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Spreadtrum LTE chipset adopted for new Samsung smartphone

Jul 29, 10:46

Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core LTE mobile chipset, the SC9830i, has been adopted for a new Samsung smartphone slated for launch shortly.

OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020, IHS says

Jul 27, 11:04

Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is set to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020, according to IHS Markit.

Component makers to see weak orders for tablets and wearables

Jul 26, 12:25

Upstream component makers have seen weaker-than-expected orders for tablet and wearable products since the early first half and the issue is expected to continue in the second half of the year and will hurt the makers' revenue performances in 2016.

Innolux cooperates with Next Biometrics to develop flexible fingerprint sensor

Jul 22, 11:50

Innolux has cooperated with Norway-based Next Biometrics Group ASA to develop the world's first flexible fingerprint sensor based on Next's active thermal sensing technology, according to Innolux.

Commentary: ARM a must for SoftBank in paradigm shift

Jul 20, 12:46

SoftBank's decision to buy out ARM for GBP24.3 billion (US$32.2 billion) not only highlights the ruthless investment style of SoftBank's chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, but also indicates the future business opportunities that will come along with the rising penetration of Internet of Things (IoT).

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Merry to form investment partnership with Luxshare via Suzhou subsidiary

Jul 19, 15:59

Headset maker Merry Electronics has signed a letter of intent for cooperation with China-based Luxshare Precision Industry under which Luxshare or one of its subsidiaries will take up a 40-60% stake in a Merry subsidiary in Suzhou, China for CNY400-600 million (US$59.71-89.57 million).

SoftBank to acquire ARM

Jul 18, 16:24

The boards of directors of SoftBank and ARM have announced that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition of ARM for GBP24.3 billion (US$32.2 billion).

TSMC secures exclusive orders for Apple A11 chip, says report

Newswatch - Jul 18, 15:06

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has obtained all of Apple's A11 chip orders, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Egistec posts record 2Q16 revenues

Jul 12, 11:00

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) saw its second-quarter revenues hike 137.7% sequentially to NT$252 million (US$7.82 million). The figures were also the highest quarterly levels since the company's listing on Taiwan's OTC market in December 2015.

Ichia suffers pre-tax losses of over NT$100 million for 1H16

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 14:33

Flexible PCB and handset component maker Ichia Technologies has reported a pre-tax loss of NT$44 million (US$1.37 million) for the second quarter of 2016, extending the pre-tax losses to NT$124 million for the first half of 2016.

PCB maker Zhen Ding sees sales pick up in June

Newswatch - Jul 11, 10:53

PCB maker Zhen Ding Technology Holding has announced revenues of NT$5.47 billion (US$169.36 million) for June, up 11% on month but down 6.6% on year.

Handset component maker Silitech sees sales up on month in June

Newswatch - Jul 7, 14:46

Handset keypad and component maker Silitech Technology has reported revenues of NT$215 million (US$6.64 million) for June, increasing 5.7% on month but declining 19.9% on year.

Chip orders for Android phones slowing down

Jul 7, 10:17

IC orders placed by Android phone makers, mainly those in China, have slowed down recently, according to industry sources.

Largan sees June revenues drop on year

Jul 6, 11:30

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.594 billion (US$110.9 million) for June, so far the highest monthly level in 2016 and growing 6.89% sequentially but slipping 29.61% on year.

Headset maker Merry June revenues reach all-time high

Newswatch - Jul 5, 22:03

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$1.409 million (US$43.66) million for June, the company's highest monthly figures. June's figures also represented an increase of 56.61% from the same period a year earlier.

Taiwan IT players see Apple demanding price cuts

Jul 5, 12:02

With worldwide smartphone shipment growth slowing down, Apple has been cutting its existing upstream component suppliers' quotes and seeking new component suppliers to maintain its high gross margins. Several Taiwan-based IT players such as Largan Precision, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry)...

FPCB maker Ichia reports flat sales for June

Stockwatch - Jul 4, 15:35

Flexible PCB and handset keypad maker Ichia Technologies has reported revenues of NT$527 million (US$16.37 million) for June, up 2.87% sequentially but down 18.8% on year.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors to support Google Tango

Jun 30, 14:09

Qualcomm has announced that it will expand support for Tango technology to Snapdragon 820 and to future Snapdragon 800 and 600 tier processors.

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MediaTek joins China Mobile 5G project

Jun 30, 10:06

MediaTek has announced its participation in China Mobile's 5G Joint Innovation Center project.

Industry integration, 5G and IoT applications: Q&A with Qualcomm president Derek Aberle

Jun 29, 14:40

Qualcomm president Derek Aberle spared his time with Digitimes for an exclusive interview recently and shared his insights into a number of major issues facing the global semiconductor industry, including industry integration, future development of end-market products, and future cooperation...

Qualcomm president Derek Aberle

Qualcomm eyes future roll out of 5G SoC solutions

Jun 29, 13:42

Qualcomm aims to roll out the world's first 5G SoC solution, as 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) is expected to finalize 5G technology standards sometime in 2018, according to company engineering vice president Durga Prasad Malladi. Products could come as soon as the 2018-2019 time frame.

Egistec seeing strong fingerprint sensor orders through end-2016

Jun 29, 11:01

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) expects to enjoy strong orders through the end of 2016. Egistec has obtained new orders from a South Korea-based customers, and is looking to break into the supply chain of China's brand handset vendors in the fourth quarter, according to company...

MediaTek launches Helio X20 development board

Jun 28, 11:03

MediaTek has launched a development board based on the company's high-end Helio X20 mobile processor, which the company claimed is the industry's first development board using Tri-Cluster, deca-core and ARM Cortex-A72 technology.

Lite-On Technology expects growth for 2Q16

Jun 27, 15:13

EMS provider Lite-On Technology expects quarterly growth in second-quarter 2016 as sales have been better than expected, company CEO Warren Chen said at a shareholders meeting on June 24.

Samsung, Huawei reportedly lowering smartphone shipment targets for 3Q16

Jun 27, 11:21

Some leading Android smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics and Huawei have lowered their shipment targets for the third quarter as well as for the entire year of 2016 due to slacking demand for high-end smartphones globally, according to industry sources.

Largan expected to keep lead in smartphone dual-lens module

Jun 24, 10:56

Although adoption of dual-lens cameras for smartphones is not yet popular, Largan Precision is expected to maintain its leading market status in technology and production capacity of smartphone-use dual-lens modules, according to industry sources.

Asustek, HTC caught up in Tessera patent infringement case in the US

Jun 22, 15:33

Commenting on US-based Tessera Technologies and its subsidiary Invensas filing lawsuits against players such as Broadcom and Avago as well as Asustek Computer and High Tech Computer (HTC) for infringing its semiconductor equipment patents, Asustek said that the company values intellectual property...

MediaTek to unveil 5G solution as early as 2018

Jun 22, 14:45

MediaTek is looking to debut the first generation of its 5G chip solutions as early as 2018. The Taiwan-based IC design house has expanded an R&D team engaged in the development of 5G solutions to more than 100 people, according to sources familiar with the matter.

SMIC announces mass production for Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chips in Beijing

Jun 22, 14:24

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 425 processor and MDM9x07 have passed customer qualification and begun mass production at its majority owned joint venture fab in Beijing. The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents...

Primax Electronics to expand dual-lens CCM capacity, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 21, 14:19

PC peripheral and smartphone-use CCM (compact camera module) maker Primax Electronics, in view of large potential demand for dual-lens CCMs used in high-end smartphones, will expand dual-lens CCM production capacity based on active alignment manufacturing process by 10% in the third quarter of 2016,...

Connector maker UDE ramping up networking connector ratio

Jun 17, 16:05

Connector maker UDE will aim to ramp up the ratio of networking connectors to 45% of its total sales in 2016, up from 40% currently, according to the company.

Satellite communication device maker MTI to halve capital

Newswatch - Jun 16, 15:54

Shareholders of satellite communication device maker Microelectronics Technology (MTI) have approved the company's plan to reduce its paid-in capital by 50% to NT$2.003 billion (US$61.98 million) to write off the bulk of its cumulative losses.

Digitimes Research: Growing VR ecosystem to accelerate development of VR video market

Jun 16, 15:24

Video and gaming applications for virtual reality (VR) devices were the highlights of the recently concluded Computex 2016 as demonstrated by the number of related products and exhibitors presented at the trade fair, according to Digitimes Research.

STB maker Zinwell building new plant to cope with rising demand

Newswatch - Jun 15, 22:27

STB and home networking device maker Zinwell is building a new plant in Chiayi, central Taiwan to cope with increasing orders. The new plant is slated for commercial runs in the third quarter of 2016, according to company chairman Jack Huang.

Networking device maker Senao Networks expects sales to stay flat in 2016

Jun 15, 15:07

Wireless networking/communication device maker Senao Networks expects its revenues for 2016 to stay flat or decline slightly from a year earlier, compared to a flat performance to slight increase forecast previously.

Apple stepping up procurement for new Apple Watch

Jun 15, 10:51

Apple has stepped up procurement of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch which is expected to debut later in 2016, according to sources from the supply chain.

Optivision penetrating into smartphone supply chains in China, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 13, 12:43

Camera lens maker Optivision Technology, a subsidiary of Foxlink, has entered the supply chains of the top-five China-based smartphone vendors, including Huawei, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing Foxlink chairman TC Gou.

Memory market conditions to improve in 2H16

Jun 13, 11:04

The memory-IC market conditions are expected to improve in the second half of 2016, thanks to a pick-up in demand for Android and iPhone devices, according to industry sources.

PCB Drilling board maker Aurona reports strong sales in May

Newswatch - Jun 7, 22:07

Aurona Industry, a leading provider of PCB drilling back-up boards, has reported revenues of NT$100 million (US$3.11 million) for May, up 7.25% on year. Year-to-date revenues totaled NT$505 million, increasing 5.76% from a year earlier.

Silitech sees sales improve marginally on month in May

Stockwatch - Jun 7, 11:57

Handset keypad and chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$203 million (US$6.2 million) for May, growing 4.31% on month but dropping 29.07% on year.

MediaTek May revenues hit record for 2nd straight month

Jun 7, 11:49

IC design house MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.64 billion (US$762.8 million) for May 2016, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month.

MediaTek chip shortage to ease in 3Q16

Jun 7, 11:45

The ongoing tight supply of MediaTek's major 4-in-1 connectivity chip series for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphone solutions is expected to ease completely in the third quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.

Headset maker Merry sees revenues up on year in May

Stockwatch - Jun 6, 11:29

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.131 billion (US$35.06 million) for May, down 2.42% sequentially but up 33.11% on year.

Huawei aims at revenues of US$150 billion by 2020, says CEO

Jun 3, 15:23

Huawei Technologies aims to ramp up its annual revenues to US$150 billion by 2020 and will maintain a yearly R&D budget equal to about 10% of its annual sales, according to company founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei.

NAND flash prices to stabilize in 3Q16, says DRAMeXchange

Jun 2, 10:59

NAND flash prices are expected to stop falling and become stable in the second half of 2016, as end-market demand returns, according to DRAMeXchange.

Elan obtains fingerprint sensor orders from first-tier notebook firms

Jun 1, 12:38

Elan Microelectronics's fingerprint sensor modules have attracted orders from first-tier notebook firms, with volume shipments set to kick off in the second half of 2016, according to the company.

Taiwan ultra-thin heat-pipe makers under price cut pressure

May 31, 20:32

Due to increasing competition for orders for ultra-thin copper-based heat-pipes used in smartphones, prices for pipes with a diameter of 0.4mm have dropped from US$1 in early 2016 to US$0.50 or even US$0.40 currently. Taiwan-based makers have been under pressure from smartphone vendors asking for further...

Computex 2016: ARM announces new mobile chips for VR-ready devices

May 31, 12:03

ARM has announced the Cortex-A73 processor and Mali-G71 graphics processor, which offer sustained performance and efficiency gains for flagship mobile devices with enhanced contextual and visual capabilities. Devices powered by the latest ARM mobile chips are set for launch in 2017.

Powering the cloud: Intel embraces new identity

May 30, 22:09

The next wave of computing is now beginning to define the IT industry, where the boundaries of computing are expanding as billions of smart and connected devices, new data-rich services and cloud apps fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly bring new experiences to our lives. Aligning itself...

Intel VP and Taiwan country manager Jason Chen

China handset firms warned of overbooking

May 27, 15:26

MediaTek has warned its China-based handset clients that they might have placed more orders than their actual demand, in consideration of potential overbooking, according to industry sources.

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