IT components, peripherals
  • The transfer was oirginally set to complete on April 1
    EMS provider Lite-On Technology has disclosed it originally planned to transfer its SSD business unit to Kioxia Holdings on April 1, 2020, but the Japanese memory company has been unable to finish the takeover procedures due to delay in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. Both sides have agreed to postpone...
  • Demand for TV applications is being weakened by the pandemic
    Light guide plate (LGP) maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has said that it will focus on ramping up shipments for IT applications in 2020 as prospects of TV applications are not clear.
  • Mitac Digital president Steve Chang
    Car-use camera and GPS navigation device maker Mitac Digital Technology will invest NT$1.5 billion (US$49.5 million) to set up a factory focusing on R&D of automotive electronics, AI-based application of images and IoV (Internet of vehicle) devices at Taiwan's Hsinchu Science Park, according to...
  • HTC Vive vice president Lee Wen-tsai
    HTC will team up with Extra, a leading distributor of consumer electronics products in Saudi Arabia, to build a VR-based theme park-like center, dubbed Xtra Life, in Al Khbor, according to Lee Wen-tsai, vice president of business solutions at HTC Vive.
  • GSEO was profitable in 2019
    Optical lens module maker Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO) has reported net profit of NT$2.522 billion (US$83.29 million) with EPS reaching NT$24.79 for 2019.
  • A face mask made of Taiwan-made fabric
    TexTip, a startup offering an online AI platform for selecting fabrics, has introduced a new use of its services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic: customized covers for face masks.
  • IC designers have seen a slow-down in orders for server applications
    Demand from the server sector has been fueld by work- and study-from home activities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But IC designers have recently seen a slow-down in orders for server applications, sending them worrying about...
  • Taiwan makers are eyeing the aerospace sector
    An aerospace team composed of Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development (AIDC) and three advanced machinery makers has successfully tapped into the international aerospace composite materials processing market, landing 10 years of orders worth NT$62 billion (US$2.05 billion) from Boeing and Airbus,...
  • MSI chairman Joseph Hsu (center) and president Charles Chiang (right)
    Micro-Star International (MSI) expects revenues to drop less than 10% on year in the first quarter of 2020 and will see its sales gradually pick up starting April with the releases of new products from Intel, AMD and Nvidia, according to company chairman Joseph Hsu.
  • Intel is ready to unveil next-generation processors in April
    Intel is set to unveil its new 14nm processors and chipsets in April, but the coronavirus pandemic may seriously hinder end-market demand for related PCs and motherboards, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Server demand has been fueled by stay-at-home activities amid the pandemic
    Taiwan-based IC design houses engaged in the supply chain for servers are expected to see orders coming from the sector buoy their sales during the second quarter of 2020, but have recently seen orders slow down from brand clients based in North America, according to industry sources.
  • Pegatron president SJ Liao
    Pegatron is looking to push up sales for its three major product lines in 2020, with results for the second quarter to outperform those for the first quarter, according to company president and CEO SJ Liao.
  • Taiwan IC design houses land short lead-time orders for notebooks
    Taiwan-based IC design houses have recently landed short lead-time orders for applications for commercial and educational notebooks and tablets, according to industry sources.
  • Battery demand from the TWS device segment remains significant
    Lithium-ion battery and lithium-ion polymer battery maker Synergy ScienTech has disclosed it will begin production of button batteries mainly for use in TWS devices at its factory in Kunshan, eastern China, in third-quarter 2020.
  • AR glasses are on the roadmaps of many vendors
    Apple is still working on augmented reality (AR) glasses, with more to be known about their development in the next one or two years, according to sources from the supply chain makers.
  • Apple reportedly is having more of its products, including the AirPods, made outside China
    Apple is reportedly accelerating plans to diversify its manufacturing risks by removing more of its production out of China, with sources from the supply chain claiming that the vendor is relocating some capacity for iPhone to India and acoustic devices such as AirPods and HomePod to Vietnam.
  • Apple placing aggressive orders for its Magic Keyboard
    Suppliers engaged in the supply chain for Apple's new products featuring its redesigned scissor-switch Magic Keyboard are ramping up production and have seen no cutbacks in the orders despite concerns over the coronavirus, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Computex 2020 has been rescheduled to September
    The Computex Taipei 2020, originally slated for June, has been rescheduled to September 28-30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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    US-based data storage and management solution provider NetApp expects its Taiwan sales for its fiscal fourth-quarter 2019 (February-April 2020) to hike on year, judging from sales results so far in the calendar first-quarter 2020, according to the company's Taiwan general manager Sean Lin.
  • Taboola's vice president Ning Ning Yu
    Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and StanShih Foundation, established by Acer founder Stan Shih, on March 20 jointly hosted a three-day training camp on entrepreneurship via online conferencing, avoiding a physical meetings in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Posiflex and Flytech were both profitable in 2019
    POS (point of sale/service) device and kiosk makers Flytech Technology and Posiflex Technology have both reported profits for 2019.
  • Brinno-developed time-lapse camera
    Time-lapse camera maker Brinno has reported net profit of NT$23.7 million (US$780,000) and net EPS of NT$1.07 for 2019.
  • Enterprise notebooks see rising demand thanks to work-from-home needs
    Taiwan-based PCB makers are poised to benefit from growing demand for business-use notebooks and tablets from enterprises and schools in many countries rushing to implement remote work and learning programs amid the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic, according to industry sources.
  • Computex 2020 schedule may be influenced by coronavirus outbreak
    Many Taiwan-based high-tech companies reportedly has asked the organizers of Computex Taipei to postpone the annual tradeshow this year currently scheduled for June 2 to 5, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Taiwan sees decreased February export orders
    Taiwan-based makers received export orders totaling US$28.68 billion in value in February 2020, decreasing 18.8% sequentially and 0.8% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

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