Nanya ranks as No. 4 mobile DRAM supplier in Q3

TAIPEI–Nanya Technology Corp., one of Taiwan’s leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers, has been ranked the world’s fourth largest mobile DRAM supplier in the third quarter of this year by DRAMeXchange. The research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp. said that Nanya posted US$62 million in mobile DRAM sales in the July-September period, up 98 percent from a quarter earlier.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/23/422468/Nanya-ranks.htm

Samsung files ITC complaint to block Nvidia chips from US: Bloomberg

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the US market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-files-itc-complaint-to-block-nvidia-chips-from-us-bloomberg/articleshow/45237551.cms

Intel Labs, ITRI unveil new low-energy DRAM memory

TAIPEI–U.S.-based Intel Corp.’s research arm announced that it has created a new low-energy prototype memory array alongside Taiwan’s state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that could boost device battery life. The prototype dynamic random access memory (DRAM) array can achieve four times lower latency at 25 times less energy than the standard double data rate synchronous (DDR) DRAM devices that are generally used in computers, according to Intel Labs.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/23/422474/Intel-Labs.htm

TSMC to turn new plant into packaging facility, says analyst

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) will turn a plant recently purchased from Qualcomm into a facility devoted to the development of the advanced integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO-WLP) technology, said a Hong Kong-based institutional investor. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip-maker, recently forked out US$85 million to purchase a plant in Longtan, Taoyuan, owned by the U.S.-based semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2014/11/22/422344/TSMC-to.htm

TSMC to turn new plant into packaging facility, says analyst

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) will turn a plant recently purchased from Qualcomm into a facility devoted to the development of the advanced integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO-WLP) technology, said a Hong Kong-based institutional investor. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip-maker, recently forked out US$85 million to purchase a plant in Longtan, Taoyuan, owned by the U.S.-based semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/11/22/422360/TSMC-to.htm

Taiwan Semiconductor: Big Opportunity In Tiny Wafers

Inside Taiwan Semiconductor’s fabrication — or “fab” — clean rooms pressurized with filtered air, technicians don white coveralls to control the level of contamination as they braid transistors by the billions into tiny slivers of silicon. The end product: computer chips. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) employs some 40,500 workers and operates on a foundry business model that Chairman Morris Chang pioneered in 1987.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/taiwan-semiconductor-big-opportunity-in-tiny-wafers-cm416262

Taiwan set for record 2014 export orders on smartphone demand

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s export orders are set to reach new heights this year, after October orders doubled market expectations as global retailers rushed to meet year-end sales for smartphones. The strong figures come on vibrant demand for Apple Inc’s newest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which include dozens of parts made by many Taiwanese technology manufacturers. The strength in demand underpinning export orders should propel the value of the island’s orders to a record high of around US$480bil (RM1.61tril) this year, the government said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/20/Taiwan-set-for-record-2014-export-orders-on-smartphone-demand/

Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141118PD212.html

Inventec plans to launch cloud computing services via cooperation with Microsoft

Inventec is talking with Microsoft about cooperation to integrate Microsoft-developed cloud computing software with Inventec hardware to launch related services in 2015, with target users to be small-to-medium-size enterprises in Taiwan and China, according to the company, adding that Inventec is setting up a data center in Taipei which, in addition to its in-house needs, will host an extra 20 server racks available for outside users.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141119PD208.html

Yahoo Taiwan expects mobile traffic to pass PC in 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo Inc. expressed hope Tuesday that its mobile traffic will exceed PC traffic next year as the search engine makes a stronger push into mobile and e-commerce markets. Yahoo Taiwan has launched more than 45 mobile apps and websites for the over 10 million of its mobile users in the country, creating “double-digit” numbers for total revenue so far this year that are lose to Yahoo’s global average of 17 percent of revenues coming from mobile, said Erika Wang (王興), managing director at the company. She did not give specific figures.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/19/422126/Yahoo-Taiwan.htm

US follows Asia Pacific’s lead in developing earthquake warning apps

California has this month seen the arrival of two new earthquake early warning systems, but how do they compare to what’s available in Asia Pacific? FutureGov has rounded up the leading regional apps and platforms, and compared them to the latest thing from Silicon Valley. The two California systems are a work in progress, and represent a partnership between the US Government and commercial providers, namely startups and the large GIS firm Esri.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5722-us-follows-apacs-lead-in-developing-earthquake-apps

Acer Malaysia unveils new smartphones

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Acer Malaysia has unveiled three new smartphones – the Acer Liquid X1, Liquid Jade and Liquid Z500. In a statement, Acer said the smartphones come with their own unique features. The Acer Liquid X1 sports a powerful performance, smoother transitions and interface with the octa-core 1.7GHz and quad-core graphics processors.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/acer-malaysia-unveils-new-smartphones

ASUS Zenfone 5 awarded as the Budget Smart Phone Of The Year – 2014 at Exhibit Tech Awards 2014

Bangalore, India, November 19, 2014: ASUS, a leading brand, driven by the strength of mastering technological innovation and design perfection for the ultimate life-enhancing and computing experience earned the acclaimed “Budget Smart Phone Of The Year – 2014” at Exhibit Tech Awards 2014 for ASUS Zenfone 5. The Zenfone Series, launched this year in July received prodigious response wherein the Zenfone 5 variant was the most celebrated variant. The ASUS Zenbook UX302 also won the Best Laptop of the Year Award. The Award was received from Bollywood Diva Chitrangada Singh.

http://www.technuter.com/gizmo/asus-zenfone-5-awarded-as-the-budget-smart-phone-of-the-year-2014-at-exhibit-tech-awards-2014.html

Asustek said to be adopting Qualcomm solution for new ZenFone; looking for price cut from Intel

In addition to CPUs from Intel, Asustek Computer is said to be planning to develop second-generation ZenFone smartphones using Qualcomm’s solutions for 2015, according to sources from smartphone component makers, which added that Asustek is possibility looking to push Intel to cut prices on its third-generation platform. Asustek declined to comment about the news, while Intel pointed out that it will continue to provide subsidies to partners to help them cut costs.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141117PD201.html

LG likely to increase ODM smartphone orders to Taiwan in 2015, say sources

LG Electronics is expected to increase its ODM smartphone orders to Taiwan-based production partner, Arima Communications, to 3-4 million units in 2015 compared to slightly over one million units in 2014, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. LG resumes its cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs in 2014 and has placed orders for two entry-level Android smartphones with Arima for shipments to emerging markets, including those in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141117PD200.html

Digitimes Research: White-box server users focus on rack, micro models pre-installed with Linux

As users of white-box servers (produced by ODMs and sold directly to clients) mostly need a large number of small-size, low-power and inexpensive models pre-installed with Linux and customized to some extent, white-box servers are mostly rack or micro types instead of towers or blades. The users usually have in-house technical teams to handle their servers’ maintenance and find server brand vendors’ designs limiting their operations; therefore, they have turned to supplies directly from ODMs.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141114PD205.html

Little-known Taiwanese chip designer spawns low-priced smartphone boom

TAIPEI: Chips from Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry.  Fast-forward to the age of the smartphone. The market is heaving with Chinese smartphone makers out to grab share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd with low-priced handsets.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/11/17/Little-known-Taiwanese-chip-designer-spawns-low-priced-smartphone-boom/

Apple Orders Help Hon Hai Achieve 22% Revenue Growth In October 2014

Due to the fast sales of Apple’s new products, Hon Hai achieved combined operating revenue of NTD468.999 billion, which was about CNY94 billion, in October 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 22.58% and an increase of 12.9% compared with September 2014. Hon Hai revealed that its combined operating revenue in October 2014 was the second highest monthly revenue in the company’s history, which was only second to its NTD490.931 billion revenue in December 2013.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/11/17/21128-apple-orders-help-hon-hai-achieve-22-revenue-growth-in-october-2014

Two poems about life at Foxconn, written by a worker who killed himself there

Xu Lizhi was a 24-year-old factory worker at Foxconn, the Taiwanese-owned Chinese manufacturer responsible for making a lot of our fancy electronic gadgets, including most of Apple’s products. Since the scandal over Foxconn’s worker suicides several years ago, employee suicides have often made the news, but Xu’s death following his leap from a dorm on the Foxconn campus is different. Xu was a poet, and a lot of his work has been published posthumously, both in newspapers and online.

https://www.techinasia.com/poems-life-foxconn-written-worker-killed/

Turkish cellphone producer said to partner with Hon Hai

TAIPEI–Telpa, a Turkish mobile phone supplier, is planning to work with Taiwan-based high-tech giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海) to roll out mobile phones and tablet computers in Turkey, according to Reuters. Cited in the report, Telpa Chief Executive Sebahattin Yaman said that while Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, plans to invest in Turkey to produce cellphones and tablets, the Taiwanese firm is also considering moving production of other gadgets to the country.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/16/421940/Turkish-cellphone.htm