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Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – to SEP or not to SEP?August 14, 2017On January 20, 2017 Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm at the Southern District Court of California. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of breach of contract, violation of unfair competition laws and requested judgement on royalty rate it must pay for Qualcomm’s standard essential patents. (SEPs) Since Apple’s initial legal lawsuit, both companies filed additional lawsuits in different jurisdictions and the dispute grew into a full scale patent licensing war. This article provides summary and analysis of the licensing dispute between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.Subscribers Only
LCD panel makers fab utilization to recover, passing the 90 percent mark in Q3 2016August 10, 2016The LCD fab utilization rate is projected to reach 90.2 percent in the third quarter. The factors affecting the rise in utilization rate are increase in demand for TV panels,healthy inventory level of panel makers, and drop in panel makers’ production yield. The tight fab capacity of panel manufacturers will lead to a rise in panel prices in the third quarter of 2016.
[Display Dynamics] TFT-LCD chemical materials market remains robust on growth of Chinese panel makers - Part 1: 4 Key TFT materialsNovember 09, 2014Markets for the four core chemical materials - photoresist, etchant, stripper and developer - that are used to manufacture TFT arrays are expected to remain robust on the growth of the LCD market. LCD process development has been almost completed with no further innovations expected. Thus, it is safe to say the industry doesn’t contain many variables in terms of changes in the market trends. Yet, in line with the growth in the Chinese LCD industry, this is becoming an opportunity for the companies within the supply chain.
[Display Dynamics] Is Xiaomi ready for going global?September 22, 2014Xiaomi Corp. made headlines in early August after it took the crown from Samsung Electronics Co. in sales of smartphones in China in the second quarter of 2014. The result might vary depending on estimates calculated in different ways, but it came as a large shock that this only four-year old Chinese company is threatening Samsung Electronics, which has been the largest smartphone seller in the Chinese market for years where it successfully beat rival Apple Inc.
[Display Dynamics] China moves from the frontier to the center of the smartphone industryAugust 24, 2014Some say that the Chinese copy phone makers survived because they effectively evaded taxes and patent royalties. But the actual reason may be that they’ve had the understanding of the consumers’ wants and needs as well as the ability to provide appropriate products at an affordable price and at the right time.
[Display Dynamics] Cu electrode, the key to UHD LCD technologyAugust 13, 2014With the kick-off of the UHD TV market, the Cu electrode has become the key in producing LCD panels. With higher electric conductivity compared to Al or Mo electrodes, the Cu electrode has advantages in realizing panels in large sizes, with high brightness and high resolution. The change to use Cu electrodes requires mass production technology and modification in production lines.
Capacitive Touch Controller IC Market to Grow at Double-digit CAGR Until 2017July 16, 2014The capacitive touch controller IC market is predicted to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50 percent from $1.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
China’s operators look to cut costs through joint ventureJuly 14, 2014China’s three mobile operators have announced they have united to establish China Communications Facilities Services.Subscribers Only