China-based ARM-architecture IC designers to attend 2013 Computex Taipei
May 22, 15:50
The main China-based ARM-architecture IC design houses, including Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics, Allwinner Technology, Nufront and Actions Semiconductor, will showcase IC solutions at 2013 Computex Taipei scheduled for June 4-8, to compete for orders from smartphone and tablet vendors.
Imec, Globalfoundries team up for STT-MRAM
May 22, 11:22
Globalfoundries has joined Imec's industrial research collaboration to develop spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory (STT-MRAM), according to the IC foundry.
Ilitek to post revenues of over NT$900 million in May
May 21, 21:39
ILi Technology (Ilitek) is expected to see its revenues top over NT$900 million (US$30.07 million) in May, buoyed by increasing shipments of LCD driver ICs for feature phones and other driver ICs supporting WVGA displays, according to industry sources.
AMD falls to 4th rank MPU supplier in 2012, says IC Insights
May 21, 15:54
A slowdown in notebook and desktop PC purchases coupled with strong growth in smartphones and tablets knocked AMD down to fourth place in microprocessor (MPU) sales in 2012 from second, where AMD had been perched behind Intel since the 1990s, according to IC Insights.
MediaTek 2Q13 sales likely to beat guidance
May 20, 21:30
MediaTek is likely to report higher-than-expected sales for the second quarter of 2013 on a recent ramp-up in demand from China-based smartphone and tablet companies, according to market observers.
Digitimes Research: Taiwan LCD driver IC shipments rise 22% in 1Q13
May 20, 21:26
Shipments of LCD driver ICs by Taiwan-based IC design houses for the first quarter of 2013 grew 21.6% from a year ago to NT$20.18 billion (US$673.8 million) in value, according to Digitimes Research. Shipments for small-size panel applications, such as smartphones, continued to register strong growt...
More firms provide crystal-less USB 3.0 device controllers
May 20, 16:37
More USB 3.0 device controller suppliers have launched crystal-less solutions designed for small, lightweight products, including startup M31 Technology. The design would also help to reduce overall BOM cost, due to the elimination of an additional quartz oscillator.
China market: Several smartphone components in short supply
May 17, 14:11
A shortage in the supply of some key components, including high-end camera modules, touchscreen panels and multi-chip package (MCP) memory chips, is worsening in the smartphone industry supply chain in China, according to industry sources.
Demand for small-size panel driver ICs stays strong
May 16, 21:46
Demand for small-size LCD driver ICs has remained strong thanks to brisk smartphone sales in China, which is set to drive revenue growth for related suppliers including design houses, foundries and backend firms in the second quarter of 2013.
SDRAM prices to hike 10% in May
May 16, 15:56
Prices of specialty DRAM are set to rise another 10% in May, with a prospect that shortages of the niche memory chips could worsen in the third quarter of 2013, according to industry sources.
Global Unichip, Macroblock, ALi perform lower than expected in 1Q13
May 15, 22:12
IC design houses Global Unichip, Macroblock and ALi saw performances below market expectations in the first quarter of 2013. Global Unichip and Macroblock each posted EPS below NT$1 (US$0.033) in the quarter, while ALi incurred a loss of NT$48.22 million.
Japan chip firms 1Q13 sales suffer double-digit declines
May 15, 12:33
IC Insights has ranked its worldwide top 20 semiconductor (ICs, and optoelectronics, sensors and discrete devices) sales leaders for the first quarter of 2013. Of the top-20 vendors, the four headquartered in Japan all saw their first-quarter sales register double-digit on-year decreases.
Chipset players queuing up for TSMC production capacity
May 14, 22:16
International and domestic chipset vendors have begun to queue up at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in order to secure production capacity for 40nm, 28nm and more advanced processes, according to industry sources.
Actron, Lite-On Semi posted mixed results for 1Q13
May 14, 20:11
Diode suppliers Actron Technology and Lite-On Semiconductor have reported mixed results for the first quarter of 2013, but the two companies are set to post sequential revenue gains in the second quarter, according to industry sources.
ESMT to ship MCP memory chips to MediaTek, say sources
May 13, 13:55
Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT), a Taiwan-based provider of niche-market memory chips, has entered the MCP (multi chip package) chip segment and will begin to ship its MCP solutions to MediaTek in June, according to industry sources.
Faraday earnings stay flat in 1Q13
May 13, 12:30
IC design service provider Faraday Technology has reported net profits of NT$205 million (US$6.91 million) for the first quarter of 2013, down 1% from the previous quarter and 16% from a year earlier.
Chipbond, YoungTek to expand LCD driver IC testing capacity in 2Q13
May 10, 16:03
Taiwan-based IC backend service houses Chipbond Technology and YoungTek Electronics plan to ramp up their testing capacity for LCD driver chips by 20% and 30%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2013 to cope with demand for small- to medium-size LCD driver ICs, according to the companies.
Touchscreen IC suppliers to see May sales increase
May 10, 11:25
Touchscreen controller IC suppliers Elan Microelectronics and Egalax-Empia Technology (EETI) are expected to post significant growth in May sales driven by demand from the PC sector, according to market watchers.
Spreadtrum 1Q13 revenues beat guidance
Newswatch - May 9, 18:39
China-based handset solution vendor Spreadtrum Communications has announced revenues of US$189 million for the first quarter of 2013, down 6.9% sequentially but up 17.3% on year. The sales figures were higher than the company's guidance of US$180-186 million set for the quarter, the company noted.
Pixart Imaging back to growth track in 2Q13
May 8, 21:46
IC design house Pixart Imaging expects its sales to return to a growth track in the second quarter of 2013 and see its revenues climb 10-15% sequentially in the quarter, according to company CFO Mei-wei Lo.
Himax looks to 17-20% sequential revenue growth in 2Q13
May 8, 15:34
IC design house Himax Technologies expects its revenues to increase 17-20% sequentially in the second quarter of 2013 from NT$5.16 billion (US$174.57 million) recorded in the previous quarter, according to the company.
Promate Electronic records 1Q13 net EPS of NT$0.83
May 8, 15:15
Taiwan-based IC and electronic component distributor Promate Electronic on May 7 released its financial report for the first quarter of 2013, recording consolidated revenues of NT$4.874 billion (US$164 million), gross margin of 8.78%, net operating profit of NT$189 million, net profit of NT$149 million...
MediaTek April sales hit 39-month high
May 8, 14:09
Consolidated revenues at MediaTek, whose wireless chips are mainly targeted at white-box handsets including smartphones, climbed to a 39-month high of NT$12.57 billion (US$426.5 million) in April 2013.
MediaTek, MStar TV chip market share in China falling down
May 7, 22:16
MediaTek and MStar Semiconductor have seen their combined share in China's TV chip market drop to below 70% recently as more TV brands in China have chosen to use TV chips from Realtek Semiconductor and Novatek Microelectronics to avoid the risk of relying on a single supplier, according to industry...
IC distributor WT Micro looks to moderate revenue growth in 2Q13
May 7, 13:49
Taiwan-based IC distributor WT Microelectronics expects it revenues to grow 0.9-6.4% to NT$20.2-21.3 billion (US$683.40-720.26 million) in the second quarter of 2013, buoyed by strong demand for memory devices as well as from the white-box smartphone and tablet sectors in China, according to company...
Zentel 1Q13 profits jump on rising SDRAM prices
May 7, 12:36
Fabless firm Zentel Electronics, which specializes in niche-market memory ICs, has reported robust profit growth for the first quarter of 2013 on rising specialty DRAM (SDRAM) prices.
IC demand in China will remain robust after May 1 holidays, say sources
May 6, 15:11
Demand for IC parts from the smartphone and tablet sectors in China will remain strong even after the May 1 holiday season as market players are adjusting upward their forecasts of sales of smartphones and tablets in China and other emerging markets for 2013, according to industry sources.
Intel signs another foundry customer
May 6, 11:30
Microsemi has announced it is leveraging Intel's foundry technology for the development of advanced high-performance digital ICs and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions using Intel's 22nm 3D tri-gate transistor technology.
Innostor sees USB 3.0 flash drive controller shipments boom
May 3, 16:02
Innostor Technology, a fabless USB device controller firm, expects to see shipments of its SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) flash drive controllers climb 30% sequentially in the second quarter of 2013, according to industry observers.
Spansion to buy Fujitsu MCU and analog unit
May 2, 16:20
Spansion on April 30 announced that the company had reached a deal with Fujitsu Semiconductor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu, to acquire the microcontroller and analog business of Fujitsu Semiconductor for approximately US$110 million, plus approximately US$65 million for inventory. The net...
eMemory NVM IP adopted by smartphone vendors
Apr 30, 11:33
Taiwan-based IP provider eMemory Technology has entered the supply chains for Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 and the next-generation iPhone series with its OTP (one time programmable) non-volatile memory IP, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: MediaTek increasing chipset portfolios for tablets
Apr 26, 14:52
Riding high on a fivefold increase in shipments of application processors in 2012 triggered by a robust growth of the mobile device market in China, MediaTek has been strengthening its deployment in 28nm process and has also increased the portfolios of its chipset solutions for tablets since the beginning...