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News: Lisu Su promoted to AMD CEO as Rory Read steps down
     Sun, Oct 12 2014 | 12:57P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Well, this is unexpected. AMD has announced that Rory Read, whos served as CEO since August 2011, has stepped down. The companys board has chosen Dr. Lisa Su, its former Senior VP and General Manager, to replace himeffective immediately."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Gigabyte sees strong revenue growth in September
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 4:01P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.116 billion (US$170.5 million) for September 2014, representing a 31.39% increase on month and 26.15% increase on year.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

BIOS Option Of The Week - DRAM Refresh Rate
     Sat, Sep 20 2014 | 9:00A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Although JEDEC standards call for a 64 msec refresh cycle, memory chips these days can actually hold data for longer than that. So, using a longer refresh cycle is quite possible. With a longer refresh cycle, the memory chips are refreshed less often, reducing both the amount of bandwidth wasted on refreshes and the amount of power consumed (which is great for laptops and other portable devices).
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Foxconn considering lawsuit over leukemia report
     Fri, Sep 19 2014 | 12:02P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is considering taking legal action against UK-based Daily Mail for its recent report claiming Foxconn employees working in Shenzhen plants have developed leukemia. Foxconn has demand the Daily Mail present evidence of its claim within a week.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Asustek, MSI to enter branded desktop market
     Mon, Aug 18 2014 | 2:47P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following Asustek Computer's increased investments in the branded desktop industry, Micro-Star International (MSI) also has started developing new own-brand traditional desktops, all-in-one PCs and gaming desktop products recently, according to sources from channel retailers, which are also concerned that the strategy could impact sales of brand PC vendors such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Lenovo and Acer.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Non-top-2 players turning less aggressive about China motherboard market
     Mon, Aug 18 2014 | 2:47P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technologies continuing to expand their presences in China's tier-4 to -6 cities as well as online channels, some China-based motherboard players reportedly may quit the market in 2015, while Taiwan-based players will turn to focus on OEM orders or stop pushing into China's motherboard market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

China branded motherboard shipments may drop 10% on year in 2014
     Mon, Aug 18 2014 | 2:44P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With demand from China's tier-1 to -3 cities already reaching saturation and motherboard players still needing more time and investment to further penetrate into tier-4 through tier-6 cities, branded motherboard sales in China in the first half of 2014 dropped slightly compared to the same period a year ago and their sales in 2014 may drop 7-10% as demand for motherboards is expected to stay weak in the second half, according to sources from motherboard players.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

 
Motherboard makers see no need to wait to start a price war
     Wed, Jul 16 2014 | 12:00A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Only a few weeks after the official release of Intel's 9 series chipsets, Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, ASRock and Micro-Star International (MSI) have already started reducing prices of their 9 series motherboards as well as 8 series products, looking to maintain their competiveness in the market, according to sources from the motherboard industry.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

MSI looking to ship 7 million motherboards in 2014
     Wed, Jul 16 2014 | 12:00A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micro-Star International (MSI) is looking to ship seven million brand motherboards in 2014, up from six million in 2013, as demand for the company's gaming motherboards has started picking up after the company expanded its gaming brand Dragon Army to also cover motherboard and graphics card product lines, according to company executive vice president of the motherboard/graphics card business Charles Jiang.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Guru3D Rig of the Month - January 2014
     Sun, Feb 09 2014 | 3:59A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We kick off a new year for the Rig Of The Month. The Guru3D Rig of the Month January 2014 was made by Luciel Campbell, in the past he already won a prize and that drove him towards his latest creation, called APASF. He has made a LAN box beyond believe with a modest steam-punk style. Actually, come to think of it, it maybe a little weird to look at really but it certainly is something unusual and beautiful, his rig called APASF aka Campus Party Europe 2013 London Edition we feel is a hit in design and customization. And that makes it an awesome Rig of the Month here at Guru3D.com"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Samsung cuts target notebook shipments to 7 million units
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 11:15A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Toshiba launches new subsidiary after completing acquisition of OCZ
     Sun, Jan 26 2014 | 9:00A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba has finalized the purchase of all assets of OCZ Technology, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary. Effective immediately, the subsidiary will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions specializing in high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Toshiba Corporation Completes Acquisition of OCZ
     Fri, Jan 24 2014 | 3:03P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba Corporation, a global technology leader and manufacturer of NAND flash memory, today announced that the Company has finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company. Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, a leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems.

The acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZ’s enterprise and client SSD businesses and enables the established OCZ brand to continue in full force with a current product portfolio that includes SATA and PCIe consumer drives for high-performance and mainstream applications, and SATA, SAS and PCIe enterprise drives supported by virtualization, cache and acceleration software. OCZ Storage Solutions will leverage Toshiba’s cutting-edge NAND and combine it with the Company’s proprietary controllers, firmware and software to provide both client and enterprise customers with innovative and cost-effective solid-state storage solutions.

“The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid-state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba’s commitment to this high-growth area,” said Mr. Seiichi Mori, Vice President of Toshiba's Semiconductor and Storage Company and Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. “Our goal is to offer a leading edge portfolio of solid state solutions to address the storage challenges faced by both client and enterprise customers, and the acquisition of OCZ is an ideal addition to our team in realizing this strategy.”

“We are very excited to be part of the Toshiba family where we will continue to develop new and unique solid-state storage technologies that position the new entity as a market leader,” said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Storage Solutions. “With Toshiba’s financial strength and portfolio of leading-edge NAND flash memory, OCZ is now in a advantageous position as one of the few companies in the SSD industry with advanced controller IP and NAND flash supply under one global organization, which in turn will help enable more robust and competitive solid-state solutions going forward while expanding our market presence in the rapidly growing SSD market.”

As a Toshiba Group Company, OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to maintain its established worldwide sales channels. The new Company’s headquarters will remain in San Jose, California, with strategic design centers located in Irvine (California), Tel Aviv (Israel), and Abingdon (UK).

  FULL STORY @ OCZ

Foxconn December Revenue: US$16.4 billion
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:19P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw consolidated revenues of NT$490.932 billion (US$16.4 billion) for December hit a monthly record for the second time with growth of 7.62% on month and 18.87% on year, according to the company.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Gigabyte ships 20 million motherboards
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:18P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte Technology shipped 20 million own-brand motherboards in 2013, of which most were entry-level and mid-range models and 40% were to the China market, as well as 3.5 million graphics cards, according to company general manager Richard Ma
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

VIA sues ASUS for $138 Million over USB Patents
     Tue, Dec 17 2013 | 4:57P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following the decision by the Taiwan Prosecutor to pursue criminal proceedings against a subsidiary of Asustek Computer, Inc. (TSE: 2357) and four of that subsidiary’s employees for the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets from VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE: 2388), VIA today announced that it has filed a civil suit in the Taipei District Court seeking damages of at least NT$4.137 billion (US$138 million) from Asustek Computer, Inc and its subsidiary Asmedia Technology.

The lawsuit is being filed to recover the losses incurred as a result of the alleged misappropriation of VIA intellectual property related to USB technology. Also named in the suit are Asmedia Chairman Jerry Shen, Asmedia President Lin Chewei, and other Asmedia employees involved in the case.

Taiwan amended its Trade Secret Act earlier this year to enhance its IP protection laws. One key reform included increasing the penalties for intellectual property crimes, so anyone who misappropriates trade secrets in Taiwan with the intent to use them overseas may be imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined up to US$1.7 million, or possibly more if there are substantial illicit gains.

The lawsuit alleges that a former VIA executive, Chewei Lin, left VIA in 2007 and joined Asmedia (controlled by Asus Group), taking dozens of VIA employees with him, and also VIA’s intellectual property related to USB technology, including host controllers and device controllers. Those products are used in many computing and consumer electronics products, including PCs, external Hard Disk Drives, and peripheral devices. Asustek Computer, Inc. is the largest single purchaser of Asmedia USB products.

Prior to that, Asmedia had no expertise in the USB field, according to the lawsuit. Given the complexity and legacy USB 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 IP required for the development of USB 3.0 chips, the Taiwan Prosecutor concluded in the criminal case filing that “it is extremely difficult to develop and take such chips into mass production in such a short time frame [of one year].”

According to the results of investigation carried out by the Taipei District Prosecutor, the evidence of trade secret theft is strong enough to justify the criminal prosecution of Asmedia and four Asmedia employees, including R&D VP Chang Chi.

  FULL STORY @ VIA

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