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Microsoft + Nokia: Now We’re All Like Apple

Ten years ago, everybody in the tech industry — and I mean everybody — was convinced that the best way to dominate a technology market was to create an operating system and license it to a bunch of other companies. … Continue reading

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Serial disrupter

MediaTek has burst into the market for smartphone chips TAIWAN has a paradoxical claim to fame. The island of 23m people is home to many leading information-technology companies—few of which are well known abroad. Most of the world’s personal computers … Continue reading

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New Quad-Core Mobile Chip Will Mean Cheaper High-End Smartphones

Combining components on a single chip lowers the cost of manufacturing. Taiwanese chip giant MediaTek today launched the world’s first quad-core “system on a chip” for smartphones. The new chip, the MT6589, is cheaper to manufacture — which will help … Continue reading

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Asia’s chip giant MediaTek reveals quad core SoC

Analysts predict another price war Taiwanese chip giant MediaTek is staking its claim to the high-end smartphone market with its first quad core offering which it hopes will give it an edge over rival Qualcomm in the high stakes China … Continue reading

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AT&T to kill off 2G network in 2017

The company plans to take its 2G capacity and augment its 3G and 4G services, staving off a potential spectrum crunch. AT&T’s Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster, N.J. (Credit: AT&T) AT&T is preparing to pull the plug on its … Continue reading

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Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek acquires rival MStar

MediaTek chairman Tsai Ming-kai, right, and Morningstar chairman Wayne Liang, center, at a press event held to announce an acquisition plan. (Photo/Chen Chen-tang) MediaTek, Taiwan’s leading fabless semiconductor company, has announced that it will acquire rival MStar Semiconductor in a … Continue reading

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恆通高科人員、業務全部縮編 凌陽認列資產減損 4 億元

借款子公司恆通高科恐難回收 凌陽認列減損 4 億 萬惠雯 / 精實新聞 IC 設計公司凌陽 (2401) 借款子公司恆通高科約 4 億元的借款,因為恆通高科於昨 (29) 日臨時董事會決議業務縮編,將退出研發 3G 手機晶片事業,凌陽評估借款恆通高科 4 億元恐難回收,故依照會計準則 34、35 號認列資產減損約 4 億元,對 EPS 影響約 0.67 元,將會反應在 2011 年的財報中顯現。 恆通高科原為凌陽旗下開發 3G 解決方案為主的廠商凌陽電通,研發方向為兩大領域,包括 3G WCDMA 手機晶片,以及 3G USB Dongle 數據卡晶片,但過去在研發 WCDMA 晶片投資金額龐大,對凌陽負擔也相當沈重,凌陽於 … Continue reading

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Rumor: Nokia to start using MediaTek chipsets in an effort to reduce costs?

Now that Nokia’s decided to make all their phones in Asia in order to try and save some money, why not also go with cheaper Asian components? According to DigiTimes, who has a mixed track record, but have proved themselves … Continue reading

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諾基亞 毀在 2 家台灣公司手上

諾基亞,這個在 2008 年,市占率高達全球 4 成的手機霸主,竟在 4 年之間,市值暴跌 87%,被台灣宏達電超越,債券評等差一點就變垃圾等級… 一個有 146 年歷史的領導企業,怎能夠在 4 年時間,就瀕臨崩壞? 「諾基亞是被 2 家台灣公司打下來的,一家是聯發科,另一家是宏達電,」台大副校長湯明哲觀察。 當年智慧型手機只有1千萬台的規模,開發成本又高,諾基亞根本看不在眼裡,宏達電卻揀諾基亞不要的市場,變成翻身機會。同樣是手機代工起家,其他人極力擴產,衝高營收,宏達電反而刻意安排客戶的組成和比例,沒有一家客戶大到能影響宏達電決策,宏達電因此成功轉型。 時間回到 2006 年,當時手機代工才是台灣手機產業的主流,富士康則是爭取代工商機最積極的公司,全世界前 5 大廠,其中 4 家把產品交給富士康代工,為了拿下龍頭諾基亞的訂單,富士康就花下至少 10 億美元在北京的諾基亞園區旁蓋工廠。高峰時,諾基亞占富士康的營收超過 5 成以上。「那個時候,拿得到諾基亞訂單叫祖上積德,」一位外資分析師觀察。 沒想到聯發科從旁殺出,2006 年,聯發科手機晶片銷售超過一億顆,山寨大軍的影響力開始發威。「諾基亞在印度,市占率最高到 7 成,現在是接近 3 成,」一位手機業者觀察,諾基亞在新興市場市占率下滑的原因,「有一大部分是聯發科貢獻的,」大陸品牌 G’FIVE,是諾基亞在印度的一大勁敵,用的就是聯發科的晶片。 現在看來,聯發科走出一條路,也算是諾基亞自己「促成」的:2002 年,聯發科工程師捧著剛做出來的晶片,一心想打進諾基亞等手機品牌大廠。為了拿諾基亞市場,聯發科工程師一手拿著諾基亞手機,一手拿裝有聯發科晶片的手機坐在磁浮列車測試,就為證明聯發科的收訊不輸諾基亞,結果,諾基亞仍然只採用德州儀器的手機晶片,聯發科不得不發展山寨模式。 諾基亞的沒落,給了我們什麼啟示?不只是手機產業的競爭浮沉,更深的意義是,當典範轉移加速來到,過去的成功思維,需要常常重新檢討,不只企業,甚至個人也是如此。「台灣還停在,把事做好,不斷改善的思維,」政大創新與創造力研究中心主任溫肇東認為,諾基亞就是這樣失去戰場的;未來比的是「誰能用想像力,重新制定遊戲規則。」這是一場更難的戰爭。     … Continue reading

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GSM turns 20 today, still rocking the world

Happy birthday, dear Global System for Mobile Communications! 20 years ago today, on July 1 1991, the world’s first GSM call was made by Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri. The historic call used Nokia gear on GSM’s original 900MHz band. … Continue reading

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