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Foxconn owner Hon Hai reports huge revenue growth in January

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, Ltd., parent company of original device manufacturer Foxconn, reported huge revenue growth of nearly 50% for the month of January, Taiwan Economic News reports. The manufacturing giant enjoyed performance that beat forecasts last month, with revenue ballooning 47.9% year-on-year to NT$274.6 billion, or approximately $9.1 billion USD. Revenue was down 13.3% sequentially after a big December capped off a hot holiday quarter, but the seasonal decline was expected and well below the average 20% fall off Hon Hai typically sees between December and January. Hon Hai’s nearest competitor Quanta Computer saw revenue grow 2% to NT$78.3 billion in January, and rival Compal Electronics reported a dip of 22% to NT$43.7 billion in January.

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Elan: ‘Apple’s paying us $5 million for multitouch patents’

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Remember the longstanding patent punch-up ‘twixt Cupertino and Elan Microelectronics? No? Well, Taiwan’s Elan said that Apple infringed two of its multitouch patents, which the ITC disagreed with — the judge stating he found no infringement and therefore no cause for an outright ban on sales of iDevices. Now, in a rather strange twist, and perhaps just to extricate itself from the case completely, The Haus of Tim is paying $5 million to Elan in an out-of-court settlement. Aside from the relatively paltry sum of cash, the settlement also allows the companies to cross-license each other’s relevant patents — a deal which might arguably serve Elan better than it serves Apple.

Elan: ‘Apple’s paying us $5 million for multitouch patents’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jan 2012 06:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC wins injunction against IPCom, which tried to sue 100 HTC retailers in Germany

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

HTC now has the upper hand in a legal battle with German patent firm IPCom. IPCom won a lawsuit in 2009 related to UMTS technology under which it believed it had the right to ban German retailers from selling HTC smartphones. HTC, however, argued that IPCom’s case was no longer valid and ignored the injunction entirely. As a result, IPCom recently tried to take the law into its own hands by suing more than 100 retailers that continued to sell HTC phones. ”Since this deadline has passed without any of the retailers complying, IPCom has sued them for infringement of patent #100A themselves,” IPCom said, noting that it issued cease and desist letters to each retailer on December 6th asking them to stop selling HTC phones by December 20th. According to Taiwan Economic News, the German Dusseldorf court recently granted HTC an injunction that forces IPCom to stop harassing HTC’s retailers with lawsuits. The injunction should be a relief for HTC, which could have faced fines of up to €250,000 for each handset sold under the terms of the original injunction.

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iPad 3 displays reportedly shipping in volume, but what about Apple’s iPad mini?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Apple’s LCD display panel suppliers are already shipping panels for Apple’s next-generation “iPad 3″ by the millions according to a new report. Citing unnamed industry sources, DigiTimes on Friday reported that Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Sharp shipped a total of one million high-resolution displays for Apple’s next-generation iPad, which will enter production in January. Volume in November is expected to ramp to up more than 2 million units, the report said, and touch module suppliers TPK Holding and Wintek are expected to begin shipping components this month. According to DigiTimes, the touch modules to be used in Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 successor are comparable to the modules in Apple’s current iPad. Read on for more.

Reports surrounding Apple’s next iPad already conflict. Claiming an inside track, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White recently said Apple is working on an “iPad mini” that will launch early next year. According to White, the “mini” refers to the tablet’s price rather than its size, however; the analyst says Apple’s new tablet will be the same size as Apple’s iPad 2 but it will be priced in the mid to high-$200 range. Apple’s will then release a more powerful iPad 3 in the second quarter according to White.

Other reports claim Apple’s mini tablet will in fact be a smaller iPad model that will launch in addition to a full-size iPad 3 with a new Retina Display. Taiwan’s United Daily News reported last month that Apple has a new smaller iPad model in the works with a 7.85-inch display. DigiTimes’ report on Friday also mentions the smaller slate, suggesting that Apple has already taken delivery of display samples for the new tablet. According to the report, however, Apple’s smaller iPad is still in the early stages of development and it remains to be seen if Apple will add the tablet to its iPad lineup.

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HTC now the most valuable brand in Taiwan

Friday, October 7th, 2011

HTC recently surpassed Acer as the most valuable international technology brand in Taiwan, according to Taiwan Economic News. The accolade was awarded to HTC by Taiwan’s External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade. The company’s brand is now valued at $3.6 billion, up from just $1.37 billion last year. The Taiwan-based phone and tablet maker is followed by Acer ($1.94 billion) and Asus ($1.36 billion). “You have to make an investment, spend time, and stay patient,” HTC CEO Peter Chou advised other companies during the award ceremony, noting that HTC was not afraid to fail. “Even if we failed, the process would help to produce positive results for Taiwan.” HTC expects to ship 13.5 million smartphones during the second half of this year and it is planning to increase its presence in China dramatically. The company on Thursday reported third-quarter revenue of NT$135.8 billion, up 79% from the same quarter of 2010, and net income grew 68% over the same period to NT$18.6 billion.

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More than 320M PCs, 48M tablets to ship in 2011

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Taiwan-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute expects roughly 360 million combined personal computers and media tablets to ship in 2011, Taiwan Economic News reports. MIC sees PC shipments growing 6.6% over 2010 to land at more than 320 million units this year, and it thinks shipments of media tablets like Apple’s iPad 2ill w exceed 48 million units in 2011, up 198% from 2010. MIC senior industry analyst Chris Wei notes that the improving global economy and replacement PC purchases in the enterprise market would be largely responsible for this year’s growth. Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf recently estimated that Apple would ship 30 million iPad tablets in 2011, but the company will likely far exceed that figure if tablet shipments are indeed to surpass 48 million units as MIC predicts.

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