Radiant Opto-Electronics to begin shipping smartphone-use BLUs in 4Q14 Rebecca Kuo, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Monday 28 April 2014] BLU (backlight unit) maker Radiant Opto-Electronics has developed BLUs specifically for 4-inch and above smartphones and will start shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014, company chairman PJ Wang said at an April 25 investors conference. Due … More

Catcher Technology may further expand capacity in 2014, says chairman Ninelu Tu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 30 April 2014] Metal-alloy chassis maker Catcher Technology has expanded its production capacity by adding 2,000 CNC machines at a Taiwan factory with an investment of NT$2.5 billion (US$82.5 million) and 3,000 ones at two factories in eastern China … More

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments drop 5.5% on year in 1Q14; HP, Asustek, Apple enjoy growth Joanne Chien, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 24 April 2014] Taiwan and worldwide notebook shipments dropped 13.8% and 14.2% sequentially, and 6.8% and 5.5% on year, respectively in the first quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research’s latest figures. The sequential … More

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments drop 30% sequentially in 1Q14 Jim Hsiao, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 23 April 2014] Global tablet shipments reached only 58.56 million units in the first quarter of 2014, down almost 30% sequentially, but up 4.6% on year despite Samsung Electronics trying to boost both its high-end and entry-level tablet shipments and … More

Asustek becomes large client for Intel, say Taiwan makers Monica Chen, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 22 April 2014] Asustek Computer has comprehensively adopted Intel CPU platforms for motherboards, desktops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, becoming a large client for Intel, according to Taiwan-based component makers. For mobile CPU platforms in particular, Asustek’s adoption is important for … More

Biotechnology and healthcare to be major development points in the panel industry after 2017, says Samsung Rebecca Kuo, Tokyo; Alex Wolfgram, DIGITIMES [Monday 21 April 2014] Biotechnology and healthcare will be major development points in the panel industry after 2017, according to representatives at Samsung Display. Speaking at 2014 Finetech Japan in Tokyo, the representatives said … More

Digitimes Research: Notebook shipments enjoy over 25% on-month growth in March Joanne Chien, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Monday 7 April 2014] In March, global top-5 notebook brand vendors and top-3 ODMs both achieved an over 25% on-month shipment growth due to February’s weak shipments caused by inventory adjustments, orders for new products and end of support of … More