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  • 30% of 50-inch LCD TVs shipped in 2015 to be Ultra HD

    Displays | 10h 2min ago

  • Taiwan solar cell makers looking for idle equipment in China

    Green energy | 10h 5min ago

  • ASMedia appoints lawyers to defend patent lawsuit against VIA

    IT + CE - Stockwatch | 10h 9min ago

  • Worldwide server market grew 4.8% in shipments, while revenues increased 2.2% in 4Q14, says Gartner

    IT + CE | 10h 11min ago

  • Samsung loses top position in global 4Q14 smartphone market, says Gartner

    Mobile + telecom | 10h 14min ago

  • Smartphone platform providers eyeing emerging Africa market

    Mobile + telecom | 10h 19min ago

  • Digitimes Research: 24- and 27-inch monitor retail pricing increases in February

    Displays | 10h 23min ago

  • MWC 2015: MediaTek intros 64-bit SoCs for smartphones and tablets

    Bits + chips | 10h 25min ago

  • Casetek sees weaker profits in 4Q14

    Before Going to Press | 10h 34min ago

  • Casetek rumored to land chassis orders for iPhone for 3Q15

    Before Going to Press | 10h 36min ago

  • Mitac expected to see growing cloud computing sales in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 10h 37min ago

  • Japan market: ZTE to launch Blade S6 for mid-range segment

    Before Going to Press | 10h 38min ago

  • Nvidia invites Tesla CEO to chat on smart automobile industry at GTC 2015

    Before Going to Press | 10h 38min ago

  • Chipset vendors, equipment suppliers gearing up efforts to develop LTE-U devices

    Before Going to Press | 10h 39min ago

  • TSMC wins processor orders for second-generation Apple Watch, say rumors

    Before Going to Press | 10h 42min ago

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

    Before Going to Press | 10h 44min ago

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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.

Samsung Galaxy S6

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.

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.

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