StarChip security IC fabricated on HHGrace eNVM process
Oct 21, 10:16
Shanghai Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing (HHGrace), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hua Hong Semiconductor, and StarChip, a developer of smart card ICs, have jointly announced that StarChip's SCB136I-series security chips for bank cards are being fabricated on HHGrace's 110nm embedded non-volatile...
Verizon launches MediaTek-powered smartphone
Oct 21, 10:13
Verizon Wireless has launched the first-ever MediaTek-powered CDMA/LTE smartphone. The LG Stylo 2 V marks its debut as a certified smartphone chipset provider for Verizon, according to MediaTek.
IC Insights raises 2016 IC market forecast to positive
Oct 20, 15:54
IC Insights has raised its 2016 IC market forecast to 1% growth from negative 2%, and its 2016 IC unit volume shipment growth rate forecast from 4% to 6%. A large portion of this revision is due to a strengthening DRAM market, according to the research firm.
TSMC receives FPC fingerprint sensor orders, says report
Newswatch - Oct 20, 10:51
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has received orders from Fingerprint Cards (FPC) with production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chiense-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
CIS module maker Asia Tech Image to see improved earnings for 3Q16
Newswatch - Oct 19, 13:34
Contact image sensor (CIS) module maker Asia Tech Image is expected to post an EPS of over NT$1 in the third quarter of 2016 due to increased sales, according to industry sources. The company garnered net profits of NT$76.31 million (US$2.42 million) of NT$1.23 per share for the first half of 2016.
SMIC, eMemory extend collaboration to 28nm
Oct 19, 11:17
Taiwan-based eMemory Technology, a provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP, has announced its partnership with China-based foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) covers silicon from 0.35-micron to 28nm processes.
Qualcomm announces 5G modem solution
Newswatch - Oct 19, 11:14
Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, has announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, making Qualcomm the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution.
SMIC to expand 8-inch facility in TianJin
Oct 18, 16:11
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced an expansion project for its Tianjin facility, which the foundry claims will become the world's largest 8-inch wafer fab.
NVM IP provider eMemory cuts into Intel supply chain
Oct 18, 15:40
Taiwan-based eMemory Technology's embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP has been adopted in Intel's power management (PWM) devices, according to industry sources. This is the first time eMemory has obtained orders applied to Intel chip solutions.
Worldwide semiconductor revenues to dip 0.9% in 2016, says Gartner
Oct 17, 21:42
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$332 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015, according to Gartner. This represents two consecutive years of revenue decline, which has happened only once in history. But the outlook for the semiconductor market is improving.
Aspeed to see BMC chip shipments grow 30% in 2016, says paper
Newswatch - Oct 17, 15:48
Baseboard management controller (BMC) chipset provider Aspeed Technology is expected to see its shipments of BMC chips grow 30% on year to 4.3 million units in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Faraday PowerSlash IP available on UMC 55ULP
Oct 13, 13:44
Faraday Technology and United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of Faraday's PowerSlash fundamental IP cells on UMC's 55nm ultra-low-power (55ULP) process technology.
Taiwan chip vendors strive to lower costs
Oct 13, 10:12
Taiwan-based chip suppliers are in talks with their foundry partners about possible ways to cut costs, including reducing silicon area and the number of masks, according to industry sources.
Qualcomm appoints new head of Taiwan business unit
Oct 13, 10:10
Qualcomm has announced the appointment of ST Liew, former co-president of Acer's BYOC Smart Products Business unit, to serve as its vice president as well as president of Qualcomm Taiwan, effective on October 12, 2016.
India market: Phison partnering with Moser Baer, Sahasra
Oct 12, 15:47
NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is partnering with Moser Baer and Sahasra Electronics, India's two largest electronics manufacturers, to expand its business in India, according to Phison chairman Khein Seng Pua.
Lite-On Semi sees September revenues hit 6-year high
Newswatch - Oct 7, 15:57
Discrete and analog IC component maker Lite-On Semiconductor saw its consolidated revenues grow 2.6% on month and 12.63% on year to 6-year high of NT$945 million (US$30.09) in September.
MediaTek to triple India workforce in 3 years
Oct 7, 10:26
MediaTek has announced a training program to foster and develop talent for India's fast-growing handset industry, while disclosing plans to triple its workforce locally to 1,500 employees.
Sigurd sees revenues ramping up in September
Newswatch - Oct 6, 11:40
IC testing company Sigurd Microelectronics saw its consolidated revenues grow 1.6% on month and 27.7% on year to a record high of NT$544 million (US$17.31 million) in September, hitting a monthly record for the fourth consecutive month.
Realtek posts record September revenues
Stockwatch - Oct 6, 10:46
Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor saw its September revenues climb to a record NT$3.65 billion (US$116.2 million).
SPIL, KYEC grabs orders for MediaTek 10nm chips
Oct 5, 12:34
Backend houses Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) have obtained orders for MediaTek's new 10nm chips set to roll out in the first quarter of 2017, according to industry sources.
Goodix preps for IPO
Oct 4, 14:52
IC design house Goodix Technology has filed an application to hold an IPO in China and expects to be listed on October 17.
Global semiconductor sales rise 3.5% in August, says SIA
Oct 4, 11:17
Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28 billion for the month of August 2016, an increase of 3.5% compared to the previous month's total of US$27.1 billion and an uptick of 0.5% over the August 2015 total of US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.
Intel building 14nm chips for Spreadtrum
Oct 3, 22:00
Intel is making 14nm application processors for Spreadtrum Communications with sample shipments starting in October, and the pair is eyeing orders from Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.
MediaTek Helio 30X to be first TSMC 10nm chip, says paper
Newswatch - Oct 3, 15:00
MediaTek's next-generation Helio X30 high-end smartphone solution will be the first chip to be rolled out from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's 10nm production lines, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Anpec, GMT set to report revenue growth for 3Q16, says report
Oct 3, 11:16
Analog IC firms Global Mixed-code Technology (GMT) and Anpec Technology are expected to see their September revenues continue growing thanks to brisk demand from China, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA). Revenues for the third quarter of 2016 are set to grow substantially...
Foxconn invests in China-based startup Megvii
Oct 3, 11:00
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has said that one of its subsidiaries, Foxteq Holdings, has bought 2.275 million shares, or a 3.286% stake, in China-based start-up Megvii Technology for US$20 million.
Fast-charging chip business booming, say IC vendors
Sep 29, 16:23
The market of fast-charging chips is likely to reach one billion units a year soon due to a comprehensive adoption of fast charging technology by smartphones, tablets, notebooks, digital cameras, drones, wearable devices and other mobile power supply devices, according to an estimate of industry sou...
Kingston affiliate buys 70% of Innostor
Sep 29, 09:34
Kingston Technology's flash controller affiliate ASolid Technology has acquired as high as 70% of fellow controller company Innostor Technology for NT$60 million (US$1.9 million).
Taiwan IC distributors 4Q16 sales to increase
Sep 28, 15:59
Fourth-quarter revenues at Taiwan-based IC distributors including WPG, WT Microelectronics and Answer Technology (ANStek) will be driven by a seasonal pick-up in demand for smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as demand for automotive electronics and other end markets, according to the comp...
Foxconn could expand SiP business with Sharp chip unit
Sep 27, 10:14
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is in the process of integrating Sharp into its group, including Sharp's chip unit, which is a difficult part to combine with. Nevertheless, industry sources have suggested Sharp's broad sensors and components solutions could be an important cornerstone...