Digi Times — Global tablet shipments declined 10% sequentially and over 15% on year to reach only 45.76 million units in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet market. Major markets felt the impacts of weak currencies; mid-range to entry-level large-size smartphones continued to cannibalize tablets; and vendors saw high inventory.
Digi Times — Dell’s server shipments and revenues have been growing at a double-digit rate over the past few years, and it now ranks as the second-largest server vendor globally in terms of shipments and revenues, according to Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, vice president and general manager of server solutions unit at Dell.
Digi Times — Many Silicon Valley-based startups have chosen makers in Shenzhen, China, instead of Taiwan-based ODMs, for production of hardware devices for IoT (Internet of Things) applications, according to sources in Taiwan’s notebook supply chain. The newly established startups are more willing to deal with small-scale makers in Shenzhen because they accept orders for multiple models in small volumes, while Taiwan makers have been focusing on large volume orders, indicated the sources.
Digi Times — There is increasing demand for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones in the Japan market and consequently ZenFone series models launched by Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer have been in booming sale and Japan-based smartphone vendors including Sony Mobile Communications, Sharp, Fujitsu and Kyocera have sought cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs to develop and produce inexpensive SIM-free Android smartphones specifically for sale in the Japan market, according to Taiwan-based smartphone ODMs.
Digi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.
Your Communication News — The GSMA’s largest-ever mobile industry event, Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC), attracted more than 35,000 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and press/analysts from all over the world. During the event, Billion’s outdoor fixed wireless 4G LTE CPE equipment, fleet tracking and in-vehicle telematics system were showcased by Sierra Wireless, who has announced Billion to become its official partner in Asia.
Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59% from 2014, according to Gartner. The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB. Gartner analysts advise communication service providers (CSPs) to rethink their data caps to meet consumer needs and win market share.
Deal Street Asia — Billion Electric Co Ltd, a global ICT solution and networking CPE provider from Taiwan, plans to enter the market for broadband infrastructure in Indonesia, the company said in a statement. The company will be launching its comprehensive portfolios of mobile and broadband networking (xDSL, Fiber, 3G/4G LTE, M2M) equipment in the country.
Business Wire — Billion, based in Taiwan, was founded in 1973 as a leading provider of B2B networking solutions and Smart City technologies in Asia Pacific. Since 1992, Billion has invested in the development of advanced networking equipment and Internet access devices for home, telecommuters, and SME users. Billion manufactures, designs, and distributes its wholly owned, award-winning networking equipment to partners based in Europe, America, Middle East, Africa, and APAC.
Digi Times — Direct investment from Japan in China declined 16.3% on year in the first half of 2015 to $2 billion, according to new statistics from the China Ministry of Commerce. Various Japan- and China-based media reports have said the decline comes as companies are cautious about investment in light of a slowing China economy in addition to rising labor costs.
Digi Times — Global smartphone shipments grew 1.9% sequentially to 304 million units in the second quarter of 2015, according to TrendForce. Shipment growth slowed down in the second quarter as vendors were preparing to launch new flagship models for the second half of the year, said the market research firm. However, China-based vendors posted a growth rate higher than the industry’s average, reaching 15.6% or 126 million units in the second quarter.
Digi Times — A number of Taiwan’s IT related industries, including IC design, LCD panel (touchscreen), camera module, battery and chassis, are facing severe challenges from the supply chain makers in China, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has warned.
Want China Times — Taiwan is expected to grab the title as the largest spender on semiconductor equipment in 2015, according to an estimate released by the trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). SEMI said that Taiwan’s chip equipment spending is expected to total US$10.9 billion in 2015, ahead of South Korea’s estimated US$8.6 billion and North America’s US$6.5 billion.
A Taiwanese industry leader said Tuesday that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry will be seriously affected if the Tsinghua Group in mainland China succeeds in merging with Micron Technology, an American company that is a world leader in memory and semiconductor technology.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: To counter Reliance Jio’s bid to capture the 4G services market with low cost bundled handsets, telecom major Bharti Airtel is planning to launch Airtel branded smartphones for Rs 4,000 by October-November. “Airtel is in advanced stages to finalise vendors to launch dual mode 4G handset in the price range of Rs 4,000-12,000. Negotiations are around if it should be only Airtel branded handset or co-branded handsets,” a industry source privy to the development said.
Digi Times — Taiwan’s direct Internet connection with 15 countries (including Hong Kong and Macao) reached total bandwidth of 1.561Tbps as of the end of the second quarter of 2015, increasing 5.55% on quarter and 10.43% on year, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).
Digi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), at its July 16 investors meeting, gave a less-optimistic outlook for the third quarter of 2015, and has revised downward its forecast for 2015 global semiconductor and foundry growth. TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu indicated the company now forecasts the global semiconductor market will grow 3% in sales in 2015, and the foundry segment will see a 6% increase.
Digi Times — Taiwan-based ODMs will ship an estimated 32.067 million notebooks (not including detachable hybrid models) during the third quarter of 2015, accounting for 81.6% of the global total and increasing 2.4% on quarter but decreasing 12.2% on year, according to Digitimes Research. There will be 39.288 million notebooks shipped globally in the third quarter, growing 2.5% on quarter but slipping 12% on year, Digitimes Research indicated.
Digi Times — Market revenues associated with network communications, sensing, and control functions in subsystems and objects attached to the Internet of Things (IoT) are forecast to grow 29% in 2015 to US$62.4 billion after increasing 21% in 2014 to about US$48.4 billion, according to IC Insights.
Digi Times — TSMC has reiterated plans to move 10nm FinFET technology to risk production at the end of 2016, followed by mass production in the first quarter of 2017. Commercial production of chips made on the new process will take place in TSMC’s manufacturing site at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) in Taichung, the foundry disclosed.