Earthquake hits key Taiwan Science Park
Feb 6, 14:29
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Southern Taiwan on February 6 and several semiconductor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic players at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) had their production lines shut down. Since the lines were in mid-production, the affected companies will first need to...
WPG posts profit drop despite record revenues
Stockwatch - Feb 4, 21:34
IC distributor WPG has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$515.65 billion (US$15.45 billion) for 2015. Net profits, however, decreased 6.6% on year to NT$5.45 billion.
WT Micro posts record profit for 2015
Stockwatch - Feb 4, 21:32
IC distributor WT Microelectronics has reported record net profits of NT$1.98 billion (US$59.5 million) for 2015, with EPS reaching NT$4.49.
Elan reports decreased revenues for January 2016
Stockwatch - Feb 4, 15:54
Touchscreen controller IC specialist Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$532 million (US$15.9 million) for January 2016, down 20.3% from a year earlier.
Novatek looks to 5-9% revenue decrease in 1Q16
Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:23
IC design house Novatek Microelectronics expects to post a revenue decrease of 5-9% sequentially in the first quarter of 2016. Novatek estimated that revenues for the first quarter would be between NT$11.5 billion (US$343 million) and NT$12 billion, with gross margin ranging from 27.5% to 28.5%.
Pixart Imaging 1Q16 revenues to drop 5-10%
Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:20
IC design house Pixart Imaging is likely to post a revenue decrease of 5-10% sequentially in the first quarter of 2016, as a result of seasonal factors, market watchers estimate based on the company's outlook. But thanks to a more favorable product mix, gross margin is expected to rise, the watchers...
Apple products driving MEMS microphone market growth, IHS says
Feb 2, 16:09
The popularity of Apple's iPhone 6S and other products is boosting the MEMS microphone market to a CAGR of 13% from 2015 to 2019, according to IHS. The market is forecast to reach six billion units, with US$1.3 billion in revenues, in 2019.
FocalTech optimistic about 2016 with new products
Feb 2, 12:16
FocalTech Systems has been engaged in the development of single-chip integrated driver controllers, as well as the development of force touch solutions and fingerprint sensors, and the efforts are expected to bear fruit in 2016.
MediaTek looks to 10% revenue growth in 2016
Feb 1, 22:31
MediaTek expects to post about a 10% revenue increase in 2016. However, due to continued-intense competition in the handset-IC market, the company's gross margin is unlikely to rebound to 40%, according to company VP and president CJ Hsieh.
Nuvoton reports EPS NT$2.26 for 2015
Newswatch - Feb 1, 10:20
Nuvoton Technology has reported net profits of NT$65 million (US$1.94 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, down over 50% sequentially but more than double from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.31 for the quarter.
Silicon Motion 4Q15 revenues hit record high
Newswatch - Feb 1, 10:09
Silicon Motion saw its revenues grow 3% sequentially to a record high of US$98.04 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, while net income (non-GAAP) decreased to US$19.68 million or $0.55 per diluted ADS from a net income of $20 million or $0.57 per diluted ADS a quarter earlier.
Handset baseband IC market declines 12% in 3Q15, says Strategy Analytics
Jan 29, 11:01
The global cellular baseband processor market declined 12% from a year earlier to US$5.1 billion in the third quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung LSI, Spreadtrum and HiSilicon grabbed the top-five baseband revenue share spots in the quarter.
Parade looks to up to 8% revenue increase in 1Q16
Jan 29, 10:53
Mixed-signal IC design house Parade Technologies expects to post consolidated revenues of between US$67 million and US$73 million in the first quarter of 2016 representing sequential growth of up to 8%.
Realtek reports increased profits for 4Q15
Newswatch - Jan 27, 22:55
IC design house Realtek Semiconductor has reported net profits of NT$720 million (US$21.42 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, up 20.4% sequentially. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.43 for the quarter.
Sony acquires LTE chipmaker Altair Semiconductor
Jan 26, 16:15
Sony announced on January 26 that it has reached an agreement with Altair Semiconductor and its major shareholders to acquire the company. The purchase price is US$212 million, and Sony expects to complete the acquisition in early February 2016.
Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights
Jan 26, 15:38
Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.
Fingerprint sensor market growth continues upward trajectory, says IHS
Jan 26, 15:00
Fingerprint sensors, used primarily for mobile device login and payment security systems, have become an expected feature in high-end smartphones and, to a lesser extent, in tablets and notebooks. Led by Apple's iPhone, shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million...
Holtek posts record profits for 2015
Stockwatch - Jan 25, 21:42
Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops standard microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, has reported record net profits of NT$806.8 million (US$24 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$3.97 billion for 2015. EPS came to NT$3.57.
China market: Force touch sensor demand to increase in 2H16
Jan 22, 10:22
More China-based Android phone developers are ready to roll out new models featuring force touch screens in 2016, but orders for force touch sensors from China are unlikely to see significant increases until the second half of 2016, according to sources at Taiwan-based touchscreen IC specialists.
Semiconductor R&D growth slows in 2015, says IC Insights
Jan 21, 14:52
Semiconductor industry spending on research and development grew by just 0.5% in 2015, which was the smallest increase since the 2009 downturn year and significantly below the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% in R&D expenditures during the last 10 years, according to IC Insights.
Richtek to delist from TSE on April 29
Jan 21, 10:20
Richtek Technology will be delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on April 29, the date when its acquisition by MediaTek becomes effective, according to the analog IC specialist.
Sensor hubs market growing fast, IHS says
Jan 21, 10:12
The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming. In fact due to "always on" sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in...
Digitimes Research: MediaTek facing challenges from mobile AP market in 2016
Jan 19, 21:32
MediaTek is currently a major mobile application processor (AP) supplier in China and is enjoy high shares in the country's smartphone and tablet AP markets; however, lacking clients from western countries, the company is only able to achieve limited growth in its share of the worldwide AP market and...
Qualcomm teams up with Chinese province for server chips
Jan 18, 15:44
In a recent ceremony at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Qualcomm and officials from the People's Government of Guizhou Province signed a strategic cooperation agreement and unveiled a joint venture - the Guizhou Huaxintong Semi-Conductor Technology. The JV, with initial registered...
Qualcomm, TDK form JV to provide RF front-end solutions for mobile devices
Jan 14, 11:13
Qualcomm and TDK have announced an agreement to form a joint venture to enable delivery of RF front-end (RFFE) modules and RF filters into fully integrated systems for mobile devices and fast-growing business segments, such as Internet of Things (IoT), drones, robotics, automotive applications and...
Microchip, SiS partner on multi-touch and 3D-gesture modules for displays
Jan 14, 10:29
Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, has announced its partnership with Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) to provide customers with complete projected-capacitive touch (PCAP) and 3D-gesture interface modules, which will lead to faster development...
Fingerprint sensor prices to fall 40% in 2016
Jan 13, 21:52
Fingerprint sensor prices, which fell more than 30% in 2015, are expected to fall further in 2016 due to more competition in the market, according to industry sources.
Pixart Imaging to buy back shares
Stockwatch - Jan 13, 11:08
IC design house Pixart Imaging has unveiled plans to buy back up to two million of its own shares from January 12 to March 11 at prices between NT$50 (US$1.50) and NT$117. The repurchased shares will be distributed to employees, the company said.
Phison reports record 2015 revenues
Stockwatch - Jan 12, 11:06
NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.18 billion (US$1.12 billion) for 2015, up 12.4% on year and hitting a record high.
WT Micro 4Q15 sales meet guidance
Jan 11, 16:03
Consolidated revenues at IC distributor WT Microelectronics decreased about 4% sequentially to NT$27.58 billion (US$825.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015, meeting the company's guidance of NT$26.4-28.1 billion.
Qualcomm regains competitive edge in China solution market
Jan 11, 11:53
Qualcomm has regained its competitive edge in China's smartphone solution market as it has managed to renew licensing agreements with a number of China-based handset vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset industry.
WPG reports record revenues for 4Q15
Stockwatch - Jan 11, 10:40
WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$142.62 billion (US$4.26 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2015.