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  • HLI becomes VCSEL supplier for AirPods

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  • IBM to set up PowerAI center in Taiwan

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  • Chunghwa Telecom cooperates with NTT, Itochu to develop SDN/NFV technology

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  • Truly Opto starts production at 4.5G LCD fab in China

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  • Sinbon focuses on 'MAGIC'

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  • Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of NT$1.998 trillion

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  • Digitimes Research: All-screen smartphones help ease handset panel oversupply

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  • Everlight November revenues decrease

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  • Digitimes Research: Korea may take lead in 5G commercialization

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Qualcomm, MediaTek yet to advance to 7nm node

Dec 13, 14:48

Qualcomm has decided to continue adopting Samsung's 10nm process for fabricating its newly released Snapdragon 845 chipset for smartphones, instead of advancing to 7nm process node. MediaTek has also decided to rely on the 12/16nm nodes of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture...

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FocalTech to ship 60 million TDDI chips in 2017, says report

Dec 13, 14:21

Touchscreen and LCD driver solution provider FocalTech Systems is expected to ship a total of 60 million TDDI (touch with display driver integration) chips in 2017, according to a Chinese-language udn.com report.

Marvell announces 802.11ax wireless portfolio

Dec 13, 14:16

Marvell has introduced what it claimed to be the industry's most complete 802.11ax wireless product portfolio. Marvell said it is the first to offer a full MU-MIMO and OFDMA uplink and downlink based on the latest IEEE 802.11ax standards which will help the next generation of high-end users with real-time...

IC designers to embrace lucrative smart speaker market in 2018

Dec 12, 15:01

With global brand vendors aggressively venturing into the smart speaker market, the worldwide demand for smart speakers is likely to rise sharply to 30-50 million units in 2018, and the ensuing explosive growth in demand for related chips has prompted mobile and network communications chips suppliers...

IC distributor ANSTek sees bright prospect for 1H18

Dec 11, 16:05

Taiwan semiconductor sales agent Answer Technology (ANSTek) expects bright business prospects for the first half of 2018, as it has secured high-end, lucrative product lines including analog devices from ADI, FPGA chips from Xilinx, and high-speed transmission chips from Taiwan's ASMedia Technology,...

Elan revenues increase 12.65% on year in November

Dec 11, 15:05

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$634 million (US$21.13 million) for November 2017, representing a 2.17% drop on month and 12.65% increase on year.

MediaTek reports decreased revenues for November

Dec 11, 11:47

MediaTek has announced revenues of NT$20.739 billion (US$691.23 million) for November, down 1.3% on month and 11.8% on year. For the first 11 months of 2017, revenues totaled NT$219.56 billion, decreasing 13.61% from a year earlier.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 introduces new architectures for AI, immersion

Dec 7, 14:07

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform designed for immersive multimedia experiences including eXtended reality (XR), on-device artificial intelligence (AI), lightning-fast connectivity.

Phison and Kingston collaborate to accelerate transition to PCIe

Dec 7, 11:31

Phison Electronics expects its latest duo of PCIe 3.0 NVMe controllers, E7 and E8, to continue to drive the next wave of SSD evolution for Kingston's SSD line as the massive transition from SATA to PCIe interface continues in 2018.

Smartphone chips suppliers to see gross margins rebound in 2018

Dec 6, 13:26

Smartphone chip solution providers including MediaTek, Spreadtrum Communications and Qualcomm are expected to see their gross margins rebound in 2018, as smartphone vendors are incorporating more fucntions to drive more innovative applications to shore up the unit prices of their new models, according...

Realtek reports increased revenues for November

Dec 5, 15:58

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.764 billion (US$125.42 million) for November 2017, representing a 2.25% increase on month and 12.59% increase on year.

Global MOSFET suppliers seeking capacity support from Taiwan, China players

Dec 5, 15:55

With global shipments of electric cars seen to grow sharply in 2018, the supply of vital components, particularly high-voltage MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) chips, is increasingly falling short of demand, prompting leading makers of such chips, including STMicroelectronics,...

Wireless charging solution providers to benefit from iOS 11.2

Dec 5, 15:49

Taiwan-based wireless charging solution providers, including Generalplus Technology, Holtek Semiconductor, Nuvoton Technology and ENE Technology, are expected to see their sales increase significantly after Apple released its iOS 11.2 which supports 7.5W wireless charging technology, according to industry...

China NOR flash maker GigaDevice launches strategic investment in SMIC

Dec 1, 14:48

China-based NOR flash supplier GigaDevice Semiconductor has announced subscribing to HK$532.5 million (US$68.43 million) worth of new shares issued by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Company (SMIC), in a move to further enhance its strategic cooperation with the wafer foundry house, according...

Global semiconductor industry continues upward trend in 3Q17, says IHS Markit

Dec 1, 14:02

The semiconductor industry continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2017, notching a 12% sequential growth to US$113.9 billion with strength across all application markets, according to IHS Markit.

Taiwan IC design houses may see more consolidation in 2018

Nov 30, 16:20

Taiwan-based established IC design houses are likely to become acquisition targets due to increasing competition and ongoing consolidation within the industry, according to industry sources.

X-Fab unveils ultra-low-noise transistors utilizing 180nm CMOS platform

Nov 30, 15:52

X-Fab has announced the expansion of its low-noise transistor portfolio based on the company's 180nm XH018 mixed-signal CMOS technology. Three new transistors are now available: a 1.8 V low-noise NMOS, a 3.3 V low-noise NMOS and a 3.3 V low-noise PMOS.

On-Bright denies speculation about China listing

Nov 30, 11:44

Power management IC design specialist On-Bright Electronics has denied recent speculation that it was planning to shift listing from Taiwan's over-the-counter bourse to China's stock market.

Downstream players scrambling to build up inventories amid tight wafer supply

Nov 29, 16:36

The semiconductor supply chain - especially chip vendors - as well as downstream distribution channels and end-market customers, are rushing to pile up inventories by the end of 2017, seeking to secure better sales performance in 2018 amid lingering tight supply of upstream materials, parts and components,...

China IC sector must develop large IDMs, says expert

Nov 28, 14:59

China's semiconductor industry must move to establish major IDM (integrated device manufacture) enterprises with global competitiveness to fill up the deficiency of domestic IDM deployments, while continuing to strengthen its IC design and foundry businesses, according to Ye Tianchun, director of the...

IMECAS director Ye Tianchun

Sale of Goodix stake to boost MediaTek 4Q17 profits

Nov 28, 12:34

MediaTek has raised its earnings per share (EPS) target for the fourth quarter of 2017 to between NT$5.66 (US$0.19) and NT$7.01, as a result of the recently-announced indirect sale of part of its stake in China-based Goodix.

Egistec likely to supply fingerprint sensors for Samsung Galaxy S9, report says

Nov 28, 12:27

Taiwan-based Egis Technology (Egistec) has been identified as the most-likely fingerprint sensor supplier for Samsung's flagship smartphone series slated for launch in the first quarter of 2018, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Cypress achieves aerospace-grade QML certification for 65nm and 40nm SRAM devices at UMC

Nov 28, 12:03

Cypress Semiconductor has claimed its 65nm and 40nm technology platforms are the industry's first to achieve Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) certification for their advance product flows. The next-generation 144-Mbit Quad Data Rate (QDR) II+, 144-Mbit QDR IV and 16-Mbit Asynchronous SRAM devices,...

Booming automobile electronics business to benefit Taiwan backend IC service firms

Nov 27, 16:29

Taiwan-based IC backend service firms including Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Etrend Hightech, Lingsen Precision Industries and GEM Services are to benefit from the ongoing focus on automobile electronics devices by global IDMs such as Infineon Technologies and NXP Semiconductors, according...

MediaTek launches chipset supporting NB-IoT

Nov 27, 13:03

MediaTek has announced its newest chipset, the MT2621 dual-mode system-on-chip (SoC) designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications with both narrow band IoT (NB-IoT) Release 14 (R14) and GSM/GPRS connectivity. The MT2621 chipset brings dual-mode cellular technologies for IoT, and ensures lowest...

China Big Fund planning second round of support for local IC sector

Nov 24, 11:24

China's National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (known as the Big Fund) has raised an estimated CNY150-200 billion (US$22.8-30.4 billion) which will be spent for the second phase of its capital support for the country's local IC companies, Taiwan-based TrendForce said in its recent repo...

MediaTek sells partial stake in Goodix

Nov 23, 13:45

MediaTek has announced that through a HK-based investment arm, the company plans to dispose of part of its stake in China-based Goodix and transfer the shares to China's National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICF).

Global Unichip opens new office in Nanjing

Nov 23, 11:59

Taiwan-based Global Unichip, a fabless ASIC design house, has announced the opening of a new branch office in Nanjing, China where its major foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is constructing a new 12-inch wafer plant.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow mildly in 4Q17

Nov 22, 16:05

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to reach 179 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, up 4.1% on quarter and 1.4% on year, according to estimates of Digitimes Research.

Moore's Law can last two more process generations, says MediaTek chair

Newswatch - Nov 22, 14:20

The Moore's Law that sets the pace of the semiconductor development can last two more generations, as the process technology may hit bottlenecks after advancing to 3nm node from the existing 7nm and future 5nm nodes, Tsai Ming-kai, chairman of Taiwan's leading IC designer MediaTek, has said.

MediaTek chairman Tsai Ming-kai

Xiaomi taps ex-MediaTek executive as investment partner

Nov 22, 14:08

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has appointed former MediaTek co-COO Jeffrey Ju as a partner of its industrial investment unit, sparking widespread concerns in Taiwan's IC design industry.

Xiaomi hiring talent from Taiwan to sharpen its management

Qualcomm suspends IIoT development projects with Taiwan IT players, say sources

Nov 21, 14:58

Qualcomm may also temporarily suspend its cooperation with Taiwan-based IT players on the development of related Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications after it had decided to stop a 5G small cell collaboration project with Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) over to...

Samsung to unseat Intel as top semiconductor supplier in 2017, says IC Insights

Nov 21, 12:59

For the first time since 1993, the semiconductor industry is expected to witness a new number 1 supplier, according to IC Insights.

Automotive electronics to see strongest growth through 2021, says IC Insights

Nov 17, 15:58

Automotive electronic system sales are forecast to rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% from 2016 through 2021, which is the highest among six major end-use system categories, according to IC Insights.

China IC design revenues to surge 28% to CNY194 billion in 2017

Nov 17, 14:33

The annual revenues of China's IC design industry are estimated to surge 28.15% on year to CNY194.598 billion (US$29.26 billion) in 2017, accounting for more than one third of the aggregate global IC design market sales for the year, according to Wei Shaojun, president of the VLSI Design Chapter of...

Austria chipmaker ams partners with China firm to develop 3D sensing camera solutions

Nov 17, 13:17

Austria-based ams and China-based Ningbo Sunny Opotech, an optical image system solution provider, have announced a collaboration to jointly develop and market 3D sensing camera solutions for mobile devices and automotive applications.

More Android smartphone vendors to adopt 3D sensing for new models

Nov 17, 12:03

Android smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi Technology are expected to equip 3D sensing functionality to their new models slated for launch in 2018, according to industry sources, which also pinpointed suppliers including Largan Precision, Sunny Optical, Orbbec and Himax Technologies...

More smartphone vendors are to adopt 3D sensing technology

Anpec expects fan motor drivers to drive 2018 revenue growth

Nov 17, 11:42

Analog IC firm Anpec Electronics expects growing sales of its fan motor driver ICs to be a major revenue growth driver for the company in 2018.

AI to bring opportunities, challenges for Taiwan semiconductor industry

Nov 16, 15:46

Artificial intelligence (AI) will bring huge business opportunities and challenges for Taiwan's semiconductor industry, and the industry will face fierce competition from China, where both the central and local governments are fully gearing up for developing semiconductor technologies, according to...

CC Wei, TSIA chairman and TSMC co-CEO

SMIC to start volume production of 14nm FinFET process in 2019

Nov 16, 15:44

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), China's largest foundry, will kick off volume production of 14nm FinFET process technology in 2019 and launch its second-generation 28nm HKMG process by the end of 2018, according to company sources.

MediaTek touts Helio P in China amid Qualcomm speculation

Nov 16, 15:40

MediaTek is aggressively persuading China smartphone vendors to adopt its Helio P processors to reduce risks of heavy reliance on Qualcomm, whose operations might be affected by Broadcom's takeover bid, according to industry sources.

Next-gen iPad Pro to feature 7nm A11X chip, says report

Nov 16, 15:29

Speculation circulated recently in the chipmaking industry that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is gearing up for 7nm chip production for Apple's in-house designed A11X SoC that will power the next-generation iPad Pro device slated for launch as early as the end of first-quarter 2018,...

Global Unichip tapes out 16nm TCAM compiler

Nov 16, 15:26

Taiwan-based IC design service company Global Unichip has announced a successful TCAM compiler tape-out based on TSMC's 16FFC process technology.

ALi posts another quarter of losses

Nov 16, 11:45

IC design house ALi, which specializes in set-top box (STB) chipset solutions, has reported a seventh consecutive quarterly loss in the third quarter of 2017 in which net losses came to NT$105 million (US$3.5 million) or NT$0.36 per share.

Samsung overtakes Intel as semiconductor leader in 3Q17, says IHS

Nov 16, 11:29

In the second quarter of 2017, Intel remained the market leader in pure semiconductor revenues, generated by the sale of its own products, according to IHS Markit. But the leadership changed in third-quarter 2017.

Globalfoundries, Fudan to deliver next generation dual interface smart card

Nov 16, 10:53

Globalfoundries (GF) and Fudan Microelectronics Group have announced they have produced a next generation dual interface CPU card, using GF's 55nm low power extended (55LPx) technology platform. GF's 55LPx platform has the capability to integrate multiple functions onto a single chip that results in...

Nanjing gaining momentum to become semiconductor hub in China

Nov 15, 14:29

Nanjing is gaining momentum to become a "chip city" in China, as many semiconductor firms have newly announced plans to set up operations in its Jiangbei New Area, including China's Solomon Systech, and US-based leading EDA players Synopsys and Cadence, according to industry sources.

HiSilicon selects Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP for Kirin 970

Nov 15, 13:52

Cadence Design Systems has announced that HiSilicon, a global fabless semiconductor and IC design company, has selected the Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP for its 10nm Kirin 970 mobile application processor, which debuted in Huawei's new Mate 10 series mobile phones. In deploying the Vision P6 DSP,...

WPG reports mild on-year increase in October revenues

Nov 14, 15:23

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$45.533 billion (US$1.51 billion) for October 2017, representing a 11.17% drop on month and 2.8% increase on year.

Synopsys extends help for Taiwan AI development

Nov 14, 14:21

Synopsys has signed a letter-of-intent (LOI) with a Taiwan government-run research lab to form a strategic partnership to help the country develop an artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem.

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