DIGITIMES: IT news from Asia

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Metal-alloy chassis makers eyeing EV sector
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:50:31 GMT - Metal-alloy chassis makers Catcher Technology, Foxconn Technology, Ju Teng International Holdings and Casetek Holdings plan to develop motor chassis for electric vehicles (EVs), as demand from the notebook and consumer electronics sectors has been stagnant, according to industry sources.
3D printing set for customized medical, aerospace, auto applications
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:37:48 GMT - With the availability of a growing variety of printing materials, ever-improving printing quality and precision, and printer price reduction, 3D printing is expected to enter small-batch, customized applications to medical, aerospace, automobile and other high-tech sectors in 2018, especially after colorful and metal printing technologies have recorded major breakthroughs as shown by 3D printing specialists at the recently concluded CES 2018.
China foundry houses to continue ramping up capacity
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:31:22 GMT - The China government is expected to continue to push its wafer foundry houses to further expand their production capacity in coming years as it has clearly set a goal for raising the country's IC self-sufficiency rate to 70% by 2025, from a low of 26.2% in 2016.
LINE launches online shopping portal in Taiwan
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:53:28 GMT - LINE has launched its mobile web portal LINE Shopping in Taiwan. In addition to about 1,000 stores using LINE@ to operate online shopping, LINE Shopping partners with 28 online shopping platforms, such as Yahoo! Kimo Shopping, and own-brand online shopping platforms such as PAZZO.

Taiwan to open 1st self-driving testing field in mid-2019
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:48:17 GMT - Taiwan will begin construction of its first self-driving testing field in a smart green energy science town in Tainan, southern Taiwan, in February 2018 and it will be open in mid-2019, according to the science town development office under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
Acer hosting e-sport event in Indonesia
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:42:23 GMT - Acer is hosting the APAC Predator League 2018 e-sport event in Jakarta, Indonesia from January 19-21, in a bid to strengthen its brand image in the Asia Pacific region.
Foxconn to host shareholders meeting for FII China listing
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:28:38 GMT - Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will host an extraordinary shareholders meeting on January 31 to discuss a plan to help its subsidiary Foxconn Industrial Internet (FII) list Class A shares in China's Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).
TSMC to see revenues rise 10-15% on HPC, IoT, 7nm orders in 2018
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:19:06 GMT - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will see its revenues grow 10-15% on year in 2018, mainly driven by the three major sectors of HPC (high performance computing), automotive electronics and IoT (Internet of Things) applications, and it has also secured a 100% market share in terms of 7nm process fabrication orders in the year, according to company chairman Morris Chang.
STSP moves to build up AI-centric robot production base
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:08:11 GMT - To fulfill its goal of setting up an AI-based robotic product manufacturing base in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP), the STSP Bureau has been exerting efforts to solicit related companies to set up workshops in the park to develop robots and related applications and ecosystems.

Taiwan steps up green energy development
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:05:51 GMT - The Taiwan government is implementing a Green Energy Industries and Technological Innovation plan to boost renewable energy development.
Career to see rising FPCB orders from Apple in 2018
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:24:02 GMT - FPCB maker Career Technology is expected to see strong sales in 2018 thanks to increasing orders from Apple for new iPhone and Apple Watch devices, according to industry sources.
High Power Lighting ships EV-C LED devices
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:32:43 GMT - Invisible LED packaging service provider High Power Lighting (HPL) has begun shipments of UV-C LED devices for water purification and household disinfection, according to company chairman Charles Wei.

Mitac sells stake in Synnex
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:09:22 GMT - Mitac International has announced its subsidiary Silver Star Developments have sold 451,000 shares of US-based Synnex for US$58.77 million and earned a profit of US$32.84 million, which will translate into an increase of NT$1.10 (US$0.04) in the company's EPS in the first quarter of 2018.
DZS Solar unveils 400W shingled array PV modules
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:04:07 GMT - China-based maker DZS Solar has unveiled shingled array PV modules with power output of 400W and will expand annual production capacity for such modules from 750MWp currently to 5,000MWp in 2020, according to the company.
Catcher dismisses allegations over poor environment at China plant
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:32:22 GMT - Metal-alloy chassis maker Catcher Technology has dismissed allegations by China Labor Watch that the working environment at its plant in Suqian, eastern China, is poor.
China court reportedly freezes Gionee chairman holdings
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:20:41 GMT - Liu Lirong, chairman of China's Gionee Communication Equipment, has reportedly seen his holdings of nearly 41% stake in the smartphone company frozen by a district court in China, fueling speculation about the firm's financial health, according to industry sources.
Optoma launches Alexa-enabled 4K home theater projector
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:05:24 GMT - Optoma has unveiled the UHD51A UHD (4K) voice-enabled home theater projector that integrates with Amazon Alexa to enable projection to align with speakers, screen, lighting and smart home setting.
Wiwynn to increase manpower by 30-40%
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:18:14 GMT - White-box server and storage equipment maker Wiwynn, a subsidiary of Wistron, will expand its workforce by 30-40% in 2018 in anticipation of increasing orders, according to company president Emily Hong.

Taiwan makers to benefit from China OLED capacity build-ups
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:05:13 GMT - The massive build-ups of OLED panel production capacity by China-based panel makers are expected to bring business opportunities for Taiwan-based makers, including driver IC designers, IC backend service firms and related OLED material suppliers, according to industry sources.
Insto Store to launch in 1H18
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:02:43 GMT - Insto, a platform that allows individual buyers and sellers to schedule installments or regular fixed-amount payments, will launch Insto Store in first-half 2018 to cover a wider range of products and services, such as educational courses, event tickets, beauty products and financial tools, according to Installment Inc, which operates Insto.
IC designers to see explosive growth in orders for USB Type-C PD chips in 2018
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:52:09 GMT - As USB Type-C has become mainstream interface standard for new notebook and desktop models in 2018 while also enjoying increasing application to high-end smartphones, Taiwan analog IC designers including Weltrend Semiconductor, On-Bright Electronics and Etron Technology may see their orders for USB Type-C PD (power delivery) chips in 2018 double from 2017, according to industry sources.
LCD TV panel demand to go through correction in 1Q18, says IHS Markit
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:46:59 GMT - Demand for LCD panels from South Korean and Chinese TV makers was strong in the fourth quarter of 2017, but implementation of their panel purchasing strategies for the first quarter of 2018 may result in a correction as demand expectations change. While some TV brands are expected to maintain their panel purchasing plans, others are forecast to reduce demand in the first quarter as it is a traditionally slow season and some demand was pulled into the last quarter, according to IHS Markit.
BOE exempt from repaying CNY6.3 billion government loans
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:07:11 GMT - China-based panel maker BOE Technology has been exempted by the local government in Fuzhou, China from repaying a CNY6.3 billion (US$969 million) loan it provided for construction of an 8.5G LCD fab in the city, which kicked off volume production recently, according to a company announcement.
Dialog Semiconductor introduces CMICs with in-system programming
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:47:21 GMT - Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, charging and Bluetooth low energy technology, has launched the GreenPAK SLG46824 and SLG46826, its first configurable mixed-signal ICs (CMICs) following the acquisition of Silego Technology, a developer of CMICs.

IC analyzers iST, MA-tek to see revenues soar in 2018
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:28:42 GMT - Taiwan's dedicated semiconductor materials analysis and IC debugging services providers, Integrated Service Technology (iST) and Materials Analysis Technology (MA-tek), have reported sharp increases in orders for materials analysis (MA), failure analysis (FA) and reliability assurance (RA) services from international automotive electronics players and China semiconductor makers, which is expected to boost their revenues quarter by quarter after the Lunar New Year holidays end in February, according to industry sources.
Veeco confirms Focus Lighting orders
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:18:22 GMT - Veeco Instruments has maintained that China-based Focus Lighting Tech remains committed to the order it has placed with the US-based MOCVD tool supplier.
Taiwan launches biomedical accelerator platform
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:54:25 GMT - Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has newly established a "Taiwan Biomedical Accelerator" platform to drive a new wave of innovations by local players in the biomedical fields including biopharmaceuticals, equipment, and material supplies.

Taiwan unveils diagnostic image sharing cloud platform
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:39:46 GMT - Taiwan's National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) has unveiled a cloud-based platform for sharing diagnostic images among local hospitals and clinics.
Largan Medical, St Shine Optical expanding contact lens business
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:17:57 GMT - Contact lens vendor Largan Medical is expanding its retail network in Taiwan for its own-brand products, while contact lens OEM and own-brand vendor St Shine Optical is expanding production capacity, according to the companies.
Global production value for automotive electronics to rise at CAGR of 5.4% during 2018-2022
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:20:25 GMT - The global production values for automotive electronics and semiconductors will increase at CAGR of 5.4% and 7% respectively during 2018-2022, significantly higher than the 2% CAGR for car production in the same period.
Largan Health sleep apnea ECG detectors adopted by China hospitals
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:03:23 GMT - Largan Health Technology, a developer of sleep monitoring systems for health purposes, has disclosed its sleep apnea ECG (electrocardiography) detectors have been adopted by over 100 hospitals in China.
Global IT spending to reach US$3.7 trillion in 2018, says Gartner
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:30:08 GMT - Worldwide IT spending is projected to total US$3.7 trillion in 2018, an increase of 4.5% from 2017, according to the latest forecast by Gartner.
MPI to ship more LED testing equipment on increasing VCSEL demand in 1H18
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:27:31 GMT - IC testing equipment maker MJC Probe (MPI) is expected to see its shipments of LED testing equipment expand significantly in the first half of 2018 thanks to growing demand for VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) components from the mobile device sector, according to industry sources.
Machvision to see sales momentum continue in 2018
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:20:55 GMT - Automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment specialist Machvision is expected to see its growth momentum continue in 2018 as it has reportedly landed short lead-time orders for flexible PCB production equipment from the iPhone supply chain makers, according to industry sources.

Lite-On Tech offers connected streetlamp-based smart city solutions
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:14:07 GMT - EMS provider Lite-On Technology has disclosed it has won procurement orders for smart city solutions based on connected LED streetlamps from Taiwan, the US, the UK, China and the Middle East, and expects shipments in 2018 to increase 40-50% on year.