MediaTek’s Android smartphone sees hot sales in India

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The MediaTek-based Android One smartphone rose to the top of the “Bestsellers in Electronics” list on Amazon India’s online shopping website just days after it was launched, according to Chinese-language paper Commercial Times. India-based smartphone vendors, including Karbonn, Micromax and Spice, began to market the Android One smartphones featuring MediaTek Inc.’s (聯發科技) MT6582 mobile system-on-chip from Sept. 15, MediaTek revealed.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/22/417760/MediaTeks-Android.htm

India shows record growth in mobile advertising

Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region in mobile advertising, with India as the most powerful driver in the market. Its mobile-ad impression volume has grown 260 percent since July 2013. This is primarily due to the rapid, nation-wide shift from feature phones to smart devices, which is dominated almost entirely by the Android platform (41.7 percent share, as compared to iOS’ 0.4 percent share).

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/india-shows-record-growth-in-mobile-advertising/

TSMC’s market share to be boosted by new 28-nanometer process

TAIPEI–A new cost-competitive 28-nanometer process developed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台灣積體電路) may help the world’s largest contract chip maker gain more market share, according to Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG. TSMC announced Sept. 12 that it has started mass production of the 28-nanometer High Performance Compact (28HPC) process, claiming it to be the most power- and cost-efficient solution among all 28-nanometer technologies in the foundry segment.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/18/417446/TSMCs-market.htm

TSMC see follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Some analog IC suppliers indicated that Apple aims to ship 80-100 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, and initial response to the new iPhone devices seems to be enthusiastic and could gain momentum.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140916PD212.html

Hon Hai Eyes CNY5 Billion Investment Plan In Shanxi For Electric Cars

Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Group, announced that the company will invest over CNY5 billion in Shanxi to develop the electric car industry. Gou revealed that in 2014, Foxconn’s output in Shanxi will surpass CNY60 billion and the company already has 100,000 employees in this province. The company is expected to invest over CNY5 billion in Shanxi to develop the electric car industry by using the province’s rich energy resources.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/09/16/20917-hon-hai-eyes-cny5-billion-investment-plan-in-shanxi-for-electric-cars

Expect 2 million Android One handsets to be sold in 2014: MediaTek

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek today said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world’s second largest market for mobile phones.  The Taiwan-headquartered company has partnered with US-based tech giant Google on Android One, an initiative to provide a family of high-quality, yet affordable Android devices for consumers in emerging markets like India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42630601.cms

4G smartphone prices expected to fall to below US$100 in 1H15, say Taiwan makers

Mainly because Qualcomm has offered an inexpensive 4G chip solution to compete with Taiwan-based MediaTek and market competition for 4G smartphones among China-based vendors has been heating up, prices for a 4G smartphone have dropped to below US$200 and are expected to further slip to below US$100 in the first half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140915PD214.html

TSMC to maintain dominance: foreign brokerage

TAIPEI, Taiwan — According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank AG, TSMC (台積電) is poised to command more than 70 percent of the global market for 28-nanometer and 32-nanometer semiconductor fabrication, as the Taiwan-based sector bellwether commences mass production of its high-performance 28-nanometer variant (HPC) designed to power low- and mid-tier mobile devices.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/16/417289/TSMC-to.htm

Agriculture Department To Process All Import Documentation Online

Australian Department of Agriculture’s new online system for lodging imported cargo documentation launched yesterday, aiming to save commercial importers and customs brokers time and money. More than 31 million sea and air containers were imported into Australia last year, requiring around a million separate lodgements of documentation. “The documents are emailed, faxed or lodged in person at a front counter, adding time and expense to the process,” explained Raelene Vivian, First Assistant Secretary Compliance Division, Department of Agriculture.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/12/agriculture-department-process-all-import-document/

Foxtel urges government to force the hand of ISPs, from AU

Pay TV company Foxtel fears that internet providers will stymie any attempt to introduce a notice scheme to combat online piracy unless they’re made to bear part of its cost. Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told a copyright forum in Sydney that he expected “recalcitrant ISPs” would find a way to make such a scheme expensive, slow and difficult unless they were made to pay to send notices to consumers suspected of breaching copyright laws.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391932,foxtel-urges-government-to-force-the-hand-of-isps.aspx

TSMC to secure orders for Apple’s A9 chip: analysts

TAIPEI, Taiwan — As global markets await the unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 6 handset, reports indicate that analysts are expecting TSMC to secure manufacturing orders for the U.S.-based company’s upcoming A9 processor that is slated to power next year’s iPhone handset. Given its status as the bellwether of the smartphone sector, the contest to secure manufacturing orders for the processor powering each year’s iPhone handset has become the most important battle for semiconductor companies worldwide.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/09/416760/TSMC-to.htm

MediaTek August sales hit a new high

TAIPEI–MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Friday that sales hit a fresh high in August, with market analysts attributing the growth to strong demand for smartphone chips from China. Chinese smartphone brands moving to build up their inventories ahead of an expected buying spree during China’s Oct. 1 National Day holiday were behind MediaTek’s uptrend, which benefited from peak season effects.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/08/416678/MediaTek-August.htm

External disk sales spin down as firms turn off high-end storage

Spending on storage inched up in 2014’s second quarter on the same period last year. But the small rise disguises a fall in the amount firms are spending on external disks. The real picture for external storage systems is that second-quarter factory revenues worldwide were down 1.4 percent on the same period a year ago to $5.87bn. Causing a modest 0.3 percent overall rise in revenues between second quarter 2014 and 2013 are strong internal storage sales in the Asia-Pacific region and emerging markets, analyst firm IDC said. Overall spending on storage reached $7.8bn in the second quarter this year.

http://www.zdnet.com/external-disk-sales-spin-down-as-firms-turn-off-high-end-storage-7000033366/

Tencent invests in medical web portal DXY

China-based Internet service provider Tencent has invested US$70 million in DXY, China’s leading medical, pharmaceutical and life science Web portal, according to Tencent. DXY is set to work with Tencent to seek potential integration between Tencent’s systems such as WeChat and its own platform and will use the funds to develop more medical and healthcare products, the company noted.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140903PD210.html

With $33M funding, Sequoia-backed FreeCharge pivots to targeted advertising

Everybody loves a reward. Even more so if you get rewarded for something you would’ve done anyway. That’s the premise that FreeCharge, one of India’s hottest startups, began with. It gifts freebies to users who recharge their prepaid mobile phones, direct-to-home satellite television connections, or data cards through the Freecharge platform. Thanks to the mobile explosion in India, the Bangalore-based startup has been growing exponentially – mobile transactions on the FreeCharge app have grown 30 times since January.

http://www.techinasia.com/sequoia-backed-freecharge-33-million-funding-pivot/

Semiconductor industry on display at SEMICON

TAIPEI, Taiwan — On course to enjoy the largest growth in regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures for 2014-15, Taiwan will bring this investment energy into focus on Sept. 3-5 at SEMICON Taiwan 2014. SEMICON Taiwan 2014 is expected to be the largest ever in its 19-year history, featuring 1,340 booths and reaching over 40,000 attendees and exhibitors at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (南港展覽館).

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/03/416340/Semiconductor-industry.htm

Adways’ first global push stalled. Its second one is catching fire

Building a global business from Japan is a dicey business. The linguistic, cultural, and enterprise barriers have stymied many Japanese firms, large and small. Adways , a leading ad network, media agency, and app developer, learned this lesson in 2003. The company had expanded to China but was unable to quickly move into other markets. Only after waiting eight years was Adways ready to make its mark on a global scale.

http://www.techinasia.com/adways-global-plan/

Big Data used mostly for Business Intelligence in India: Survey

MUMBAI: Majority of the decision makers in Indian enterprises have ranked Business Intelligence as the major use of Big Data. They also agree that cloud computing and Big Data can give significant impact for their business.  According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65% of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging Big Data — huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Tech/IT-Services/Big-Data-used-mostly-for-Business-Intelligence-in-India-Survey/articleshow/41259724.cms

Air India’s server crashes on heavy traffic

Air India’s decision to celebrate its first-ever ‘Air India Day’ with a ticket for Rs.100 offer backfired as its server crashed due to ‘unprecedented’ traffic witnessed on Wednesday as lakhs of people accessed its website http://www.airindia.com to grab the unbelievable offer. The site was down from 11 a.m. or before said people who tried desperately to be the first ones to avail themselves of tickets at such a low price. Airline officials said they were not prepared for handling such a huge rush and it would take some time to rectify the problem. Till late evening the site was not accessible.

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/air-indias-server-crashes-on-heavy-traffic/article6357418.ece

TSMC, Hon Hai, MediaTek top Q2 R&D spenders

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and MediaTek Inc. ranked as the three largest research and development spenders among the manufacturers listed on Taiwan’s main board and the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the second quarter of his year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Citing statistics, the MOEA said that the TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, spent NT$13.6 billion (US$453 million) in R&D expenses during the April-June period, topping R&D spending rankings among Taiwan’s listed manufacturers.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/08/24/415640/TSMC-Hon.htm