Tablet sales shifting: IEK
Large tablet computers and hybrid laptop-tablet products will drive sales of the entire tablet market this year, the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) said in a report. An increasing number of large products will be launched as the market for 7-inch to 8-inch tablets erodes under pressure from larger smartphones, the center said. Although 7-inch to 8-inch entries will still dominate the global market, those that are 9 inches or larger will soar from 118 million units this year to 219 million units in 2018, the center predicted. The market for large tablet computers will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent over the 2013 to 2018 period, outpacing the projected 15 percent growth for the wider tablet market, it said.
Firm eyes Q4 for 4G chip
MediaTek Inc (聯發科) said on Saturday that it has scheduled commercial production of its first 64-bit octa-core chips to begin in the fourth quarter of this year for the planned 4G long-term evolution network. Market analysts said the product targets the huge Chinese market, where the Chinese government awarded four 4G licenses in December last year.
Facebook likes Hsinchu lab
A Facebook Inc-led data center certification laboratory will be opened today in Hsinchu, according to the Industrial Technology Research Institute. Established on Dec. 27 last year to become the first of its kind in the world, the Open Compute Project lab will test whether the hardware, software and operating systems of global applicants meet Facebook’s server design standards, the institute said in a statement.