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  • Taiwan's Solar PV Market Continued to Grow in 2018 and Surpassed 1GW in Installations for the First Time, Says TrendForce
    04-10-2019 Sharon Chen
    According to the newest Regional Project Report –“Solar Powering Taiwan: Special Report” by EnergyTrend , a division of TrendForce , 2018 will prove to be the most disastrous year for Taiwan's solar PV manufacturers, yet the best year in terms of solar PV system installations downstream, bringing new installations up to 1GW for the first time in history. The government is now actively pushing towards a goal of 1.5GW in new installations by the end of 2019. [ more ]
  • Optical Fingerprint Recognition Technology to Steal the Show and Represent 80% of FOD Technology in 2019, Says TrendForce
    04-09-2019 Kurt Chen
    According to the latest report by TrendForce, big brands such as Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO and Samsung have extended FOD (Fingerprint on Display) technology down from flagship devices to mid-high tier smartphones, enlarging market scale and causing the costs of FOD tech to slide. Penetration rates for optical and ultrasonic FOD solutions are therefore predicted to surpass that of traditional capacitive solutions and become the mainstream technology for smartphone fingerprint recognition in 2022. [ more ]
  • COF and Polarizer Demands Tighten in 2019, Becoming a Possible Variable in 2H Panel Shipment Momentum, Says TrendForce
    04-02-2019 Julian Lee
    Demand in end applications has weakened in 1Q19, causing COFs (Chip on film) to exhibit no signs of undersupply in the market. However, according to WitsView, a division of TrendForce, problems in COF supply will begin to become felt in 2Q as demand rises due to the need to stock up. Also entertained is the possibility that there will be a 6-7% gap in demand in 2H this year, and glut ratio for the entire year is estimated to stand at 0.3%. COF will be key in determining whether panel manufacturers may reach shipment goals. [ more ]
  • Limited Smartphone 3D Sensing Market Growth in 2019; Apple to be Key Promoter of Growth in 2020, Says TrendForce
    03-28-2019 Jason Tsai
    TrendForce states that the global 3D sensing market for smartphones has grown from 819 million USD in 2017 to 3.08 billion USD in 2018 as iPhones make a complete switch to structured light 3D sensing solutions. Yet due to smartphone suppliers mostly focusing on fingerprint on display (FOD), the global smartphone 3D sensing market is expected to grow by 26.3%, to a scale of 3.89 billion USD. Apple, anticipated to take up TOF technology in 2020, may boost market development and bring YoY growth up to 53.1%. [ more ]
  • TV Panel Market Rises for Certain Sizes, While IT Panel Prices Have No Hope of Bouncing in 2Q, Says TrendForce
    03-27-2019 Iris Hu
    According to the research report by WitsView , a divison of TrendForce , on the supply and demand situation for large-sized panels, production capacity expansions by three of China's production lines and the 8.5 Gen production line belonging to Taiwan's AU Optronics have brought about the 202.4 million square-meter supply area in 2018, presenting a growth of 7.9% YoY, the largest since 2013. TV panel demand was driven up by the FIFA fever and profit cuts in the first half-year , while PC panel demand benefited from specification upgrades and the rising demand in gaming, with overall demand area covering 198.5 million square meters, a growth of 9.5% YoY. The glut ratio for the entire 2018 year shrank from the projected 2.4% to 2%. [ more ]
  • With Inventories Yet to Fully Clear, DRAM ASP Poised to Continue Descent into the Second Half-Year, Says TrendForce
    03-25-2019 Avril Wu
    DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, points out that the drop in DRAM contract prices continues to grow in the first quarter due to the overabundance in inventory levels, falling by over 20% in overall ASP. The accelerating drop in prices did not stimulate a recovery in demand, and transactions have still been few. DRAM ASP is predicted to continue falling well into the third quarter as inventories clearouts have yet to be completed. [ more ]
  • Drops in 2Q NAND Flash Contract Prices Shrink Slightly Thanks to Demand Recovery and Production Capacity Adjustments, Says TrendForce
    03-20-2019 Ben Yeh
    DRAMeXchange , a division of TrendForce , points out that 1Q19 contract prices across all NAND Flash product categories were impacted by a weak server demand, an extended smartphone replacement cycle, less-than-expected sales for Apple's new phones and other end demand disappointments. Combined with the quarter fall, this quarter presents a drop of 20%, the most dramatic drop since NAND Flash supply surpassed demand back in early 2018. [ more ]
  • Global Top Ten IC Foundries Ranked for 1Q19, with TSMC Expected to Reach 48.1% Market Share, Says TrendForce
    03-18-2019 Kurt Chen
    According to TrendForce's newest research report, development momentum of advanced production processes has been dropping due to weakening demand in most end markets, including smartphones. Foundries face a severe challenge in 1Q19, and global foundry production revenue for the first quarter is expected to decline by around 16% compared to the same quarter 2018, arriving at 14.6 billion USD. TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries take first, second and third place respectively in market shares, and although TSMC's market share reaches 48.1% , it suffers a near 18% decline in YoY growth. [ more ]