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.
While there have been many 4G smartphones for sale at retail prices of CNY1,000 (US$163) or below in the China market, China-based vendors including Coolpad and Lenovo are expected to launch models for sale at CNY500 or below by the end of 2014, according to president He Ning for China Mobile Device, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile. 4G smartphones priced at up to CNY500 will be mainly support TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and GSM, with chip solutions to be provided by Taiwan-based MediaTek, He said.
NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.
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.
Taiwan-based BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to benefit from orders for Intel-based Android white-box tablets, as the CPU giant gradually expands its presence in the Android tablet market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel is aiming to ship 40 million tablet processors in 2014 and Insyde, which is an Intel-invested company, has received strong orders for related tablet BIOS recently and will start seeing its revenues benefit in the fourth quarter.
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.
TAIPEI–Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, reported heavy demand for Apple Inc.’s new smartphone models on Tuesday, saying that the first batch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus put up for pre-sale “ordered out” within 40 minutes. The online campaign began at 10 a.m., and many Apple fans said on Facebook that they had difficulty placing their orders and were told by the website to “try later.”
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.
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.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Aiming at the younger demographic, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) recently announced three student-specific post-paid service plans for its fourth-generation (4G) long term evolution (LTE) service. Those enrolled in NT$587 and NT$787 data plans before Jan. 1 2015 will be granted five free hotlines and have 50 smartphone models to choose from, while those who opt for NT$987 plan are allowed free intra-network air time.
Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform currently has three million users and the number is estimated to reach five million by the end of 2014 and to surpass 10 million in 2015, according to BYOC business manager Maverick Shih. Acer’s BYOC business has already established a business model in the B2B market and is currently expanding its reach to sectors such as healthcare, telecommunication, automobile and smart family. As for the B2C market, Acer is currently offering free services and will start trying out paid services after having enough users to offer them more choices.
NEW DELHI: Betting on the success of its Zenfone series of smartphones, Taiwanese tech major Asus is targeting to be among the top five players in the smartphone space in India by the end of 2015. “By the end of next year, our target is to be among the top 5. The response for the Zenfone series have been very good. We have sold over 1 lakh units so far,” Asus India Regional Head (South Asia and Country Manager) Peter Chang told PTI.
TAIPEI — Taiwan-based HTC Corp. edged out Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea to return to being Taiwan’s largest smartphone manufacturer based upon units in the second quarter of this year, according to data released by research house IDC. HTC took first place because of sales of its flagship One M8 and mid-tier Desire 816, while Samsung continued to benefit from the popularity of its high-end Note series, IDC said in a Sept. 12 report.
Quanta Computer has landed orders for Acer’s 15-inch notebooks for 2015, which will account for 45-50% of Acer’s overall orders. Quanta will become Acer’s largest ODM partner and also the largest notebook maker in 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Quanta and Acer declined to comment about their orders.
Intel shipped only about 1.5 million tablet application processors (APs) in the first half of 2014, but Digitimes Research expects its shipments to reach seven million units in the second half thanks to China brand vendors’ and white-box players’ full support. Meanwhile, Intel will reduce its marketing expenses for the segment because it will no longer need to heavily subsidize component suppliers whose production costs have lowered.
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.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — WitsView recently said that global tablet shipments are expected to see their first decline in five years at the end of 2014 on the back of consumer fatigue. In a recent research note, WitsView indicated an inflection point on the tablet personal computer (PC) shipments curve this year and projected that global shipments of tablet PCs will decrease by 1.8 percent year-on-year (YOY) to 153 million units at the end of 2014.
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.
[SAN FRANCISCO] Nvidia Corp has sued rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, accusing both companies of infringing its patents on graphics processing technology. The US chipmaker vies with Qualcomm in the business of providing chips for smartphones and tablets. It said on Thursday that Qualcomm and Samsung had used Nvidia’s patented technologies without a license in Samsung’s mobile devices, including the just-launched Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) won’t be left behind Acer and Toshiba as it announced new pair of competitive Chromebooks today. The HP Chromebooks come in two screen sizes; 11-inch and 14-inch. The 11-inch model seems like a big leap from its predecessor. Previously, HP used the ARM-based Exynos processor but now uses Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron processor. It also features 4 GB of RAM from 2 GB. It’s expected to have a 1366 x 768 screen resolution; 16 GB file storage with additional 100GB of Google Drive space and an improved battery that lasts for more than eight hours.