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Oxide TFT LCD panels getting popular in notebook sector

Flat panel makers including Sharp, LG Display and CEC-Panda LCD Technology are ramping up production of oxide TFT LCD panels to meet increasing demand from notebook brands, according to industry sources.

Taiwan OSAT firms busy packaging AMD GPUs for new iMacs

While Apple has started to release more orders to AMD for high-end GPUs needed for new iMac series since September 2017, Taiwan-based outsourced semiconductor assembly and test companies has stepped up 2.5D packaging for the GPUs, according to supply chain sources.

Foxconn to ship 25-30 million iPhone X devices in 4Q17, says report

Shipments of iPhone X from Foxconn Electronics , Apple's sole contractor for the device, will reach around 2-3 million units before Apple begins to deliver the model on November 3, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.

Foxconn to help Sharp expand smartphone sales, says paper

The Foxconn Group is to exert all-out efforts to help Sharp expand its presence in the handset market, aiming to position the Japan-based brand among the top-five players globally, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.

HPE-Foxconn server JV dissolved

A joint-venture server company established three years ago by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Foxconn Group has reportedly been quietly dissolved recently due to the JV's failure to generate expected synergies, and whether the dissolution will prompt Foxconn to venture into the white-box server ...

URE seeks investments from solar wafer makers

United Renewable Energy , a vertically-integrated PV firm to be established through consolidation of three existing solar cell makers, hopes to recruit local solar wafer suppliers as additional shareholders, according to Sam Hong, chairman and CEO for Neo Solar Power and designated chairman for URE.

Taiwan September export order value hits record

Taiwan received export orders totaling US$45.92 billion in September 2017, hitting the highest-ever monthly level with increases of 12.6% sequentially and 6.9% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs .

Largan hikes salaries

Smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision has raised the average monthly salary for a production line worker by 10.40% from NT$50,500 to NT$55,750.

Taiwan groups ink MoU with Germany-based WPD

CR Classification Society, Metal Industries Research & Development Center, and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research have jointly signed an MoU with WPD, a Germany-based developer of renewable energy, to help them establish capability of feasibility evaluation and third-party certification for ...

Taichung Software Park to open in mid-2018

Taichung Software Park in central Taiwan will be unveiled in mid-2018, according to the Export Processing Zone Administration . TSP is being developed into a smart park by replicating the development of Kaohsiung Software Park in southern Taiwan and Nankang Software Park in Taipei, EPZA said.

TSMC marks 30th anniversary

TSMC is holding its 30th Anniversary Celebration Forum and Concert in Taipei, Taiwan on October 23, inviting the many customers, colleagues, suppliers, investors, and partners from government and across society to mark the milestone together, according to the foundry house.

Taiwan market: Heraeus becomes largest PV silver paste supplier

Germany-based Heraeus has become the biggest vendor of PV silver pastes in the Taiwan market, Chinese-language Economic Daily News cited company Photovoltaics president Andreas Liebheit as indicating.

Asia Pacific Telecom gearing up for 5G network deployments

Asia Pacific Telecom is actively proceeding with deployments of 5G mobile communications infrastructure, with a spate of tests and certifications of network technologies scheduled to kick off by the end of 2018, according to company sources.

White-box notebook makers displaying ultra-thin, 2-in-1 devices in Hong Kong trade fair

China-based white-box notebook players are showcasing their new ultra-thin notebooks and 2-in-1 devices at the ongoing Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong.

Taiwan foundries seeing brisk demand from fabless firms

Taiwan-based IC foundries including 8-inch ones have seen orders from their local fabless clients grow, which would indicate a particularly strong fourth quarter for Taiwan's IC industry, according to industry sources.

White-box notebook makers displaying ultra-thin, 2-in-1 devices in Hong Kong trade fair

China-based white-box notebook players are showcasing their new ultra-thin notebooks and 2-in-1 devices at the ongoing Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong.

Asia Pacific Telecom gearing up for 5G network deployments

Asia Pacific Telecom is actively proceeding with deployments of 5G mobile communications infrastructure, with a spate of tests and certifications of network technologies scheduled to kick off by the end of 2018, according to company sources.

Epson developing versatile inkjet printers to achieve ambitious goals by 2025

Inkjet printer and robotic arm supplier Seiko Epson is aggressively moving to expand its product lines and boost sales of high-performance printers for uses by other sectors than consumers, aiming to achieve an annual revenue and profit goal of JPY1.7 trillion and JPY200 billion, respectively, by ...

Taiwan foundries seeing brisk demand from fabless firms

Taiwan-based IC foundries including 8-inch ones have seen orders from their local fabless clients grow, which would indicate a particularly strong fourth quarter for Taiwan's IC industry, according to industry sources.

Gaming monitor shipments soar 350% on year, says IHS Markit

Global shipments of gaming monitors increased 350% on year to 1.1 million units in the first half of 2017 from the same period a year ago, according to IHS Markit.

Colorful motherboard shipments to reach 2.8 million units in 2017, 3 million in 2018

China-based Colorful is expected to ship 2.8 million motherboards globally in 2017 and the volumes are estimated to rise to three million in 2018, fueled by its entry into South Korea's PC DIY market and rising sales in Southeast Asia, according to industry sources.

Intel Capital fuels innovation with new US$60 million investments in 15 data-focused startups

Intel Capital has announced new investments totaling more than US$60 million in 15 technology startups. The company introduced the CEOs and founders of the startups at the Intel Capital CEO Showcase. This latest group of new portfolio companies brings Intel Capital's year-to-date investments to ...

Taiwan market: Xiaomi launches new flagship smartphone

China-based Xiaomi has launched its new Xiaomi Mix 2 smartphone in Taiwan, featuring an all-screen 18:9 ratio 5.99-inch display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB memory and 64GB/128GB storage.

TSMC raises IC market forecasts for 2017

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has revised upward its forecasts for global foundry and overall IC market outlook for 2017 to a 7% and 16% growth, respectively, compared to 6% and 12% forecast previously. The foundry house also expects its capex for the year to reach US$10.8 billion ...

China market: Giga Diamond Materials expanding diamond wire capacity

Giga Diamond Materials, a China-based maker of diamond saw wire established by PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials, is expanding its production capacity of diamond saw wire from 80,000km a month currently to 500,000km in 2018 and further to 1.0 million kilometers in 2019, according to ...

ASML 3Q17 sales exceed guidance on extra EUV deliveries

ASML has announced net sales of EUR 2.45 billion for the third quarter of 2017, up 16.5% from EUR2.1 billion in the prior quarter. The Dutch fab tool vendor now expects its net sales for all of 2017 to grow at least 25% on year.

Epistar files infringement complaint against All Star Lighting Supplies

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed a complaint against All Star Lighting Supplies in New Jersey District Court, alleging that US-based company's sales of Luxrite-brand LED filament light bulbs infringe its eight US patents and seeking damages, according to a company announcement.

Prologium partners with Weltmeister to develop LCB-powered cars

Solid-state battery maker Prologium has signed a memorandum of cooperation with China-based car maker Weltmeister Motor to jointly develop and manufacture a new type of vehicle to be powered by lithium ceramic battery .

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of US$5.2 billion in January-September

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs approved 2,494 foreign direct investment projects with a total value of US$5.186 billion in January-September 2017, decreasing 2.16% and 48.57%, respectively, on year, according to MOEA statistics.

White-box smartphone players adopting new innovations to enhance competitiveness

Facing fierce competitions from first-tier vendors, white-box smartphone vendors have been incorporating the latest technologies such as all-screen high-resolution displays, fingerprint identification sensors and ultra-thin form factor design into their new smartphones to enhance their ...

IC makers maximize 300mm, 200mm wafer capacity, says IC Insights

With the prospects of large 450mm wafers going nowhere, IC manufacturers are increasing efforts to maximize fabrication plants using 300mm and 200mm diameter silicon substrates. The number of 300mm wafer production-class fabs in operation worldwide is expected to increase each year between now and ...

Taiwan market: Perobot sets up first Pepper Lab

Perobot, a general sales agent for Pepper service robots in the Taiwan market, has set up a Pepper Lab, the first of its kind in Taiwan, at National Chengchi University in Taipei City, according to the university.

Asustek, Gigabyte reorganization efforts to bear fruit in 1Q18

Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology have both completed their business reorganization, and are expected to see the efforts bear fruit around the end of first-quarter 2018.

Acer eDC tapping cloud management software biz in Southeast Asia

Acer's wholly-owned subsidiary e-Enabling Data Center is actively developing cloud-based management software business in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to pave the way for its listing on Taiwan's over-the-counter securities market, according to company sources.

TSMC 3Q17 profits slip

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has reported net profits of NT$89.93 billion on consolidated revenues of NT$252.11 billion for the third quarter of 2017, with both revenues and profits slipping by single digits from year-ago levels.

Indonesia, Philippines see largest growth potentials among ASEAN, says DBS economist

Among six major countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations , Singapore and Malaysia are the best starting conduits for entering the Southeast Asian market; Indonesia and the Philippines are the two markets with the greatest development potentials, while Indonesia and the Vietnam suffer ...

Acer eDC tapping cloud management software biz in Southeast Asia

Acer's wholly-owned subsidiary e-Enabling Data Center is actively developing cloud-based management software business in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to pave the way for its listing on Taiwan's over-the-counter securities market, according to company sources.

Qisda scores points in smart solutions

EMS provider Qisda has devoted more efforts to developing high value-added smart solutions, which contributed about 10% of consolidated revenues for first-half 2017, according to the company.

Graphics card vendors upbeat about crytocurrency mining

As the values for some major cryptocurrencies continue rising and prolonging related graphics card demand, graphics card vendors, including Asustek Computer who was originally conservative about the mining trend, have been expanding their orders for Nvidia and AMD GPUs, according to sources from the ...

Digitimes Research: Global AR/VR HMD device shipments to grow at 41.6% CAGR in 2017-2022

Global shipments of AR/VR head-mounted display devices, including standalone models, are expected to grow by a CAGR of 41.6% during the period from 2017 to 2022, Digitimes Research estimates.

TSMC 3Q17 profits slip

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has reported net profits of NT$89.93 billion on consolidated revenues of NT$252.11 billion for the third quarter of 2017, with both revenues and profits slipping by single digits from year-ago levels.

Indonesia, Philippines see largest growth potentials among ASEAN, says DBS economist

Among six major countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations , Singapore and Malaysia are the best starting conduits for entering the Southeast Asian marke; Indonesia and the Philippines are the two markets with the greatest development potentials, while Indonesia and the Vietnam suffer ...

IC Insights raises 2017 IC market forecast to 22% growth

IC Insights has raised its IC market growth rate forecast for 2017 to 22%, up 6pp from its previous estimate of 16% growth.

Bright prospect for wireless charging: Q&A with WPC chairman Menno Treffers

Wireless charging is emerging as a new major feature of high-end smartphones after Apple, Samsung and other leading vendors incorporated it into their latest smartphone models.The global wireless charging sector is expected to flourish steadily along with likely technological breakthrough for ...

NGP to build floating PV power station in northern Taiwan

New Green Power , an EPC contractor for PV installation, will set up a floating PV power station with capacity of 14MWp at an irrigation pond in northern Taiwan, according to the company.

HTC to introduce new smartphone in November

HTC has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Taipei on November 2. It is highly anticipated that the vendor will unveil its first all-screen model, dubbed HTC U 11 Plus, during the event.

Will Mong-song Liang face another trade secrets lawsuit?

Mong-song Liang, who had overseen advanced process R&D at TSMC and Samsung Foundry, has recently begun his new stint at another IC foundry, SMIC. In his new role, Liang is expected to assist the China-based company to move into FinFET production at 14nm and below.

Taiwan makers all set for mini LED

Taiwan-based LED firms, in view of tight supply of AMOLED smartphone panels and increasing competition in the LED backlighting segment from China-based makers, are ready adopt mini LEDs for TV and smartphone backlighting applications and fine pixel pitch displays, according to industry sources.

TSEC to produce half-cut PV modules

Solar cell maker TSEC will produce half-cut PV modules at its new factory located in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, with every cell halved and then closely connected to reduce electric resistance, according to company chairman Ellick Liao.

MediaTek to post slight decrease in 4Q17 revenues

MediaTek is expected to post a slight sequential decrease in consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017, with gross margin to stay flat, according to industry sources.