Chromebook use rises
Computers powered by Google Inc’s Chrome operating system are expected to increase to 3 or 4 percent of the market this year, posing a serious threat to Microsoft Corp, Taipei-based researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said on Saturday. The growth will be supported by rising adoption of laptops running Chrome operating system by schools, good data security protection and up-to-date features for enterprise customers, TrendForce said in a report. Affordable prices for Chromebooks, free Cloud technology-enabled data storage and free use of limited data transmission on 4G networks will also help boost penetration of Chromebooks, TrendForce said. This is despite the Chromebook’s weakness in its deep reliance on an Internet connection, and consumers’ unfamiliarity with Google’s document processing software, the research house said.
Investor’s event set to open
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is sponsoring an investors’ conference in Taipei, set to start today, that will focus on mobile technologies such as 4G infrastructure, cloud computing, wearable devices and affordable smartphones. The five-day “Taiwan, Technology and Beyond Conference” is expected to draw participants from 175 businesses, including 140 domestically listed companies, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), MediaTek Inc (聯發科) and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), Merrill Lynch said. Keynote speakers will include executives from British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC, Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp, South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co, Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) and US-based memory chip maker Micron Technology Inc, Merrill Lynch said.
NO VIRUS BLUES: A SEMI Taiwan official said that the virus does not slow down the global semiconductor industry’s investment in manufacturing equipment The production value of the nation’s semiconductor industry is expected to grow 16.7 percent this year from last year, outpacing the global industry’s 3.3 percent growth, industry association SEMI said yesterday. That would help Taiwan safeguard its second spot in the global semiconductor market with a production value of more than NT$3 trillion (US$102.73 billion), SEMI Taiwan president Terry Tsao (曹世綸) told a media briefing in Taipei for the Semicon Taiwan trade show beginning today. The global semiconductor industry’s production value is expected to increase to US$426 billion this year, SEMI said. In terms of semiconductor equipment investment, equipment billings from Taiwanese firms
Intel Corp has received licenses from US authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei Technologies Co (華為), a company spokesman said yesterday. Washington has been pushing governments around to world to squeeze out Huawei, saying that the telecom giant would hand data to Beijing for espionage. From Monday last week, new curbs have barred US companies from supplying or servicing Huawei. This week, the state-backed China Securities Journal reported that Intel had received permission to supply Huawei. China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC, 中芯國際), which uses US-origin equipment to make chips for Huawei and other companies, last week confirmed that it had sought
INVEST IN TAIWAN: A metal components casting firm and the world’s largest maker of aluminum bicycle rims also obtained approvals to join the program Solar Applied Materials Technology Co (SOLAR, 光洋應用材料), a part of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC, 台積電) “green supply chain,” has pledged to invest NT$1 billion (US$34.1 million) to build a new plant at the Tainan Technology Industrial Park (台南科技工業區), the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. SOLAR has been collaborating with TSMC to extract precious metals from waste and reuse them as “sputtering target” material in high-end semiconductor manufacturing, a TSMC press release issued in May said. Established in 1978, SOLAR also offers key materials and integrated services to customers in the optoelectronics, information and communications technology, petrochemicals and consumer electronics industries,
Swancor Renewable Energy Co (上緯新能源) yesterday announced plans for a 4.4 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind project off Miaoli County as part of its commitment toward Taiwan’s energy transformation, the company said in a statement. The “Formosa 4” project includes three deep-water wind farms 18km to 20km off the coast, Swancor Renewable CEO Lucas Lin (林雍堯) said, adding that planning for the project began last year. A proposal for Formosa 4 was this week submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company said. Swancor Renewable jointly developed the Formosa 1 project, a 128 megawatt (MW) wind farm about 4km off Miaoli and the