TSMC to turn new plant into packaging facility, says analyst

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) will turn a plant recently purchased from Qualcomm into a facility devoted to the development of the advanced integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO-WLP) technology, said a Hong Kong-based institutional investor. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip-maker, recently forked out US$85 million to purchase a plant in Longtan, Taoyuan, owned by the U.S.-based semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/11/22/422360/TSMC-to.htm

SA Minister apologises for handling of rego systems outage

South Australia’s Public Sector Minister, Susan Close, has publicly apologised for the poor handling of a day-long outage which shut down the state’s vehicle registration system. Close yesterday read out a statement in the state’s parliament acknowledging that the government’s response to the outage “was not adequate” and promised that its communications strategy was “being reviewed so that we have an improved response should a similar event occur in the future”.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398091,sa-minister-apologises-for-handling-of-rego-systems-outage.aspx

Taiwan Semiconductor: Big Opportunity In Tiny Wafers

Inside Taiwan Semiconductor’s fabrication — or “fab” — clean rooms pressurized with filtered air, technicians don white coveralls to control the level of contamination as they braid transistors by the billions into tiny slivers of silicon. The end product: computer chips. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) employs some 40,500 workers and operates on a foundry business model that Chairman Morris Chang pioneered in 1987.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/taiwan-semiconductor-big-opportunity-in-tiny-wafers-cm416262

China market: Online advertising value over CNY43 billion in 3Q14, says Analysys

Providers of online advertising services in the China market generated total revenues of CNY43.55 billion (US$7.06 billion) in third-quarter 2014, growing 16.7% sequentially and 51.4% on year, according to Analysys International. Among different types of online advertising, keyword search accounted for 38.9% of the total revenues, followed by brand images/text (advertising space) with 25.2%, video with 23.2% and e-mail with 0.8%, Analysys indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141121VL202.html

Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141118PD212.html

International Law Specialist to Deploy NTT Enterprise Cloud to Enable Global Law Content Delivery

NTT Communications, (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications provider within the NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), has announced a new global agreement with international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. The deal will see King & Wood Mallesons deploy NTT Com’s innovative, seamless and self-manageable cloud solution, Enterprise Cloud, throughout the company’s newly-expanded worldwide network for website hosting and providing a law content portal on a global scale.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3231708

Cloud Solutions Group deploys Nutanix at Hellman Australia

Reseller and service provider, Cloud Solutions Group, has overhauled logistics conglomerate Hellman’s entire Australian server environment with a Nutanix Virtual Computing platform. According to a company statement, the decision to replace its traditional data centre blade servers and storage area network (SAN) infrastructure was taken after an extensive analysis of the cyclical costs of upgrading the infrastructure and evaluating the benefits that web-scale converged infrastructure would bring.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/559769/cloud-solutions-group-deploys-nutanix-hellman-australia/

Little-known Taiwanese chip designer spawns low-priced smartphone boom

TAIPEI: Chips from Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry.  Fast-forward to the age of the smartphone. The market is heaving with Chinese smartphone makers out to grab share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd with low-priced handsets.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/17/Little-known-Taiwanese-chip-designer-spawns-low-priced-smartphone-boom/

Doctors call on government to expand Medicare for Telehealth

The Australasian Telehealth Society has called on the Government to expand medicare for telehealth ahead of its annual meeting. Delegates are gathering in Adelaide today for SFT-14, the “Successes and Failures in Telehealth” conference, and the fifth Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society, which will be opened by the South Australian Health Minister, Jack Snelling. Telehealth is the delivery of health care services at a distance, using information and communication technology.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/559736/doctors-call-government-expand-medicare-telehealth/

TSMC shares boosted by 16nm process hopes

TAIPEI — Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chip-maker, got a boost Thursday morning on hopes that its efforts in the 16 nanometer process development will help the company secure orders from Apple Inc. for the U.S. firm’s A9 processor production next year, dealers said. Such hopes have been raised by TSMC’s announcement that its 16nm process has entered trial production stage and that commercial production for the advanced process is expected in the third quarter of next year, the dealers said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/11/14/421783/TSMC-shares.htm

Qantas moves ERP out of IBM and into MacTel

Qantas has moved its core Oracle-based ERP platform out of IBM’s Sydney data centre in favour of a new software-as-a-service model hosted by Macquarie Telecom, as part of its push to cut $2 billion out of its costs in three years. IBM – Qantas’ key data centre partner since 2004 – had hosted the airline’s Oracle E-Business Suite R11 platform out of its Sydney data centre, with Tata Consultancy Services providing application support, until May this year. The airline has spent the last 12 months renegotiating its supplier contracts in an effort to save $150 million in three years as part of its broader cost reduction program.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397744,qantas-moves-erp-out-of-ibm-and-into-mactel.aspx

Xiaomi invests in 4G chip development, says sources

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology and China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology have established a joint venture specifically for developing 4G chip solutions, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Xiaomi will account for 51% share in the joint venture, while Leadcore, a subsidiary of Datang Telecom, will take up the remaining 49%.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141111PD202.html

Maps for mines: Victoria launches interactive map to show farmers mineral seams on their land

Victoria, Australia, has launched an interactive map to show farmers whether they have coal and mineral seams under their land which they could extract. The map (see below), now on its third version, was launched in April 2011 by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation of Victoria, Australia. Last month the state augmented the service by adding a facility that allows people to view mining licenses by location.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5662-maps-for-mines-victoria-launches-interactive-map-to-encourage-farmers-to-drill

Samsung near licence for new US$3bil Vietnam mobile phone plant: newspaper

HANOI: A subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be awarded a licence to invest US$3bil (RM9.98bil) in a mobile phone plant in northern Vietnam, the second such facility in the country, a state-run newspaper said.  The facility will be built in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics Vietnam has operated a US$2bil (RM6.65bil) plant for mobile phone production since March 2014, the Planning and Investment Ministry-run Dau Tu newspaper said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/10/Samsung-near-licence-for-new-US3bil-Vietnam-plant-newspaper/

Xiaomi Aims For Better Mobile Content In Latest Chinese Video Investment Push

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive officer of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, says the company will invest USD1 billion in the video content industry as it aims to improve content of its TV and TV box products. For content, Lei said they prefer to cooperate with partners in the video content sector and realize joint growth in the area. Lei said the most important thing for Xiaomi in the current stage is the integration and operation of video content. The company aims to establish a complete network which closely combines software, hardware and contents to enhance the competitiveness of the company.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/11/10/21106-xiaomi-aims-for-better-mobile-content-in-latest-chinese-video-investment-push

MediaTek expects seasonal sales decrease in 4Q14

MediaTek expects revenues to decrease up to 6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to seasonal factors, but there is still a possibility of a 2% growth. However, shipments of its smartphone solutions are likely to remain flat on quarter, according to the company. MediaTek’s smartphone IC shipments for the third quarter are estimated at between 90 million and 100 million units. For the fourth quarter, LTE chips will account for a higher 20% of shipments, said president Hsieh Ching-chiang.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141107PM201.html

Xiaomi cuts deal with local Chinese chip-maker to beef up intellectual property: report

Xiaomi’s overseas expansion is in full swing, but for every country it expands to, it spends more money on licensing fees for the mobile chipsets used in its devices. This burden becomes a more costly and risky factor as the company launches in new markets. Today, Datang Telecom’s wholly-owned subsidiary Leadcore Technologies signed a “technology transfer contract” with Beijing Songguo Electronics, a company that multiple Chinese media report is controlled by Xiaomi, according to Techweb and Sina Tech.

https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-leadcore-intellectual-property-patents/

MediaTek shares dip on gloomy Q4 prospects

TAIPEI, Taiwan — MediaTek (聯發科) shares dipped pronouncedly throughout yesterday’s session, amid gloomy market predictions that prospects may be less than ideal for the fabless chip design company in the fourth quarter. In an earnings call yesterday, the company announced its operating results over the third quarter, recording pre-tax net income of NT$14.919 billion, up by 5.9 percent quarter-on-quarter, and earnings-per-share rating of NT$9.94.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/07/421244/MediaTek-shares.htm

Xiaomi to invest $1B in content to make its smart TV more appealing

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun took to his Weibo page today to reveal that the disruptive gadget maker is to invest US$1 billion in building up content for its smart TV users. Xiaomi unleashed its smart TV OS in early 2013, available initially only via a cheap set-top box. Xiaomi later released a smart TV, dubbed MiTV (pictured above). The trouble with Xiaomi’s smart TV OS is that it lacks the content that many of its rivals have, since Xiaomi has no online video site to pair with it.

https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-invest-1-billion-smart-tv-content/

Samsung, TSMC still competing for Apple A9 chip orders

Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources. Samsung has offered lower quotes to attract Apple’s A9 SoC orders, said the sources. The Korea-based firm is also able to provide Apple the manufacture of other chips such as flash memory and backend services in-house.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141103PD205.html