightly on month

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 14:38

Headset supplier Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.05 billion (US$32.83 million) for December 2014, down 6.9% on month and 14% on year.

Ichia reports record revenues for 2014

Jan 6, 15:41

Flexible PCB (FPCB) and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has announced revenues of NT$756 million (US$23.62 million) for December 2014, down 9% sequentially and 11% on year. For all of 2014, revenues gained 17% on year to a record high of 11.23 billion.

Digitimes Research: Nvidia steps up efforts for GPU licensing

Jan 5, 15:55

To find new outlets for its GPU business, Nvidia has started licensing its GPU architecture to other application processor (AP) designers. Kepler was the first GPU platform Nvidia offered for licensing and its latest-generation Maxwell will also become available for licensing later.

Commentary: LTPS panel suppliers set for fierce competition as smamrtphone momentum ebbs

Dec 31, 14:56

Flat panel makers are ramping up their production capacity for LTPS (low temperature poly-silicon) displays for mid-range and high-end smartphones at a time when the growth momentum of smartphone is dwindling - a move which is likely to intensify competition among display suppliers.

AOET starts shipping 8-megapixel smartphone lens modules, says report

Newswatch - Dec 30, 11:30

Ability Opto-Electronics Technology (AOET) has developed 8-megapixel compact lens modules for use in smartphones and begun small-volume shipments to Europe-based vendors, with shipments expected to significantly increase beginning from first-quarter 2015, according to Chinese-language Economic...

HD panel demand to remain steady throughout Lunar New Year, say sources

Dec 29, 14:39

Panel makers expect to see steady demand for HD handset panels throughout the Lunar New Year period as vendors continue to push lower-priced handsets, according to supply chain sources.

MediaTek shipments for 4G smartphones to hike

Dec 23, 14:16

MediaTek's shipments of 4G LTE chips for 2014 are set to reach 30-40 million units, a China Business News (CBN) report cited Aaron Chang, head of the company's China operations, as saying.

Xiaomi may adopt sapphire for covers of 5.7-inch smartphone

Dec 23, 11:42

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology is likely to adopt sapphire for protective covers of Xiaomi 5, its 5.7-inch flagship model that will be showcased at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Taiwan-based supply chain makers cited industry sources in China as indicating.

Computex 2015 out of booths

Dec 22, 21:58

Although Computex 2015 will not begin until June 2015, booths for the show have already sold out as many emerging players in the cloud computing and Internet of thing (IoT) industries are looking to promote their innovations and products via the show, according to the show host Taipei Computer Association...

Computex 2015 to be hosted from June 2-6

China handset supply chain to delay IC purchases till 2Q15, say sources

Dec 22, 16:30

China-based handset makers and suppliers in the supply chain have adopted a wait-and-see attitude toward the purchases of ICs and other parts as telecom operators there are unlikely to launch new handset subsidy programs until the second quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Japan smartphone panel makers bring price pressure on China and Taiwan competitors

Dec 19, 11:27

Japan-based Japan Display and Sharp have reduced quotes to compete for orders for panels used in high-end smartphones from China-based vendors, brining price competitive pressure on China- and Taiwan-based makers of small- to medium-size panels, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

IC design houses gearing up for 64-bit smartphone boom

Dec 18, 14:39

With Android phone makers pushing for migration to 64 bit architecture, chip suppliers including Qualcomm and MediaTek are set to introduce new quad- and 8-core 64-bit solutions in the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.

Japan Display benefiting from booming sales of large-screen Huawei smartphones

Dec 18, 11:27

Japan Display has seen increased orders for in-cell touch panels from China-based smartphone vendor Huawei Device due to the latter's booming sales of large-screen high-end and mid-range models including the Ascend Mate 7, Ascend P7 and Honor 6, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

China market: Meizu steps up cooperation with MediaTek for sub-CNY1,000 smartphones

Dec 16, 11:52

A China-based smartphone vendor has stepped up its cooperation with MediaTek and will launch sub-CNY1,000 (US$161) models to take on first-tier vendors such as Xiaomi Technology and Huawei, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

BOE pushing 5.5-inch QHD handset panels to customers

Dec 16, 11:36

BOE is seeing increased interest from customers for its 5.5-inch QHD handset panels with 538ppi. Additionally, BOE is pushing its Full HD handset panel products with NTSC 100%, according to BOE.

Taiwan smartphone panel makers faced with growing pressure from China competitors

Dec 11, 11:05

As China-based TFT-LCD panel makers BOE Technology and Tianma Micro-electronics have been upgrading manufacturing technology and offered price cuts to compete for orders from China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei Device, ZTE, TCL Communication Technology and Lenovo, this will bring strong...

China-based Laibao to produce film-based smartphone touch panels

Dec 8, 15:09

China-based maker Laibao Hi-Tech will extend production from glass-based touch panels to film-based ones specifically for use in smartphones in 2015, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: BOE to ship 50% of smartphone panels to Samsung, LG

Dec 8, 11:59

Of the three largest China-based small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panel makers, BOE Technology will ship 50% of its smartphone panels to Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, 14.8% to China-based vendor Lenovo and 11.9% to China-based white-box vendors in 2015, Digitimes Research estimates.

Largan Precision November revenues hit record

Dec 8, 11:34

Handset-use lens module maker Largan Precision has posted consolidated revenues of NT%5.62 billion (US$183 million) for November, hitting monthly record for the eighth consecutive time with growth of 3.04% on month and 76.63% on year.

Truly Optoelectronics offers total solutions for smart wearable devices

Dec 3, 11:03

China-based touch panel maker Truly Optoelectronics has developed total solutions for use in smart wearable devices, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

E Ink, TPK supply components for YotaPhone 2

Dec 3, 10:54

Russia-based smartphone vendor Yota on December 3 will unveil the YotaPhone 2, a dual-touch screen smartphone with a front 5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel supplied by Samsung Display, and rear-side 4.7-inch EPD (electrophoretic display) supplied by E Ink Holdings. The touch panels of both screens are supplied...

JDI cuts smartphone panel pricing to below US$20

Newswatch - Dec 2, 11:59

Panel maker Japan Display (JDI) has cut pricing for smartphone panels originally priced US$20 and more to below US$20 in order to spur orders from handset vendors, most of which are expected to be in China.

China market: Average screen size of smartphones to exceed 5-inch in 2015, says consulting firm

Dec 2, 11:46

The average screen size of smartphones available for sale in the China market has increased from 3.24-inch in 2011 to 3.74-inch in 2012, 4.22-inch in 2013 and will further increase to 4.6-inch in 2014 and over 5-inch in 2015, according to China-based consulting company Ʃintell.

FPCB maker Ichia sees revenues decline in November

Dec 1, 21:31

Flexible PCB (FPCB) and chassis maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$830 million (US$26.81 million) for November, down 10% sequentially and 19% on year. For the first 11 months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$10.47 billion, increasing 20% on year.

iPhone chip orders slowing down, say IC designers

Nov 28, 14:55

Apple has started scaling back on chip orders for its latest iPhone, according to sources at IC design houses.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics to expand businesses in China in 2015, says paper

Nov 27, 16:05

The Samsung Group's component manufacturing affiliate Samsung Electro-Mechanics has seen its performance seriously impacted by Samsung Electronics' weakening smartphone sales recently and therefore is looking to expand its businesses in China in 2015 to reduce the risk of having all its eggs in one...

China market: 4G smartphone chip prices continue to fall

Nov 27, 14:23

Prices for 4G smartphone solutions have fallen below US$10 per unit, and will continue to drop reaching US$7-8 during the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.

MediaTek reportedly no longer supplies chips to Xiaomi

Nov 26, 16:21

China media outlets have reported recently that MediaTek has decided to suspend its chip supply for Xiaomi's smartphone.

TSMC to grab 40-50% of A9 chip orders

Nov 26, 13:56

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to secure a combined 40-50% of Apple's A9 processor orders for next-generation iPad and iPhone devices, according to industry sources.

Intel decides to keep tablet subsidies, say sources

Nov 24, 15:08

Intel has reportedly decided to continue subsidizing its mobile device processor platform after a series of evaluations recently and will even expand the product coverage from 10-inch and below devices to 12-inch and below ones, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Compatibility, efficiency crucial to wireless charging market: Q&A with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm

Nov 24, 11:29

Despite years of enthusiasm for wireless charging technology, the market for wireless charging applications remains undesirable. Digitimes recently held a chat with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm, to learn more about the latest development of wireless charging...

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iPhone 6 models strengthen growth in HD and Full HD smartphone displays, says DisplaySearch

Nov 20, 15:38

Beginning in the second quarter of 2014, display panel makers significantly reduced prices for high-definition (HD, 720 by 1280) and Full High-Definition (FHD, 1080 by 1920) in-cell and on-cell modules, which coupled with the release of iPhone 6, has prompted the increased adoption of HD and FHD smartphone...

Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

Nov 20, 11:21

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple's A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015.

Macronix developing flash memory for IoT and wearable devices

Nov 18, 16:09

Macronix International is now engaged in the development of memory solutions targeted at Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device applications, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Keypad makers shifting production for non-handset applications

Nov 18, 14:11

Taiwan-based handset keypad makers Ichia Technologies and Silitech Technology are shifting the focus of their production to non-keypad products or products not for handset applications, affected by the rise of smartphones, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC design houses developing IC parts for smartphone peripheral applications

Nov 14, 14:43

Taiwan-based IC design houses are foraying into the development of IC parts for smartphone peripheral applications such as wireless, rapid and mobile charging kits as well as wearable and multimedia devices, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Tablet-use AP shipments in China grow slower than expected in 3Q14

Nov 11, 22:35

Shipments of application processors for tablets in the China market grew at a lower-than-expected 5.9% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as sales of white-box tablets were affected by the roll-outs of low-priced models by brand vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

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