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MediaTek posts lower revenues and gross margin for 1Q16

Apr 29, 15:47

MediaTek has reported gross margin for the first quarter of 2016 fell further to 38.1% while consolidated revenues decreased 9.4% sequentially to NT$55.91 billion (US$1.73 billion).

Primax reports increased earnings for 1Q16

Newswatch - Apr 22, 14:24

PC peripheral and mobile device component maker Primax Electronics has reported net profits of NT$400 million (US$12.38 million) for the first quarter of 2016, increasing 9% from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.91 for the quarter compared to NT$0.85 of a year earlier.

MediaTek Labs announces availability of new development platform for RTOS

Apr 21, 14:33

MediaTek has announced its MediaTek LinkIt development platform for RTOS and the platform's first hardware development kit (HDK). This platform is the first from MediaTek delivering a common tool chain and set of APIs for multiple chipsets, offering developers the ability to create a range of IoT devices...

Handset supply chains in Taiwan, China face inventory losses

Apr 21, 11:25

Makers in the handset supply chains in Taiwan and China are becoming more conservative about building up inventories for parts and components due to intensifying competition in the China market as a result of the release of the iPhone SE, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Intel reports 1Q16 GAAP revenue of US$13.7 billion

Apr 20, 15:28

Intel has reported first-quarter 2016 GAAP revenue of US$13.7 billion, operating income of US$2.6 billion, net income of US$2.0 billion and EPS of US%0.42. Intel reported non-GAAP revenue of US$13.8 billion, operating income of US$3.3 billion, net income of US$2.6 billion and EPS of US%0.54. The company...

Intel announces corporate restructuring; to reduce staff by 11%

Apr 20, 15:15

Intel has announced a restructuring initiative to accelerate its evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and smart, connected computing devices. Intel said it will intensify focus in high-growth areas where it is positioned for long-term leadership, customer value and growth, while...

Qualcomm signs 3G/4G patent license agreement with Yulong

Newswatch - Apr 20, 11:03

Qualcomm has announced that it has signed a new 3G and 4G Chinese patent license agreement with Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Coolpad group.

Himax enters mass production of TDDI chips for China smartphone customer

Apr 19, 21:05

Himax Technologies has announced mass production of in-cell single-chip touch and display driver integrated (TDDI) solutions for a leading China-based smartphone vendor.

Earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan may hurt Sony CIS business

Apr 18, 15:12

In 2015, Japan's Kyushu had 892 semiconductor-related companies, of which 360 were semiconductor equipment players, 248 semiconductor component players and 185 semiconductor manufacturers. Within these companies, 391 were located in Kyushu's Fukuoka Prefecture, while 176 were located in Kumamoto Prefecture...

MediaTek to see record shipments of 4G phone chips in 2Q16

Apr 18, 14:07

MediaTek is expected to see record shipments of 4G phone chips in the second quarter of 2016 with revenues rising 15-20% on quarter, according to industry sources.

Lite-On Technology aims at revenue proportion of 10-15% for automotive electronics in 2018

Apr 18, 11:12

Lite-On Technology aims to increase the revenue proportion for automotive electronics, including LED automotive lighting (headlights, taillights, brake-lights and in-car lights), collision prevention sensors, driver-assist around-view cameras, actuating motors and heads-up displays, to 10-15% in 2018,...

Himax display drivers power HTC flagship smartphones

Apr 18, 11:11

Himax Technologies has announced that the company's display driver IC of Quad HD (QHD) resolution family, HX8396-C, has been adopted by HTC to power the smartphone vendor's new flagship model HTC 10.

Quartz component supplier TXC posts pre-tax EPS NT$0.82 for 1Q16

Newswatch - Apr 18, 10:55

Quartz component maker TXC, a supplier in the iPhone supply chain, has reported a pre-tax profit of NT$62.22 million (US$1.92 million) for March, bringing pre-tax profits for the first quarter of 2016 to NT$254 million.

Largan Precision conservative about operations in April, May

Apr 15, 11:05

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision expects business in April and May to basically remain unchanged on month due to off-season effects, CEO Lin En-ping said at an April 14 investors conference.

Taiwan fingerprint sensor suppliers start shipments to China, Korea smartphone vendors

Apr 12, 14:32

Taiwan-based fingerprint sensor suppliers have started shipping products to China- and Korea-based smartphone vendors, according to sources at Taiwan-based foundries.

Digitimes Research: Global shipments of handset-, tablet-use touch panels in 1Q16 down sequentially

Apr 11, 21:23

There were an estimated 371.360 million handset-use touch panels and 48.849 million touch panels used in smaller-than 11-inch tablets shipped globally during the first quarter of 2016, decreasing 15.0% and 29.0% respectively on quarter, while the global shipments of 6.836 million notebook-use touch...

Asustek reduces demand for Intel-developed smartphone platforms

Apr 8, 12:17

Asustek Computer has added platforms developed by Qualcomm and Taiwan-based MediaTek for its ZenFone-series smartphones, reducing the proportion of platforms developed by Intel, its original supplier. Asustek's Intel chip demand is estimated to decrease from about six million units in 2015 to below...

Headset maker Merry posts strong sales in March

Stockwatch - Apr 7, 13:58

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$870 million (US$26.84 million) for March, up 101.33% on month, but down 11.82% on year.

Chassis maker Silitech sees revenues up on month in March

Stockwatch - Apr 7, 13:33

Keypad and chassis part maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$213 million (US$6.57 million) for March, increasing 15.3% from the previous month.

Largan Precision sees on-month increase in March revenues

Apr 6, 11:46

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.024 billion (US$92.1 million) for March, increasing 48.40% on month but decreasing 22.95% on year, and those of NT$8.271 billion for January-March slipped 21.73% on year.

Foxlink to hand out cash dividend of NT$2 for 2015

Newswatch - Apr 6, 11:43

Connector and handset component maker Foxlink Technology plans to hand out a cash dividend of NT$2 for 2015, for which net profits totaled NT$1.65 billion (NT$5.09 million) or NT$3.22 per share.

Chip orders from Apple slow, say sources

Mar 31, 10:50

Chip orders from Apple are relatively slow in the second quarter of 2016 compared to those in the same quarter in previous years, according to industry sources.

MediaTek shipments unlikely to rebound until May or June

Mar 31, 08:56

MediaTek's shipments are still affected partially by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) wafer delivery delays caused by an earthquake that hit southern Taiwan in early February, and are unlikely to return to normal until May or June, according to industry sources.

Galaxy S7 equips IDT technology as part of wireless fast charge

Mar 30, 22:14

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has announced that the company and Samsung Electronics have teamed up to deliver wireless charging for the Galaxy S7, Samsung's newest feature-rich smartphone. The IDT technology includes all of the hardware and software needed to enable mobile devices to be charged...

Taiwan fingerprint sensor suppliers vying for orders from brand handset vendors

Mar 30, 10:58

Taiwan-based fingerprint sensor suppliers are eyeing 2016 orders from branded handset vendors, while industry leader Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has moved to lower its quotes to stay competitive, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Korea pushing development of sensors, IoT products

Mar 29, 14:19

The development of sensor products will play a key role in Korea's plans to ramp up the production value of related IoT (Internet of Things) products from KRW1.6 trillion (US$14.5 billion) in 2014 to KRW7 trillion in 2020, according to Digitimes Research.

China vendors to ship 200-300 million fingerprint-recognition-enabled smartphones in 2016

Mar 21, 22:10

China-based smartphone vendors have been mostly inclined to adopt fingerprint recognition for their mid-range and high-end models and consequently they will ship an estimated 200-300 smartphones featuring fingerprint-recognizing functions in 2016, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Japan Display reforms highlight competitive nature of LTPS panel market

Mar 18, 15:08

The announcement that Japan Display (JDI) is undertaking structural reforms is no surprise considering the competitive state of the LTPS display market for small- to medium-size panels.

MediaTek 2Q16 revenues to rise 10-20%

Mar 17, 11:01

MediaTek is expected to see its first-quarter revenues hit the high-end target of its guidance of NT$52.5-57.4 billion, and post an up to 20% sequential rise in second-quarter revenues, according to market sources.

PCB maker Zhen Ding expects slow sales in 2016

Mar 14, 16:11

PCP and flexible PCB supplier Zhen Ding Technology Holding expects its sales and profits to grow marginally in 2016 due to a slowdown in global demand for PCB products, according to company chairman Charles Shen.

PCL Technologies benefits from LTE network deployments in Japan, China

Mar 14, 13:28

Optical component and module maker PCL Technologies expects orders for LTE optical transceiver modules from Japan and China in 2016 to increase significantly on year, according to the company.

Smartphone chipset solution vendors eyeing orders for system chips

Mar 11, 11:05

Smartphone chipset solution providers have recently stepping up efforts to win more orders for system chips, including image signal processors, modems, and RF (radio frequency) chips, instead of focusing competition on the core number of their CPUs, according to industry sources.

Chassis maker Silitech reports decreased revenues for February

Newswatch - Mar 9, 10:54

Keypad and chassis part maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$185 million (US$5.64 million) for February, decreasing 11% sequentially and 24.25% on year.

Qualcomm scores points in promoting Snapdragon 820 chips

Mar 8, 12:29

Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources.

Demand for dual-lens camera modules picking up

Mar 7, 11:47

Demand for dual-lens camera modules from the smartphone sector is expected to begin to surge in the second half of 2016 as Android phone vendors are upgrading the functionary of their models in order to stir up replacement demand, according to industry sources.

Largan Precision February revenues hit 2-year low

Mar 7, 10:48

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.038 billion (US$61.0 million) for February, decreasing 36.85% sequentially and 22.11% on year to hit the lowest monthly level since March 2014.

Largan Precision to buy land for construction

Mar 4, 13:43

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has obtained priority to purchase a government-developed site of 13,646 square meters (3.38 acres) beside its under construction factory for NT$1.93 billion (US$57.8 million). The land is zoned for factory/office mixed use, according to the company,...

Digitimes Research: Smartphone APs to face fierce competition in China in 2016

Mar 4, 12:39

Observing China's mobile market in 2016, Digitimes Research expects smartphone AP price competition to grow fiercer, while Qualcomm and MediaTek will continue to push Internet of Things (IoT) to seek new business opportunities.

Ichia reports decreased February sales

Stockwatch - Mar 3, 08:41

Handset-use flexible PCB (FPCB) and keypad maker Ichia Technologies has reported revenues of NT$347 million (US$10.5 million) for February 2016, down 26.7% on month and 28.2% on year.

Samsung intros 256GB UFS storage for mobile devices

Feb 26, 11:31

Samsung Electronics has announced it is now mass producing 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, for next-generation high-end mobile devices. The newly introduced embedded memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based...

Handset baseband IC market decreases 5% in 2015, says Strategy Analytics

Feb 24, 11:11

The global cellular baseband processor market declined 5% on year to US$21.1 billion in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Shipments of LTE baseband chips exceeded one billion units in 2015 representing a strong double-digit increase, while shipments of 2G and 3G baseband ICs declined significan...

Samsung Display offers standard AMOLED solutions to tout China smartphone vendors

Feb 23, 11:37

Samsung Display, in an attempt to tout China-based smartphone vendors, has offered standard AMOLED touch panel solutions for common use to keep prices down, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

MediaTek expands flagship mobile-SoC lineup

Feb 22, 16:18

The MediaTek Helio P20 system-on-chip has been announced as the latest addition to the company's top-tier Helio family of mobile processors.

Global 4Q15 mobile DRAM revenues slip 1%, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 22, 15:58

Global sales of mobile DRAM decreased 1% sequentially to US$4.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to DRAMeXchange. Steady growth in smartphone shipments limited the revenue slide.

LTPS, Oxide, AMOLED displays penetrate 41.8% of China-made handsets in 2015, says CINNO research

Feb 22, 14:52

LTPS TFT-LCD, AMOLED and Oxide TFT-LCD panels took up 28.3%, 9.1% and 4.4% respectively of China-made handsets in 2015, according to China-based CINNO Research.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm to lead AP market in 2016, Intel to show strongest growth

Feb 19, 16:40

The global application processor (AP) market will grow 8.5% in 2016, reaching 1.78 billion units, according to a recent Digitimes Research Special Report. The growth rate in 2016 will surpass the annual growth of 7.9% seen in 2015.

Samsung launches 14nm SoC for mid-range smartphones

Feb 18, 10:06

Samsung Electronics has announced the newest member of its Exynos 7 Octa processor line-up, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870. Using the company's 14nm FinFET process technology, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870 is designed for mid-range smartphones and other mobile devices.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to fall almost 20% in 1Q16

Feb 5, 11:15

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to decline 19.8% sequentially to 136 million units in the first quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research.

Demand for FPCB products from iPhone devices to increase slightly in 2016

Feb 3, 12:27

Demand for flexible PCB (FPCB) products by iPhone devices are expected to increase by a small range in 2016 although shipments of total iPhones in the year are estimated to be lower than those shipped a year earlier, according to sources from FPCB suppliers.

Camera lens makers sending dual-lens samples for next-generation iPhone

Feb 2, 16:29

Taiwan-based Largan Technology as well as Japan- and China-based camera lens makers have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Apple is reportedly planning to adopt a dual-lens camera for its next-generation iPhone Plus.

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