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Intel said to form stylus alliance

Jan 23, 16:05

Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance, looking to establish a specification standard for stylus to make the input device usable across different mobile devices including the tablet, notebook and smartphone, according to sources from IC designers.

Commentary: Price cut competition looming for fingerprint sensor market

Jan 23, 11:05

The increasing number of suppliers of fingerprint identification sensors heralds keen competition in the sector's short-term future. Furthermore, the offering of integrated IC parts that combine LCD driver IC, touch-controller IC and fingerprint sensor in one chip could bring a sharp slide in prices...

fingerprint sensor

Cypress licenses 40nm embedded flash IP to UMC

Jan 23, 10:19

Cypress Semiconductor and United Microelectronics (UMC) have jointly announced that UMC licensed Cypress's SONOS (silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for the 40nm process technology node. The technology will primarily be used in Internet of Things (IoT)...

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers, says Gartner

Jan 23, 09:57

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17%, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$57.9 billion of semiconductors in 2014, an increase of US$3.9 billion from 2013.

China market: IC demand for 4G smartphones to pick up after Lunar New Year holidays

Jan 22, 19:36

IC demand for 4G smartphones is set to pick up after the Lunar New Year holidays as China-based brand vendors and OEMs are gearing up for new product roll-outs in the second quarter, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

IC market CAGR rebounds but growth remains below 30-year average, says IC Insights

Jan 22, 15:51

Judging from the IC market size at the beginning and end of each decade since the 1980s and the corresponding CAGR for each 10-year period, IC Insights has recognized the importance of the endpoints chosen for each CAGR and how they can easily sway the data to look very good or simply mediocre.

Sunplus to sell STB chip business to China firm

Jan 21, 22:02

Sunplus Technology, a Taiwan-based IC design house specializing in multimedia and PC peripheral chips, has announced plans to sell its STB (set-top box) IC business to China-based Availink for NT$330 million (US$10.47 million).

Storart growing eMMC presence in China

Jan 21, 15:15

Storart, a Taiwan-based supplier of eMMC device controller ICs, expects to ship more than one million eMMC controllers a month in 2015 as the company is expanding its market presence in China.

UMC and Cadence collaborate to deliver 28nm design reference flow for ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore-based SoC

Jan 21, 13:49

Cadence Design Systems has announced that United Microelectronics (UMC) used its implementation and signoff tools to produce a silicon-ready 28nm ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore-based System-on-Chip (SoC) targeting entry-level smartphones, tablets, high-end wearables and other advanced mobile devices.

Fingerprint sensor market to face eliminations

Jan 20, 20:23

The number of fingerprint sensor suppliers has risen to above 40 companies, intensifying competition in the market, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design firms.

JMicron grabs SSD controller orders from Western Digital, says report

Stockwatch - Jan 19, 21:43

Memory controller IC supplier JMicron Technology has grabbed orders for solid-state drives (SSD) from Western Digital (WD), as well as orders from memory module makers including Adata Technology and Transcend Information, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Competition between Novatek and Realtek in TV-IC market to become fierce

Jan 19, 15:07

The 2015 market for TV chips will continue to be led by MediaTek followed by MStar Semiconductor, while Novatek Microelectronics and Realtek Semiconductor will be fighting for the third place, according to sources at IC design houses.

MediaTek leading TV-IC market

Worldwide semiconductor sales to rise 5% in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 19, 10:49

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$358 billion in 2015, a 5.4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The forecast is down from the research firm's previous estimate of 5.8% growth that was given in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 0.8% in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 19, 10:43

Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% to US$65.7 billion in 2015, according to Gartner.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 ships as scheduled for Xiaomi and LG product launches

Jan 16, 16:14

Qualcomm's top-notch product in 2015, the Snapdragon 810, has been rumored to have defects and see unstable mass production with some media even speculating that volume production for the application processor (AP) would not start until the second quarter of 2015. However, judging from LG's and Xiaomi's...

Globalfoundries and Linear to offer joint analog solution for wearables and MEMS sensors markets

Jan 15, 23:17

Contract chipmaker Globalfoundries and Linear Dimensions Semiconductor, which specializes in low-power analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, have announced that they are working together to manufacture a 14-channel programmable reference from Linear for multiple markets including IoT (Internet...

Intel expands 2-in-1 reference design coverage to 12.5-inch display

Jan 14, 14:45

In addition to improving its 14nm Core M processors' specifications, Intel has recently expanded its US$349-399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, which is expected to heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment, according to sources from notebook makers.

Intel expands 2-in-1 reference design coverage to 12.5-inch display products

Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, says MediaTek

Jan 14, 14:06

Worldwide tablet shipments have risen at a slower pace and will grow at only a single-digit rate in 2015, according to MediaTek.

MediaTek adjusts organization

Jan 13, 23:10

MediaTek has quietly adjusted its organizational structure by setting up two business groups - wireless products and home entertainment - to cover all its product lines, according to industry sources.

IHS identifies technologies to transform the world over next five years

Jan 13, 23:04

The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology.

China holds 9 spots among top-50 fabless IC firms, says IC Insights

Jan 12, 11:15

There were nine China-based companies among the top-50 fabless companies in 2014 as compared to only one company in 2009, according to IC Insights.

MediaTek reports record sales for 2014

Jan 12, 11:12

MediaTek saw its sales climb to a record high of NT$213.06 billion (US$6.68 billion) in 2014, buoyed by strong demand for smartphone chips.

Kingston uses Marvell controllers for PCIe SSD

Jan 12, 11:10

Kingston Technology has adopted Marvell's controller ICs for its high-end PCIe SSD series set for launch in February 2015, according to the memory module vendor.

Digitimes Research: Production value of Taiwan IC design industry rallies 14.8% on year in 2014

Jan 12, 10:57

The production value of Taiwan's IC design industry reached NT$541.9 billion (US$16.98 billion) in 2014, representing an on-year growth of 14.8%, higher than the 11.7% growth recorded a year earlier, according to Digitimes Research.

Realtek sees December revenues drop

Stockwatch - Jan 9, 14:54

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.489 billion (US$77.78 million) for December 2014, representing a 3.22% drop on month and 2.02% drop on year.

Fingerprint sensor prices likely to fall below US$5 in 2015, say sources

Jan 9, 14:20

With China- and Taiwan-based suppliers eager to expand their presence, prices of fingerprint sensors are likely to fall below US$5 in 2015, according to industry sources.

New Wintel hard to drive PC replacement, say Taiwan makers

Jan 9, 12:06

Although Windows 10 and Intel's 14nm-based Skylake CPUs are both expected to launch in the third quarter, sources from the upstream supply chain are conservative about the new Wintel combination's ability to stimulate the replacement of PCs and expect their shipments for notebooks in 2015 to remain...

Phison contracts UMC to make 55nm flash drive controllers

Jan 9, 10:34

Phison Electronics will adopt United Microelectronics' (UMC) 55nm process for the production of its PS2251-08 controller ICs for flash drives set to roll out in 2015, according to the memory controller IC supplier.

CES 2015: MediaTek announces TV SoC for Sony Android TVs

Newswatch - Jan 8, 14:56

MediaTek has announced its smartTV SoC chip for use in the first Sony Android TV incorporating Sony's picture-quality algorithm, enabling Android 5.0 Lollipop software.

MediaTek intros new chip for wearable devices

Jan 8, 00:59

MediaTek has announced its MT2601 SoC for wearable devices based on Google's Android Wear software. By enabling Android Wear on MT2601, MediaTek is offering a comprehensive platform solution for device makers to implement their own hardware and software.

Elan Microelectronics reports increase in December revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 7, 12:20

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$645 million (US$20.17 million) for December 2014, representing a 10.05% increase on month and 5.02% increase on year.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grow 7.9% in 2014, says Gartner

Jan 7, 11:08

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$339.8 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from US$315 billion in 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7% during the period.

Silicon Motion reportedly grabs SSD controller orders from Intel, SanDisk and Micron

Jan 7, 10:56

Silicon Motion Technology, a developer of NAND flash device controllers, has obtained orders for SSDs from Intel, SanDisk and Micron Technology, according to industry sources. New orders are expected to boost significantly Silicon Motion's overall shipments of SSD controllers in 2015.

IC designers ordering 8-inch wafer capacity in advance

Jan 6, 22:11

Fabless IC firms have decided to place orders for 8-inch wafer capacity for the year's hot seasons in the first quarter of 2015, as they anticipate 8-inch foundry capacity will remain tight throughout 2015, according to industry sources.

China to soon complete antitrust probe on Qualcomm

Jan 6, 21:56

The China government is expected to complete its antitrust probe on Qualcomm's sales of handset solutions in China soon. But it would be difficult for the China government to come out with a verdict prohibiting Qualcomm from charging a high level of royalties from its handset makers, according to industry...

MEMSensing, SMIC introduce 3-axis accelerometer

Jan 6, 11:43

China-based MEMSensing Microsystems and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) have jointly introduced what the companies claim is the world's smallest 3-axis accelerometer.

Global semiconductor sales through November outpace 2013 level, says SIA

Jan 6, 10:53

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for November 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.1% from a year ago when sales were US$27.2 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the previous month, November sales represented a slight 0.1% decrease.

Silicon Motion reportedly hires former SK Hynix executive

Jan 6, 10:51

Silicon Motion Technology, a designer of NAND flash memory controllers, has reportedly hired a former SK Hynix senior VP to develop new strategies for the company for the next 5-10 years.

Digitimes Research: Nvidia steps up efforts for GPU licensing

Jan 5, 15:55

To find new outlets for its GPU business, Nvidia has started licensing its GPU architecture to other application processor (AP) designers. Kepler was the first GPU platform Nvidia offered for licensing and its latest-generation Maxwell will also become available for licensing later.

TSMC advises clients to order in advance

Dec 30, 22:13

TSMC has advised its IC design clients to place wafer orders in advance so that they can secure a steady supply during the peak season and meet demand in time, according to industry sources.

Chip vendors to roll out 8-core and 64-bit processors for high-end tablets in 2015

Dec 30, 14:45

Chipset vendors are expected to focus on rolling out 8-core and 64-bit-enabled solutions for high-end tablets in 2015 as brand tablet vendors are upgrading the hardware specifications of their new models for the new year, according to industry sources.

First-tier analog IC suppliers eye sales rebound in 2015

Dec 26, 15:57

Taiwan-based first-tier analog IC design houses, including Richtek Technology, Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) and Macroblock are likely to see a strong rebound in sales in 2015, powered by the release of new products, according to industry sources.

IC design service firms partnering with foundry houses to solicit orders for advanced processes

Dec 24, 22:59

Taiwan-based Global Unichip and Alchip Technologies, two IC design service companies partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), have stepped up efforts to lure related 16nm process orders, according to industry sources.

Shipments of USB 3.1 peripherals and chips to take off in 1H15

Dec 24, 22:49

Shipments of PC peripherals and chips supporting USB 3.1 standards are set to take off in the first half of 2015 due to the support of USB 3.1 interfaces by Microsoft, Intel, Apple and other PC suppliers, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China to become large predator for IC businesses during 2016-2020

Dec 23, 16:06

While related policies and regulations chartered to the development of semiconductor industry in China, as defined in the nation's 13th Five-Year Plan for the period from 2016 to 2020, remain unclear, it is not doubt that China is likely to become one of the major predators for IC businesses during...

MediaTek shipments for 4G smartphones to hike

Dec 23, 14:16

MediaTek's shipments of 4G LTE chips for 2014 are set to reach 30-40 million units, a China Business News (CBN) report cited Aaron Chang, head of the company's China operations, as saying.

Global semiconductor market set for strongest growth in four years in 2014, says IHS

Dec 23, 11:02

Worldwide semiconductor market revenues are on track to achieve a 9.4% expansion in 2014, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010, according to IHS.

Faraday and Fresco Logic jointly develop 55nm USB 3.1 host controller, says report

Stockwatch - Dec 23, 10:37

IC design service provider Faraday Technology and Fresco Logic, a fabless semiconductor company delivering SuperSpeed USB connectivity solutions, have jointly developed a 55nm USB 3.1 host controller which will be adopted by Apple in its upcoming 12-inch Macbook Air, according to a Chinese-language...

China handset supply chain to delay IC purchases till 2Q15, say sources

Dec 22, 16:30

China-based handset makers and suppliers in the supply chain have adopted a wait-and-see attitude toward the purchases of ICs and other parts as telecom operators there are unlikely to launch new handset subsidy programs until the second quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market, says IHS

Dec 19, 11:00

The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation, according to IHS.

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