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  • Digitimes Research: Difference between Apple Watch and Android Wear devices narrowed

    IT + CE | 10h 39min ago

  • Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom sets contract-bundled pricing for iPhone 6s/6s Plus

    Mobile + telecom | 10h 50min ago

  • Largan Precision sees increased September revenues

    IT + CE | 10h 52min ago

  • Inotera chairman reportedly to be hired by Tsinghua Unigroup

    Bits + chips | 10h 56min ago

  • Radiant Opto-Electronics reports revenues for September 2015

    Displays - Stockwatch | 11h ago

  • HTC September revenues up sequentially

    Mobile + telecom | 11h ago

  • Sharp establishes sales company for electronic components in Shenzhen, China

    Displays | 11h 3min ago

  • Green Energy Technology sees tiny growth in September revenues

    Green energy | 11h 8min ago

  • Global semiconductor sales decrease slightly in August, says SIA

    Bits + chips | 11h 13min ago

  • ECS reports revenue growth for September 2015

    IT + CE - Stockwatch | 11h 17min ago

  • Catcher sees growth in September revenues

    IT + CE | 11h 18min ago

  • MediaTek dismisses layoff rumors

    Bits + chips - Stockwatch | 11h 19min ago

  • Giga Solar Materials September revenues hit record for 6th consecutive month

    Before Going to Press | 11h 36min ago

  • Kyocera to launch LED lighting for use in plant factories, says Nikkei News

    Before Going to Press | 11h 40min ago

  • GIS reports strong performance for September due to Apple orders

    Before Going to Press | 11h 41min ago

  • Realtek reports increased September revenues

    Before Going to Press | 11h 43min ago

  • Tablet demand stays weak, say Taiwan IC designers

    Before Going to Press | 11h 44min ago

  • Korea makers developing more AMOLED products as China ramps up LCD production

    Before Going to Press | 11h 44min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Global large-size TFT capacity to reach record high in 2016

    Before Going to Press | 11h 45min ago

  • Notebook vendors see growing notebook demand in October and November.

    Before Going to Press | 11h 45min ago

  • Inventec optimistic about new orders from Xiaomi

    Before Going to Press | 11h 46min ago

  • Inventec expects revenues to surpass US$20 billion in 2017

    Before Going to Press | 11h 48min ago

  • LandMark Optoelectronics September revenues hit record for 7th time straight

    Before Going to Press | 11h 49min ago

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Improved energy efficiency requirements lead to stable growth in industrial traction semiconductors, says IHS

Oct 5, 15:38

Revenue from the sale of energy-saving semiconductors for large and small transportation equipment, including rail systems, shipping, electric forklifts, mobility scooters and golf carts, grew at a CAGR of nearly 2% to reach US$486 million in 2014. The market is expected to reach US$525 million in...

Auto, industrial chip orders falling

Oct 5, 15:34

Auto and industrial chip orders have seen a dramatic fall in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Biometrics market boosted by fingerprint sensors in smartphones, vein technologies in ATMs and iris recognition in healthcare, says ABI Research

Oct 5, 15:19

An increasing amount of China-based smartphone vendors are investing in equipping their devices with fingerprint sensors. Fingerprint sensors for smartphones are expected to reach one billion shipments by 2020, marking a 17% CAGR increase.

MediaTek expanding IoT ecosystem

Oct 2, 16:09

MediaTek is stepping up efforts to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The fabless chipmaker has announced a series of new partnerships to push its SoC shipments across multiple devices.

VIA Telecom assets sold to Intel

Oct 2, 15:51

VIA Technologies has announced that its mobile phone chip subsidary VIA Telecom has sold part of its assets to Intel.

Xilinx ships 16nm chips ahead of schedule

Oct 2, 15:24

Xilinx has announced it is shipping 16nm multiprocessor SoCs (MPSoC) to customers a quarter ahead of schedule. The early release of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC enables Xilinx customers to begin designing and delivering MPSoC-based systems today.

IC suppliers concerned about new iPhone orders

Oct 1, 16:28

Despite the record first-week sales for the newest iPhones, suppliers of related ICs have been concerned about the possibility of Apple downward adjusting its chip orders for the smartphones for the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Features not frequency key to greater profitability in HEDT CPU market, says HWinsights

Oct 1, 15:17

Within the desktop CPU market, the HEDT segment (which targets enthusiasts, overclockers, high-end gamers, and professional workstations) offers the ability for chipmakers and their partners to increase profitability by offering premium products at very-high prices. A new analysis report from HWinsights...

MediaTek, Huawei to tap SSD controller market

Oct 1, 10:10

MediaTek and Huawei are reportedly looking to enter the market for SSD controllers bringing more competition to the market.

Upgraded components in iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple an extra US$16 per device, says IHS

Oct 1, 10:07

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost US$16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus. The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16GB of NAND flash memory costs US$231.50, according to IHS.

Taiwan IC design firms to post gross margin decreases in 3Q15

Sep 30, 11:08

Most Taiwan-based fabless IC firms are expected to report sequential decreases of 1pp to 2pp in gross margins for the third quarter of 2015, due to falling chip prices, according to industry sources.

Touchscreen controller IC prices falling

Sep 30, 11:06

Prices for smartphone-use touchscreen controller ICs have been falling as an increase in the number of suppliers has led to more competition in the market, according to industry sources.

M&A activity continues through uncertain business climate, says IC Insights

Sep 29, 10:01

In July 2015, IC Insights examined the huge surge of M&A activity in the IC industry during the first six months of 2015. In just the first half of 2015, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of US$72.6 billion, which was nearly 6x the annual average for M&A...

IC backend houses to stay cautious as TSMC warns of sales drop in 4Q15

Sep 25, 12:28

With Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) forecasting a sequential decline in fourth-quarter revenues, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and other backend companies are likely to stay cautious about their business outlook through the first quarter of 2016, according to industry...

Taiwan, China IT industries reach consensuses for cooperation for next 12 months

Sep 24, 15:53

The 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum hosted by Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation, Chinese Electronics Standardization Association and China Communications Standards Association closed on September 23 with participants from China and Taiwan reaching 32 consensuses...

Fingerprint sensor prices fall below US$5

Sep 24, 10:12

Fingerprint sensor prices have fallen below US$5 recently, and are likely to drop further in 2016, according to industry sources. Prices of fingerprint sensors have come down from US$7-8 in early 2015 to less than US$5 - an about 50% cut in less than a year.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 wins design-in projects

Sep 24, 10:10

A number of handset OEMs have expressed satisfaction with the performance of the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and have mapped out design-in projects or product design plans using the chipset, according to Digitimes Research.

Cadence offers design tools for TSMC InFO packaging

Sep 23, 15:58

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its Allegro system-in-package (SiP) and physical verification system (PVS) implementation technologies have been enabled for TSMC's integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging technology. By providing an integrated solution that automates the design-rule checking (DRC)...

UMC enters volume production for touchscreen controllers using 0.11-micron eFlash process

Sep 23, 15:55

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the volume production of chips for touchscreen controller applications, built using the foundry's 0.11-micron eFlash process.

New ARM CPU design center opens in Taiwan

Sep 23, 15:32

A new ARM CPU design center located in Taiwan's Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) officially opened on September 22. The workforce of the center will reach 100 employees by the end of 2015, up from the current 43, according to ARM.

ARM opening new CPU design center in Taiwan

Chinese handset OEMs to increase demand for smartphone sensors, IHS says

Sep 23, 11:29

Apple and Samsung will remain the dominant buyers of sensors for smartphones through 2019; however, their share of sensor spending will fall, according to IHS.

Microcontroller market growth tied to rise in IoT applications

Sep 21, 20:34

The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, which is having a positive effect on overall MCU market growth, according to IHS.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August book-to-bill ratio of 1.06

Sep 21, 15:45

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.67 billion in orders worldwide in August 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.06, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.06 means that US$106 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Egistec, Goodix receive fingerprint sensor orders

Sep 21, 15:44

Egis Technology (Egistec) has reportedly grabbed fingerprint sensor orders for Samsung's new Galaxy A8-series smartphones, while Goodix Technology is expanding its business in China by launching a touchscreen controller and fingerprint sensor bundle sales strategy, according to industry sources.

Large-screen smartphones erode total personal computing unit growth, says IC Insights

Sep 21, 15:16

Five years ago, touchscreen tablets began pouring into the personal computing marketplace, stealing growth from standard personal computers and signaling the start of what has been widely described as the "post-PC" era. Led by Apple's iPads, tablet shipments overtook notebook PCs in 2013,...

MediaTek chipsets power new Amazon devices

Sep 18, 16:27

MediaTek has announced that its chipset solutions will power an array of Amazon consumer products, including the Amazon Fire TV, and Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets.

SMIC growing its 28nm client base

Sep 18, 10:42

Broadcom and Huawei's subsidiary HiSilicon will become SMIC's 28nm customers, in addition to Qualcomm, according to Shiuh-Wuu Lee, executive VP of technology development for the China-based IC foundry.

SMIC to make Freescale chips designed specifically for China

Sep 18, 10:36

Freescale Semiconductor has announced that a series of its i.MX family of applications processors tailored to the China market will be manufactured at Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC).

Cadence announces IP portfolio for TSMC 10nm FinFET process

Sep 17, 15:46

Cadence Design Systems has announced an intellectual property (IP) portfolio for TSMC's 10nm FinFET (N10) process. Cadence has already secured multiple design wins with this portfolio and is actively engaged with customers as adoption of TSMC's leading-edge process grows.

SMIC, China National Fund and Qualcomm sign letter of intent to invest in SJsemi

Sep 17, 11:21

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) announced on September 16 that the company has signed a letter of intent with China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF) and a subsidiary of Qualcomm to invest a total of US$280 million in SJ Semiconductor (SJsemi), a joint venture between...

Digitimes Research: MU-MIMO serving as a standard for new Wi-Fi chips

Sep 17, 11:12

Networking chipset vendors, including Qualcomm Atheros, Broadcom, Marvell Technology and MediaTek have launched new Wi-Fi chips or chipset platforms supporting MU-MIMO (multi-user multi-input multi-output) technology, making MU-MIMO a standard for Wi-Fi chips, according to Digitimes Research.

Skymedi reports losses for January-August period

Newswatch - Sep 17, 11:08

NAND flash controller chip vendor Skymedi has reported a pre-tax loss of NT$25.46 million (US$784,015) for August, bringing total pre-tax losses to NT$160 million for the first eight months of 2015.

MEMS firm mCube expects shipments to double in 2H15

Sep 16, 12:18

Silicon Valley-based mCube shipped a total of 30 million MEMS motion sensors in the first half of 2015. Shipments are expected to double to 60 million units in the second half of the year, according to the company.

Ben Lee, president and CEO for mCube

MediaTek dismisses speculation about Parade acquisition

Stockwatch - Sep 15, 14:58

MediaTek has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of a Chinese-language Liberty Times report indicating Parade Technologies is MediaTek's next acquisition target.

Taiwan IC design houses receive short lead-time orders

Sep 14, 21:18

Taiwan-based handset-use IC suppliers, which are offering solutions including application processors, LCD driver ICs, touchscreen controller ICs and analog chips, have landed an influx of short lead-time orders from China recently, according to sources at foundries.

China, Taiwan-based IC foundries gearing up for MEMS market boom

Sep 14, 21:01

IC foundries based in China and Taiwan are all gearing up for rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices driven by a new wave of expansion for the Internet of Things (IoT), according to industry observers.

IC distributor ANStek reports decreased August revenues

Sep 14, 10:50

Answer Technology (ANStek), which distributes IC parts mainly from Analog Devices (ADI), Xilinx and Avago Technologies, saw its August revenues decrease about 10% sequentially.

Digitimes Research: MediaTek acquisition to help Richtek ramp up PWM IC shipments

Sep 11, 16:07

The acquisition of Richtek Technology by MediaTek will help the analog IC vendor to push sales of its power management (PWM) solutions to the smartphone and TV panel sectors, according to Digitimes Research.

Equipment spending slows but still positive in 2015 and 2016, says SEMI

Sep 10, 15:44

Front-end fab equipment spending (including new, used, and in-house) is projected to increase 5% in 2015 to US$37 billion, and rise another 6.6% in 2016 to US$39.4 billion, according to SEMI. Data indicates that some companies still plan to increase equipment spending in the second half of 2015, compared...

WPG reports 2nd consecutive month of record revenues

Sep 10, 15:33

WPG has reported its second consecutive month of record consolidated revenues, with its August revenues totaling NT$46.21 billion (US$1.42 billion).

Commentary: MediaTek to account for over 50% revenues of Taiwan IC design industry

Sep 10, 15:09

The landscape of Taiwan's IC design industry is set to undergo significant changes in 2016 as MediaTek has disclosed plans to acquire up to 100% stake in analog IC vendor Richtek Technology, and its subsidiary MStar Semiconductor will also take over display driver IC maker ILI Technology (Ilitek)....

Sitronix posts record August revenues

Sep 10, 10:59

Consolidated revenues at panel-use driver IC specialist Sitronix Technology climbed 5.2% on month and 17.6% on year to NT$811 million (US$24.9 million) in August 2015, which also hit its highest monthly figure on record.

Richtek posts record August revenues

Sep 10, 10:57

Analog IC supplier Richtek Technology has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$1.15 billion (US$35.2 million) for August 2015. The August revenues represented increases of 12.5% sequentially and 11.4% on year.

Power modules growing in power semiconductor market, says IHS

Sep 9, 20:42

The global power module market is projected to comprise nearly one-third (30%) of the power semiconductor market by 2019, growing at twice the rate of power discretes, from 2014 to 2019, according to IHS.

ALi STB chip adopted by Swiss system integrator

Sep 9, 15:51

ALi, a Taiwan-bases set-top box (STB) chipset solution provider, has announced it is collaborating with Adrenio to deploy new high definition STB in Switzerland. Adrenio is a digital TV solution provider and system integrator serving about 200 independent cable operators in Switzerland. The STB deployment...

Global July chip sales drop slightly, says SIA

Sep 8, 15:38

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors were US$27.9 billion for July 2015, a decrease of 0.9% from July 2014 when sales were US$28.1 billion. Global sales from July 2015 were 0.4% lower than the June 2015 total of US$28.0 billion.

Realtek posts 12% revenue growth in August

Stockwatch - Sep 7, 22:19

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor saw its August revenues hit a 4-month high.

MediaTek looking to acquire Richtek

Sep 7, 22:04

MediaTek has disclosed plans to acquire an up to 51% stake in Richtek Technology, and is ultimately looking to buy 100% of the fellow Taiwan-based fabless IC firm.


MediaTek August revenues rise 6%

Stockwatch - Sep 7, 21:54

MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$19.01 billion (US$580 million) for August 2015, up 6.1% on month but down 3.3% on year.

Major Taiwan-based fabless IC firms likely to suffer revenue decreases in 2015

Sep 7, 14:16

Many of Taiwan's leading IC design houses such as MediaTek and Novatek are likely to suffer revenue and profit declines in 2015, according to industry observers.

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