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  • China Mobile chairman hopes China, Taiwan telecom industries can cooperate to develop 5G

    Before Going to Press | 9h 36min ago

  • LG to supply Apple with AMOLED panels for Apple Watch

    Before Going to Press | 9h 52min ago

  • Asustek plans to accuse motherboard competitors of patent infringement

    Before Going to Press | 10h 50min ago

  • MediaTek announces 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi AP/router SoC

    Before Going to Press | 10h 52min ago

  • China-based handset vendors unlikely to launch Android One smartphones

    Before Going to Press | 10h 53min ago

  • Taiwan panel makers see increased pressure from China in entry-level, mid-range segments

    Before Going to Press | 10h 54min ago

  • Neo Solar Power to raise NT$650 million additional capital

    Before Going to Press | 10h 55min ago

  • Taiwan market: Ultra HD TVs to make up 10% of retail TV sales in 2014

    Before Going to Press | 10h 56min ago

  • LCD TV shipments in India reach 2.2 million in 2Q14

    Before Going to Press | 10h 57min ago

  • Acer selected for 2014 DJSI assessment for first time

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  • Digitimes Research: IFA shows application of IoT to smart home devices

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  • Digitimes Research: IFA shows Android tablet vendors adding value instead of price cuts

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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.

Phison announces new quad-core SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller chip

Aug 6, 11:20

Phison Electronics has announced its latest quad-core SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller, the PS3110. The PS3110 is ideal for entry-level enterprise SSD solutions supporting up to 2TB, the company said.

FocalTech reports net profits of NT$310 for 2Q14

Newswatch - Aug 5, 22:06

Touchscreen controller IC vendor FocalTech Systems has reported net profits of NT$310 million (US$10.33 million) on revenues of NT$1.29 billion for the second quarter of 2014.

Qualcomm, MediaTek seeking additional 28nm PolySiON production capacity at UMC

Aug 5, 22:01

Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources.

WT Microelectronics expects 7-13% sequential growth in 3Q14 revenue

Aug 4, 21:47

IC and electronic component distributor WT Microelectronics expects its third quarter consolidated revenues will reach NT$27.5-29.1 billion (US$915-968 million), rising on quarter by 7-13%. Its gross margins are forecast to be 5.7-5.9%, while net operating margins will be 2.4-2.6% and there will be...

Taiwan-based consumer IC vendors look to slow sales in 3Q14

Aug 4, 15:56

A number of Taiwan-based consumer IC vendors are conservative about their business prospects for the third quarter of 2014 due to low order visibility, according to industry sources.

Taiwan-based IC design houses to land more eMMC controller orders in 2H14

Aug 4, 15:21

Taiwan-based eMMC controller suppliers are expected to land more windfall orders or cooperation projects from leading eMMC players, including Samsung Electronics, Micron Technology, SK hynix and SanDisk, according to industry sources.

China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC

Aug 4, 14:05

More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources.

WPG looks to 3.8-8.2% sequential revenue growth in 3Q14

Aug 4, 10:23

IC distributor WPG Holdings expects its sales to grow 3.8-8.2% sequentially to NT$118-123 billion (US$3.93-4.09 billion) in the third quarter of 2014, from NT$113.71 billion of a quarter earlier.

Silicon Motion looks to 15-20% sequential revenue growth in 3Q14

Aug 1, 11:33

Silicon Motion Technology expects its revenues to increase 15-20% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, from US$69.41 million a quarter earlier. Third-quarter gross margin will stay at 50-52% compared to 52.2% in the previous quarter.

Taiwan IC suppliers to benefit as Samsung steps up purchases of IC parts

Jul 31, 22:08

Samsung Electronics has stepped up the purchase of IC parts for its smartphones which will help ramp up revenues for a number of Taiwan-based IC design houses in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

MediaTek hikes 4G smartphone solution shipment target for 2014

Jul 31, 22:07

MediaTek has raised shipment targets for its 4G smartphone solutions for 2014 to 30 million units, from 15 million set previously, according to company president Hsieh Ching-chiang.

MediaTek 3Q14 revenues to grow 6-11% on quarter, say sources

Jul 31, 13:40

MediaTek is expected to see its revenues rise 6-11% sequentially to NT$57-60 billion (US$1.9-2.0 billion) in the third quarter of 2014, propelled by shipments of MT6290 and MT6595 4G chips and rising ASPs, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China sees increased smartphone AP shipments in 2Q14

Jul 30, 22:04

There were 103 million smartphone APs (application processors) shipped in the China market in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 13.2% on quarter and 11.5% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Innovative Logic, M31 Technology introduce USB-IF certified USB 3.0 device controller IP solution

Jul 29, 15:56

Innovative Logic and M31 Technology have jointly announced that Inno-Logic's USB 3.0 device controller IP along with M31's USB 3.0 PHY IP has won certification from USB-IF.

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP shipments in China to grow 2H14

Jul 29, 11:01

There will be 107.6 million smartphone AP (application processor) shipped in the China market in the third quarter of 2014 and 113.5 million units in the fourth one, increasing on quarter by 4.5% and 5.5% respectively mainly due to increasing demand for LTE (4G) smartphones, according to Digitimes...

Digitimes Research: China sees increased tablet AP shipments in 2Q14

Jul 28, 10:23

A total of 30.6 million tablet APs (application processors) were shipped to the China market in second-quarter 2014, increasing 10.5% sequentially and 39.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

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.

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