Acer has posted the highest level of growth among top PC makers, recording double digit growth despite a 1.4 per cent overall decline. The latest preliminary data from IDC for the third quarter of 2014 showed Acer has improved on its year-on-year worldwide PC shipment with growth at 11.8 per cent. This was in contrast to the overall industry decline of 1.4 per cent. Quarter-on-quarter, Acer saw a 12.6 per cent rise, which also surpassed the industry average of 5.2 per cent.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Integrated circuit designer (IC) MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技) said recently that the sale of the iPhone 6 will not impact the company’s performance, as its chips are utilized in budget phones that are tailored for a different market segment. As sales of the iPhone 6 picked up recently, the market is concerned that it will squeeze out sales of competing Android phones and consequently affect MediaTek, which supplies ICs to Android phones.
Strong demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology’s orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to 25 million units before the end of 2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will also deliver about 25 million units during the period, bringing iPhone 6 overall shipments to 50 million units in 2014. These estimates do not include shipments of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple’s entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors’ high-end tablets. Compared to the iPad Air’s significant upgrades in 2013, the iPad Air 2’s hardware improvements are a lot smaller, while the iPad mini 3, except for the addition of Touch ID functions, has almost no changes in specifications or industrial design.
The arrival of IoT (Internet of Things) era will bring unprecedented opportunities across industries and create new business models, which may have profound impact on global economics. Eyeing on the huge potentials of the emerging trend, Intel is making efforts to work with the eco-system in delivering comprehensive IoT solutions focusing to provide services that speak value for customers. At the “Intel IoT Asia” event held in Taipei recently, Intel invited important partners and Intel executives to introduce and demonstrate the latest development trends and various solutions for IoT.
Taiwan-based Li-ion battery module makers, in view of weak global demand for notebooks and slow growth in tablet sales, are looking to new business opportunities from data center UPS systems, according to the makers. Although global demand for smartphones is still growing, a smartphone uses only only one battery module, unlike notebooks which use several, the sources said. In addition, China-based Li-ion battery module makers have been competing for orders from smartphone, tablet and notebook vendors.
Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Super Micro Computer, Incorporated first quarter 2015 conference call. The company’s news release, issued earlier today, is available from its website at http://www.supermicro.com. In addition, during today’s call, the company will refer to a slide presentation that has been made available to participants, which can be accessed in a downloadable PDF format on its website at http://www.supermicro.com in the Investor Relations section under the Events & Presentations tab.
21Vianet and Foxconn have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to establish a joint venture named Smart Time Technologies Limited. The two parties will jointly build and develop a global supply chain for the Internet data center and cloud computing infrastructure markets. In addition, the companies announced they plan to open a 21Vianet-Foxconn Internet infrastructure and engineering technology research and development center. This development is expected to further strengthen the technological collaboration between the two companies.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, aimed to grab a 40 percent market share of 4G broadband service but forecast that it will take much longer to turn profitable compared to the 3G sector. Attending a technology forum yesterday, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) spoke positively about 4G’s development in Taiwan. Data usage for 4G is already twice as much as for 3G, Tsai pointed out.
TAIPEI–Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan’s export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record US$43.3 billion, the government said Monday. It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement. Orders for information and mobile devices rose 16.3 percent from a year ago to US$12.9 billion, “mainly due to the launch of international brand name mobile devices that led to the significant increase of orders,” the ministry said.
Asustek Computer expects its handset shipments to grow dramatically to 16 million units in 2015, helping its profits from the business line to reach at least NT$2 billion in the year, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek is expected to ship over eight million handsets in 2014 and the business segment already achieved profitable operation in the third quarter of 2014.
In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently, smartphone chip vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek, have increased resources for developing tablet chip solutions, the sources said.
Taiwan’s direct Internet connection with 17 countries (including Hong Kong and Macao) reached total bandwidth of 1.422Tbps as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, increasing 0.64% on quarter and 21.87% on year, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although many consumers have opted for 4G mobile Internet service, consumers may not always get the faster service they signed up for, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The reason is that the local 4G signal is not always pervasive, and when the signal is not strong enough, phones may switch onto 3G networks. In other words, consumers may be paying more without getting an upgrade in service, Tsai said.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (宏達電) unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet computer in the United States Wednesday, the first tablet running on Google Inc.’s latest Android 5.0 operating system, codenamed Lollipop. The 8.9-inch tablet sports a Nvidia Tegra K1 64 bit 2.3GHz dual-core processor, a 2K screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera and HTC’s signature BoomSound dual front-facing speakers.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET process products in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2015, according to company co-CEO CC Wei. Despite rising competition, TSMC will continue to lead its peers in the combined segment of 20nm and 16nm processes, Wei said at the company’s latest investors conference.
Acer and MediaTek’s cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek’s new business development unit JC Hsu. Acer and MediaTek announced a partnership in June 2014 to integrate Acer’s BYOC solution into MediaTek’s Internet of things (IoT) platform LinkIt to help clients develop wearable and IoT applications.
Ingrasys Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), has acquired a 40% stake in Taiwan-based cloud computing-based storage and computing solution provider Hope Bay Technologies. Hope Bay said it was originally a cloud computing technology center under power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics, which spun it off in May 2013.
Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources. The chip vendors will be able to quote their new chips cheaper because they will come in sizes 20% smaller than most prevailing 4G solutions, which will allow chip suppliers to bargain for reductions in packaging/testing costs, said the sources.