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Qualcomm makes splash with VR announcements

Feb 24, 17:01

Qualcomm has made several announcements in the virtual reality (VR) space including introducing a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and the launch of a head mounted display (HMD) reference design.

Qualcomm share of China AP market to hit 30% for first time since 2012

Feb 24, 16:37

Although the first quarter is the slow season in the China application processor (AP) market, Qualcomm is expected to continue outperforming its competitors and further increase its market share, with Digitimes Research data indicating Qualcomm's share will hit 30%.

WPG expects sales to recover starting 2Q17

Feb 23, 22:26

IC distributor WPG expects revenues to hit the lowest levels for 2017 in the first quarter, and start to pick up in the second quarter.

MediaTek gross margin unlikely to recover

Feb 23, 14:56

MediaTek is unlikely to see its gross margin return to 40% in 2017 due to a combination of negative factors, such as a slowdown in smartphone market growth and limited potential profitability from the smartphone AP business. The planned merger with Airoha Technology will also have a negative impact...

GPU shipments total 100 million in 4Q16, says John Peddie

Feb 23, 12:26

Global demand for GPUs increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 on a sequential basis, continuing a rising trend despite continuing lower sales for PCs.

Samsung launches 10nm Exynos 9-series processor

Feb 23, 11:29

Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of its latest premium application processor (AP), the Exynos 9 Series 8895. This is Samsung's first processor chipset built using 10nm FinFET process technology with improved 3D transistor structure, which allows up to 27% higher performance while consuming...

Elan expects to post 6-9% decrease in 1Q17 revenues

Feb 23, 11:26

IC design house Elan Microelectronics, which specializes in touchscreen controller chips, expects its first-quarter 2017 revenues to decrease 6-9% sequentially, due to a seasonal slowdown in demand for consumer electronics devices as well as fewer working days during the Lunar New Year period.

MediaTek-Richtek deal probed for possible insider trading

Feb 23, 10:25

Taiwan authorities are investigating possible insider trading linked to MediaTek's 2015 acquisition of Richtek Technology.

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile to collaborate on 5G NR trials at 3.5 GHz

Feb 22, 16:35

Qualcomm, ZTE, and China Mobile have announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz and intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward...

Qualcomm begins comeback fight against Korean FTC

Feb 22, 16:22

Qualcomm has petitioned the Seoul Central District Court to not implement fines totaling SKW1.03 trillion (US$865 million) levied by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).

WPG adjusts distribution channnel for TI products

Feb 22, 13:57

IC distributor WPG has announced its subsidiary Yosun Industrial will transfer all its Texas Instruments (TI) products to World Peace Industrial (WPI), another wholly-owned subsidiary of WPG. The tranfer is scheduled to complete on April 1, 2017.

Xiaomi likely to unveil in-house developed CPUs on February 28

Feb 21, 18:59

Xiaomi Technology has sent out invitations for a product event to be held on February 28, during which the vendor is expected to unveil its in-house developed Pinecone CPUs and an entry-level to mid-range smartphone, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC production value to rise 5.8% in 2017, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 21, 15:34

The production value of Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, will increase 5.8% in 2017 reaching NT$2,591.6 billion (US$84.1 billion), according to forecast made by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics and...

Taiwan consumer IC firms revenues to pick up in March

Feb 21, 15:08

Taiwan-based MCU and consumer IC design houses have recently seen customer orders pick up, and are expected to see their revenues start to rise in March, according to industry sources.

Taiwan MCU and consumer IC suppliers set to enjoy revenue growth starting March

Smartphones to remain largest AP application through 2020, says Digitimes Research

Feb 20, 22:32

Smartphones will remain the largest market for application processors (AP) through 2020, accounting for over 80% of all APs shipped annually during the period, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan IC production value rises 8.2% in 2016, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 20, 15:40

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$2,449.3 billion (US$79.5 billion) in 2016, increasing 8.2% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics...

GMT expects revenues to drop 3-9% in 1Q17

Feb 18, 13:38

Taiwan-based fabless firm Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) expects to post a revenue decrease of 3-9% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017. Revenues for all of the year will outperform the 2016 levels, according to the analog and power management (PWM) IC firm.

Eight-inch fabs operating at full capacity

Feb 18, 11:08

Eight-inch wafer fabs in China and Taiwan are running at full capacity driven by brisk demand for smartphone-use ICs including fingerprint-recognition sensors, LCD driver ICs and power management chips, according to industry sources.

UltraChip posts 2016 EPS of NT$2.28

Feb 18, 11:05

Taiwan-based fabless IC firm UltraChip saw its net profits reach a 12-year high of NT$141 million (US$4.57 million) in 2016. EPS for the year came to NT$2.28.

Leadtek Research steps into health care devices

Feb 18, 11:01

Graphics cards vendor Leadtek Research has extended production to health care devices and won adoption of DxPatch, a wearable device to record electrocardiograms, phonocardiograms, heart rates and the autonomic nervous system, by Taiwan's Veterans General Hospital medical center, according to company...

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to fall 16% in 1Q17

Feb 17, 15:59

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to decline 15.9% sequentially to 145 million units in the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research. Shipments on an annual basis will grow about 7.6% from the 134.8 million units shipped in first-quarter 2016.

Mentor Graphics announces Veloce Strato platform scales up to 15BG

Feb 17, 15:35

Mentor Graphics has announced the Veloce Strato emulation platform. The company also claimed it is the only emulation platform on the market with full scalability across both software and hardware. As part of the announcement, Mentor is launching the Veloce StratoM high-capacity emulator and Veloce...

Himax remains committed to AR

Feb 17, 14:54

One year after announcing mass shipments of liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) microdisplays and wafer-level optics (WLO) products for augmented reality (AR) applications, Himax Technologies is now experiencing growing pains in this dynamic new market.

Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending, says IC Insights

Feb 17, 14:04

Intel continued to top all other chip companies in R&D expenditures in 2016 with spending reaching US$12.7 billion, according to IC Insights. Intel's R&D spending represented 22.4% of its semiconductor sales for the year.

MediaTek to lag in 10nm-chip race, says paper

Newswatch - Feb 17, 12:37

MediaTek may suffer a setback in the ongoing 10nm mobile chip race as the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has reported that Xiaomi Technology has decided to not develop a customized 10nm Helio X30 chip with MediaTek.

Himax expects 1Q17 revenues to fall up to 25%

Feb 16, 22:24

LCD driver IC specialist Himax Technologies expects to post a revenue decrease of 18-25% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017, due mainly to seasonal factors such as fewer working days during the Lunar New Year.

NVM IP provider eMemory obtains orders from major fingerprint sensor suppliers

Feb 16, 15:28

Demand for fingerprint-recognition ICs, power management chips and touch with display driver IC (TDDI) solutions is set to be brisk in 2017, according to Charles Hsu, chairman for embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP provider eMemory Technology. The company is looking to enjoy sequential revenue...

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SiP module supplier ShunSin to roll out more fingerprint sensor, telematics modules in 2017

Newswatch - Feb 16, 14:17

ShunSin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics specializing in assembly and test of system-in-package (SiP) modules, plans to focus more on fingerprint sensor and telematics modules in 2017, according to a Chinese-language udn.com report.

IC distributor Audix reports increased earnings for 2016

Newswatch - Feb 16, 13:57

Semiconductor distributor Audix has reported pre-tax profits of NT$595 million (US$19.35 million) for 2016, increasing nearly 10% from a year earlier. EPS for 2016 year stood at NT$3.70 compared to NT$3.52 of a year earlier.

NVM IP provider eMemory posts record 2016 profit

Feb 15, 22:57

Embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP provider eMemory Technology has reported net profits of NT$534 million (US$17.4 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$1.22 billion for 2016. Both numbers hit record-highs.

FocalTech swings to profit in 2016

Feb 15, 22:17

IC design house FocalTech Systems swung to operating profits of NT$207.48 million (US$6.74 million) in 2016 from losses of NT$135.93 million a year ago, thanks to the company's efforts to improve product mix and cost structure.

Pixart posts NT$1.20 EPS for 2016

Stockwatch - Feb 15, 15:26

IC design company Pixart Imaging's EPS for 2016 fell to NT$1.20 (US$0.04), the lowest level since its listing on Taiwan's OTC market in May 2006. Revenues for the year came to NT$398 million, up 7.3% from 2015 levels.

Andes growing customer base in China

Feb 14, 16:07

Andes Technology, one of the very few Taiwan-based CPU IP providers, has been expanding its customer portfolio in China at a gradual pace.

Sitronix posts record pre-tax profit for 2016

Feb 14, 15:42

LCD driver IC vendor Sitronix Technology has reported pre-tax profits of NT$1.26 billion (US$40.8 million) for 2016, up 22.5% on year and hitting a record high. Pre-tax EPS for the year came to NT$10.43.

Robust fingerprint sensor demand continues to fill 8-inch fab capacity in 2017

Feb 14, 10:54

IC foundries will continue to see a pull-in of orders for fingerprint-recognition sensor chips to fill their 8-inch fab capacity in 2017, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, longtime market leader Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is facing more competition from China- and Taiwan-based players including...

WPG January revenues down on year, WT Micro up

Stockwatch - Feb 13, 11:31

WPG Holdings saw its January revenues decrease 21.6% compared to the same period in 2016, while fellow IC distributor WTMicroelectronics' revenues surged 33.1% on year.

MediaTek to increase stake in Airoha

Feb 13, 10:53

MediaTek has disclosed plans to increase its stake in affiliate Airoha Technology, which specializes in wireless communication chips such as smartphone power amplifiers (PA), and to ultimately have Airoha become its wholly-owned subsidiary.

MediaTek, Egistec gearing up for upcoming rollouts of new Samsung smartphones

Feb 10, 14:29

Taiwan-based MediaTek and Egis Technology (Egistec) have both cut into the supply chain for Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones, and are expected to see the orders bring in new revenues in 2017, according to industry sources.

New iPhone to enter production early, say sources

Feb 10, 14:24

Makers in the iPhone supply chain will start delivering parts and components for production of the next-generation iPhone series later in the first quarter of 2017, earlier than the schedule in previous years, according to industry sources.

Global Unichip posts 2016 EPS of NT$4.11

Feb 10, 01:10

IC design service company Global Unichip has announced net profits for 2016 increased 11.5% to NT$551 million (US$17.7 million). The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$4.11 compared with NT$3.69 in 2015.

WT Micro net profits fall 14% in 2016

Feb 9, 23:06

WT Microelectronics' net profits fell 14.3% on year in 2016 with EPS reaching a 3-year low of NT$3.61 (US$0.12), due mainly to the loss of accounts receivable from China-based LeEco that hurt the IC distributor's profitability in the fourth quarter.

Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab

Feb 9, 12:13

Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.

Realtek posts 2016 EPS of NT$6.02

Feb 9, 10:36

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has announced net profits of NT$3.04 billion (US$97.8 million) on record revenues of NT$38.91 billion for 2016. EPS for the year came to NT$6.02.

eMemory NeoFuse IP verified for TSMC 16nm FinFET compact process

Feb 9, 10:28

Taiwan-based eMemory has announced the availability of NeoFuse technology qualified for TSMC's 16nm FinFET compact (16FFC) process. Customers have already embedded the NeoFuse IP for product tape-out, according to the logic NVM IP provider.

Generalplus posts record 2016 profit

Feb 8, 22:00

Consumer IC design specialist Generalplus Technology has reported net profits of NT$413 million (US$13.3 million) for 2016, up 6.5% on year and hitting a record high, with EPS arriving at NT$3.80.

MediaTek January revenues fall to 11-month low

Feb 8, 21:49

MediaTek saw its consolidated revenues fall to a 11-month low of NT$18.31 billion (US$588.3 million) in January 2017. Revenues for the month represented decreases of 14.2% on month and 14.1% on year.

Elan Microelectronics revenues drop in January

Stockwatch - Feb 8, 15:52

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$521 million (US$16.76 million) for January 2017, representing a 2.86% drop on month and 2.23% drop on year.

Taiwan MCU suppliers optimistic about 2017

Feb 8, 15:46

Emerging IoT applications are set to boost demand for microcontrollers (MCUs) in 2017, with suppliers including Holtek Semiconductor and Nuvoton Technology expressing optimism about their shipments during the year.

Microchip announces strong quarterly results

Feb 8, 12:50

Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed signal, analog and flash-IP solutions reported that its third quarter Fiscal 2017 (period ending December 31, 2016) achieved non-GAAP net sales of US$881.2 million, up 59.6% from the same quarter one year earlier. Non-GAAP net income was US$246.5...

MediaTek announces chipset for dual-camera smartphones

Feb 8, 10:58

MediaTek has announced the launch of its MediaTek Helio P25, the newest addition to the MediaTek Helio P series mobile processor family. The new chipset combines a 16nm Octa-core processor with MediaTek Imagiq (the company's advanced Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology) and dual camera features...

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