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Looking in-depth at the latest developments in production, sales, product design innovation, and technology advancements, as well as overall supply capabilities of Taiwan’s major export industries, these reports focus on machinery, auto parts, hardware, furniture, lighting and hardware etc. to keep global buyers and readers informed and better prepared to do business with Taiwan suppliers.

TSMC Announces 16nm FinFET Plus Process in Trial Production

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced its 16-nanometer FinFET Plus process in trial production with networking & communications chips and mobile phone processors, paving the way to win Apple’s contract for A9 processors. TSMC plans to volume produce with the advanced process ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

TSMC and MediaTek to Top Global Competitors in 2014 Revenue Growths

According to market consultant IC Insights, foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and fabless chipmaker MediaTek Inc. will outdo the other globally top-20 semiconductor companies in 2014 revenue growth. IC Insights estimates TSMC, pure silicon foundry, to see 2014 revenue r... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Taiwan's Leading Silicon Foundries Hit New Revenue Highs in October

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VIS)—major pure silicon foundries in Taiwan—saw revenues hit fresh all-time highs in October. TSMC had revenue of NT$80.73 billion (US$2.69 billion) in that month, ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Hon Hai Posts NT$468.9 Bn. in Oct. Revenue for 12.9% MoM Growth

Gaining steam from strong sales of Apple Inc.’s new products as iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., a major contract manufacturer for Apple of the U.S., scored revenue of NT$468.9 billion (US$15.63 billion) in October, up 12.9% month-on-month (MoM), or 22.58... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Earnings Down at Taiwan's Top-3 Telecoms in October

Earnings for October this year slipped from the previous month and year on year at Taiwan’s top- three telecoms because of increased promotional spending on iPhone 6 smartphones they are contracted to sell, despite higher revenue in that month. Chungwa Telecom Co., Ltd. made NT$0.38 per share ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

MediaTek and ITRI Among 2014 Top-100 Global Innovators

MediaTek Inc. and the government-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan are among the 2014 Top-100 Global Innovators chosen by the multinational media and information company, Thomson Reuters Corp. It is the second consecutive year for Taiwan-based organizations to be h... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/17

Multinationals Hunt for Cloud Tech Talents in Taiwan

Multinationals including International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Microsoft Corp., Red Hat Inc., and Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) are hunting cloud-technology specialists in Taiwan for plans to quickly build presence in the cloud-computing market, which is projected at US$200 billion over the next ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/11

ITE's Sensor Hubs Win Google's Android Wear Certification

Sensor hubs made by the Taiwan-based ITE Technologies Inc., a fabless IC design house and world-class developer of embedded controller technologies, have reportedly won Google’s Android Wear certification and are expected to start being delivered before the end of this year. The sensor hubs, whi... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/05

Global Wearable Device Shipments to Surge 137% in 2015: MIC

With global branded vendors such as Apple, Samsung, and Sony introducing a continuous string of wearable electronic devices to the market in 2014, global shipments of such products are expected to skyrocket by 137% to 74 million units in 2015, according to the Market Intelligence & Consulting Insti... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/31

SEMI: Sept. Semiconductor Equipment B/B Ratio Stands Sub-1

According to market consultant SEMI of the United States, the book-to-bill (B/B) ratio for North American semiconductor-equipment industry retreated to 0.94% in September (three-month average basis) following 11 months of expansion marked by the above-1 ratio. While order activity moderated, equ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/31

TSMC's Capex to Hit All-Time High in 2015

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) plans to spend over US$10 billion in 2015 on advanced process technology projects to outdo Intel Corp., marking its all time high capital expenditure after budgeting US$9.5 billion for 2014. The silicon foundry will mostly use the money to boost its ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/29

Austek's ZenPhone Sees Popular Response in Japan and Europe

Industry executives estimate Asustek Computer Inc. to ship around four million ZenPhone-branded smartpones in Q4, up 33% from Q3 thanks to penetration of markets in Brazil, Japan and Europe. In Q3 the top markets for ZenFone were Taiwan, Southeast Asia, China, India, and Russia. Although the... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/27

Advantech's Consolidated Revenue Hits NT$9.171 Bn. in Q3

Advantech Corp., Taiwan’s largest supplier of rugged and industrial PCs and embedded systems by shipment, chalked up consolidated revenues of NT$9.121 billion (US$304.03 million) in the third quarter of this year, just 1.6% less than the company's all-time quarterly high of NT$9.278 billion (US$309... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/23

Foxconn of Taiwan and China's 21Vianet Partner on Cloud Biz

Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s largest manufacturing conglomerate by revenue, has signed an agreement to form a joint venture with 21Vianet Group, Inc., China’s largest provider of carrier-neutral Internet center services, to tap the global market for Internet data center and cloud infrastr... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/23

Taiwan's Top-3 Telecom Jan.-Sept. Earnings Top Targets

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Taiwan Mobile Co., Ltd., and Far EasTone Telecom Co., Ltd. saw earnings in Jan.-Sept. top their targets. Chunghwa, Taiwan’s No.1 telecom carrier by revenue, earned NT$30.5 billion (US$1.01 billion), or NT$3.94 per diluted share, in after-tax net income, inching up 0.... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/23

Hon Hai's September Revenue up 51% MoM to NT$415 Bn.

Fueled by strong shipments of iPhone 6, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s largest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size and Apple Inc.’s major contract manufacturer of iPhone, saw consolidated revenue for September surge 51% month-on-month to NT$415.412 billion (US$13.84 ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

TSMC's 16nm FinFET Tech Shows Supremacy Over Intel and Samsung

Industry executives believe that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has proven its mettle, by outdoing Samsung and even Intel by successfully rolling out semiconductor industry’s first 16-nanometer Fin Field-Effect Transistor (FinFET) processor designed on the ARM architecture. The T... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

UMC to be Taiwan's First to Buy into China's 300mm Wafer Fab

United Microelectronics Corp.’s (UMC) board of directors has approved buying into a 300mm wafer fab planned by the Xiamen Municipal Government and an electronics enterprise owned by the Fujian Provincial Government. To submit the application to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs sometime arou... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

TSMC September Revenue Hits New High

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced consolidated revenue of NT$74.8 billion (US$2.4 billion) for September, rising 8% from the previous month to hit new all-time high and top market expectations, also up 35.1% year on year. In Q3, the company generated consolidated revenue of... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/20

Lenovo Targets Ambitious Laptop PC Shipments

The Lenovo Group Ltd. plans to ship 31.3 million, 34.4 million and 37 million laptop PCs in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively, in a bid to solidify its global position in the field, according to its Taiwanese contract suppliers. In 2013 the China-based Lenovo shipped around 31.5 million laptops... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/20

Google to Expand Cloud Data Center in Taiwan

Search engine giant Google Inc. plans to add one more facility to its cloud data center on the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park built on reclaimed land off Changhua County in central Taiwan. With Google declining to elaborate on the planned facility, local industry executives estimate needed inv... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

MediaTek of Taiwan Joins Intel-led IOT Camp

MediaTek Inc. and Acer Inc. have recently announced joining the Internet of Things (IOT) alliance initiated by Intel. The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) competes against the Qualcomm-headed AllSeen Alliance, Google-led Tread Group, and Apple-dominated HomKit for global leadership in setting up ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

China's Handset Makers Fasinated with Japanese-licensed NMT in Taiwan

Industry executives report that China’s branded suppliers of smartphones are fascinated with Taiwan-made consumer-electronics casings using the nano molding technology (NMT), motivating Taiwan’s manufacturers to consider capacity expansion for more orders. Taiwan’s NMT-casing manufacturers inclu... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

TSMC Releases Ultra-Low Power Platform for IOT and Wearables

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has released the silicon-foundry segment’s first and most comprehensive ultra-low power platform for a wide range of applications for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IOT) and wearable device markets that require a wide spectrum of technologies ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

Largan Raises Investment for New Factory in Central Taiwan

Largan Precision Co., Ltd., a major supplier of lenses for smartphones in Taiwan, has decided to raise investment in a new factory in Taiwan to NT$20.5 billion (US$683.3 million), up from the NT$10 billion (US$333.3 million) originally planned, to boost market share in high-definition lenses, with... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

TSMC Announces First Functional 16nm FinFET ARM-based Networking Processor

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) on Sept. 25 announced the silicon foundry industry’s first fully functional ARM-based networking processor using its 16-nanometer FinFET process technology licensed by HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd., a designer of specialty application ICs. Such an... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/07

MediaTek-Google's Android One Smartphone Platform Targets Sub-US$100 Segment

Fabless house MediaTek Inc. recently announced introduction of the brand new smartphone platform "Android One" in cooperation with Google Inc. to boost the market for sub-US$100 smartphones, a rising segment called "Super-mid Market" with potentially one billion consumers. Industry executives s... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/06

Hon Hai and Taiwan Mobile in Mutual Investment Deal to Tap Telecom Biz

Hon Hai Group and Taiwan Mobile Corp. recently announced a mutual-investment partnership to tap the telecom market. The partnership enables Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan’s No.2 mobile-service provider by revenue, to acquire 5MHz of bandwidth from the Hon Hai-held 4G service provider, AMBIT Corp., for NT... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/02

China Mobile Chairman Xi Visits Taiwan's IT Industry Heads Over IOT Cooperation

China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Xi Guohua recently visited top brasses of Taiwan’s high-profile information-technology (IT) companies to discuss reportedly cooperation on Internet of Things (IOT). Xi flew to Taiwan to preside over the Global TD LTE Initiative (GTI), a TD LTE 4G wireless technology ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/01

Quanta Computer's Consolidated Revenue Hits 9-Month High of NT$81.215 Bn. in August

Mainly driven by strong back-to-school demand for notebook PCs, Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc., world’s largest laptop original design manufacturer by shipment, recorded a 9-month high in Aug. consolidated revenue of NT$81.251 billion (US$2.708 billion) since December, up 4.3% month-on-month (M... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/23

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