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  • DRAM market oligopoly to face challenges in 2015 as makers expand capacity, says DRAMeXchange

    28 August 2014, 4:09 am

    An increasing number of DRAM makers are planning to expand their capacity in the fourth quarter of 2014 as DRAM market supply tightens, while bit supply could grow nearly 30% in 2015 following recent decreases in die size and capacity adjustments. As a result,…
  • China Telecom records 1H14 revenues of CNY166.0 billion

    28 August 2014, 4:04 am

    China Telecom generated consolidated revenues of CNY166.0 billion (US$26.9 billion) for the first half of 2014, including revenues of CNY16.6 billion, and increasing 5.3% on year, according to China-based .
  • Digitimes Research: China small- to medium-size panel shipments to increase 12.9% in 2H14

    28 August 2014, 3:34 am

    China makers expect to see their small- to medium-size panel shipments increase 12.9% in the second half of 2014 compared to the first half of the year, according to Digitimes Research.The rise will represent a 13.5% on-year increase.
  • China TV vendors changing product mixes to focus more on high-end units for 2H14

    28 August 2014, 3:31 am

    TV vendors in China are changing their product mix for the second half of 2014 in light of growing demand for high-end units, according to industry sources.
  • EPA passes initial environmental impact assessment for TSMC planned 18-inch fab

    28 August 2014, 3:03 am

    A special panel of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has approved the environmental impact assessment for a piece of land designated for construction of an 18-inch fab by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in Taichung, central…
  • LTPS to become mainstream in handset industry, says CEO of Taiwan Display

    28 August 2014, 2:36 am

    LTPS-based panels currently account for 10% of handset shipments, but with Japan Display and China-based BOE's aggressive capacity expansions, LTPS panels are expected to become the mainstream in the handset industry in 2-3 years, according to chairman and CEO…
  • Handset brands launching more Android Wear-based devices

    28 August 2014, 1:58 am

    More handset brands are rolling out Android Wear-based smartwatches and smart bracelets, adding pressure on specialized wearable device vendors such as Jawbone, Fitbit and Pebble, according to industry sources.
  • HTC unveils HTC Desire 510, Desire 820 expected in 4Q14

    28 August 2014, 1:29 am

    HTC has unveiled its new 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC Desire 510, further expanding the portfolio of its mid-range Desire-series family. The HTC Desire will be available in the US, Europe and Asia.
  • Delta Electronics signs up Xander as Taiwan sales agent

    28 August 2014, 12:10 am

    Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics on August 26 signed with IT retail channel operator Xander International for Xander to become its Taiwan sales agent for Delta's InfraSuite, a data center solution consisting of power…
  • Production schedules at 12-inch fabs begin to loosen

    28 August 2014, 12:07 am

    While most 8-inch fabs of major foundries are expected to run at full capacity until the end of 2014, production schedules at 12-inch fabs, particularly those of second-tier foundry houses, are said to have begun to loosen as some IC players have been reducing…
  • Innolux notebook panel supply currently faces 20% shortage

    27 August 2014, 10:43 am

    Innolux expects 1-2% growth on year in notebook panel shipments and currently faces a 20% shortage to meet current market demand.
  • Motherboard price competition expands to Europe

    27 August 2014, 10:33 am

    The fierce price competition between Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology has recently expanded to Europe as demand in China is falling short of expectations and is putting strong pressure on ASRock and Micro-Star International (MSI), which have a large…
  • AUO, Innolux have order visibility until 4Q14

    27 August 2014, 10:03 am

    AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux both have order visibility for TV panels until the fourth quarter of 2014, with Innolux until October and AUO December.
  • Taiwan market: Surface Pro 3 to launch

    27 August 2014, 4:16 am

    Microsoft will launch the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 in the Taiwan market on August 29 at a starting retail price of NT$24,900 (US$830), according to Microsoft Taiwan.
  • Smart card shipments to rise 2.1 billion units by 2019, says IHS

    27 August 2014, 4:13 am

    Global unit shipments of smart cards are expected to rise 2.1 billion from 2014-2019-about equal to the combined populations of China, the US, Indonesia and Brazil, according to IHS.
  • Karbonn looks to in-house handset production in India: Q&A with executive director

    27 August 2014, 4:08 am

    Karbonn, the second-largest India-based handset vendor, is looking into in-house production. Digitimes recently sat down with company executive director Shashin Devsare to discuss the handset market in India.
  • Good Way Technology listed on OTC

    27 August 2014, 3:53 am

    USB docking station and peripheral maker Good Way Technology on August 26 started listing on Taiwan's over-the-counter stock market at an initial price of NT$105 (US$3.50) per share. The company said it is developing wireless docking stations and will offer…
  • Commentary: Ultra HD still dominating in high-end TV segment

    27 August 2014, 3:51 am

    As TV vendors are looking to capture increased market shares in the TV market including the high-end segment, Ultra HD has become the mainstream choice for both TV vendors and panel makers due to the technology's quality, decreased pricing and improved yields.
  • Worldwide server market revenues increase 2.5% in 2Q14 as infrastructure refresh cycle continues,…

    27 August 2014, 3:48 am

    According to IDC, factory revenues in the worldwide server market increased 2.5% on year to US$12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014. Server shipments improved 1.2% on year to 2.2 million units as investments in hyperscale datacenter capacity were largely…
  • North American semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.07 in July, says SEMI

    27 August 2014, 3:41 am

    North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that US$107 worth of orders were…
  • Foxconn adopts cloud computing-based security monitoring system

    27 August 2014, 3:34 am

    Foxconn Electronics has adopted a cloud computing-based security monitoring system equipped with in-house-developed hardware and software at its headquarters in northern Taiwan to monitor labor safety and environmental conditions at its main factories in…
  • Digitimes Research: Greater China on-cell touch panel shipments expected to grow 91.4% in 2H14

    27 August 2014, 3:18 am

    On-cell touch panel shipments from makers in Greater China are expected to grow 91.4% in the second half of 2014 compared to the first half of the year as makers greatly improve production yields, leading to pricing and technological advancements. Of the…
  • Allied Telesis to cease imports of Spansion devices alleged of infringement

    27 August 2014, 3:07 am

    Japan-based Allied Telesis has agreed to a consent order to cease all US imports of products containing Spansion devices alleged of patent infringement, according to a statement from Macronix International.
  • Slimmer MacBook to launch in 4Q14 or 2015, say Taiwan makers

    27 August 2014, 3:03 am

    Apple plans to launch a thinner MacBook possibly at the end of 2014 or in 2015. Production of components has begun in small volumes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
  • Intel sees proportion for entry-level notebook CPUs rise to 60-70%

    27 August 2014, 2:53 am

    Along with notebook vendors launching more inexpensive models, Intel has seen the shipment proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs, namely its Pentium and Celeron series, increase from 50-60% in the first half of 2014 to 60-70% currently, according to…
  • Cree to invest in Lextar Electronics

    27 August 2014, 2:22 am

    LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on August 27 announced that US-based Cree will invest US$83 million to acquire 13.32% of its stock through subscribing to 83 million new Lextar shares at NT$30 (US$1) per…
  • Gaining an advantage in emerging markets: Q&A with India-based handset player Micromax

    27 August 2014, 12:30 am

    Sales of handsets in the India market reached 61.07 million units in the first quarter of 2014, with smartphones accounting for 17.59 million units or 28.8%. Notably, smartphone sales showed a 186% on-year growth in the first quarter compared to a 31% growth…
  • Voices from India: How can Taiwan best tap the booming India handset market

    27 August 2014, 12:27 am

    There will be an estimated 250 million handsets sold in the India market in 2014, 35% of which will be smartphones, an increase from the 23% in 2013. However, with a population of 1.2 billion and an underdeveloped infrastructure in India has resulted in a…
  • Use of sapphire in smartphones may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers

    27 August 2014, 12:00 am

    Following the use of sapphire to make covers for the home button and camera of the iPhone 5, China- and South Korea-based smartphone vendors are considering the adoption of sapphire, and therefore the application in smartphones is likely to take off in 2015,…
  • InnoDisk releases new series of industrial SSDs

    26 August 2014, 11:57 pm

    NAND flash provider InnoDisk has unveiled a new 3MG2-P series of high-performance industrial SSDs. Available in standard 2.5-inch SATA III as well as SATA Slim formats, the 3MG2-P series uses a custom new ID201 controller, synchronous NAND flash and 19nm…

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