Silicon Motion to offer solutions for 3D XPoint devices
Jul 31, 16:04
Silicon Motion Technology, a Taiwan-based company engaged in the design and development of NAND flash device controller solutions, will reportedly provide controller chips for SSDs utilizing 3D XPoint memory technology developed jointly by Intel and Micron Technology.
Hua Hong Semiconductor, QST announce 3-axis gyroscope SoC
Jul 30, 21:52
Hua Hong Semiconductor, a pure-play 200mm foundry, and Shanghai Quality Sensor Technology (QST) have jointly announced what they claim is the first 3-axis gyroscope SoC developed and manufactured by China-based firms.
MediaTek 3Q15 sales likely to rise 15-20%
Jul 29, 16:06
Market sources expect MediaTek to post revenue growth of 15-20% sequentially in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the 20-30% estimated previously. The revised projection came on the heels of recent comments made by MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang about the chip market outlook.
Intel and Micron claim breakthrough memory solution
Jul 29, 15:46
Intel and Micron Technology have jointly announced 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process...
China IC backend firms reportedly obtain orders from Qualcomm, MediaTek
Jul 29, 15:35
Major China-based IC backend houses including Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics have obtained orders from Qualcomm and MediaTek, which tend to support the China government's efforts to boost development of the local IC industry, according to industry sour...
Holtek 1H15 profits rise 2%
Jul 28, 15:15
Microcontroller (MCU) supplier Holtek Semiconductor has reported net profits of NT$380 million (US$12 million) for the first half of 2015, up 2.2% on year, with EPS coming to NT$1.68.
Toshiba develops 2 new process technologies for MCUs, wireless ICs
Jul 27, 15:48
Toshiba has announced the development of a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analog power process. The new process technologies were developed for low-cost applications such as microcontrollers (MCU),...
4G phone chip prices to fall 50% in 1 year
Jul 27, 15:07
Prices for 4G smartphone chip solutions, which have fallen about 40% so far in 2015, will continue their downward trend in the second half of the year. Prices will fall an overall 50% for 2015, according to industry sources.
Allwinner chosen to gain government support
Jul 23, 20:19
China-based tablet SoC specialist Allwinner Technology has reportedly been selected as one of the target companies able to gain financial support from the central government, which has set up a national industry investment fund focusing on investing in the construction of advanced process capacity,...
Etron to post higher profits and gross margin for 2Q15, says report
Stockwatch - Jul 20, 20:59
Memory-IC design house Etron Technology is expected to see its second-quarter gross margin to outpace the prior quarter's level, with operating profits doubling to NT$30 million (US$1 million, the Chinese-language Commercial Times quoted market watchers as saying in a recent report.
Digitimes Research: Smart lock market emerging in Japan
Jul 20, 16:19
Development of the smart lock market has become active in Japan recently. Led by the launch of the 'Akerun' smart lock by Japan-based Photosynth, other vendors including Sony and Denmark-based Poly-Control have also stepped into the segment. Since smart lock systems can also apply to commercial markets...
Synaptics announces panel driver IC solutions for mobile devices
Jul 20, 15:07
Synaptics has announced sampling of ClearPad 4300, its second-generation touch and display driver integration (TDDI) product, and a lineup of four new display driver IC solutions which provide support for panel resolutions ranging from HD, FHD, WQHD to UHD.
Applied Materials intros ALD system for 3D IC manufacturing
Jul 17, 15:27
Applied Materials has unveiled the Applied Olympia ALD (atomic layer deposition) system featuring a modular architecture that delivers high-performance ALD technology to manufacturers of leading-edge 3D memory and logic chips.
Accelerometer, gyro prices fall
Jul 16, 15:42
Prices for MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes fell to as low as US$0.20 in the second quarter of 2015, down more than 30% from year-ago levels, according to industry sources.
TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production
Jul 16, 14:28
TSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple's A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources.
RDA Microelectronics looking to acquire S2-Tek, says paper
Newswatch - Jul 15, 14:23
China-based RDA Microelectronics, a business unit under the Tsinghua Unigroup, reportedly plans to acquire Taiwan-based S2-Tek, a TV SoC joint venture set up by Sunplus Technology and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Security a must for IoT market: Q&A with NXP EVP Steve Owen
Jul 15, 12:01
The acquisition of Freescale by NXP Semiconductors will make NXP the world's second largest MCU supplier after the merger. The deal highlights NXP's goal of making a significant inroad into the IoT application market by optimizing Freescale's MCU portfolio as well as its own comprehensive lineups of...
TSMC cuts 28/20nm prices as much as 10%
Jul 15, 11:23
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has slashed its prices on 28nm and 20nm process technologies by 5-10% in order to secure orders from major clients including Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to industry sources.
ASMedia cuts USB 3.1 solution pricing to below US$3
Jul 14, 15:53
Seeing that Intel has reduced its USB 3.1 chip solution price from US$10 to less than US$6, ASMedia has also recently cut its USB 3.1 product pricing to below US$3, hoping to gain orders from motherboard players. Intel supports transmission rates up to 40Gbps, while the ASMedia's solution can support...
Globalfoundries rolls out 22nm FD-SOI technology
Jul 14, 13:39
Globalfoundries has announced the availability of a 22nm process technology platform developed specifically to meet the ultra-low-power requirements of next-generation connected devices. Dubbed 22FDX, the technology delivers FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm...
WT Micro 2Q15 sales meet guidance
Jul 14, 10:38
Consolidated revenues at IC distributor WT Microelectronics increased 0.8% sequentially and 11.8% from a year earlier to NT$28.76 billion (US$927 million) in the second quarter of 2015, meeting the company's guidance of NT$28-29.5 billion.
IC distributor WPG 2Q15 revenues hit record
Jul 10, 10:24
Consolidated revenues at WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, increased 15.2% sequentially to a record high of NT$124.46 billion (US$4 billion) in the second quarter of 2015. The result also beat the company's guidance of NT$117-122 billion.
Gartner cuts 2015 chip market growth forecast again
Jul 10, 10:21
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The prediction, however, is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 4% increase.
SK Hynix launches in-house developed UFS 2.0 solution
Jul 9, 14:40
SK Hynix has developed a 64GB solution based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, built using the company's 16nm NAND flash process, and its own firmware and controller, according to the Korea-based memory vendor.
Global chip sales rise 5% in May, says SIA
Jul 7, 14:53
Worldwide sales of semiconductors for May 2015 came to US$28.2 billion, an increase of 5.1% from a year ago when sales were US$26.8 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$27.6 billion posted in April, May sales represented a 2.1% increase.