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.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.
Acer is a substantially internationalized enterprise as evidenced by foreigners accounting for 70% of all employees, company founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih has said. Shih made the remark in response to Gianfranco Lanci, currently chief COO for Lenovo and Acer’s former president and CEO, saying that Acer has returned its operational focus to Taiwan and not succeeded in corporate internationalization, and this accounts for the decline of Acer’s global market share in recent years.
Acer on October 14 announced a strategic partnership with Octon, a Cayman Islands-registered Taiwan-based provider of contact center software solutions and services, to launch abPBX plus, a communication switch solution for use by enterprises. With the abPBX plus, enterprises can easily use business social networking, chat rooms, video conferencing and other communication services at low cost, Octon said.
Acer reportedly is cooperating with Panasonic to develop a battery management system for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform for Internet of Things (IoT) business opportunities, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Acer declined to comment. Acer is looking to integrate its BYOC platform into Panasonic’s battery management system and offer the solution to electric vehicle vendors. Panasonic provides batteries to EV vendors including Tesla.
Taiwanese mobile phone chip manufacturer MediaTek saw a performance decline in September 2014, yet achieved a record-high quarterly revenue uptick. The company’s overall operating revenue was NTD57.472 billion, which was about CNY11.6 billion, in the third quarter of 2014, representing record-high quarterly revenue for the history of the company.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is inviting partners to its first cloud forum in Taipei on Wednesday to discuss the opportunities presented by its cloud strategy and Internet of Things (IoT, 物聯網) technology. In sharing the latest developments of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) strategy and its future direction, Acer is calling on potential partners to join the BYOC alliance to create value and share the rewards of the future, the New Taipei-based company said Monday in a statement.
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. The 28nm 4G LTE chips are to be used for the production of iPhone 6 devices, indicating that UMC is expected to continue to receive more follow-up orders from Qualcomm later, said the sources.
NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family. The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.
Last week, around 1,000 workers at Foxconn’s Chongqing plant stopped working. They made banners and demanded a meeting with management to discuss their grievances, making it clear that they wouldn’t step back on the assembly line until that happened. Their beef? They wanted to work longer hours. Foxconn wasn’t giving them enough overtime.