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  • Taiwan market: LG launches 42- to 55-inch smart digital signage

    Displays | 1h 13min ago

  • Japan smartphone panel makers bring price pressure on China and Taiwan competitors

    Displays | 1h 22min ago

  • Taiwan market: FET expects 4G users to exceed 1 million by year end, says president

    Mobile + telecom | 1h 26min ago

  • Sony announces development of OLED display module for eyewear

    Displays | 1h 32min ago

  • Demand for 8-inch fab equipment rises

    Bits + chips | 1h 40min ago

  • Yingli expresses disappointment at US PV tariffs decisions

    Green energy | 1h 45min ago

  • Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market, says IHS

    Bits + chips | 1h 49min ago

  • Qualcomm, MediaTek to diversify foundry sources, say industry watchers

    Bits + chips | 1h 53min ago

  • NAND flash contract prices see modest drop in 1H December, says DRAMeXchange

    Bits + chips | Dec 18, 22:03

  • Global storage market to reach US$38 billion in 2014, says Western Digital

    IT + CE | Dec 18, 22:02

  • SMIC builds Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chips using 28nm

    Bits + chips | Dec 18, 21:59

  • Globalfoundries and Cadence deliver first SoC enablement solution featuring ARM Cortex-A17 processor in 28nm-SLP process

    Bits + chips | Dec 18, 21:58

  • Taiwan science parks January-October total revenues up 3.61% on year, says MOST

    Bits + chips | Dec 18, 21:56

  • Unitech expands HDI-board capacity

    Bits + chips | Dec 18, 21:55

  • PV equipment book-to-bill ratio stays below parity in 3Q14, says SEMI

    Bits + chips | Dec 18, 21:40

  • Xiaomi smartphone finding it difficult to step out of China

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:29

  • Notebook orders from Russia decreasing, says Taiwan ODMs

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:28

  • ACES Electronics invests in NTGEC to tap China automotive connector market

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:27

  • SMIC builds Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chips using 28nm

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:26

  • Some China PV module makers replace Taiwan-made solar cells with Southeast Asia-made models

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:26

  • LED light bulb prices fall in Europe, China markets

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:24

  • NAND flash contract prices see modest drop in 1H December, says DRAMeXchange

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:23

  • Global Ultra HD TV penetration to rise to 14.2%, says WitsView

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:23

  • PV equipment book-to-bill ratio stays below parity in 3Q14, says SEMI

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:22

  • Digitimes Research: Top-3 China based server vendors may ship 2 million units in 2015

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:21

  • US final anti-dumping, anti-subsidization taxation excludes solar-grade wafers

    Before Going to Press | Dec 18, 21:20

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IC design houses gearing up for 64-bit smartphone boom

Dec 18, 14:39

With Android phone makers pushing for migration to 64 bit architecture, chip suppliers including Qualcomm and MediaTek are set to introduce new quad- and 8-core 64-bit solutions in the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.

Wahlee signs NT$3 billion syndicated loans for business expansion

Dec 17, 15:34

Semiconductor material distributor Wahlee Industrial has signed a NT$3 billion (US$95.9 million) 5-year syndicated loan agreement with a banking consortium, with the new funds to repay part of short-term loans and to finance its expansion projects.

Some IC design houses look to brisk sales in 1Q15

Dec 17, 11:49

Some Taiwan-based IC design houses have said that their sales will remain brisk in the first quarter of 2015 despite seasonal effects, due to replenishment orders from the supply chain and the roll-outs of new end-market devices prior to the Lunar New Year holidays.

China market: Meizu steps up cooperation with MediaTek for sub-CNY1,000 smartphones

Dec 16, 11:52

A China-based smartphone vendor has stepped up its cooperation with MediaTek and will launch sub-CNY1,000 (US$161) models to take on first-tier vendors such as Xiaomi Technology and Huawei, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Novatek, Himax growing sales of non-driver IC product lines

Dec 16, 11:13

Novatek Microelectronics and Himax Technologies have both landed new orders for non-driver IC products, which will help further grow sales of their non-driver IC product lines in 2015, according to industry sources.

Infineon and UMC announce manufacturing agreement for automotive applications

Dec 15, 22:09

Infineon Technologies and United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications.

HLMC and MediaTek partner on 28nm technology development and wafer production

Dec 15, 21:33

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) has announced it is working closely with MediaTek on 28nm technology development and wafer manufacturing services. Both companies are looking to strengthen the partnership to provide more diverse products based on 28nm technology for the growing mobile communication...

VIA dismisses report about backdoor program

Stockwatch - Dec 15, 14:19

Taiwan-based chip designer VIA Technologies has dismissed a recent report in Taiwan alleging it put a backdoor program into its security-purpose VT3421/TF376 chip. VIA said that it is condering taking legal actions over the reports, according to company's posting on Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

ALi November sales rise 5%

Stockwatch - Dec 15, 10:51

Set-top box (STB) IC supplier ALi saw its November sales increase about 5% sequentially, buoyed by continued brisk demand for some high-definition (HD) products from retailers in Southeast Asia, according to the company.

IoT boosts embedded systems growth, says IC Insights

Dec 12, 15:15

Since 2006, there have been more embedded systems, industrial equipment, sensor devices, instruments, meters, cameras, animals, and other objects connected to the Internet than humans using computers, smartphones, and other electronics for information technology. Until recently, steady increases in...

Globalfoundries striving to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple

Dec 11, 10:58

Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources.

China market: Handset chip demand slowing down

Dec 10, 22:16

Demand for handset chips is slowing down in China affecting sales at MediaTek and Ilitek, according to industry sources.

Wearable devices to be killer products for wireless charging: Q&A with Luke Lee of Texas Instruments Taiwan

Dec 10, 11:36

The global wireless charging market is set for an explosive growth in 2015 as wireless charging applications have begun to be to implemented in public facilities in the US and the penetration rates of wireless charging in consumer electronics, computer and communications products continue to rise.

Luke Lee

Realtek sees mild on-month increase in November revenues

Stockwatch - Dec 8, 15:51

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.571 billion (US$82.94 million) for November 2014, representing a 2.75% increase on month and 0.34% drop on year.

Elan Microelectronics revenues decline in November

Stockwatch - Dec 8, 15:37

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$586 million (US$18.9 million) for November 2014, representing a 7.82% drop on month and 6.03% drop on year.

MediaTek November sales decline 22%

Dec 8, 11:14

Consolidated sales at MediaTek slumped about 22% sequentially in November reflecting seasonal weakness.

Will Xiaomi get caught in the antitrust crossfire between China and Qualcomm?

Dec 5, 17:40

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is investigating Qualcomm's alleged monopolization of patents concerning smartphones through alleged unreasonable licensing terms dictated to China-based smartphone vendors and, according to China-based media reports, the investigation is focusing...

Antenna tuners from RFMD, Skyworks and Qualcomm surge in flagship smartphones, says Strategy Analytics

Dec 5, 14:15

Shipments of LTE smartphones supporting more cellular bands will drive antenna tuner shipments to billions of units per year, according to Strategy Analytics. More than one billion phones are expected to ship with antenna tuners in 2019, each using two or more antenna tuners on average.

Cellphones continue to be largest driver of IC sales, says IC Insights

Dec 5, 14:13

The total production value of electronic systems is projected to increase 5% in 2014 to US$1.49 trillion and climb to about US$1.82 trillion in 2018, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from US$1.41 trillion in 2013, according to IC Insights. Cellphones will extend their lead...

MediaTek 4G smartphone IC shipments to boom, says president

Dec 5, 14:09

MediaTek's shipments of 4G LTE chips are expected to increase robustly in 2015, according to company president Hsieh Ching-chiang.

Global chip sales rise 9.6% in October, says SIA

Dec 4, 11:38

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for October 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.6% from a year ago when sales were US$27.1 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$29.2 billion posted in September, October sales represented a 1.5% growth.

HiSilicon expands adoption of Cadence tools and IP for advanced-node FinFET designs

Dec 2, 14:38

Cadence Design Systems announced on December 1 that HiSilicon Technologies has signed an agreement to significantly expand its use of the Cadence digital and custom/analog flows for 16nm FinFET designs, and to collaborate on the design flow for 10nm and 7nm nodes. HiSilicon has also broadly adopted...

Cypress and Spansion to merge

Dec 2, 14:35

Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion have signed a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately US$4 billion. The post-merger company will generate more than US$2 billion in revenues annually, according to a joint announcement.

Demand for PCIe SSDs to boom, say controller suppliers

Dec 1, 21:57

Demand for PCIe SSDs is expected to experience accelerated growth in the second half of 2015, pushing the technology transition from SATA3 to PCIe, according to industry sources.

MCU design house Holtek looks to higher profits in 2015

Stockwatch - Dec 1, 21:55

Profits at Taiwan-based Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops standard microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, are expected to top NT$1 billion (US$32.2 million) in 2015 thanks mainly to growing shipments of 8-bit MCUs to the China market, according to a Chinese-language...

Global Unichip obtains server chip orders from major Japan-based networking solution provider

Dec 1, 21:49

Global Unichip has announced that an ongoing series of server-related designs for one of the major Japan-based networking solution providers is in mass production.

iPhone chip orders slowing down, say IC designers

Nov 28, 14:55

Apple has started scaling back on chip orders for its latest iPhone, according to sources at IC design houses.

IC suppliers gear up for automobile memory chip market

Nov 28, 10:19

With the global automobile electronics market set for strong growth in 2015, a number of semiconductor firms including Micron Technology, Spansion, Micronix International, Winbond Electronics and Silicon Motion Technologies, have begun strengthening their deployments in the segment.

Commentary: MediaTek offers food for thought about investing in China

Nov 27, 15:03

The announcement by MediaTek that it will invest in a private equity fund led by SummitView Capital and the Shanghai city government indicates that the Taiwan-based smartphone solution vendor has managed to avert the pressure from China's efforts to promote its own semiconductor industry.

China market: 4G smartphone chip prices continue to fall

Nov 27, 14:23

Prices for 4G smartphone solutions have fallen below US$10 per unit, and will continue to drop reaching US$7-8 during the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.

MediaTek reportedly no longer supplies chips to Xiaomi

Nov 26, 16:21

China media outlets have reported recently that MediaTek has decided to suspend its chip supply for Xiaomi's smartphone.

Taiwan IC designers seeing gross margin under pressure

Nov 26, 14:38

Taiwan-based IC design houses are seeking to improve their gross margins in 2015, by securing new orders for mobile devices set to roll out during the first half of the year, according to industry sources.

IC designers expect higher gross margin in 2015

LED lighting marks a new era: Q&A with Hubie Notohamiprodjo, SSL products marketing director, Dialog Semiconductor

Nov 26, 14:17

With the global LED lighting application market taking off, and business opportunities emerging fast, semiconductor firms, particularly LED driver IC vendors, around the globe have been exerting efforts to enhance their presence in the LED lighting market.

Hubie Notohamiprodjo, SSL product marketing director

MediaTek participates in government-led fund in Shanghai

Nov 25, 14:04

MediaTek has announced plans to invest about CNY300 million (US$49 million) in a China government-led investment fund aiming to boost development of the local IC industry in Shanghai.

ARM seeing troubles penetrating into PC, server industries; IoT becomes new battlefield for Intel, ARM

Nov 24, 22:27

Despite aggressively attempting to advance into the PC and server industries, ARM-based CPU platforms will not be able to achieve any significant results within the next two years in the two segments; however ARM and Intel have found a new business opportunities in the Internet of things (IoT) segment...

Taiwan IC designers see demand slowing down

Nov 24, 22:06

Demand for PC, 3G phone and consumer electronics ICs has slowed down recently, due to seasonal weakness, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Compatibility, efficiency crucial to wireless charging market: Q&A with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm

Nov 24, 11:29

Despite years of enthusiasm for wireless charging technology, the market for wireless charging applications remains undesirable. Digitimes recently held a chat with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm, to learn more about the latest development of wireless charging...

Quaccomm senior director Mark

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014, says IHS

Nov 21, 10:38

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent US economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications in 2014, according to IHS.

Falling LED bulb prices put pressure on LED driver IC firms

Nov 21, 10:34

Falling retail prices for LED light bulbs have put the LED driver IC market under pressure, according to industry sources. Some LED driver IC suppliers incapable of lowering their manufacturing costs will be forced to leave the market in 2015, the sources indicated.

China IC design houses expand presence in touch IC and fingerprint sensor markets

Nov 21, 10:27

China-based IC design firms including Goodix and Silead have expanded their presence in both touch IC and fingerprint sensor markets, thanks to rising orders placed by China's brand handset vendors, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan LCD driver IC revenues to rise 6% in 2014

Nov 20, 21:23

The combined revenues of Taiwan's top-six LCD driver IC makers are expected to register a 6.1% increase in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Automotive IC market to display strongest growth through 2018, says IC Insights

Nov 19, 21:38

Of the six major end-use applications for ICs, the automotive market is forecast to experience the strongest average annual revenue growth rate through 2018, according to IC Insights.

Touchscreen controller IC prices to fall further in 2015

Nov 17, 21:55

Prices of touchscreen controller ICs used in handsets are likely to fall 30% or more in 2015, due to fierce price competition among China- and Taiwan-based chip suppliers, according to industry sources.

Dongbu HiTek volume producing touchscreen controllers

Nov 17, 15:51

Dongbu HiTek has scaled up the production of touchscreen controller chips with embedded flash (eFlash) memory to meet rising demand for entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to the Korea-based IC foundry.

Himax expects flat or slight revenue growth in 4Q14

Nov 14, 16:22

IC design house Himax Technologies has reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014, which came in line with the company's guidance. Looking into the fourth quarter, the company expects to post flat or slight sequential growth in revenues.

Elan 3Q14 profits slip 15%

Nov 13, 19:25

Elan Microelectronics, which provides touchscreen controller ICs, saw its net profits decrease 15% sequentially in the third quarter with revenues slipping 5%.

Himax provides touch-panel controllers for Lumia 535, says report

Newswatch - Nov 13, 14:19

Taiwan-based Himax Technologies has secured touch-panel controller orders for the first Microsoft-branded smartphone, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) cited industry sources as saying in a November 12 report.

Chipmakers of Apple Watch supply chain gearing up production

Nov 12, 22:05

Chip suppliers involved in the supply chain of the Apple Watch are gearing up to start production for the upcoming wearable device, according to industry sources.

TSMC 16FinFET Plus process achieves risk production milestone

Nov 12, 16:08

TSMC has announced its 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) process is now in risk production. This enhanced version of TSMC's 16FF process operates 40% faster than the company's planar 20nm system-on-chip (20SoC) process, or consumes 50% less power at the same speed, the foundry claimed.

Digitimes Research: Tablet-use AP shipments in China grow slower than expected in 3Q14

Nov 11, 22:35

Shipments of application processors for tablets in the China market grew at a lower-than-expected 5.9% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as sales of white-box tablets were affected by the roll-outs of low-priced models by brand vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

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