TrendForce - Market report, price trend and B2B platform of DRAM, NAND Flash, LEDs, TFT-LCD and green energy, PVhttp://www.trendforce.comenRevenue of China’s IC Design Industry Grew by Nearly 23 % in 2018, HiSilicon, Unisoc, and OmniVision Ranked Top Three, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3212.htmlAccording to the latest report of TrendForce- Breakdown Analysis of China’s Semiconductor Industry, the revenue of China’s IC design industry reached RMB 251.5 billion in 2018, an annual growth of nearly 23%. HiSilicon, Unisoc, and Beijing OmniVision Technologies ranked top three in the 2018 revenue ranking. Looking ahead to 2019, China will continue to seek chip self-sufficiency, driving the growth of domestic IC design industry. The revenue is expected to total RMB 296.5 billion, but the YoY growth rate is moderated to 17.9% due to a series of headwinds, including the weak demand outlook for consumer electronics, the slowdown in global economy, and uncertainties brought by the U.S.-China trade war.Consumer ElectronicsWed, 20 Feb 2019 05:39:00 +00003212 at http://www.trendforce.comContract Prices of DRAM Products Projected to Drop by 15% QoQ in 2Q19 Due to High Inventory and Weak Demand, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3211.htmlThe latest analysis from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, forecasts that the ongoing oversupply will result in significant price declines for DRAM products during 1H19. Demand remains weak in 1Q19 due to the off-season and the high inventory level that was carried over from the previous quarter. Contract prices of DRAM products across all major application markets already registered declines of more than 15% MoM in January, and they will continue their descent in February and March. Regarding contract price trends in 1Q19, the PC DRAM market is forecasted to see a decline of more than 20% QoQ, while the server DRAM market may witness an even larger drop of nearly 30% QoQ.Consumer ElectronicsTue, 19 Feb 2019 05:12:00 +00003211 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Rising Demand Will Help the LTPS Market Reach a Healthy Equilibrium in 2019https://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3210.htmlThe latest analysis of the panel market by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, finds that low prices and technological maturation have substantially widened the adoption of LTPS panels among smartphone makers. The share of devices featuring LTPS panels in the global smartphone market is projected to grow from 37.6% in 2018 to 41.6% in 2019. However, panel suppliers have ended large-scale expansions of their production capacity for LTPS panels since they are gradually shifting their technological focus for smartphone displays to AMOLED. On the whole, 2019 is expected to be a year during which the market for LTPS panels will be at its healthiest state in terms of supply and demand.DisplayThu, 14 Feb 2019 05:27:00 +00003210 at http://www.trendforce.comTV Brands Seek Differentiation of Specs amid Fierce Competition for Large-Size TVs, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3209.htmlAccording to the latest report of WitsView, a division of TrendForce, global shipments of branded TV sets for 2018 totaled 219 million units, an increase of 4.1% compared with prior year, indicating a recovery from weak TV demand in 2017. Looking ahead to 2019, global branded TV shipments are expected to reach 223 million units, an increase of 1.6%DisplayWed, 30 Jan 2019 03:13:00 +00003209 at http://www.trendforce.comGlobal Smartphone Market Cooling in 2019 with a YoY Decline of 10% in Production Volume, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3208.htmlTrendForce reports that the global smartphone production volume for 4Q18 totaled 383 million units, staying at a constant level from the previous quarter. In response to the slacking consumer demand, branded smartphone makers scaled back their production in 4Q18 and paid more attention to inventory management. Looking ahead to 1Q19, they have set modest production targets due to the lower-than-expected sales in the previous quarter. Even though prices of components have been falling, smartphone makers will remain passive in their stock-up efforts since they are under inventory pressure. TrendForce forecasts that the global smartphone production volume for 1Q19 will come to 307 million units, showing a YoY drop of 10%.Internet of ThingsTue, 29 Jan 2019 06:20:00 +00003208 at http://www.trendforce.comServer DRAM Contract Prices to Fall by Over 20% QoQ in 1Q19 Due to Difficulties in Reducing Inventory, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3204.htmlContract prices of server DRAM are expected to fall by more than 20% QoQ in 1Q19, steeper than the previous forecast of 15%, reports DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. The demand outlook remains weak due to high inventory levels and seasonal headwinds. Moreover, uncertainties brought by the China-U.S. trade war would also lead to conservative demand.SemiconductorsMon, 21 Jan 2019 06:00:00 +00003204 at http://www.trendforce.comStock-up Demand May Arrive Earlier Than Expected, TV Panel Price Decline May Stop in 2Q19, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3203.htmlLCD panel makers have continued to bring new production capacities to the market, and the increasing pressure from oversupply has resulted in a sharp decline in panel prices, according to the latest report by WitsView, a division of TrendForce. Therefore, Samsung Display has strategically decided to allocate more capacity to QD-OLED TV production in advance. As the result, the stock-up demand for TV panels may arrive earlier than expected in 2Q19.DisplayThu, 17 Jan 2019 06:02:00 +00003203 at http://www.trendforce.comA Sharper Price Decline of Nearly 20% Is Expected for 1Q19 in DRAM Market, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3201.htmlThe overall price trend in the DRAM market has been stable in December, showing no noticeable change from November, reports DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Clients in North America and Europe were taking a break during the year-end holiday season, so the quantities of DRAM products traded in December were too small to be considered in the survey of contract prices. With regard to contract prices of mainstream products, the monthly average of 8GB modules is staying roughly at US$60, while that of 4GB modules is around US$30. However, for both 8GB and 4GB ones, their monthly lows have already dropped below their respective US$60 and US$30 thresholds.SemiconductorsTue, 15 Jan 2019 05:58:00 +00003201 at http://www.trendforce.comGlobal Smartphone Production Volume May Decline by Up to 5% in 2019, Huawei Would Overtake Apple to Become World's Second Largest Smartphone Maker, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3200.htmlGlobal smartphone production volume for 2019 is expected to be 1.41 billion units, a decrease of 3.3% compared with 2018, according to the latest report by TrendForce. Brands would record lower production volumes this year because the overall demand outlook in the global smartphone market remains weak. The lack of breakthrough features or specs has made the consumers less active than before with respect to replacing their existing devices. If the demand outlook becomes worse, together with uncertainties and impacts from the U.S.-China trade war, the decline in global smartphone production may reach 5% in 2019. As for the global ranking of smartphone market share, Samsung would remain the market leader, while Huawei is expected to surpass Apple to become the world's second largest smartphone maker. Apple would then take the third place.Innovative Technological ApplicationsMon, 14 Jan 2019 06:00:00 +00003200 at http://www.trendforce.comAndroid Brands to Advocate 5G Smartphones; Penetration Rate of 5G Smartphones to Reach Around 0.4% in 2019, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3198.htmlDevelopment of 5G products and network has been ongoing in the past years. And the commercialization of 5G is expected to roll out in 2019, with 5G telecom services to be planned in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China, etc. The arrival of 5G smartphones will also be in the spotlight this year. According to TrendForce’s latest report, Android smartphone brands, such as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and One Plus, all have a chance to launch 5G smartphones in 2019. However, the production volume of 5G models would only be 5 million units this year, a penetration rate of 0.4%, since the construction of 5G related infrastructure has not been fully completed.Consumer ElectronicsTue, 08 Jan 2019 06:07:00 +00003198 at http://www.trendforce.com