LED driver IC vendor Silergy set for brisk sales in 4Q14
Oct 22, 22:20
LED driver and analog IC maker Silergy expects its sales to remain brisk in the fourth quarter of 2014 after its revenues hit a record high of NT$326 million (US$10.73 million) in September thanks to the release of new IC parts for IoT, telematics and consumer applications, according to company chairman...
Bitcoin mining ASIC supplier Alchip to debut on TSE
Oct 21, 22:15
Alchip Technologies, a Taiwan-based fabless IC design house specializing in Bitcoin mining ASICs, will debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on October 28. Alchip posted revenues of NT$3.46 billion (US$113.95 million) in the first three quarters of 2014.
International smartphone chip vendors enhance development of tablet chips
Oct 20, 10:44
In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently,...
Acer, MediaTek BYOC partnership to achieve some results in 1H15
Oct 17, 15:51
Acer and MediaTek's cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek's new business development unit JC Hsu.
MediaTek announces MT6735 WorldMode smartphone platform
Oct 16, 11:16
MediaTek has announced a new 64-bit mobile system on chip (SoC), the MT6735, which builds opon MediaTek's existing line-up of mainstream LTE platforms by integrating with CDMA2000 technology and adding the critical WorldMode modem capability.
Handset solution vendors to launch low-priced 4G chips in 1H15
Oct 16, 09:53
Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources.
Parade set for strong sales in 4Q14
Oct 15, 15:59
Mixed-signal IC design house Parade Technologies is set to post strong sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, buoyed by orders from Apple, according to industry sources.
IC suppliers see orders from China pick up again
Oct 15, 14:35
Some Taiwan-based IC suppliers have seen orders from China's smartphone sector begin to rebound recently, reflecting a warn-up of sales of 4G smartphones, according to industry sources.
UMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, say sources
Oct 14, 11:42
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Display driver IC market to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, says DisplaySearch
Oct 13, 15:12
According to DisplaySearch, the display driver IC market is expected to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, up from US$6.4 billion in 2012. This growth stems from driver ICs with higher resolutions and higher average selling prices, as well as integrated functions. Continual increases in LCD panel shipments...
WPG reports revenues growth for September
Stockwatch - Oct 13, 11:53
IC distributor WPG has reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.76 billion (US$1.43 billion) for September 2014, representing an 11.97% increase on month and 12.84% increase on year.
Wafer supplies to affect 4Q14 performance at Taiwan-based IC design houses
Oct 13, 11:48
Some Taiwan-based LCD driver and analog IC vendors have indicated that their performance for the fourth quarter of 2014 will hinge on the supply of 8-inch wafers from major foundry houses, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Vanguard...
Alchip to build Bitcoin mining ASICs on 16nm process in 2015
Oct 9, 14:38
Alchip Technologies, a leading fabless IC design house specializing in Bitcoin mining ASICs, plans to migrate to a 16nm process in 2015 from the current 28nm process. Alchip has been outsourcing chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
Digitimes Research: MediaTek, Rockchip to join Chromebook market
Oct 9, 14:16
In addition to gradually integrating Android's ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information...
Taiwan-based IC design houses look to slow sales in 4Q14
Oct 8, 21:53
Most Taiwan-based IC design houses are expected to see their revenues slide 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 as order visibility for the quarter remains lower than expected after the October 1 holiday season in China, according industry sources.
Novatek 3Q14 revenues beat guidance
Newswatch - Oct 8, 15:47
Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$5.36 billion (US$176.1 billion) for September, up 4.8% sequentially and 46.8% on year. Third-quarter revenues were NT$15.28 billion, beating the company's guidance of NT$14.3-14.7 billion.
LCD driver IC vendors ramping up non-LCD driver IC shipments
Oct 7, 22:14
Some Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors, including Himax Technologies, Sitronix Technology and ILi Technology (Ilitek), have begun ramping up shipments of non-LCD driver IC products, which are expected to contribute significantly to sales and profit growth for the companies in 2014, according to industry...
MediaTek September revenues lower than expected
Newswatch - Oct 7, 16:00
MediaTek has announced revenues of NT$18.55 billion (US$609.44 million) for September 2014, down 5.7% sequentially but up 42.2% on year. The monthly figures were lower than market expectations of over NT$20 billion.
Innostor to launch smartwatch module solutions
Oct 7, 15:43
NAND flash controller IC design house Innostor Technology will expand its product portfolio to include IC parts for IoT devices and plans to launch its first smartwatch module, the ISW-B1, in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company.
Intel, AMD to offer new tablet platforms in 2015
Oct 3, 14:08
Despite slowing growth in global tablet demand, Intel will unveil Cherry Trail, 14nm-based SoC processors specifically designed for tablets and equipped with Intel 8th-generation GPUs, and supporting Android and Windows, in the first quarter of 2015 and start volume production in March, while AMD will...
Altera announces availability of next-generation, non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs
Oct 1, 15:41
Altera has announced the availability of non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs, Altera's latest addition to its Generation 10 portfolio. Using TSMC's 55nm embedded flash process technology, MAX 10 FPGAs revolutionize non-volatile FPGAs by delivering dual-configuration flash, analog and embedded processing capabilities...
IC design houses to ramp up rapid charge controller ICs
Oct 1, 10:29
Taiwan-based IC design houses, including On-Bright Electronics, Leadtrend Technology, Anpec Electronics and Hanergy Technologies, are expected to begin to ramp up shipments of rapid charge controller ICs, according to industry sources.
Intel investments in Tsinghua may benefit China over processor development
Sep 29, 22:55
Intel has signed a contract with China-based Tsinghua Unigroup and will invest CNY9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in the company. Sources from PC players believe China is looking to acquire some of Intel's technologies through the cooperation and will use these technologies to improve its China-designed...
Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture
Sep 29, 14:11
With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources.
Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity
Sep 25, 11:58
Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources.
Commentary: Few Taiwan-made IC parts in iPhone 6
Sep 25, 10:55
A recent teardown of the iPhone 6 showed that Apple still prefers to use IC parts offered by leading international players, excluding most Taiwan-based IC design houses for the supply chain.
Smartphone 4G solution prices to continue to fall in 1H15
Sep 22, 13:15
Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sourc...
Silicon Motion announces single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution
Sep 22, 12:03
Silicon Motion Technology has introduced the SM2704 single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution. The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280MB/s and a maximum data write speed of up to...
Global semiconductor market expects over 3% on-year growth in 2015, says MIC
Sep 18, 16:15
Global semiconductor market value is estimated to reach approximately US$336.3 billion units in 2015, up 3.1% in comparison to 2014, delighted by the arrival of the Apple Watch and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, according to MIC. Shipment value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will grow 6% on...
MediaTek and Opera Software partner to extend consumer data plans
Sep 18, 12:06
MediaTek and Opera Software have jointly announced that Opera Max, a data-savings app for Android phones, will be embedded into MediaTek's LTE SoC (system on chip) solutions. The first two MediaTek SoCs to be shipped with Opera Max are the 64-bit MT6752 and MT6732 chips.
MediaTek announces 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi AP/router SoC
Sep 17, 10:45
MediaTek has announced its MT7628, a 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi AP/router system on chip (SoC). Integrating a 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi radio and a 580MHz MIPS 24KEc CPU, the MT7628 enables consumers to control their home network, connected appliances and cloud services at home or on the go.
TSMC sees follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices
Sep 16, 22:33
Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.
Android One smartphones released, says MediaTek
Newswatch - Sep 16, 15:38
The first wave of Android One devices featuring MediaTek's MT6582 mobile system-on-chip (mobile SoC) based on ARM CortexTM A7 processors have been launched, according to MediaTek.