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Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow mildly in 4Q17
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:05:01 GMT - Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to reach 179 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, up 4.1% on quarter and 1.4% on year, according to estimates of Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: US leads in IoV development
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:57:34 GMT - Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is being fast developed based on two standards of wireless communication technology, DSRC (dedicated short range communications) and C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) developed by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project).
Gemtek establishes LoRa base stations in Beijing
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:48:55 GMT - Networking equipment maker Gemtek Technology has established 231 LoRa base stations for IoT applications in Beijing, and plans to expand the number to over 500 in the first half of 2018, according to company chairman Howard Chen.
Volkswagen adopts Getac diagnostics solutions
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:47:09 GMT - Getac has developed two robust computer solutions for use in Volkswagen's international and group-wide vehicle diagnostics and other production applications.
OSE looks to swing back to profitability in 2018
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:46:46 GMT - Memory backend specialist Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) is looking to return to profitability by the first half of 2018 due partly to increasing packaging and testing orders for logic ICs and from EMS clients, according to industry sources.
Smartphone panel prices stay flat in November
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:59:23 GMT - Prices of a-Si and LTPS smartphone panels will remain steady in November due to decreasing demand for 16:9 handset displays, according to China-based market consulting firm Sigmaintell.
Laster to develop over 10 LED headlight models in 2018
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:41:42 GMT - LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech will develop more than 10 headlight models in 2018, expecting the revenue proportion for headlight segment to rise from below 10% in 2017 to over 10% next yeat, the company said at a November 21 investor conference.

Demand for LED automotive lighting rising in China
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:31:26 GMT - Demand for LED automotive lighting in the China market keeps growing, with demand focusing on taillights, brake lights, direction indicators, dashboard displays and in-car lamps, according to industry sources.
Asustek top Taiwan-based global brand in 2017
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:23:43 GMT - Asustek Computer has been appraised as the most valuable Taiwan-based global brand in 2017 for the fifth consecutive year, according to Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Moore's Law can last two more process generations, says MediaTek chair
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:20:38 GMT - The Moore's Law that sets the pace of the semiconductor development can last two more generations, as the process technology may hit bottlenecks after advancing to 3nm node from the existing 7nm and future 5nm nodes, Tsai Ming-kai, chairman of Taiwan's leading IC designer MediaTek, has said.
KYEC to see 20% more IC testing orders from Nvidia, Intel in 2018
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:15:01 GMT - IC testing specialist King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) is expected to see its orders from both Nvidia and Intel increase by more than 20% in 2018, as Nvidia is aggressively proceeding with more AI chips deployments and Intel is seen to intensify its cooperation with KYEC to consolidate its global market share for smartphone chips, according to industry sources.
Xiaomi taps ex-MediaTek executive as investment partner
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:08:19 GMT - China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has appointed former MediaTek co-COO Jeffrey Ju as a partner of its industrial investment unit, sparking widespread concerns in Taiwan's IC design industry.
Digitimes Research: Global smartphone shipments to reach over 1.5 billion units in 2018
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:59:39 GMT - Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 5% on year to reach 1.43 billion units in 2017 and expand another 4.8% to over 1.5 billion units in 2018, according to Digitimes Research.
China Electric to offer energy-saving lighting
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:12:04 GMT - Taiwan-based China Electric is poised to apply for energy-saving certification for lighting products in order to receive government subsidies.

Solartech to lay off 80 workers
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:05:16 GMT - Solar cell maker Solartech Energy has said it will lay off 80 employees working at solar cell production lines damaged by a fire accident breaking out on October 27, 2017.
China hikes anti-dumping tariffs for Korea polysilicon makers
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:59:43 GMT - China's Ministry of Commerce has announced the results of a review of anti-dumping tariffs imposed on South Korea-based polysilicon makers, slightly increasing the tariffs for three first-tier makers.
Global 3Q17 NAND flash market posts 14% increase, says DRAMeXchange
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:49:40 GMT - Revenues of the global NAND flash industry surged 14.3% sequentially to US$15.12 billion in the third quarter of 2017, according to DRAMeXchange. The price tracker credited the growth to increasing demand for NAND flash under the influence of traditional peak season and increasing demand for smartphones and SSD from servers and data centers.
Taiwan Tohcello to establish ICROS tape factory
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:45:13 GMT - Taiwan Tohcello Functional Sheet, a newly established subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello in Taiwan, has received approval to set up a plant in the Tainan campus of the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) to develop and manufacture protective tapes for the semiconductor manufacturing industry.
Commentary: Micro LED development to benefit from micro-assembly
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:40:47 GMT - Integrating micro LED chips with various ICs and biometrics sensors using micro-assembly technology offers many business opportunities.

First-tier China PV module makers mulling factory plans for US
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:23:37 GMT - Several first-tier China-based PV module makers, including CSI, Jinko Solar Holdings, Trina Solar, JA Solar Holdings and Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials, are giving serious thought to establishing of solar cell and PV module factories in the US to cope with anti-dumping measures to be possibly taken by the US government.
Compal, Foxconn to benefit from smart speaker demand, says paper
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:04:18 GMT - With Apple rescheduling the launch of its smart speaker HomePod from December to early 2018, Amazon's Echo series is expected to dominate the smart speaker market during the year-end holidays of 2017 and benefit the device manufacturers Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Compal Electronics, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report.
Qualcomm suspends IIoT development projects with Taiwan IT players, say sources
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:58:59 GMT - Qualcomm may also temporarily suspend its cooperation with Taiwan-based IT players on the development of related Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications after it had decided to stop a 5G small cell collaboration project with Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) over to an antitrust ruling against it by Taiwan's trade fair agency, according to industry sources.

Nova to see more orders from memory clients in 2018
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:34:29 GMT - Taiwan-based Nova Technology, an expert in integrating water, gas and chemical engineering systems for semiconductor, photonics and other high-tech sectors, is expected to capture more orders memory clients across the Taiwan Straits to secure a brighter revenue prospect for 2018, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Worldwide tablet shipments to reach 128 million units in 2018
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:28:33 GMT - Seeing all-screen smartphones continue eroding tablet demand, tablet vendors, to differentiate the two product lines, are turning aggressively to promote 10-inch and above models with consumer-friendly prices, hoping to trigger a replacement trend. Digitimes Research expects worldwide tablet shipments to reach 128 million units in 2018 with on-year decline shrinking to around 10%.
Taiwan October export order value hits record
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:44:52 GMT - Taiwan received export orders totaling US$46.60 billion in October 2017, hitting the highest-ever monthly level and increasing 1.5% sequentially and 9.2% on year. The value grew on year for the 15th consecutive month, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Baidu unveils smart transportation plan for Xiongan
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:39:51 GMT - China-based search engine Baidu plans to cooperate with the government of Xiongan New Area, northern China, to create a city featuring smart transportation in line with its ambition to develop self-driving vehicles, company chairman and CEO Robin Li revealed at a recent company event in Beijing.
Asustek to remain top motherboard vendor in 2018
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:16:57 GMT - Asustek Computer is expected to stay in lead in the motherboard market in 2018 despite weakening overall demand, while its graphics card shipments have also been picking up during the past few months and are estimated to remain strong in 2018.
Epistar expects mini LED to be growth driver in 2018
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:11:35 GMT - LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is poised to produce mini LED chips for smartphone and TV backlighting and expects mini LED to be a major growth driver in 2018, according to company chairman Lee Biing-jye.

Samsung to unseat Intel as top semiconductor supplier in 2017, says IC Insights
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:59:36 GMT - For the first time since 1993, the semiconductor industry is expected to witness a new number 1 supplier, according to IC Insights.
ASE to expand WLCSP capacity at Singapore plant, sources say
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:56:37 GMT - In the wake of robust demand for wearable devices and automotive electronics applications, packaging and testing company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is set to expand wafer-level chip-scale-package (WLCSP) production capacity at its plant in Singapore with total investment estimated at US$2.5 billion, according to industry sources.
SPIL to build new factory in China
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:52:04 GMT - Packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has gained land use rights for a 147,097-square meter industrial site located at the Fujian (Jinjiang) IC Industrial Park, China., according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The term of the land-use rights is 50 years.
Taiwan market: Smartphone sales remain weak in October
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:50:19 GMT - Sales of smartphones in the Taiwan market totaled 581,000 units in October, down 1.02% from the previous month and 19.53% from a year earlier, according to data compiled by local retail channels.
Taiwan market: Garmin to launch vivomove HR
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:16:50 GMT - Garmin has unveiled vivomove HR, a stylish hybrid smart atch, for launch in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$6,990 (US$231) for a sports edition and NT$9,990 for a premium model, according to sources at Garmin Taiwan.

Acer digital signage products enter Japan market, says paper
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:04:41 GMT - Acer has partnered with Japan-based software integration service provider SMedio to begin marketing its digital signage products in Japan's smart retailing market, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Digitimes Research: Top-3 Korea fixed-network players vary in marketing strategies
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:49:53 GMT - The top-three high speed fixed network communications firms in South Korea have adopted different marketing strategies to attract customer patronages, with the leading player Korea Telecom (KT) offering better broadband connection quality and a more complete array of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) channels, according to Digitimes Research.