Intel said to form stylus alliance
Jan 23, 16:05
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance, looking to establish a specification standard for stylus to make the input device usable across different mobile devices including the tablet, notebook and smartphone, according to sources from IC designers.
Commentary: Price cut competition looming for fingerprint sensor market
Jan 23, 11:05
The increasing number of suppliers of fingerprint identification sensors heralds keen competition in the sector's short-term future. Furthermore, the offering of integrated IC parts that combine LCD driver IC, touch-controller IC and fingerprint sensor in one chip could bring a sharp slide in prices...
Cypress licenses 40nm embedded flash IP to UMC
Jan 23, 10:19
Cypress Semiconductor and United Microelectronics (UMC) have jointly announced that UMC licensed Cypress's SONOS (silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for the 40nm process technology node. The technology will primarily be used in Internet of Things (IoT)...
Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers, says Gartner
Jan 23, 09:57
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17%, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$57.9 billion of semiconductors in 2014, an increase of US$3.9 billion from 2013.
Sunplus to sell STB chip business to China firm
Jan 21, 22:02
Sunplus Technology, a Taiwan-based IC design house specializing in multimedia and PC peripheral chips, has announced plans to sell its STB (set-top box) IC business to China-based Availink for NT$330 million (US$10.47 million).
Storart growing eMMC presence in China
Jan 21, 15:15
Storart, a Taiwan-based supplier of eMMC device controller ICs, expects to ship more than one million eMMC controllers a month in 2015 as the company is expanding its market presence in China.
JMicron grabs SSD controller orders from Western Digital, says report
Stockwatch - Jan 19, 21:43
Memory controller IC supplier JMicron Technology has grabbed orders for solid-state drives (SSD) from Western Digital (WD), as well as orders from memory module makers including Adata Technology and Transcend Information, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Worldwide semiconductor sales to rise 5% in 2015, says Gartner
Jan 19, 10:49
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$358 billion in 2015, a 5.4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The forecast is down from the research firm's previous estimate of 5.8% growth that was given in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Intel expands 2-in-1 reference design coverage to 12.5-inch display
Jan 14, 14:45
In addition to improving its 14nm Core M processors' specifications, Intel has recently expanded its US$349-399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, which is expected to heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment, according to sources from notebook makers.
MediaTek adjusts organization
Jan 13, 23:10
MediaTek has quietly adjusted its organizational structure by setting up two business groups - wireless products and home entertainment - to cover all its product lines, according to industry sources.
MediaTek reports record sales for 2014
Jan 12, 11:12
MediaTek saw its sales climb to a record high of NT$213.06 billion (US$6.68 billion) in 2014, buoyed by strong demand for smartphone chips.
Realtek sees December revenues drop
Stockwatch - Jan 9, 14:54
Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.489 billion (US$77.78 million) for December 2014, representing a 3.22% drop on month and 2.02% drop on year.
New Wintel hard to drive PC replacement, say Taiwan makers
Jan 9, 12:06
Although Windows 10 and Intel's 14nm-based Skylake CPUs are both expected to launch in the third quarter, sources from the upstream supply chain are conservative about the new Wintel combination's ability to stimulate the replacement of PCs and expect their shipments for notebooks in 2015 to remain...
MediaTek intros new chip for wearable devices
Jan 8, 00:59
MediaTek has announced its MT2601 SoC for wearable devices based on Google's Android Wear software. By enabling Android Wear on MT2601, MediaTek is offering a comprehensive platform solution for device makers to implement their own hardware and software.
IC designers ordering 8-inch wafer capacity in advance
Jan 6, 22:11
Fabless IC firms have decided to place orders for 8-inch wafer capacity for the year's hot seasons in the first quarter of 2015, as they anticipate 8-inch foundry capacity will remain tight throughout 2015, according to industry sources.
China to soon complete antitrust probe on Qualcomm
Jan 6, 21:56
The China government is expected to complete its antitrust probe on Qualcomm's sales of handset solutions in China soon. But it would be difficult for the China government to come out with a verdict prohibiting Qualcomm from charging a high level of royalties from its handset makers, according to industry...
MEMSensing, SMIC introduce 3-axis accelerometer
Jan 6, 11:43
China-based MEMSensing Microsystems and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) have jointly introduced what the companies claim is the world's smallest 3-axis accelerometer.
Digitimes Research: Nvidia steps up efforts for GPU licensing
Jan 5, 15:55
To find new outlets for its GPU business, Nvidia has started licensing its GPU architecture to other application processor (AP) designers. Kepler was the first GPU platform Nvidia offered for licensing and its latest-generation Maxwell will also become available for licensing later.
TSMC advises clients to order in advance
Dec 30, 22:13
TSMC has advised its IC design clients to place wafer orders in advance so that they can secure a steady supply during the peak season and meet demand in time, according to industry sources.
First-tier analog IC suppliers eye sales rebound in 2015
Dec 26, 15:57
Taiwan-based first-tier analog IC design houses, including Richtek Technology, Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) and Macroblock are likely to see a strong rebound in sales in 2015, powered by the release of new products, according to industry sources.
Shipments of USB 3.1 peripherals and chips to take off in 1H15
Dec 24, 22:49
Shipments of PC peripherals and chips supporting USB 3.1 standards are set to take off in the first half of 2015 due to the support of USB 3.1 interfaces by Microsoft, Intel, Apple and other PC suppliers, according to industry sources.
MediaTek shipments for 4G smartphones to hike
Dec 23, 14:16
MediaTek's shipments of 4G LTE chips for 2014 are set to reach 30-40 million units, a China Business News (CBN) report cited Aaron Chang, head of the company's China operations, as saying.
Faraday and Fresco Logic jointly develop 55nm USB 3.1 host controller, says report
Stockwatch - Dec 23, 10:37
IC design service provider Faraday Technology and Fresco Logic, a fabless semiconductor company delivering SuperSpeed USB connectivity solutions, have jointly developed a 55nm USB 3.1 host controller which will be adopted by Apple in its upcoming 12-inch Macbook Air, according to a Chinese-language...
China handset supply chain to delay IC purchases till 2Q15, say sources
Dec 22, 16:30
China-based handset makers and suppliers in the supply chain have adopted a wait-and-see attitude toward the purchases of ICs and other parts as telecom operators there are unlikely to launch new handset subsidy programs until the second quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.
Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market, says IHS
Dec 19, 11:00
The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation, according to IHS.