Nuvoton joins AWS partner network
Nuvoton Technology has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network to provide reference designs for IoT devices, according to the Taiwan-based MCU specialist.
Intel board elects new chairman and director
Intel has announced that at the company's January 15 board meeting Andy Bryant stepped down as chairman and the board elected lead independent director Dr. Omar Ishrak to succeed Bryant as an independent chairman, effective immediately.
Highlights of the day: IT firms gearing up for 2020
IT firms worldwide are taking aggressive actions for their businesses in 2020 with some adopting strategies to defend its market status such as Intel, which is looking to cut its PC processor prices in the second half of 2020 to attract...
Qualcomm and MediaTek are expected to each post a double-digit increase in mobile chip sales this year, with gross margin edging up single-digit percentage points thanks to the availability of their high-ASP 5G products, according to industry observers.
Intel to cut PC processor prices in 2H20
Intel is expected to initiate price cuts on its PC processors in the second half of 2020 to defend its market dominance, according to sources at PC makers.
eMemory NeoFuse IP verified for UMC 28nm HV process
Taiwan-based eMemory has announced the availability of NeoFuse IP qualified on United Microelectronics' (UMC) 28nm high-voltage (HV) process for OLED display applications, with key customers already taping out related chip designs.
US FPGA chips specialist Xilinx will step up development of self-adaptive AI chips for automotive applications based on the emerging concepts of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Transportation as a Service (TaaS) for next-generation, autonomous vehicles, according to industry sources.
5G chip vendors unlikely to lower prices
Market speculation is emerging that Qualcomm might lower quotes for midrange 5G chip solutions thanks to improved yield rates at foundry partner Samsung Electronics, but industry sources have said it could just be a rumor made up by handset vendors seeking to force major 5G chip suppliers to cut pr...
Fab toolmakers expect strong 2020
With TSMC - the world's top pure-play foundry - anticipating record-high capex levels this year, semiconductor equipment vendors particularly those engaged in TSMC's supply chain are gearing up for strong sales in 2020, according to industry sources.
Taiwan needs to step up EDA development, says MOST
Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is urging the local industry and academy to devote more efforts to R&D on electronic design automation (EDA) to fill Taiwan's lack of tools and solutions for system-leve designs and innovative architectures.
Demand for TSMC's 7nm foundry services has been strong, with lead time for the node extending to about six months. The tight supply is expected to last throughout 2020, and Intel reportedly might also come knock on the door for TSMC's 7nm...
The New Kinpo Group expects its operation to see a double-digit percentage growth on year in 2020 and many of the group's subsidiaries will be going public beginning this year, according to group CEO Simon Shen.
TSMC 7nm process lead time remains at about six months, with tight supply expected to last through 2020, or even worsened in the second half of the year if speculation about Intel possibly seeking to place orders for the Taiwanese foundry's advanced processes materializes, according to industry sour...
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled US$418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to Gartner. Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue...
Taiwan IC design houses ramping up output for 1Q20
Taiwan-based IC design houses have started ramping up their output for their customers' new products slated for launch mainly in China during the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter, which may indicate a particularly strong first quarter of 2020 for the fabless chipmakers,...
Nepcon Japan 2020 runs from January 15-17 in Tokyo with exhibitors showcasing their latest IC innovations covering packaging technologies, materials, equipment, sensors and PCBs for applications including automotive electronics, new-energy cars and laser components.
Although World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) both expect the US, Japan and Europe to suffer from weakening economy in 2020, several Taiwanese industrial sectors are expected to remain unaffected thanks to strong demand from the 5G and AI markets, according to Taiwan's...
Highlights of the day: AMD to see a robust 2020
Intel has yet to fully eased its processor shortages, which is sending notebook vendors adopting more of its competitions from AMD in 2020. AMD's new Zen 3 architecture is expected to have a record-high development projects commenced...
Taiwan-based Integrated Service Technology (iST), Sporton International and Materials Analysis Technology (MA-tek), all dedicated to semiconductor materials analysis, IC test and verification services, have seen clear order visibility for 5G chips analysis services beyond the second quarter of 2020,...
OmniVision Technologies will raise its quotes for various CMOS image sensors (CIS) by 10-40% in 2020 to counter ever-expanding demand for application to handsets, notebooks, smart home devices, automotive and security surveillance systems, according to supply chain sources.
ASMedia remains major chipset partner of AMD
ASMedia Technology has reportedly secured orders for AMD's 500- and 600-series chipsets, which will buoy the Taiwan-based chipmaker's sales performance in 2020 and 2021, according to industry sources.
AMD CPU gaining popularity among PCs
The shortage of Intel's PC processors has already prompted OEMs and brand vendors to increasingly adopt AMD's CPUs in their products since 2019, and the trend will likely persist this year, according to industry sources.
TSMC is clearly the leader in the pureplay foundry sector, but its Chinese competitor SMIC may be able to make some gains in the 14nm FinFET segment, as it is expected to obtain orders from Huawei's chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, which has...
EDA firm Ansys beefs up workorce in Taiwan
Ansys has increased its R&D workforce in Taiwan by 50% to support its local chipmaking partners, according to Roger Lee, company country manager for Taiwan.
MediaTek reports strong sales for 2019
MediaTek has reported NT$246.22 billion (US$8.24 billion) in 2019 revenues, rising 3.43% on year to reach the company's second highest-ever level, with market observers saying the results met their previous expectations.
Taiwan handsets – 3Q 2019
Taiwan makers shipped 14.21 million handsets in third-quarter 2019, up 3% sequentially but down 34.8% on year.
Taiwan LCD TVs – 3Q 2019
Taiwan's TV maker shipped a total of 7.39 million LCD TVs in the third quarter, up 3.2% sequentially.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 3Q 2019
Taiwan PC monitor shipments continued to grow on-year in the third quarter of 2019 at 5.8% to arrive at 23.73 million units.
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020
Digitimes Research estimates that global server shipments moderately declined 1.4% in 2019 but will turn to show positive growth...
Mini/micro LED: Challenges and opportunities in the display industry
Mini LEDs and micro LEDs are expected to become improved backlighting solutions that can significantly enhance displays' quality...
Global LCD panel shipment forecast, 2020 and beyond
Global small- to medium-size LCD panel shipments are estimated to drop from 2020 to 2024, while large-size ones will continue...