Alibaba launches new $306m ‘not-for-profit’ fund to invest in Taiwan startups

TaiwanAlibaba today launched the Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund officially. The company did the same earlier today for its Hong Kong fund. We’ve adjusted the US dollar amount based on today’s exchange rate. The original March 2 article written by Josh Horwitz continues unchanged below.

Inventec achieves major improvement in server orders for 2017

TaiwanDigi Times — With Intel expected to launch its next-generation server platform Purley in the second half of 2017, vendors such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and Lenovo have recently started finishing their request for quotation (RFQ) processes for server orders for 2017 and Inventec reportedly has landed a majority of server orders from HP, while its orders from Dell and Lenovo also increased dramatically, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Quanta, Wiwynn see more orders from server clients for 2016

TaiwanDigi Times — Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a server subsidiary of Wistron, are expected to land more cloud server orders from their clients in 2016 as Internet service providers are looking to reduce their suppliers in order to further cut costs. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell are expected to be impacted by the decision.

Chunghwa Telecom, Advantech, HwaCom Systems cooperate to offer 4G-based ITS solution

TaiwanChunghwa Telecom (CHT), industrial computing solution provider Advantech and information, network, telecom integration service provider HwaCom Systems on November 19 signed an MoU for cooperation to offer a 4G-based ITS (intelligent transportation system) solution, according to Advantech.

Foxconn to build processing base in China

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: Contract electronics maker Foxconn plans to build a new processing base in northwest China’s Gansu province, indicating the tech giant’s further expansion on the inland market. Foxconn Technology Group, the main supplier to tech giant Apple, inked a cooperation deal with Gansu Radio and Television Network Co Ltd, agreeing to establish a joint electronics processing base in the provincial capital Lanzhou, Xinhua reported.

Taiwan-based Google Play app developers double in 2 years

TaiwanDigi Times — The number of Taiwan-based app developers registered on Google Play increased by 200% in the past two years, while the money spent by users outside Taiwan for applications developed by Taiwan developers grew 250% in 2014, according to Karim Temsamani, president of Google Asia Pacific.

China market: Foxconn ties up with CCTV to launch IoT-based video services

ChinaDigi Times — Shenzhen-based NxEra, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics, has set up a joint venture with a subsidiary of China Central Television (CCTV) for providing IoT-based video services, according to a media report in China. NxEra is a mobile connected cloud platform set up in 2014 focusing on development of IoT technologies for recruitment, logistics, footprint, cash flow, information flow and technology flow applications, according to company data.

Purchase of GigaMedia shares by CEO Collin Hwang

ChinaPRNewswire — TAIPEI: GigaMedia Limited today announced that its Chief Executive Officer Collin Hwang has purchased a total of 858,412 shares of GigaMedia stock at an average price of $0.58 during the period between November 9, 2015 andNovember 16, 2015. The purchases were made during an open window period and in full compliance with all company and legal guidelines.

Competition among SoC suppliers to heat up, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Competition among smartphone-use SoC providers is expected to heat up in 2016 as companies are gearing up for their new 8- or 10-core solution rollouts. MediaTek will roll out a new series of 64-bit 10-core processors built using 16nm FinFET process technology in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Codenamed Helio X30, the upcoming 10-core solution will be targeted at the high end of the smartphone market, said the sources.

6.4 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2016, up 30% from 2015, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Gartner has said it forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day. The Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of US$235 billion in 2016, up 22% from 2015.

Taiwan PV installation capacity estimated at 150-200MWp in 2015

TaiwanDigi Times — The total installation capacity for rooftop PV systems and PV power-generating stations established in Taiwan in 2015 will reach 150-200MWp, far short of the target of 500MWp set by the Bureau of Energy (BOE), according to industry sources. The BOE originally set the 2015 target at 270MWp and hiked it to 500MWp in May, the sources said.

Digitimes Research: Global LTE users to grow to 945 million by year-end 2015, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — According to Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there were 755 million LTE mobile communication subscribers around the world at the end of June 2015. Digitimes Research forecasts the global LTE user base will increase to 945 million at the end of 2015 and 1.466 billion in 2016. From the beginning of commercial operation of the first network in the world to a global user base of one billion, it took over 12 years for GSM (2G), nine years for 3G and will take only six years for LTE, Digitimes Research indicated.

Asustek smartphone shipments to reach 20.5 million in 2015, 30 million in 2016

TaiwanDigi Times — Asustek Computer will be able to ship a total of 20.5 million smartphones in 2015, meeting its shipment target set for the year, according to company CEO Jerry Shen. The company shipped 13.5 million smartphones in the first three quarters of 2015 and will ship another seven million units in the fourth quarter, Shen said.

TSMC board approves US$4 billion for advanced technology capacity expansion

TaiwanDigi Times — The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of US$3.96 billion for expanding capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, and packaging and assembly, as well as construction of fab facilities and installation of facility systems, and first-quarter 2016 R&D capital investments and sustaining capital expenditures.

Quanta lands server orders from Uber and Wiwynn from Twitter

TaiwanDigi Times — Seeing competition growing fierce, Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a server subsidiary of Wistron, have turned to target second-tier Internet service providers for orders with Quanta receiving orders from Uber for its datacenter and Wiwynn acquiring orders from Twitter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Both ODMs declined to comment on their orders or clients.

MediaTek, TSMC urge Taiwan government to ease restrictions on China investment in chipmakers

TaiwanDigi Times — The chairmen of MediaTek and TSMC both agree that Taiwan’s government should be more liberal towards the issue of allowing China-based firms to invest in the local IC industry sectors, and pursue an open policy for the local chipmakers’ cooperation with their China-based counterparts.

China investment in Taiwan IC design houses is feasible, says Acer founder

TaiwanDigi Times — In response to China-based Tsinghua Unigroup’s interest in combining its two subsidiary IC designers with Taiwan-based MediaTek, Acer founder Stan Shih said that China-based investment in Taiwan-based IC design houses is feasible as long as the investment is balanced based on appropriate stake ratios and constraining conditions such as protecting intellectual properties.

Taipei to set up IoT experimental platform

TaiwanFocus Taiwan — Taipei: The Taipei City government is planning to complete an infrastructure network for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the concept of connecting household devices to the Internet — by the end of this year, the city’s Department of Information Technology said Sunday. The project will turn Taipei into an experimental field for IoT services, the department said, adding that this will be Asia’s first city-scale IoT platform promoted by a local government.

Tsinghua Unigroup expresses interest in MediaTek

ChinaDigi Times — China’s state-backed technology conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup, which owns both Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, has expressed interest in merging its two chip units with MediaTek. Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo said in an interview with Taiwan’s media on November 1 that if Taiwan’s government lifts the ban on investments by China-based firms in the island’s lC design sector, Tsinghua Unigroup is willing to visit MediaTek and discuss a potential merger deal between its units Spreadtrum and RDA and the Taiwan-based company.

FET may compete for TDD-LTE frequency band, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) is likely to compete for frequency band units designated for TDD-LTE 4G in the open bid to be held by the National Communications Commission (NCC) in November 2015, company president Yvonne Li said at an October 28 investors conference. NCC released 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz frequency bands for FDD-LTE operations in October 2013 and will release 2,600MHz frequency bands for FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE in November 2015.