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  • Acer sees booming sales of Chromebooks, says CEO

    25 July 2014, 4:00 am

    Acer has seen booming sales of Chromebooks, including government procurement orders for educational purposes in many countries, and therefore has asked supply chains to increase production to reduce supply shortages, according to company CEO Jason Chen, adding…
  • Chunghwa Telecom NFC TSM system passes Visa certification

    25 July 2014, 3:16 am

    Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) on July 24 announced that it has obtained certification from Visa for its NFC TSM (trusted service manager) system and become a Visa approved vendor to provide mobile Visa credit card payment services on NFC-enabled smartphones in the…
  • Notebook cooling module makers eye business opportunities from electric vehicles

    25 July 2014, 3:13 am

    Notebook cooling module makers including Taiwan-based Chaun-Choung Technology and Japan-based Furukawa Electric, in view of the large potential demand for heat dissipation solutions from electric vehicles (EV) and EV power charging stations, have talked with…
  • More IC vendors to engage in merger or acquisition deals

    25 July 2014, 2:39 am

    Following the recent announcement of the planned merger between FocalTech Systems and Orise Technology, more Taiwan-based touchscreen controller and LCD driver IC vendors are likely to be involved in merger or acquisition deals, according to industry sources.
  • Intel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet 2-in-1 models in 4Q14

    25 July 2014, 2:00 am

    Intel will launch 14nm-based Core M series processors specifically for use in fanless notebook/tablet 2-in-1 models in the fourth quarter of 2014, with many models to be exhibited at the Intel Developer Forum to take place in San Francisco September 9-11,…
  • Neo Solar Power nets NT$1.02 per share for 1H14

    24 July 2014, 11:42 pm

    Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power on July 24 released its financial report for the second quarter of 2014, posting net EPS of NT$1.02 for the first half of the year.
  • PTI reports EPS NT$1.96 for 1H14

    24 July 2014, 11:25 pm

    Memory backend service company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported net profits of NT$2.09 billion (US$69.69 million) for the first half of 2014, translating into an EPS of NT$1.96 for the six-month period.
  • China market: Mainstream pricing for smart wireless routers stands at CNY100-200

    24 July 2014, 10:46 pm

    In the China market, mainstream retail prices for smart Wi-Fi routers fall between CNY100 (US$16.1) and CNY200, according to China-based reports.
  • Career expects sales to peak in 4Q14

    24 July 2014, 10:46 pm

    Flexible PCB supplier Career Technology expects its sales to peak in the fourth quarter of 2014, buoyed by increasing shipments of FPCBs to the wearable device sector.
  • Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in 2Q14, says IDC

    24 July 2014, 10:44 pm

    The worldwide tablet market grew 11.0% on year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to IDC. Although shipments declined sequentially from first-quarter 2014 by 1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience…
  • China PV module makers expected to ask Taiwan solar cell makers to offer incentives

    24 July 2014, 10:43 pm

    China-based PV module makers have drastically decreased orders released to solar cell makers in Taiwan due to uncertainty about US preliminary anti-dumping tariffs, and are likely to resume normal orders after the US makes its decision on July 24, but are…
  • Ultra HD TVs make gains but still lack market penetration, says IHS

    24 July 2014, 10:42 pm

    Ultra HD TVs continued to make slow and steady inroads throughout the world, but their share of the overall flat-panel TV market remained minimal at the end of May 2014, suggesting that Ultra HD TV pricing in the market remains too high to gain meaningful…
  • TPK 2Q14 growth driven by increase in 11- to 16-inch products

    24 July 2014, 10:40 pm

    Touch panel maker TPK has reported that its EPS during the first half of 2014 reached NT$1.37 (US$0.04) and net income came to NT$320 million.
  • Digitimes Research: Japan promoting service robots

    24 July 2014, 10:37 pm

    Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been boosting the development of service robots, with a target production value of JPY2.65 trillion (US$26.1 billion) and target production of 9.4 million robots specifically for use in health and medical…
  • Small- to medium-size China smartphone component makers under pressure of being forced out in 2H14

    24 July 2014, 10:35 pm

    Due to oversupply of smartphone components and price-cut pressure from China-based smartphone vendors, many small- to medium-size China-based smartphone component makers are likely to be forced out of the market in the second half of 2014, according to supply…
  • Google to incorporate NFC functionality into Android

    24 July 2014, 9:38 am

    Google will incorporate TSM (trusted service manager) software and applications into the Android platform after Apple reportedly has made NFC functionality a standard for its speculated iWatch, according to industry sources.
  • TPCA urges Taiwan government to upgrade PCB industry

    24 July 2014, 9:26 am

    The Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) has presented a white paper calling for the government to lead Taiwan's PCB industry to develop next-generation products and to promote industry upgrades.
  • TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

    24 July 2014, 7:30 am

    On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
  • Han's Laser and Goodfeel to attend Touch Taiwan 2014

    24 July 2014, 2:34 am

    China's largest laser equipment maker Han's Laser and sapphire processing player Goodfeel Technology will attend Touch Taiwan 2014, August 27-29 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.
  • TCAS 2014: BenQ to promote short-distance projectors

    24 July 2014, 2:32 am

    BenQ is set to focus on promoting its new short-distance consumer projectors, which feature 3,000 lumens and only require 2.5m of distance to project 100-inch images, at the Taipei Consumer Applications Show (TCAS) 2014, July 31-August 4.
  • Chassis makers doubtful about rumors Samsung to release metal chassis smartphone

    24 July 2014, 1:58 am

    With Apple's next-generation iPhones expected to appear in the market soon, rumors that Samsung Electronics is planning to release a metal-chassis smartphone in September to defend its position have been circulating in the market; however, sources from chassis…
  • Samsung reportedly suffering from infighting; may impact upcoming smartphone plans, says report

    24 July 2014, 1:58 am

    Samsung Electronics' wireless business unit is reportedly seeing infighting between the manufacturing and purchasing departments since the manufacturing arm is gradually increasing the adoption of in-house-made components, edging out the purchasing arm's…
  • Taiwan market: 91mai APP Store launched

    24 July 2014, 12:04 am

    N Squared in July 2013 launched 91mai APP Store, a platform for mobile application vendors to open handset/tablet-based online stores of mobile applications, and indicated that the platform has become the largest of its kind in the Taiwan market with more…
  • Digitimes Research: Xiaomi to see slower growth in smartphone shipments in China market

    24 July 2014, 12:01 am

    Xiaomi Technology ranked first in smartphone shipments in the China market among China-based vendors in the first half of 2014, but will see growth in shipments gradually slow down mainly because other vendors started using online marketing in the second…
  • Worldwide digital production color print market to see cumulative shipment value reach nearly US$25…

    23 July 2014, 11:52 pm

    According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide digital production color market continued its unabated growth of top-line shipment value in 2013. The industry achieved record shipment values of US$4.4 billion in 2013, fueled by growth in a…
  • Global pay-TV market to generate US$280.4 billion in 2014, with 45% of subscribers watching HD…

    23 July 2014, 11:49 pm

    The worldwide pay-TV market continued to grow in first-quarter 2014. According to ABI Research, the total pay-TV subscriber base is expected to surpass 936.4 million at the end of 2014, generating US$280.4 billion in service revenues.
  • Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors

    23 July 2014, 11:47 pm

    Sony has announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center (Nagasaki TEC) and Kumamoto Technology Center (Kumamoto TEC) from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 through the first half of the…
  • STB revenues post best year ever in 2013, says IHS

    23 July 2014, 11:45 pm

    Following a relatively flat three-year period, the global set-top box (STB) market managed to achieve the highest annual revenue total in its history in 2013, setting the stage for continued growth through 2015, according to IHS.
  • Digitimes Research: CSOT to see increased influence in AMOLED industry

    23 July 2014, 11:42 pm

    Following its aggressive investments in 8.5G production lines, China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) has become the largest supplier of 32-inch panels worldwide. The company has also established a joint venture with the government of Wuhan, China,…
  • Peak season TV demand expected to be flat on year

    23 July 2014, 11:38 pm

    Peak demand for LCD TVs for the early October holidays in China and the year-end holidays in the US and Europe is expected to remain flat on year, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

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