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  • China-based IC design houses land fingerprint sensor orders from China handset vendors

    Bits + chips | 56min ago

  • Samsung to host Tizen developer conference in China

    IT + CE | 1h 27min ago

  • Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom to launch NFC mobile payment services

    Mobile + telecom | 1h 34min ago

  • Windows 10 expected to have limited effect on boosting notebook demand

    IT + CE | 2h 12min ago

  • Percentage of 5.5-inch smartphone panels shipped to China increasing

    Displays | Oct 1, 22:40

  • Touch panel makers see shipments for thin-film touch panels increase

    Displays | Oct 1, 20:50

  • Mobile payment company Alliance Digital Tech to come online by year-end 2014

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 22:28

  • Leadtek unveils wearable device for healthcare

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 22:28

  • BLU makers Forhouse, BriView complete merger

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 21:31

  • Japan Patent Office to cut examination process to 5 months

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 21:30

  • Digitimes Research: Spotify to affect Japan Internet music service industry

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 21:22

  • iPhone 6 Plus to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 21:21

  • Digitimes Research: ARM Mali to become mainstream GPU architecture for China APs in 2H14

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 21:06

  • Quanta Changshu plants preparing for Apple Watch mass production

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 20:34

  • Leadframe maker Jih Lin to post EPS of NT$3 in 2014

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 20:24

  • New Wintel platforms may impact 4Q14 PC demand

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 20:18

  • ARM to set up IoT business unit

    Before Going to Press | Oct 1, 20:17

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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...

More Taiwan-based IC design houses to step into fingerprint sensor market

Sep 29, 15:34

More IC design houses in Taiwan and China are expected to enter the growing fingerprint sensor market, according to industry sources.

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.

Smartphone connectivity presents both opportunities and challenges for automotive processor chip suppliers, says IHS

Sep 25, 15:31

The use of smartphones in motor vehicles - already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon - is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers, according to IHS.

Tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, say IC suppliers

Sep 25, 14:56

The growth momentum of global tablet sales is expected to slow down in 2015 due to the rising popularity of large-size smartphones and a rebound in demand for notebooks, according to related PC chip suppliers.

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.

iPhone 6 Plus: US$100 costlier for consumers, US$15.50 more expensive for Apple to make, says IHS

Sep 24, 16:29

For consumers opting to buy Apple's iPhone 6 Plus rather than the iPhone 6, the additional 0.8-inch of screen size will cost US$100 extra. However, for Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus costs only about US$16 more to produce, delivering to the company an even heftier margin than normal for its wildly popular...

Pulsed RF power semiconductor device markets to exceed US$300 million by 2019, says ABI Research

Sep 23, 16:10

Markets for pulsed RF power devices up to 18GHz are expected to show continued growth over the next five years despite the current economic turmoil and cuts in defense spending. While their association with consumer spending fuels the volatility of many global electronics markets, pulsed RF power devices...

Digitimes Research: Intel, Rockchip look to expand x86 presence in tablet AP market

Sep 22, 15:46

Seeing the lack of strong growth in the PC market and excess wafer capacity, Intel is looking to resolve its problems by pushing it mobile product business. However, ARM's dominance in the mobile industry is forcing Intel to rely on giving out subsidies to partners to increase its presence in the market...

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...

Digitimes Research: Intel looking to promote x86 architecture to China chip designers

Sep 18, 14:32

Rumors that Intel is considering investing in China-based Spreadtrum have been circulating in China's IT industry recently and Digitimes Research believes the rumors can explain why Spreadtrum's product development completely stopped recently. Spreadtrum may enter a partnership with Intel to start...

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.

China market: 4G chipset market heading for price competition

Sep 15, 15:30

Price competition in the 4G solution market in China will heat up soon with Qualcomm unveiling its Snapdragon 210 CPU for entry-level 4G LTE smartphones, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 210 for entry-level 4G smartphones, tablets

Sep 12, 11:51

Qualcomm has announced a range of new products and technologies designed to drive high-performance computing and connectivity to entry-level and mainstream smartphones and tablets. The newest addition to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 tier, the Snapdragon 210 processor, will offer integrated multimode...

First-tier IC vendors enjoy strong sales in August but second-tier suppliers see fluctuations

Sep 11, 13:43

First-tier IC design houses including MediaTek, Realtek Semiconductor and Novatek Microelectronics saw their revenues continue to hit record highs in August, while some second-tier IC vendors experienced drastic fluctuations in the month as clients tightened up inventory controls.

Novatek reports revenue gains for August

Newswatch - Sep 9, 16:05

Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$5.11 billion (US$170.85 million) for August, up 6.2% on month and 42.1% on year. For the first eight months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$33.60 billion, increasing 23.6% from a year earlier.

MediaTek revenues edge up sequentially in August

Sep 9, 12:07

MediaTek has reported revenues of NT$19.66 billion (US$657.33 million) for August, increasing 2% sequentially and 54% on year.

PC IC vendors look to better order visibility in 3Q14

Sep 3, 21:47

Order visibility for Taiwan-based PC and notebook related IC vendors for the third quarter of 2014 is better than expected due to a rebound in demand for notebooks and other PC products, according to industry sources.

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Niching looks to ramp up LED leadframe and FC CSP substrate shipments in 2015

Sep 3, 14:20

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial looks to ramp up its shipments of EMC-based (epoxy molding compound) LED leadframes and FC CSP substrates to drive revenue growth in 2015.

Pre-October 1 holiday orders to be moderate, say Taiwan-based IC vendors

Sep 1, 16:19

IC orders prior to the October 1 holidays from China will not be strong as expected in 2014 as downstream clients already replenished their inventories in the first half of the year, according to Taiwan-based IC suppliers.

Digitimes Research: Korea kicks off semiconductor development projects

Sep 1, 14:35

Aiming at becoming the world's second largest system IC producer in 2025, Korea has mapped out a seven-point development project to develop related IC products, including core architecture of application processors, power management (PWM) ICs, SoC (system on chip) solutions and integrated software,...

ASPs for handset, touch controller, LCD driver ICs trending down in 3Q14

Aug 29, 15:39

As IC design houses are competing for orders for the second half of 2014 as well as for the first half of 2015, ASPs for 3G/4G application processors, touch controller ICs and LCD driver ICs have begun to drop, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Shipments of 64-bit application processors to grow fast in 2H14

Aug 29, 12:38

Shipments of 64-bit application processors (APs) are expected to start gaining momentum in the second half of 2014 due to combined efforts by chipmakers, system providers as well as the support from Google, according to Digitimes Research.

LED driver IC vendors look to flat performance in 3Q14

Aug 28, 22:12

LED driver IC vendors including Silergy, Macroblock and On-Bright Electronics are expected to see their sales stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 before riding higher in the fourth quarter, according to industry sources.

China IC industry support fund looking for investment targets

Aug 26, 21:59

The CNY120 billion (US$19.5 billion) investment fund set up by the China government in 2014 to support development of its IC industry reportedly has begun looking for investment targets, according to industry sources.

IC packaging material distributor Niching looks to 5-10% sequential revenue growth in 3Q14

Aug 25, 13:38

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial is expected to see its revenues grow 5-10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by rising capacity utilization rates at IC testing/packaging service companies, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Top-6 Taiwan LCD driver IC companies post revenue gains in 2Q14

Aug 20, 10:55

Revenues for the six main LCD driver IC companies in Taiwan reached NT$28.18 billion (US$940.04 million) in the second quarter of 2014, up 13.1% on quarter and 4.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan semiconductor supply chain to be affected by Apple CPU orders

Aug 15, 15:51

The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs and related peripheral chips on the supply chain of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will widen in 2015, forcing IC design houses to place wafer orders earlier in the year, according to industry sources.

TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked

Aug 14, 22:23

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources.

Analog IC vendors bracing for strong sales in 3Q14

Aug 14, 14:43

Analog IC vendors are set to post strong sales in the third quarter of 2014 thanks to the roll-outs of new smartphones, tablets and LED lighting products, according to industry sources.

Analog IC vendor GMT to see revenues grow 2-12% in 3Q14

Newswatch - Aug 14, 13:29

Analog IC vendor Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) expects its sales to grow 2-12% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, but gross margin to drop to 33-36% from 36.48% during the same period, company president Wu Chin-chuan said at the company's most recent investors conference.

Phison reports strong earnings for 1H14

Newswatch - Aug 14, 12:02

NAND flash controller chipmaker Phison Electronics has reported net profits of NT$1.54 billion (US$51.32 million) or NT$8.51 per share on revenues of NT$15.79 billion for the first half of 2014.

Richtek looks to 11% sequential revenue gains in 3Q14

Aug 13, 15:27

Analog IC vendor Richtek Technology expects its revenues to grow within a range of 11% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by increasing orders from notebook clients and rising shipments of analog solutions for smartphones, according to the company.

Former MediaTek employees probed over alleged trade secrets theft

Aug 13, 12:37

Taiwan's Investigation Bureau has raided a company in Taipei and 10 former MediaTek employees' homes in a probe into suspected theft of business secrets from the chip vendor.

More IC vendors seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC

Aug 12, 13:53

More fabless IC design houses are seeking wafer production capacity at Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to extremely tight production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC),...

WPG posts 12.3% on-year growth in July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 8, 15:44

IC distributor WPG Holdings has reported a 12.3% growth in its July 2014 revenues, driven by demand from emerging markets.

Pixart Imaging expects sales to drop 5% sequentially in 3Q14

Aug 8, 11:31

IC design house Pixart Imaging expects its revenues to slip 5% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as shipments of optical mice chips, optical touch controllers and chips for security surveillance applications will decline on seasonality.

MediaTek posts strong sales in July

Newswatch - Aug 7, 21:36

MediaTek has reported revenues of NT$19.27 billion (US$641.91 million) for July, up 22.7% sequentially and 45.8% on year. For the first seven months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$119.41 billion, increasing 69.5% from a year earlier.

Analog IC vendors landing more short lead time orders from PC sector

Aug 7, 12:21

Taiwan-based analog IC vendors have received more short lead time orders from downstream PC clients, indicating that demand for analog ICs in the third quarter will be stronger than that a quarter earlier, according to industry sources.

Novatek looks to 10-12% sequential revenue gain in 3Q14

Aug 6, 21:18

LCD driver IC vendor Novatek Microelectronics expects its revenues to grow 10-12% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by booming sales of HDTVs.

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain double-digit growth in health and fitness, says IHS

Aug 6, 15:44

Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices, according to IHS.

LCD driver IC vendors set to see increased revenues in 3Q14

Aug 6, 11:41

Most Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors are expected to see their sales grow 5-15% sequentially in the third quarter, powered by orders for large-size driver ICs from LCD panel suppliers and for small- and medium-size driver IC parts from the smartphone sector, according to industry sources.

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