Computer suppliers Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) and Acer Inc (宏碁) are deepening their collaboration with Google Inc, with plans to start shipping new Chrome-based computers and devices this quarter. The two Taiwanese firms are some of the global PC brands that have been working with the US search engine giant to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011, as Google steps up its challenge to Microsoft Corp in the market for low-priced computers.
In addition to India, Inventec is also planning to establish plants in Southeast Asia and Japan for server production, mainly to serve its clients’ demand, according to company chairman Richard Lee. Inventec’s main server clients are Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell, bu the ODM has seen the majority of server orders come from HP, which has made aggressive moves in the server market.
Quanta Computer has reported 2014 revenues of NT$926.32 billion (US$29.6 billion), up 5.2% from a year ago and EPS of NT$4.90, up from NT$4.84 in 2013. However, in the fourth quarter, despite a growth in gross margins from 4.5% in the third quarter to 4.57%, the company’s operating profit margins were only 1.26%, down from 1.49% of the third quarter because of expenses related to preparations for a new product, the company noted.
Asustek Computer is planning to add fingerprint identification functionality to its ZenFone smartphones in the second half, at the soonest and the function will become a default feature for the ZenFone 3 in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report citing company president Jerry Shen as saying. Asustek’s new inexpensive smartphones for China will also feature the function in the second half of the year.
MediaTek has unveiled a new mobile processor family targeted at high-end smartphones. Dubbed Helio, the new system-on-chips (SoC) combine both high performance and low power consumption. “Helio is MediaTek’s premium mobile processor family which integrates leading heterogeneous computing technology with advanced multimedia innovations,” the company said.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world’s largest contract chip maker, will likely not be affected by Intel’s rumored acquisition of chipmaking partner Altera, industry analysts said Sunday. Analysts familiar with Taiwan’s semiconductor sector said that because Altera has already shifted most of its orders to Intel from TSMC, the deal would not affect the bellwether Taiwanese company significantly.
NEW DELHI: Asus has announced that it is going to launch its new flagship phone, Zenfone 2, by last week of April 2015. Earlier, the company had said that the phone will be sold without flash sales or invitations, taking a dig at companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus and YU which sell their phones via special sales. Asus had launched the second iteration of its ZenFone series, ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.
Taiwan’s National Communications Commission will offer 2,600MHz frequency band units with total bandwidth of 190MHz for 4G mobile communication operation through open-bid competition in September 2015. Competition in the upcoming bidding process is expected to be less intense than that of last time for 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz band units in October 2013, according to Taiwan Mobile (TWM) president James Jeng.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) on March 26 announced cooperation with SK C&C, a South Korea-based IT service provider, to establish a joint venture for tapping the China’s IT service market. The joint venture will start operations in May 2015. Foxconn in June 2014 invested NT$10.8 billion (US$342 million) for a 4.9% stake in SK C&C. The joint venture will initially apply IT services to automated production lines at Foxconn’s factories in China, creating a model of integrating IT services with industrial automation for China-based manufacturers.
Apple led Taiwan’s smartphone market in sales volume and sales value and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month in February, according to statistics released Wednesday by industry sources. A total of 771,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in February, down 3.4% from a month earlier, the figures showed. Apple was once again the top smartphone vendor with a 23.4% share of all smartphones sold, followed by Taiwan-based HTC with a 19% share, Samsung Electronics with a 14% share, Asustek Computer of Taiwan with a 12% share and Sony Mobile with a 9.1% share.
TAIPEI–Taiwan Mobile Co. (台灣大哥大), the country’s second-largest wireless service provider, said Thursday it will establish Taiwan’s fastest fourth-generation (4G) mobile network next month after integrating its current frequency bands. The company said it recently gained approval from the National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) to use a 5-megaherz (MHz) block of the 700 MHz frequency band that it purchased from Ambit Microsystems Corp. last September.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources. TSMC is reportedly the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which industry observers believe are the best selling iPhone models of all time. Strong demand for the 6 and 6 Plus has boosted TSMC’s sales generated from 20nm process technology.
Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new range of iPhones in the second half, and among the new smartphones, the 4-inch entry-level iPhone 6C is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the ODM declined to comment on clients or orders. Wistron and Compal Electronics recently joined as manufacturing partners of Apple. Wistron is mainly handling the vendor’s previous-generation iPhones while Compal assembles iPads.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to post revenue growth of 0-5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising output for 20nm chips, according to industry sources. Strong sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will allow TSMC to enjoy a particularly strong first quarter, said the sources. As a result of the high base recorded for the first quarter, TSMC’s sales for the second quarter will register a modest sequential gain unlike the double-digit increases usually seen in the same quarter in previous years, the sources noted.
MediaTek’s first-quarter 2015 revenues are likely to only meet the low-end of the company’s guidance, due mainly to disappointing sales of entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources. However, MediaTek is expected to post revenue growth of 10-20% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by rising shipments for 4G smartphones, said the sources. Shipments of the company’s 4G smartphone chips will climb to more than 10-12 million units a month in the second quarter, up from 7-8 million units in the first quarter, the sources indicated.
Google has partnered with Taiwan’s commercial and job banks to help them train digital marketing talent and the company is looking to nurture 2,000 marketing staff via a series of programs. Since almost 70% of consumers in Taiwan would check Internet evaluation before making purchases online and over 70% of enterprises see that digital advertising has become a key method to attract demand, marketing personnel with expertise on Internet promotions have become important resources for companies.
Asustek Computer has launched its second-generation ZenFone smartphone in China with pricing starting at CNY1,299 (US$209) and the device is expected to pose a strong threat to China-based Xiaomi’s flagship product, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News(EDN) report. For 2015, Asustek is looking to ship 25-30 million smartphones worldwide and sell four million units in China to become a top-10 smartphone vendor in the country, the report noted.
Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry wants to participate in the management of Sharp if it is to invest in the struggling Japanese electronics maker, Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou said in a report in Toyo Keizai. In an interview published in the Japanese weekly Friday, Gou said Hon Hai is ready to support Sharp financially, but the support is contingent on being able to join in the Japanese company’s management. Gou said he has not met with Sharp president Kozo Takahashi in a year, but if the Sharp executive wanted to see him, he would be able to fly to Japan at any time.
Foxconn Electronics has signed a strategic agreement with China-based Internet service provider Tencent Holdings and luxury auto dealer China Harmony Auto Holding for tapping the Internet-connected smart electric vehicle market. However, the companies did not reveal much detail of the cooperation project. The coalition efforts will draw on Foxconn’s manufacturing expertise, Tencent’s Internet platform and China Harmony Auto’s dealership networks, according to industry sources.
Microsoft Taiwan on Monday announced the winners of the company’s Community Champion app development competition, which saw two Taiwanese teams rise above 605 teams of 805 software developers from across Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia. The competition is designed to promote Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure. App submissions by competing developers were judged by their design, innovativeness, and commercial viability.