TSMC expected to secure major Apple A10 chip orders in 2016

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world’s largest contract chip maker, is expected to secure more than half the orders for Apple’s new mobile chip in 2016 thanks to better production capacity planning. “The Taiwanese manufacturer has a clearer roadmap for capacity planning next year, so we expect it to gain a higher market share next year,” an analysts at a European brokerage told CNA in a recent interview, referring to more than 50% of the orders for Apple’s A10 chips in 2016.


iPhone maker Foxconn, Adani may tie up for manufacturing

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU/MUMBAI: Foxconn plans to partner with the Adani Group to set up at least four electronics manufacturing facilities in India, sources told TOI. Top executives of Foxconn, the Taiwanese company best known for making Apple devices, are said to have visited Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat earlier this month to look at possible locations for the facilities.


Yahoo Taiwan unveils localized apps for Apple Watch

TaiwanWant China Times — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo announced Friday that its News and Super Mall apps will support the Apple Watch in Taiwan to cash in on a market where smartwatch ownership ranks the seven-highest in the world. The two apps are revamped with more visualized designs for notifications and location-based services, such as pushing promotional messages of local stores close to the wearer’s location, according to Yahoo Taiwan.


Hon Hai aims to replace 30% of workforce with robots in five years

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (Foxconn), the world’s largest contract electronics maker, said Thursday that it is planning to replace 30% of its workforce with robots within the next five years to improve manufacturing efficiency. The initiative will allow Hon Hai to replace monotonous jobs with robots and allocate some of the 30% to higher-level tasks such as developing software, engaging in e-commerce business and designing human-computer interfaces to improve artificial intelligence and robot management, company chairman Terry Gou said at a meeting with shareholders.


What Interests Alibaba And Foxconn About SoftBank’s Robot Subsidiary?

JapanChina Tech News — Alibaba Group announced that the company and Taiwan-based Foxconn have made strategic investments of JPY14.5 billion, which is about CNY732 million, into SoftBank Robotics Holdings Corporation. Under the agreement signed by the three parties, Alibaba and Foxconn will hold a 20% stake in SBRH, respectively; while SoftBank will own the remaining 60%.


TSMC remains largest corporate taxpayer in northern Taiwan

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) has retained the title as the largest corporate taxpayer in northern Taiwan, the National Taxation Bureau under the country’s Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. According to statistics compiled by the bureau’s northern area division, TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, paid more than NT$20 billion (US$645 million) in corporate income tax in 2014, the most of any enterprise operating in northern Taiwan.


Sharp will not reject Hon Hai financial support: CEO

JapanWant China Times — Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp said it will not refuse financial help from Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer Hon Hai even though the two companies failed to reach partnership agreement three years ago, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. In March 2012, Sharp was said to have rejected Hon Hai in its bid to acquire a 9.9% stake in Sharp for 66.9 billion yen (US$559 million) which would’ve allowed Hon Hai to have a say in the Sharp’s management.


HTC ships 4.75 million HTC One M9 in 3 months; unlikely to make new breakthrough in China

TaiwanDigi Times — HTC has so far shipped only 4.75 million units of its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9, since the model launched in the latter half of March, down 43.75% as compared to shipments of the HTC One M8 during its initial three months, according to a Chinese-language China Business Journal report. HTC’s market value has also declined to around US$2 billion recently compared to its all-time high of US$33.8 billion a few years ago, the paper added.


Foxconn to make Xiaomi phones in Andhra Pradesh, from IN

IndiaTimes Of India — NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: An old Pepsi building in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh will soon start humming with activity again. That’s where Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, will make phones for Chinese brand Xiaomi. Foxconn had begun work on the site across from the Tamil Nadu border two months after shutting down the third and last of its plants in that state in February. The Sri City unit won’t be too big — it will make about 10,000 phones a day — but Foxconn has ambitious plans for India that could eventually make the country a key manufacturing base for the company, comparable with China.


No clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, say sources, from TW

TaiwanOrders received this coming July will be crucial for the second half 2015 business prospects for Taiwan-based component makers in the notebook and PC industry supply chain, according to sources in the supply chain. Intel’s decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform until the second half of 2015 has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems, affecting the sales performance of most component suppliers, said the sources.


SoftBank, Foxconn mulls electronic manufacturing joint venture for India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Japan-based telecom and Internet major SoftBank Corp and Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group are in talks to form a joint venture for electronics manufacturing in India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ push helps the country to become an attractive alternative to China as a manufacturing base.  Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and maker of the iconic iPhones, will lead the new joint venture while SoftBank will support the former for the same, Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank told ET.


InnoDisk, Supermicro and Toshiba team up for SSD cloud storage

TaiwanTaiwan-based InnoDisk, which develops and manufactures industrial-class storage products, has disclosed the company is partnering with NAND flash chip vendor Toshiba and Super Micro Computer (Supermicro), a specialist in application-optimized servers, workstations, blades, storage and GPU systems, to provide SSD solutions for data centers and cloud computing. A joint venture between the companies, named AccelStor, has been formed to provide SSD solutions targeted at customers in the financial sector and telecom carriers, according to InnoDisk.


Lenovo to take on Asustek, Acer in Taiwan’s PC market

TaiwanLenovo Group, the world’s biggest PC maker by sales, said on Thursday that it aims to grab a “double-digit” share in Taiwan’s consumer PC market that is currently dominated by the local brands Asustek Computer and Acer. Lenovo currently accounts for 6%-7% of the Taiwan consumer PC market by unit sales, which the Chinese giant expects will reach 10% by the end of current fiscal year that will conclude in March 2016, said Lenovo Taiwan general manager Paul Tseng, who took office on April 1 this year.


Foxconn, Softbank to form robot joint venture, say reports

JapanFoxconn Electronics will team up with Japan-based Softbank to form a joint venture for manufacturing robot products, according to Japan-based Nikkei Asian Review. Foxconn and Softbank have been cooperating on the production of robots since June 2014, and Foxconn has rolled out a bunch of ‘Pepper’ robots developed by Softbank’s subsidiary, Aldebaran, said the report.


Quanta Computer mulls manufacturing in India

IndiaTAIPEI: Taiwan’s Quanta Computer, the world’s top contract PC manufacturer which makes laptops and assembles watches for Apple, said it is considering establishing a manufacturing base in India. “We’re gathering materials for evaluation. We’re looking into it,” Quanta vice-chairman CC Leung told reporters, after the company’s annual investor conference.


Inventec to expand cloud business unit for IoT development

TaiwanTaiwan’s Inventec, one of the world’s largest contract laptop makers, is taking steps to expand its cloud business unit this year to cash in on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market. Inventec chairman Richard Lee said after a meeting with shareholders that the company will restructure its cloud business department into an “IoT and cloud business group” starting this year, with the plan to be formally announced at a later date.


Computex (and Taiwan) Tries to Pivot to IoT, Wearables

TaiwanComputex, for those unfamiliar, is technology conference in Taipei, Taiwan that has largely focused on the IT and PC industry since it was started in the early ’80s. Over the last two years the show has tried to incorporate more mobile, IoT, and wearable technologies, in addition to the IT and PC markets. This year’s show had a collection of interesting IoT devices and inexpensive wearable devices that you don’t normally see. This year’s show had the usual big-name Taiwanese companies, including Acer, ASUS, Gigabyte, MediaTek, but was missing larger Korean and mainland Chinese manufacturers such as Samsung, Lenovo, LG, etc.


Yahoo launches apps for Apple Watch in Taiwan

TaiwanYahoo launched four apps designed for Apple’s smartwatch in Taiwan Monday as the search engine’s latest attempt to push its “mobile first” strategy. The four free apps — including Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest and Yahoo News Hong Kong — are redesigned and simplified for the Apple Watch, allowing Yahoo to deliver “a highly engaging and personal experience in a new way,” according to the company.


Apple loses Taiwan anti-competitive practices court case

TaiwanTAIPEI: Apple Inc has lost a lawsuit in which it was accused of engaging in anti-competitive practices and will be fined Taiwanese dollars 20 million ($647,124), a Taiwan court said on Wednesday.  The island’s Fair Trade Commission had previously levied the fine against the Silicon Valley firm for requiring its major Taiwan telecom partners to receive approval for pricing plans for its wildly popular iPhone series in advance of public release, in violation of Taiwanese law. Apple subsequently counter-sued and lost the suit.


TSMC, Hon Hai ranked among world’s most innovative firms

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) and Hon Hai Precision Industry are among the top firms globally in terms of the number of patents obtained in the United States this year, the only two Taiwanese companies to gain that distinction, according to a recently released list. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, was granted 620 patents in the US between January and May this year, ranking 16th on the list of the “most innovative” companies worldwide.