Digitimes Research: Bit demand for non-PC DRAM to grow 38% on year in 2H14, from TW

Bit demand for non-PC DRAM, mainly niche mobile DRAM and server-use DRAM, will increase 38% on year in the second half of 2014, much higher than 2.7% for standard DRAM, according to Digitimes Research. In particular, bit demand for server-use DRAM will soar by an annual rate of 46.6% in the second half of 2014 due to fast growing cloud computing and big data applications.


Quanta to establish service center in Europe for server orders

To compete for more datacenter server orders, Quanta Computer reportedly will establish a service center in Europe in October, helping its server business to cross North America, Asia and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Other Taiwan-based makers such as Wistron, Inventec, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Mitac will also strengthen their competitiveness through improving software and services.


China market: China-based vendors may surpass international vendors in TD-LTE smartphone shipments

In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers. Qualcomm, Marvell, Taiwan-based MediaTek and China-based Spreadtrum Communications have offered multi-mode and multi-band TD-LTE chips solutions in hot price competition, the sources said.


GigaMedia: Six New Games and Two New Social Games Platforms in Short Term; Game Development, Distribution and Operations Growing

TAIPEI, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — GigaMedia Limited GIGM, +0.60% today updated its short-term product pipeline and launch schedule for GigaMedia’s online games business. The company’s online games business plans a robust launch schedule in the short term with six new games and two new social games platforms in the next four months. “Over the next several months, we expect to benefit from our efforts to quickly build our pipeline with relatively low cost licensed mobile games and high-quality Web games,” stated GigaMedia Limited Chief Executive Officer Collin Hwang. “We also expect to begin benefiting from new self-developed products in the period, starting with a new social casino platform launched this month in Taiwan.”


Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple

Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Since most of these vendors are mainly selling their smartphones domestically, helping them to sell their products to non-China markets has become a new business direction that Foxconn is looking to expand in the future, the sources noted.


China foundry houses wooing orders from Taiwan IC suppliers

China-based foundry houses, including Shanghai Huali Microelectronics, XMC and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), have stepped up efforts to solicit foundry orders from Taiwan-based IC design houses, according to industry sources. Shanghai Huali, which focuses on specialty processes, reportedly has teamed up with MediaTek and now aims to land orders from Taiwan-based LCD driver IC and flash chip vendors, said the sources.


Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture, from Taiwan

With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has led rival suppliers to release its 64-bit-enabled Snapdragon 610/614/410 chips, which have won design-ins from China-based Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei and Vivo as well as Taiwan-based HTC, said the sources.


Digitimes Research: Microsoft to release new inexpensive notebook solution; unlikely to receive full support from vendors, from Taiwan

Microsoft has provided brand vendors its Windows 8.1 with Bing solution, offering low Windows licensing fees enabling them to sell notebooks at US$249 or lower. Following the initial release on June 1, 2014, Microsoft is set to release a new solution in February 2015. To prevent the product line from hurting its brand partners’ profits, Microsoft will limit the solution to only 14-inch and below models in mature markets. But vendors will still be allowed to release 15-inch models using the solution in emerging markets.


TSMC to get 84% share of global tech market

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, is expected to take an 84-percent share in the high-end technology market of the global semiconductor wafer foundry business, according to a research report. In the report, market information advisory firm IC Insights said that TSMC is expected to post US$10.3 billion in sales from the 28 nanometer process or more advanced chip making technology in 2014, accounting for about 84 percent of the global total.


HTC confident of grabbing 10 per cent market share in India by 2015

NEW DELHI: Smartphone maker HTC is confident of attaining 10 per cent market share in India by 2015 in terms of volume.  “Our internal estimate shows that HTC sales volume in India has tripled. As per our assessment, we now have 5 per cent market share. It will reach 7 per cent in fourth quarter and comfortably 10 per cent in 2015,” HTC Chief Financial Officer and President of Global Sales Chiang-Lin Chang told PTI in an interview.


IoT and cloud computing big opportunities for Taiwan’s youth: Google Taiwan chief

New technology, especially the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, will bring Taiwan huge business opportunities in China, Southeast Asia and other emerging market, Taipei’s Want Daily reports, citing comments from Google Taiwan managing director Chien Lee-feng. Chien made the comments at an innovation forum for youth held in Taipei yesterday to encourage young people to be brave in innovation and to start their own businesses.


HTC to launch GoPro alternative

At an event this Oct 8, the Taiwanese manufacturer will announce several new products, one of which is expected to be its very first mini action camcorder. Earlier rumours on the subject are now supported by a new video uploaded by HTC to YouTube and a new dedicated website.  “Something remarkable is coming,” says the tagline in HTC’s teaser for the mystery item it is preparing to launch this fall.


Taiwan’s Tigerair is off the ground for first time with flight to Singapore

TAIPEI — Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan (虎航), a joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines (華航) and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, launched its maiden flight Friday morning with a service from Taipei to Singapore. On its first flight, the airline’s 180-seater A320 was almost full, carrying 177 passengers, and the return flight from Singapore was almost sold out, it said. A passenger surnamed Lin said she was excited to be on the maiden flight, which was her first trip on a budget carrier. Lin said she was also pleased to have paid only NT$888 (US$29.31) for her one-way ticket to Singapore.


Global information storage to grow to 447ZB in 2020, says HGST executive, from Taiwan

Global information storage in 2013 was estimated at 4.4ZB (zettabyte) and is forecast to increase to 447ZB in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 44% during the seven-year period, according to HGST Taiwan and Shanghai general manager Vincent Chen. Global storage market has seen structural changes in three waves, with storage devices set up in main frames in the first wave, client server-based distributed storage in the second, and cloud computing-based storage to meet storage at any time and Big Data demand in the third, Chen said.


Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity, from Taiwan

Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources. Most wafer foundry houses, particularly Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), have been running nearly at full capacity since the beginning of 2014 as they have to ramp up output to meet demand from non-Apple device vendors in the first half of the year before related Apple suppliers begin to pull in orders in the second half.


TSMC, Samsung split orders for iPhone 6 processors: HIS

TAIPEI — A product teardown by research firm IHS Inc. has found that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is still supplying some processor chips for Apple Inc.’s larger-screen iPhones, although more orders are going to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電). In an analysis report published Tuesday, IHS said the Apple-designed A8 processor used in both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is not supplied entirely by Samsung, signaling a major departure in component supplier selection from previous iPhone models.


HTC is the top domestic smartphone vendor, again

TAIPEI — HTC Corp.() ranked as the top smartphone seller in the domestic market for the fourth consecutive month in August, according to statistics released by industry sources on Tuesday. A total of 687,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in August, down 3.5 percent from a month earlier, and HTC grabbed a 22-percent share of the total, the figures showed. Taiwan PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc., with a 16 percent share, and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., with 15 percent share, followed behind HTC in the rankings.


Taiwan bans Line on gov’t PCs

Taiwan banned all government workers from using instant messaging services including Naver Corp.’s Line and Microsoft Corp.’s MSN over security concerns, the Cabinet said in a statement Tuesday night. A ban on downloading the software onto government PCs will also be enforced, it said. The statement didn’t elaborate on the nature of the security concerns. Cyber security was brought to the government’s attention in August after Helsinki-based F-Secure Oyj alleged devices from China’s Xiaomi Corp. collect and transmit personal data to Beijing.


Taiwan government investigates Xiaomi on cybersecurity concerns

TAIPEI: The Taiwanese government is investigating whether Xiaomi Inc, China’s leading smartphone company by domestic shipments, is a cyber security threat and will make a decision within three months.  It wasn’t immediately clear whether the investigation could lead to any ban for Xiaomi’s low-priced smartphones in Taiwan.  Some Xiaomi phones automatically send user data to the firm’s servers in Beijing, where the company is headquartered, potentially leading to security breaches, according to a statement posted on the website of Taiwan’s executive branch on Tuesday.


Sony Mobile to focus on high-end smartphones, will decrease ODM orders, say Taiwan makers

Sony Mobile Communications, in view of its unsatisfactory smartphone sales performance, has cut its smartphone business personnel by 15% and adjusted operational strategies by focusing on high-end models to seek profitability instead of global market share, and the adjustment is likely to result in gradually decreased orders released to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.