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MediaTek profits hit 7-quarter low

Apr 30, 15:50

Handset-IC design specialist MediaTek has reported net profits of NT$7.25 billion (US$236.7 million) for the first quarter of 2015, which hit the lowest quarterly level since the second quarter of 2013.

Realtek expects slight growth in 2Q15 sales

Apr 30, 09:59

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor expects to post slight sequential growth in second-quarter revenues.

Holtek 2Q15 revenues to rise 10-15%

Apr 29, 21:32

Microcontroller (MCU) supplier Holtek Semiconductor is expected to post 10-15% sequential growth in second-quarter revenues, buoyed by strong shipments for home appliances, medical products, lighting control and security products, according to market sources.

MediaTek MT6735 chip adopted by major China smartphone firms

Apr 29, 15:20

MediaTek has announced that its MT6735 quad-core 4G 64-bit full-mode chip solution has been adopted by China-based ZTE, Lenovo and TCL for their upcoming smartphones.

Digitimes Research: Networking chipset vendors to focus on ARM-based server processors

Apr 29, 11:16

Networking chipset vendors including Broadcom, Cavium and Applied Micro Circuit (AMCC) have taken the initiative to replace PowerPC and MIPS architectures with ARM's for developments of server processor solutions for new networking communication equipment, including SDN (software-defined networking)...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC design industry output value to rise 14.3% in 2Q15

Apr 28, 21:26

The production value of Taiwan's IC design industry is forecast to rise 14.3% sequentially to NT$140.07 billion (US$4.58 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by a seasonal pick-up in shipments for smartphones, according to Digitimes Research.

SSD, eMMC controllers drive Silicon Motion sales growth in 1Q15

Apr 28, 15:25

NAND flash device controller supplier Silicon Motion Technology has reported slight sequential growth in net sales for the first quarter of 2015, driven by rising sales of client SSD controllers and stable growth in sales of eMMC chips.

Global handset demand likely to disappoint in 2015, say Taiwan IC design houses

Apr 27, 21:57

The global handset market could register flat growth in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses, adding that they have seen customer orders pick up at a slow pace.

Silicon Motion to acquire China PCIe SSD firm

Apr 27, 21:54

Silicon Motion Technology has announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems, a China-based supplier of enterprise-class PCIe SSD and storage array solutions.

MediaTek reportedly uses TSMC 20nm process to manufacture 10-core chip solutions

Apr 27, 21:37

Fabless chipmaker MediaTek is expected to enter volume production of its 10-core SoC series for smartphones in the third quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. The chip solutions would be built using TSMC's 20nm process technology.

Communications and computer systems to drive IC sales across all regions, says IC Insights

Apr 27, 15:05

Communication and computer systems are forecast to account for the greatest percentage of IC sales in every geographic region – Americas, Europe, Japan and Asia-Pacific – in 2015, according to IC Insights.

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP shipments in China to grow over 17% sequentially in 2Q15

Apr 27, 13:57

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to reach 122 million units in the second quarter of 2015, up 17.6% sequentially and 18.4% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

MediaTek responds to patent infringement case brought by Synaptics against its China-based affiliate

Stockwatch - Apr 24, 14:58

The recent patent infringement case brought by Synaptics against Goodix Technology in the US will not affect MediaTek's overall operations, according to the Taiwan-based IC design house. MediaTek declined to comment further on the case.

Smartphone and tablet AP markets rise in 2014, says Strategy Analytics

Apr 24, 14:39

The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a robust 21% increase in 2014, while the tablet AP sector grew 18%, according to recent reports from Strategy Analytics.

Wireless charging module makers to offer dual- or multi-mode solutions, say Taiwan makers

Apr 24, 14:06

Wireless charging module suppliers have geared up efforts to develop dual- or multi-mode models in order to cope with the rising popularity of wireless charging applications, according to sources at Taiwan's supply chain.

Gartner cuts forecast for 2015 chip market growth

Apr 24, 10:16

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$354 billion in 2015, a 4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. However, the prediction is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 5.4% increase.

Synaptics files patent complaints in protection of touch sensing technology

Apr 23, 22:22

Synaptics has announced the filing of complaints against BLU Products and two Goodix entities, including Goodix Technology, in the US International Trade Commission (USITC) and US District Court, Northern District of California. Synaptics is requesting that the USITC investigate and determine that...

Spreadtrum chipsets adopted for Samsung WCDMA tablets and smartphone

Apr 23, 15:54

Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730ST, and its dual-core mobile chipset, the SC7727S, have been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a series of tablets and smartphones.

VIA posts seventh consecutive quarterly loss in 1Q15

Newswatch - Apr 23, 14:05

VIA Technologies has reported a net loss of NT$375 million (US$12.09 million) for the first quarter of 2015, the seventh consecutive quarter of operating losses recorded by the IC design house.

Silicon Motion optimistic about SSD market

Apr 23, 14:04

Silicon Motion Technology president and CEO Wallace Kou has expressed optimism about demand for SSDs and expects the market to move forward with the availability of 3D NAND flash memory.

Silicon Motion president and CEO Wallace Kou

IC distributor Zenitron improved earnings for 1Q15

Newswatch - Apr 23, 11:19

IC distributor Zenitron has reported net profits of NT$102 million (US$3.29 million) for the first quarter of 2015, up 3% sequentially and 5% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.48 for the quarter.

Phison to establish subsidiary in China

Apr 23, 11:12

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has disclosed plans to set up a subsidiary in Hefei in China's Anhui Province for a total of NT$569 million (US$18 million), according to the company.

Memory related device suppliers to break into Taiwan top-10 IC design houses in 2015

Apr 23, 11:07

More memory-related device suppliers including Silicon Motion Technology, Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) and Etron Technology are expected to break into Taiwan's top-10 IC design companies, which have long been dominated by LCD driver IC firms, in 2015.

IoT to drive semiconductor growth, says TSMC co-CEO

Apr 22, 10:52

Internet of Things (IoT) will be the semiconductor industry's next growth driver, spurring demand for chip components for use in applications particularly automotive, medical/healthcare and smart family, according to TSMC president and co-CEO CC Wei.

CC Wei

Global semiconductor market increases 9% in 2014, says IHS

Apr 21, 15:14

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew by 9.2% in 2014, coming in just slightly below the 9.4% growth estimated previously, according to IHS. The year ended on a strong note with the fourth quarter showing 9.7% year-over-year growth.

Novatek 1Q15 sales disappoint

Apr 20, 22:02

LCD driver IC supplier Novatek Microelectronics has reported weaker-than-expected sales for the first quarter of 2015, due mainly to the strengthening US dollar affecting negatively TV demand in emerging markets.

China market: Huahong to step up production of 16-bit MCUs

Apr 20, 15:43

China-based Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit will step up its production of 16-bit low-power MCU products, particularly for the automobile applications, according to company vice president Xie Wenlu.

Huahong vice president Xie Wenlu

TSMC to open new fab for 10nm manufacturing in mid-2016, says chairman

Apr 20, 15:42

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will break ground for a new fab at its 12-inch wafer plant in central Taiwan in June 2015. The fab is designed to manufacture chips using 10nm process technology, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang.

tsmc

Is Japan losing its influence in global semiconductor market?, asks IC Insights

Apr 20, 15:10

In 2014, there were only two Japan-based companies – Toshiba and Renesas – among the top-10 semiconductor suppliers. Assuming the NXP/Freescale merger is completed later in 2015, IC Insights has forecast that Toshiba will be the lone Japan-based company left in the top-10 ranking.

MediaTek likely to post 12-18% sales growth in 2Q15

Apr 17, 15:20

MediaTek is expected to see its second-quarter revenues increase 12-18% from an already-low base in the first quarter, with gross margin falling below 47%, according to market watchers.

MediaTek likely to post disappointing 2Q15 sales

Imagination announces low-power wireless IP for wearable and IoT

Apr 16, 15:57

Imagination Technologies has announced the first members of its Ensigma Whisper flexible connectivity IP family, designed specifically to enable the integration of ultra-low power communications in SoCs targeting wearables, IoT and other connected devices that require extended battery life and low...

China market: Intel to strengthen presence in mobile CPU market via ODMs and white-box vendors

Apr 16, 13:46

Intel reportedly will step up its cooperation with ODMs and white-box makers in China to strengthen its presence in China's handset market. Some vendors will launch 3G smartphones built using Intel's quad-core solutions in the third quarter of 2015 and release 4G LTE models in the fourth quarter, according...

Order visibility for fingerprint sensors, NFC chips extends to 6 months

Apr 15, 22:55

Order visibility for fingerprint sensors and NFC chips has extended to six months as more Android-based smartphone vendors have incorporated mobile payment functionality into their new models, according to industry sources.

Rockchip showcases devices at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Apr 15, 15:34

China-based IC design house Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics is exhibiting smartphones and tablets equipped with Intel processors, and Chromebooks developed through cooperation with Google at the 2015 Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) taking place during April 13-16.

Digitimes Research: China foundry houses to optimize specialty processes for IoT

Apr 15, 11:36

China-based foundry houses, including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), XMC and Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, are expected to focus on developing specialty processes for producing chips for IoT applications, according to Digitimes Research.

Capacity utilization rates at foundry houses to dip slightly in 2Q15

Apr 14, 21:43

Capacity utilization rates at Taiwan-based wafer foundries are expected to drop slightly in the second quarter of 2015 as IC design houses have reduced their wafer orders amid slack sales in the end-market for devices, according to industry sources.

China market: Xiaomi to rely more on Leadcore for supply of chipset solutions, says report

Apr 14, 15:12

Xiaomi Technology is likely to rely more on China-based Leadcore Technology for the supply of low-cost chipset solutions for the production of entry-level LTE smartphones as a means to ramp up its shipments in 2015, according to a China-based OFweek.com report.

IC distributor WPG sees mild gain in 1Q15 revenues

Stockwatch - Apr 13, 10:51

IC distributor WPG Holdings has announced consolidated revenues of NT$40.32 billion (US$1.29 billion) for March, up 50.7% sequentially and 4.3% on year.

Elan Microelectronics reports revenues for March 2015

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 16:14

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$556 million (US$17.82 million) for March 2015, representing a 20.59% increase on month and 13.19% drop on year.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth, says IC Insights

Apr 10, 11:26

Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, such as wearable electronics and the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), but sales growth is being pulled down significantly...

Synopsys announces availability of silicon-proven IP portfolio for TSMC 16nm FinFET Plus processes

Apr 10, 10:23

Synopsys has announced the availability of a portfolio of DesignWare PHY IP for TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) processes.

Cadence digital and custom/analog tools achieve TSMC certification for 10nm FinFET early design starts

Apr 9, 22:07

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its digital and custom/analog tools have achieved certification from TSMC for its most-current version of 10nm FinFET Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE models.

MStar to acquire Alpha for NT$37 per share

Apr 9, 22:05

Eyeing IoT and image sensor chip business opportunities, MStar Semiconductor plans to acquire Alpha Imaging Technology for a total of NT$2.07 billion (US$66.37 million).

Realtek March revenues rebound

Stockwatch - Apr 9, 20:23

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.55 billion (US$81.8 million) for March 2015, up 21% sequentially and 2.2% from a year ago.

MediaTek March sales rebound

Apr 9, 20:20

MediaTek saw its March revenues soar almost 111% sequentially to more than NT$20 billion (US$642 million). Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 came in line with the company's guidance.

MediaTek, Spreadtrum to enjoy strong handset-IC orders from emerging markets in 2015

Apr 9, 20:18

MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications are expected to grab a combined more than 80% of the total chip orders for new handsets set to roll out in emerging markets during 2015, according to industry sources in China.

Global 2014 semiconductor revenues rise 7.9%, says Gartner

Apr 8, 21:26

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$340.3 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from 2013 revenues of US$315.4 billion, according to final results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7%, which was more than the overall industry's growth.

FocalTech cuts into supply chain of brand smartphone vendors

Apr 8, 21:20

FocalTech Systems has obtained touchscreen IC orders for smartphones from HTC, Asustek Computer and Xiaomi, according to industry sources.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February 2015, says SIA

Apr 7, 14:26

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for February 2015 reached US$27.8 billion, up 6.7% from a year earlier when sales were US$26.0 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

China design houses raiding Taiwan driver IC makers for talent

Apr 7, 12:16

China-based IC design houses have stepped up efforts to lure talent away from Taiwan-based LCD driver IC companies in an attempt to improve the quality and competitiveness of their products, according to industry sources.

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