US chipmaker Intel Corp and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking. At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Thursday unveiled its Chromebox CXI, its first desktop computer powered by Google Inc.’s Web centric Chrome operating system, with a view to meeting demand in schools and businesses. The computer boots up in about eight seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode thanks to its 16GB solid-state drive, Acer said in a statement. The device’s compact form also helps save space in libraries, classrooms and offices, the company said.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is interested about the Internet of Things (IoT) industry and has been investing in related businesses as well as looking at its existing businesses to make connections with the IoT industry, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, Foxconn does not plan to only become a maker of IoT products, the company is also looking to acquire technologies, IC design capability and the ability to conduct back-end transmission, data collection and analysis, the sources said.
The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.065 trillion (US$35.48 billion) in first-half 2014, growing 0.14% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The three science parks posted combined export value of NT$658.926 billion in the period, decreasing 4.37% on year, and combined import value increased 1.35% on year to NT$396.486 billion, MOST said.
Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp. and Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking . At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) has said it is ready to take on the challenge from Apple Inc.’s anticipated iPhone 6 in the Taiwanese market with the newest member of its popular Butterfly family that was launched Tuesday. The HTC Butterfly 2, launched at a press conference in Tokyo, will go on sale in Japan Aug. 29 and in Taiwan Sept. 2, followed by more Asian markets such as Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Inventec has released its financial report for the second quarter of 2014, recording consolidated revenues of NT$104.9 (US$3.5 billion), gross margin of 5.3%, net operating profit of NT$1.68 billion, net profit of NT$1.48 billion and net EPS of NT$0.41. Commenting on the reduced profits in the second quarter compared to the first, Inventec pointed out that the drop mainly resulted from exchange losses, but the company’s gross margin in the second quarter was better than the first and is expected to stay at around the same level in the second half.
TAIPEI — Yahoo Inc. said Monday its native advertising service in Taiwan is very likely to expand, as the new marketing concept has attracted many brand customers in the country and helped them save costs. The Internet portal said it has landed major brands like Sweden’s furniture retailer IKEA Group, Japanese electronics maker Hitachi Ltd. and South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. on its native ads platform, which was launched in Taiwan in late June.
Acer Inc president and chief executive officer Jason Chen told the media during his first visit to Thailand since becoming the company’s head seven months ago that the new focus would also include two-in-one notebooks and Chromebooks. He said worldwide Chromebook sales were expected to grow by 76 per cent this year. In the first six months, Acer sales grew 114 per cent. The key reasons for ChromesBook’s success are its affordability and low maintenance costs. “We think Windows [PCs and notebooks] will still continue, but Chromebook is an alternative option – they will co-exist,” he said.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources. While the supply of wafers at TSMC is tight for the third quarter, the nearly sold-out wafer production for the fourth quarter at TSMC has placed most IC design houses in a dilemma as to whether they should queue up at TSMC for capacity.
Acer Inc, the world’s fourth-largest computer maker, is diversifying in its latest effort to get its struggling personal computer (PC) business back on the road to sustained recovery. Smart internet-connected and cloud computing capabilities will be delivered as value-creating differentiation on top of Acer’s computers, corporate president and chief executive Jason Chen said in Bangkok yesterday. Global shipments of PCs are down by double digits this year as consumers increasingly switch to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
TAIPEI: Taiwan’s tech giant Hon Hai Precision Industry, a major supplier to Apple, said Wednesday that its net profit in the three months to June rose almost 19%. Net profit in the second quarter was Tw$20.19bil (RM2.14bil), compared to Tw$16.98bil (RM1.8bil) in the same period the previous year and Tw$19.54bil (RM2.07bil) in January-March. Hon Hai — the parent company of Foxconn in China — said in a statement that sales in the second quarter eased to Tw$879.1bil (RM93.25bil), down 1.8% year-on-year.
Taiwan Star Cellular (台灣之星) yesterday rolled out a 31-day 4G free trial program, allowing users to test the company’s 4G service before it is formally launched at the end of next month. With yesterday’s announcement, Taiwan Star Cellular became the fourth telecommunication company in Taiwan to provide 4G service. There is no cap limit on data usage during the free trial, and a new registration is all that is required to try the service, the longest 4G trial program in Taiwan.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Tourism Bureau is teaming up with Google to launch a global YouTube campaign and contest — “Anytime for Taiwan — Film Taiwan, Action!” (台灣旅行無攝限 — 全球網路影片投稿大賽) — inviting international travelers to share Taiwan’s beauty and national heritage through YouTube videos. According to the Tourism Bureau, statistics show that over 60 percent of international visitors that come to Taiwan search for the travel information about the nation online.
Wafer foundry houses reportedly have been seeking cooperation with cooling module makers looking to apply cooling solutions into chips during the manufacturing process. So far the cooperation is still at an early stage and no substantial results have been achieved, according to sources from cooling module players. The sources pointed out that by packing more and more functions, mobile devices are creating heavy burdens on their processor chips and increasing power consumption. To resolve the resulting heat issue, the wafer foundry houses are considering placing cooling solutions directly into the processors.
After four years of setting Android devices with the Nexus program, Google is rumored to work again with HTC for this year’s Nexus tablet project. Leaked specs and documents for the Volantis, better known as the Nexus 8, have emerged recently, offering the latest and more exciting details. Android Origin said that the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) from South Korea recently certified a new device which has the model number 0P82100. The device is supposedly the 8.9-inch Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis or Flounder. It confirmed that HTC will be making this year’s Nexus tablet after Google collaborated with Asus for the release of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013).
White-box vendors shipped 22.3 million tablets globally in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 9.3% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research. Of the shipments, Wi-Fi only models accounted for 56.4% and Wi-Fi plus voice communications models 43.6%, Digitimes Research indicated. In terms of screen size, 7-inch models accounted for 69.4% of the shipments and 7.85/7.9-inch ones 20.8%.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12 ― The newest addition to Acer’s Chromebook range, simply called the Chromebook 13, offers an incredible 13-hour battery life and is just 18mm thick yet it can render and output 4K ultra-high-definition content. And that’s because the little laptop, launched yesterdapy, is the first to use an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Chromebooks might still be niche products within the PC landscape but the computers, which run Google’s Chrome OS and run a host of web-based apps rather than software installed directly on the computer’s hard disk, are starting to make a name for themselves, especially within education.
Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year. Nvidia shared a few more details about Denver at the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley on Monday. It’s calling it “the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.” Denver will be used in a 64-bit version of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip. It will have four Denver CPU cores and 192 Kepler graphics cores, which Nvidia says will provide PC-like performance for laptops, tablets and high-end smartphones. Like Apple’s A7 chip, Denver is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.
Quanta Computer has announced revenues of NT$77.93 billion (US$2.6 billion) for July, up 8.53% on month and 8.63% on year with combined revenues for the first seven months of 2014 reaching NT$508.27 billion, up 10.48% on year. Quanta shipped 4.2 million notebooks in July, down from 4.3 million units in June. Despite having a notebook shipment drop, the company still managed to achieve a revenue growth in July mainly thanks to a better product mix and contributions from non-notebook product lines, estimated some market watchers, adding that Apple’s increased orders for Mac series products also benefited Quanta’s revenues recently.