The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a deceleration in 2014 with on-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IDC. At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life-cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to secure a combined 40-50% of Apple’s A9 processor orders for next-generation iPad and iPhone devices, according to industry sources. TSMC has declined to comment on the speculation. TSMC is believed to have grabbed the entire A9 chip orders for use in Apple’s next iPad devices, said the sources.
Despite aggressively attempting to advance into the PC and server industries, ARM-based CPU platforms will not be able to achieve any significant results within the next two years in the two segments; however ARM and Intel have found a new business opportunities in the Internet of things (IoT) segment and both expect growth in that area, according to sources from the supply chain.
Acer is set to invest heavily in Chromebook development in 2015 with related shipments to grow over 50% on year to reach 4.8 million units. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer is also planning to increase its shipments of inexpensive 11.6-inch Windows-based EeeBook notebooks, and the devices are expected to account for over 30% of the vendor’s overall notebook shipments in 2015, surpassing six million units, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.
In May 2014, Alibaba led messaging app Tango’s $280M financing round, during a period when the mobile messaging space saw giant movements with acquisitions from Facebook (Whatsapp) and Rakuten (Viber) also hitting the headlines. It’s apparent that Alibaba didn’t want to miss out. It has been trying hard to push its own Laiwang app, but has had little success.
Despite years of enthusiasm for wireless charging technology, the market for wireless charging applications remains undesirable. Digitimes recently held a chat with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm, to learn more about the latest development of wireless charging technology and related business opportunities for chipset vendors.
Taiwan-based ODMs and own-brand makers will ship 24.05 million handsets in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing 15.1% on quarter and 43.8% on year. 20.55 million units (85.4%) will be smartphones, growing 11.7% on quarter and 27% on year, according to Digitimes Research. WCDMA will account for 74.2% of the handset shipments, GSM 13.3% and CDMA 2000 12.5%, Digitimes Research indicated.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will sign agreements with Administration Commission of Zhengzhou Airport Economic Comprehensive Experimental Area in China by the end of 2014 to establish an airborne logistic hub 2km east of the airport. The hub is set to be fully completed in six years and after the completion, Foxconn’s e-commerce business headquarters will also be set up there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.