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  • North America semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 0.94 in September, says SEMI

    Bits + chips | 9h 58min ago

  • Taiwan Li-ion battery makers look to data center applications

    IT + CE | 10h ago

  • Samsung, TSMC Solid State Lighting reportedly to quit LED lighting business, say Taiwan makers

    LED | 10h 8min ago

  • Apple announces financial results for fiscal 4Q14

    IT + CE | 10h 12min ago

  • Bitcoin mining ASIC supplier Alchip to debut on TSE

    Bits + chips | 10h 16min ago

  • TV panel pricing increases in October

    Before Going to Press | 10h 32min ago

  • SAS may invest in solar cell, PV module makers

    Before Going to Press | 10h 32min ago

  • TPCA to present development white-paper for PCB industry

    Before Going to Press | 10h 33min ago

  • China companies to raid talent from Taiwan semiconductor industry

    Before Going to Press | 10h 34min ago

  • TPCA Show 2014 to take place from October 22-24

    Before Going to Press | 11h 56min ago

  • Chunghwa Telecom participates in NCP submarine cable construction

    Before Going to Press | 11h 56min ago

  • Taiwan panel makers continuing to shift focus to China handset vendors

    Before Going to Press | 12h 19min ago

  • Panasonic expects strong growth in home, vehicle and B2B segments in China

    Before Going to Press | 12h 21min ago

  • Apple announces fiscal 4Q14 results

    Before Going to Press | 12h 21min ago

  • Ultra HD monitor development on the rise; touchscreen units declining

    Before Going to Press | 12h 23min ago

  • TV vendors aim to ship 34 million Ultra HD TVs in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 12h 24min ago

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International smartphone chip vendors enhance development of tablet chips

Oct 20, 10:44

In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently,...

Acer, MediaTek BYOC partnership to achieve some results in 1H15

Oct 17, 15:51

Acer and MediaTek's cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek's new business development unit JC Hsu.

MediaTek announces MT6735 WorldMode smartphone platform

Oct 16, 11:16

MediaTek has announced a new 64-bit mobile system on chip (SoC), the MT6735, which builds opon MediaTek's existing line-up of mainstream LTE platforms by integrating with CDMA2000 technology and adding the critical WorldMode modem capability.

Handset solution vendors to launch low-priced 4G chips in 1H15

Oct 16, 09:53

Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources.

Rockchip showcasing Ultra HD chip solution at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Oct 15, 16:02

China-based IC design house Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics is exhibiting its RK3288 chip solution to support Ultra HD display and 13-megapixel digital camera resolutions at the Kong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition 2014 taking place during October 13-16.

Parade set for strong sales in 4Q14

Oct 15, 15:59

Mixed-signal IC design house Parade Technologies is set to post strong sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, buoyed by orders from Apple, according to industry sources.

Apple and Samsung to drive fingerprint sensor market growth 4-fold by 2020, says IHS

Oct 15, 15:47

Apple and Samsung will drive the value of the fingerprint sensor market four-fold to over US$1.7 billion by 2020 according to IHS.

IC suppliers see orders from China pick up again

Oct 15, 14:35

Some Taiwan-based IC suppliers have seen orders from China's smartphone sector begin to rebound recently, reflecting a warn-up of sales of 4G smartphones, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Silicon Works expected to expand non-LCD driver IC revenues thanks to LG

Oct 14, 15:33

Although Silicon Works' revenues from the LCD driver IC (LDI) business dropped 8.1% on year and reached KRW128.7 billion (US$120 million) in the first half of 2014 because of two consecutive quarters of decline in iPad shipments, the company is expected to be able to expand its revenues from non-LDI...

UMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, say sources

Oct 14, 11:42

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

Etron to deliver switch controller chips for USB Type-C connectors

Oct 13, 15:15

Etron Technology will begin to deliver samples of its switch controllers for USB Type-C connectors, the EJ179, by the end of October 2014 targeting smartphone and tablet applications initially, according to the company.

Display driver IC market to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, says DisplaySearch

Oct 13, 15:12

According to DisplaySearch, the display driver IC market is expected to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, up from US$6.4 billion in 2012. This growth stems from driver ICs with higher resolutions and higher average selling prices, as well as integrated functions. Continual increases in LCD panel shipments...

WPG reports revenues growth for September

Stockwatch - Oct 13, 11:53

IC distributor WPG has reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.76 billion (US$1.43 billion) for September 2014, representing an 11.97% increase on month and 12.84% increase on year.

Wafer supplies to affect 4Q14 performance at Taiwan-based IC design houses

Oct 13, 11:48

Some Taiwan-based LCD driver and analog IC vendors have indicated that their performance for the fourth quarter of 2014 will hinge on the supply of 8-inch wafers from major foundry houses, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Vanguard...

Alchip to build Bitcoin mining ASICs on 16nm process in 2015

Oct 9, 14:38

Alchip Technologies, a leading fabless IC design house specializing in Bitcoin mining ASICs, plans to migrate to a 16nm process in 2015 from the current 28nm process. Alchip has been outsourcing chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Digitimes Research: MediaTek, Rockchip to join Chromebook market

Oct 9, 14:16

In addition to gradually integrating Android's ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information...

Taiwan-based IC design houses look to slow sales in 4Q14

Oct 8, 21:53

Most Taiwan-based IC design houses are expected to see their revenues slide 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 as order visibility for the quarter remains lower than expected after the October 1 holiday season in China, according industry sources.

Novatek 3Q14 revenues beat guidance

Newswatch - Oct 8, 15:47

Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$5.36 billion (US$176.1 billion) for September, up 4.8% sequentially and 46.8% on year. Third-quarter revenues were NT$15.28 billion, beating the company's guidance of NT$14.3-14.7 billion.

LCD driver IC vendors ramping up non-LCD driver IC shipments

Oct 7, 22:14

Some Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors, including Himax Technologies, Sitronix Technology and ILi Technology (Ilitek), have begun ramping up shipments of non-LCD driver IC products, which are expected to contribute significantly to sales and profit growth for the companies in 2014, according to industry...

MediaTek September revenues lower than expected

Newswatch - Oct 7, 16:00

MediaTek has announced revenues of NT$18.55 billion (US$609.44 million) for September 2014, down 5.7% sequentially but up 42.2% on year. The monthly figures were lower than market expectations of over NT$20 billion.

Innostor to launch smartwatch module solutions

Oct 7, 15:43

NAND flash controller IC design house Innostor Technology will expand its product portfolio to include IC parts for IoT devices and plans to launch its first smartwatch module, the ISW-B1, in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company.

iPhone 6 chip orders to remain high in 1Q15, say sources

Oct 6, 16:04

Orders for chipsets for production of the iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015 have exceeded 50 million units, according to an industry estimated.

iPhone 6 Plus to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments, say sources

Oct 3, 14:44

Sales of iPhone 6 Plus will be higher than expected, to account for 60% of total shipments of iPhone 6 devices, judging from recent shipments of analog ICs to the two iPhone 6 device producers, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, according to industry sources.

Intel, AMD to offer new tablet platforms in 2015

Oct 3, 14:08

Despite slowing growth in global tablet demand, Intel will unveil Cherry Trail, 14nm-based SoC processors specifically designed for tablets and equipped with Intel 8th-generation GPUs, and supporting Android and Windows, in the first quarter of 2015 and start volume production in March, while AMD will...

Digitimes Research: ARM Mali to become mainstream GPU architecture for China APs in 2H14

Oct 3, 11:38

ARM's Mali is expected to become the mainstream GPU architecture for China-based application processors (APs) in the second half of 2014 in terms of market share, surpassing Imagination significantly. However, in the high-end segment, Mali's share will be slightly weaker than that of Qualcomm's GPU...

China-based IC design houses land fingerprint sensor orders from China handset vendors

Oct 2, 11:34

China-based IC design house Goodix reportedly has landed fingerprint sensor orders from China-based handset vendor Meizu, while fellow company Silead has snapped up similar orders from Huawei, according to industry sources.

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...

More Taiwan-based IC design houses to step into fingerprint sensor market

Sep 29, 15:34

More IC design houses in Taiwan and China are expected to enter the growing fingerprint sensor market, according to industry sources.

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.

Smartphone connectivity presents both opportunities and challenges for automotive processor chip suppliers, says IHS

Sep 25, 15:31

The use of smartphones in motor vehicles - already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon - is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers, according to IHS.

Tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, say IC suppliers

Sep 25, 14:56

The growth momentum of global tablet sales is expected to slow down in 2015 due to the rising popularity of large-size smartphones and a rebound in demand for notebooks, according to related PC chip suppliers.

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.

iPhone 6 Plus: US$100 costlier for consumers, US$15.50 more expensive for Apple to make, says IHS

Sep 24, 16:29

For consumers opting to buy Apple's iPhone 6 Plus rather than the iPhone 6, the additional 0.8-inch of screen size will cost US$100 extra. However, for Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus costs only about US$16 more to produce, delivering to the company an even heftier margin than normal for its wildly popular...

Pulsed RF power semiconductor device markets to exceed US$300 million by 2019, says ABI Research

Sep 23, 16:10

Markets for pulsed RF power devices up to 18GHz are expected to show continued growth over the next five years despite the current economic turmoil and cuts in defense spending. While their association with consumer spending fuels the volatility of many global electronics markets, pulsed RF power devices...

Digitimes Research: Intel, Rockchip look to expand x86 presence in tablet AP market

Sep 22, 15:46

Seeing the lack of strong growth in the PC market and excess wafer capacity, Intel is looking to resolve its problems by pushing it mobile product business. However, ARM's dominance in the mobile industry is forcing Intel to rely on giving out subsidies to partners to increase its presence in the market...

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...

Digitimes Research: Intel looking to promote x86 architecture to China chip designers

Sep 18, 14:32

Rumors that Intel is considering investing in China-based Spreadtrum have been circulating in China's IT industry recently and Digitimes Research believes the rumors can explain why Spreadtrum's product development completely stopped recently. Spreadtrum may enter a partnership with Intel to start...

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.

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.

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