Commentary: MediaTek-MStar expansion to pose threat to other IC vendors
Sep 3, 13:48
While the planned acquisition of ILI Technology (Ilitek) by MStar Semiconductor is being regarded as a consolidation process needed for Taiwan's IC design industry, the implementation of the merger of the two companies could pose threat to other IC suppliers including Novatek Microelectronics, Himax...
Digitimes Research: China eyeing acquistions to advance IC processes
Sep 1, 10:52
More advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes and more production capacity for special processes are likely to emerge in China during the country's 13th five-year economic plan period which ranges from 2015-2020 thanks to equity investment from the National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment...
Taiwan approves BOE subsidiary set up
Aug 27, 13:55
The Investment Commission under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs has approved an application by China-based TFT-LCD panel maker BOE Technology to set up a local subsidiary to distribute electronic materials in the Taiwan market.
MStar to acquire Ilitek for NT$51 per share
Aug 26, 20:58
MediaTek has issued a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) that subsidiary MStar Semiconductor plans to acquire ILI Technology (Ilitek), which designs and develops displays driver ICs mainly for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Chip orders for notebooks picking up
Aug 26, 20:53
IC demand for notebooks is picking up, and the outlook for replacement demand triggered by Microsoft's Windows 10 is more positive, according to sources at Taiwan-based PC-related IC suppliers.
TSMC growing its 16nm client base
Aug 24, 16:30
Foundry chipmaker TSMC has been actively pursuing 16nm FinFET chip orders in order to gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment starting 2016, according to market sources.
BOE receives government support to enter IC design industry
Aug 21, 16:13
Panel maker BOE Technology has received support from the China government enabling it to step into the IC design industry. In addition to LCD driver ICs, DRAM and flash memory chips will also be target sectors, according to industry sources.
Second-tier IC foundries face low utilization in 4Q15
Aug 21, 10:51
Second-tier IC foundries will struggle to maintain their capacity utilization rates above 60% in the fourth quarter of 2015, due to disappointing demand for smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other mass-market consumer devices, according to sources in Taiwan's IC design industry.
China IC foundries, backend firms soliciting orders from Taiwan
Aug 20, 21:11
China-based IC foundries including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), and backend firms such as Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME) are soliciting orders from Taiwan's fabless IC firms, according...
As utilities get smarter, smart meter semiconductors rise, IHS says
Aug 19, 11:39
The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters that provide two-way communications between meters and utilities will continue to expand in the coming years, providing significant growth opportunities semiconductor manufacturers, according to IHS. Shipments of communicating meters are forecast...
HiSilicon, Spreadtrum head-hunting in Taiwan
Aug 19, 11:15
China-based HiSilicon Technologies and Spreadtrum Communications have been aggressively hiring engineering talent at their local offices in Taiwan, according to industry sources.
Alcor Micro to split into 3 business groups
Aug 17, 15:54
Taiwan-based Alcor Micro, which specializes in the design and development of USB controller chips, has announced plans to undergo an organizational structure adjustment. The company will be divided into three business groups, and the target date to complete the adjustment is January 1, 2016.
Taiwan consumer IC suppliers seeing slow orders
Aug 17, 14:40
Taiwan-based consumer IC suppliers are facing poor order visibility for the second half of 2015 despite the period being the traditionally peak season for consumer electronics sales, according to industry sources.
IC design house GMT reports flat earnings for 2Q15
Newswatch - Aug 14, 16:10
IC design house Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) has reported net profits of NT$65.13 million (U$2.02 million) for the second quarter of 2015, the lowest level in 18 quarters.
TV-panel driver IC suppliers remain pessimistic
Aug 14, 15:43
Panel-use LCD driver IC design houses and related backend suppliers have been conservative about demand for LCD TVs during the second half of 2015 despite the period being a traditional peak season for the industry, according to industry sources.
Taiwan IC production value slips 2.6% in 2Q15
Aug 14, 14:49
Taiwan's IC production value slid 2.6% sequentially to NT$555.9 billion (US$17.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Etron to spin off logic IC units
Aug 14, 14:44
Niche-memory design specialist Etron Technology has announced plans to spin off its USB controller IC and 3D image sensor businesses into two wholly-owned separate companies. The move is to keep its talent and enhance product line depth.
ASMedia reports low earnings for 2Q15
Newswatch - Aug 13, 12:10
ASMedia Technology has reported net profits of NT$6.556 million (US$202,646) for the second quarter of 2015, down 81.95% from the previous quarter. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.12 for the quarter compared to NT$1.21 a year earlier.
Richtek expects sales to grow in 3Q15
Newswatch - Aug 13, 12:08
IC design house Richtek Technology expects its revenues to increase 2.5-12% sequentially to NT$3.2-3.5 billion (US$98.91-108.19 million) for the third quarter of 2015.
WPG reports record July revenues
Stockwatch - Aug 12, 11:05
WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, has reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.87 billion (US$1.35 billion) for July 2015, up 1.9% on month and hitting a record high.
TSMC board approves US$1.2 billion for advanced technology capacity expansion
Aug 11, 21:45
The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of approximately US$1.237 billion for expanding capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, and packaging and assembly, as well as converting certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, and R&D...
Realtek accelerates SoC verification with Cadence Palladium XP platform
Aug 11, 20:07
Cadence Design Systems has announced that Realtek Semiconductor utilized the Cadence Palladium XP platform to accelerate the development and verification of a recent system-on-chip (SoC) design. With the Palladium XP platform, Realtek achieved up to 250 times faster acceleration versus its previous...
TSMC says 16nm ramp on schedule
Aug 11, 16:07
TSMC has maintained that volume production and ramp of its 16nm process is proceeding smoothly in line with its schedule, amid media speculation indicating the foundry is seeing a cutback of 16nm chip orders from Apple.
Topco revenues down on year in July, Scientech up
Stockwatch - Aug 11, 11:44
Semiconductor equipment and materials distributors Scientech and Topco Scientific have reported sequential decreases in July consolidated revenues at 18% and 0.7%, respectively.
SMIC successfully makes Qualcomm chips in 28nm process
Aug 10, 15:52
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after the pair announced their initial plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production.
Himax expects 3Q15 sales to drop 5-9%
Aug 10, 15:46
LCD driver IC design specialist Himax Technologies expects to post a revenue decline of 5-9% sequentially in the third quarter of 2015, with gross margin edging down about 1.5pp on quarter.
Diode maker Eris reports decreased July revenues
Aug 7, 15:43
Taiwan-based Eris Technology, which specializes in the manufacture of rectifier diodes, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2015 declined 11.15% from a year earlier to NT$80.57 million (US$2.55 million).