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Highlights of the day: 5G+8K
DIGITIMES staff

The Foxconn Group's 5G+8K business strategy eyeing the synergy of the next-generation network technology and Ultra HD applications is gaining momentum, as an affiliated LCD maker in China is set to start volume production at its 10.5G line next month making large-size TV panels. Others in Taiwan's supply chain are also gearing up 5G: A government-backed lab and 18 companies, including MediaTek, have formed an alliance to develop white-box 5G small cells eyeing the global market. And top IC backend service provider ASE Technology Holding is also enjoying growth for its SiP business, thanks to growing demand related to 5G applications.

Sakai SIO 10.5G line to kick off volume production in September: A 10.5 line of Sakai SIO International Guangzhou, a subsidiary of Japan-based Sakai Display Products (SDP), has rolled out its first 65-inch LCD panel, paving the way for the plant to kick off volume production at the end of September 2019, according to company sources.

Taiwan industrial alliance eyeing white-box small cell market: The Taiwan government-backed Information and Telecommunications Research Laboratories (ITRL) is working with a number of local companies to develop 5G small-cell base stations, with an aim to sell devices directly to telecom operations in the global market in 2020.

ASE gaining ground in SiP on heterogeneous integration demand: Taiwan's top IC backend specialist ASE Technology Holding has seen its SiP (system in package) business expand substantially so far this year amid growing demand for heterogeneous chips integration to support increasingly complicated 5G, AI and IoT applications, according to company CFO Joseph Tung.

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