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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...

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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.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 11.3% sequentially in 2Q16

May 24, 11:08

Having digested their excessive inventory, smartphone vendors have stepped up the pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Smartphone vendors are also gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models.

China market: Lenovo to use Samsung Exynos CPUs

May 23, 15:24

ZUK, a handset subsidiary of Lenovo, is to roll out a new smartphone powered by a Samsung Electronics Exynos 8890 processor, according to company CEO Chang Cheng.

TruLight to begin shipping short-wavelength components for VR devices, cloud data centers in 2H16

May 19, 10:48

TruLight, a maker of active components used in fiber-optic communications, expects to start shipping short-wavelength COB (chip on board) components for use in VR (virtual reality) devices and cloud computing data centers in second-half 2016.

Supply chain to start shipping new iPhones at the end of 3Q16

May 17, 14:11

The upstream supply chain is expected to begin shipping Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone products at the end of the third quarter. A new 4.7-inch iPhone will be handled by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), while the new 5.5-inch model will be made by Wistron...

Intel obtains up to 50% of modem chip orders for upcoming iPhone

May 16, 22:27

Intel will supply up to 50% of the modem chips for use in the new iPhones slated for launch in September 2016, according to industry sources.

PCL Technologies sees booming shipments of LTE, LTE-Advanced optical transceiver modules in 1Q16

May 13, 11:09

Optical component and module maker PCL Technologies saw significantly increased shipments of optical transceiver modules used in LTE and LTE-Advanced networks to Japan- and China-based mobile telecom carriers in the first quarter of 2016, according to the company.

Chip orders from China smartphone vendors to boost MediaTek 2Q16 revenues

May 11, 21:15

Orders placed by China-based Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are set to boost revenues at smartphone-chip provider MediaTek in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.

Silitech reports losses for 1Q16

Stockwatch - May 11, 21:08

Keypad and chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported a net loss of NT$67 million or NT$0.37 per share on revenues of NT$605 million for the first quarter of 2016.

Largan Precision reports on-year drop in April revenues

Stockwatch - May 6, 16:51

Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.105 billion (US$95.82 million) for April 2016, representing a 2.67% increase on month but a 27.36% drop on year.

Catcher expects flat performance in 2016

May 6, 16:29

Taiwan-based chassis maker Catcher Technology has turned conservative about its performance in the first half of 2016 and expects sales to stay flat from the same period a year ago as a large client has not been performing well recently, according to company chairman Hung Shui-shu.

Headset maker Merry sees revenues up in April

Stockwatch - May 6, 15:17

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.159 billion (US$35.8 million) for April, increasing 33.22% on month and 34.6% on year.

FIH Mobile issues earnings warning on weak demand

May 6, 12:01

FIH Mobile, an OEM handset unit of the Foxconn Group, has issued an earnings warning, expecting its net profits for the first half of 2016 to reach only US$10-20 million, a decline of 84.4-92.2% from US$129 million recorded a year earlier.

TSMC begins tape-out of 10nm A11 chips for Apple

May 6, 10:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to tape out the design for Apple's A11 processor built on a 10nm FinFET process, according to industry sources.

Quartz component maker TXC to increase capex for 2016

Newswatch - May 5, 14:18

Quartz component maker TXC, which has cut into the iPhone supply chain, will ramp its capex for 2016 to NT$750 million (US$23.18 million), an increase of 87.5% from NT$400 million spent a year earlier, according to company president Peter Lin.

Casetek sees on-year growth in 1Q16 revenues

May 5, 14:07

Taiwan-based chassis maker Casetek has announced revenues of NT$8.42 billion (US$260.24 million) for the first quarter, down 31.7% sequentially, but up 5.5% on year, while operating profits reached NT$1.26 billion, down 56.7% sequentially, but up 49.1% on year, and EPS NT$2.72.

Maturing smartphone market signals falling growth for wireless semiconductors, IHS says

May 5, 09:47

Revenues associated with the wireless competitive landscape continued to serve as a bright spot in the larger semiconductor market in 2015, growing almost 4% on year to over US$56 billion, while total semiconductor revenues fell 2% to US$347 billion during the same period, according to IHS. The wireless...

Satellite device maker MTI sees revenues up on year in April

May 4, 21:30

Satellite and microwave communications device maker Microelectronics Technology (MTI) has reported revenues of NT$629.44 million (US$19.46 million) for April, down 12.21% sequentially but up 45.96% on year.

Ichia reports revenues down in April

Stockwatch - May 4, 21:28

Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$438 million (US$13.55 million) for April 2016, representing a 15.54% drop on month and 35.1% drop on year.

China smartphone vendors ramping chip orders, sources say

May 3, 15:01

China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Xiaomi and TCL have stepped up their pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.

Apple increases chip orders for iPhone SE in 2Q16

May 3, 14:23

Apple has increased orders for its low-priced iPhone SE in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. The second-quarter outlook for related chip orders has been revised to more than five million units from 3.5-4 million.

MediaTek looks to higher revenues but lower gross margin in 2Q16

May 3, 11:05

MediaTek expects to post revenue growth of 24-32% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016. However, gross margin for the quarter is likely to fall further, according to the smartphone-chip provider.

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.

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