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  • Branded tablet growth expected to disappoint with only 2.5% growth; Apple down and Samsung up, says…

    1 October 2014, 4:30 am

    The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in shipment share during the first half of…
  • Lenovo becomes the biggest x86 server provider in China as acquisition of IBM x86 server business…

    1 October 2014, 4:27 am

    Lenovo has become the biggest x86 server provider in China as its acquisition of IBM's x86 server business completes. IDC said it believes this acquisition will enrich Lenovo's x86 server portfolio and strengthen its products and channels.
  • Taiwan market: Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4, Gear S and Gear Circle

    1 October 2014, 3:50 am

    Samsung Electronics has launched its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4, as well as new smart wearable devices, including Gear S and Gear Circle, in the Taiwan market. The Galaxy Note 4 is available at NT$24,900 (US$818) unlocked.
  • Altera announces availability of next-generation, non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs

    1 October 2014, 3:41 am

    Altera has announced the availability of non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs, Altera's latest addition to its Generation 10 portfolio. Using TSMC's 55nm embedded flash process technology, MAX 10 FPGAs revolutionize non-volatile FPGAs by delivering dual-configuration…
  • Grid-scale energy storage systems launched in 2013-2014 total more than 360MW, says Navigant

    1 October 2014, 3:39 am

    Government funding, subsidies, and regulatory reforms continue to encourage the growth of the market for grid-scale energy storage systems. While lithium ion (Li-ion) technology has emerged as the global leader in new energy storage projects, flywheels and…
  • Taiwan market: InFocus launches M510t smartphone via cooperation with Asia Pacific Telecom

    1 October 2014, 3:34 am

    US-based vendor InFocus on September 30 launched the M510t smartphone featuring Qualcomm S400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch HD IPS touch screen, in the Taiwan market at a contract-free retail price of NT$5,488 (US$181) through cooperation with Asia…
  • Digitimes Research: China 4G smartphone demand fails to surge; CoolPad, Lenovo, Xiaomi unlikely to…

    1 October 2014, 3:15 am

    After visiting China's smartphone industry in August and September, Digitimes Research found that demand for 4G smartphones in China did not rise as expected and most vendors' domestic shipments did not achieve any growth.
  • Taiwan market: Epson launches Pulsense

    1 October 2014, 2:59 am

    Seiko Epson has unveiled Pulsense GPS-enabled smart wearable devices for immediate launch in the Taiwan market and aims at a 30% market share for such devices in 2014.
  • Mitac Holdings to see 3Q14 non-operating profit of NT$191 million from Synnex

    1 October 2014, 2:58 am

    Mitac Holdings is expected to report a non-operating profit of NT$191 million (US$6.3 million) for the third quarter of 2014 coming from Synnex, a US-based IT service provider in which Mitac holds a 14.17% stake, as Synnex posted third-quarter net profits of…
  • Latin America and Caribbean region to install 9GW of solar PV within 5 years, says Solarbuzz

    1 October 2014, 2:55 am

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is poised to play a substantial role in fulfilling the need for increased power generation capacity across the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. According to Solarbuzz, the total PV project pipeline is growing…
  • Microsoft unveils Windows 10

    1 October 2014, 2:43 am

    Microsoft has unveiled its next operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available. The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security…
  • JDI sees increased orders from Xiaomi

    1 October 2014, 2:00 am

    JDI is seeing increased orders from Xiaomi as the smartphone vendor further tackles the entry-level and mid-range segments in China and expands its supply chain.
  • China-based foundry house XMC ties up with Spansion to develop 3D NAND flash chips

    1 October 2014, 1:56 am

    China-based 12-inch wafer foundry house XMC reportedly has teamed up with Spansion to jointly develop and produce 3D NAND flash chips, with trial production to begin in 2016 and volume production in 2017, according to industry sources.
  • TSMC, ARM announce silicon validation of ARM Cortex CPUs on 16nm FinFET process

    1 October 2014, 12:02 am

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and ARM have jointly announced the results from a key FinFET silicon validation of the ARM big.LITTLE implementation, using ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors on TSMC's advanced 16nm FinFET (16FF) process…
  • Neo Solar subsidiary sells PV power-generating stations to Chailease

    30 September 2014, 11:44 pm

    General Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of solar cell maker Neo Solar Power, has sold 71 PV power-generating stations with total installation capacity of 22.54MWp to Chailease Finance, a leasing service provider, at NT$445 million (US$14.7 million), Chailease…
  • China PV module makers set tough terms for Taiwan cell makers

    30 September 2014, 11:36 pm

    China-based PV module makers have drastically reduced orders released to Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers who are subject to US anti-dumping tariffs at an average rate of 24.23%, but some of them are willing to resume orders if the suppliers…
  • IC design houses to ramp up rapid charge controller ICs

    30 September 2014, 10:29 pm

    Taiwan-based IC design houses, including On-Bright Electronics, Leadtrend Technology, Anpec Electronics and Hanergy Technologies, are expected to begin to ramp up shipments of rapid charge controller ICs, according to industry sources.
  • Korea vendors developing quantum dot TVs, says report

    30 September 2014, 8:59 am

    Korea-based vendors are developing quantum dot TVs in order to expand their high-end TV range, according to sources quoted in a report from Korea-based Digital Times.
  • Taiwan solar cell makers adopt mixed price adjustments

    30 September 2014, 8:42 am

    Of first- and second-tier Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, some have upward adjusted quotes from US$0.33-0.34/W to US$0.35-0.36/W for high-efficiency models with an average energy conversion rate of 17.6% while others have kept quotes…
  • Digitimes Research: No mid-range digital cameras priced at US$300-400 launched globally in 3Q14

    30 September 2014, 8:13 am

    No mid-range digital cameras for sale at US$300-400 were launched in the global market in the third quarter of 2014 possibly due to increasing competition from smartphones, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Taiwan market: LG introduces G Tablet 8.0 LTE

    30 September 2014, 4:08 am

    LG Electronics has launched its mid-range tablet, the G Tablet 8.0 LTE, in the Taiwan market. The G Tablet 8.0 LTE, the first LTE-enabled tablet introduced into the local market by LG, comes after the Korea-based vendor started marketing its G Tablet 7.0 and G…
  • TFT LCD vehicle display shipments to reach 85 million in 2014, says report

    30 September 2014, 3:46 am

    Global TFT LCD vehicle display shipments will reach 85 million in 2014, up 30% on year, according to a report from China Times.
  • Large-size panel shipments increase to 70.67 million in August 2014, says report

    30 September 2014, 3:44 am

    Global large-size panel shipments benefiting from peak-season incentives reached 72.01 million in August, increasing on month 5.6% compared to 2.7% a year ago, according to a report from WitsView. WitsView expects large-size panel shipments to benefit in…
  • Microgrid enabling technologies expected to exceed US$26 billion in annual revenues by 2023, says…

    30 September 2014, 3:43 am

    Dramatic change is occurring in the microgrid market, as a greater emphasis is being placed on the economic value that these systems bring to the overall power grid. At the same time, new business models, designed to support full commercial deployment of…
  • ITRI licenses STOBA to Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals for explosion-proof Li batteries

    30 September 2014, 3:42 am

    The Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on September 29 signed for exclusive licensing deal for STOBA (self terminated olygomers with hyper-branched architecture) technology to Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals, a wholly-owned…
  • Large-format commercial LCD growth streak continues in US, says DisplaySearch

    30 September 2014, 3:36 am

    On-year large-format commercial LCD display shipments in the US have increased for eight consecutive quarters. According to DisplaySearch, despite pressure from consumer televisions, hybrid displays, and other lower cost display alternatives, sell-through of…
  • Wintek considering selling facilities abroad to improve finances

    30 September 2014, 3:34 am

    Wintek is considering selling three of its four production lines outside of Taiwan in an effort to turn its financial situation around after suffering from three years of financial struggles, including approximately NT$3 billion (US$100 million) in financial…
  • HTC to launch its M8 Life flagship smartphone in 4Q14

    30 September 2014, 3:22 am

    HTC is expected to launch its new flagship smartphone, the M8 Life, in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to China-based media reports.
  • Apple to receive iPad panels sized 9.7- and 12.9-inch from Samsung in 2H14, says report

    30 September 2014, 3:15 am

    Samsung Display is gearing up to provide Apple with 9.7- and 12.9-inch panels for its new iPad series, according to a report from Korea-based news source inews24.
  • Foxconn hiring workers for iPhone 6-series smartphones

    30 September 2014, 2:28 am

    Strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pushing Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to start large-scale hiring at its plants in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, China, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

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