China firm close to buying Vivante
Oct 12, 20:27
China-based IC design service company VeriSilicon is closed to acquiring US-based Vivante, which owns a portfolio of graphics processing unit (GPU) IP cores designed specifically for embedded applications, according to various China media outlets.
WPG September revenues hit record
Stockwatch - Oct 12, 15:52
WPG has reported consolidated revenues of NT$51.42 billion (US$1.6 billion) for September 2015, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive month. The figure also represented increases of 11.3% on month and 20.2% on year.
UTAC and mCube announce production ramp of MEMS 3-axis accelerometers
Oct 12, 14:53
UTAC, a Singapore-based semiconductor assembly and test services provider, and mCube, a provider of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) motion sensors, have jointly announced the successful qualification and production ramp of mCube's new MEMS 3-axis accelerometers in small packages ranging from...
Imec and Cadence complete tapeout of first 5nm test chip
Oct 8, 10:08
Nano-electronics research center imec and Cadence Design Systems have announced that the companies completed the first tapeout of a 5nm test chip using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) as well as 193 immersion (193i) lithography.
Taiwan LCD driver IC firms look to post more than 10% revenue decreases in 4Q15
Oct 7, 22:17
LCD driver IC design specialists including Novatek Microelectronics, Himax Technologies, Sitronix Technology, Fitipower Integrated Technology, Raydium Semiconductor and FocalTech Systems have internally revised downward their business outlooks for the fourth quarter of 2015 and each estimated revenue...
Phison to post record 3Q15 revenues, says report
Stockwatch - Oct 6, 20:31
NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is expected to see its third-quarter revenues top NT$10 billion (US$306 million) and reach the company's highest quarterly figure on record, thanks to robust shipments for SSDs, and eMMC/eMCP devices, according to a Chinese-language Commercial...
Realtek reports increased September revenues
Stockwatch - Oct 6, 15:47
Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.04 billion (US$93.5 million) for September 2015, representing growth of 18.3% on month and 6.6% on year.
MediaTek dismisses layoff rumors
Stockwatch - Oct 5, 21:59
MediaTek has issued a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) dismissing rumors of pending layoffs.
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.
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.
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)...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.