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Giantplus sees revenues ride high in 3Q17

LCD panel and module maker Giantplus Technology expects its current sales momentum to continue into October, buoyed by increasing demand for industrial and automotive panels, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, citing company vice president Cheng Chih-tsuan.

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook brand and top-3 ODMs see shipments slide on month in July

With inventory preparation for back-to-school demand reaching an end in June, first-tier notebook vendors' shipments slowed down in July with the top-5 brands' combined shipments dropping 31% on month and top-3 ODMs' combined volumes down 22%.

Handset supply chain makers on high alert as smartphone competition looming

Suppliers in the global handset supply chain are nervously waiting for the planned release of new smartphones from Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei in the upcoming peak season as sales results of these new models will affect significantly the vendors' market shares as well as follow-up orders ...

Digitimes Research: Global TDDI chip shipments for 2017 to shoot up 191% on year

Global TDDI chip shipments for 2017 are estimated to drastically soar 191% on year due mainly to increased shipments of hybrid in-cell TDDI chips and the growing incorporation of TDDI chips into display panels, with Taiwan's chipmakers to command a global market share of nearly 40% in this sector, ...

Qualcomm to extend tie-up with TSMC to FinFET, says executive

Qualcomm has an almost 10-year collaboration with TSMC, and the tie-up will extend to FinFET process technology, said Sudeepto Roy, VP of engineering for Qualcomm Technology Licensing, at a recent event with Taiwan's media.

Competition heating up among Taiwan contact lens makers

Taiwan-based contact lens makers' competition in the domestic and overseas markets has become increasingly intense, according to industry sources.

Global DRAM revenues increase 17% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Sales in the global DRAM market surged 16.9% sequentially to US$16.51 billion in the second quarter of 2017, when PC DRAM contract prices rose over 10%, according to DRAMeXchange. The revenues for the quarter were also a new historical high.

Taiwan to build AI innovation ecosystem, says MOST

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology will undertake five strategic tasks to establish an AI innovation ecosystem in a bid to boost development of AI-related industries and application, according to MOST minister Chen Liang-gee.

Taiwan 2Q17 economic growth estimated at 2.13%, says DGBAS

Taiwan's economic growth for first-quarter 2017 has been upward adjusted by 0.06pp from 2.60% estimated in late May to 2.66% and growth for second-quarter 2017 is estimated at 2.13%, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics .

Tyntek production disrtuped by power outage

Visible and infrared LED chip maker Tyntek has disclosed a fire at its factory in northern Taiwan on August 18 temporarily disrupted power supply for production and it will take 7-10 days to resume supply.

Taiwan science ministry may introduce smart power storage system from Tesla

With a recent massive power outage revealing the fragility of Taiwan's electrical grid and highlighting the need for power storage, the nation's Ministry of Science and Technology will not rule out introducing smart power storage systems from Tesla, the No. 1 electric vehicle maker and solar energy ...

Acer PV power station in Taiwan starts operation

Acer has revealed it has started operating a PV power station at its high-tech industrial Aspire Park in Longtan, northern Taiwan. The station will have total capacity of 2.8MWp, and the portion that has started operation can generate electricity of 3.52 million kWh a year, equivalent to carbon ...

China July PV installation estimated at 10.5GWp

The PV power stations and distributed systems completed and on grid in China in July 2017 had an estimated total installation capacity of 10.5GWp, according to China Electricity Council .

Ligitek expected to turn profitable in 2017

LED packaging service provider Ligitek Electronics suffered net losses for six consecutive years from 2011 to 2016 but its business in 2017 is expected to swing to profitability.

HY Electronic plans TSE listing

Power discrete component supplier HY Electronic plans to be listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange between late third-quarter and early fourth-quarter 2017, according to the Cayman-incorporated company.

Lenovo reports net loss of US$72 million for April-June 2017

Lenovo has reported net loss of US$72 million for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2017, during which the companmy recorded quarterly revenues of US$10 billion, flat on year, but an increase on quarter of 4.5%.

China market: IoT chip demand promising, says ARM CEO

Shipments of ARM-based mobile chips from China-based chipmakers have been rising rapidly along with the country's fast-growing IC design industry over the past 10 years, according to Simon Segars, CEO for the processor IP vendor. Shipments of ARM-based IoT chips from the China industry are also ...

Taiwan market: Asustek launches Zen Fone 4 family products

Asustek Computer has officially launched its ZenFone 4 series products at an event in Taiwan, with three out of the family's four models to be available immediately in the local market.

Leotek expects 40-50% growth in 2018 LED smart streetlamp shipments

Leotek Electronics, a subsidiary of EMS provider Lite-On Technology, has obtained orders for more than 100,000 LED smart streetlamps via open-bid competition in Taiwan, the US, the UK and the Middle East and expects shipments for the product line in 2018 to increase 40-50% on year.

Lenovo reports net loss of US$72 million for April-June 2017

Lenovo has reported net loss of US$72 million for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2017, during which the companmy recorded quarterly revenues of US$10 billion, flat on year, but an increase on quarter of 4.5%.

Alibaba nets CNY5.65 per share for 2Q17

The largest China-based e-commerce service provider Alibaba Group has published its second-quarter 2017 financial report, posting consolidated revenues of CNY50.184 billion , net operating profit of CNY17.513 billion, net profit of CNY14.031 billion and net EPS of CNY5.65.

Taiwan ICT vendors have to offer turnkey solutions in Indonesia market: Q&A with TAITRA representative

Taiwan has adopted a New Southbound Policy eyeing trade opportunities from ASEAN and South Asia economies. The government-sponsored Taiwan External Trade Development Council plays an important role in implementing this policy.

Taiwan market: Acer sponsors smarwatches for Universiade Taipei

Acer has sponsored 13,000 units of its limited-edition Leap Ware smartwatches for the Summer Universiade 2017 sporting event, hosted in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-30.

Wafer Works expects wafer prices to continue rising on strong demand

Taiwan-based Wafer Works, which makes small- to medium-size semiconductor-grade wafers, expects silicon wafer prices to continue rising on strong demand.

Mirle seeing order backlog swell, says report

Semiconductor and LCD panel equipment supplier Mirle Automation has seen its backlog of orders exceeding NT$10 billion , according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.

Polarizer maker Optimax reports losses for 1H17

Polarizer maker Optimax Technology has reported a net loss of NT$15.67 million or NT$0.05 per share for the second quarter of 2017. For the first half of 2017, net losses totaled NT$104 million or NT$0.32 per share.

SPIL to restart backend services for DRAM

Siliconware Precision Industries will restart its backend services for the manufacture of DRAM memory to satisfy demand from China, according to industry sources.

Simplo expects dramatic growth in electric bicycle battery business

Battery module maker Simplo Technology expects its shipments for electric bicycles to grow over 100% on year in 2017 and will rise another 75% in 2018. Company chairman Raymond Sung noted that the electric bicycle market will see around 20% on-year growth in scale and Simplo is currently only behind ...

Taiwan market: Acer subsidiary to sell tablets for the elderly

Acer's subsidiary Grandpad, which focuses on designing tablets for elderly users, has chosen Taiwan as the second market for its products.

Apple Watch shipments expected to reach 15 million in 2017

With Apple ready to launch its third-generation Apple Watch, Apple's overall smartwatch shipments are expected to rise to 4.5 million units in the fourth quarter and hit 15 million for the whole year 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Dialog looking to extend partnership with Spreadtrum

Dialog Semiconductor is looking to extend its partnership with Spreadtrum Communication, and does not rule out forming a joint venture with the China-based mobile SoC provider, said Christophe Chene, senior VP of Asia for Dialog, at a recent event in China.

UL Taiwan amid first-round IEC 62619:2017 labs

Underwriters Laboratories Taiwan has disclosed its battery testing lab is among the certification body testing laboratories undertaking testing and certification for IEC 62619:2017 IEC in the first round.

Commentary: Is Huawei carrier business losing growth momentum?

Huawei has reported revenues of CNY283.1 billion for the first half of 2017. The figures were not so bad as they represented an increase of 15% from a year earlier. But the growth rate was considered insignificant as compared to Huawei's records of being able to deliver extraordinary high revenue ...

Micron advances semiconductor R&D capabilities with new Boise facility

Micron Technology has announced the opening of a new facility which will play a critical role in the company's research into breakthrough new memory and storage technologies of the future. When fully equipped, the new building will nearly double Micron's cleanroom space dedicated to R&D in Boise, ...

China market: MediaTek to roll out new Helio P series for mid-range smartphones

MediaTek has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Beijing on August 29, when the company will introduce its new Helio P23 and P30 series designed for mid-range smartphones, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Getac shipping video solution products to US

Ruggedized PC vendor Getac has successfully tapped into the police and law enforcement equipment market in the US with its Getac video solution products.

Tsinghua Unigroup chief pledges firm support for Spreadtrum against mobile chip rivals

China's state-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup will render persistent support to its subsidiary Spreadtrum Communications to counter increasingly fierce competition in the domestic market for midrange to low-end mobile chips, seen especially after JLQ Technology emerged months ago as a key ...

China market: MediaTek to roll out new Helio P series for mid-range smartphones

MediaTek has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Beijing on August 29, when the company will introduce its new Helio P23 and P30 series designed for mid-range smartphones, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Apple Watch 3 launch likely at year-end 2017, says report

Apple is likely to launch its Apple Watch Series 3 devices by the end of 2017. The new Apple Watch will come in 38mm and 42mm sizes with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+LTE connectivity, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.

HMD Global unveils Nokia 8

HMD Global has unveiled its flagship model for 2017, the Nokia 8, which feature a 5.3-inch IPS QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU as well as a dual 13-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, all with Carl Zeiss optics.

Commentary: Taiwan faces challenges in energy transition

Taiwan has set a policy to create a "nuclear-free homeland," aiming to phase out nuclear power generation by 2025, increase renewable energy and decrease coal-fueled power. However, a recent massive power outage has highlighted the challenges Taiwan faces in its energy transition.

Nvidia overtakes MediaTek as 3rd largest IC design company

Nvidia overtook MediaTek as the world's third-largest IC design company in terms of revenues in the second quarter of 2017, according to research firm Topology Research Institute .

Brisk graphics card demand to buoy inductor firms in 3Q17

Graphics card demand is expected to rebound strongly in the third quarter of 2017 benefiting power inductor makers such as Chilisin Electronics, Mag.Layers Scientific-Industrial and Magic Technology, according to industry sources.

Server DRAM revenues among top-3 suppliers surge 30% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology generated a combined US$4.43 billion in server DRAM revenues in the second quarter of 2017, up 30.1% from the about US$3.4 billion the top-3 suppliers collectively posted in the prior quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

Egistec to post brisk 3Q17 revenues

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology is expected to post brisk sales results for the third quarter of 2017, thanks to a pick-up in customer demand, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency .

Keyssa announces connectivity ecosystem involving Foxconn, Samsung

Keyssa, a US-based connectivity solution provider, has announced a Connected World initiative focused on extremely high-speed data transfer between mobile devices and the increasing number of connected devices. The companies involved in the innitiative include Foxconn Electronics and Samsung.

TSEC to start production at new PV module plant in 1Q18

Solar cell maker TSEC is constructing a PV module plant in southern Taiwan, looking to start production there in first-quarter 2018, according to company chairman Ellick Liao.

ASE output hit by power outage

A sudden massive blackout took place in Taiwan on August 15 which hit Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's plants in Kaohsiung. The incident will likely result in losses of US$500,000-800,000, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency .

HTC to offer Vive VR training to UPS

HTC has tied up with UPS and will launch logistics training courses utilizing its Vive VR technology and devices at the courier's nine training centers in the US starting September.

Dell stresses importance of digital transformation at technology forum

Dell on August 15 hosted Dell Technology Forum 2017 in Taipei, discussing the trend of digital transformation through explaining software-defined or cloud-like modern datacenters.