Fast-charging chip business booming, say IC vendors
Sep 29, 16:23
The market of fast-charging chips is likely to reach one billion units a year soon due to a comprehensive adoption of fast charging technology by smartphones, tablets, notebooks, digital cameras, drones, wearable devices and other mobile power supply devices, according to an estimate of industry sou...
Kingston affiliate buys 70% of Innostor
Sep 29, 09:34
Kingston Technology's flash controller affiliate ASolid Technology has acquired as high as 70% of fellow controller company Innostor Technology for NT$60 million (US$1.9 million).
Taiwan IC distributors 4Q16 sales to increase
Sep 28, 15:59
Fourth-quarter revenues at Taiwan-based IC distributors including WPG, WT Microelectronics and Answer Technology (ANStek) will be driven by a seasonal pick-up in demand for smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as demand for automotive electronics and other end markets, according to the comp...
Foxconn could expand SiP business with Sharp chip unit
Sep 27, 10:14
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is in the process of integrating Sharp into its group, including Sharp's chip unit, which is a difficult part to combine with. Nevertheless, industry sources have suggested Sharp's broad sensors and components solutions could be an important cornerstone...
China HLMC to build new 12-inch fab
Sep 26, 15:38
Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) is expected to announce by the end of 2016 the construction of its second 12-inch plant, which will directly enter 28nm production, according to industry sources.
SES-imagotag to acquire Pervasive Displays
Sep 26, 15:04
France-based SES-imagotag and Taiwan-based Pervasive Displays (PDi) have signed a deal under which SES-imagotag will acquire 100% of PDi, according to the companies.
Shanhai Capital to acquire Analogix Semiconductor
Sep 23, 12:07
China-based Beijing Shanhai Capital Management announced that it has entered into a merger agreement with Analogix Semiconductor under which a consortium led by Shanhai Capital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Analogix for over US$500 million. China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment...
Phison board approves consolidation of company and offshore units
Sep 23, 10:38
Taiwan-based Phison Electronics' board of directors has approved plans to obtain 100% of its offshore business Everspeed and all the units under Everspeed including Memoryexchange. The transfer process will be completed by September 30, according to the flash device controller firm.
M31 partnering with TSMC to offer MIPI PHY solutions
Sep 22, 10:38
Silicon IP provider M31 has announced the development of its new MIPI M-PHY Gear3 IP on TSMC's 40LP and 28nm HPC+ process nodes. The 40LP M-PHY has been widely adopted by customers while the 28HPC+ IP will be formally released in the fourth quarter of 2016.
China SITRI 8-inch fab ready for MEMS manufacturing
Sep 21, 15:06
The government-sponsored Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute (SITRI) has its 8-inch wafer fab targeted specifically at the manufacture of MEMS parts with volume production slated for the second quarter of 2017.
BOE reportedly sets up new R&D team for bio-sensors
Sep 20, 01:00
China-based BOE has teamed up at least 100 engineers engaged in R&D for bio-sensors, according to industry sources. A business unit has also been set up under BOE to focus on related sensor products.
WPG 3Q16 revenues to rise up to 10%, says report
Stockwatch - Sep 20, 00:39
IC distributor WPG is expected to post revenue growth of up to 10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016, a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report quoted market watchers as saying.
Sprint intros MediaTek-powered smartphone
Sep 19, 14:36
Sprint has introduced the LG X Power, which features the MediaTek Helio P10-series chipset. The device is the first MediaTek-powered smartphone available from Sprint breaking new ground for MediaTek in the US market.
ASMedia sees revenues hit record high in August
Newswatch - Sep 13, 15:32
USB 3.0 chip controller design-house ASMedia Technology saw its consolidated revenues expand 47.8% on month and 40.8% on year to a record high of NT$208 million (US$6.566 million) in August.
Taiwan fingerprint sensor suppliers set to post strong 3Q16
Sep 13, 11:05
Taiwan-based fingerprint sensor suppliers including Egis Technology (Egistec), Elan Microelectronics and FocalTech Systems are set to post brisk sales for the third quarter of 2016 buoyed by strong demand for smartphones, according to market observers.
ALi completes share repurchase
Stockwatch - Sep 13, 11:02
Set-top box (STB) solution provider ALi has repurchased about NT$53.28 million (US$1.68 million) worth, or 3.1 million units, of its common shares from the open market, according to a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). Average price per share was NT$17.19.
Nvidia sees tight graphics card supply; to release GTX 1050 in late September
Sep 9, 15:27
Nvidia's Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 graphics cards are seeing strong demand from the market and therefore are currently in tight supply. To further expand into the market, Nvidia is planning to release its mid-range GTX 1050 graphics card at the end of September at the earliest.
WPG August revenues reach 8-month high
Stockwatch - Sep 9, 14:59
IC distributor WPG has announced consolidated revenues of NT$46.99 billion (US$1.5 billion) for August 2016, up 7.2% sequentially and hitting the highest levels since December 2015.
Apple pulls in chip orders for new Apple Watch, say sources
Sep 9, 11:47
Apple has increased chip and component orders for its new Apple Watch Series 2 products with monthly shipment volumes for August and September both surpassing two million units, according to sources from the supply chain in Taiwan.
On-Bright, Sitronix post record August revenues
Sep 9, 10:55
LCD driver IC supplier Sitronix Technology has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$981 million (US$31.4 million) for August 2016, while analog IC firm On-Bright Electronics' August revenues hit a record high for the fourth consecutive month.
IC Insights cuts IoT semiconductor market forecast
Sep 9, 10:54
IC Insights has trimmed back its semiconductor forecast for Internet of Things system functions over the next four years by about US$1.9 billion, mostly because of lower sales projections for connected cities applications (such as smart electric meters and infrastructure), according to the market research...
MagnaChip begins volume production for Himax PWM ICs
Sep 9, 10:52
MagnaChip Semiconductor has begun volume production for power management chips designed by Himax Technologies using MagnaChip's specialty 0.18-micron BCD process, according to the Korea-based analog and mixed-signal IC foundry specialist.
Globalfoundries unveils 12nm FD-SOI process
Sep 9, 10:51
Globalfoundries has unveiled a new 12nm FD-SOI semiconductor technology. Building on the success of its 22FDX offering, the company's next-generation 12FDXplatform is designed for a broad range of applications from mobile computing and 5G connectivity to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicl...
Global semiconductor sales rebound in July, says SIA
Sep 9, 10:49
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.1 billion for the month of July 2016, an increase of 2.6% compared to the previous month's total of US$26.4 billion.
MediaTek posts record August revenues
Sep 8, 10:54
Mobile SoC specialist MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$25.87 billion (US$827.9 million) for August 2016, up 4.2% sequentially and 36.1% on year. The monthly results were also a record high.
Novatek sees revenues up on month in August
Newswatch - Sep 7, 15:37
LCD driver IC vendor Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$4.094 billion (US$131.49 million) for August, up 7.3% on month but down 7.33% on year.
IC testing device provider CHPT reports increased sales for August
Newswatch - Sep 7, 12:34
IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) has reported revenues of NT$256.14 million (US$8.226 million) for August, up 5.44% on month and 53.99% on year. The August revenues were also the company's highest monthly figures.
Elan August revenues hit 26-month high
Sep 6, 15:06
Taiwan-based Elan Microelectronics saw its August revenues climb to the highest since May 2014, buoyed by rising shipments of touchscreen controllers and fingerprint sensors.
Phison posts record August revenues
Stockwatch - Sep 6, 14:49
Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, which supplies controller solutions for memory devices, has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$4.45 billion (US$141.8 million) for August 2016.