SAN FRANCISCO: US computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet Tuesday aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device. The Nvidia Shield, with an eight-inch high-definition display, “was built specifically for gamers,” according to the California company. The US$299 gadget has an optional US$40 cover that can be used as a kickstand. A wireless controller can be added for US$60.
Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 but will regain its leading market position in 2016-2017, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang. 16nm products will account for a single-digit ratio to TSMC’s overall revenues in the third quarter of 2015, Chang estimated.
MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014. The MT6795, built using a 28nm process, clocks at 2.2GHz and comes with MediaTek’s CorePilot technology to deliver multi-core processor performance and thermal control. The MT6795 also supports dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz.
China-based smartphone vendor Huawei is likely to be the first client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 16nm FinFET process node, according to industry sources. The 16nm chip, designed for smartphone application, is developed by Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon Technologies and is expected to debut in early 2015, said the sources. In addition to the wafer foundry orders, Huawei has also decided to utilize TSMC’s backend CoWoS (chip on wafer on substrate) packaging process for the 16nm chips, the sources added.
TAIPEI–A trade delegation from New Zealand is visiting Taiwan to seek more opportunities for bilateral trade cooperation, according to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the country’s international business development agency. The arrival of the 30-member delegation marks the first such mission to Taiwan since the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) took effect last December, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise said Monday.
TAIPEI — Acer Chromebooks topped the U.S. consumer market during the first quarter of the year with a 46.7 percent market share, the Taiwan-based company said Monday, citing data from the NPD Group, a market research organization. Since its first Chromebook — the Acer AC700 — was launched in 2011, Acer Chromebooks “have received wide acclaim from consumers and media alike,” Acer said in a statement.
Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC officially launched the One E8 and Desire 616 smartphones in India on Friday (11 July). HTC’s One E8 is the plastic variant of the flagship HTC One M8; it boasts dual-curve design having ergonomic uni-body exterior, seen on the high-end HTC One models, sans the usage of metal; instead it flaunts a synthetic polycarbonate body.
Smartphone vendors that are looking to release new high-end models in the second half of 2014 are worried about getting access to enough component supplies as many component makers are preparing orders for Apple’s new iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. In addition, non-Apple vendors have delayed the launches of their new smartphones to a later time in 2014 to avoid direct competition against the new iPhones, the sources noted.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Quanta Computer Inc. (廣達) yesterday announced consolidated revenue of NT$71.803 billion for June, a growth of 4.8 percent year-on-year, and 2.4 percent month-on-month. In June the company shipped 4.3 million units of notebook computers, a month-on-month growth of 10.25 percent, exceeding the original forecasts of below 10 percent.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently published its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, stating that the company achieved operating revenue of NTD65.06 billion; its pre-taxes net profit was NTD2.76 billion; operating profit was NTD2.43 billion; post-taxes net profit was NTD2.26 billion; and its net profit per share was NTD2.74. HTC’s performance in the second quarter met its expectations. Prior to this, the company predicted that its operating revenue would be between NTD65 billion and NTD70 billion; its gross margin would be between 21.3% and 22%; and its earnings per share would be between NTD2.21 and NTD3.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to speed up the development of its 10nm process to fend off competition from Samsung Electronics, which reportedly has landed 14nm FinFET chip orders from Qualcomm, according to industry sources. TSMC and Samsung are currently competing fiercely in the development of FinFET process, with the Korea-based foundry house utilizing a 14nm process and TSMC a 16nm node. Both the 14nm and 16nm processes are scheduled to enter volume production in early 2015.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based China Mobile with 22.4% and Saudi Arabia-based STC with 10.8%, Digitimes Research indicated.
TAIPEI–When Asustek (華碩) Computer Inc.’s first smartwatch debuts to the world, it will be an innovative product with the right balance between launch timing, technical feasibility, price and form factor, company Chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) vowed Thursday. Answering reporters’ question at the Taiwan Economic Summit in Taipei, Shih said Asustek has learned a lot about such “trade offs” between perceptual and rational factors during the design process.
TAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) said Thursday it has teamed up with two leading sales agents in Taiwan to market its eight major product lines. Acer’s partnership with Synnex Technology International Corp. and Weblink International Inc., which started this month, covers the domestic distribution of Acer-branded laptops, desktop computers, 2-in-1 hybrid devices, tablet PCs, smartphones, monitors, projectors and servers.
IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company. MediaTek targets China-based smartphone vendors for its 4G APs.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Market capitalization of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC,台積電), the most heavily weighted stock in the local market, hit a record high Wednesday after the stock steamed ahead amid optimism over its earnings outlook. TSMC rose 3.52 percent to close at the day’s high of NT$132.50 with 51.46 million shares changing hands on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The buying spree took place on optimism over the chip-maker’s earnings prospects.
Hon Hai Group has purchased 2.45 million shares of SK C&C, a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, representing a shareholding of 4.9%. Hon Hai published a report, stating that as a long-term investment, its subsidiary Best Leap Enterprises Limited acquired 2.45 million shares of SK C&C, with the price of KRW155,500 per share. The total trading value was KRW380.975 billion, which was about CNY2.34 billion.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Wednesday that it is planning to expand its research and development in Singapore and set up an innovation center in the city state. MediaTek said it is committed to spending S$250 million (US$200 million) over the next six years to expand its R&D operations there. The IC designer added that the center will focus on development of applications to explore business opportunities in the consumer, medical and Internet of Things areas.