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  • Smartphone panel prices remain steady in October

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  • Motech, Giga Solar to form PV module JV

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  • AUO expanding its deployment in PV segment

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  • Nanya begins volume shipments of 20nm 4Gb DDR3 chips

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  • Kinsus 4Q17 revenues to rise up to 20%, says report

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  • MediaTek to post slight decrease in 4Q17 revenues

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  • China market: ZTEWelink wins NB-IoT module orders from China Mobile

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  • HiSilicon seeking second-source suppliers for 7nm chips

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  • Adata pre-tax profits hike 110% in 3Q17

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SEMI forecasts record silicon wafer shipments

Oct 17, 15:01

Worldwide shipments of polished and epitaxial silicon wafers are forecast to total 11.448 billion square inches in 2017, exceeding the market high set in 2016, according to SEMI.

Yield rates for iPhone X components improving

Oct 17, 11:00

Yield rates for certain iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, and shipments of the smartphone are set to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

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Taiwan peripheral suppliers to benefit from rising wireless charging market demand

Oct 16, 15:58

As wireless charging is set to gain popularity following the adoption of Qi wireless charging standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) by both the latest iPhone devices and some Android-based smartphones, Taiwan IC design houses, MCU (microcontroller) suppliers, and protection diodes makers...

Latest iPhone with wireless charging function

KYEC obtains key backend orders from MediaTek

Oct 16, 13:24

Testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has obtained orders for MediaTek's major products for 2018, including 12nm mobile SoCs, and chips solutions for voice assistant devices and base station applications, according to industry sources.

Samsung vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon to resign

Oct 16, 11:05

Samsung Electronics has announced vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon plans to resign as the head of the company's device solutions business and will not seek re-election as a member of the board of directors and the chairman of the board when his term ends in March, 2018. Kwon will also resign as the CEO of...

ON Semi looking to fully own Fujitsu fab

Oct 13, 10:58

Fujitsu Semiconductor and ON Semiconductor have announced an agreement that ON Semi will purchase a 30% incremental share of Fujitsu's 8-inch wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, resulting in 40% ownership when the purchase is completed.

Gartner raises 2017 chip market growth forecast again

Oct 13, 10:56

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$411.1 billion in 2017, an increase of 19.7% from 2016, according to Gartner. This represents the strongest growth since the 2010 recovery from the financial crisis when revenue increased by 31.8%.

ACTT complete IoT solutions available on SMIC 55nm eFlash platform

Oct 13, 10:54

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Chengdu Analog Circuit Technology (ACTT) have jointly announced the availability of ACTT's analog IP solutions on SMIC's 55nm eFlash technology. The combination of ACTT's analog IPs with SMIC's process technology, both engineered for very low-power...

Chipbond posts record 3Q17 revenues

Oct 13, 10:52

Chipbond Technology's consolidated revenues climbed to a record high of about NT$5 billion (US$165.3 million) in the third quarter of 2017. Market watchers expect the company to post a particularly strong fourth quarter thanks to a ramp-up of orders for TDDI (touch with display driver integration)...

Taiwan IC designers to rely on emerging markets for 4Q17 growth

Oct 13, 10:45

Taiwan-based IC design houses have seen orders from China's smartphone market slow down, but orders from vendors launching handsets in emerging markets like India have surged recently, according to industry sources.

Himax reportedly supplying WLO chips for iPhone X face ID

Oct 12, 15:10

Fabless IC firm Himax Technologies has begun shipments of chips based on wafer-level optics (WLO) technology to Apple, according to industry sources. The solution is reportedly a key component of the iPhone X's face ID sensor.

Global tablet AP market returns to growth after 2 years of decline, says Strategy Analytics

Oct 12, 14:42

After two consecutive years of decline, the global tablet applications processor (AP) market returned to growth and registered a 5% year-over-year growth to reach US$984 million in the first half of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics.

Wireless charging: Q&A with Steven Tateosian, director of IoT and Security Solutions at NXP

Oct 12, 13:42

The launch of Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X has highlighted wireless charging, a function that will also be featured in other smartphine vendors' upcoming models. However, besides smartphones, NXP Semiconductors also sees potential in wireless charging for larger-size applications such as notebooks...

NXP's Director of IoT and Security Solutions Steven Tateosian,

Morris Chang sees hurdle for semiconductor development in China

Oct 12, 13:20

While China is aggressively accelerating the development of its semiconductor industry, a hidden barrier will gradually surface to affect its development, in that many countries will try hard to prevent their advanced technologies from flowing into China, according to Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan...

Morris Chang, chairman of TSMC

Qualcomm faces antitrust fine in Taiwan

Oct 12, 11:40

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has concluded an investigation into wireless chipmaker Qualcomm, finding that certain of the company's business practices are in violation of Taiwan's antitrust law, and imposing a fine of approximately NT$23.4 billion (US$773 million).

Qualcomm says it will appeal the FTC ruling

Pure-play foundries boosting presence in China

Oct 12, 10:58

With the rise of fabless IC companies in China, demand for foundry services in the country has also increased. In total, pure-play foundry sales in China are expected to increase about 16% to US$6.95 billion in 2017, more than double the rate of increase for the total pure-play foundry market, according...

Global semiconductor sales increase 4% in August, says SIA

Oct 12, 10:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$35 billion for the month of August 2017, an increase of 4% compared to the previous month's total of US$33.6 billion and a 23.9% jump over the August 2016 total of US$28.2 billion, according to SIA.

WPG reports increased revenues for September

Oct 11, 17:04

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$51.257 billion (US$1.7 billion) for September 2017, representing a 3.52% increase on month and 0.57% increase on year.

Service-oriented corporate culture counts most in foundry sector, says Morris Chang

Oct 11, 14:43

Once describing Intel and Samsung Electronics as "700-pound gorillas" when commenting on his company's two major competitors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) chairman Morris Chang has recently said that he will never predict which of them will pose a greater threat to TSMC in the...

Morris Chang, chairman of TSMC

Dialog to acquire Silego

Oct 6, 13:53

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, charging, and low power connectivity technology, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Silego Technology, a supplier of configurable mixed-signal ICs (CMICs), for a cash payment...

Realtek revenues increase in September

Oct 5, 15:51

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.923 billion (US$129.29 million) for September 2017, representing a 9.07% increase on month and 7.48% increase on year.

Elan reports increased revenues for September

Oct 5, 15:51

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$750 million (US$24.72 million) for September 2017, representing a 1.35% increase on month and 12.6% increase on year.

TSMC 3nm fab plan to create huge biz opportunities for supply chains

Oct 5, 14:06

The decision made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) to build its 3nm wafer fab in the Southern Taiwan Science Park has won acclaims from both member firms of the TSMC Grand Alliance and Taiwan's IC packaging and testing firms, as the clustering effect triggered by the leading foundry house...

MediaTek to conduct interoperability tests with SoftBank for NB-IoT development in Japan

Oct 3, 14:29

MediaTek has announced it will conduct a series of interoperability tests of NarrowBand IoT connectivity (NB-IoT) with SoftBank in the first quarter of 2018 to pave the way for development of NB-IoT commercial applications in Japan.

"MediaTek is proud to be at the forefront of NB-IoT...

MediaTek regains smartphone AP market share in China

Oct 2, 15:53

MediaTek's revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 are likely to be the highest level for the year as the chipset vendor has managed to recapture more share in China's smartphone application processor market from Qualcomm recently, powered by its newly released Helio P23 and P30 SoCs, according to...

More supply chain makers vying for growing smart speaker market

Sep 29, 15:08

More supply chains for AI-based voice assistant devices and smart speakers have begun to emerge as nearly all heavyweight tech companies including Google, Apple, Samsung Electronics, Amazon, Microsoft and China-based Alibaba, Xiaomi Technology and Tencent all have jumped on the bandwagon, according...

SMIC, Sanechips announce NB-IoT solution

Sep 29, 10:48

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Sanechips Technology (formerly ZTE Microelectronics Technology) have announced the launch of RoseFinch7100, which the companies claim is China's first homegrown commercial NB-IoT (narrowband Internet of Things) chip.

Backend firm Lingsen enjoys strong orders for MEMS microphones

Sep 28, 14:49

Taiwan-based backend service company Lingsen Precision Industries has enjoyed brisk orders for MEMS microphones for use in smart speakers and voice assistants, according to industry sources.

MediaTek smartphone chipset MT6739 debuts in India

Sep 28, 11:55

MediaTek has introduced its MT6739chipset at India Mobile Congress 2017, the first mobile conference of its kind in the region. The quad-core system on chip (SoC) is built for India's rapidly growing 4G market, according to the chip vendor.

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Moore's Law has come to its end, says Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang

Sep 27, 14:57

Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang has said that with the emergence of GPU computing following the decline of the CPU era, Moore's Law has come to an end, stressing that his company's GPU-centered ecosystem has won support from China's top-five AI (artificial intelligence) players.

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia

AMD to launch 12nm Ryzen in February 2018, says mobo makers

Sep 27, 14:28

AMD has informed its partners that it plans to launch in February 2018 an upgrade version of its Ryzen series processors built using a 12nm low-power (12LP) process at Globalfoundries, according to sources at motherboard makers.

AMD reportedly ready to launch 12nm Ryzen processors

Digitimes Research: FPGAs getting a foothold in deep learning inference chip market

Sep 27, 14:22

While Nvidia is currently a leading player in the deep learning inference chip market, powered by its GPGPU (general-purpose computing on graphics processing unit) processors, other vendors are offering FPGA-based solutions to contest for market shares.

MediaTek likely to meet high end of 3Q17 guidance

Sep 27, 13:46

MediaTek is expected to meet the high-end of its sales guidance for the third quarter of 2017, driven by better-than-expected sales of its recently introduced Helio P23 and P30 chips, according to market sources.

MEMS sensor demand for smartphones, automotive surging

Sep 26, 15:42

MEMS sensor demand for smartphones and automotive applications has been surging, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend houses, which have enjoyed a ramp-up of orders placed by their MEMS chip customers.

Samsung ready to mass produce MRAM chips using 28nm FD-SOI process

Sep 26, 11:32

Samsung Foundry will soon be ready to enter mass production of magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) chips built using 28nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology, according to Korea media reports.

Beijing, Shanghai IC sectors prospering

Sep 25, 15:30

The flourishing IC industries in Beijing and Shanghai has been pushing forward China's overall IC industry development, enabling the rapid rise of China in the global marketplace. Development of both IC sectors in Beijing and Shanghai is also being backed by the "National Semiconductor Industry Development...

Taiwan IC backend firms to enjoy strong 4Q17

Sep 25, 11:57

A ramp-up of orders for communications chips, as well as TV panel-use driver ICs and TDDI (touch with display driver) chips, will enable Taiwan-based IC backend firms to enjoy a particularly strong fourth quarter of 2017, according to industry sources.

Taiwan fabless IC firms seeing orders pull in from China

Sep 25, 10:51

Taiwan-based fabless chipmakers including suppliers of LCD driver ICs, consumer electronics ICs, PC peripherals, networking and communications chips, have recently seen orders from China pull in, and are expected to post brisk sales results for September, according to industry sources.

Robust memory, panel demand to drive Supreme sales growth in 2H17

Sep 22, 12:35

Taiwan-based Supreme Electronics, a major IC distributor for Samsung Electronics, is expected to report strong results for the second half of 2017 driven by rising memory prices and strong OLED panel demand, according to industry sources.

TSMC to hold over 70% of PWM IC orders from Qualcomm

Sep 21, 14:11

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to grab 70-80% of the total orders for Qualcomm's new-generation power management ICs (PWM IC), according to industry sources.

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Synopsys tapes out DesignWare, Interface IP for TSMC 7nm FinFET process

Sep 20, 13:33

Synopsys has announced the successful tape-out of a broad portfolio of DesignWare Foundation and Interface PHY IP for TSMC's 7nm process technology, including logic libraries, embedded memories, embedded test and repair, USB 3.1/2.0, USB-C 3.1/DisplayPort 1.4, DDR4/3, MIPI D-PHY, PCI Express 4.0/3.1,...

NAND flash supply to stay tight til end-2017, says Phison chairman

Sep 20, 13:23

The supply of NAND flash memory is expected to remain tight through the end of 2017, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman of flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics.

Intel provides 10nm updates, plan for 10nm FPGA

Sep 20, 10:49

Intel has provided updates for its 10nm process and plans for 10nm FPGAs, as well as the availability of its 64-layer 3D NAND for data center applications. The disclosures were made during a recent company event held in Beijing, China.

Edom 3Q17 revenues to increase over 20% sequentially

Sep 19, 13:56

Edom Technology, which distributes products for chip vendors such as Nvidia and Skyworks, is expected to report over 20% revenue growth sequentially for the third quarter of 2017, according to market sources.

SMIC, Brite and Synopsys team up for IoT platform

Sep 19, 11:40

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), Brite Semiconductor and Synopsys have teamed up to develop a platform that enables designers, system integrators and OEMs to accelerate and differentiate their next-generation IoT systems, according to the companies.

GigaDevice signs wafer supply contract with SMIC

Sep 19, 10:36

China-based GigaDevice Semiconductor, a maker of flash memory devices and microcontroller (MCU) chips, has signed a strategic agreement on the supply of wafers worth about CNY1.2 billion (US$183.7 million) with Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), according to industry sources.

AI processor emerging as new opportunity for China, says expert

Sep 18, 16:11

Artificial intelligence (AI) processors will constitute a new opportunity for development in China, as AI applications are emerging rapidly to trigger a new round of demand in AI processors, according to Yu Kai, founder and CEO of China-based Horizon Robotics.

Yu Kai, CEO of Horizon Robotics

Talent counts most in China IC development, says former SMIC CEO

Sep 18, 14:32

The most critical key to achieving a breakthrough in the development of China's semiconductor industry rests with talent, instead of funds, markets or government policy support, according to Richard Zhang, founder and former CEO of China's largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International...

Richard Zhang, former CEO of SMIC

MediaTek to unveil 5G prototype chip by end-2017

Sep 18, 11:19

MediaTek is expected to complete development of its 5G prototype chip by the end of 2017, and is gearing up for trials of its 5G solutions in 2018, according to industry sources.

SJSemi, Qualcomm announce qualification of 10nm ultra-high density wafer bumping technology

Sep 18, 11:08

China-based SJ Semiconductor has started the qualification of 10nm ultra-high density wafer bumping for Qualcomm, according to the companies. This represents SJSemi's further improvement in processing techniques and capabilities after its success in 28nm and 14nm wafer bumping mass production in 2016,...

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