Demand for TV, STB and LED driver ICs picking up
Apr 24, 14:31
Demand for chips supporting TVs, STBs, LED signage boards and audio products has picked up recently as consumers are buying related audio and video devices for the upcoming World Cup 2014, according to industry sources.
TPT to ramp up PCB production capacity
Apr 22, 21:27
PCB maker Taiwan PCB Techvest (TPT) will ramp up its PCB capacity to 1.2 million square feet a month in the second quarter of 2014 and to 1.5 million square feet by the end of the third quarter, according to industry sources.
Intel, MediaTek become favorites in China white-box tablet industry
Apr 21, 11:04
China's white-box tablet players have been turning to adopt application processor (AP) solutions from Intel and MediaTek for their 3G and LTE-enabled models because of Intel's subsidies for tablet products and MediaTek solutions' pricing advantages, according to sources from China's white-box supply...
MediaTek 2Q14 revenues to increase
Apr 17, 22:00
Shipments of smartphone and tablet solutions from MediaTek are expected to grow in the second quarter of 2014, pushing quarterly revenues up over the NT$46.01 billion (US$1.53 billion) posted in the previous quarter, according to an industry estimate.
Digitimes Research: Qualcomm rethinks AP development strategy
Apr 17, 14:02
Qualcomm has received recognition from brand vendors for its mobile application processors (APs) based on its in-house developed architecture. However, its competitors have started to pick up their pace in releasing new products, and the CPU cores have become less important in SoC products. Amid such...
Industrial electronics chip market rebounds, says IHS
Apr 15, 14:44
Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life in 2013, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to IHS.
Intel aggressively promoting tablet CPUs in China
Apr 14, 15:34
Intel has resorted to an aggressive pricing strategy to promote sales of its tablet-use processors, particularly in China, a move which apparently will take on Qualcomm and MediaTek, while ramping up its market share, according to industry sources.
IC distribuotr WPG 1Q14 sales beat guidance
Newswatch - Apr 11, 14:14
IC distributor WPG Holdings has reported revenues of NT$38.64 billion (US$1.29 billion) for March, up 26.5% sequentially and 17% on year, buoyed by brisk sales of smartphones, tablets, related cloud computing devices and consumer electronic products.
Qualcomm announces highest-end Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors
Apr 9, 10:47
Qualcomm Technologies has introduced its next-generation mobile processors for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 tier, the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors. The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors are Qualcomm Technologies' highest performing platform to date, completing Qualcomm Technologies' lineup of 64-bit...
MediaTek 1Q14 revenues beat guidance
Newswatch - Apr 8, 21:14
MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$17.43 billion (US$576.2 million) for March, up 10.8% sequentially and 84.8% on year.
Novatek 1Q14 revenues meet guidance
Newswatch - Apr 8, 14:12
Driver IC design house Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$3.76 billion (US$124.3 million) for March, up 13.5% on month and 13.9% on year.
Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew 5% in 2013, says Gartner
Apr 7, 14:27
Total worldwide semiconductor revenues reached US$315 billion in 2013, up 5% from 2012, according to Gartner. The combined revenues of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased 6.9% during 2013. This was a better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue growth was 0.9%, and was due,...
Consumer IC vendors look to strong sales in 2Q14
Apr 3, 15:48
Consumer IC vendors including Generalplus Technology, Holtek Semiconductor, Sonix Technology, Alpha Microelectronics, Elan Microelectronics and Nuvoton Technology are expected to see their revenues increase significantly in the second quarter of 2014 due to strong pull-in orders from downstream clients,...
Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources
Apr 3, 15:46
The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.
TSMC capacity booked to the end of 3Q14
Apr 2, 22:04
The production capacity of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been booked through the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to orders from handset solution and PC chip vendors, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: 3-mode smartphones to dominate China entry-level market
Apr 2, 12:03
When announcing its LTE product lineup in 2013, China Mobile originally set 5-mode support for five major networking standards in China as a basic requirement for its 4G products, but the company lowered it to 3-mode at the end of 2013, as most chipmakers were unable to supply 5-model single-chip products...
TSMC likely to launch 16nm FinFET+ process at year-end 2014
Mar 31, 15:46
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with the 14nm nodes to be released by Intel and Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.
Richtek, GMT ramping analog IC shipments
Mar 31, 14:49
Analog IC design houses Richtek Technology and Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) are expected to see their shipments of power management (PWM) ICs for smartphone and tablet applications increase significantly in 2014, according to industry sources.
Lite-On Semi, Eris look to strong sales in 2014
Mar 31, 14:35
Discrete component suppliers Lite-On Semiconductor and Eris Technology expect strong sales in 2014 thanks to growing orders from the smartphone, tablet, LED lighting and wireless mobile charging device sectors, according to industry sources.
ASE, ChipMOS stepping into MEMS packaging sector
Newswatch - Mar 28, 16:00
IC backend service companies Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and ChipMOS Technologies have been strengthening their deployments in the MEMS packaging sector, according to industry sources.
SSD penetration rate bound to rise in 2014
Mar 26, 16:03
The recent roll-outs of new SSDs by Kingston Technology and Memoright will help ramp up the penetration rate of SSDs in the data storage device segment, according to industry sources.
Holtek MCU shipments to enjoy brisk sales in 2Q14
Mar 25, 22:16
MCU maker Holtek Semiconductor is expected to see its shipments of MCUs for household appliances, security and financial applications increase significantly in the second quarter of 2014, according to the company.
Analog IC vendors to see sales and profits grow in 2014
Mar 25, 21:26
Taiwan-based analog IC vendors are expected to see their sales and profits grow in 2014, buoyed by the release of new products for smartphone, tablet, LED lighting, server, STB and games console applications, according to industry sources.
IC market for personal computing systems to jump 6% in 2014, says IC Insights
Mar 25, 14:16
Following three consecutive years of declines, the IC market for total personal computing systems is forecast to increase 6% to US$77.7 billion in 2014 and climb another 6% in 2015 to US$82.1 billion, which will be just shy of the record-high US$82.3 billion set in 2010, according to IC Insights. A...
Capex of global semiconductor industry to reach US$62 billion in 2014
Mar 24, 22:33
Capex of the global semiconductor industry is expected to top US$62.2 billion in 2014 as increasing popularity of mobile devices has stirred demand for IC parts built by advanced processes nodes, according to an industry estimate. The industry's capex hit a historical high of US$65 billion in 2011.
MediaTek revenues to hit high in March
Mar 24, 22:15
MediaTek is expected to see its revenues reach over NT$17 billion (US$555.74 million) in March compared to NT$15.72 billion posted in February thanks to strong demand for its MT6582 quad-core chips from handset makers in China, according to industry sources.
MediaTek voices concerns about 2Q14 business outlook
Mar 20, 16:04
MediaTek has voiced concerns over the business outlook for the second quarter of 2014 due to weakening orders for chip solutions for TV, optical storage, LCD monitor and DVD applications although demand for its smartphone solutions remains strong.
Digitimes Research: MediaTek to continue eating into Spreadtrum market share
Mar 20, 15:18
Despite the slow-season performance of China's smartphone market, chipmaker MediaTek's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in the first quarter continue to see strong growth like it did during the previous quarter. The good price/performance ratios of MediaTek's entry-level and mid-range...
Transcend 2013 net profits hit 4-year high
Mar 20, 14:37
Memory module maker Transcend Information saw its net profit grow 8.5% on year to a four-year high of NT$3.2 billion (US$105.14 million) in 2013, the highest in four years. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$7.43 for the year.
Some small-size LCD driver IC makers likely to put up for sale
Mar 19, 22:11
Recent market rumors have indicated that some Taiwan-based small- to medium-size LCD driver IC makers are looking for potential investors hoping to sell their plants at good prices while demand for LCD driver ICs is high, according to industry sources.
Alcor Micro steps into USB 3.0 controller chip market
Mar 19, 14:33
IC design house Alcor Micro has recently stepped into the USB 3.0 controller chip market. Alcor Micro's latest USB 3.0 controller chip, the AU87100, has a read speed of up to 160MB/s and a write speed of 60MB/s and is able to drive eight NAND flash chips simultaneously, according to the company.
Semi material, equipment suppliers brace for strong sales
Mar 19, 11:45
Semiconductor material and equipment suppliers are poised for brisk sales in the months ahead, buoyed by a number of factors, including an upward revision of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) first-quarter guidance and high capacity utilization rates at 8- and 12-inch fabs in Taiwan,...