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.
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).
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).
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.
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 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.
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.