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Semiconductor M&A reach peak in 2015-2016, says IC Insights

Jan 20, 14:50

More than two dozen acquisition agreements were announced by semiconductor companies worldwide in 2016, with a combined value of US$98.5 billion compared to the record-high of US$103.3 billion in purchases struck in 2015, when over 30 deals were reached, according to IC Insights.

Dialog Semiconductor launches power management chipset for connected cars

Jan 19, 21:45

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, has announced the DA9210-A power management IC (PMIC). The DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter that supplies...

Samsung Exynos chips to power Audi in-vehicle infotainment

Jan 19, 14:58

Samsung Electronics has announced its participation in the Audi Progressive SemiConductor Program (PSCP) as a partner supplier of Exynos processors, Samsung's own system-on-chip (SoC) solution, for Audi's in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system.

MediaTek to post 15-20% revenue decrease in 1Q17

Jan 19, 14:22

Seasonality will drag down MediaTek's revenues in the first quarter of 2017, which are forecast to drop 15-20% sequentially, according to market observers.

Qualcomm, MediaTek to vie for handset solution orders from Foxconn

Jan 19, 10:30

Qualcomm and MediaTek are expected to compete fiercely for chipset solution orders from EMS supplier Foxconn Electronics which has turned itself into a handset vendor recently, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC design houses pushing into automotive aftermarket

Jan 18, 16:00

Taiwan-based IC design houses including Generalplus, Himax Technologies, Macroblock, MediaTek, Novatek Microelectronics, Nuvoton Technology, Pixart Imaging, Sunplus Technology and Weltrend Semiconductor are looking to expand revenues generated from the automotive sector in 2017 with the aftermarket...

IC distributor Sunnic to enjoy record 2017 revenues

Jan 18, 14:45

IC distributor Sunnic Technology & Merchandise is expected to enjoy record revenues in 2017, buoyed by robust CMOS image sensor demand, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Fabless firm Davicom 4Q16 pre-tax profits increase

Jan 18, 11:06

Taiwan-based Davicom Semiconductor, a fabless chipmaker specializing in networking and communications chips, saw its pre-tax profits surge about 80% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2016.

CMOS image sensor demand promising

Jan 18, 10:51

High-resolution automative panels and handsets with dual-lens camera modules will spur demand for CMOS image sensors, particularly high-end ones, according to industry sources.

NAND flash supply to remain tight throughout 2017, says Phison chairman

Jan 17, 11:10

Global supply of NAND flash memory will be tight throughout 2017, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman of Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, which makes controllers for NAND flash chips integrated into products such as USB flash drives and memory cards.

Macroblock 2017 revenues to rise at least 10%

Jan 17, 11:02

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is expected to enjoy at least 10% revenue growth in 2017 with higher profits, thanks to robust demand for small pitch LED display products, as well as contributions made by the company's new product lines, according to industry sources.

FocalTech to enjoy strong 1Q17

Jan 17, 10:50

FocalTech Systems is expected to enjoy a particularly strong first quarter of 2017, thanks to robust shipments of its single-chip integrated driver controller (IDC) solutions, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Mobile DRAM supplier AP Memory sees revenues double in 4Q16

Newswatch - Jan 16, 10:56

Mobile DRAM design specialist AP Memory Technology saw its revenues increase 99.84% on quarter and 44% on year to NT$1.257 billion (US$39.775 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016.

MediaTek to see solution shipments dip 20% on quarter in 1Q17, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 16, 10:55

MediaTek is expected to see its shipments of smartphone solutions decline 20% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

CIS module maker Asia Tech Image reports increased earnings for 2016

Newswatch - Jan 16, 10:54

CIS module maker Asia Tech Image has reported net profits of NT$273 million (US$8.639 million) for 2016, increasing 10% from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$4.41 for the year.

Fab investment surging in China, says SEMI

Jan 13, 14:55

From 2004 through 2014, over US$70 billion was spent on semiconductor equipment and materials in China, according to SEMI. Over this period, assembly and packaging infrastructure showed particular growth and development as both overseas and China-headquartered companies increased manufacturing capacity...

Topco posts record 2016 revenues

Jan 13, 10:47

Taiwan-based Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues for 2016 grew about 19% on year to a record high of NT$22.63 billion (US$716.7 million). The semiconductor material distributor also expressed optimism about its sales performance in 2017, citing continued strong demand for advanced-node...

Macronix memory incorporated in new Qualcomm LTE IoT chipset reference design

Jan 12, 21:06

Macronix International's NAND MCP memory solution has been adopted and incorporated by Qualcomm as a part of the reference design for a LTE Cat. M1/NB-1 chipset, the MDM9206 modem, according to the Taiwan-based flash memory maker.

Parade reports increased sales for December

Newswatch - Jan 12, 14:37

Mixed-signal IC vendor Parade Technologies saw its revenues down 6.7% on month but up 7.3% on year to NT$794 million (US$24.89 million) in December.

Novatek sees revenues up on month in December

Newswatch - Jan 12, 10:19

LCD driver IC vendor Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$NT$3.725 billion (US$116.75 million) for December, up 2.61% on month but down 7.05% on year.

On-Bright reports decreased sales for December

Newswatch - Jan 12, 10:13

Analog IC vendor On-Bright Electronics has reported revenues of NT$320 million (US$10.3 million) for December, decreasing 8.5% on month and 2.7% on year.

ASMedia 4Q16 revenues hit record

Jan 11, 15:39

USB controller IC design house ASMedia Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$267.5 million (US$8.4 million) for December, up 41.44% on month and 100.65% on year. Its fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated revenues came to NT$639 million, hitting a quarterly record.

IC distributor Supreme enjoys record 2016 revenues

Jan 11, 11:20

Rising DRAM prices and robust handset component demand from China-based Oppo and Vivo buoyed Supreme Electronics' sales performance during 2016, which climbed to a record high of NT$111.35 billion (US$3.48 billion).

WPG, WT Micro post record 2016 revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 11, 10:51

Taiwan-based IC distributors WPG Holdings and WT Microelectronics both saw their 2016 revenues reach record-high levels.

Taiwan IC design houses 1Q17 revenues to fall 10-20%

Jan 10, 15:34

Seasonality will drag down revenues at Taiwan-based IC design houses in the first quarter of 2017, which are expected to register sequential decreases of 10-20%, according to industry sources.

Taiwan fabless IC firms diversifying product lines

MediaTek posts record 2016 revenues

Jan 10, 11:10

MediaTek saw its 2016 revenues climb 29.2% on year to a record high of NT$275.51 billion (US$8.6 billion). Robust performance of its China-based handset clients and a bigger share of the smartphone-chip market led to MediaTek's impressive revenue resut for the year.

Memory market poised for strongest annual growth through 2021, says IC Insights

Jan 10, 11:02

Sales of memory ICs are expected to show the strongest growth rate among major IC market categories during the next five years, according to IC Insights.

Realtek revenues increase on year in December

Stockwatch - Jan 9, 16:17

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.993 billion (US$93.23 million) for December 2016, representing a 10.48% drop on month and 3.53% increase on year.

Elan Microelectronics reports revenues for December 2016

Stockwatch - Jan 6, 16:20

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$536 million (US$16.76 million) for December 2016, representing a 4.8% drop on month and 6.06% increase on year.

Global Unichip posts record December revenues

Jan 6, 10:50

IC design service company Global Unichip saw its December revenues rise 19.6% sequentially to a record high of NT$1.15 billion (US$35.8 million).

CES 2017: New Asustek smartphones still feature 14nm Qualcomm chips

Jan 6, 10:48

Asustek at the ongoing CES trade show in Las Vegas has introduced two new smartphones, the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom, both featuring Qualcomm's 14nm Snapdragon chips instead of the just-introduced 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor.

New ZenFone AR features Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

BT selects MediaTek to provide chips for home wireless networks

Jan 6, 10:45

MediaTek at the ongoing CES trade show in Las Vegas announced that its Wi-Fi adaptive network technology has been selected to power BT's Whole Home Wi-Fi system, a self-configuring wireless network.

IC distributor Supreme to post over 40% revenue growth in 2016

Jan 5, 14:53

Supreme Electronics, a major IC distributor for Samsung Electronics, is expected to post more than 40% revenue growth for 2016, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips to ship in commercial devices in 1H17

Jan 5, 10:43

Qualcomm has announced its 10nm Snapdragon 835-series processors will ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017. The chips reportedly will draw adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.

Testing company KYEC looks to handset chips, auto IC and CMOS image sensors for 2017 growth

Jan 5, 10:33

Testing company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) expects to continue benefiting from continued robust demand for handset ICs, automotive-related chips and CMOS image sensors, company chairman CK Lee was quoted in a recent report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Global chip sales rise 7% in November, says SIA

Jan 5, 10:23

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$31 billion for November 2016, an increase of 7.4% from the November 2015 total of US$28.9 billion and 2% more than the October 2016 total of US$30.4 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Faraday sells security control business to Novatek

Jan 4, 10:53

IC design service provider Faraday Technoloy and Novatek Microelectronics, a supplier of LCD driver ICs and TV SoC solutions, have reached an agreement under which Novatek will acquire IP technologies and assets related to surveillance camera control systems from Faraday for a total of NT$720 million...

TSMC 7nm ready for customer tape-outs in 2Q17, says report

Newswatch - Jan 3, 15:29

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has moved to qualify its more advanced 7nm FinFET technology, which will be ready for customer tape-outs in the second quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Qualcomm, Meizu sign 3G/4G global patent license agreement

Dec 30, 16:10

Qualcomm and Meizu Technology have announced they have reached a patent license agreement whereby Qualcomm grants Meizu a worldwide royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000, WCDMA and 4G LTE including 3-mode (LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM) complete devices. The royalties...

PWM IC vendor Leadtrend sees sales growth

Newswatch - Dec 30, 15:02

Power management (PWM) IC vendor Leadtrend Technology has seen its sales continue to gain momentum recently as the company's PWM ICs have found the way into the supply chains of Sony's PS 4 gaming consoles and Dyson's vacuum cleaners, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

On-Bright to see revenues hit NT$1 billion in 4Q16

Newswatch - Dec 29, 13:39

Analog IC vendor On-Bright Electronics is expected to see its revenues reach NT$1 billion (US$30.96 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016 thanks to orders from the smartphone sector in China, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Egistec to swing back to profitability in 2016, says paper

Newswatch - Dec 29, 13:38

Taiwan-based fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) is expected to swing back to profitability in 2016 as the earnings it is expected to generate in the fourth quarter will be sufficient to offset losses of NT$66 million (US$2.043 million) recorded in the January-September period, according...

Global Unichip opens new office in the Netherlands

Dec 29, 09:34

IC design services provider Global Unichip has announced the opening of a new office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in a move to actively expand its business in Europe.

Qualcomm, Gionee sign 3G/4G patent license agreement

Dec 28, 21:27

Qualcomm and Gionee Communication Equipment have entered into a new 3G and 4G patent license agreement for China, according to the companies.

Etron looks to new products for future growth

Dec 28, 16:07

Etron Technology has been engaged in the development of new product lines since 2014, eyeing opportunities in emerging market segments such as AR, VR and UAVs, according to Nicky Lu, chairman and CEO of the Taiwan-based fabless firm.

Lite-On Semi ramping GPP diode shipments to China, says paper

Newswatch - Dec 28, 15:33

Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has been ramping up shipments of its GPP (glass passivated package) diodes to the smartphone sector in China, driving revenue growth at the company, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Himax announces 5.5MP BSI image sensor for computer vision and NIR imaging applications

Dec 27, 21:56

Himax Imaging, a subsidiary of Himax Technologies, has announced the HM5530 UltraSenseIR product, a low-power and low-noise 5.5-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor with more than 40% quantum efficiency in the near infrared (NIR) spectrum enabling the next generation of embedded computer...

MediaTek 1Q17 revenues likely to drop 10%

Dec 27, 15:06

MediaTek is expected to post an about 10% sequential decrease in revenues for the first quarter of 2017, as a result of seasonal factors, according to industry sources.

Commentary: Implications of former TSMC executive serving as independent director at SMIC

Dec 23, 15:44

The catchup being played by China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) to the rank of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has moved one step further with former TSMC co-chief operating officer Shang-yi Chiang accepting an offer to serve as an independent, non-executive...

AUO, Novatek, Chipbond to benefit from Sharp decision to stop supplying panels to Samsung, says report

Newswatch - Dec 23, 12:08

Taiwan flat panel maker AU Optronics (AUO), LCD driver IC supplier Novatek Microelectronics and driver IC packaging firm Chipbond Technology will benefit from Sharp's decision to suspend the supply of LCD panels to Samsung Electronics beginning 2017, according to a Chinese-language udn.com ...

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