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Global shipments of OLED-equipped smartphones to exceed LCD ones in 2019, says DSCC

Jan 19, 15:36

Global shipments of smartphones equipped with OLED panels will exceed those of smartphones equipped with TFT-LCD panels in 2019, according to US- and Japan-based Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC).

MediaTek to post 15-20% revenue decrease in 1Q17

Jan 19, 14:22

Seasonality will drag down MediaTek's revenues in the first quarter of 2017, which are forecast to drop 15-20% sequentially, according to market observers.

Qualcomm, MediaTek to vie for handset solution orders from Foxconn

Jan 19, 10:30

Qualcomm and MediaTek are expected to compete fiercely for chipset solution orders from EMS supplier Foxconn Electronics which has turned itself into a handset vendor recently, according to industry sources.

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.

Asia Optical offers laser scanning modules for vacuum cleaning robots

Jan 16, 11:01

Asia Optical, in view of fast growing demand for smart home-use devices, has developed laser scanning modules for use in vacuum cleaning robots, according to company chairman Robert Lai.

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.

Silitech reports decreased sales for December

Stockwatch - Jan 9, 10:04

Chassis and component maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$180.86 million (US$5.642 million) for December 2016, down 0.25% from the previous month and 43.83% from a year earlier.

Merry Electronics revenues nearly double on year in December

Newswatch - Jan 6, 11:15

Handset-use component maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.999 billion (US$62.5 million) for December 2016, dropping 4.41% on month but increasing 92.54% on year.

CES 2017: New Asustek smartphones still feature 14nm Qualcomm chips

Jan 6, 10:48

Asustek at the ongoing CES trade show in Las Vegas has introduced two new smartphones, the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom, both featuring Qualcomm's 14nm Snapdragon chips instead of the just-introduced 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor.

New ZenFone AR features Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

Largan Precision December revenues hit 14-month high

Jan 5, 22:25

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision on January 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.446 billion (US$170 million) for December, the highest monthly level since November 2015 and increasing 4.58% on month and 36.87% on year.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips to ship in commercial devices in 1H17

Jan 5, 10:43

Qualcomm has announced its 10nm Snapdragon 835-series processors will ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017. The chips reportedly will draw adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.

Ichia revenues fall 17% in 2016

Stockwatch - Jan 4, 10:51

Flexible PCB and handset component maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$541 million (US$16.7 million) for December 2016, down 8% sequentially but up 7% on year.

Samsung Display to supply AMOLED panels for new iPhone in 2017, say Taiwan makers

Dec 29, 13:43

Samsung Display will become the exclusive supplier of AMOLED panels for use in Apple's new iPhone devices to be launched in 2017 and can supply 20 million units in maximum a month, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Apple seeks help from Foxconn for Southeast Asia expansion, says paper

Newswatch - Dec 26, 14:45

Apple has been aggressively looking to expand into the Southeast Asia market recently and has reportedly partnered with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) for related plans, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Taiwan Mobile to reduce capex for 2017

Dec 20, 14:15

Taiwan Mobile (TWM) expects its capex for 2017 to be significantly lower than the amount it spent in 2016 due to decreased spending on establishing network infrastructure, according to company president James Jeng.

TWM president James Jeng

InvenSense EIS solution adopted by Oppo

Dec 15, 10:12

InvenSense, a provider of MEMS sensors, has announced its electronic image stabilization (EIS) solution adopted for the recently-released Oppo R9S and R9S Plus smartphones.

Synaptics announces optical-based fingerprint sensors for smartphones

Dec 14, 21:52

Synaptics has announced a new family of Natural ID biometric authentication solutions that leverage high-performance, highly secure optical-based fingerprint sensors for smartphones and tablets. The new Synaptics FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor family is capable of high-resolution scanning through...

Foxconn involved in several lawsuits against employees

Dec 8, 15:26

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has recently experienced several lawsuits involving its executives and employees.

Chip orders for entry-level smartphones going down

Dec 8, 15:14

Chip orders for entry-level 4G phones and 3G devices have been falling recently, according to industry sources.

Silitech reports flat performance for November

Stockwatch - Dec 7, 13:55

Chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$181.31 million (US$5.675 million) for November, on par with the NT$181.3 recorded a month earlier but down 40.73% from a year earlier.

Camera module maker Newmax reports increased sales for November

Newswatch - Dec 6, 21:17

Camera module maker Newmax Technology has reported revenues of NT$123 million (US$3.86 million) for November, increasing 19.65% on month and 45.57% on year

Merry November revenues hit record for 6th straight month

Stockwatch - Dec 6, 15:45

Handset-use audio component maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.09 billion (US$65.7 million) for November, hitting a monthly record for the sixth consecutive month and representing an increase of 7.32% on month and 75.92% on year.

Largan November revenues hit 12-month high

Dec 6, 11:11

Smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.208 billion (US$164 million) for November, increasing 2.65% sequentially but decreasing 8.75% on year. The sum is the highest monthly level since December 2015.

LandMark expects rebound in 1Q17, PCL sees boom in 4Q16

Dec 5, 11:47

LandMark Optoelectronics, a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers used to make optical communication components, expects business to rebound in first-quarter 2017, while optical component and module maker PCL Technologies has seen booming business in fourth-quarter 2016 and expects the boom...

FPCB maker Ichia sees increased November revenues

Stockwatch - Dec 1, 22:11

Handset-use flexible PCB maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$593 million (US$18.7 million) for November, growing 18.12% on month and 5.36% on year.

Falling smartphone IC ASPs discouraging device vendors from developing chips in-house

Dec 1, 15:09

Device vendors including Xiaomi, LG Electronics and Sony have all expressed their intention to develop smartphone chips in-house. Nevertheless, the average selling price for smartphone SoCs has been trending down, while the cost of developing advanced chips using 10nm and below process technologies...

MediaTek enhances deca-core chip lineup

Dec 1, 14:54

MediaTek has announced new additions to its Helio X20 family of high-end mobile processors. The new Helio X23 and X27 offer the next level in user experiences by improving the overall performance, camera quality and power consumption of the SoC family, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: China mobile AP shipments to rise 11.6% in 4Q16

Nov 23, 22:31

Shipments of mobile application processors for smartphones and tablets in China are expected to grow 11.6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2016, thanks mainly to seasonal factors and inventory build-ups for the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research.

Market for 10nm mobile chips to heat up in 2017

Nov 22, 10:54

Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, MediaTek, Apple and Spreadtrum Communications are gearing up to roll out their 10nm mobile chips which will be shipped in smartphones during 2017.

Qualcomm, Samsung collaborate on 10nm for Snapdragon 835 mobile chips

Nov 18, 15:41

Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics have extended their tie to manufacture Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile chips with Samsung's 10nm FinFET process technology, according to the companies.

Wha Yu Industrial lands additional base station-use antenna orders

Nov 16, 15:57

Taiwan-based antenna maker Wha Yu Industrial has landed orders for antennas used in base stations from a new Japan-based mobile telecom carrier, with shipments to begin at the end of 2016, according to the company.

Foxlink sees earnings rebound in 3Q16

Newswatch - Nov 15, 21:30

Cable and connector maker Foxlink has reported net profits of NT$238 million (US$7.47 million) for the third quarter of 2016, a sharp increase from the NT$11 million of a quarter earlier but down sharply from NT$1.03 billion of a year earlier. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$0.45.

Foxconn Technology reports increased earnings for 3Q16

Newswatch - Nov 15, 21:28

Metal chassis and case maker Foxconn Technology has reported net profits of NT$3.33 billion (US$104.53 million) for the third quarter of 2016, up 29.68% sequentially. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$2.36 for the quarter.

Demand for AMOLED panels from China smartphone vendors rising

Nov 15, 14:34

Supply of AMOLED panels for smartphone applications could be short of demand in 2017 due to increasing purchases from China-based smartphone vendors, according to sources from the handset supply chain in Taiwan.

Acer strengthens ties with Tobii to develop VR devices with eye-tracking technology

Nov 14, 10:06

Acer is expanding its cooperation with Sweden-based eye tracking solution developer Tobii Technology to develop head-mounted display (HMD) VR devices featuring eye tracking technology, according to industry sources.

LandMark Optoelectronics to buy back 2.19% stake

Nov 11, 15:34

LandMark Optoelectronics, a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers for making optical components for communication products, has announced the buyback of two million shares of its stock, equivalent to a 2.19% stake, at a price interval of NT$160.00-430.00 (US$5.08-13.65) per share during November...

Casetek to join iPhone chassis supply chain, say sources

Nov 10, 15:31

Taiwan-based metal chassis maker Casetek reportedly will join the supply chain for Apple's iPhone and become the fourth supplier after Catcher Technology, Foxconn Technology and US-based Jabil, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

CCI revenues rise, but profits drop in 3Q16

Nov 9, 15:31

Taiwan-based cooling module maker Chaun-Choung Technology (CCI) has announced third-quarter consolidated revenues of NT$1.86 billion (US$58.86 million), up 3.04% sequentially, but profits were down 17.19% sequentially and net profits also dropped to only NT$167 million, leaving EPS at only NT$1.94,...

Silitech sees decreased October revenues

Stockwatch - Nov 8, 11:31

Chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$181.3 million (US$5.75 million) for October, declining 10.13% on month and 36.01% on year, affected by short-term production adjustment at clients.

Headset maker Merry October revenues hit record high

Newswatch - Nov 7, 11:00

Headset maker Merry Electronics saw its consolidated revenues hit a record high for the fifth consecutive month at NT$1.948 billion (US$61.91 million) in October. The monthly figures also represented an increase of 10.9% from the previous month and 41.12% from a year earlier.

Digitimes Research: Global small- to mid-size LCD shipments to shrink at CAGR of negative 4.6% during 2017-2021

Nov 4, 11:35

Global shipments of small- to medium-size panels will decrease from 2.647 billion units in 2017 to 2.189 billion units in 2021 or a CAGR of negative 4.6%, according to Digitimes Research.

FPCB maker Ichia reports decreased sales for October

Stockwatch - Nov 2, 14:37

Flexible PCB and handset component maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$502 million (US$15.895 million) for October, decreasing 11% sequentially and 16% on year.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers ship over 309 million small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panels in 3Q16

Nov 2, 11:43

Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel makers shipped 309.749 million small- to medium-size panels in the third quarter of 2016, increasing 15.0% on quarter and 0.8% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

HannStar Display ranked second in shipments

LandMark 3Q16 gross margin hits record low

Nov 1, 12:10

LandMark Optoelectronics, a producer of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers for optical communication components, has posted gross margin of 57.62%, the lowest quarterly level for the company.

MediaTek expects 4Q16 revenues to fall up to 15%

Nov 1, 11:44

MediaTek expects its revenues to fall up to 15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2016 with gross margin raning from 33.5% to 36.5%.

Primax reports strong earnings for 3Q16

Newswatch - Nov 1, 11:21

Primax Electronics has reported that its net profits rallied 31% on quarter and 18% on year to NT$633.26 million (US$20.024 million) in the third quarter of 2016, buoyed by increased shipments of acoustic products. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.28 for the July-September period.

Headset maker Merry 3Q16 earnings higher than expected

Stockwatch - Oct 28, 14:18

Headset maker Merry Electronics saw its net profits increase 187% on quarter and 259% on year to NT$916 million (US$28.91 million) in the third quarter of 2016. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$5.01 for the quarter, which was higher than expected.

Component shortages putting pressure on smartphone players

Oct 26, 22:10

With component quotes rising rapidly due to shortages, sources from the upstream supply chain expect second-tier or lower smartphone players to face increasing pressure from competition in 2017 as most of the component shortages are unlikely to be resolved in the short term.

China smartphone vendors to buy more panels and other parts from local suppliers in 2017

Oct 21, 14:12

China-based smartphone vendors are expected to purchase more parts and components such as LCD panels from local suppliers for their smartphone production in 2017 amid their growing presence in the global market, according to sources from Taiwan handset supply chain.

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