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  • [Media Alert] Transfer of Smartphone Assets and Expertise from HTC to Google Fits Into Both Companies Long-Term Strategies, Says TrendForce
    09-21-2017 TrendForce
    HTC announced on September 21 that the company’s R&D and engineering unit that is responsible for Google’s Pixel smartphones will be officially joining Google. This deal to acquire of HTC’s talents and assets related to smartphone manufacturing is worth a total of US$1.1 billion. Below is a brief analysis of this deal by TrendForce and a table showing this year’s quarterly production volumes of Google and HTC branded smartphones. Hopefully, our research will be useful to you as a reference should you decide to report on this event. [ more ]
  • Toshiba Memory Corporation to Focus on Catching Up to Samsung in 3D-NAND Production Capacity Following Its Sale to U.S.-Japanese Consortium
    09-21-2017 Alan Chen
    Toshiba announced on September 20 that the company has agreed to sell its memory business, Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC) to a U.S.-Japanese consortium represented by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capita for JPY 2 trillion (USD 18 billion). According to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, the deal will start to have a notable impact on the NAND Flash market in the first half of 2018 as the negotiations took longer than expected. From a medium- to long-term perspective, this deal will inject the necessary capital into TMC so that it can work to become a rival to Samsung in terms of NAND Flash technology and production capacity. [ more ]
  • TrendForce Forecasts More Than 30% of Smartphones Shipped Worldwide in 2018 Will Carry OLED Panel as iPhone X Encourages Its Adoption
    09-20-2017 TrendForce
    Trends in the display industry are heavily influenced by the developments in the consumer electronics markets, and this is seen in the rapid growth of the OLED panel market due to the rising demand from smartphone and TV brands. In its recent analyses of the panel market by technology, WitsView, a division of TrendForce, finds that the market share of OLED in the small size bracket continues to grow at the expense of LCD’s market share. Furthermore, WitsView anticipates OLED’s representation in the smartphone market will increase substantially following the release of iPhone X. With Apple expected to support this display technology in the future, the percentage of OLED models in the total annual smartphone shipments worldwide is projected to climb from 28% this year to 33% in 2018. [ more ]
  • DRAM Supply to Remain Tight With Its Annual Bit Growth for 2018 Forecast at Just 19.6%, According to TrendForce
    09-20-2017 Avril Wu
    DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, forecasts that the global DRAM supply for 2018 will show an annual bit growth of just 19.6%, which is another low in recent years. The global top three major DRAM suppliers – Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron – are now in the midst of their capacity planning for 2018. DRAMeXchange points out that all three suppliers tend to be conservative with regard to next year’s capital outlays. They have opted to slow down their capacity expansions and technology migrations so that they can keep next year’s prices at the same high level as during this year’s second half. Doing so will also help them to sustain a strong profit margin. [ more ]
  • Strong Chinese Market to Push Annual Global Photovoltaic Demand Above 100 Gigawatts for 2017, Says TrendForce
    09-14-2017 Rhea Tsao
    China will again take the leading share of the total annual photovoltaic (PV) demand worldwide in 2017, says the latest Gold Member Solar Report by EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce. China’s solar demand for this year has surpassed earlier expectations due to the surging installations of distributed PV systems. With China’s contribution, the annual global PV demand is also projected to cross the 100-gigawatt mark for the first time in 2017, coming to a 100.4 gigawatts. Compared with 2016, this year’s global PV demand will advance by about 26%. As the Chinese government continues to support its domestic solar sector, the annual global PV demand is expected to top 100 gigawatts through to 2019. [ more ]
  • TrendForce Estimates Total Worldwide iPhone Production Volume for 2017 to Increase by 5.6% Annually to Around 227.5 Million Units
    09-12-2017 TrendForce
    In anticipation of Apple unveiling its 10th anniversary iPhone models, the global market intelligence firm TrendForce would like to share with you some of our latest data on the smartphone market. [ more ]
  • Hardware Market for Mobile 3D Sensing Will Expand at a CAGR of 209% From 2017 to 2020, Says TrendForce
    09-11-2017 Jason Tsai
    Major technology companies have been developing solutions and platforms for 3D sensing, which is expected to be featured on the upcoming iPhone devices. Market intelligence TrendForce anticipates that from 2017 onward, the market for 3D sensing solutions used in mobile devices will witness leaping growth. The total value of the global market for 3D sensing modules used in mobile devices is estimated to reach US$1.5 billion in 2017 and is forecast to grow at a massive CAGR of 209% to around US$14 billion in 2020. Note that the 3D sensing module that is being discussed includes IR transmitter and receiver components. [ more ]
  • Price Trend of LED Light Bulbs Showed Just a Slight Dip in August as Popularity of LED Filament Bulbs Has Spread to Asia, TrendForce Reports
    09-07-2017 Allen Yu
    Prices of LED light bulbs showed a slight decline this August, according to the latest reporting from LEDinside, a division of TrendForce. Compared with July, the global ASP of 40-watt equivalent LED light bulbs fell by 1.1% to US$6.4, while the global ASP of 60-watt equivalent LED light bulbs dropped by 1.5% to US$7.7. [ more ]