Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom to launch 1Gbps/600Mbps Internet-access services

TaiwanDigi Times — The National Communications Commission (NCC) on October 7 approved the pricing for 1Gbps/600Mbps and 500Mbps/250Mbps fixed-line broadband Internet-access services proposed by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), with the services to be launched in the Taiwan market soon, according to NCC.


E-commerce penetration in Taiwan among world’s top three

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan’s e-commerce penetration rate is among the world’s top three, indicating that the country has been successful in developing the business model for retail transactions, according to the Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association (TiEA). Addressing the opening ceremony of E-Commerce Expo Asia 2015, Jan Hung-tze, head of the TiEA, said Tuesday that e-commerce now accounts for more than 11% of Taiwan’s total retail revenue, a penetration rate that trails only South Korea and the United Kingdom, but leads the United States and China.


Compal begins mass production of smartphones in Vietnam, says paper

VietnamDigi Times — Compal Electronics’ plants in Vietnam have started mass production in small volumes and currently have about 100-200 workers. Compal aims to recruit a total of 2,000, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report. Compal has invested US$500 million in the Vietnam plants and will use the production lines to manufacture smartphones.


Inotera chairman reportedly to be hired by Tsinghua Unigroup

TaiwanDigi Times — Rumors have been circulating in Taiwan’s semiconductor industry that Charles Kau, who works both as Inotera Memories chairman and Nanya Technology president, will be hired by China’s Tsinghua Unigroup to support the establishment of the region’s DRAM industry sector. Kau will be appointed as executive VP of Tsinghua Unigroup’s global operations, and will be responsible for the development of China’s home-grown DRAM technology and production capacity, according to the rumors. Kau will also help build a competitive talent pool for China’s DRAM sector.


4G smartphone market takes off as telecoms drive mobile broadband development, says TrendForce, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — There has been an explosive growth in the number of 4G network users worldwide in 2015. According to TrendForce, sales of global 4G-enabled smartphones will reach 450 million units worldwide in 2015. The convenience and seamless connection of the mobile network encourages consumer usage, while the increasing penetration of 4G-enabled smartphones also drives user growth of 4G mobile networks.


Surface Hub will not reach Taiwan at initial delivery

TaiwanWant China Times — Although shipments of Microsoft’s Surface Hub conferencing system have been delayed from Sept. 1 this year to Jan. 1 next year, the large-screen tablet will remain out of reach for Taiwanese businesses. Jacqui Miranda, regional director at Microsoft Asia Pacific, told a press briefing recently at Microsoft’s Technology Center in Singapore that the Surface Hub will be available in 24 markets when it begins shipping in early 2016.


MediaTek expanding IoT ecosystem

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek is stepping up efforts to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The fabless chipmaker has announced a series of new partnerships to push its SoC shipments across multiple devices. MediaTek disclosed its partnership with Amazon for the latest devices, which include the Amazon Fire TV powered by MediaTek’s MT8173, and the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets powered by the chipmaker’s MT8135.


ASE takes legal action to block Siliconware-Hon Hai deal

ChinaWant China Times — Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), the world’s largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider, has taken legal action to try to stop a special shareholders meeting scheduled by Siliconware Precision Industries to let electronics manufacturing giant Hon Hai overtake ASE as its biggest shareholder.


Japan market: HTC unveils 2 SIM-free smartphones

JapanDigi TImes — HTC on October 1 unveiled two SIM-free smartphones, Desire Eye and Desire 626, for launch in the Japan market at retail prices of JPY50,000 (US$416) and JPY29,800 in mid-October, according to the company. In May 2015, regulations which required handsets be bundled with SIM cards ended.


Note app developer Evernote closes Taiwan office

TaiwanWant China Times — US notetaking app developer Evernote Corp has announced the closure of its offices in Taiwan, Singapore and Moscow, creating concerns that the company may have become the latest victim of a tech bubble. A total of 47 Evernote employees were laid off, including the three full-time staff members in its Taiwan office, according to an announcement on Sept.


Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

TaiwanThe Register — Despite what Qualcomm claims, its main foe, MediaTek, claims that the core wars are not over. Qualcomm has argued – like a politician saying that “left and right is old thinking” – that it isn’t about how many cores you had, but what you did with them. Qualcomm recently announced impressive performance figures for its new Snapdragon 820 chip, which has four cores, and it doesn’t use the standard ARM architecture in the 820 – and will claim that for the spin it’s applied and the process it’s using, four cores is plenty.


Pinkoi, A Marketplace For Independent Designers In Asia, Raises $9M And Launches English Site

TaiwanTechCrunch — When I moved to Taiwan in 2007, I was struck by the large number of independent designers in the city—and how hard it was to find them. Most only sold at weekend craft markets and their online presences were scattered across different blogging platforms and social media sites. In just four years, however, Pinkoi has dramatically changed that, serving not only as an e-commerce platform for small studios, but also as a community hub.


Asustek takes 40% share in global gaming notebook shipments in 1H15

TaiwanDigi Times — Asustek Computer was the largest gaming notebook vendor in the first half of 2015 and acquired a share of around 40% in shipments of gaming notebooks featuring Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M, 960M, 970M and 980M graphics cards, according to sources from the supply chain. Following Asustek, Lenovo was the second largest with a shipment share of 30%, mainly relying on demand from China, the sources said.


Taiwan, China IT industries reach consensuses for cooperation for next 12 months

TaiwanDigi Times — The 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum hosted by Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation, Chinese Electronics Standardization Association and China Communications Standards Association closed on September 23 with participants from China and Taiwan reaching 32 consensuses that will serve as guidelines and targets of the cross-strait cooperation for the upcoming 12 months.


Foxconn to focus on small cell, RRH, Cloud RAN applications for 5G industry

TaiwanDigi Times — Commenting on Foxconn Electronics’ (Hon Hai Precision Industry) current plans for the 5G industry during the 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum, Foxconn vice president Lu Fang-ming said that Foxconn will mainly focus on small cell, remote radio head (RRH) module and Cloud radio access network (Cloud RAN) applications, looking to have in-house developed basic technologies and will then gradually push into patent and products, following cross-strait government policies.


Inside Taiwan: The engine room of the internet of things

TaiwanComputer Weekly — Streaking across the Taiwanese hinterland on its superfast bullet-train service, presented with an apparently endless vista of light industrial units, crowded freeways and shabby apartment blocks, something becomes immediately obvious to the first-time visitor: Taiwan is taking capitalism to the extreme.


Cadence offers design tools for TSMC InFO packaging

TaiwanDigi Times — Cadence Design Systems has announced that its Allegro system-in-package (SiP) and physical verification system (PVS) implementation technologies have been enabled for TSMC’s integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging technology. By providing an integrated solution that automates the design-rule checking (DRC) flow, the Allegro SiP design tools and PVS enable TSMC customers to shorten the InFO design and verification cycle.


New ARM CPU design center opens in Taiwan

TaiwanDigi Times — A new ARM CPU design center located in Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) officially opened on September 22. The workforce of the center will reach 100 employees by the end of 2015, up from the current 43, according to ARM. The new ARM CPU design center is the UK-based semiconductor IP provider’s fourth worldwide, and the first in the Asia-Pacific region. Establishment of the center was announced during Computex 2014 in Taipei.


ASE obtains 25% SPIL shares, from TW

ChinaDigi Times — Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) announced on September 22 it has purchased 25% shares of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), achieving its acquisition goal. As of the expiration of the offer at 3:30 pm Taiwan time and 1:30 am New York City time on September 22, 2015, a total of 1,147,898,165 shares had been validly tendered, representing approximately 36.83% of the issued and outstanding share capital of SPIL, according to ASE.


Acer, ATS sign partnership with Germany-based car vendor for in-car service solution

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer and its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) partner Advanced Telematic System (ATS) recently signed contracts with a first-tier car vendor in Germany to provide an in-car solution that is able to identify and manage the driver and provide specific navigation and entertainment services. The system will be tested in the fourth quarter, but Acer declined to reveal the client.