Altera announces availability of next-generation, non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs
Oct 1, 15:41
Altera has announced the availability of non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs, Altera's latest addition to its Generation 10 portfolio. Using TSMC's 55nm embedded flash process technology, MAX 10 FPGAs revolutionize non-volatile FPGAs by delivering dual-configuration flash, analog and embedded processing capabilities...
IC design houses to ramp up rapid charge controller ICs
Oct 1, 10:29
Taiwan-based IC design houses, including On-Bright Electronics, Leadtrend Technology, Anpec Electronics and Hanergy Technologies, are expected to begin to ramp up shipments of rapid charge controller ICs, according to industry sources.
Intel investments in Tsinghua may benefit China over processor development
Sep 29, 22:55
Intel has signed a contract with China-based Tsinghua Unigroup and will invest CNY9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in the company. Sources from PC players believe China is looking to acquire some of Intel's technologies through the cooperation and will use these technologies to improve its China-designed...
Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture
Sep 29, 14:11
With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources.
Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity
Sep 25, 11:58
Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources.
Commentary: Few Taiwan-made IC parts in iPhone 6
Sep 25, 10:55
A recent teardown of the iPhone 6 showed that Apple still prefers to use IC parts offered by leading international players, excluding most Taiwan-based IC design houses for the supply chain.
Smartphone 4G solution prices to continue to fall in 1H15
Sep 22, 13:15
Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sourc...
Silicon Motion announces single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution
Sep 22, 12:03
Silicon Motion Technology has introduced the SM2704 single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution. The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280MB/s and a maximum data write speed of up to...
Global semiconductor market expects over 3% on-year growth in 2015, says MIC
Sep 18, 16:15
Global semiconductor market value is estimated to reach approximately US$336.3 billion units in 2015, up 3.1% in comparison to 2014, delighted by the arrival of the Apple Watch and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, according to MIC. Shipment value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will grow 6% on...
MediaTek and Opera Software partner to extend consumer data plans
Sep 18, 12:06
MediaTek and Opera Software have jointly announced that Opera Max, a data-savings app for Android phones, will be embedded into MediaTek's LTE SoC (system on chip) solutions. The first two MediaTek SoCs to be shipped with Opera Max are the 64-bit MT6752 and MT6732 chips.
MediaTek announces 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi AP/router SoC
Sep 17, 10:45
MediaTek has announced its MT7628, a 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi AP/router system on chip (SoC). Integrating a 2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi radio and a 580MHz MIPS 24KEc CPU, the MT7628 enables consumers to control their home network, connected appliances and cloud services at home or on the go.
TSMC sees follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices
Sep 16, 22:33
Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.