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Baidu adopts Xilinx to accelerate machine learning applications in the data center

Oct 21, 10:27

Xilinx has announced that Baidu is utilizing Xilinx FPGAs to accelerate machine learning applications in their data centers in China, and the pair is collaborating to further expand volume deployment of FPGA-based accelerated platforms.

Qualcomm to return to TSMC but not for 10nm, sources claim

Oct 21, 10:22

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to win back its Qualcomm business with 7nm production, not 10nm, industry sources have claimed.


StarChip security IC fabricated on HHGrace eNVM process

Oct 21, 10:16

Shanghai Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing (HHGrace), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hua Hong Semiconductor, and StarChip, a developer of smart card ICs, have jointly announced that StarChip's SCB136I-series security chips for bank cards are being fabricated on HHGrace's 110nm embedded non-volatile...

Verizon launches MediaTek-powered smartphone

Oct 21, 10:13

Verizon Wireless has launched the first-ever MediaTek-powered CDMA/LTE smartphone. The LG Stylo 2 V marks its debut as a certified smartphone chipset provider for Verizon, according to MediaTek.

IC Insights raises 2016 IC market forecast to positive

Oct 20, 15:54

IC Insights has raised its 2016 IC market forecast to 1% growth from negative 2%, and its 2016 IC unit volume shipment growth rate forecast from 4% to 6%. A large portion of this revision is due to a strengthening DRAM market, according to the research firm.

TSMC receives FPC fingerprint sensor orders, says report

Newswatch - Oct 20, 10:51

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has received orders from Fingerprint Cards (FPC) with production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chiense-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

TSMC certifies Synopsys IP tools for 7nm process enabling early tapeouts

Oct 20, 10:29

TSMC has certified the complete suite of Synopsys' digital, signoff and custom implementation tools for the foundry's most-advanced 7nm FinFET technology node, according to the EDA and semiconductor IP provider.

CIS module maker Asia Tech Image to see improved earnings for 3Q16

Newswatch - Oct 19, 13:34

Contact image sensor (CIS) module maker Asia Tech Image is expected to post an EPS of over NT$1 in the third quarter of 2016 due to increased sales, according to industry sources. The company garnered net profits of NT$76.31 million (US$2.42 million) of NT$1.23 per share for the first half of 2016.

SMIC, eMemory extend collaboration to 28nm

Oct 19, 11:17

Taiwan-based eMemory Technology, a provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP, has announced its partnership with China-based foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) covers silicon from 0.35-micron to 28nm processes.

Qualcomm announces 5G modem solution

Newswatch - Oct 19, 11:14

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, has announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, making Qualcomm the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution.

MediaTek says deal with NavInfo proceeding

Stockwatch - Oct 18, 20:58

MediaTek's deal with China-based NavInfo including the sale of AutoChips, is proceeding, according to the Taiwan-based chip company.

SMIC to expand 8-inch facility in TianJin

Oct 18, 16:11

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced an expansion project for its Tianjin facility, which the foundry claims will become the world's largest 8-inch wafer fab.

NVM IP provider eMemory cuts into Intel supply chain

Oct 18, 15:40

Taiwan-based eMemory Technology's embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP has been adopted in Intel's power management (PWM) devices, according to industry sources. This is the first time eMemory has obtained orders applied to Intel chip solutions.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues to dip 0.9% in 2016, says Gartner

Oct 17, 21:42

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$332 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015, according to Gartner. This represents two consecutive years of revenue decline, which has happened only once in history. But the outlook for the semiconductor market is improving.

Aspeed to see BMC chip shipments grow 30% in 2016, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 17, 15:48

Baseboard management controller (BMC) chipset provider Aspeed Technology is expected to see its shipments of BMC chips grow 30% on year to 4.3 million units in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Handset baseband IC market decreases 2% in 1H16, says Strategy Analytics

Oct 14, 15:31

The global cellular baseband processor market declined 2% on year to US$10.5 billion in the first half of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics.

Global 1H16 smartphone AP market grows 3% while tablet AP sector declines, says Strategy Analytics

Oct 14, 15:16

The global smartphone application processor (AP) market grew 3% on year to US$10 billion in the first half of 2016, while the tablet AP sector declined 34% to US$889 million, according to Strategy Analytics.

TSMC 7nm process ready for risk production in 2Q17, says co-CEO

Oct 14, 10:53

Development of TSMC's 7nm technology is well on track, and the process will be ready for risk production in the second quarter of 2017, company co-CEO Mark Liu said at an October 13 investors meeting.

TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu

Faraday PowerSlash IP available on UMC 55ULP

Oct 13, 13:44

Faraday Technology and United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of Faraday's PowerSlash fundamental IP cells on UMC's 55nm ultra-low-power (55ULP) process technology.

Taiwan chip vendors strive to lower costs

Oct 13, 10:12

Taiwan-based chip suppliers are in talks with their foundry partners about possible ways to cut costs, including reducing silicon area and the number of masks, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm appoints new head of Taiwan business unit

Oct 13, 10:10

Qualcomm has announced the appointment of ST Liew, former co-president of Acer's BYOC Smart Products Business unit, to serve as its vice president as well as president of Qualcomm Taiwan, effective on October 12, 2016.

Qualcomm Taiwan president ST Liew

India market: Phison partnering with Moser Baer, Sahasra

Oct 12, 15:47

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is partnering with Moser Baer and Sahasra Electronics, India's two largest electronics manufacturers, to expand its business in India, according to Phison chairman Khein Seng Pua.

WPG September revenues rise 8.5%, WT Micro hit record

Stockwatch - Oct 11, 11:11

WPG Holdings saw its September revenues increase 8.5% sequentially while fellow IC distributor WT Microelectronics' revenues hit a monthly record.

MediaTek September revenues hit record for 2nd straight month

Oct 11, 11:09

MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$27.71 billion (US$880.8 million) for September 2016, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month.

Lite-On Semi sees September revenues hit 6-year high

Newswatch - Oct 7, 15:57

Discrete and analog IC component maker Lite-On Semiconductor saw its consolidated revenues grow 2.6% on month and 12.63% on year to 6-year high of NT$945 million (US$30.09) in September.

Novatek 3Q16 revenues meet guidance, Sitronix hit record

Oct 7, 10:55

LCD driver IC firm Novatek Microelectronic saw its third-quarter revenues come in the high end of its guidance, while fellow company Sitronix Technology's revenues hit a quarterly record.

MediaTek to triple India workforce in 3 years

Oct 7, 10:26

MediaTek has announced a training program to foster and develop talent for India's fast-growing handset industry, while disclosing plans to triple its workforce locally to 1,500 employees.

MediaTek 4Q16 revenues and gross margin likely to fall, says report

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 15:05

Seasonality will likely drag down MediaTek's revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016, while the company's gross margin remains under downward pressure, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Huawei diversifying fingerprint sensor supply sources

Oct 6, 14:08

China-based Huawei Devices has diversified its fingerprint sensor suppliers to include Goodix Technology and Silead, according to industry sources.

Sigurd sees revenues ramping up in September

Newswatch - Oct 6, 11:40

IC testing company Sigurd Microelectronics saw its consolidated revenues grow 1.6% on month and 27.7% on year to a record high of NT$544 million (US$17.31 million) in September, hitting a monthly record for the fourth consecutive month.

Realtek posts record September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 10:46

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor saw its September revenues climb to a record NT$3.65 billion (US$116.2 million).

SPIL, KYEC grabs orders for MediaTek 10nm chips

Oct 5, 12:34

Backend houses Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) have obtained orders for MediaTek's new 10nm chips set to roll out in the first quarter of 2017, according to industry sources.

Goodix preps for IPO

Oct 4, 14:52

IC design house Goodix Technology has filed an application to hold an IPO in China and expects to be listed on October 17.

Global semiconductor sales rise 3.5% in August, says SIA

Oct 4, 11:17

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28 billion for the month of August 2016, an increase of 3.5% compared to the previous month's total of US$27.1 billion and an uptick of 0.5% over the August 2015 total of US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.

Intel building 14nm chips for Spreadtrum

Oct 3, 22:00

Intel is making 14nm application processors for Spreadtrum Communications with sample shipments starting in October, and the pair is eyeing orders from Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.

MediaTek Helio 30X to be first TSMC 10nm chip, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 3, 15:00

MediaTek's next-generation Helio X30 high-end smartphone solution will be the first chip to be rolled out from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's 10nm production lines, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Anpec, GMT set to report revenue growth for 3Q16, says report

Oct 3, 11:16

Analog IC firms Global Mixed-code Technology (GMT) and Anpec Technology are expected to see their September revenues continue growing thanks to brisk demand from China, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA). Revenues for the third quarter of 2016 are set to grow substantially...

Foxconn invests in China-based startup Megvii

Oct 3, 11:00

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has said that one of its subsidiaries, Foxteq Holdings, has bought 2.275 million shares, or a 3.286% stake, in China-based start-up Megvii Technology for US$20 million.

Innovation to keep Moore's Law alive, says TSMC co-CEO

Sep 30, 11:19

TSMC will continue to innovate to keep Moore's Law alive, and maintaining the company's technology leadership is always a fundamental strategy, said TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu at a recent event in Hsinchu.

TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu

Dialog provides Bluetooth connectivity for Pokemon GO Plus

Sep 30, 11:14

Dialog Semiconductor has announced that the recently-launched Pokémon GO Plus features its SmartBond DA14580 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip (SoC).

Taiwan IC industry to increase 7% in 2016, says TSIA chairman

Sep 30, 11:08

Although the worldwide IC industry output value will decline 2.4% in 2016, the output value of Taiwan's IC industry will maintain growth, according to Nicky Lu, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).

TSIA chairman Nicky Lu

Qualcomm announces solutions for embedded computing, IoT applications

Sep 30, 11:05

Qualcomm has introduced its Snapdragon 600E and 410E processors for embedded applications in many verticals such as digital signage, set-top boxes, medical imaging, point of sale systems, industrial robotics, and other IoT related applications.

Fast-charging chip business booming, say IC vendors

Sep 29, 16:23

The market of fast-charging chips is likely to reach one billion units a year soon due to a comprehensive adoption of fast charging technology by smartphones, tablets, notebooks, digital cameras, drones, wearable devices and other mobile power supply devices, according to an estimate of industry sou...

NXP establishing security standards for smart cars in China

Sep 29, 14:51

At a recent tech forum in China, NXP announced key collaborations including an alliance to establish security standards for smart cars in China with cross-sector collaborations.

Analog IC firm Leadtrend grows shipments for mobile devices

Sep 29, 14:20

Leadtrend Technology has enjoyed rising shipments of fast-charging solutions for mobile devices, which boosted its August revenues to a record NT$126 million (US$4.02 million).

IC design house ITE Tech looks to 12-15% sequential growth in 3Q16 revenues

Newswatch - Sep 29, 11:56

Peripheral IC vendor ITE Tech is expected to see its revenues grow 12-15% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016 with EPS for the three-month period reaching NT$0.75-0.8, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Kingston affiliate buys 70% of Innostor

Sep 29, 09:34

Kingston Technology's flash controller affiliate ASolid Technology has acquired as high as 70% of fellow controller company Innostor Technology for NT$60 million (US$1.9 million).

Taiwan IC distributors 4Q16 sales to increase

Sep 28, 15:59

Fourth-quarter revenues at Taiwan-based IC distributors including WPG, WT Microelectronics and Answer Technology (ANStek) will be driven by a seasonal pick-up in demand for smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as demand for automotive electronics and other end markets, according to the comp...

Nvidia CEO denies competing with partnering graphics vendors with Founder Edition

Sep 28, 14:55

Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun, in response to graphics card vendors' questioning Nvidia's launch of its GeForce GTX 1080 Founder Edition series saying it is looking to compete with partners in the high-end segment, clarified that the launch of Founder Edition is purely to solve problems in graphics card...

Huang Jen-hsun, Nvidia CEO

Foxconn could expand SiP business with Sharp chip unit

Sep 27, 10:14

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is in the process of integrating Sharp into its group, including Sharp's chip unit, which is a difficult part to combine with. Nevertheless, industry sources have suggested Sharp's broad sensors and components solutions could be an important cornerstone...

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