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  • Getac expects ruggedized mobile device shipments to grow 15%

    IT + CE | 54min ago

  • Tablet vendors may decrease number of models to be launched in 2015

    IT + CE | 1h 6min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan small- to medium-size panel shipments reach 329.7 million in 3Q14

    Displays | 1h 32min ago

  • Connector maker BizLink looks to double-digit revenue growth in 2015

    IT + CE | 1h 36min ago

  • FineTek expects to see sequential growth of 10-15% in 2014 revenue

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:52

  • Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom hike target 4G user base for end of 2014

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:50

  • BOE shifts focus from Samsung to China vendors

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:18

  • Taiwan market: Acer, Lenovo expect growth in 4Q14 PC shipments

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:18

  • TV panel shipments increase 10.2% on year in October to 22.55 million

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:16

  • MediaTek dismisses rumors that it no longer supplies chips to Xiaomi

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:16

  • China market: 4G smartphone chip prices continue to fall

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:14

  • Taiwan IC designers expect gross margin to improve in 2015

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:13

  • Foxconn to continue investment in central Taiwan, says chairman

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:13

  • ChipMOS expects flat capex for 2015

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:12

  • LED packaging houses expected to see average sequential drop of 10% in 4Q14 revenues

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:11

  • China market: Third-party e-payments top CNY2.6 trillion in 3Q14, says Analysys

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:08

  • Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments in 4Q14 estimated at 74.53 million units

    Before Going to Press | Nov 25, 20:07

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MediaTek participates in government-led fund in Shanghai

Nov 25, 14:04

MediaTek has announced plans to invest about CNY300 million (US$49 million) in a China government-led investment fund aiming to boost development of the local IC industry in Shanghai.

ARM seeing troubles penetrating into PC, server industries; IoT becomes new battlefield for Intel, ARM

Nov 24, 22:27

Despite aggressively attempting to advance into the PC and server industries, ARM-based CPU platforms will not be able to achieve any significant results within the next two years in the two segments; however ARM and Intel have found a new business opportunities in the Internet of things (IoT) segment...

Taiwan IC designers see demand slowing down

Nov 24, 22:06

Demand for PC, 3G phone and consumer electronics ICs has slowed down recently, due to seasonal weakness, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

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Compatibility, efficiency crucial to wireless charging market: Q&A with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm

Nov 24, 11:29

Despite years of enthusiasm for wireless charging technology, the market for wireless charging applications remains undesirable. Digitimes recently held a chat with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm, to learn more about the latest development of wireless charging...

Quaccomm senior director Mark

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014, says IHS

Nov 21, 10:38

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent US economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications in 2014, according to IHS.

Falling LED bulb prices put pressure on LED driver IC firms

Nov 21, 10:34

Falling retail prices for LED light bulbs have put the LED driver IC market under pressure, according to industry sources. Some LED driver IC suppliers incapable of lowering their manufacturing costs will be forced to leave the market in 2015, the sources indicated.

China IC design houses expand presence in touch IC and fingerprint sensor markets

Nov 21, 10:27

China-based IC design firms including Goodix and Silead have expanded their presence in both touch IC and fingerprint sensor markets, thanks to rising orders placed by China's brand handset vendors, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan LCD driver IC revenues to rise 6% in 2014

Nov 20, 21:23

The combined revenues of Taiwan's top-six LCD driver IC makers are expected to register a 6.1% increase in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Automotive IC market to display strongest growth through 2018, says IC Insights

Nov 19, 21:38

Of the six major end-use applications for ICs, the automotive market is forecast to experience the strongest average annual revenue growth rate through 2018, according to IC Insights.

Touchscreen controller IC prices to fall further in 2015

Nov 17, 21:55

Prices of touchscreen controller ICs used in handsets are likely to fall 30% or more in 2015, due to fierce price competition among China- and Taiwan-based chip suppliers, according to industry sources.

Dongbu HiTek volume producing touchscreen controllers

Nov 17, 15:51

Dongbu HiTek has scaled up the production of touchscreen controller chips with embedded flash (eFlash) memory to meet rising demand for entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to the Korea-based IC foundry.

Himax expects flat or slight revenue growth in 4Q14

Nov 14, 16:22

IC design house Himax Technologies has reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014, which came in line with the company's guidance. Looking into the fourth quarter, the company expects to post flat or slight sequential growth in revenues.

Elan 3Q14 profits slip 15%

Nov 13, 19:25

Elan Microelectronics, which provides touchscreen controller ICs, saw its net profits decrease 15% sequentially in the third quarter with revenues slipping 5%.

Himax provides touch-panel controllers for Lumia 535, says report

Newswatch - Nov 13, 14:19

Taiwan-based Himax Technologies has secured touch-panel controller orders for the first Microsoft-branded smartphone, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) cited industry sources as saying in a November 12 report.

Chipmakers of Apple Watch supply chain gearing up production

Nov 12, 22:05

Chip suppliers involved in the supply chain of the Apple Watch are gearing up to start production for the upcoming wearable device, according to industry sources.

TSMC 16FinFET Plus process achieves risk production milestone

Nov 12, 16:08

TSMC has announced its 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) process is now in risk production. This enhanced version of TSMC's 16FF process operates 40% faster than the company's planar 20nm system-on-chip (20SoC) process, or consumes 50% less power at the same speed, the foundry claimed.

Digitimes Research: Tablet-use AP shipments in China grow slower than expected in 3Q14

Nov 11, 22:35

Shipments of application processors for tablets in the China market grew at a lower-than-expected 5.9% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as sales of white-box tablets were affected by the roll-outs of low-priced models by brand vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to rise 4.7% in 4Q14

Nov 11, 20:11

Shipments of tablet-use application processors (AP) in China are forecast to rise 4.7% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, shipments from Intel are set to outpace those from Allwinner Technology during the quarter enabling the US firm to break into...

WPG sees October sales decline on month

Stockwatch - Nov 11, 16:15

WPG has reported consolidated revenues of NT$39.184 billion (US$1.31 billion) for October 2014, representing a 8.36% drop on month and 9.01% increase on year.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments growth to be driven by LTE solutions in 4Q14

Nov 11, 15:01

China's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments are expected to grow 33.8% on year and 9.5% sequentially in the fourth quarter. The on-year growth will be 8.7pp more than that recorded in the third quarter. But on a quarterly basis, the sequential growth for the fourth quarter will be 2.2pp...

Xiaomi invests in 4G chip development, says sources

Nov 11, 11:58

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology and China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology have established a joint venture specifically for developing 4G chip solutions, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

MediaTek October revenues hit record

Nov 10, 12:02

MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.6 billion (US$705.9 million) for October 2014, up 16.5% sequentially and hitting a monthly record. Accumulated 2014 sales through October totaled NT$179.2 billion, rising 62.7% from a year earlier.

Top-20 IC suppliers sales to rise 9% in 2014 , says IC Insights

Nov 10, 10:23

IC Insights has disclosed a forecast sales ranking of the 2014 top-20 semiconductor (IC and OSD – optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete) companies. It is expected to require total semiconductor sales of over US$4.2 billion to make the 2014 top-20 ranking, according to the research firm.

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP shipments in China in 3Q14 estimated at 115.1 million units

Nov 7, 16:27

There were an estimated 115.1 million smartphone APs (application processors) shipped in the China market during the third quarter of 2014, representing an increase of 11.7% on quarter and 25.1% on year, according to data from the recently

Elan October revenues drop on month

Stockwatch - Nov 7, 14:42

Elan has reported consolidated revenues of NT$635 million (US$21.17 million) for October 2014, representing a 5.14% drop on month and 0.06% increase on year.

MediaTek expects seasonal sales decrease in 4Q14

Stockwatch - Nov 7, 10:58

MediaTek expects revenues to decrease up to 6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to seasonal factors, but there is still a possibility of a 2% growth. However, shipments of its smartphone solutions are likely to remain flat on quarter, according to the company.

Synaptics reportedly trialing 55nm driver IC production

Nov 7, 10:42

Synaptics, following its acquisition of Renesas SP Drivers, recently started trial production of LCD driver ICs using TSMC's 55nm node, according to industry sources.

FocalTech 3Q14 profits slip

Nov 5, 19:08

Touchscreen controller IC vendor FocalTech Systems saw its net profits decline 50.7% sequentially to NT$153 million (US$5 million) in the third quarter of 2014. Higher inventories discouraged customers from placing orders during the quarter, the company said.

Realtek 4Q14 sales to drop 5-10%

Nov 5, 19:04

Market watchers expect sales at IC design house Realtek Semiconductor to decrease 5-10% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014, citing seasonal factors.

Realtek reports revenues for October 2014

Stockwatch - Nov 5, 15:57

Realtek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.502 billion (US$83.4 million) for October 2014, representing a 12.25% drop on month and 14.61% increase on year.

Etron swings to profit

Nov 4, 20:55

IC design house Etron Technology swung to net profits of NT$94.27 million (US$3.1 million) in the first three quarters of 2014 from losses of NT$62.98 million a year earlier. For the third quarter, net profits jumped 175% sequentially to NT$56.63 million.

Processing, sensing and communications semiconductor device portion of IoT set for rapid growth, says Gartner

Nov 4, 14:43

The processing, sensing and communications semiconductor device portion of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a rapidly growing segment of the total semiconductor market, growing 36.2% in 2015, compared with the overall semiconductor market growth of 5.7%, according to Gartner. Processing will be...

WPG expects sales to grow over 5% sequentially in 4Q14

Stockwatch - Nov 3, 10:58

IC distributor WPG Holdings expects its sales to grow 5.6-9.8% sequentially to NT$107.5-112.5 billion (US$3.53-3.70 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2014.

MCU vendor Holtek to post single-digit revenue growth in 4Q14

Oct 30, 13:45

MCU supplier Holtek Semiconductor expects its sales to grow by a single-digit rate sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 amid a significant rebound in MCU orders for household appliance applications.

Chip suppliers asking downstream vendors, OEMs to place long-term orders

Oct 29, 10:44

Chipset suppliers are asking downstream vendors and OEMs to place long-term chip orders of up to 6-12 months on concerns that wafer production will remain tight in fourth-quarter 2014 and first-quarter 2015, which may affect chip production, according to industry sources.

MediaTek expected to see sales decline 6-11% sequentially in 4Q14

Oct 27, 11:54

MediaTek is expected to see its revenues drop 6-11% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to declining shipments of 3G smartphone solutions and other ICs for consumer electronics, networking communication and optical storage applications, according to industry sources.

Nuvoton posts EPS NT$1.51 for January-September period

Newswatch - Oct 24, 16:17

MCU supplier Nuvoton Technology has reported net profits of NT$88 million (US$2.89 million) for the third quarter of 2014, down 51% sequentially but up 61% on year. Third-quarter EPS stood at NT$0.42.

Taiwan makers in China less interested in additional investment, says TEEMA

Oct 24, 15:53

Manufacturers set up by Taiwan's citizens in China have become less interested and less willing to make additional investments in China and are instead considering relocating factories to India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Taiwan mainly because of rising costs, according to a survey of investments...

Google to not make additional investments in Himax Display

Oct 24, 14:11

LCD driver IC design house Himax Technologies has announced that Google has decided not exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display (HDI).

Flurry of mergers and acquisitions reshape the automotive semiconductor supplier landscape, says IHS

Oct 23, 16:07

Capped by the recent announcement that Qualcomm would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market, according to IHS.

eMemory NeoEE IP advances into automotive electronics applications

Oct 23, 11:15

Silicon IP provider eMemory has announced that it has upgraded the specifications of its MTP (multiple times programmable), low-power NeoEE IP for automotive electronics applications.

LED driver IC vendor Silergy set for brisk sales in 4Q14

Oct 22, 22:20

LED driver and analog IC maker Silergy expects its sales to remain brisk in the fourth quarter of 2014 after its revenues hit a record high of NT$326 million (US$10.73 million) in September thanks to the release of new IC parts for IoT, telematics and consumer applications, according to company chairman...

Bitcoin mining ASIC supplier Alchip to debut on TSE

Oct 21, 22:15

Alchip Technologies, a Taiwan-based fabless IC design house specializing in Bitcoin mining ASICs, will debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on October 28. Alchip posted revenues of NT$3.46 billion (US$113.95 million) in the first three quarters of 2014.

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.

Maverick Shih, Acer BYOC business manager

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.

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