Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s biggest electronic component maker, known as Hon Hai in Taiwan, is in talks with German industrial group Siemens AG to develop digitalized manufacturing in its production facilities. Ken Cheng, vice president of Siemens Taiwan, said Thursday that Foxconn chair Terry Gou spent 90 minutes at the Siemens booth at the Hannover Messe trade show in April this year.
Digi TImes — MediaTek has announced an enhanced strategic collaboration with Micromax Informatics, India’s leading handset player. The partnership aims to accelerate 4G accessibility and fuel faster smartphone adoption in India’s rapidly growing market, the chip provider said. MediaTek disclosed that as part of its India roadmap, the company announced the availability of its Helio-series SoCs targeted at high-end smartphones; and the intention for Micromax to become the first Indian brand to launch a device on the new Helio platform using the Helio X10.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile chipmaker Mediatek said it plans to expand its research and development team in the country on the back of strong growth in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets globally. MediaTek, which works with domestic handset makers like Micromax, Karbonn and Lava, and has some 500 people across R&D and a design centre in Bangalore, plans to add “a few hundred” people over the next 1-2 years.
Digi Times — Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is expected to expand its cooperation with Korea’s SK Group to include semiconductors, telecom services and energy, in addition to current cooperation focusing on IT services and ODM handset production, according to industry sources.
Digi Times — The recent inventory adjustments in the semiconductor industry have nearly come to an end, and the possibility is high for the industry to swing back to a seasonal growth cycle shortly, according to George Liu, director of sensor and driver business development at TSMC. Companies and market analysts have been revising their outlook for the 2015 semiconductor market growth, due to weak market demand resulting in higher-than-expected inventory levels in the industry.
Digi Times — Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) expects its strategic partnership with Foxconn Electronics for developing SiP (system-in-package) packaging technology to begin bearing fruit within one year, according to company chairman Bough Lin. SPIL recently announced plans to form a strategic alliance with Foxconn, which will become the largest shareholder of the IC backend firm through share swaps.
Digi Times — In the second quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 8% on year, while revenues increased 7.2% from the second quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The second quarter on-year growth for 2015 slowed compared with the annual growth of the first quarter of the year,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
Digi Times — China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi reportedly is planning to launch a notebook in 2016 and is currently developing the device jointly with its ODM partners Inventec and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry). So far, the notebook’s mass production schedule has yet to be confirmed, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Digi Times — Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC expects demand for contract-free (SIM-free) smartphones in the Japan market to take off after the Japan government allowed sales of such smartphones in addition to originally required contract-bundled sales in May 2015, and thus will enhance marketing of entry-level, mid-range and high-end models there, according to HTC North Asia president Jack Tung.
Digi Times — Advantech, the largest Taiwan-based industrial computing device maker, Panasonic and Aurotek, a Taiwan sales agent for automation components produced by Advantech and Panasonic, have signed for cooperation to promote Industry 4.0 and smart factory solutions in Taiwan, according to Advantech.
Patently Apple — In terms of semiconductor packaging business, ASE provides the majority of Apple’sSystem in Packages (SiP). The Taiwanese semiconductor package company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has received major orders from Apple for the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6S and even the 2016 iPhone 7. Yet a portion of Apple’s SiP business goes to Hon-Hai or Foxconn through their ShunSin subsidiary.
Want China Times — Asustek Computer of Taiwan took the lead in the Philippines’ big-screen phone market during the second quarter of 2015 thanks to the launch of its 5.5-inch ZenFone 2 smartphone in April. Citing data compiled by research firm International Data Corp, Asustek said in a statement on Saturday that it topped the Philippines market in mid-tier and high-end smartphones with a 5.5-inch or larger screen in the April-June quarter, without giving its market share or shipments.
Taiwan’s Asustek Computer launched three new models in its low-cost ZenFone range Thursday, saying it is looking to increase its smartphone sales by 100% in its home market. In the last nine months of 2014, the company sold more than 1 million units of its first generation ZenFone in Taiwan and is expecting its sales for the same period this year to exceed 2 million units, said Asustek vice president Benson Lin.
Want China Times — Taiwan’s Acer is aiming to triple the number of its cloud users in 2015 as the world’s fifth-largest PC maker responds to a shrinking PC industry by making software and offering online cloud services. Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet business group, said the company has seen the number of individual users of its free cloud services jump from 5 million last year to nearly 10 million so far this year, and the figure is estimated to reach 15 million by year-end.
Want China Times — Cima NanoTech, a US-based developer of transparent conductive film solutions, announced Tuesday that it has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn Technology Group to deliver components for large format touch screens. The two companies will sell Cima NanoTech’s proprietary Sante ProTouch modules through Cima Touch, the company formed under this joint venture, Cima NanoTech said in a statement.
Digi Times — Global shipments of wearable devices came to 18.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million shipped a year earlier, according to IDC. Fitbit ranked as the number one vendor with shipments totaling 4.4 million units in the second quarter, up 158.8% on year, but its market share dropped to 24.3% from 30.4% during the same period, IDC said.
Digi Times — More consolidation efforts are needed in Taiwan’s IC-design industry in order to cope with increasing global competition, according to sources at local IC design houses. Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) recently made a tender offer to buy up to 25% of outstanding shares of rival Silicon Precision Industries (SPIL).
Digi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.
Digi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.
Digi Times — Taiwan-based companies have an advantage in developing IoT products thanks to their innovative ideas, flexibility and efficient implementation, according to John Wang, founder of Tolink, an IoT solution provider. The IoT will be the star of the IT industry for the next 10 years, bringing significant business opportunities, Wang said.