More IC vendors to engage in merger or acquisition deals
Jul 25, 14:39
Following the recent announcement of the planned merger between FocalTech Systems and Orise Technology, more Taiwan-based touchscreen controller and LCD driver IC vendors are likely to be involved in merger or acquisition deals, according to industry sources.
Google to incorporate NFC functionality into Android
Jul 24, 21:38
Google will incorporate TSM (trusted service manager) software and applications into the Android platform after Apple reportedly has made NFC functionality a standard for its speculated iWatch, according to industry sources.
TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14
Jul 24, 19:30
On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
Jul 24, 11:47
Sony has announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center (Nagasaki TEC) and Kumamoto Technology Center (Kumamoto TEC) from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 through the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, to increase...
USI reportedly lands SiP module orders for iWatch devices
Jul 23, 13:49
Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), an affiliated company of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), reportedly has landed SiP module orders from Apple for its iWatch wearable devices, according to industry sources.
SMIC revises up 2Q14 gross margin guidance
Jul 21, 16:48
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has announced an upward revision of its second quarter gross margin guidance for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from 22-24% up to 27-29%.
MediaTek launches 64-bit 8-core chip early
Jul 15, 22:14
MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014.
Phison may cut prices to ramp up SSD shipments
Jul 14, 14:22
NAND flash controller chipmaker Phison Electronics will exert all-out efforts, including price reductions, to ramp up its shipments of SSD devices in the third quarter of 2014, according to company chairman Khein-Seng Pua.
Vishay to acquire Capella Microsystems via tender offer
Newswatch - Jul 14, 09:59
Taiwan-based IC design house Capella Microsystems has signed a merger agreement with US-based semiconductor firm Vishay Intertechnology and its affiliated Vishay Taiwan, under which Vishay will acquire up to 100% of Capella's outstanding shares at a price of NT$139 (US$4.64) per share through a tender...
FPC obtains design-wins for fingerprint sensor in China
Jul 11, 15:47
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has gained design-wins for its fingerprint sensor, the FPC1021, from smartphone vendors in China, which will pave the way for the firm to begin volume production of the chip in October 2014, according to industry sources.
MediaTek remains calm on Qualcomm price reduction
Jul 11, 14:05
MediaTek has said it is not concerned much about Qualcomm's announcement that it is lowering prices for its entry-level 4G solutions, believing that the price reductions will not hinder its plans to make a major push into China's 4G solution market, according to industry sources.
IC design houses set for higher gross margins
Jul 10, 15:22
IC design houses including MediaTek, Realtek Semiconductor, Novatek Microelectronics and Richtek Technology are expected to see their gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 settle at the high-end targets of their guidances, buoyed by stabilizing chip prices, according to industry sources.
MediaTek 2Q14 sales meet guidance
Jul 8, 11:56
IC design house MediaTek has reported revenues of NT$15.71 billion (US$524.91 million) for June, down 18.8% sequentially but up 60.7% on year. Second-quarter revenues were up 17.7% to NT$54.13 billion, meeting its guidance of NT$51.5-55.2 billion.
KYEC June, 2Q14 revenues hit new highs
Newswatch - Jul 7, 12:46
IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) saw its revenues gain 3.4% on month and 11.2% on year to a record high of NT$1.44 billion (US$48.19 million) in June.
Elan June revenues down, but 2Q14 revenues up 20%
Newswatch - Jul 7, 11:11
Touch controller chipmaker Elan Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$643 million (US$21.52 million) for June, decreasing 12.7% from the previous month and also a year earlier.
SMIC to fabricate Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs on 28nm process
Jul 4, 15:20
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Qualcomm have announced that the two firms will collaborate on 28nm wafer production process, and SMIC will manufacture Qualcomm's Snapdragon family processors in China.
Chipset solution vendors seek 28nm capacity at UMC, Globalfoundries and SMIC
Jul 2, 14:03
Chipset solution vendors including Qualcomm and MediaTek have continued to seek additional 28nm capacity at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Globalfoundries and, particularly, at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to tight production at TSMC, according to industry...
Most Taiwan makers unlikely to enter Android One supply chain
Jul 1, 15:41
While Google is ambitious to boost sales of its planned Android One-based smartphones to emerging markets, most Taiwan-based handset component makers are unlikely to obtain orders for Android One smartphones because they are less price-competitive compared to China-based rivals, according to industry...
Digitimes Research: Wi-Fi chipmakers taking different paths for growth
Jun 30, 15:43
In the first half of 2014, Wi-Fi chipmakers can be divided into two groups: one focusing on developing Wi-Fi chip solutions with better specifications and higher speed, and the other that is no longer interested in increasing the number of antenna or transmission speed, but instead focusing on meeting...
Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources
Jun 27, 11:57
Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply ch...
Demand for fingerprint sensors to grow robustly in 2H14
Jun 25, 10:42
Global demand for fingerprint identification sensors is set to grow significantly in the second half of 2014 as the Android platform is now able to support fingerprint sensor applications, according to industry sources.
Smartphone vendors trending to develop more ICs in-house
Jun 24, 15:28
Some brand handset vendors reportedly have accelerated their in-house development of smartphone-use ICs, while reducing the ratio of ICs purchased from outside, according to component suppliers in Taiwan's handset supply chain.
Dialog reportedly discontinues cooperation with Richtek
Jun 18, 21:45
Dialog Semiconductor reportedly has temporarily suspended its cooperation with Richtek Technology for the development of power management solutions, while shifting its focus to cooperate with smartphone solution providers, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Global SSD sales to grow 60% in 2014
Jun 18, 15:41
Global SSD sales are expected to grow 60% on year in 2014 after nearly doubling a year earlier, buoyed by continually declining NAND flash prices, slimming-down of notebooks, and the rise of convertible tablets, according to Digitimes Research.