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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.

IC Insights: IC Sales for IoT to Surge Past US$10 Bn. by 2018

Market consultant IC Insights’ study shows sales of semiconductors related to Internet of Things (IoT) will rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.3% in 2013-2018 to US$11.5 billion in the final year of the forecast, with the sales projected to increase 9% to US$5.6 billion by 2015. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/19

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Diversifies into Online Shopping

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. has started setting up online stores for 2015, with Taiwan’s online shopping market projected to exceed NT$1 trillion (US$33.3 billion) in revenue from 2014’s NT$764.5 billion (US$25.4 billion). Chunghwa's e-store will sell organic vegetables, foods and cooki... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/19

IDC: Taiwan's 4G Subscribers May Hit 10 Million by 2015

Market consultant IDC forecasts the number of Taiwan’s 4G telecom service subscriber to reach 8.45 million and maybe even 10 million by 2015, a goal mostly hinging on duration of provision of unlimited data usage. Market researchers at IDC estimate the subscriber number to surge past 3.3 milli... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

PowerChip's Huang: Grave Supply Shortage to Hit DRAM Market by 2015

Frank Huang, chairman of memory chipmaker PowerChip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC), forecasts grave supply shortage in global dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market by 2015 when demand for such memory chips from servers and the Internet of Things (IOT) catch up to that of other applications. Huan... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

TSMC's December Revenue Down 10% MoM, Up 63% YoY

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) saw its consolidated revenues for November drop 10.47% from the previous month but rise 63% from the same month last year, to NT$72.27 billion (US$2.40 billion at US$1:NT$30). In spite of the month-on-month decline, industry executives expect the... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

Hon Hai's Single-Month Nov. Revenue Breaks NT$500 Bn. First Time

Due to the hot-selling iPhone 6 series, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s biggest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size and the major iPhone contract supplier, saw its single-month consolidated revenue break the NT$500 billion (US$16.67 billion) mark for the first time, t... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/15

TSMC Chairman Chang: Global Semiconductor Sector to Face Technical Hurdles Soon

Over the next five to 10 years the global semiconductor industry faces major technical hurdles, from the bottleneck in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) technology for sub-7nm processes and growing inapplicability of “Moore’s Law” to semiconductor industry, said Taiwan Semiconductor Manufactur... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/12

Smart Home Ind. Revenue Forecast to Quintuple 2014-2015 to US$7.8 Bn.

Market consultant Topology Research Institute (TRI) of Taiwan forecasts the smart home industry to generate revenue of US$50 billion worldwide by 2015, quintupling 2014’s US$7.8 billion, based on wide availability of smart devices and broadband network. The institute says home-connectivity techn... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/11

TSMC's Co-CEO: Corporate Consolidated Revenue to Rise 27% YoY in 2014

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Liu predicts corporate consolidated revenue for this year to soar 27% year on year, far exceeding the median 9% for global semiconductor industry and 14% prediction for silicon foundry sector. Also he forecasts global ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/11

Global Shipments of Wearable Devices to Grow 49.8% YoY to 39.1 M. Units in 2014: PIDA

With major global branded vendors continually launching wearable devices, global shipments of such products as smart watches, smart bands and smart glasses, are predicted to grow 49.8% year-on-year (YoY) to 39.1 million units in 2014, according to Photonics Industry & Technology Development Associa... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/08

Taiwan Plans Consortium with Local Suppliers for 5G Standards

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) plans to organize a consortium to draw up industry standard for 5G wireless communications service with Taiwan’s telecom-gear makers and service providers by mid-2015. The service providers and gear makers include MediaTek Inc., Asustek Computer Inc.,... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/08

Foxconn, Alibaba and Vianet Sign US$491.8 M. Deal to Build Cloud, Wi-Fi, Big Data, e-Com Network in Guizhou, China

Foxconn Group, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., 21 Vianet Group Inc. have signed an agreement to jointly invest RMB3 billion (US$491.8 million) to build cloud computing, Wi-Fi, big data and e-commerce networks in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou. The agreement has the three companies and... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Intel Orders SoFIA Handset Chips from TSMC of Taiwan

Intel Corp., a globally major microprocessor maker, has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSCM), major contract-chip maker, to make its SoFIA family of handset chips using 28nm process. TSMC has begun making SoFIA 3G chips at its factory in central Taiwan and will begin to make ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Majority of Apple A9 Contracts go to TSMC Rather Than Rival Samsung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), major pure silicon foundry, has secured nearly 80% of Apple’s A9 processor contracts with its reliable 16nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) process technology, beating Samsung's unstable 14nm FinFET process, refuting Samsung executives' claims to... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Taiwan's TSMC May Outdo Intel in Capex Expenditure Soon

While Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) projects its capital expenditure for 2015 to exceed slightly US$10 billion, Intel Corp. executives disclosed in a business analyst conference to lay out capital expenditure of around US$10.5 billion in 2015. Industry executives note such figur... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

TSMC of Taiwan Orders from ASML EUV Lithography Systems

The Dutch equipment vendor, ASML reports having received orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), major pure silicon foundry, for two NXE: 3350B models of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography system for semiconductor volume production. ASML said to begin shipping the latest li... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Apple Retains Dominance in Smartphone Market Profits in Q3

Apple Inc.’s dominance seems solid despite rivalry in the short term, as the latest report by Canaccord Genuity Inc., a global investment bank headquartered in the U.S., shows the iconic American maker commanded a massive 86% share of global smartphone industry’s profits in Q3, 2014. Such result... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/03

Microsoft Reportedly to Open Data Center in Southern Taiwan

According to informed sources, Microsoft Corp. will decide by 2015 the feasibility of opening a mega data center in Taiwan to better serve its customers on the island. The sources say Microsoft’s plan is motivated by the fact that Google’s under-construction data center in Changhua, central Tai... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/02

Quanta Computer Expects Wearable Device Shipments to Grow Triple-Digits in 2015 Amid Capacity Expansion in China

While expanding output of wearable electronics in China to meet customers' demand, Taiwan-headquartered Quanta Computer Inc., world’s largest ODM (original design manufacturer) of laptops by shipment, optimistically expects shipments of such products to grow triple-digits in 2015. The optimism s... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/27

Simplo Reportedly to Supply Batteries for Microsoft Surface Tablets

With banner performance so far this year, Simplo Technology Co., Ltd., Taiwan-based globally leading supplier of batteries mainly for consumer electronics, has reportedly been contracted by Microsoft Corp. to supply batteries for Surface tablets to help drive sales in 2015, according to industry so... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/26

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

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