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Faraday seeing growth in 28nm chip market

Apr 28, 15:55

Faraday Technology, a Taiwan-based ASIC design service and IP provider, has expressed optimism about 28nm chip market growth. The company has received new orders for 28nm NRE (non-recurring engineering) designs.

MediaTek gross margin continues to fall

Apr 28, 15:27

Taiwan-based IC design house MediaTek, which specializes in mobile SoC solutions, saw its gross margin reach a record low of 33.5% in the first quarter of 2017.

Parade sees earnings up on year in 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 28, 11:41

Mixed-signal IC supplier Parade Technologies has reported net income of US$11.95 million for the first quarter of 2017, increasing 10.75% from a year earlier. After tax EPS for the first quarter stood at US$0.16 compared to US$0.14 of a year-ago quarter.

Asia Tech Image profits soar in 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 27, 10:39

Contact image sensor (CIS) module maker Asia Tech Image (ATI) has reported net profits of NT$47.34 million (US$1.574 million) for the first quarter of 2017, increasing 249% from a year earlier.

Elan sees earnings improve on year in 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 27, 10:35

Touch and fingerprint sensor vendor Elan Microelectronics has reported net profits of NT$140 million (US$4.654 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 13.58% on quarter but up 27.3% on year. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$0.34 compared to NT$0.40 a quarter earlier and NT$0.26 of a year earlier...

Realtek sees profits down in 1Q17

Apr 26, 14:35

Tight supply of memory devices, LCD panels and other key components is discouraging downstream OEMs and brand companies from placing chip orders, according to Alex Chiu, president of Realtek Semiconductor.

Digitimes Research: Biometric sensor shipments to see CAGR of over 30% from 2017-2020

Apr 26, 11:40

Biometric sensor technologies are mainly separated into two major categories: the static type such as fingerprint, iris, face, palm vein recognition; and the dynamic type such as voiceprint, heartbeat and gait recognition. In 2016, fingerprint recognition sensor shipments were around 780 million units,...

Holtek reports on-year increase in 1Q17 earnings

Newswatch - Apr 25, 15:55

MCU and IC solution provider Holtek Semiconductor has reported net profits of NT$185 million (US$6.113 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 10.6% on quarter but up 10.2% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.82 for the quarter.

IC distributor Edom 2Q17 revenues to rise

Apr 25, 13:49

Taiwan-based Edom Technology, which distributes mainly niche-market ICs and components, is expected to see its revenues register double-digit on-year growth in the second quarter of 2017 driven by rising demand for communications products, according to industry sources.

MediaTek 2Q17 revenues to rise 10-15%

Apr 24, 22:24

MediaTek is expected to post revenue growth of slower-than-expected 10-15% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, according to market observers, which estimated previously a robust 20% increase.

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS teardown reveals

Apr 24, 20:32

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Specialty DRAM prices to rise, says AP Memory

Apr 24, 11:33

AP Memory Technology has disclosed plans to raise its specialty DRAM (SRAM) prices. The memory design house also expressed optimism about demand for IoT applications that will offset a slowdown in demand coming from the handset market.

Samsung completes qualification of 2nd-gen 10nm process technology

Apr 21, 13:57

Samsung Electronics has announced that its second-generation 10nm FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus), has been qualified and is ready for production. With further enhancement in 3D FinFET structure, 10LPP allows up to 10% higher performance or 15% lower power consumption compared to...

RDA chip shipments for IoT applications top 1 million units

Apr 20, 14:21

RDA Microelectronics has seen cumulative shipments of its chip solutions for IoT applications top one million units, according to the China-based chip provider.

RDA CEO Shuran Wei

IC distributor Audix reports strong earnings for 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 20, 13:50

IC distributor and component maker Audix has reported net profits of NT$108 million (US$43.55 million) for the first quarter of 2017, increasing 35% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.01 for the quarter.

Macronix, Winbond, Richwave benefiting from use of OLED panels

Apr 20, 12:13

Taiwan-based NOR flash suppliers Macronix International and Winbond Electronics are expected to see their revenues hit new highs in April due to increasing demand for NOR flash chips from the smartphone, IoT and autonomous car sectors, according to industry sources.

Quarterly chip demand for iPhone to surpass 50 million units in 2H17

Apr 19, 15:48

Apple's chip suppliers will begin to stock solutions for the upcoming iPhone models in the second quarter, and will step up their pace of inventory building between the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third in preparation of the new iPhone releases, according to industry sources.

MediaTek slashes 28nm chip orders to TSMC, says report

Newswatch - Apr 19, 15:03

Speculation has circulated in the semiconductor market that MediaTek recently cut its 28nm chip orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for June, July and August by a total of around 20,000 wafers, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report...

On-Bright expected to see revenues expand 50% on quarter in 2Q17

Newswatch - Apr 19, 15:01

Analog IC supplier On-Bright Electronics is expected to see its revenues grow 50% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017 due to increasing demand for its fast-charging chips from China-based smartphone vendors, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Intel to build second Spreadtrum chip

Apr 19, 14:56

Intel and Spreadtrum Communications have extended their foundry ties under which Intel will start making another 14nm chip for the China-based mobile SoC supplier, according to industry sources.

Microwave device maker UMT sees earnings up nearly 70% on year in 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 19, 12:27

Universal Microwave Technology (UMT), a maker of high-frequency microwave devices used in broadband wireless communications, has reported net profits of NT$61.52 million (US$2.02 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 34.07% on quarter but up 69.3% on year.

Intel cancels IDF for 2017

Apr 17, 22:12

Intel has decided to stop hosting its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) events for 2017 that were originally scheduled in Shenzhen, China in April and in San Francisco, the US in August. Intel confirmed the cancellation and said that the company will make a more detailed announcement at a later time.

Himax invests in Emza Visual Sense

Apr 17, 21:30

Himax Technologies announced recently it had made a strategic investment in cash in exchange for a 45.1% equity ownership of Emza Visual Sense, with a one-year option to acquire the remaining 54.9% of Emza's equity and all outstanding stock options. The purchase price to acquire the remaining equity...

Sitronix expected to see revenues grow by double-digit rate in 2Q17

Newswatch - Apr 17, 15:13

LCD driver IC vendor Sitronix Technology is expected to see its revenues grow by a double-digit rate in the second quarter of 2017 thanks to increasing demand for LCD driver ICs from the smartphone sector, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Macroblock ships more small pitch LED display products in 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 17, 13:50

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock has reported consolidated revenues of NT$231 million (US$7.618 million) for March, up 13.6% on month and 13.9% on year. For the first quarter of 2017, revenues totaled NT$610 million, increasing 13.3% from a year earlier.

Gartner raises 2017 chip market outlook to 12% growth

Apr 17, 11:43

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3% from 2016, according to Gartner. The prediction is up from the research firm's previous estimate of a 7.2% increase.

Semi material distributor Topco seeing more favorable silicone market

Apr 17, 10:45

The market for silicone materials is expected to turn healthy as China-based suppliers reduce their output, according to Topco, which distributes and sells silicone materials for Japan's Shin-Etsu.

Global SOI market to increase at 29.1% CAGR of 29.1% over 2017-2022, says research firm

Apr 14, 12:38

The SOI (silicon on insulator) market is expected to be valued at about US$1.86 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 29.1% between 2017 and 2022, industry research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets said in its recent report. The factors that are driving the growth of this market include the...

Elan fingerprint sensors adopted for smart cards

Apr 14, 12:27

Taiwan-based Elan Microelectronics has announced it is teaming up with smart card integrator Jinco Universal and Korea Smart ID (KSID), a security solution provider, to develop smart cards with an embedded fingerprint sensor.

Over 100,000 wafers embedded with eMemory NeoEE IP shipped

Apr 14, 12:18

Embedded NVM IP provider eMemory Technology has shipped more than 100,000 wafers embedded with its NeoEE IP solutions, according to the company. The eMemory NeoEE IP has been successfully implemented in foundries worldwide for a variety of applications including fingerprint sensors, 2.4G wireless ICs,...

Taiwan fabless IC firms seeing ramp-up of orders from China

Apr 13, 16:04

Taiwan-based IC design houses have seen orders placed by their China-based smartphone customers ramp up for the second quarter, with demand coming from China's first-tier smartphone vendors being particularly strong, according to industry sources.

China fabless firm Montage Tech gearing up for data centers and cloud computing

Apr 13, 11:10

China-based fabless IC firm Montage Technology is engaged in the development of processors and hybrid DIMM solutions for data centers and cloud computing, and is targeting to enter mass production of the chips in 2018.

Alcor Micro unit to list on Taiwan OTC

Apr 13, 10:08

Alcorlink, a subsidiary of Alcor Micro specializing in computer peripherals, expects to soon list on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) market at a tentative price of NT$21 (US$0.69) per share.

WT Micro 1Q17 revenues beat guidance

Apr 12, 21:47

Consolidated revenues at IC distributor WT Microelectronics surged about 41% on year to NT$38.38 billion (US$1.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2017, slightly above the company's guidance of NT$36-38 billion.

IC distributor ANStek reports increased sales for March

Apr 12, 15:19

Answer Technology (ANStek), which distributes IC parts mainly from Analog Devices (ADI) and Xilinx, has reported revenues of NT$299 million (US$9.76 million) for March, up 6.03% on month and 15.46% on year.

Zhaoxin to partner with TSMC

Apr 12, 11:36

Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor is scheduled to roll out its in-house developed ZX-D series processors that will be built using a 28nm process technology by Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) in the second half of 2017, according to company vice president Cheng Fu.

WPG Holdings reports increased revenues for March

Stockwatch - Apr 11, 15:57

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$46.155 billion (US$1.51 billion) for March 2017, representing a 25% increase on month and 3.12% increase on year.

Phison looking to maintain tie with Toshiba memory-chip business

Apr 10, 23:48

Phison Electronics will be seeking to maintain its tie with Toshiba's flash memory business even if the ownership of the business is transferred, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman for the Taiwan-based memory-device controller supplier.

MediaTek 1Q17 revenues fall 18%

Apr 10, 23:41

MediaTek's first-quarter revenues fell 18% sequentially but came in line with the company's guidance.

Egistec March revenues down, FocalTech up

Apr 10, 23:34

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) saw its March revenues decrease 13.4% sequentially to NT$335.14 million (US$10.95 million) while fellow company FocalTech Systems' revenues surged 43.9% on month to NT$931.64 million.

Elan 1Q17 revenues beat guidance

Apr 10, 15:17

IC design house Elan Microelectronics, which specializes in touchscreen controller chips, saw its first-quarter 2017 revenues decrease 3.5% sequentially and beat the company's estimate of a 6-9% sequential drop.

Taiwan MCU and consumer IC firms post brisk March revenues

Apr 10, 10:55

MCU and consumer IC design house Holtek Semiconductor saw its March revenues climb to a new record high, while revenues at fellow companies Generalplus Technology and Weltrend Semiconductor surged 45% and 48%, respectively, on month.

Realtek March revenues rise 12%

Apr 7, 15:41

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.42 billion (US$111.7 million) for March 2017, up 12.3% sequentially but down 0.6% on year.

Digitimes Research: China IC design industry output value to rise 16.9% in 2017

Apr 7, 10:52

China's IC design industry output value climbed to US$24.75 billion in 2016 from US$5.66 billion in 2010 which reached a CAGR of 27.9% during the five-year period, according to Digitimes Research.

IC distributor WT Micro to acquire Maxtek

Stockwatch - Apr 6, 22:14

WT Microelectronics has agreed to acquire fellow Taiwan-based IC distributor Maxtek Technology for NT$27 (US$0.89) per share, or a total of NT$1.897 billion, according to the companies.

MediaTek smartphone-chip shipments to fall below 100 million units in 1Q17

Apr 6, 19:57

MediaTek will see its smartphone-chip shipments fall below 100 million units in the first quarter of 2017 and rebound only slightly to 110-120 million in the second quarter, according to industry sources.

WT Micro and Maxtek halt trading amid merger speculation

Stockwatch - Apr 6, 11:30

WT Microelectronics and Maxtek Technology both halted trading on April 6 amid speculation about a potential merger or some form of collaboration between the two IC distributors.

Global semiconductor sales rise 16.5% in February, says SIA

Apr 5, 15:24

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$30.4 billion for February 2017, an increase of 16.5% compared to the February 2016 total of US$26.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

2016 marks year of recovery for global semiconductor market, IHS says

Apr 5, 11:14

The worldwide semiconductor market showed signs of recovery in 2016 following a down year in 2015, according to IHS Markit. In 2016, the market posted a year-end growth rate of 2% with chip growth seen across multiple market segments. Global revenues came in at US$352.4 billion, up from US$345.6 billion...

Faraday intros 40eHV and 40LP SRAM compiler

Apr 5, 11:12

Faraday Technology, a Taiwan-based ASIC design service and IP provider, has announced the enhancement of its memory compiler IP offerings on both UMC 40eHV and 40LP processes.

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