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Global demand for lightweight notebooks surged by 248 percent in first quarter: GfK

June 12, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Sleek and stylish notebooks are all the rage nowadays and according to GfK, global demand for ultra-thin notebooks has been seeing consistent uptrend in the last four consecutive quarters which sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. Defined as notebooks 2 centimetres or less in thickness and weigh less than 1.5 kilograms...  

Global industrial automation market to surpass $200 billion by 2015

June 5, 2012 3:17 pm | News | Comments

The relative strength of the U.S. and Chinese markets is forecast  to drive healthy market growth of 9.5 percent in the global industrial automation market to reach $159.8 billion in 2012, according to IMS Research. The global industrial automation market is predicted to reach more than $200 billion by 2015. Market growth will be buoyed by

Apple faces delay in seeking U.S. ban of Samsung tablets

June 5, 2012 10:28 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is facing delays in renewing its request that a U.S. judge ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy 10.1 tablets, a key battleground in the worldwide patent wars between the technology giants.


Energy sector expected to drive growth in the screw jack market

June 5, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

IMS Research forecasts continued stable growth in the screw jack market over the next five years. The global screw jack market is mature and has had a low single digit growth profile in recent years. Screw jacks perform important handling and lifting functions in industry, civil transport and energy sectors. According to the IMS Research report,

Graphics processing instrumental in automotive semiconductor growth

June 4, 2012 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Dedicated graphics processing units (GPUs) are forecast to become increasingly prevalent in automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems according to IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc. This uptake of technology and the associated silicon will drive semiconductor revenue growth, with the combined instrument cluster and infotainment semiconductor market reaching

Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology 2012 opens on June 9

June 4, 2012 11:59 am | News | Comments

The 2012 Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will open for business on June 9 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex at the Electrical Engineering Brand Name hall 6.1 and the new hall 8.1. Running until June 12, the premier event will serve as the comprehensive platform on building technology for industry professionals both in China and abroad. The show will feature

Analysis: Robots lift China's factories to new heights

June 4, 2012 9:15 am | by Don Durfee, Rueters | News | Comments

The giant orange robotic arms that swiftly weld together car frames at the Great Wall Motors factory in Baoding might seem like the perfect answer to China's fast-rising labor costs - they don't ask for a raise, get injured or go on strike.

Softbank unveils post-Fukushima radiation smartphone

May 29, 2012 9:18 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone operator Softbank Corp said on Tuesday it would soon begin selling smartphones with radiation detectors, tapping into concerns that atomic hotspots remain along Japan's eastern coast more than a year after the Fukushima crisis.


Reshoring of some Chinese manufacturing jobs likely as cost gap expected to shrink to just 16 percent next year

May 25, 2012 9:08 am | News | Comments

The tide has begun to turn on the flow of manufacturing jobs from the U.S. to China and other low-cost countries, according to a new study from The Hackett Group. Some companies are already reshoring a portion of their manufacturing capacity, and this trend is expected to reach a crucial tipping point over the next two to three years...

Taiwan's UMC says to invest $8 billion in 12-inch wafer fab

May 24, 2012 9:36 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters | News | Comments

Taiwan's UMC, the world's No.2 contract chip maker, said it will invest $8 billion in a 12-inch wafer plant in Taiwan, joining its peers in investing in high-end technology to meet demand for chips in fast-growing markets like mobile devices.

China, Russia and India to generate most business for power transformer market

May 22, 2012 11:44 am | News | Comments

Power transmission networks across the world are being given with much-needed attention from utilities, as rising populations and economic growth encourage substantial investments in grid expansion and strengthening, according to a new report by energy experts GlobalData. The new report states that

Mindspeed and China Mobile collaborate for TD-SCDMA/TD-LTE small cell solutions

May 22, 2012 9:49 am | News | Comments

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. announced that it will form a joint development lab with China Mobile Communications Corporation to support the operator's recent deployment of Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) femtocells.

TDK expands capacity for power capacitors with new EPCOS factory in northern India

May 17, 2012 10:57 am | News | Comments

TDK Corporation announces that its subsidiary, EPCOS India Pvt. Ltd., has officially opened a new factory in India for power capacitors. Located in Bawal, Haryana, some 100 kilometers southwest of New Delhi, the new plant will focus on


Greenliant Systems appoints Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia to distribute NAND memory products in China and India

May 17, 2012 10:43 am | News | Comments

Greenliant Systems, a leader in energy-efficient, solid state storage products, has signed a distribution agreement with Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Avnet will distribute

China Mobile in talks with Apple for iPhone

May 16, 2012 9:07 am | by Lee Chyen Yee, Reuters | News | Comments

China Mobile, the world's biggest telecom carrier by subscribers, said on Wednesday it is negotiating with Apple Inc to carry the popular iPhone in China. China Mobile is the only Chinese operator that does not officially carry the iPhone because its homegrown 3G technology is not supported by the chips used in current iPhone models.

Mobile sales dip as China buyers hold off: Gartner

May 16, 2012 9:06 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

Global sales of mobile phones fell 2 percent in January-March after ten straight quarters of growth, as Chinese buyers held back in anticipation of new models and economic uncertainties weighed on developed markets, research firm Gartner said. The data, published on Wednesday, confirmed South Korea's Samsung became the world's largest cellphone maker in the quarter...

Apple, supplier Foxconn to share costs on improving factories

May 10, 2012 12:38 pm | by John Ruwitch, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc and its key supplier Foxconn Technology Group will share the initial costs of improving labor conditions at the Chinese factories that assemble iPhones and iPads, Foxconn's top executive said on Thursday. Foxconn chief Terry Gou did not give a figure for the costs, but the group has been spending heavily to fight a perception its vast plants in China are sweatshops with poor conditions for its million-strong labor force.

Counterfeit-part risk expected to rise as semiconductor market shifts into higher gear

May 10, 2012 10:27 am | News | Comments

With the semiconductor industry entering a phase of accelerating growth, the number of counterfeit-part incidents also is expected to rise to new record highs, according to an analysis of trends conducted by information and analytics provider IHS

NPD Solarbuzz Announces Inaugural China PV Conference in Shanghai, July 19-20

May 10, 2012 10:08 am | News | Comments

Solarbuzz announced it will host its inaugural Solarbuzz China PV Conference in Shanghai, China. This two-day event will take place July 19-20, 2012 at the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel, and will provide valuable insight and critical market data to help the PV supply chain effectively develop business strategies.

Japan's social media heavyweights scrap gambling games

May 9, 2012 9:22 am | by Mari Saito, Reuters | News | Comments

Japan's leading social gaming companies Gree Inc and DeNA Co Ltd said on Wednesday they would gradually phase out games that contain aspects of gambling as they face increased pressure from regulators. The game under investigation by Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency is called "complete gacha", which charges users around $3 to $4 to turn over virtual cards.

US, China to cooperate more on cyber threat

May 8, 2012 11:43 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Asserting that cyberattacks against the U.S. don't come only from China, the U.S. and Chinese defense ministers said they agreed Monday to work together on cyber issues to avoid miscalculations that could lead to future crises. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that since China and the United States have advanced cyber capabilities, it is important to develop better cooperation.

Taiwan exports fell 6 percent in April

May 7, 2012 5:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan says its exports declined 6 percent to $25.5 billion in April amid waning foreign demand for its tech products. The Finance Ministry said Monday that exports to the U.S. fell 16 percent from a year earlier to $2.7 billion amid a sharp decline in handset deliveries. It said overall exports...

Russia, China on top copyright pirates list again: USTR

April 30, 2012 2:33 pm | News | Comments

The United States on Monday again put Russia and China on its list of countries with the worst records of preventing copyright theft, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said. Argentina, Canada and India were also put on "priority watch list," along with Algeria, Chile, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela.

China's space know-how said threat to U.S., Taiwan

April 27, 2012 11:43 am | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

China's growing capabilities in space could undercut any U.S. military response if Beijing resorted to force to bring self-ruled Taiwan into its fold, a study released Friday by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission said.

Workers protest at Foxconn plant in China

April 27, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Foxconn, Apple Inc's main manufacturer, threatened to jump off the roof of a building in a protest over wages just a month after the two firms announced a landmark agreement on improving working conditions.

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