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Semiconductor market to grow 17% in 2017, says WSTS

Aug 23, 14:34

The worldwide semiconductor market is forecast to grow by 17% to US$397 billion in 2017, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS). WSTS estimated previously a 11.5% increase.

China could enhance its position in post-Moore's Law era, says former TSMC COO

Aug 23, 14:04

China's semiconductor industry could have a chance of strengthening its position in the post-Moore's Law era, according to Shang-yi Chiang, former executive VP and co-chief operating officer overseeing R&D for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Chiang

Rising graphics card demand to buoy backend houses profitability in 2H17

Aug 23, 12:06

Rising graphics card demand is expected to make a positive contribution to related backend houses' profitability in the second half of 2017, according to market sources.

North American semi equipment industry billings slip in July

Aug 23, 11:58

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a slight 1.4% sequential decrease in billings worldwide in July 2017, according to SEMI.

China to phase in 14nm semiconductor process in 2018, says top tech master

Aug 22, 15:47

China is proceeding with systematic deployments in 14nm semiconductor fabrication equipment, process, packaging and materials, which will be fully industrialized in 2018. And the nation will render major support to the development of 5-7nm procesess and 3D memories under its 13th Five-year Development...

Ye Tianchun, director of Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Science

Intel debuts Coffee Lake CPUs

Aug 22, 14:15

Intel announced its Coffee Lake-based processors with the first U series designed for 2-in-1 and ultra-thin notebooks on August 21. Intel will launch models for desktops in fall.

Intel debuts new Coffee Lake processors

Qualcomm developing 3D depth sensing technology

Aug 22, 11:14

Qualcomm is partnering with its ecosystem partners to develop 3D depth sensing technology, which will be applied to Andriod smartphones powered the Snapdragon mobile chips, according to the company.

Qualcomm is developing 3D depth sensing technology

Digitimes Research: Global TDDI chip shipments for 2017 to shoot up 191% on year

Aug 21, 14:26

Global TDDI (touch and display driver integration) chip shipments for 2017 are estimated to drastically soar 191% on year due mainly to increased shipments of hybrid in-cell TDDI chips and the growing incorporation of TDDI chips into display panels, with Taiwan's chipmakers to command a global market...

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Qualcomm to extend tie-up with TSMC, says executive

Aug 21, 13:50

Qualcomm has been working with Taiwan's semiconductor firms for years, including an almost 10-year collaboration with TSMC, said Sudeepto Roy, VP of engineering for Qualcomm Technology Licensing, at a recent event with Taiwan's media. The the tie-up between the sides will extend to FinFET process te...

Qualcomm will extend its collaboration with TSMC to FinFET process

China market: IoT chip demand promising, says ARM CEO

Aug 18, 16:14

Shipments of ARM-based mobile chips from China-based chipmakers have been rising rapidly along with the country's fast-growing IC design industry over the past 10 years, according to Simon Segars, CEO for the processor IP vendor. Shipments of ARM-based IoT chips from the China industry are also expected...

arm CEO Simon Segars

Dialog looking to extend partnership with Spreadtrum

Aug 18, 10:22

Dialog Semiconductor is looking to extend its partnership with Spreadtrum Communication, and does not rule out forming a joint venture with the China-based mobile SoC provider, said Christophe Chene, senior VP of Asia for Dialog, at a recent event in China.

Christophe Chene, senior VP of Asia for Dialog

Tsinghua Unigroup chief pledges firm support for Spreadtrum against mobile chip rivals

Aug 17, 15:24

China's state-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup will render persistent support to its subsidiary Spreadtrum Communications to counter increasingly fierce competition in the domestic market for midrange to low-end mobile chips, seen especially after JLQ Technology emerged months ago as a key...

Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup

China market: MediaTek to roll out new Helio P series for mid-range smartphones

Aug 17, 13:57

MediaTek has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Beijing on August 29, when the company will introduce its new Helio P23 and P30 series designed for mid-range smartphones, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Nvidia overtakes MediaTek as 3rd largest IC design company

Aug 17, 11:33

Nvidia overtook MediaTek as the world's third-largest IC design company in terms of revenues in the second quarter of 2017, according to research firm Topology Research Institute (TRI).

Egistec to post brisk 3Q17 revenues

Aug 17, 10:54

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) is expected to post brisk sales results for the third quarter of 2017, thanks to a pick-up in customer demand, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Digitimes Research: 16-line and below LiDAR sensor segment to see intense competition

Aug 16, 15:42

As automakers generally expect LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor prices to be below US$1,000, suppliers tend to reduce the number of laser beams and mechanical components in their LiDAR sensors to lower production cost, and consequently, 16-line (16 laser beams) and below sensor models will...

Sunplus tapping deeper into automotive electronics segment

Aug 16, 15:27

IC design house Sunplus Technology has obtained chip orders for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and other car electronics applications from China- and Japan-based vendors, which will significantly help boost the company's gross margin, according to company sources.

Taiwan science ministry to enforce 4-year AI chips research project

Aug 16, 13:57

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology has decided to implement a four-year "Semiconductor Moonshot Project" to encourage university professors to lead students in researching AI Edge-based semiconductor process and chip systems.

Niche-IC distributors to enjoy strong 2H17

Aug 16, 13:52

Taiwan-based niche-market IC distributors including Answer Technology (ANStek) and Edom Technology are expected to enjoy brisk revenue results for the second half of 2017, driven mainly by demand for high-speed transmission ICs, optical transceiver modules and other optical communications devices,...

HiSilicon among top-5 customers of TSMC

Aug 16, 12:09

With volume production for its Kirin 970-series chips kicking off, HiSilicon Technologies has become one of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) top-5 customers, according to industry sources.

TSMC enters volume production for HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor

DRAM best-growing IC in 2017, says IC Insights

Aug 16, 11:23

Five out of the 33 IC market segments tracked by IC Insights will outpace the 16% growth forecast for the total IC market in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the market research firm.

Spreadtrum to roll out 12nm AI chips in 2018

Aug 16, 11:20

Spreadtrum Communications plans to launch its 12nm mobile chips for artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphones in 2018, according to company CEO Leo Li.

Robust silicon wafer, photoresist demand to boost Topco revenues in 3Q17

Aug 15, 11:51

IC materials distributor Topco Scientific is expected to report brisk sales results for the third quarter of 2017 thanks to strong demand for silicon wafers and photoresists, according to industry sources.

MediaTek under pressure to cut chip prices

Aug 15, 11:29

With Qualcomm lowering prices for its Snapdragon 450 chips to less than US$10.50, MediaTek is under pressure to cut prices for its upcoming Helio P23 series designed for mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources.

MediaTek has lowered prices for its upcoming Helio P23 chips to secure orders

Chipbond posts record July revenues

Aug 14, 15:56

Chipbond Technology, a backend house specializing in LCD driver ICs, saw its July revenues climb to a record high of NT$1.63 billion (US$53.9 million).

ChipMOS to enter production for 3D sensing components in 3Q17, says report

Aug 14, 12:20

Backend house ChipMOS Technologies will enter production for 3D sensing components for new consumer electronics devices in the third quarter of 2017, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

PWM IC firm GMT net profits fall 8.4% in 2Q17

Aug 11, 15:06

Taiwan-based Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT), a supplier of analog and power management (PWM) ICs, has reported net profits fell 8.4% sequentially to NT$79.13 million (US$2.61 million) in the second quarter of 2017. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.92.

NVM IP provider eMemory optimistic about 2H17

Aug 11, 10:53

Taiwan-based eMemory, a developer and provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) technology, expects sales to peak for 2017 in the second half of the year thanks to robust demand for power management ICs, fingerprint sensors and touch with display driver ICs (TDDI).

Phison posts record 2Q17 profit

Aug 11, 10:50

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported net profits of NT$1.59 billion (US$52.5 million) for the second quarter of 2017, up 24% sequentially and hitting a record high. EPS for the quarter came to NT$8.07.

Taiwan IC industry output value drops in 2Q17, says TSIA

Aug 10, 14:36

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated output value of NT$572.6 billion (US$18.9 billion) in the second quarter of 2017, down 4.8% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial...

Taiwan IC industry output value drops in 2Q17

ChipMOS obtains backend orders from Novatek

Aug 10, 11:46

ChipMOS Technologies has obtained backend orders for touch display driver ICs (TDDI) from Novatek Microelectronics, with shipments set to kick off in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to market sources.

ChipMOS gearing up for robust demand for TDDI chips

Lite-On Semi July revenues increase

Aug 9, 19:54

Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2017 increased 11.7% on year and 5.4% sequentially to NT$1.05 billion (US$34.6 million).

Lite-On Semi has reported impressive revenue results for July

Himax to start producing 3D sensing solutions as early as 2018

Aug 8, 10:34

Himax Technologies has expressed optimism about the growth prospects for its non-driver IC business, most notably with its structure light integrated solution for 3D sensing and wafer-level optics (WLO)

Himax enhancing its product mix for profit improvement

NVM IP provider eMemory posts record July revenues

Aug 8, 09:53

Embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP provider eMemory Technology saw its July revenues climb to a record high of NT$291 million (US$9.63 million). The revenues were 32% higher than the same period in 2016.

Synopsys launches complete HBM2 IP solution offering

Aug 8, 09:52

EDA vendor Synopsys has introduced its complete DesignWare high bandwidth memory-2 (known as HBM2) IP solution consisting of controller, PHY and verification IP, enabling designers to achieve up to 307GB/s aggregate bandwidth, which is 12 times the bandwidth of a DDR4 interface operating at 3200Mb/s...

Synopsys HBM2 PHY and VC verification IP available for 14nm and 7nm processes

MediaTek July revenues down over 13%

Aug 7, 20:16

MediaTek saw its July revenues decrease 13.4% sequentially due mainly to weak shipments of its mobile chips for smartphones.

Global chip sales increase in 2Q17, says SEMI

Aug 7, 14:57

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$97.9 billion during the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 5.8% over the previous quarter and 23.7% more than the second quarter of 2016, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Realtek July revenues pick up

Aug 7, 14:56

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.43 billion (US$113.6 million) for July 2017, up 6.6% sequentially and 8.3% on year.

Global Unichip targeting AI sector

Aug 7, 14:44

Taiwan-based Global Unichip, an IC design service company partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is looking to expand its business in the artificial intelligence (AI) field.

Global Unichip partnering with TSMC to expand business in AI field

Taiwan fabless firms expect short lead-time orders to buoy 4Q17 revenues

Aug 4, 15:21

Taiwan-based fabless IC firms expects to receive an influx of short lead-time orders from their China-based clients prior to the country's National Day holidays in October followed by Single's Day promotions in November, according to industry sources. The pull-in of orders, mainly for smartphones,...

Parade posts record profit for 2Q17

Aug 3, 19:57

Parade Technologies, a supplier of mixed-signal ICs for display and high-speed interface standards, has reported net profits for the second quarter of 2017 climbed to a record high of US$14.83 million. EPS for the quarter came to US$0.20.

Micron executive skeptical about UFS

Aug 3, 11:16

While UFS has held much hype as being the successor to eMMC providing greater performance, it has yet to be seen if the mobile market as a collective whole has embraced this technology, according to Robert Bielby, senior director of Automotive at Micron Technology.

Micron eMMC NAND flash

Novatek expects 2-5% revenue growth in 3Q17

Aug 2, 20:44

LCD driver IC specialist Novatek Microelectronic expects to post revenues of between NT$12 billion (US$396.9 million) and NT$12.4 billion for the third quarter of 2017 representing a sequential increase of 2-5%.

Qualcomm, Win Semi reportedly to team up for 5G mobile infrastructure

Aug 2, 18:01

Qualcomm has recently approached GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors to cooperate in an infrastructure project for 5G mobile networks, according to market sources.

LandMark Opto plans new plant to fill orders for silicon photonic products

Aug 2, 16:06

Aided by the rapid development of global data centers and the ensuing strong demand for silicon photonic products, Taiwan-based epi-wafer maker LandMark Optoelectronics expects a double-digit sequential sales growth in the third quarter and even better performance in the fourth quarter. The company...

IC Insights revises 2017 IC market forecast to 16% growth

Aug 2, 14:30

Entering the second half of 2017, it is clear the IC industry is on course for a much stronger upturn than was initially forecast in January, according to IC Insights. The research firm now expects the IC market to increase 16% in 2017, due to exceptional growth in the DRAM and NAND flash memory mar...

WPG 3Q17 revenues to rise up to 6%

Aug 2, 14:19

IC distributor WPG is expected to enjoy an up to 6% sequential increase in third-quarter 2017 revenues, according to market watchers.

WPG 1H17 net profits soar 17%

Silicon Motion 2Q17 sales increase slightly, 3Q sales to decrease

Aug 1, 21:41

NAND flash device controller supplier Silicon Motion Technology saw its second-quarter revenues increase slightly on quarter driven by growth in sales of the company's SSD and eMMC solutions. However, revenues for the third quarter are set to register a slight sequential decrease due to rising prices...

Silicon Motion SSD controller sales surge over 50% sequentially in 2Q17

Samsung semiconductor revenues eclipse Intel's, says IHS

Aug 1, 14:47

Analyzing the data from a financial analyst perspective looking only at the top line, Samsung has captured the number one position. By looking closer at the actual revenues generated by the individual companies from the sale of their own products, a slightly different and more interesting picture emerges,...

Meizu to use MediaTek APs for new flagship smartphones

Aug 1, 12:27

China-based smartphone vendor Meizu has decided to use application processors (APs) from MediaTek, instead of Samsung Electronics, for its upcoming flagship models, according to a Korea-based Chosunilbo report.

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