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  • US-China trade tensions undermine the PC DIY market
    Motherboard makers have experienced sluggish demand coming from the PC DIY market, which is likely to shrink further as the US-China trade dispute escalates, according to industry sources.
  • The latest tariff hikes by the US on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% will not have significant impacts on Taiwan's US-bound shipments of motherboards and graphics cards, according to industry sources.
  • The top-5 notebook brands saw their combined shipments slip 14% on month in April, a performance stronger than that of the same month a year ago, as Chromebook demand from North America's education sector had picked up and replacement demand in the enterprise sectors in Europe and Asia remained robu...
  • Quanta chairman Barry Lam and vice chairman CC Leung
    Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam, commenting on the US government's announcement of extending the 25% tariff to notebooks and smartphones imported from China, has pointed out that makers moving production lines out of China to avoid the tax will still encounter rising costs if they fail to obtain...
  • With the US having raised tariffs on China-imported products from 10% to 25%, some PC brand vendors including Asustek Computer are considering increasing product prices in the US to reflect the extra costs, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.
  • Most Taiwan-based notebook ODMs are still eyeing sequential shipment growths for the second quarter of 2019 despite decreased notebook shipments in April, according to industry sources.
  • Asustek has started to recover
    Asustek has unveiled several new notebooks and Chromebooks in Taiwan including the ZenBook S13 (UX392) with a 97% screen-to-body ratio, a 13.9-inch NanoEdge narrow-bezel display, latest Intel Core processor and Nvidia's MX150 discrete graphics card. It weighs 1.1kg and priced starting NT$48,900.
  • notebook
    About 10 notebooks built to Intel's Project Athena design specifications will be unveiled at the upcoming Computex 2019 later in May, and are expected to hit market shelves in the second half of 2019, according to company sources.
  • A Buynow chain store
    Clevo is in process of selling some of its commercial buildings used to operate its Buynow IT chain stores in China as their business performance has been impacted by fast growing online shopping there, according to the notebook, tablet and all-in-one PC ODM/OEM.
  • Brinno chairman and president David Chen
    Time-lapse camera player Brinno on May 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$76.5 million (US$2.48 million) for April, the highest monthly level on record with growth of 39.67% on month and 120.89% on year.
  • Notebook shipments expected to rise in 2Q19
    Intel has informed notebook clients that it will start shipping entry-level processors in June, partially easing the shortages that have long hit device vendors, according to industry sources.
  • Asustek returns profitable
    Asustek Computer has reported net profit of NT$2.19 billion (US$70.7 million) for the first quarter of 2019, a significant improvement from a net loss of NT$2.82 billion seen in the previous quarter, although the figures were still down 8% from a year earlier.
  • notebook chassis
    Metal chassis plants in Kunshan, China are seeing customers seeking supplies elsewhere, as they have been ordered to suspend production pending local government inspections since an explosion hit one of them, according to industry sources.
  • Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam
    AI will usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Taiwan must manage to develop a solid presence in the AI era that will persist into the next decades, Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam told Digitimes in a recent interview. He vowed that his company will strive to become a leader in the AI sec...
  • Global shipments of tablet PCs are estimated to decline 8.9% sequentially and 8.7% on year in the second quarter of 2019, traditionally still a low season, Digitimes Research estimates.
  • The PC market used to cater mainly to white-collar workers, with manufacturers relying mostly on HP and Dell. The traditional PC and handset assembly sector remains a stable supply chain with the US still being the largest market. Currently, Taiwan still accounts for 80% of the worldwide notebook manufacturing,...
  • galaxy
    Samsung Electronics has reported operating profits of KRW6.2 trillion (US$5.3 billion) on consolidated revenues of KRW52.4 trillion for the first quarter of 2019. The profit and revenue results show declines of 60% and 13%, respectively, on year.
  • A smart parking meter by Alpha Networks and Acer ITS
    Networking/communication device maker Alpha Networks is exhibiting its 24GHz, 77GHz and 79GHz automotive millimeter-wave (mmWave) radars at Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show (AutoTronics Taipei) 2019 during April 24-27.
  • Acer seeks to become a market trendsetter
    Acer has been hosting two major product launch conferences every year since CEO Jason Chen became chairman and CEO, with one in April in New York, and one in September in Berlin. The events have gradually become a reference to non-Apple vendors for designing notebooks.
  • New notebooks with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic chassis to appear in 2H19
    Carbon fiber notebooks will stage a comeback soon, as Dell is reportedly to launch new notebook models adopting carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic chassis in optional colors in the second half of 2019 and HP is also expected to follow suit. And their Taiwan chassis partners are gearing up to roll out...
  • Acer is moving to carry out a dual transformation strategy in 2019, which has its core business focus on promoting ConceptD series PCs and its innovative business powered by multiple growth engines, with nine subsidiaries set to be further upgraded through IPO launches, according to company chairman...
  • Nvidia's new gaming GPUs
    Nvidia has introduced the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 Turing-based GPUs for gaming notebooks, which deliver a major jump in overall performance and power efficiency.
  • Taiwan notebook vendors push into the professional design industry
    As demand for consumer PCs continues dropping, first-tier brand vendors have been expanding in non-consumer areas to maintain growth, with Taiwan-based Acer, Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) all eyeing the computer-aided design (CAD) sector.
  • compal
    Compal Electronics has been enhancing its non-notebook product lines to include a wide range of smart home and healthcare devices. Tablets and smartwatches remain the major drivers of Compal's revenues from the non-notebook segment.
  • Getac chairman James Hwang
    Ruggedized PC vendor Getac Technology expects its sales to increase by a double-digit percentage on year in 2019, and the company has been offering full-set platform solutions to its clients, aiming to catch up with the leading vendor Panasonic, which has an over 50% share in the ruggedized PC market,...

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