Facebook has an office in Taiwan mainly for educating local enterprises on how to use Facebook to attain commercial goals and training local Facebook advertising agents, according to Asia Pacific regional vice president Dan Neary for Facebook. For these purposes, Facebook plans to hold various workshops, hackathons and roadshows, targeted specifically at advertising and media agencies, small- to medium-size businesses, brand vendors and application developers, Facebook said.
The Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has has approved applications from Hoya Marketing, Madhatter Technology, and Edispay Solutions, to invest and station at the Kaohsiung Software Park (KSP). The total investment amounts to around NT$25.6 million (US$819,761).
Although white-box tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, global overall tablet shipments in the quarter still grew sequentiallyby 16.9% to reach 74.77 million units thanks to Apple and non-Apple first-tier vendors’ strong performances, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet industry.
Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and maker of Apple devices, is hoping to slim its global workforce with the help of robots. The group currently employs about 1.3 million people during peak production times, making it one of the largest private employers in the world. As a key Apple supplier, the company has had a solid run in recent years, but faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China.
DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has reported net profits of NT$52.91 billion (US$1.7 billion), or NT$8.32 a share, on consolidated revenues of NT$82.57 billion for 2014. Both figures marked record highs. Strong earnings in 2014 narrowed significantly Inotera’s accumulated losses to NT$390 million as of the end of 2014, and boosted its cash position to about NT$37 billion, the company disclosed.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will make assisting its China-based handset clients including Xiaomi Technology, Meizu and MIT boost their sales to emerging markets one of its major goals in 2015, according to industry sources. Xiaomi began to push its smartphones to a number of emerging markets, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Russia and Turkey, in 2014 but initial results have been lower than expected, said the sources.
DRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported net profits of NT$28.24 billion (US$908 million) for 2014, with EPS for the year coming to NT$11.77. Nanya posted net profits of NT$8.57 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, hitting a quarterly record. EPS for the three-month period stood at NT$3.56. Nevertheless, Nanya’s consolidated revenues slid 5.2% sequentially to NT$12.41 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, due to a shipment decrease of 2.8% and a 4.8% fall in DRAM ASPs.
Taiwan makers are eyeing opportunities with the the Internet of Things (IoT) but believe business opportunities will come slowly as hardware, software and new concept developments need to coincide to create demand. The commercial segment is where faster growth for IoT is likely to occur as many companies’ infrastructure, services and goods are intertwined and can therefore produce more comprehensive results internally and for customers.
Acer has recently started a new project for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform and will expand its cooperation with small-to-medium-size app development ventures to help them advance into the worldwide market. Acer will also provide finance and personnel support to these firms.
Taipei plans to improve the connectivity and speeds of its free Wi-Fi service, the Mayor has announced, trying to catch up with some of the region’s leaders. The city will improve speeds by integrating the existing Wi-Fi service with 4G networks which can reach speeds up to 100 Mbps. It plans to collect data at every hotspot in the city and use this information to improve the Wi-Fi connections, said Mayor Ko Wen-je.
Inotera Memories is making progress in transitioning to a newer 20nm node technology, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM memory maker. Industry observers recently indicated that four-gigabit DDR4 memory is unlikely to become mainstream for PCs until the first quarter of 2016, due to some chipmakers’ difficulty in transitioning to 20nm process technology that requires huge capital investments. Micron Technology has been identified as one of the suppliers facing the difficulty.
Acer aims to see its first-quarter 2015 revenues in the Taiwan market increase by double-digits on year, according to Acer Taiwan general manager Tony Huang. For consumer notebooks in particular, Acer’s Taiwan market share rose from 18% in September 2014 to 21% in October, 23% in November and further to 23.9% in December, Huang said. This was mainly due to booming sales of its 15.6- and 17.3-inch Aspire V Nitro gaming models, Huang indicated.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The non-profit Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) was presented with the Top 100 Global Innovators Award by Thomson Reuters yesterday. Tony Kinnear, managing director of ASEAN and North Asia Thomson Reuters, was in Taiwan to present the honor. ”Since 1973, ITRI has been investing in applied research, software and services to help industries innovate and stay competitive, transforming Taiwan from a labor-intensive industry into a value-added, technology-driven economy,” said Kinnear. “This global award is a recognition of the ITRI organization’s drive for excellence in innovation.”
On Friday, Taiwan’s National Development Council announced plans to invest US$83 million in four different venture capital firms, in hopes of spurring growth for the island’s startups. The NDC will invest US$15 million in 500 Startups. It will also give US$12 million or match 30 percent of LP contributions to AppWorks‘ upcoming fund, and US$20 million or match 30 percent of Translink Capital III’s upcoming fund. In addition, the NDC will invest US$30 million in a joint venture fund run by the Battelle Memorial Institute’s360ip and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Investment Corporation.
TAIPEI–MediaTek Inc., Taiwan’s leading fabless semiconductor company, announced Sunday that its MT6975 smartphone chip has received certification in record time by China Mobile. According to sources close to the industry, the Taiwanese chip maker received certification by the world’s largest mobile phone operator, as measured by subscribers, in three weeks, much faster than the average of one to two months.
TAIPEI–A poll among cellphone users in the United States found that Apple Inc. had the largest share of that market in the fourth quarter of last year, way ahead of Android phone makers like South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. The survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), indicated that 50 percent of all phones sold in the U.S. during the October-December period last year were iPhones, a slight increase from the previous year when it was 48 percent.
TAIPEI — The iPhone 6, one of Apple Inc.’s newest smartphone models, ranked as the best-selling model in Taiwan for December 2014, industry sources said Friday. In addition, Apple grasped first place in both smartphone sales value and sales volume for the month, the sources said. Local consumers’ enthusiasm toward the two new iPhone models with larger displays — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — remained strong after the two models hit he local market in late September, the sources said.
Prices for 256GB SSDs will likely fall below US$70 in the second half of 2015, while prices for 128GB drives will reach a sweet spot of US$40, according to Apacer Technology general manager CK Chang. With SSDs becoming more affordable, a wave of demand could be stimulated, said Chang. Upstream chip vendors have migrated their process technologies to 14nm, 15nm or 16nm, dragging production costs down substantially. As a result, prices for NAND flash memory will fall resulting in more friendly prices for SSDs, Chang indicated.
ASUS today announced the EeeBook X205, an affordable 11.6-inch notebook with a full-size keyboard, large touchpad, and powered by a quad core Intel® Atom™ processor. Connected Standby technology provides users with a smartphone-like computing experience, giving them an almost instant resume from sleep mode, and the ability to be socially connected at any time – even with the notebook in standby mode. EeeBook X205 ships with Windows 8.1 with Bing, and is fully-compatible with a wide range of software and hardware.
TAIPEI — Chinese handset maker Xiaomi (小米) Corp.’s newly launched 5.7-inch smartphone is expected to boost sales and profits for FIH Mobile Ltd. (富智康), a unit of Taiwanese contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group (富士康), according U.S. brokerage Morgan Stanley. Xiaomi on Jan. 15 unveiled the Mi Note flagship phone that features ultra-slim design, a more powerful processor, improved cameras and better display resolution. The 5.7-inch phone-tablet hybrid is available in China at 2,299 Chinese yuan (US$372).