TrendForce - Market report, price trend and B2B platform of DRAM, NAND Flash, LEDs, TFT-LCD and green energy, PVhttp://www.trendforce.comenRising Demand from Data Centers Pushed Up 4Q17 Server DRAM Revenue by 13.9% QoQ, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3068.htmlThe total server DRAM revenue of the top three DRAM suppliers (Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron) rose by 13.9% QoQ in 4Q17 on the back of rising average selling price (ASP), reports DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. The supply of server DRAM has not kept pace with the demand even as suppliers have assigned more capacity to their server product lines. Furthermore, the data center projects in North America have been contributing to the strong demand growth.SemiconductorsWed, 21 Feb 2018 14:03:00 +08003068 at http://www.trendforce.comAnnual Growth of Global Smartphone Market Will Shrink to 2.8%, Vendors Are Faced with New Round of Competition, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3067.htmlThe growth momentum in global smartphone market will remain weak in 2018 due to lower demand and less replacement purchases, says TrendForce. Faced with continuous rise in the costs of upstream components, downstream mobile phone vendors have to re-consider the pricing or adjust the specification of end-products to cope with the cost pressures. The distribution of market share among the major players is expected to remain generally the same as last year. Therefore, TrendForce estimates the global smartphone production for 2018 at around 1.5 billion units, a 2.8% annual growth only, down from previously expected 5%.Consumer ElectronicsTue, 13 Feb 2018 14:38:00 +08003067 at http://www.trendforce.comDRAM Revenue Grew by 76% YoY in 2017, and is Expected to Increase Further by More than 30% in 2018, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3066.htmlAccording to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, the DRAM revenue for 4Q17 grew by 14.2% QoQ to a new high, and the DRAM revenue for the entire 2017 grew by 76% YoY.DRAMTue, 13 Feb 2018 13:29:00 +08003066 at http://www.trendforce.comApple Surpassed ASUS, Recording 9.6% Market Share in 2017 Global Notebook Market, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3065.htmlMarket research firm TrendForce reports that the global notebook shipments for 2017 registered 164.7 million units, a year-on-year increase of 2.1%, higher than previous expectation of 0.7%.Consumer ElectronicsMon, 12 Feb 2018 14:08:00 +08003065 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Prices of Certain LED Package Products Went Down Slightly in January, Suppliers Promote the Sales of Mid-power 3030 LEDshttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3064.htmlLEDinside, a division of TrendForce, reports that some high and mid-power LED package products in China's market witnessed slight price drop in January 2018 as suppliers were trying to clear inventory at the year end.LEDThu, 08 Feb 2018 14:43:00 +08003064 at http://www.trendforce.comApple Joins the Competition of Smart Speaker, but Amazon Remains the Market Leader, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3063.htmlApple’s upcoming launch of HomePod has intensified the competition in smart speaker market. According to TrendForce, Amazon Echo still tops the ranking of smart speaker products in 2018 with a market share in shipment of 50.8%, although down from 69.1% in 2017. The share of Google Home is projected at 21.6%, ranking the 2nd. The new Apple HomePod is expected to reach a share of 8.9%, while the numbers for Alibaba’s and Xiaomi's smart speakers will be 6.3% and 5.1% respectively.Innovative Technological ApplicationsThu, 08 Feb 2018 14:08:00 +08003063 at http://www.trendforce.comGlobal Self-driving Taxi Market Will Grow at a CAGR of 81% from 2018 to 2023, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3062.htmlSelf-driving taxi services that combine ridesharing and autonomous vehicles have undergone road tests in 2017, and most companies expect to launch their commercial self-driving taxi services formally in 2021, which will tremendously change the future of transport. TrendForce estimates the CAGR of self-driving taxis to reach 81% from 2018 to 2023.Innovative Technological ApplicationsWed, 07 Feb 2018 14:03:00 +08003062 at http://www.trendforce.comTV Vendors Aim to Regain Profits by Specs Upgrade, Market Share of 8K TV is Projected at 5% in 2022http://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3061.htmlAccording to the latest report of WitsView, a division of TrendForce, global shipments of branded LCD TV sets for 2017 totaled 211 million units, a decrease of 4.1% compared with prior year. This is a new low since 2014, indicating a bottleneck in the development of TV industry. In 2018, TV brands will focus on large-size, high-resolution products, and also develop high-end products like QLED and OLED TVs, hoping to push sales and regain profits by specifications upgrade.Consumer ElectronicsTue, 06 Feb 2018 14:18:00 +08003061 at http://www.trendforce.comN-Type Solar Cell Technologies Are Expected to Enter Mass Production in 2018, Driven by China’s Top Runner Program, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3060.htmlEnergyTrend, a division TrendForce, has recently published a new report Market of Advanced PV Technology. According to the report, requirements outlined in China’s Top Runner Program (3rd phase) will drive solar PV companies to improve efficiency in order to win the biddings on projects. This will further accelerate the development of next-generation solar cell technologies such as N-type.Green EnergyMon, 05 Feb 2018 14:07:00 +08003060 at http://www.trendforce.comNDRC and Samsung Are Said to Be Signing MOU, which Could Moderate DRAM Price Rises and Accelerate Production Capacity Expansion, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.comhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3059.htmlThe climbing prices of DRAM over the past six quarters have added the cost pressures of Chinese smartphone brands. As the result, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has expressed concerns to Samsung at the end of 2017. And the intervention is expected to moderate the price increases of mobile DRAM in 1Q18, according DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce. It is said that Samsung Electronics, backed by Korean government, is signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NDRC. The MOU is believed to include details of further cooperation in semiconductor industry, such as expanding the investment in China and technical collaboration.SemiconductorsThu, 01 Feb 2018 14:28:00 +08003059 at http://www.trendforce.com