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.
Foxconn Electronics, its Cayman Islands-registered subsidiary Foxconn (Far East), Singapore-based Foxconn Technology Pte. and SIO International Holdings will together acquire 3.282 billion new common shares to be issued by Sharp to expand paid-in capital at JPY88 per share and a total price of JPY388.812 billion (US$3.42 billion) for a combined stake of 66.00%, according to Foxconn Electronics.
Digi Times — Tablet shipment volumes are tumbling, with ABI Research attributing the general decline over the past two years to two culprits. Demand for branded tablets in advanced market economies is decreasing due to saturation, slow replacement cycles, greater influence of business purchases, and substitution.
Digi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced on March 28 that the company and the municipal government of Nanjing, China have signed an investment agreement. This agreement affirms that TSMC will make an investment in Nanjing valued at US$3 billion to establish TSMC (Nanjing) Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary managing a 12-inch wafer fab and a design service center.
Fudzilla — Acer has divided its businesses into two group – one for IT hardware products and the other for cloud services, smart devices and e-businesses. The company said that each group will have the independence to focus within its ecosystem and allow each to be better optimised to “enhance the allocation of operational resources, propel organic growth, and accelerate the overall company transformation.”
Times of India — TOKYO: Sharp and Taiwan’s Foxconn are set to sign a takeover deal next week after repeated delays, with the two sides set to agree on a smaller bailout than originally planned for the troubled Japanese electronics maker, two sources familiar with the talks said on Saturday. The two companies will hold board meetings on Wednesday to approve the deal and officially sign a deal the following day, said the two sources with direct knowledge of the talks.
Digi Times — Acer has announced the division of its core and new businesses into two groups. The new structure will address the diverse development needs of IT hardware products versus cloud services, smart devices and e-businesses, allowing for each group the independence to focus within its ecosystem. The division will encourage the optimization of each business model, enhance the allocation of operational resources, propel organic growth, and accelerate the overall company transformation, Acer said.
Digi Times — Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has issued a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) saying its negotiations with Sharp over a takeover deal continue, in response to various media reports indicating the company is seeking to reduce the price it would pay for Sharp by up to 20%.
Digi Times — Quanta Computer has partnered with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to push the cloud computing datacenter market and the cooperation is expected to boost its telecom products’ revenue contribution in the cloud computing business from 3% currently to 40% after five years. Quanta’s cloud computing business has 97% of revenues contributed by datacenter orders from Google and Amazon.
Business Wire — TAIPEI: COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the leading global ICT show with a complete supply chain, today unveiled its exhibitor list at a press conference in Taipei showcasing its success in representing the global technology ecosystem. Spokespersons from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the hosting organizations of COMPUTEX, convened with prominent exhibitors Siemens, NXP Semiconductors and Asus to present their vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will shape the future.