« BLU supplier Radiant reports decreased sales for 1H18
Backlight module supplier Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported revenues of NT$3.894 billion (US$130.31 million) for June, up 6.9% on month but down 19% on year. For the first half of 2018, revenues totaled NT$21.952 billion, decreasing 12.69% from a year earlier.
« Compound IC makers see bright 2H18 on robust Apple demand for 3D sensors
As Apple is expected to mass incorporate 3D sensors into its new portable devices to power face ID, Taiwan suppliers of III-V compound semiconductors and 3D sensing components and testing equipment are optimistic about bright shipment prospects for the second half of 2018 thanks to the robust demand from the US tech giant, according to supply chain sources.
« Taiwan solar-grade poly-Si wafer makers suffer from China PV installation control
The China government on June 1 announced plans to control PV installation, leading to drastic reduction in PV demand in the China market and consequently bringing large negative impact on Taiwan-based solar-grade polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) wafer makers and crystalline silicon solar cell makers.
« Ultra HD TVs propelling flat panel TV market to 194 million units in 2022, says ABI Research
The rapid and increasing number of worldwide Ultra HD flat panel TV shipments over the past few years is contributing to the overall growth of the global flat panel TV market. Ultra HD TV units account for more than one-third of the total flat panel TV units sold in 2017. ABI Research forecasts that Ultra HD flat panel TV shipments will surpass 102 million in 2018, representing 44% of total global flat panel TV shipments.
« Demand for OLED materials, IC backend services emerging in China
Taiwan-based LCD driver IC-design houses, driver IC backend service companies and IC material suppliers are likely to benefit significantly from the ramp-up of OLED panel production capacity in China after 2019, according to industry sources.
« Worldwide PC shipments grow for the first time in 6 years during 2Q18, says Gartner
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4% increase from the second quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This is the first quarter of on-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012.
« Career cooperation with Catcher unchanged after share disposal
Taiwan flexible PCB (FPCB) maker Career Technology has said that its cooperative partnership with chassis maker Catcher Technology will remain unchanged despite the latter recently unloading its majority stakes in the former, and its production of antenna FPCBs for shipments to Apple is still ongoing.
« Technology is only one of the ingredients to startup success, says Tally Liu
In a media career spanning nearly three decades, Tally Liu served as senior vice president of Knight Ridder, in charge of finances, operations, internal audit and new technologies at the second-largest newspaper company in the United States. Liu took part in Knight Ridder's investment deals and gained extensive experience in Internet business investments. Liu, now an angel investor, is a certified public accountant (CPA). He was also chairman and CEO at Newegg, a well-known online retailer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, giving him plenty of e-commerce know-how.
« Component inventories for iPhone X remain at high levels, say sources
Affected by Apple's overly-optimistic expectations for sales of the iPhone X, inventory of finished chassis, and other parts and components at the iPhone X's supply chain makers are still hovering at persistent high leveles at the end of June 2018, almost equaling to three times of what they had shipped previously, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
« SMIC expanding 8-inch fab capacity
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) held a ceremony recently to mark the start of equipment move-ins at the new facilities of its 8-inch wafer plant in Tianjin, China, according to local media reports.
« Taiwan moving to help makers avert China-US trade war impact
The government in Taiwan has taken three major countermeasures to avert possible impact of the escalating China-US trade spats, including helping makers to boost their domestic R&D and production ratios, according the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
« Dell unveils innovations for enterprises in Taiwan
Dell has unveiled a series of new enterprise PCs in Taiwan including its Precision 7730 and 7530 workstations designed specifically for virtual reality (VR) purposes; Latitude 5491 and 5591 ultra-thin notebooks and the OptiPlex series all-in-one (AIO) systems.
« Criteo kicks off AI lab in Paris
Criteo, a France-based advertisement technology development company, has kicked off operations of its AI lab in Paris, designated to work on AI-related projects, according to Hanming Huang, managing director for South Asia, Greater China at Criteo.
« Catcher unloads majority stakes in Career Tech
Taiwan chassis maker Catcher Technology has unloaded the majority of its stakes in Career Technology, a leading maker of flexible PC boards, as part of its financial operations, triggering market speculations about the unusual Catcher move.
« Tapping global blockchain, IoT opportunities: Q&A with OwlTing founder Darren Wang
Founded in 2010 as a Taiwan blockchain startup dedicated to e-commerce and blockchain services in global travel, food safety, social media platforms, and more, OwlTing has launched the world's first blockchain-based B2B system "OwlNest" to provide hotel booking and management service to hotel operators in late 2017 after releasing also the world's first food blockchain provenance system "OwlChain" earlier that year.
« Danen charged over waste disposal
Taiwan's environmental authorities have announced that solar wafer maker Danen Technology has been prosecuted for allegedly colluding with two industrial waste disposal service providers to dump over 1,000 tons of waste slurry that had not been appropriately disposed of during 2009-2012.
« MediaTek NB-IoT SoC validated by SoftBank
MediaTek has completed validation (interoperability tests) of NarrowBand IoT connectivity (NB-IoT) with SoftBank to set the stage for future commercial NB-IoT applications within Japan. These tests showcase MediaTek's efforts and commitment to ready NB-IoT technology for the global market, the company said.
« Intel announces Xeon E processor for entry-level workstations
Intel has announced the release of the new Intel Xeon E-2100 processor, designed for entry-level workstations that provide creators with what it calls single-threaded application performance with a platform optimized for reliability and affordability.
« Intel to acquire eASIC
Intel has announced a plan to expand its programmable solutions portfolio to include structured ASICs by acquiring eASIC, a structured ASICs provider headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
« Covestro sets up VOC testing lab in Shanghai
Polymer and high-tech materials supplier Covestro has set up a volatile organic compound (VOC) testing lab in its Polymer Research and Development Center (PRDC) in Shanghai aiming to further broaden its service capabilities.
« Apple updates MacBook Pro
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro series with new hardware. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature eighth-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70% faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance - ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing, according to the vendor.
« LG Display to ship OLED panels to Apple in 2H18, says report
LG Display has reportedly signed a deal with Apple under which it will start shipping both LCD and OLED panels to the US smartphone vendor for the production of its next-generation iPhone devices in the second half of 2018, according to a Korea-based <em>Newspim</em> report.
« Ichia swings to profit in 2Q18
Taiwan-based Ichia Technologies, which manufactures flexible PCBs (FPCB) as well as mechanical integrated components, has reported pre-tax profits of NT$97 million (US$3.2 billion) for the second quarter of 2018 following five straight quarters of losses. Pre-tax EPS for the most recent quarter came to NT$0.32.
« Success is the mother of failure, says Sandy Chau, Acorn Campus co-founder
Sandy Chau, co-founder of Acorn Campus Ventures as well as an active real estate investor, engages in investment undertakings throughout the United States and Greater China. His success in startup investment and business operation can be attributed to what he experienced as he was growing up. Born in Shanghai, Chau received primary and secondary education in Hong Kong and Vietnam as he travelled back and forth between the two places. In Vietnam, he witnessed social unrest including the Vietnam War, political coup and student strikes, while in Hong Kong he saw the social stratification and inequality between Chinese citizens and the British ruling class. He learned how to quickly adapt to new environments and figured out how to survive and thrive. Such characteristics helped him reach success.
« TAIFE 2018 focuses on self-driving electric vehicles
Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC), formed by some government-sponsored research organizations, on July 12 hosted Taiwan Automotive International Forum and Exhibition (TAIFE) 2018 in Taipei, which focused on the development of autonomous electric vehicles.
« China-made PV inverters subject to US tariff
PV inverters and AC PV modules are on a list of products list that will be hit with a 10% tariff by the US in its latest trade row with China, according to media reports.
« Largan nets NT$70.97 per share for 1H18
Smartphone-use optical lens module maker Largan Precision has reported net EPS of NT$70.97 (US$2.33) for first-half 2018.
« Samsung capex for NAND flash to hike
Samsung Electronics will expand its capex for NAND flash memory to around US$9 billion in 2019, up from about US$6.4 billion in 2018, a recent <em>Chosun Ilbo</em> report quoted industry sources in South Korea as saying.
« UMC gearing up for auto electronics and China demand boom, says Digitimes Research
United Microelectronics (UMC) will be expanding production capacity in 2019, and is looking to grow its presence in the automotive electronics sector and also the China market.