More China firms developing own ARM-based chips
Nov 26, 10:27
China-based ZTE has received a cash injection from the government enabling the company to accelerate the development of its own application processors, while Lenovo also intends to develop ARM-based chips in-house, according to industry sources.
IC designers eye business opportunity from force touch solutions
Nov 24, 15:56
More Taiwan-based IC design houses, including FocalTech Systems and Himax Technologies, have stepped up their efforts to develop force touch sensors as China-based smartphone vendors Huawei and Xiaomi Technology are likely to launch flagship smartphones supporting 3D touch technology, according to...
Targeting Taiwan IC sector: Q&A with Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo
Nov 23, 12:02
China-based Tsinghua Unigroup is currently riding high in the global semiconductor industry with a series of acquisitions totaling over US$10 billion in the past two years. Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo visited Taiwan recently after his company struck a deal to acquire a 25% stake in backend...
Kionix announces 6-axis accel-gyro combo sensors
Nov 20, 10:52
Kionix has announced the mass production of its KXG03 6-axis accelerometer-gyroscope combo and the unveiling of two new flagship 6-axis accel-gyro combos: the KXG07 and the KXG08.
Macronix Quad SPI NOR flash chips power Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs
Nov 20, 10:32
Macronix International has announced a new high-performance Quad SPI NOR flash series - dubbed MX66U51235FME - for the Xilinx 7 series and UltraScale FPGAs. These FPGA's are geared towards the aerospace and defense, industrial, and public safety applications.
Mouser adds TE USB Type-C receptacles to its lineup
Nov 19, 18:26
Mouser Electronics has announced that it is now stocking the USB Type-C receptacle from TE Connectivity (TE). This new mid-mount connector provides data, power, and audio/video connectivity and transmission in a single solution. The receptacle is fully compliant with USB Type-C specifications and is...
ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for US$2.4 billion
Nov 19, 10:39
ON Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor International have entered into an agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for US$20.00 per share in an all cash transaction valued at approximately US$2.4 billion, according to the companies.
Taiwan semiconductor production value to rise 4% in 2016, says IEK
Nov 18, 11:14
Taiwan's semiconductor industries are expected to generate total production value of NT$2.34 trillion (US$71.3 billion) in 2016, up 4.1% on year, according to the Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK) under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Globalfoundries announces 14nm ASIC offering
Nov 17, 15:59
Globalfoundries has announced the availability of FX-14, an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) offering built on the company's 14nm FinFET process technology. The FX-14 ASIC offering is an ideal solution for customers seeking to strike a balance between high bandwidth, low power, and cost...
MediaTek Helio X30 chips to be built by TSMC
Nov 13, 11:08
MediaTek will unveil its Helio X30-series SoC chips in early 2016 with volume production slated for the end of the second quarter or early in the third. The X30-series will be built by TSMC using the foundry's 16nm FinFET process, according to industry sources.
Taiwan 12-inch foundries offer discounts to attract orders
Nov 13, 10:54
Taiwan-based IC foundries are encouraging their LCD driver IC and fingerprint sensor clients to accelerate their transition to 12-inch wafers by narrowing the cost gap between 12-inch wafers using 90nm processes and 8-inch wafers using 0.11/0.13-micron, according to industry sources.
Elan expects to post 2-4% revenue drop in 4Q15
Nov 12, 10:29
Touchscreen controller IC supplier Elan Microelectronics expects to post a 2-4% sequential decrease in consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015, with gross margin ranging from 41% to 43%.
BOE to buy stake in ChipMOS Shanghai plant, says report
Stockwatch - Nov 12, 10:27
China's BOE Technology, which has received government support to step into the upstream driver IC business, plans to make an equity investment for a stake in packaging and testing company ChipMOS Technologies' Shanghai plant, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report. The report...
WPG October revenues fall 9% on month
Stockwatch - Nov 11, 11:08
WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, has announced consolidated revenues of NT$46.64 billion (US$1.42 billion) for October 2015, down 9.3% on month but up about 19% on year.
WT Micro reports decreased October revenues
Stockwatch - Nov 10, 15:48
IC distributor WT Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$9.075 billion (US$276.9 million) for October 2015, down about 12% on month and 7.6% on year.
Cadence announces tools enabled for Globalfoundries 22FDX platform
Nov 10, 15:42
Cadence Design Systems has announced that its digital and signoff tools are now enabled for the current version of the Globalfoundries 22FDX platform reference flow. Globalfoundries has qualified these tools for the 22FDX reference flow to provide customers with the design flexibility of software-controlled...
Novatek reports increased profits for 3Q15
Newswatch - Nov 10, 15:36
LCD driver IC maker Novatek Microelectronics has reported net profits of NT$1.698 billion (US$51.78 million) for the third quarter of 2015, increasing 14.33% from the previous quarter. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$2.79.
Phison revenues hit new high in October
Newswatch - Nov 9, 16:28
NAND flash controller IC supplier Phison Electronics saw its revenues hit new record for the second consecutive month to NT$4.17 billion (US$127.5 million) in October 2015. The monthly figures also represented an increase of 19.4% on month and 33.6% on year.
Auto IC market to display strongest growth through 2019, says IC Insights
Nov 9, 11:11
From 2014 through 2019, the automotive IC market is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of 6.7%, highest among the six major end-use IC applications (computer, consumer, communications, automotive, industrial/medical and government/military), and greater than two points more than...
Elan sees revenues decline in October
Stockwatch - Nov 6, 16:09
Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$615 million (US$18.93 million) for October 2015, representing a 2.72% drop on month and 3.22% drop on year.
China becoming a major investment market for Intel
Nov 5, 15:31
Intel Capital is estimated to invest a total of US$500 million in 2015. Prior to the end of October, Intel Capital had already invested US$168 million in China and with a separate US$1 billion investment in the Tsinghua Unigroup, several funds established specifically for China-based firms, and an...
IC distributor WT Micro reports EPS NT$1.14 for 3Q15
Newswatch - Nov 5, 14:26
IC distributor WT Microelectronics has reported net profits of NT$508 million (US$15.71 million) for the third quarter of 2015, which translated into an EPS of NT$1.14 for the quarter.
China investment in Taiwan IC design houses is feasible, says Acer founder
Nov 4, 22:05
In response to China-based Tsinghua Unigroup's interest in combining its two subsidiary IC designers with Taiwan-based MediaTek, Acer founder Stan Shih said that China-based investment in Taiwan-based IC design houses is feasible as long as the investment is balanced based on appropriate stake ratios...
Elan reports increased pre-tax profits for 3Q15
Newswatch - Nov 4, 14:38
Touchscreen controller IC vendor Elan Microelectronics saw its pre-tax profits grow 47% sequentially to NT$264 million (US$8.14 million) for the third quarter of 2015. The earnings translated into a pre-tax profit of NT$0.60 per share for the quarter.