Digi Times — MediaTek has announced its participation in China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center project. MediaTek is also collaborating with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo on future 5G deployment. Earlier in 2016, the pair announced their partnership for 5G technology development and trials.
Enterprise Innovation — Qualcomm unveiled at COMPUTEX 2016, Taiwan’s annual ICT trade show, a new Snapdragon processor for the targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments. Qualcomm said it is smaller, has longer battery life, smarter sensing, and an always connected experience.
Digi Times — Gartner expects global smartphone sales twill continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to grow 7% in 2016 to reach 1.5 billion units. This is down from 14.4% growth in 2015. In 2020, smartphone sales are on pace to total 1.9 billion units.
Tech in Asia — Foxconn responded to questions by Tech in Asia and issued a statement. In part, it states: “We are aware of media reports about automation operations at our facilities in China, including Kunshan, and can confirm that Foxconn has been investing in the automation of many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations throughout our facilities in China for many years.”
Digi Times — Intel, on May 31 at Computex Taipei 2016, announced an agreement with Foxconn Electronics to collaborate on developing network infrastructure technologies to make it easier for mobile telecom carriers and their solution providers to upgrade their networks and start preparation for 5G mobile communications.
Digi Times — Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) on May 26 announced that its Singapore-based subsidiary Foxconn Singapore Pte. and strategic investors will jointly acquire a 100% stake in Smart Technologies, a Canada-based developer of smart interactive display solutions for educational and business use, at US$4.50 per share. Foxconn Singapore will hold a 66.67% stake.
Digi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) expects to boost its R&D spending to a record US$2.2 billion in 2016, increasing about 10% on year, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu. TSMC will be the industry’s first chipmaker to have its 7nm process technology certified, said Liu, adding that TSMC’s 7nm currently has 30-40% yield for 128MB SRAM.
Digi Times — Quanta Computer and Wiwynn will exhibit 19-inch rack servers compatible with OCP (Open Compute Project) standards, as well as other server models based on Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA), in a bid to tout direct-sale orders from enterprise users during Computex 2016, according to industry sources.
Digital Trends — Nestled between CES, which is hosted in January, and IFA, which comes around in September, Computex dominates summer tech news. And we won’t be there alone when the fun begins on June 1. As the largest computer exhibition in Asia, Computex sees attendance of around 130,000 and includes over 1,600 exhibitors, numbers that put it just behind CES, North America’s largest electronics trade show.
Digi Times — there was tight global supply of solar wafers in fourth-quarter 2015 and first-quarter 2016, global demand is expected to decrease and thus prices will slip in the second half of 2016, according to China-based solar wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings CEO Zhu Zhanjun at SNEC PV Power Expo taking place in Shanghai during May 23-26.
Digi Times — Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considering establishing cloud data centers in Taiwan and has finished a feasibility evaluation but has not yet made any decision, Amazon corporate vice president and AWS greater China managing director Alex Yung revealed at AWS Summit in Taipei on May 20.
Digi Times — The production value of Taiwan’s IC design industry is expected to increase 6.7% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, thanks to a pick-up in handset demand, according to Digitimes Research. Demand in China’s smartphone market is picking up, and device vendors have started to replenish inventory since March, Digitimes Research indicated.
Taipei Times — Internet of Things (IoT) devices are again expected to steal the limelight at this year’s Computex Taipei, with big hitters such as Microsoft Corp showcasing products in the field, according to exhibitors. Apart from Windows 10-related products and services, Microsoft said it would showcase devices jointly developed with its partners in Taiwan and applications of IoT technology in the retail sector.
Digi Times — Sales of SIM-free smartphones totaled 1.705 million units in Japan in fiscal 2015 (from April 2015 to March 2016) with Taiwan-based Asustek Computer being the top vendor in the segment with a 35.7% share, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing data from Japan-based MM Research Institute.
Digi Times — The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of approximately US$4.101 billion to expand capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, as well as converting certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, and R&D capital investments and sustaining capital expenditure.
Digi Times — Orders placed by China-based Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are set to boost revenues at smartphone-chip provider MediaTek in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are all expected to enjoy as much as 30% shipment growth in 2016, which will buoy related chip and component suppliers’ sales performance, said the sources.
Digi Times — Satellite and microwave communications device maker Microelectronics Technology (MTI) has reported revenues of NT$629.44 million (US$19.46 million) for April, down 12.21% sequentially but up 45.96% on year. For the first four months of 2016, revenues amounted to NT$2.654 billion, increasing 29.15% from a year earlier.
Digi Times — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3% compared to the previous month’s total of US$26.0 billion. Semiconductor sales for the first quarter of 2016 totaled US$78.3 billion, down 5.5% compared to the previous quarter and 5.8% lower than the first quarter of 2015, according to SIA.
Business Wire — SEATTLE: Centeris, an international data center and infrastructure provider for mission-critical IT and networking systems, today announced an alliance with Chunghwa Telecom Global (CHT Global), the U.S. subsidiary of Taiwan’s largest telecom provider, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.
Digi Times — Sales of high-end smartphones are decelerating, affecting orders for ICs and other parts and components, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses. Apple and Samsung have both seen disappointing sales of their flagship models while Huawei has reportedly cut its 2016 shipment goal to 120-130 million units from 140 million due to poor sales of its high-end models, said the sources.
Digi Times — Shipments of iPhone devices are expected to continue to decline to around 40 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (or Apple’s fiscal third quarter) after shipments dropped 16% on year to 51.19 million units in the first quarter, sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan have estimated.
Digi Times — Sony is the largest CMOS image sensor vendor worldwide and its products mainly go to the consumer sector. Weakening demand for smartphone has impacted the business’s recent performances, but Sony has been strengthening its car-use image sensor technology after acquiring Toshiba’s image sensor plants in Oita, Japan.
PRNewswire — TAIPEI: A memorandum of understanding on establishing an “IoT Industry Development Center” was inked in October of 2015 between Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan and Microsoft, to effectively integrate global and local partners in the ecosystem and accelerate the processes of developing IoT solutions.
Digi Tiems — The global semiconductor materials market decreased 1.5% in 2015 compared to 2014 while worldwide semiconductor revenues decreased 0.2%, according to SEMI. The impact of exchange rate changes, coupled with lower overall semiconductor unit growth, contributed to the year-over-year revenue decline.
Digi Times — The worldwide smartphone shipments totaled 292 million units in the first quarter of 2016, down 18.6% from the previous quarter and 1.3% from a year earlier, according to TrendForce. The decrease was mainly attributed to saturating market conditions with leading brands such as Samsung and Apple no longer enjoying the same growth momentum as before, and overall shipments depended on contributions from China-based brands and rising demand in India and other emerging markets, said the market research firm.
Digi Times — MediaTek is expected to see record shipments of 4G phone chips in the second quarter of 2016 with revenues rising 15-20% on quarter, according to industry sources. MediaTek’s shipments of 4G phone chips are expected to rise 20-30% sequentially in the second quarter, buoyed by replenishment demand prior to China’s May 1 holiday, as well as customers’ roll-outs of new models, said the sources.
Digi Times — Taiwan Star Cellular has started operating its 4G network on a 2,600MHz frequency band with bandwidth of 40MHz in the Taiwan market, the third 4G operator to do so. Taiwan Star Cellular originally operated 4G on a 900MHz frequency band with bandwidth of 20MHz, and acquired the (2,500-2,520MHz for upload and 2,620-2,640 for download band at NT$6.615 million (US$200.5 million) on December 7, 2015.
Digi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to detail its roadmap for 7nm process, including a revised production schedule for the node technology, at an investors meeting on April 14, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
China Post — TAIPEI: Microsoft is scheduled to kick off a conference for software, app and data developers in Taipei on April 19, with the goal of helping them acquire new concepts and technologies. The DevDays Asia 2016 @Taipei is being organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA’s) Industrial Development Bureau and will be hosted jointly by Microsoft and MOEA’s Digital Content Industry Promotion Office.
Digi Times — Global semiconductor revenues fell by 2% in 2015, according to IHS. Sequential quarterly growth was weak throughout every quarter of 2015, especially in the first quarter when the market declined 8.9% over the previous quarter – the deepest sequential quarterly decline since the semiconductor market collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2008 and first-quarter 2009.