Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers to ship 21.95 million handsets in 3Q14

Taiwan-based ODMs and own-brand makers will ship 21.95 million handsets in the third quarter of 2014, increasing by 4.2% on quarter and by 32.1% on year, and 18.65 million or 85% of the shipments will be smartphones, according to Digitimes Research. Chi Mei Communication Systems will be the top maker, followed by HTC, Compal Electronics, Arima Communications and Asustek Computer, Digitimes Research indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140728PD200.html

Chunghwa’s NFC smartphones cleared for Visa payments

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom’s (CHT, 中華電信) near field communication (NFC) trusted service manager (TSM) system was recently certified by Visa to provide Visa credit card payment services on NFC-enabled smartphones in Taiwan. CHT announced that it has obtained certification from Visa for its NFC TSM system and has become a Visa-approved vendor able to provide mobile Visa credit card payment services on NFC-enabled smartphones in the Taiwan market.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/28/413390/Chunghwas-NFC.htm

Taiwan’s Acer shipments grew faster than industry average in Q2: CEO #cloud #cloudcomputing

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer Inc saw quarter-on-quarter shipments growth that exceeded the PC industry average in the April-June period, the company’s chief executive said.  The beleaguered computer maker, which eked out a net profit in the first quarter after three straight quarters of losses, has turned a corner and will remain “on track” in the third quarter, chief executive Jason Chen told reporters.  The comments were reported by Taiwanese media on Friday and confirmed to Reuters by a company representative.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/25/Taiwans-Acer-shipments-grew-faster-than-industry-average-in-Q2-CEO/

TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

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. In view of MediaTek’s growing share in the global entry-level to mid-range smartphone solution market, and the need to maintain a high order visibility at TSMC, the offering of more 28nm production capacity to MediaTek is an important strategy for the Taiwan-based foundry house, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140724PD208.html

Microsoft facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, say Taiwan makers

Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Thanks to iPhones and iPads, demand for Apple’s Mac series products has also been rising in the past few years. Meanwhile, Google is seeing increased Chromebook demand from the US and the UK’s education procurement and enterprise markets.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD206.html

Apple to become largest client for TSMC, say sources

Apple is expected to become the largest client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the Taiwan-based foundry house has begun to ramp up production of A8 processors and is likely to continue to fabricate the vendor’s A9 CPUs in 2015, according to industry sources. Although TSMC appears to have lost Qualcomm’s 14nm chip orders to Samsung Electronics, TSMC will win Apple’s A9 processor orders with its 16nm process, explained the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD214.html

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments reach 55.06 million units in 2Q14

There were 55.06 million tablets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2014, decreasing 4.5% on quarter but increasing 17.9% on year, according to Digitimes Research. The shipments consisted of 14.1 million iPads, down 10% on quarter, and 18.96 million units launched by vendors other than Apple, down 12.7% on quarter. Additionaly, 22.3 million white-box units were shipped in the second quarter.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD205.html

Taiwan server ODMs may benefit from Project Scorpio 2.0

Taiwan-based server ODMs including Quanta Computer, Wistron and Inventec may obtain orders arising from the beginning of Project Scorpio 2.0, the second version of a project to boost low-cost and highly scalable data center infrastructure jointly by China-based Internet service operators Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent through collaboration with Intel, in September 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PD210.html

Nvidia launches tablet for on-the-go gamers

SAN FRANCISCO: US computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet Tuesday aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device. The Nvidia Shield, with an eight-inch high-definition display, “was built specifically for gamers,” according to the California company. The US$299 gadget has an optional US$40 cover that can be used as a kickstand. A wireless controller can be added for US$60.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/nvidia-launches-tablet/1277270.html

Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PR200.html

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140718PD202.html

TSMC to lose out to competitors in 14/16nm process segment in 2015, says chairman

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 but will regain its leading market position in 2016-2017, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang. 16nm products will account for a single-digit ratio to TSMC’s overall revenues in the third quarter of 2015, Chang estimated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140716PD216.html

MediaTek launches 64-bit 8-core chip early

MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014. The MT6795, built using a 28nm process, clocks at 2.2GHz and comes with MediaTek’s CorePilot technology to deliver multi-core processor performance and thermal control. The MT6795 also supports dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140715PD210.html

Huawei to become first client for TSMC 16nm FinFET process

China-based smartphone vendor Huawei is likely to be the first client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 16nm FinFET process node, according to industry sources. The 16nm chip, designed for smartphone application, is developed by Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon Technologies and is expected to debut in early 2015, said the sources. In addition to the wafer foundry orders, Huawei has also decided to utilize TSMC’s backend CoWoS (chip on wafer on substrate) packaging process for the 16nm chips, the sources added.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140714PD210.html

New Zealand, Taiwan strengthen ties through visit of trade delegation

TAIPEI–A trade delegation from New Zealand is visiting Taiwan to seek more opportunities for bilateral trade cooperation, according to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the country’s international business development agency. The arrival of the 30-member delegation marks the first such mission to Taiwan since the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) took effect last December, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise said Monday.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/15/412388/New-Zealand.htm

Acer’s Chromebooks top Q1 US consumer market

TAIPEI — Acer Chromebooks topped the U.S. consumer market during the first quarter of the year with a 46.7 percent market share, the Taiwan-based company said Monday, citing data from the NPD Group, a market research organization. Since its first Chromebook — the Acer AC700 — was launched in 2011, Acer Chromebooks “have received wide acclaim from consumers and media alike,” Acer said in a statement.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/07/15/412416/Acers-Chromebooks.htm

HTC One E8, Desire 616 Officially Launched in India; Price, Specification Details

Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC officially launched the One E8 and Desire 616 smartphones in India on Friday (11 July). HTC’s One E8 is the plastic variant of the flagship HTC One M8; it boasts dual-curve design having ergonomic uni-body exterior, seen on the high-end HTC One models, sans the usage of metal; instead it flaunts a synthetic polycarbonate body.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/htc-one-e8-desire-616-officially-launched-india-price-specification-details-604186

High-end smartphone component supply may be tight approaching release of new iPhone

Smartphone vendors that are looking to release new high-end models in the second half of 2014 are worried about getting access to enough component supplies as many component makers are preparing orders for Apple’s new iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. In addition, non-Apple vendors have delayed the launches of their new smartphones to a later time in 2014 to avoid direct competition against the new iPhones, the sources noted.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140710PD211.html

Quanta reports 2.4% growth month-on-month

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Quanta Computer Inc. (廣達) yesterday announced consolidated revenue of NT$71.803 billion for June, a growth of 4.8 percent year-on-year, and 2.4 percent month-on-month. In June the company shipped 4.3 million units of notebook computers, a month-on-month growth of 10.25 percent, exceeding the original forecasts of below 10 percent.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/07/11/412125/Quanta-reports.htm

HTC Reports Net Profit Of NTD2.76 Billion In Q2 2014

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently published its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, stating that the company achieved operating revenue of NTD65.06 billion; its pre-taxes net profit was NTD2.76 billion; operating profit was NTD2.43 billion; post-taxes net profit was NTD2.26 billion; and its net profit per share was NTD2.74. HTC’s performance in the second quarter met its expectations. Prior to this, the company predicted that its operating revenue would be between NTD65 billion and NTD70 billion; its gross margin would be between 21.3% and 22%; and its earnings per share would be between NTD2.21 and NTD3.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/10/20710-htc-reports-net-profit-of-ntd2-76-billion-in-q2-2014