Apple, Qualcomm suffering
weak yields for wearable devices
2nd Jan, 2014
Several wearable devices such as Apple's iWatch and
Qualcomm's Toq are reportedly seeing less than 50% yield rates due to
difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded
according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
The MIM process is often used in the mass production of
high-precision products with complicated industrial designs as it allows
components to feature special shapes, but still maintain rigidness.
MIM-made components used to be used inside products, but
as the components are now becoming part of the external design, surface
treatments have become an important process for the look of products.
Since clients have high demand over quality, and also need
high volumes of supply, most component makers are having difficulties
satisfying both of requirements.
In addition to Apple and Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung
Electronics, Pebble, Casio, Nike, Adidas, Epson and LG are all preparing
to launch new wearable devices in 2014.