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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.