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  • Taiwan market: HTC to launch Desire 816, Desire 610

    17 April 2014, 4:05 am

    HTC will unveil its mid-range models, the Desire 816 and Desire 610, in the Taiwan market on April 23 with delivery of the smartrphones to the market expected to take place starting at the end of the month.
  • Taiwan market: Chief Telecom launches cloud services

    17 April 2014, 3:44 am

    Chief Telecom, an IP telecom service provider and a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, has launched BossWin, cloud computing-based services for customer development and order/account management, in the Taiwan market, targeting small- to medium-size enterprises,…
  • TSMC posts net profits of nearly NT$48 billion in 1Q14

    17 April 2014, 3:42 am

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$47.87 billion (US$1.59 billion) for the first quarter of 2014, increasing 6.8% from the previous quarter and 21% from a year earlier.
  • LCD TV growth improving as plasma and CRT TVs disappear, says DisplaySearch

    17 April 2014, 3:02 am

    Since reaching a peak in 2011, the global TV market has seen continuous declines, falling 6% in 2012 and 3% in 2013. LCD TV shipment growth fell into single digits in 2011, experienced its first decline in 2012, and grew only 2% in 2013, which was not enough…
  • PChome Online to operate auction site in the US

    17 April 2014, 2:40 am

    PChome Online, a web portal and e-commerce operator in Taiwan, will have its US-based subsidiary PChome US start C2C (customer to customer) online auction business operations in the US market later in April, according to the company.
  • Large-size panel shipments up 11% in March, says WitsView

    17 April 2014, 2:11 am

    Large-size panel shipments rose 11% on month in March 2014 to 66.57 million units, according to WitsView.
  • Ultra HD TV penetration rate expected to reach 6% in 2014, say AUO sources

    17 April 2014, 2:04 am

    The penetration rate for Ultra HD TVs is expected to reach 6% in 2014, according to sources at AU Optronics (AUO).
  • Digitimes Research: Qualcomm rethinks AP development strategy

    17 April 2014, 2:02 am

    Qualcomm has received recognition from brand vendors for its mobile application processors (APs) based on its in-house developed architecture. However, its competitors have started to pick up their pace in releasing new products, and the CPU cores have become…
  • China white-box tablet vendors gaining foothold

    17 April 2014, 12:31 am

    China-based white-box tablet vendors have become increasingly competitive in the face of international vendors by offering a host of hardware upgrades, such as LTE support, ultra-thin bezels and 13-megapixel cameras, according to Taiwan-based supply chain…
  • Southern Taiwan Science Park sees January-February revenues down 5.42% on year

    17 April 2014, 12:17 am

    The government-run Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) generated revenues of NT$83.108 billion (US$2.74 billion) for January-February 2014, decreasing 5.42% on year, according to the STSP administration.
  • Young Optics to deal out 2013 cash dividend of NT$1.88

    17 April 2014, 12:13 am

    Optical lens module maker Young Optics has announced it will distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$1.88 (US$0.062) for 2013, accounting for 89.95% of the corresponding net EPS of NT$2.09.
  • Unitech to ramp up capacity for any-layer HDI and flex-rigid boards

    16 April 2014, 9:46 am

    PCB maker Unitech Printed Circuit Board will spend NT$1.5 billion (US$49.62 million) to ramp up its production capacity of any-layer HDI boards and flex-rigid boards in 2014, according to industry sources.
  • FIC ruggedized tablet subsidiary receives procurement orders from Brazil

    16 April 2014, 9:24 am

    Ubiqconn Applied Computer, a ruggedized tablet manufacturing subsidiary of Taiwan-based First International Computer (FIC), recently landed procurement orders from the government in Brazil and is expected to see strong revenue growth in 2014, according to the…
  • China market: Local smartphone vendors accelerating LTE launches

    16 April 2014, 9:13 am

    China-based handset vendors, including Coolpad, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Gionee, K-Touch and TCL, have each accelerated the launch of their 4G LTE smartphones in an attempt to grab market share from international players, notably Samsung Electronics and Apple,…
  • Taiwan market: Epson launches CISS printers

    16 April 2014, 9:10 am

    Seiko Epson on April 16 unveiled two CISS (continuous ink supply system) A3/A4 printers, the 6-color L1800 and 4-color L1300, for immediate launch in the Taiwan market at recommended retail prices of NT$16,990 (US$563) and NT$13,990, respectively, according to…
  • O-Film expected to produce for 35% of handset touch panels in 2014

    16 April 2014, 8:20 am

    China touch panel maker O-Film reportedly was responsible for 23% of global handset touch panels in 2013 and the percentage is expected to climb to 35% in 2014, according to supply chain sources.
  • Taiwan solar cell makers see surging orders from China

    16 April 2014, 8:17 am

    Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have received a significant increase in orders from first-tier China-based PV module makers and consequently ordered volumes have exceeded available production capacity by 50%, according to industry sources.
  • Delays in OLED TV shipments impede growth of OLED material market, says DisplaySearch

    16 April 2014, 4:36 am

    Growth in the OLED industry has been slower than expected due to very few breakthroughs in AMOLED displays and manufacturing costs that are still higher than those for LCD screens. According to DisplaySearch, due to ongoing delays in OLED TV shipments, OLED…
  • Intel reports 1Q14 results with income of US$1.9 billion

    16 April 2014, 4:30 am

    Intel has reported first-quarter revenues of US$12.8 billion, operating income of US$2.5 billion, net income of US$1.9 billion and EPS of NT$0.38. The company generated approximately US$3.5 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of US$1.1 billion, and…
  • Digitimes Research: Korea-based Silicon Works looks to ramp up LCD driver IC shipments for Ultra TVs

    16 April 2014, 4:02 am

    Optimizing its experience of shipping LCD driver ICs for HD displays used in iPads, Korea-based Silicon Works is expected to ramp up its shipments of display driver ICs for Ultra HD TV applications in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Leadtek pushes virtual desktop products for 2014, says paper

    16 April 2014, 3:46 am

    Taiwan-based graphics card maker Leadtek Research is currently focusing on businesses such as virtual desktops, medical health equipment and online game hosting, and is looking to turn profitable in the second quarter, according to a report.
  • Sony and Hydro-Quebec announce joint venture to develop a large-scale energy storage system for…

    16 April 2014, 3:43 am

    Sony and Hydro-Quebec have announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Quebec plan to establish the new company in June 2014.
  • Korea panel makers to bump up competition in the Ultra HD TV panel segment

    16 April 2014, 3:21 am

    Korea-based panel makers are reportedly producing 43- and 49-inch Ultra HD TV panels with the intent of competing against Taiwan makers' 39- and 50-inch products, according to industry sources.
  • Clevo chairman to invest in development of innovation park in northern Taiwan

    16 April 2014, 2:55 am

    Kent Hsu, chairman for Taiwan-based notebook maker Clevo, will invest about NT$5.8 billion (US$192 million) to develop an international innovation park in northern Taiwan, on a 50-year BOT (build-operate-transfer) contract with New Taipei City, the municipal…
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 carries over US$250 BOM, IHS teardown reveals

    16 April 2014, 2:48 am

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 with 32GB of NAND flash memory carries a BOM of US$251.52, according to IHS. The cost rises to US$256.52 when the US$5 manufacturing cost is added.
  • Motherboard players pushing non-motherboard businesses for profit growth

    16 April 2014, 2:11 am

    Despite expectations of a strong second quarter thanks to the launch of Intel's Haswell Refresh platform, motherboard players such as Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and ASRock have also been pushing their non-motherboard…
  • Mitac Information Technology becomes Asia Pacific partner for Google Cloud Platform

    15 April 2014, 11:55 pm

    Mitac Information Technology has announced that it is an Asia Pacific partner for Google Cloud Platform, providing support for system integration services mainly in the Taiwan and China markets.
  • Samsung, HTC, Sony Mobile likely to launch mini flagship models

    15 April 2014, 11:32 pm

    Samsung Electronics, HTC and Sony Mobile Communications are expected to launch mini versions of their latest flagship smartphones starting at the end of the second quarter of 2014, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.
  • Google Cloud Platform launched in Taiwan

    15 April 2014, 11:28 pm

    Google has announced the launch of Google Cloud Platform in the Taiwan market, with its Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL to be available initially.
  • Taiwan market: WLAN device sales total US$17.9 million in 4Q13, says IDC

    15 April 2014, 11:15 pm

    WLAN device sales in the Taiwan market in fourth-quarter 2013 totaled US$17.9 million, decreasing 7% sequentially but increasing 49% on year, according to IDC. Sales for 2013 totaled US$66.9 million, growing 33% on year.

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