Notebook orders from channel retailers and regional brands in Russia have been decreasing due to impacts of the Russian rouble’s drastic devaluation, according to Taiwan-based ODMs. Because of economic sanctions by the US and European Union and the dropping crude oil pricing, Russia, whose economy heavily relies on oil exports, is facing an economic decline.
TAIPEI–Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) was once again named the top Taiwanese global brand for the year on an annual list released Wednesday by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The ministry’s Industrial Development Bureau praised the computer maker, which was also the top brand on the 20-company list last year, for outstanding innovation and nimble adaptation to market needs, which helped it earn a brand value of US$1.723 billion in 2013.
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) both plan to build additional capacity at their 8-inch fabs in China, according to company sources.
Enterprise software and service provider SAP is looking to sign a number of strategic alliance agreements with Taiwan-based cloud data centers in 2005, driven by growing demand for cloud applications from small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), according Janice Lai, general manager of SAP Taiwan. SAP has been deepening its deployments in Taiwan for years, focusing on helping not only large-scale enterprises to strive for innovation and upgrades but also catering to the need of SMEs, Lai said.
The Foxconn Group needs to hire more talent from outside to accomplish its goal of transforming its operations from manufacturing to a trading-centric approach, according to industry sources. To reach the goal of sustainable growth, the group is currently promoting the establishment of a corporate culture that will be based on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and therefore is mapping plans to hire more talent, revealed the sources.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, which produces everything from Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s Xbox One to HP servers, has patented two data center containers, each with a different cooling system, and a system for powering containers with solar panels. In addition to manufacturing HP’s commodity x86 servers for web-scale data centers, Foxconn also produces HP’s data center modules called EcoPod. But the original design manufacturer has also been growing its own data center container business.
Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics on December 15 announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Eltek ASA, a Norway-based company engaged in design, production and marketing of power supplies, at NOK3.868 billion (US$525 million) through its wholly owned subsidiary Deltronics (Netherlands) B.V.
Wistron’s white-box server subsidiary Wiwynn and Quanta Computer are expected to achieve their server business goals for 2014, but in anticipation of growing competition in the server market in 2015, the two players have already stepped up efforts looking to expand their shipments, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is hiring talent to develop a logistic system for its e-commerce business to help speed up product deliveries and is looking to build the system via its existing logistic system for IT product shipments, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Eyeing the development potential of the e-commerce business, the Foxconn Group has begun to enhance its presence in the segment in China by promoting its own online shopping platform, flnet.com.
Taiwanese companies have higher-than-average maturity in cloud computing and big data analysis in the Asia-Pacific region due to their skilled employees and high standards for process control, according to research firm IDC. In a survey released Dec. 11, IDC divides companies into five phases — Ad Hoc, Opportunistic, Repeatable, Managed and Optimized — based on their adoption of cloud-based computing technology and analysis capability of huge sets of complex information, as well as the business values they have created with these applications.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Asustek Inc. (華碩) is gearing up to grab a larger market share in India after its major Chinese rival in that country, Xiaomi Inc., was barred from selling its handsets there by an Indian court last week for infringing upon technology patented by Ericsson, according to a report by the Commercial Times Sunday. With Xiaomi stopped from selling in India, the report said, Asustek is expected to surpass Xiaomi in terms of units sold in the coming months in the Indian market.
Internet of Things (IoT) starts to deliver against the hype next year following this year’s explosion of new IoT-related solutions, including consumer wearables, smart home products and industrial IoT solutions. IDC lists the following top 10 key IoT predictions that it believes will have the biggest impact in 2015 on the IoT industry in Asia Pacific excluding Japan. First, partnerships between IoT vendors (including ODM/OEM vendors) and non-tech consumer goods’ brands will emerge rapidly to create a sizable market opportunity for the IT industry.
FIH Mobile, the handset arm of Foxconn Electronics, will officially close its handset assembly plant in Chennai, India on December 24, 2014, according to the company. A total of 1,700 employees of the plant will be affected, and the company has promised to cooperate with the local government and labor union to lay off or hand out compensations in accordance with relevant regulations, FIH said.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese companies have higher-than-average maturity in cloud computing and big data analysis in the Asia-Pacific region due to their skilled employees and high standards for process control, according to research firm IDC. In a survey released Dec. 11, IDC divides companies into five phases — Ad Hoc, Opportunistic, Repeatable, Managed and Optimized — based on their adoption of cloud-based computing technology and analysis capability of huge sets of complex information, as well as the business values they have created with these applications.
Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources. Globalfoundries has successfully obtained 14nm chip orders from AMD, previously the parent company of the foundry, said the sources. AMD also has 20nm and 28nm chips made at Globalfoundries.
Notebook ODM Wistron will set up a software R&D center with 200 engineers initially in southern Taiwan, while fellow maker Quanta Computer will expand software R&D manpower to support production of data center servers to compete for orders for setting up private or private/public hybrid cloud computing platforms, according to the companies. Inventec will also expand R&D center by recruiting 1,000 software engineers in 2015.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) launched its second octa-core smartphone in Taiwan Tuesday as part of an effort to be ranked among the top five smartphone vendors in its home market next year. Acer has set a target of selling 100,000 smartphones in Taiwan this year, a 67 percent annualized growth from 60,000 units sold last year, said Towny Huang (黃鐘鋒), president of Taiwan operations at Acer.
Wistron has announced consolidated revenues of NT$56.36 billion (US$1.81 billion) for November, down 2.45% on month, but up 14.27% on year and combined consolidated revenues of NT$531.59 billion for the first 11 months of 2014, down 7.7% on year. In November, Wistron shipped 1.9 million notebooks, 1.6 million smart handheld devices (tablet and smartphone), 450,000 LCD TVs, 1.1 million desktops, 700,000 LCD monitors and 170,000 servers.
NEW DELHI: Taiwanese IT company Acer today restarted its smartphone business in India in partnership with e-commerce firm Snapdeal with the launch of two new handsets, priced at Rs 11,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. “We have strong presence in IT business. IT industry is converging and at a point colliding with handset business. We want to leverage our strength of IT and smartphone business will compliment it,” Acer Group’s Vice President (smartphones) Allen Burnes said at the launch event.
With Internet of things (IoT) applications growing popular, many Taiwan-based ODMs and EMS providers are planning to establish fund-raising platforms to attract partnerships with designers worldwide, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) established the kick2real website in April, while Quanta Computer is also considering establishing a similar platform.