Xilinx begins delivering 20nm chips
Dec 12, 15:47
Xilinx has announced that it began to ship its first 20nm silicon in early November 2013, continuing to execute on an aggressive UltraScale device rollout.
TSMC builds up bumping capacity
Dec 12, 14:30
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has built up its bumping capacity to 150,000 12-inch wafers a month with total shipments amounting to over five million units, according to industry sources.
64-bit smartphones to be ushered in 2014, say sources
Dec 11, 14:14
The penetration rate of smartphones with CPUs supporting 64-bit capability is expected to increase in a fast pace in the next two years as chipset vendors including Qualcomm and Intel are ready to roll out 64-bit enabled chips, according to industry observers.
WPG reports revenue gains for November
Dec 10, 22:30
IC distributor WPG Holdings has announced revenues of NT$37.45 billion (US$1.26 billion) for November. Accumulated 2013 sales through November totaled NT$368.36 billion, increasing 11.1% from a year earlier.
Sonix November sales rise 11%
Dec 10, 15:22
Consumer IC design houses Sonix Technology saw its November revenues increase 10.8% sequentially to NT$333 million (US$11.24 million), thanks to a pick-up in orders for notebook webcam chips, according to industry sources.
MediaTek November revenues down slightly
Newswatch - Dec 6, 15:00
MediaTek has reported revenues of NT$12.82 billion (US$431.8 million) for November, down 7.7% from the previous month but up 48.2% from a year earlier.
Andes CPU core IP products adopted by Acer, Asustek
Dec 6, 13:59
Sensor hubs made with Andes Technology's 32-bit AndesCore N7-series CPU core have entered the notebook supply chains of Acer and Asustek Computer. Specially targeted at low-power mobile computing applications, the AndesCore N7-series family is also expected to expand its presence in the tablet field,...
Global 2013 semiconductor revenues to rise 5.2%, says Gartner
Dec 5, 17:09
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are set to total US$315.4 billion in 2013, a 5.2% increase from US$299.9 billion in 2012, according to Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues are expected to increase 6.2%, a significantly better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue...
IC vendor Parade reports strong sales for November
Newswatch - Dec 5, 15:59
Mixed signal IC vendor Parade Technologies has announced revenues of NT$565 million (US$19.03 million) for November, up 13.4% sequentially and 60% on year. Accumulated 2013 revenues through November totaled NT$3.66 billion, decreasing 18.9% from a year earlier.
Linear releases 80V buck-boost lead acid, lithium battery charging controller
Dec 4, 13:10
Linear Technology has announced the LT8490, a synchronous buck-boost battery charging controller for lead acid and lithium batteries, featuring automatic maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and temperature compensation. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated...
Semiconductor sales recover in 2013, says IHS
Dec 4, 11:00
Following a 2.5% decline in 2012, the global semiconductor market has regained its footing in 2013 with revenues set to expand by nearly 5% because of the strong performance of the memory sector, according to IHS.
Smartphones, Ultra HD TVs to buoy Novatek revenues in 2014
Dec 3, 14:13
LCD driver IC specialist Novatek Microelectronics is optimistic about its operations for 2014 citing brisk demand coming from the smartphone and Ultra TV sectors. The company also expects its TV SoC business to grow significantly in the coming year.
Driver IC vendor Ilitek expects flat 4Q13 sales
Nov 29, 12:24
LCD driver IC supplier ILi Technology (Ilitek) expects its fourth-quarter sales to register flat sequential growth thanks to replenishment demand prior to the 2014 Lunar New Year holiday season.
China MEMS eyes double-digit growth by year-end 2013, says IHS
Nov 28, 11:30
A robust microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market in China will end the year with a 19% increase from 2012, replicating vibrant growth for the second year in a row as MEMS usage continues to proliferate in the country's smartphones and tablets, according to IHS.
IC design houses see rally on strong demand in China
Nov 27, 15:42
Taiwan-based IC design houses which have deepened their sales in China will see their share prices soar significantly in 2013 thanks to strong demand from China's smartphone and tablet sectors, according to industry sources.
Globalfoundries gearing up for high-volume MEMS manufacturing
Nov 27, 11:39
Foundries will play a pivotal role in the MEMS industry's maturation, according to Gregg Bartlett, senior VP and chief technology officer at Globalfoundries. Mainstream foundries are eyeing the large-scale manufacturing of MEMS products with designs provided by fabless and fab-lite companies, gearing...
Lite-On Semi revenues to drop 10-15% sequentially in 4Q13
Nov 26, 21:52
Lite-On Semiconductor is expected to see its revenues slip 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to a 5% decline forecast previously due to decreasing demand for its discrete components, according to industry sources.
Sand 9 develops MEMS oscillators for mobile devices
Nov 26, 16:01
MEMS startup Sand 9 has rolled out a series of MEMS timing solutions designed for high-volume mobile devices, such as smartphones, tapping the huge potential market for MEMS-based oscillators that has already attracted its larger peers including Disera, SiTime, Silicon Labs and IDT.
IC orders for iPhone 5c likely to rise in 1Q14, say Taiwan firms
Nov 26, 13:58
With more mobile operators in emerging markets set to roll out Apple's iPhone 5c, IC orders related to the device are expected to pick up and begin to rise in the first quarter of 2014, according to sources at Taiwan-based component suppliers.
China market: Local brands to enhance high-end smartphone specifications
Nov 22, 11:11
China-based handset vendors will bring the hardware specifications of their high-end smartphones on par with those of international players in the first half of 2014, making international brands more difficult to compete effectively in China's high-end smartphone segment, according to industry sourc...
MediaTek to invest CNY500 million to develop in-car chipset solutions
Nov 21, 21:37
MediaTek has signed a contract with the city government of Hefei, China under which the Taiwan IC design house will invest up to CNY500 million (US$82.1 million) to set up a R&D-production center in Hefei for the development of in-car chipset solutions, according to industry sources.
Spansion gearing up for Japan MCU market
Nov 21, 21:35
Having acquired Fujitsu's MCU unit, Spansion is set to expand its presence in Japan with a focus on industrial and other application-specific applications.
Sony nears breakeven point on PlayStation 4 hardware costs, says IHS
Nov 20, 15:16
For the past seven years, Sony has offered various revisions of the PlayStation 3 console, many of which were sold at a loss. However, with the new PlayStation 4, Sony has produced a design whose component and manufacturing costs are starting out lower than its price tag – paving the way for...
Inventory of eMMC devices rises, say sources
Nov 19, 11:48
The inventory of eMMC devices has risen along with an increase in NAND flash inventory, prompting chip vendors to sell the embedded memory for a low price, according to industry sources.