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  • Clevo partners with Hyatt to establish hotels in China

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  • Micron raises NAND flash quotes

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  • Asustek ZenFone 2 pre-orders to reach 1 million in China

    Before Going to Press | 10h 22min ago

  • Lumileds grows more than 20% in 2014 to 4th in LED-market rankings, says IHS

    Before Going to Press | 10h 23min ago

  • Huawei Technologies sees large growth in 2014 revenues, profit, says report

    Before Going to Press | 10h 24min ago

  • Asia Pacific device shipments to grow 3.2% in 2015, says Gartner

    Before Going to Press | 10h 24min ago

  • Sino-American to expand solar cell and silicon wafer capacity in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 10h 24min ago

  • Handset supply chain makers to not see orders pick up until 2H15

    Before Going to Press | 10h 27min ago

  • China IC design houses trying to raid talent from Taiwan-based LCD driver IC makers

    Before Going to Press | 10h 28min ago

  • Softbank to invest in Indonesia telecom carrier Telkomsel

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  • Panasonic in negotiations with Zuiko for plasma plant sale, says report

    Before Going to Press | 10h 29min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Samsung expected to see increasing orders on 14nm

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  • Foxlink posts EPS NT$3.5 for 2014

    Before Going to Press | 11h 1min ago

  • Taiwan applies to join AIIB

    Before Going to Press | 11h 11min ago

  • Zebra Technologies developing solutions for IoT

    Before Going to Press | 11h 11min ago

  • Specialty DRAM specialists ESMT, Etron report profit growth for 2014

    Before Going to Press | 11h 12min ago

  • HP/Foxconn partnership to bring new competition to datacenter industry in 2H15

    Before Going to Press | 11h 57min ago

  • NewEdge Technology shipping wireless charging ICs in volume

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  • Driver IC packaging makers expect to see steady demand from large-size TV panels

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Samsung expected to delay second round of investment for expanding flexible display

Apr 1, 14:43

Samsung Display is expected to delay a second round of investment for expanding flexible display production at its A3 facilities due to reported restructuring in production and materials, according to Korea-based ET News.

Shipments for 5-inch displays with HD/Full HD resolution in China during February, says firm

Mar 30, 14:47

Despite an overall decline in handset panel shipments to China during February 2015, shipments for 5-inch units and displays with HD and Full HD were all on the rise, showing growing demand for smartphones with increased specifications, according to consulting firm Sigma-intell.

MediaTek intros Helio family SoC for high-end smartphones

Mar 30, 10:52

MediaTek has unveiled a new mobile processor family targeted at high-end smartphones. Dubbed Helio, the new system-on-chips (SoC) combine both high performance and low power consumption.

TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C

Mar 25, 22:32

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources.

TSMC to post flat to 5% revenue growth in 2Q15

Mar 24, 22:20

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to post revenue growth of 0-5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising output for 20nm chips, according to industry sources.

China market: Falling handset IC prices put supplier gross margins under pressure

Mar 23, 11:09

Handset IC suppliers including Qualcomm, MediaTek and Spreadtrum tend to lower prices to win orders from their major clients, which may negatively affect their gross margin performance in 2015, according to industry sources.

China handset solution market to become more volatile in 2015

Mar 19, 15:32

The competition in China's smartphone chipset solution market is likely to become a fierce race among three or four major players in 2015 as compared to a tug-of-war between Qualcomm and MediaTek staged in 2014, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones

Mar 18, 22:12

Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung's smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor's product lineup.

Largan Precision expected to see continued growth in 2015

Mar 18, 12:06

Handset-use lens module maker Largan Precision is expected to see continued growth in 2015 despite a 35.1% sequential drop in February revenues to NT$2.616 billion (US$82.6 million), according to industry sources.

China vendors to ship over 50 million Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015

Mar 17, 15:27

Shipments of Android-based smartphones with fingerprint sensors by China-based handset makers are expected to reach over 50 million units in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies.

Handset vendors shifting strategies due to competition from Apple and Samsung

Mar 16, 14:16

Handset vendors are adjusting their strategies for 2015 to focus more on mid-range models and lower-priced, high-specification units as Apple and Samsung Electronics are expected to dominate the high-end segment, according to supply chains in Taiwan.

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP suppliers looking to offload inventory to tablet market

Mar 13, 14:28

China's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments enjoyed strong growth in the second half of 2014 as the country's 4G ecosystem gradually matured. However, the 4G growth came at the expense of 3G AP sales. Currently, the China market's 3G AP inventory has already piled up to tens of millions...

Taiwan tablet supply chain facing increased competition from China

Mar 11, 15:04

China-based tablet component makers and ODMs, including Shenzhen Zowee Technology, Shenzhen DPT-Touch, 3Nod Electronics and Camerking, have offered lower quotes to compete with Taiwan-based makers for orders from Taiwan- and China-based vendors, according to industry sources.

JDI will mass produce displays for other customers at new plant despite Apple investment, says report

Mar 10, 20:32

Despite an agreement Apple has undertook with Japan Display (JDI) that will require Apple to put forth most of the US$1.4 billion investment for a new LCD plant in Japan, JDI will still have rights to mass produce displays for other vendors provided the time frame does not conflict with key Apple mass...

Altek expects operations to bottom out in 1Q15

Mar 10, 20:27

Digital camera ODM Altek, viewing that its in-house-developed dual-lens solutions have been adopted by two smartphone vendors for launch in the second quarter of 2015, expects its operations to bottom out in the first quarter, the company said at a March 10 investors conference.

Over 30 million mm of 2-inch equivalent sapphire ingots will be used for Apple Watch covers in 2015, says firm

Mar 10, 14:46

A total of 30.8 million millimeters of two-inch equivalent sapphire ingots will be used for Apple Watch covers in 2015. This accounts for 18% of sapphire ingots produced worldwide for the entire year. Facing this new surging demand, the sapphire industry can look forward to a dramatic improvement in...

Microsoft seeking low-priced touch panel solutions for handsets

Mar 9, 15:46

Microsoft Mobile is aiming to obtain lower-cost solutions from supply chains in 2015, which include on-cell touch panels from Taiwan- and China-based makers.

IC substrate, FPCB suppliers to benefit from Apple Watch release

Mar 9, 13:55

Taiwan-based IC substrate supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology and flexible PCB makers Zhen Ding Technology Holding, Career Technology and Flexium Interconnect reportedly have jointed the Apple Watch's supply chain, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: WiGig chips to support smartphones in 2H15

Mar 9, 11:09

WiGig (Wireless Gigabit Alliance) chips are expected to appear in high-end smartphones in the second half of 2015 with Qualcomm, Broadcom, Panasonic, Intel and Nitero as initial suppliers, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: Intel simplifies Atom product lines for mobile devices

Mar 6, 16:16

Intel has announced its latest lineup for its Atom series products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 and in addition to simplifying the naming system for the processors to avoid confusion, the CPU giant also designed and optimized them specifically for different segments of the market.

MediaTek sees steep decline in February sales

Mar 6, 15:42

MediaTek has reported that consolidated net sales for February 2015 totaled NT$9.671 billion (US$307.12 million), down 38.52% on year and 44.62% sequentially.

Casetek sees weaker profits in 4Q14; rumored to supply chassis for iPhones

Mar 5, 15:40

Chassis maker Casetek holding, a subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014. The company achieved an EPS of just NT$4.42 (US$0.14) during the period. Despite achieving better gross margins than in the third quarter, the percentage compared...

Commentary: Galaxy S6 to bring significant impact on supply chains

Mar 4, 12:07

The launch of the Galaxy S6 may help Samsung Electronics revive its flagging smartphone business thanks to improvements in terms of product design and functionality. And yet, the new Galaxy smartphone may bring significant impact on the upstream supply chains.

MWC 2015: Intel launches new mobile SoCs, LTE solution

Mar 3, 22:14

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced a series of mobile platforms including the company's new low-cost system-on-chip (SoC) for phones, phablets and tablets, a global LTE solution, new personal computing experiences, and a range of customers for mobile device and network infrastructure offerings.

Intel Atom x3 processor

Samsung intros 128GB UFS storage for smartphones

Mar 2, 10:37

Samsung Electronics has announced that it is now mass producing 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for smartphones. The new embedded memory's UFS 2.0 interface is the most advanced JEDEC-compliant, next-generation flash memory storage specification...

Samsung UFS embedded memory

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm antitrust probe reshapes patent licensing in China

Feb 17, 15:46

China's anti-trust investigation of Qualcomm has come to an end with the US chip vendor making concessions in order control damage to its operations in the country. The fine for the company and its agreement to adjust licensing fees are expected to only have a limited impact on Qualcomm's revenues...

Samsung to adopt 20nm process for over 50% of its DRAM output in 2015, say sources

Feb 17, 11:01

Samsung Electronics began mass production of DRAM memory using 20nm process technology in 2014. The node technology will be adopted by the vendor for more than 50% of its overall DRAM output in 2015, according to industry sources.

Samsung announces mass production of 14nm FinFET mobile chips

Feb 16, 18:52

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of mobile application processors built using 14nm FinFET process technology.

Supply chains adjusting strategies as tablet market expected to decline 30% in 1Q15

Feb 16, 15:58

Tablet supply chains are evaluating their strategies for 2015 as overall shipments are expected to wither throughout the year, declining most heavily by an estimated 30% on quarter in the first quarter of the year.

Spreadtrum announces support for Tizen operating system

Feb 13, 16:14

IC design house Spreadtrum Communications has successfully completed the integration of Tizen operating system (OS) with its WCDMA chipsets, according to the China-based company. This integrated platform is now shipping in Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the Z1, released in January 2015 to the Indian...

Pegatron subsidiary rolls out cases for iPhone 6 devices

Feb 13, 14:11

Pegacasa, a subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has rolled out a series of decorative cases for iPhone 6 devices in corporation with Taiwan-based Eslite Bookstore.

Sony Mobile to use more MediaTek smartphone solutions, say sources

Feb 12, 11:47

Sony Mobile Communications will increase its purchases of handset solutions from MediaTek for production of entry-level and mid-range smartphones in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Sony Mobile Xperia E4

Qualcomm fined US$975 million by China's NDRC, but relieved investigation is over

Feb 10, 17:10

Qualcomm has announced that it reached a resolution with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regarding the NDRC's investigation of Qualcomm under China's Anti-Monopoly Law (AML), with the NDRC imposing a fine on Qualcomm of CNY 6.088 billion (approximately US$975 million).

Qualcomm fines may not affect competition between China handset makers and international brands, say sources

Feb 10, 16:26

The China government's decision to fine Qualcomm up to US$975 million for violating antitrust regulations may not affect competition between China-based handset makers and international brands, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Smartphone panel makers cut prices to compete for orders

Feb 10, 11:40

In view of weak demand for smartphones in the first quarter of 2015, panel makers have lowered quotes for smartphone applications to compete for orders, resulting in drops in such panel pricing, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

MediaTek expects 1Q15 sales to decline 10-18%

Feb 10, 10:55

IC design house MediaTek has forecast consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015 will be between NT$45.5 billion (US$1.44 billion) and NT$49.9 billion, representing a sequential decline of 10-18%.

MediaTek's IC shipments for 4G smartphones to boom

Apple reportedly to diversify LCD driver IC suppliers

Feb 5, 20:55

Apple is looking to diversify its LCD driver IC suppliers and move away from its dependence on Synaptics (formerly Renesas SP Drivers; RSP), according to industry sources.

Samsung mass producing high-density ePoP memory for Smartphones

Feb 4, 20:52

Samsung Electronics has announced that the company is mass producing ePoP (embedded package on package) memory, a single memory package consisting of 3GB LPDDR3 DRAM, 32GB eMMC and a controller. For use in high-end smartphones, the extremely-thin ePoP combines all essential memory components into a...

ARM intros mobile chip designs for 2016

Feb 4, 19:23

ARM has announced mobile processor and GPU designs targeting the high-end market for smartphones and mobile devices. Devices with the technology suite are expected to enter the market in 2016, according to the semiconductor IP supplier.

Supply chain sees weak demand for Xiaomi's Mi4 model in 4Q14

Feb 3, 14:16

Supply chain shipments for Xiaomi Technology's Mi4 were weaker-than-expected in the fourth quarter of 2014, while those for the company's previous Hongmi model remained steady.

Supply chains conservative about Xiaomi Mi4 orders

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP shipments in China to slide 10% on quarter in 1Q15

Feb 2, 14:51

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors (AP) in China are expected to decline 10% sequentially but up 28.6% on year in the first quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. The sequential decline is due to excessive orders placed by device vendors in the fourth quarter of 2014, according...

Samsung handset orders to pick up in March, say supply chains

Feb 2, 14:13

Following a slowdown in January and February 2015, supply chains expect to see orders for handsets from Samsung Electronics pick up in March.

30% of Huawei smartphones in 2015 to be high-end products

Jan 30, 14:22

Huawei Device is aiming to develop more high-end and mid-range smartphones in 2015, with high-end units expected to make up 30% of its handset product portfolio during the year.

Handset solution vendors vying for wearable and peripheral device chip market

Jan 27, 15:54

Handset solution vendors, including Qualcomm, MediaTek, Marvell Technology, Intel and Spreadtrum Communications, are expected to focus on expanding their product portfolio by rolling out chips for wearable devices as well as peripheral devices/applications for smartphones in 2015, according to industry...

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.

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.

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