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Microsoft cloud strength highlights fiscal 4Q17 results

Microsoft has announced financial results for its fiscal fourth-quarter 2017 with revenues reaching US$23.3 billion GAAP, US$24.7 billion non-GAAP; operating income US$5.3 billion GAAP, US$7 billion non-GAAP; net income US$6.5 billion GAAP, US$7.7 billion non-GAAP; and ...

Full-screen smartphone shipments to surge in 2018, says Counterpoint Research

Shipments of bezel-free or alternative aspect ratio smartphones will exceed 120 million units in 2017, and will more than triple in 2018, according to Counterpoint Research.

Taiwan market: FET launches position tracking service

Far EasTone Telecommunications has launched a position tracking service, dubbed BoBee, targeting the elderly, dementia and children groups as well as the pet market.

Gigabyte, MSI achieve record graphics card shipments in June, says paper

Thanks to the cryptocurrency mining trend, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International both saw their graphics card shipments reach historical highs in June with Gigabyte shipping 450,000 units and MSI over 500,000, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report.

Chip demand for data centers to boom in China

With China's local governments looking to set up data centers, chip demand for data centers locally is set to surge, according to industry sources.

Corning acquires SpiderCloud Wireless

Corning has announced it has acquired SpiderCloud Wireless, a provider of in-building wireless solutions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Quasi-Micro LED expected to be used in 2018, says LEDinside

As there are technological bottlenecks in commercializing Micro LED technology, especially that in mass transfer, quasi-Micro LED chips are expected to be used in displays in 2018 as interim solution before breakthrough is achieved in mass transfer technology, according to LEDinside.

Commentary: Implications of Samsung 5G networks

Samsung Electronics has accelerated the deployments of its 5G networks and will be ready to commence trial operations of the networks during Winter Olympic 2018, and to demonstrate related technology for business use in 2019. Such developments warrant high attention.

Self-serving store brings business opportunities to IT suppliers

Self-serving stores have grown to become a popular application in the IT and retail channel markets recently, prompting smart retailing hardware suppliers to turn aggressive about obtaining orders from such channel retailers.

Ardentec obtains testing orders for car-use chips from TI

Taiwan-based Ardentec has grabbed testing orders for car-use chips from Texas Instruments , which will buoy its sales performance in the third quarter, according to industry sources.

Rakuten introduces Taiwan products for online sale in Japan

Japan-based online shopping operator Rakuten has cooperated with Taiwan-based Commerce Development Research Institute to set up a Taiwan Life Pavilion on Rakuten's online shopping platform in Japan a bid to help Taiwan-based producers sell their products in the market.

Korea chipmakers looking to expand foundry biz

Samsung Electronics, Dongbu HiTek and SK Hynix have stepped up their foundry business expansions, which will as a group pose a threat to the existing major dedicated foundry houses.

Demand for 3-axis stabilizers spurred by live webcast spree

The increasing popularity of live streaming services on social networking sites and online video platforms has prompted mobile phone vendors to keep upgrading the photographing performance of their products. This has fueled the demand for high-end phone camera lenses and modules, as well as ...

STMicro denies reports it will suspend taking MCU orders

STMicroelectronics has dismissed recent reports indicating the company will suspend taking orders for microcontrollers until 2018 due to strong demand. "ST continues to manage its business as usual to support customer demand," the company said.

Acer to push new promotions in Asia Pacific

Acer will begin pushing a daily promotion activity from July 21-August 3 in 14 places in Asia Pacific to increase brand recognition, according to Acer Asia Pacific president Andrew Hou.

Four Taiwan firms file countersuit against Qualcomm

Four Taiwan-based hardware production partners of Apple, namely Foxconn Electronics, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Pegatron, have jointly filed a countersuit against Qualcomm in the US, challenging what they call the chipmaker's excessive licensing fees and illegal licensing practices.

Taiwan sees proposed offshore wind power projects far exceed target

Investors have proposed plans to establish offshore wind turbines with total installation capacity of over 10GW in the Taiwan Strait, far exceeding the 2025 target of 3.0GW set by Taiwan's government, according to industry sources.

Enterprise board choices with new AMD and Intel CPU platforms: Whom to support?

Within one month, both Intel and AMD announced massive, long overdue refreshes of their server processor families, with EPYC and Scalable Xeon CPUs out. Both of these required brand new sockets, boards, chipset, even the memory and I/O configurations. As their arrival also significantly changes the ...

Teco produces electric tricycles in Philippines

Own-brand electric machinery and home-use electric appliance maker Teco Electric & Machinery began producing 5-seat electric tricycles at a factory in Subic Bay specifically for the Philippines market at the end of 2016, according to the company.

Global telecom players making cautious 5G deployments

With the first set of 5G mobile communications standards slated to be released by 3GPP by the end of 2017, global telecom players are gearing up for deployments, but in a cautious manner, according to industry sources.

Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials completes 600MWp of distributed PV systems in China in 1H17

China-based Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials completed over 100 distributed PV systems with total installation capacity of about 600MWp in China in the first half of 2017, taking up over 8% of total installation capacity completed around China in the period, according to China-based media reports.

Lite-On Technology cooperates with PFP Cybersecurity to attend Black Hat USA 2017

EMS provider Lite-On Technology will cooperate with Power Fingerprinting , a US-based cyber intrusion detection tool developer, to showcase smart city and smart home solutions at Black Hat USA 2017, a global information security event, to take place in Las Vegas during July 26-27.

Wearable players seeking measures as sales remain weak

Wearable players originally had high expectations about emerging IT applications, but several have started changing their strategies as most are seeing weak sales from the product line, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Zhonghuan Semiconductor lowers prices for mono-Si solar wafers

The second largest China-based solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafer maker Zhonghuan Semiconductor has decreased quotes for a wafer with 190-micron) thickness to CNY5.90 and those for 180-, 170- and 160-micron models to CNY5.80, CNY5.70 and CNY5.60, respectively, according to industry sources.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$3.7 billion in January-June, says MOEA

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs approved 1,558 foreign direct investment projects with a total value of US$3.773 billion in January-June 2017, respectively decreasing 4.12% and 31.44% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on July 20.

Taiwan sees increased June export order value, says MOEA

Taiwan received export orders worth US$40.35 billion in total in June 2017, increasing 9.6% on month and 13.0% on year, an on-year growth for the 11th consecutive month, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on July 20.

Samsung increases production of 8GB HBM2

Samsung Electronics has increased the production volume of its 8GB high bandwidth memory-2 to meet growing market needs across a wide range of applications including AI, high-performance computing , advanced graphics, network systems and enterprise servers.

Qualcomm net profits fall 40% in fiscal 3Q17 amid Apple dispute

Qualcomm has announced revenues for its fiscal third quarter ended June 25, 2017 decreased 11% on year to US$5.4 billion, while net profits fell 40% from a year ago to US$900 million. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter came to US$0.58, down from US$0.97 during the same period ...

Acer expects more income from enterprise products in 2017

Acer has been aggressively pushing its revenue contribution from the enterprise product business and is planning to increase the percentage from 35% in 2016 to 40% in 2017 for the Asia Pacific market, according to Andrew Hou, Acer Pan Asia president.

Powerchip, Zentel to appeal patent ruling favoring Toshiba

Powerchip Technology and Zentel Electronics will file an appeal against a Taiwan IP court patent dispute ruling in favor of Toshiba, according to the Taiwan-based companies.

Taiwan market: Fujitsu launches new notebooks

Fujitsu has launched its new NB Lifebook U9-series notebooks in the Taiwan market targeting the business PC sector. The Japan-based brand aims to double its notebook shipments in the local market in 2017.

Apple to build iCloud datacenter in Guizhou

Apple has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the government of Guizhou Province to invest US$1 billion to build a datacenter to promote its iCloud service in China.

ASML expects 25% growth in 2017 sales

ASML has disclosed that its second-quarter 2017 net sales came to EUR2.10 billion , up from EUR1.94 billion from the previous quarter. The semiconductor equipment maker said it expects sales growth for 2017 to reach 25%.

Taiwan market: Fujitsu launches new notebooks

Fujitsu has launched its new NB Lifebook U9-series notebooks in the Taiwan market targeting the business PC sector. The Japan-based brand aims to double its notebook shipments in the local market in 2017.

Sharp files infringement complaint against Hisense

Sharp has filed a new patent infringement complaint against Hisense in New York Southern District Court, alleging that Hisense and its affiliate companies produce and sell TV products in the US that infringe its WLAN related patents, and seeking damages and injunction, according to a company's ...

STMicro extends lead time for 32-bit MCUs

STMicroelectronics has extended delivery lead times for 32-bit MCUs due to strong demand, according to industry sources. The MCU vendor has also informed its customers that it plans to stop taking orders temporarily after July, said sources.

Cultivation of RFID talent actively underway in China to support IoT

Brand-new industries are emerging due to the application of IoT technologies, and theseare being given priority for development in China. Most major cities and provinces are stepping up cultivation of the various kinds of talent needed to leverage these new businesses, such as RFID specialists. ...

China 1H17 PV output grows over 20% on year, says CPIA

China's total output of polysilicon, solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers, crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules in the first half of 2017 each grew over 20% on year, according to China Photovoltaic Industry Association .

Digitimes Research: UFS-based NAND flash solutions to become mainstream storage technology for mobile devices

While today's mobile devices use either UFS or eMMC -based NAND flash solutions to store information, eMMC5.1 chips are becoming progressively unable to meet the data transmission speed demands of high-end mobile devices, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: Garmin launches sports camcorder VIRB 360

Garmin has introduced VIRB 360, a sports camcorder enabling 360-degree video recording, for launch in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$25,900 , according to Garmin Taiwan.

Taiwan remote sensing satellite on way to US for launch in late August

Taiwan's National Space Organization under the government-sponsored National Applied Research Laboratories on July 19 transported FormoSat-5, a self-designed remote sensing satellite, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for launch on August 25, 2017 by US-based SpaceX on a commission basis ...

Samsung Display to ship rigid OLED panels to Xiaomi, says report

Samsung Display will start supplying Xiaomi Technology with 6-inch QHD OLED panels in December 2017 for the production of Xiaomi's next-generation flagship smartphones, according to a Korea-based The Bell report.

Taiwan makers see rising demand for poly-Si solar cells

Taiwan-based solar cell makers have seen significantly rebounding orders for polycrystalline models since May 2017, and the corresponding prices have risen 20% as well, according to industry sources.

TV inventory levels at top brands escalating

Inventory levels of TVs at the world's top-eight brands have scaled up recently, which could undercut demand for TV panels in the second half of 2017 and therefore push TV panel prices downward, according to industry sources.

Taiwan makers see rising demand for poly-Si solar cells

Taiwan-based solar cell makers have seen significantly rebounding orders for polycrystalline models since May 2017, and the corresponding prices have risen 20% as well, according to industry sources.

TSMC InFO packaging brings more competitiveness to its 7nm process technology

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging technology is about to enter its second generation, which will bring more competitiveness to the foundry's 7nm FinFET process technology, according to industry observers.

IDM model no longer viable for Japan semiconductor industry: Q&A with Socionext CEO Yasuo Nishiguchi

Though still a global bellwether in many areas of semiconductor technologies, Japan's semiconductor industry is significantly losing ground in world markets, as most Japanese players, operating as IDMs , bear the brunt of the impacts from changing industrial and market conditions, such as IC design ...

Upcoming Meizu Pro 7 series reportedly to utilize MediaTek chips

Meizu is scheduled to introduce its new Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus smartphone series on July 26. The Pro 7 model is expected to feature MediaTek's 16nm Helio P25 SoC chip while the Pro 7 Plus will adopt the 10nm Helio X30 chip, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Chipbond reportedly to sell partial stake in China subsidiary to BOE

Speculation has circulated in the industry that Taiwan-based Chipbond Technology plans to sell part of its stake in its China-based subsidiary Chipmore Technology to BOE Technology as part of its strategic alliance with the China-based panel vendor.

Taiwan market: China smartphone brands expand presence

China-based smartphone vendor Oppo, Xiaomi Technology and Huawei are ramping up its presence in Taiwan's smartphone market and at the same time they continue to rake up sales in the global market, according to industry sources.