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Highlights of the day: Trade war taking toll on China server market

The US-China trade war may be hurting the economy of both countries, but as far as the server industry is concerned, the impact on the Chinese market seems greater than that on the US. It may take a few more months before China's server market recovers. For Mitac Group, a major Taiwan-based server ODM, it still expects significant gropwth next year. In the wearable market segment, TWS headset demand is picking up, partly fueled by the recent l;aunch of Apple's AirPod Pro. But major chip vendors' eagerness to carve out slices of the market has brought down TWS chip prices.

Trade war affecting datacenter market in China: The ongoing trade disputes between the US and China continue to affect negatively China's datacenter market, with recovery unlikely to take place until the end of 2019 or even 2020, according to sources at server and related device makers.

Mitac to push into cloud computing in 2020: The Mitac Group will see three major growth drivers - edge computing, large-scale datacenters and Internet of Vehicles - in 2020 with subsidiaries Mitac Computing Technology and Mitac Digital Technology to be responsible for these business opportunities, according to group president Billy Ho.

TWS earbud chip prices fall below US$1.50: Unit prices for SoC chips used in true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds have fallen below US$1.50 recently, down from US$2.50-3 in the first quarter of 2019, amid growing presence of major chipset vendors in the maket segment, according to industry sources.

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