Semiconductor M&A reach peak in 2015-2016, says IC Insights
Jan 20, 14:50
More than two dozen acquisition agreements were announced by semiconductor companies worldwide in 2016, with a combined value of US$98.5 billion compared to the record-high of US$103.3 billion in purchases struck in 2015, when over 30 deals were reached, according to IC Insights.
Dialog Semiconductor launches power management chipset for connected cars
Jan 19, 21:45
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, has announced the DA9210-A power management IC (PMIC). The DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter that supplies...
Samsung Exynos chips to power Audi in-vehicle infotainment
Jan 19, 14:58
Samsung Electronics has announced its participation in the Audi Progressive SemiConductor Program (PSCP) as a partner supplier of Exynos processors, Samsung's own system-on-chip (SoC) solution, for Audi's in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system.
Taiwan IC design houses pushing into automotive aftermarket
Jan 18, 16:00
Taiwan-based IC design houses including Generalplus, Himax Technologies, Macroblock, MediaTek, Novatek Microelectronics, Nuvoton Technology, Pixart Imaging, Sunplus Technology and Weltrend Semiconductor are looking to expand revenues generated from the automotive sector in 2017 with the aftermarket...
IC distributor Sunnic to enjoy record 2017 revenues
Jan 18, 14:45
IC distributor Sunnic Technology & Merchandise is expected to enjoy record revenues in 2017, buoyed by robust CMOS image sensor demand, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Fabless firm Davicom 4Q16 pre-tax profits increase
Jan 18, 11:06
Taiwan-based Davicom Semiconductor, a fabless chipmaker specializing in networking and communications chips, saw its pre-tax profits surge about 80% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2016.
CMOS image sensor demand promising
Jan 18, 10:51
High-resolution automative panels and handsets with dual-lens camera modules will spur demand for CMOS image sensors, particularly high-end ones, according to industry sources.
Macroblock 2017 revenues to rise at least 10%
Jan 17, 11:02
LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is expected to enjoy at least 10% revenue growth in 2017 with higher profits, thanks to robust demand for small pitch LED display products, as well as contributions made by the company's new product lines, according to industry sources.
FocalTech to enjoy strong 1Q17
Jan 17, 10:50
FocalTech Systems is expected to enjoy a particularly strong first quarter of 2017, thanks to robust shipments of its single-chip integrated driver controller (IDC) solutions, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).
Fab investment surging in China, says SEMI
Jan 13, 14:55
From 2004 through 2014, over US$70 billion was spent on semiconductor equipment and materials in China, according to SEMI. Over this period, assembly and packaging infrastructure showed particular growth and development as both overseas and China-headquartered companies increased manufacturing capacity...
Topco posts record 2016 revenues
Jan 13, 10:47
Taiwan-based Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues for 2016 grew about 19% on year to a record high of NT$22.63 billion (US$716.7 million). The semiconductor material distributor also expressed optimism about its sales performance in 2017, citing continued strong demand for advanced-node...
Parade reports increased sales for December
Newswatch - Jan 12, 14:37
Mixed-signal IC vendor Parade Technologies saw its revenues down 6.7% on month but up 7.3% on year to NT$794 million (US$24.89 million) in December.
Novatek sees revenues up on month in December
Newswatch - Jan 12, 10:19
LCD driver IC vendor Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$NT$3.725 billion (US$116.75 million) for December, up 2.61% on month but down 7.05% on year.
ASMedia 4Q16 revenues hit record
Jan 11, 15:39
USB controller IC design house ASMedia Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$267.5 million (US$8.4 million) for December, up 41.44% on month and 100.65% on year. Its fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated revenues came to NT$639 million, hitting a quarterly record.
IC distributor Supreme enjoys record 2016 revenues
Jan 11, 11:20
Rising DRAM prices and robust handset component demand from China-based Oppo and Vivo buoyed Supreme Electronics' sales performance during 2016, which climbed to a record high of NT$111.35 billion (US$3.48 billion).
MediaTek posts record 2016 revenues
Jan 10, 11:10
MediaTek saw its 2016 revenues climb 29.2% on year to a record high of NT$275.51 billion (US$8.6 billion). Robust performance of its China-based handset clients and a bigger share of the smartphone-chip market led to MediaTek's impressive revenue resut for the year.
Realtek revenues increase on year in December
Stockwatch - Jan 9, 16:17
Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.993 billion (US$93.23 million) for December 2016, representing a 10.48% drop on month and 3.53% increase on year.
Global chip sales rise 7% in November, says SIA
Jan 5, 10:23
Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$31 billion for November 2016, an increase of 7.4% from the November 2015 total of US$28.9 billion and 2% more than the October 2016 total of US$30.4 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Faraday sells security control business to Novatek
Jan 4, 10:53
IC design service provider Faraday Technoloy and Novatek Microelectronics, a supplier of LCD driver ICs and TV SoC solutions, have reached an agreement under which Novatek will acquire IP technologies and assets related to surveillance camera control systems from Faraday for a total of NT$720 million...
TSMC 7nm ready for customer tape-outs in 2Q17, says report
Newswatch - Jan 3, 15:29
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has moved to qualify its more advanced 7nm FinFET technology, which will be ready for customer tape-outs in the second quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Qualcomm, Meizu sign 3G/4G global patent license agreement
Dec 30, 16:10
Qualcomm and Meizu Technology have announced they have reached a patent license agreement whereby Qualcomm grants Meizu a worldwide royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000, WCDMA and 4G LTE including 3-mode (LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM) complete devices. The royalties...
PWM IC vendor Leadtrend sees sales growth
Newswatch - Dec 30, 15:02
Power management (PWM) IC vendor Leadtrend Technology has seen its sales continue to gain momentum recently as the company's PWM ICs have found the way into the supply chains of Sony's PS 4 gaming consoles and Dyson's vacuum cleaners, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
On-Bright to see revenues hit NT$1 billion in 4Q16
Newswatch - Dec 29, 13:39
Analog IC vendor On-Bright Electronics is expected to see its revenues reach NT$1 billion (US$30.96 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016 thanks to orders from the smartphone sector in China, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Egistec to swing back to profitability in 2016, says paper
Newswatch - Dec 29, 13:38
Taiwan-based fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) is expected to swing back to profitability in 2016 as the earnings it is expected to generate in the fourth quarter will be sufficient to offset losses of NT$66 million (US$2.043 million) recorded in the January-September period, according...
Etron looks to new products for future growth
Dec 28, 16:07
Etron Technology has been engaged in the development of new product lines since 2014, eyeing opportunities in emerging market segments such as AR, VR and UAVs, according to Nicky Lu, chairman and CEO of the Taiwan-based fabless firm.
Lite-On Semi ramping GPP diode shipments to China, says paper
Newswatch - Dec 28, 15:33
Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has been ramping up shipments of its GPP (glass passivated package) diodes to the smartphone sector in China, driving revenue growth at the company, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
MediaTek 1Q17 revenues likely to drop 10%
Dec 27, 15:06
MediaTek is expected to post an about 10% sequential decrease in revenues for the first quarter of 2017, as a result of seasonal factors, according to industry sources.