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China market: IoT chip demand promising, says ARM CEO

Aug 18, 16:14

Shipments of ARM-based mobile chips from China-based chipmakers have been rising rapidly along with the country's fast-growing IC design industry over the past 10 years, according to Simon Segars, CEO for the processor IP vendor. Shipments of ARM-based IoT chips from the China industry are also expected...

arm CEO Simon Segars

Dialog looking to extend partnership with Spreadtrum

Aug 18, 10:22

Dialog Semiconductor is looking to extend its partnership with Spreadtrum Communication, and does not rule out forming a joint venture with the China-based mobile SoC provider, said Christophe Chene, senior VP of Asia for Dialog, at a recent event in China.

Christophe Chene, senior VP of Asia for Dialog

Tsinghua Unigroup chief pledges firm support for Spreadtrum against mobile chip rivals

Aug 17, 15:24

China's state-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup will render persistent support to its subsidiary Spreadtrum Communications to counter increasingly fierce competition in the domestic market for midrange to low-end mobile chips, seen especially after JLQ Technology emerged months ago as a key...

Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup

China market: MediaTek to roll out new Helio P series for mid-range smartphones

Aug 17, 13:57

MediaTek has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Beijing on August 29, when the company will introduce its new Helio P23 and P30 series designed for mid-range smartphones, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Elite Advanced Laser conservative about 2H17

Aug 16, 14:00

Laser diode packaging firm Elite Advanced Laser (EAL) is conservative about its business outlook for the second half of 2017 due to declining demand for its 2.5G (Gigabit per second) GPON devices and high-speed externally modulated laser (EML) products.

EAL sees more data center clients withholding their orders

Optical component makers PCL, TrueLight report mixed results for 1H17

Aug 15, 15:57

Optical communication component makers PCL Technologies and TrueLight have reported mixed results for the first half of 2017, but both are eyeing demand from the data center sector to drive sales growths in the second half.

MediaTek under pressure to cut chip prices

Aug 15, 11:29

With Qualcomm lowering prices for its Snapdragon 450 chips to less than US$10.50, MediaTek is under pressure to cut prices for its upcoming Helio P23 series designed for mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources.

MediaTek has lowered prices for its upcoming Helio P23 chips to secure orders

iPhone suppliers see sales rising as new iPhone production gains momentum

Aug 9, 12:30

Most component and service suppliers in the iPhone supply chain have reported strong sales for July, indicating that production for new iPhone devices is gaining momentum, according to industry sources.

iPhone supply chain makers see sales momentum growing

Demand for flexible AMOLED smartphone panels growing robustly

Aug 8, 16:14

Demand for flexible AMOLED panels from the smartphone sector will continue to expand at a rapid pace in 2017 and beyond, thanks to the planned release of new AMOLED-based models from the major vendors, according to industry sources.

AMOLED smartphones growing robustly

Merry sees sequential revenue decline in July

Aug 8, 12:47

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$1.577 billion for July, down 16.75% on month but up 6.25% on year. July's sales performance met the company's expectation.

Touch module maker GIS sees earnings rise in 2Q17

Aug 8, 12:46

Touch module maker General Interface Solution (GIS) has reported net profits of NT$1.425 billion (US$47.15 million) for the second quarter of 2017, up 53% from the previous quarter. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$4.59 for the quarter, higher than market expectations of ranging from NT$3-4...

New iPhones to push up revenues at GIS

Largan Precision July revenues highest in 2017

Aug 7, 08:58

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.441 billion (US$146 million) for July, the highest monthly level so far in 2017 and increasing 15.09% on month but decreasing 3.27% on year.

Largan Precision CEO Lin En-ping

Primax Electronics nets NT$2.00 per share for 1H17

Aug 2, 14:23

Primax Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$13.835 billion (US$455 million), net operating profit NT$680 million, net profit NT$461.8 million and net EPS of NT$1.05 for the second quarter of 2017, leading to consolidated revenues of NT$26.716 billion, net operating profit NT$1.270 billion,...

MediaTek expects mild growth in 3Q17

Jul 31, 21:44

MediaTek expects to post revenue growth of 2-10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2017, with gross margin ranging from 34% to 37%.

MediaTek newly-appointed co-CEO Rick Tsai

Catcher starts operation at new plant

Jul 27, 21:28

Catcher Technology has completed construction of a new production base in Tainan, Southern Taiwan, and the site began operation on July 27, according to company chairman Hung Shui-shu.

Catcher chairman Hung Shui-shu

Merry reports strong earnings for 2Q17

Jul 25, 20:33

Headset maker Merry Electronics saw its net profits swell 69.25% on quarter and 69.18% on year to NT$540 million (US$17.81 million) in the second quarter of 2017. For the first half of 2017, net profits totaled NT$859 million, increasing 169.27% from a year earlier.

MediaTek to transfer 28nm chip orders to UMC

Jul 25, 09:16

MediaTek plans to transfer part of its 28nm mobile chip orders, including those for the Amazon Echo Dot, to United Microelectronics (UMC) from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) starting 2018 to lower costs, according to industry sources.

MediaTek

PC shipments may be undermined by component shortages in 2H17

Jul 25, 09:12

With first-tier vendors including Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics expected to unveil new smartphones in the second half of 2017, upstream component shortages are expected to worsen and could impact PC shipments during the period, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Demand for components from the smartphone sector is expected to reduce supply to the PC sector

Four Taiwan firms file countersuit against Qualcomm

Jul 21, 11:56

Four Taiwan-based hardware production partners of Apple, namely Foxconn Electronics, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Pegatron, have jointly filed a countersuit against Qualcomm in the US, challenging what they call the chipmaker's excessive licensing fees and illegal licensing practices.

Digitimes Research: UFS-based NAND flash solutions to become mainstream storage technology for mobile devices

Jul 20, 14:00

While today's mobile devices use either UFS (Universal Flash Storage) or eMMC (embedded multi-media card)-based NAND flash solutions to store information, eMMC5.1 chips are becoming progressively unable to meet the data transmission speed demands of high-end mobile devices, according to Digitimes Re...

IDM model no longer viable for Japan semiconductor industry: Q&A with Socionext CEO Yasuo Nishiguchi

Jul 20, 11:39

Though still a global bellwether in many areas of semiconductor technologies, Japan's semiconductor industry is significantly losing ground in world markets, as most Japanese players, operating as IDMs (integrated device manufacturers), bear the brunt of the impacts from changing industrial and market...

Yasuo Nishiguchi. right, chairman and CEO of Japan's IC designer Socionext

Largan Precision nets NT$71.56 per share for 1H17

Jul 14, 14:20

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported net EPS of NT$71.56 (US$2.36) for the first half of 2017.

Largan Precision CEO Lin En-ping

Huawei set to unveil AI processors by yearend, says executive

Jul 13, 15:53

Sensing the imminent arrival of a smart Internet era driven by artificial intelligence (AI), China's top ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies is actively proceeding with the research and development of AI processors, and is scheduled to release concrete R&D achievements by the end of 2017,...

Taiwan IC design houses gearing up for high speed transmissions

Jul 12, 16:00

With high speed transmissions becoming an important spec for electronics devices, Taiwan-based IC design houses including ASMedia, Parade Technologies, Weltrend, On-Bright, Etron and Amazing Microelectronic have stepped into the high speed transmission chip market looking to further grow their businesses,...

Demand for high-speed transmission chips rising

MediaTek seeing robust chip demand for voice assistant devices

Jul 12, 10:13

MediaTek has ramped up shipments of its chips for voice assistant devices which will further buoy the company's revenues for the third quarter of 2017, according to market sources.

MediaTek chip shipments for voice assistants are set to boom

Catcher sees 30% on-year growth in June revenues

Jul 10, 15:51

Metal chassis maker Catcher Technology has announced revenues of NT$7.29 billion (US$243.49 million) for June, up 19.8% on month and 30% on year. Catcher's second-quarter 2017 consolidated revenues were NT$18.5 billion, up 26.9% from the first quarter and 5.6% on year and for the first half, the company...

Headset maker Merry reports strong sales for 1H17

Jul 10, 15:48

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1,895 billion (US$61.93 million) in June, up 2.37% on month and 34.47% on year.

Samsung expects to post record operating profit in 2Q17

Jul 7, 13:59

Samsung Electronics has provided its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2017, estimating record operating profits of about KRW14 trillion (US$12 billion) on consolidated revenues of approximately KRW60 trillion.

Taiwan IC design houses seeing orders ramp-up from China smartphone sector

Jul 7, 10:49

A ramp-up of orders from China's smartphone sector will buoy revenues at Taiwan-based IC design houses, particularly those specializing in LCD driver ICs, wireless charging solutions and fingerprint sensors in the third quarter of 2017, according to industry sources.

Nokia smartphones to feature Zeiss optics

Jul 7, 10:22

Nokia-branded phone vendor HMD Global and ZEISS have signed a partnership that will see the two companies co-develop imaging capabilities and bring the Zeiss optics back to Nokia smartphones.

Commentary: Power-saving is key concept in smartphone design

Jul 7, 10:00

While new smartphone models for 2017 boast quite a few fresh features such as full screens, OLED panels, biometric systems, quick charge and wireless charge applications, these features in fact are mainly designed based on the energy-saving concept. And the global production wave of power-saving smartphones...

New smartphone features are designed to save power consumption.

Wireless charging demand promising: Q&A with Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli

Jul 6, 11:58

As a global leader in providing rapid charging solutions, Dialog Semiconductor has demonstrated its prowess in power management for smartphones and other applications. But the market has always been looking for better and more convenient charging solutions, with wireless charging likely to become ma...

Dialog CEO Jalai Bagherli

Touch panel makers TPK, GIS look to double-digit revenue growth rates in 3Q17

Jul 6, 10:29

Touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS) both are expected to see their revenues grow by a double-digit rate in the third quarter of 2017, buoyed by increasing production of the next-generation iPhone and tablet products, according to sources.

touch

CCI expects rising demand in 2H17, says paper

Jul 4, 14:13

Cooling module maker Chaun-Choung Technology (CCI) expects its products for servers and notebooks to enjoy strong demand in the second half because of seasonality. Second-half revenues are expected to grow from the first, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Fierce competition brings down fingerprint sensor prices

Jul 4, 11:44

Fierce competition among fingerprint sensor suppliers has already brought down prices to less than US$2, with many players even quoting their products to as low as less than US$1.5, according to industry sources.

fingerprint

Meizu to use MediaTek Helio X30 in upcoming smartphone, says report

Jul 3, 20:35

China-based Meizu will launch its flagship smartphone, the Meizu Pro 7, in July, with the device to be powered by MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC chip, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Qualcomm announces accelerator program to push development of standalone VR HMDs

Jun 30, 15:23

Qualcomm has announced a HMD accelerator program (HAP) to help VR device manufacturers quickly develop premium standalone VR HMDs.

Qualcomm expanding mobile chip offering for mid-range smartphones

Jun 29, 10:37

Qualcomm has introduced its Snapdragon 450-series mobile chips, a new entry to the Snapdragon 400 mobile platform tier designed for mid-range smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 450 is the first series in its tier to use 14nm FinFET process.

China smartphone vendors ramping orders at IC firms

Jun 28, 11:46

China-based smartphone vendors including Oppo and Vivo have stepped up their pace of chip orders, while Huawei, Xiaomi Technology and Gionee are expected to increase their chip orders substantially by the middle of the third quarter, according to industry sources.

Panel and component suppliers gearing up for robust demand for 18:9 displays

Jun 28, 11:02

LCD panel makers and panel-related component suppliers are gearing up for robust demand for 18:9 LCD panels from the smartphone sector in the second half of 2017, according to industry sources

smartphone

Yield rates, OLED supply may be key in new iPhone shipments

Jun 27, 14:52

Industry sources have predicted shipments of upcoming iPhones could be interrupted, with yield rates at assembly plants and the supply of OLED panels likely to become issues.

Supply of a-Si LCD to become tight in 2H17

Jun 27, 12:07

Supply of a-Si TFT-LCD panels will fall short of demand in the second half of 2017 due to rising demand for 18:9 all-screen displays for smartphones, according to Lin Sheng-chang, president for Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT).

CPT chairman Lin Wei-shan (right) and president Lin Sheng-chang

Taiwan LCD driver IC suppliers 3Q17 revenues to increase over 15%

Jun 27, 10:59

Taiwan-based LCD driver IC suppliers have become more optimistic about their revenue outlook for the third quarter of 2017, as short lead-time orders from mainly China-based handset customers are pulling in, according to industry sources. The strengthening in order visibility is expected to allow the...

Silitech reports losses for May

Jun 22, 15:35

Chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported a net loss of NT$14 million (US$459,648) or NT$0.08 per share on revenues of NT$158 million for May. The company also reported a loss of NT$64.4 million or NT$0.36 per share for the first quarter of 2017.

Altek sues China-based CCM maker, smartphone sales agent for patent infringement

Jun 22, 15:34

Imaging solution developer Altek has filed charges with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court against Shenzhen O-film Tech, a China-based smartphone-use CCM (compact camera module) maker, and Beijing Jingdong Century Information Technology, a sales agent in the China market, for infringement of its...

Altek chairman Alex Hsia

Smartphone makers may see component shortages in 2H17

Jun 20, 15:17

As production for new iPhones is expected to begin in third-quarter 2017 and many Android smartphone vendors will also launch new models in second-half 2017, demand for handset components will increase significantly, and may result in shortages, according Taiwan-based component suppliers.

Handset IC sales to top total personal computing in 2017, says IC Insights

Jun 20, 14:21

The ongoing slump in shipments of standard PCs along with the drop-off in tablets are setting the stage for handset IC sales to finally surpass IC revenues in total personal computing systems in 2017, according to IC Insights.

Catcher keeps relying on smartphone, tablet, notebook chassis for growth

Jun 19, 21:32

Metal-alloy chassis maker Catcher Technology has seen revenue growth from the smartphone, tablet and notebook segments and will keep relying on the three product lines for future growth, company chairman Hung Shui-shu said at a shareholders meeting on June 19.

Catcher Technology chairman Hung Shui-shu

MediaTek to hire 1,000 staff in 2017, says co-CEO

Jun 19, 14:19

MediaTek will recruit an additional 1,000 employees in 2017, said newly-appointed co-CEO Rick Tsai at the company's general shareholders meeting recently.

MediaTek co-CEOs

China market: Camera module makers relentlessly ramping capacity

Jun 19, 13:40

China-based camera module makers have continued to ramp up their capacity to cope with increasing demand from local smartphone vendors, including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Lenovo, as these vendors have emerged as major players in the global smartphone arena, according to sources from Taiwan-based...

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