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2018 review and 2019 outlook
Digitimes takes a look at the IT industries in 2018 and their outlook in 2019 and beyond.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Challenges and opportunities for flat panel industry
The global flat panel industry got off to a bumpy start in 2018 amid growing concerns of oversupply resulting from continued capacity ramps by Chinese firms. In fact, the year ended...
Friday 25 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Diversified applications to drive growth for Taiwan optical lens makers
Taiwan-based makers of optical lens modules and lens pieces generally are optimistic that diversified applications, including multi-lens smartphone cameras, automotive lenses and...
Monday 21 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Toshiba Memory revving up to boost competitiveness
Japan-based Toshiba Memory Corp (TMC), now the world's No. 2 supplier of NAND flash memory chips with nearly 20% market share, is striving at full throttles to rival top supplier...
Thursday 17 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: New applications driving server industry growth
Emerging technologies and applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 5G have driven server shipment growths in the past few...
Wednesday 16 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: The competition between mono-Si and poly-Si solar cells
Of global demand for solar cells, the proportion for mono-Si models rose from about 30% in 2017 to nearly 50% in 2018, but in all markets other than China, the proportion for poly-Si...
Monday 14 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: PCB makers see new applications as growth driver
Taiwan PCB makers enjoyed strong growth in 2018 in shipments of their flexible boards, rigid-flex boards and substrate-like PCBs to new application sectors of datacenter servers and...
Thursday 10 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Heterogeneous chips integration spurs demand for system-3D backend solutions
Heterogeneous integration of diverse semiconductor components to support 5G, AI, automotive electronics, and IoT applications is gaining significant momentum, driving demand for SiP...
Wednesday 9 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Mixed impacts of trade war on East Asia IC firms
The huge annual trade deficit of up to US$375 billion is definitely a major reason for the US to raise tariffs on goods imported from China, but the trade war seems to be more of...
Tuesday 8 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Taiwan IC designers bracing for multiple headwinds
Most Taiwan-based IC design firms fared better than expected in 2018 despite tight wafer capacity, but they face multiple headwinds from trade war, subdued handset momentum, slower...
Monday 7 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Sharp price falls to boost NAND flash penetration
Fast NAND flash price falls are expected to accelerate the penetration of the memory into various application segments, and may also trigger a wave of reshuffle among suppliers in...
Friday 4 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: South Korea continues bold investments in memory sector
South Korea is a global semiconductor powerhouse, with semiconductor output recording an increasing ratio of its total annual exports, surging from 12.6% in 2016 to 17.1% in 2017,...
Thursday 3 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: EDA going on cloud to cut IC design cost
Along with increasingly advanced foundry technologies, IC design cost has sharply hiked, prompting chip designers to use cloud computing services to undertake EDA (electronic design...
Wednesday 2 January 2019
2018 review and 2019 outlook: Memory long-term outlook remains bright
Memory chipmakers had a good year in 2018, but the outlook for 2019 is marred by uncertainties arising from the US-China trade war and concerns about over-supply. Samsung Electronics...
Friday 28 December 2018
2018 review and 2019 outlook: The semiconductor scene in East Asia
As far as the US-China trade war is concerned, a major battleground is the semiconductor sector in East Asia, where some of the world's most important IT players are located: South...
Thursday 27 December 2018
2018 review and 2019 outlook: The race to the top in the smartphone market
On November 26, 2018, Microsoft saw its market value of US$807 billion surpass Apple's NT$805 billion, officially making the software giant the most valuable IT player worldwide....