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Qualcomm, MediaTek shifting some 28nm chip orders away from TSMC

Mar 27, 10:42

Qualcomm and MediaTek have both shifted some of their 28nm chip orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to other foundry chipmakers that offer cheaper quotes, according to industry sources.

Apple dictates the ranking of top 10 MEMS manufacturers in 2014, says IHS

Mar 27, 10:27

Bosch reinforced its leadership in the MEMS industry in 2014 with a 16.6% increase to US$1167 million up from US$1001 million in 2013, according to IHS. Bosch alone held 12% of the very fragmented MEMS market in 2014 compared to 11% in 2012.

Taiwan IC design houses gearing up to offer solutions for USB Type-C

Mar 26, 22:23

More than 10 Taiwan-based IC design houses are engaged in the development of USB Type-C (USB-C) chip solutions, as they anticipate the interface will see widespread adoption, according to industry sources.

Optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes growth accelerates, says IC Insights

Mar 26, 10:50

Following two lethargic years of low growth and some setbacks, worldwide sales of optoelectronics, sensors, actuators and discrete semiconductors regained strength in 2014 and collectively increased 9% to reach an all-time high of US$63.8 billion after rising just 1% in 2012 and 2013, according to...

Digitimes Research: Japan semiconductor product value edges up 8.7% in 2014 amid strategic changes

Mar 25, 15:47

The production value of Japan's semiconductor industry reached JPY3.25 trillion (US$27.5 billion) in 2014, increasing 8.7% from a year earlier. Companies have received a boost from government policies that help strengthen the division of labor in order to improve their profitability, according to Digitimes...

NXP and Globalfoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Mar 25, 15:39

Globalfoundries and NXP Semiconductor have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM), which has resulted in production of 300mm prototype wafers on Globalfoundries' 40nm process technology platform, according to the companies. Volume production is expected in 2016 at its...

TSMC to post flat to 5% revenue growth in 2Q15

Mar 24, 22:20

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to post revenue growth of 0-5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising output for 20nm chips, according to industry sources.

MediaTek 1Q15 revenues likely to meet low-end guidance

Mar 24, 22:14

MediaTek's first-quarter 2015 revenues are likely to only meet the low-end of the company's guidance, due mainly to disappointing sales of entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources.

China market buoying iPhone shipments

Mar 24, 20:58

Sales of Apple's iPhone 6 have been strong particularly in China driving growth in the smartphone's shipments, according to sources at upstream suppliers.

China market driving iPhone shipment growth

Hua Hong, eMemory partner to develop MCUs for IoT

Mar 24, 20:43

Hua Hong Semiconductor and eMemory Technology have jointly announced they will further strengthen their strategic partnership and work together in the field of microcontrollers (MCU), including the extension of their current technology cooperation to the 90nm node and in-depth cooperation in development...

Rockchip licenses Arteris interconnect IP for RK series

Mar 24, 15:18

China-based chip developer Rockchip has extended its use of Arteris FlexNoC fabric IP as its on-chip communications backbone for its complete RK series of application processor SoCs, according to the two companies.

Qualcomm vying for chip orders from Samsung

Mar 23, 23:26

Qualcomm, which is believed to have lost processor orders for the Galaxy S6 series smartphones from Samsung Electronics, is vying for orders for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, according to industry sources.

samsung

IC distributor ANStek optimistic about demand for industrial control

Mar 23, 23:25

Taiwan-based IC distributors Answer Technology (ANStek) has expressed optimism about demand coming from the industrial control sector, and expects to enjoy a particularly strong first quarter this year.

MCU design house Holtek to deal out cash dividend of NT$3.50 for 2014

Mar 23, 23:22

Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops standard microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$3.50 (US$0.11) for 2014 on record profits of NT$791 million.

Holtek president Gorden Gau

China market: Falling handset IC prices put supplier gross margins under pressure

Mar 23, 11:09

Handset IC suppliers including Qualcomm, MediaTek and Spreadtrum tend to lower prices to win orders from their major clients, which may negatively affect their gross margin performance in 2015, according to industry sources.

Taiwan government lab announces self-powered solution for IoT

Mar 20, 15:14

Taiwan's National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL) has developed a self-powered solution designed for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Taiwan NDL develops a self-powered solution for IoT

Chipbond reports record revenues and profits for 2014

Mar 19, 22:46

LCD driver IC packaging and testing house Chipbond Technology has reported net profits of NT$2.55 billion (US$81 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$17.68 billion for 2014. Both figures marked record highs.

China handset solution market to become more volatile in 2015

Mar 19, 15:32

The competition in China's smartphone chipset solution market is likely to become a fierce race among three or four major players in 2015 as compared to a tug-of-war between Qualcomm and MediaTek staged in 2014, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones

Mar 18, 22:12

Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung's smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor's product lineup.

VIA Technologies posts losses for 2014

Stockwatch - Mar 18, 15:51

IC design house VIA Technologies has released its 2014 financial report with consolidated revenues of NT$6.55 billion (US$207 million), net operating loss of NT$1.09 billion, net loss of NT$1.6 billion, and net loss per share of NT$3.18.

Cadence and Intel collaborate to release 14nm library characterization reference flow

Mar 18, 15:15

Cadence Design Systems and Intel have delivered a 14nm library characterization reference flow for customers of Intel Custom Foundry, continuing their collaboration on enabling digital and custom/analog flows for the Intel 14nm platform, according to the companies. The library characterization reference...

ALi expects slight revenue growth in 1Q15

Mar 18, 14:17

Set-top box (STB) IC supplier ALi expects its first-quarter revenues to increase slightly from the NT$1.13 billion (US$35.7 million) reported for the fourth quarter of 2014, with gross margin to stop falling, buoyed by growing shipments of high-margin products.

NXP-Freescale merger to result in global 8th-largest chipmaker, IHS says

Mar 18, 11:37

The recent acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor by NXP Semiconductors would catapult the merged entity into the world's eighth-largest chipmaker, positioning the newly minted giant for an even more formidable presence in key industrial sectors, according to IHS.

Qualcomm more important than MediaTek for China smartphone production in 2015

Mar 17, 21:46

Qualcomm is expected to play a more important role than MediaTek for smartphone production in China in 2015 as China-based smartphone vendors are seeking to ramp up their share in the international space, according to industry sources.

Faraday to downsize capital 40%

Mar 17, 19:51

Taiwan-based Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and silicon IP provider, has disclosed plans to downsize its capital by 40%.

China vendors to ship over 50 million Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015

Mar 17, 15:27

Shipments of Android-based smartphones with fingerprint sensors by China-based handset makers are expected to reach over 50 million units in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan top foundries combined revenues to rise 38.6% in 1Q15

Mar 16, 22:17

Taiwan's top-three IC foundries will see their combined revenues increase 38.6% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

IC distributors ANStek, WT Micro report decreased February revenues

Mar 16, 22:14

Taiwan-based IC distributors Answer Technology (ANStek) and WT Microelectronics have reported sequential decreases in February consolidated revenues of 43.2% and 35%, respectively, due mainly to fewer working days as a result of the Lunar New Year holidays.

UMC broadens 55nm eFlash platform with Faraday silicon IP

Mar 16, 10:56

Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and IP provider, and IC foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of a set of low power consumption fundamental IPs developed for UMC's 55nm low-power (LP) embedded flash process. These IPs are designed to simultaneously meet both low-power...

11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015, says IC Insights

Mar 13, 16:12

Eleven product categories, led by automotive special purpose logic, DRAM, and automotive application-specific analog devices, are expected to exceed the 7% growth rate forecast for the total IC market in 2015, according to IC Insights.

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP suppliers looking to offload inventory to tablet market

Mar 13, 14:28

China's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments enjoyed strong growth in the second half of 2014 as the country's 4G ecosystem gradually matured. However, the 4G growth came at the expense of 3G AP sales. Currently, the China market's 3G AP inventory has already piled up to tens of millions...

WPG Holdings sees revenues fall in February

Stockwatch - Mar 11, 14:04

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26.751 billion (US$845.93 million) for February 2015, representing a 34.66% drop on month and 12.41% drop on year.

MediaTek March sales to rebound

Mar 10, 20:28

MediaTek is expected to see its March sales rebound to previous high levels of around NT$20 billion (US$630 million), buoyed by a pick-up in demand from China's smartphone market, according to industry sources.

MagnaChip to supply major Japan-based LCM maker with auto-qualified display driver ICs

Mar 9, 21:48

MagnaChip Semiconductor, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, has announced that the company is now supplying a major Japan-based liquid crystal module (LCM) maker with display panel driver ICs for use in automotive applications.

Elan revenues drop in February

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 15:10

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$461 million (US$14.59 million) for February 2015, representing a 31.01% drop on month and 8.24% drop on year.

Digitimes Research: WiGig chips to support smartphones in 2H15

Mar 9, 11:09

WiGig (Wireless Gigabit Alliance) chips are expected to appear in high-end smartphones in the second half of 2015 with Qualcomm, Broadcom, Panasonic, Intel and Nitero as initial suppliers, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: Intel simplifies Atom product lines for mobile devices

Mar 6, 16:16

Intel has announced its latest lineup for its Atom series products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 and in addition to simplifying the naming system for the processors to avoid confusion, the CPU giant also designed and optimized them specifically for different segments of the market.

MediaTek sees steep decline in February sales

Mar 6, 15:42

MediaTek has reported that consolidated net sales for February 2015 totaled NT$9.671 billion (US$307.12 million), down 38.52% on year and 44.62% sequentially.

Global Unichip utilizes Cadence analog IP to implement WiGig-enabled SoC on 28nm process

Mar 5, 22:17

Cadence Design Systems has announced that Global Unichip achieved first-silicon success integrating tri-band analog front-end (AFE) intellectual property (IP) with WiGig (IEEE 802.11ad), enabling integration of digital logic and analog monolithic die in an advanced 28nm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor...

Elan to deal out cash dividend of NT$3.60 for 2014

Mar 5, 22:08

Taiwan-based IC design house Elan Microelectronics plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$3.60 (US$0.12) for 2014, on a net EPS of NT$3.61.

Realtek revenues drop in February

Stockwatch - Mar 5, 15:31

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.093 billion (US$66.55 million) for February 2015, representing a 25.37% drop on month and 6.86% drop on year.

MWC 2015: Chipset vendors, equipment suppliers gearing up efforts to develop LTE-U devices

Mar 5, 14:06

Chipset solution vendors and telecom equipment providers, including Qualcomm, Ericsson, Samsung Electronics, Nokia and Huawei, are gearing up efforts to develop LTE-U (LTE unlicensed spectrum) solutions and technology, with a number of LTE-U-enabled devices likely to enter commercial production in...

MWC 2015: MediaTek intros 64-bit SoCs for smartphones and tablets

Mar 4, 22:00

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, MediaTek has introduced two new 64-bit quad-core processors for smartphones and tablets.

MWC 2015: Intel launches new mobile SoCs, LTE solution

Mar 3, 22:14

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced a series of mobile platforms including the company's new low-cost system-on-chip (SoC) for phones, phablets and tablets, a global LTE solution, new personal computing experiences, and a range of customers for mobile device and network infrastructure offerings.

Intel Atom x3 processor

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales, says SIA

Mar 3, 20:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry's highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7% from January 2014 when sales were US$26.3 billion, according to SIA.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC design industry output value to grow 13% in 2015

Mar 3, 20:28

The production value of Taiwan's IC design industry will rise 13.1% in 2015, thanks mainly to continued-strong demand coming from the smartphone sector, according to Digitimes Research.

ASMedia leads in USB 3.1 controller ICs amid Taiwan IC designers

Mar 3, 20:27

ASMedia Technology, among Taiwan-based IC design houses, has taken the initiative to offer USB 3.1 controller ICs and has won adoption by Asustek Computer and ASRock for new motherboards to be launched in March, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments to China drop 7.7% on year

Mar 2, 15:32

Tablet application processor (AP) shipments to China are estimated to decline 24.2% sequentially to reach 26.3 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Compared to the same period a year ago, the volume will drop 7.7% and be the first time China's tablet AP shipments experience an on-year decline...

MediaTek founds investment arm with US$300 million

Mar 2, 14:52

MediaTek has announced the launch of MediaTek Ventures – a new strategic investment arm within the company. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MediaTek Ventures will initially invest in startups in Greater China, Europe, Japan and North America, with a US$300m reserve.

TSMC, MediaTek move up in semiconductor R&D, says IC Insights

Mar 2, 10:33

Pure-play foundry TSMC and fabless chipmaker MediaTek both moved up in IC Insights' 2014 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. TSMC increased its R&D budget by 15% in 2014 while MediaTek's R&D spending for the year climbed 29%, according to IC Insights.

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