MediaTek revenues hit all time high in February
Newswatch - Mar 7, 13:48
MediaTek saw its revenues soar 22.5% on month and 158.2% on year to a record high of NT$15.73 billion (US$519.62 million) in February. For the first two months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$28.58 billion, increasing 96.5% from a year earlier.
PC-related IC suppliers see demand pick up
Mar 7, 12:08
Taiwan-based PC-related IC design houses have landed a pull-in of orders recently prompting them to boost wafer starts at foundries, according to industry sources.
Realtek February revenues up over 20% on year
Newswatch - Mar 6, 16:03
Networking IC vendor Realtek Semiconductor has reported revenues of NT$2.25 billion (US$74.31 million) for February, down 13.1% sequentially but up 21.6% on year.
Global chip sales rise 8.8% in January, says SIA
Mar 5, 13:46
Worldwide sales of semiconductors for January 2014 reached US$26.28 billion, an increase of 8.8% from a year ago when sales were US$24.15 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$26.65 billion posted in December 2013, January sales represented a 1.4% decrease reflecting normal seasonal trends.
MediaTek expected to speed up development of feature chips
Mar 5, 12:39
MediaTek is expected to ramp up investments to develop peripheral chips to enrich smartphones such as wireless charging, NFC, and fingerprint recognition which in return will jack up the price/performance ratio for smartphones, according to industry sources.
Wah Lee optimistic about prospects for 2014
Mar 4, 22:10
Semiconductor material distributor Wah Lee Industrial expects agent sales of its major product lines, including high-performance engineering plastics, flat panel displays, semiconductor and energy products, to continue to grow robustly in 2014.
Orise to see mild revenue growth in 1Q14
Mar 4, 14:33
LCD driver IC vendor Orise Technology is expected to post a mild revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014, buoyed by roll-outs of 4G LTE smartphones by China-based handset vendors, according to industry sources.
Lingsen, KYEC new production capacity to come online in 2Q14
Mar 3, 21:52
MEMS backend service companies Lingsen Precision Industries and King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) both will have their new production capacity ready for commercial production in the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Qualcomm to meet strong challenge from MediaTek in 2H14
Mar 3, 14:23
MediaTek and Qualcomm both unveiled their product roadmaps for the second half of 2014 at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. In addition to the previously released ARM Cortex-A17-based octo-core MT6595, MediaTek added Cortex-A53-based,quad-core MT6732 to its portfolio. Qualcomm...
MWC 2014: Qualcomm optimistic about 4G smartphone market
Feb 27, 11:41
The release of 4G TD-LTE licenses by the China government at the end of 2013 triggered the competition in the 4G smartphone segment, and 4G models with a price tag of CNY1,000 (US$163) are likely to hit the market soon, according to Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management at Qual...
China auto semiconductor market drives up 11% in 2013, says IHS
Feb 27, 10:31
The fast-growing semiconductor market for China's automotive industry is set for double-digit expansion in revenues in 2014, propelled by an increasing desire among Chinese car buyers for added vehicle safety features and helpful infotainment applications like car navigation, according to IHS.
China market: TD-LTE chip market to expand robustly starting 2Q14
Feb 26, 21:54
The TD-LTE chip market in China is expected to grow robustly starting the second quarter of 2014 as chipset vendors including Qualcomm, MediaTek, Marvell Technology, Broadcom, Intel, Nvidia and Tsinghua Unigroup are expected to launch an array of new TD-LTE chips, according to industry sources.
Generalplus posts EPS of over NT$2.8 in 2013
Newswatch - Feb 26, 15:22
Consumer IC provider Generalplus Technology has reported net profits of NT$305 million (US$10.04 million) for 2013, a four-fold increase from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$2.81 for the year.
3S ramping MEMS microphone chip shipments
Feb 26, 15:10
IC design house Solid State System (3S) is ramping up shipments of its MEMS microphone chips, buoyed by new orders for low- to mid-end smartphones and tablets, according to the company.
Intel remains top semiconductor R&D spender, says IC Insights
Feb 26, 11:21
IC Insights has released its 2013 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. Intel continued to top all other chip companies, accounting for 37% of the top-10 spending and 19% of total worldwide semiconductor R&D expenditures.
More chipset vendors to step into 8-core CPU segment
Feb 25, 21:33
Chipset suppliers including Nvidia, Broadcom and Marvell Technology are likely to step into development of 8-core smartphone solutions following Qualcomm's announced plans to begin sampling its 64-bit 8-core chip, the Snapdragon 615, in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry watchers.
TSMC remains key foundry partner for 28nm chips, says MediaTek
Feb 25, 16:05
In response to recent market speculation indicating that MediaTek is shifting some of its 28nm chip orders to Globalfoundries and United Microelectronics (UMC), MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) remains the company's major foundry...
Is a US$25 smartphone possible?
Feb 25, 15:31
Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicked off with a bang, with Mozilla announcing a US$25 smartphone built around a turnkey solution that features silicon from China-based Spreadtrum and software from Firefox.
Gingy to release new fingerprint sensors in 2Q14
Feb 24, 11:42
Gingy Technology, an associate company of Holtek Semiconductor, is expected to deliver samples of its third-generation optical fingerprint sensors to clients in the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Phison to produce 28nm SSD controller chips at TSMC
Feb 20, 21:25
Phison Electronics will begin producing SSD controller chips using a 28nm process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Elan 1Q14 revenues to dip 10-15% sequentially
Feb 20, 21:18
Touchscreen controller IC supplier Elan Microelectronics is expected to see revenues slip 10-15% sequentially to NT$1.6-1.7 billion (US$52.82-56.12 million) in the first quarter of 2014. Gross margin for the quarter will reach 44-46%, from 44% in the prior quarter.
Taiwan science parks see 2013 total revenues up over 9%
Feb 20, 11:44
The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$2.188 trillion (US$73.41 billion) in 2013, growing 9.15% on year, according to the National Science Council (NSC).
Taiwan IC design houses March sales to soar
Feb 19, 14:58
Taiwan-based IC design houses including MediaTek, Realtek Semiconductor, Richtek Technology, Novatek Microelectronics and Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) are expected to report brisk sales results for March thanks to replenishment demand following the Lunar New Year holidays, according to industry...
Elan posts EPS NT$3.8 for 2013
Feb 19, 13:44
Elan Microelectronics has reported net profits of NT$1.55 billion (US$51.17 million) for 2013, up 34.6% from a year earlier. EPS for 2013 stood at NT$3.8 compared to NT$2.95 in the previous year.
EETI to ramp up shipments of industrial touch controller chips
Feb 17, 21:40
Touchscreen controller IC vendor Egalax-empia Technology (EETI) is expected to ramp up sales of its touch controller chips for industrial control applications to 40% of its total shipments in 2014 compared to 33% in 2013, according to industry sources.
TSMC 2Q14 sales to rise 15-20%, says report
Newswatch - Feb 17, 15:16
A rebound in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process utilization rate and a ramp-up of 20nm production capacity will allow the foundry to post 15-20% sequential growth in revenues for the second quarter of 2014, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...
Himax sees flat growth or slight drop in 1Q14 sales
Feb 14, 14:19
LCD driver IC design specialist Himax Technologies expects its first-quarter revenues to register flat growth or a slight decrease sequentially. Gross margin for the quarter is set to drop slightly from 25.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013, the company said.
Synopsys, Realtek and UMC collaborate on single-chip Ultra HD smart TV SoC
Feb 14, 10:21
Synopsys, Realtek Semiconductor and United Microelectronics (UMC) announced on February 12 that their collaboration has resulted in first-pass silicon success of Realtek's RTD2995 UHD smart TV controller SoC implemented in UMC's low-power 40nm (40LP) process technology. The new smart TV SoC is a single-chip...
Novatek expects 1Q14 sales to stay flat or drop slightly
Feb 13, 15:14
LCD driver IC design company Novatek Microelectronics expects its first-quarter revenues to register 1% growth or an up to 3% decrease sequentially. Rising orders for Ultra HD TV panels and continued-brisk demand for smartphone panels will result in a particularly strong first quarter for Novatek,...
Intel to cut a deal with Apple for Fab 42?
Feb 13, 14:27
With shipments of desktop and notebooks in the doldrums since 2010, Intel's PC processor business has been in decline. Meanwhile, AMD and others are taking aim at the Intel-dominated server business with ARM-based MPUs. At the same time, Intel has struggled to gain access to the fast-growing market...
China market: Local LED driver IC suppliers perform strongly in 2013
Feb 12, 22:06
Most local LED driver IC vendors in China outperformed international and Taiwan-based rival companies in terms of shipments in 2013. Bright Power Semiconductor and Silan Microelectronics were the top-two LED driver IC suppliers in China in 2013, according to industry sources.