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  • Flexium Interconnect is gearing up for the commercialization of 5G with related products and technologies, such as antenna module solutions, according to the flexible PCB specialist.
  • GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors expects robust demand for 3D sensing and 5G related applications to drive its mid- and long-term business growth.
  • PCB firm Compeq Manufacturing remains cautious about its performance this year judging from low order visibility.
  • Lite-On Semiconductor has set up a new business unit to combine its discrete component and power management IC offerings, the company has disclosed.
  • IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) will kick off production in small volume for satellite communication PCBs at the end of 2019, according to industry sources.
  • PCB maker Apex International expects to post on-year revenue growth in the first quarter of 2019, and remains optimistic about its sales performance this year.
  • Epitaxial wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) has entered the supply chain for Samsung's new mobile devices featuring biometric technology slated for launch in the second half of 2019, according to industry sources.
  • Among supply chain partners for iPhones, Taiwan's PCB makers have suffered significantly from the devices' latest wave of lackluster sales, with flexible board suppliers Zhen Ding Tech, Flexium Interconnect and Career Technology bracing for more negative impacts in 2019 as their revenues have already...
  • LandMark plans to build a new plant in 2019
    LandMark Optoelectronics, a maker of GaAs- and InP-based epitaxial wafers, expects its sales to remain on a growth track in 2019 despite an estimated 5-10% sequential setback in the first quarter of the year, according to company CFO Jerry Yang.
  • Huawei reportedly will follow in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung in adopting substrate-like PCBs (SLP) in its flagship smartphone series.
  • The world's top-tier passive component makers will continue to focus production on medium- and high-capacitance MLCCs for industrial control and automotive applications in 2019 to meet robust demand, and Taiwan suppliers are expected to see their shipments of lower-capacitance consumer MLCCs pick up...
  • huawei
    Despite the raging US-led campaign to boycott 5G network equipment supplied by China's leading telecom equipment maker Huawei, Taiwan PCB makers are less worried about its possible impact on their revenue performances for 2019 than the global economic slumps that may arise from lingering trade tensions...
  • Diode maker Actron Technology will start constructing a new plant dedicated to producing automotive insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan around mid-2019. Actron's IGBT production capacity will reach three million units annually when the new plant comes online, according...
  • PCB and IC substrate supplier Unimicron Technology has decided to increase its capex budget this year by NT$2.32 billion (US$75.5 million) to total NT$8.3 billion, according to a resolution passed by the company's board of directors.
  • Taiwan PCB makers do not expect any significant growth in 2019 sales of automotive boards amid lackluster car sales worldwide, but they are expected to maintain stable shipments of high-end boards for ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) growingly adopted in premium cars, whose sales are less...
  • Rapid growth in demand seen over the past two years for wearable devices including smartwatches and wireless headsets will carry into 2019, serving as a significant growth driver for shipments of both flexible and rigid-flex PCBs in the year, according to industry sources.
  • PCB makers expects good demand from server applications
    Relatively stable demand for servers is likely to become the only major growth driver for PCB makers in 2019 amid the lackluster global sales of consumer electronics devices, but the makers are still cautious about some variables that may affect their shipment of server-use PCBs, according to industry...
  • Glass passivated package (GPP) bridge rectifier orders for Apple's AirPower continue to pull in, according to sources at related suppliers, who expect shipments for the wireless charger to boost further once it becomes available later in 2019.
  • Demand for 5G infrastructure materials will grow exponentially in the next few years, generating many business opportunities for smaller suppliers of copper-clad laminates (CCL), which may change the competition scenario of the entire CCL sector, according to industry sources.
  • As international IDMs still dominate the market for IGBT, the core power component for new energy vehicles and hybrid vehicles, Taiwan makers of discrete power devices are keen to enhance their deployments in other automotive semiconductor devices including rectifier diode and MOSFETs or in developing...
  • Taiwan's copper-clad laminate maker Elite Material (EMC) is expected to see 2019 revenue growth driven by robust demand from handset and automotive electronics sectors for its high-density interconnect (HDI) board materials, the firm's mainstay product.
  • Notebooks are getting smart along with growing application of 5G and AI technologies, driving up demand for high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs to support upgrades in designs, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan-based foundries including Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), Episil Technologies and Mosel Vitelic will continue to enjoy brisk demand for power discrete semiconductors in 2019, thanks to a ramp-up of orders from their IDM clients, according to industry sources.
  • Flexible PCB firm Uniflex Technology has reportedly entered the supply chain for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 series with shipments already kicking off, according to industry sources.
  • Despite sales growth stagnancy for smartphones, handset PCB suppliers are moving to develop high-end board materials as they believe handsets still have great room for sales growth along with increasing incorporation of new tech functions, according to supply chain sources.

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