Apple prepares iMac refresh for 2H 2017
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Server grade Xeon iMac arriving in Q4

According to sources within the Taiwanese supply chain, Apple is preparing to begin production on the 2017 refresh of its iMac desktop lineup in the second half of the year. The company is also testing a new server-grade iMac for enterprise users to take on Microsoft’s Surface Studio competitor.

Intel to announce Basin Falls and Coffee Lake ahead of schedule
Published in Motherboards



Intel is expected to announce Basin Falls, its upcoming High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform based on the X299 chipset, and its Coffee Lake mainstream desktop platform based on the Z300-series chipset, two months earlier than originally scheduled, according to industry sources.

3D NAND flash output to increase in 2H 2017
Published in Memory


Industry attempts to close global supply shortages


According to sources within the memory industry, global production of 3D NAND flash memory chips is expected to expand substantially in the second half of 2017, exceeding the output of 2D NAND chips by the fourth quarter of the year.

Toshiba releases 3.5-inch N300 NAS hard drives
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Available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities this month


Toshiba’s semiconductor and storage subdivision has introduced its latest series of 3.5-inch N300 internal network attached storage (NAS) consumer hard drives to the US market. The drives are available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities and include a self-contained cache algorithm to optimize real-time buffer performance and minimize recovery time from data errors.

Apple "iPhone 8" renders surface as expected
Published in Mobiles

On Sunday, several new renders purportedly showing Apple’s design for upcoming iPhone hardware this fall have appeared, and now show a device that is somewhat smaller in size than previous details leaked.

TSMC's lower Q2 outlook will not impede new nodes
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10nm, 12nm ULP account for 10 percent of all revenues this year


Over the weekend, TSMC reduced its forecast for global foundry growth in 2017 by roughly two percentage points as a result of elevated inventory in the supply chain, according to company officials.

Largan Precision posts record Q1 2017 revenues
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Competition for high-margin component orders heats up


Largan Precision, the world’s leading camera supplier for smartphones and lens supplier for Apple products, reported record high gross margins for the first quarter of 2017, showing the company’s strong competitive edge against a backdrop of component orders dominated by Foxconn and Pegatron.

Nintendo's short-lived NES Classic ends sales this month
Published in Games


Company has sold at least 2 million units since November


Nintendo has announced that it will stop producing the NES Classic next month following a rather short four-month release window from November 2016.

Toshiba recovers from losses after Apple's investment offer
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But still faces a stock exchange delisting risk


Toshiba Corp’s shares finally recovered this week after Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that Apple is considering a multi-billion-dollar investment into the company’s semiconductor chip business.

ASUS ships 4.2 million notebooks in Q1 2017
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Company needs to beat the 18 million it sold last year


Asustek Computer, the world’s fourth largest PC vendor by unit sales, managed to ship just 4.2 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2017, though its profits continued to remain strong thanks to higher average selling prices (ASPs), according to sources in the upstream supply chain.