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MediaTek likely to post 12-18% sales growth in 2Q15

Apr 17, 15:20

MediaTek is expected to see its second-quarter revenues increase 12-18% from an already-low base in the first quarter, with gross margin falling below 47%, according to market watchers.

Imagination announces low-power wireless IP for wearable and IoT

Apr 16, 15:57

Imagination Technologies has announced the first members of its Ensigma Whisper flexible connectivity IP family, designed specifically to enable the integration of ultra-low power communications in SoCs targeting wearables, IoT and other connected devices that require extended battery life and low...

China market: Intel to strengthen presence in mobile CPU market via ODMs and white-box vendors

Apr 16, 13:46

Intel reportedly will step up its cooperation with ODMs and white-box makers in China to strengthen its presence in China's handset market. Some vendors will launch 3G smartphones built using Intel's quad-core solutions in the third quarter of 2015 and release 4G LTE models in the fourth quarter, according...

Order visibility for fingerprint sensors, NFC chips extends to 6 months

Apr 15, 22:55

Order visibility for fingerprint sensors and NFC chips has extended to six months as more Android-based smartphone vendors have incorporated mobile payment functionality into their new models, according to industry sources.

Rockchip showcases devices at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Apr 15, 15:34

China-based IC design house Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics is exhibiting smartphones and tablets equipped with Intel processors, and Chromebooks developed through cooperation with Google at the 2015 Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) taking place during April 13-16.

Digitimes Research: China foundry houses to optimize specialty processes for IoT

Apr 15, 11:36

China-based foundry houses, including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), XMC and Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, are expected to focus on developing specialty processes for producing chips for IoT applications, according to Digitimes Research.

Capacity utilization rates at foundry houses to dip slightly in 2Q15

Apr 14, 21:43

Capacity utilization rates at Taiwan-based wafer foundries are expected to drop slightly in the second quarter of 2015 as IC design houses have reduced their wafer orders amid slack sales in the end-market for devices, according to industry sources.

China market: Xiaomi to rely more on Leadcore for supply of chipset solutions, says report

Apr 14, 15:12

Xiaomi Technology is likely to rely more on China-based Leadcore Technology for the supply of low-cost chipset solutions for the production of entry-level LTE smartphones as a means to ramp up its shipments in 2015, according to a China-based OFweek.com report.

IC distributor WPG sees mild gain in 1Q15 revenues

Stockwatch - Apr 13, 10:51

IC distributor WPG Holdings has announced consolidated revenues of NT$40.32 billion (US$1.29 billion) for March, up 50.7% sequentially and 4.3% on year.

Elan Microelectronics reports revenues for March 2015

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 16:14

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$556 million (US$17.82 million) for March 2015, representing a 20.59% increase on month and 13.19% drop on year.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth, says IC Insights

Apr 10, 11:26

Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, such as wearable electronics and the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), but sales growth is being pulled down significantly...

Synopsys announces availability of silicon-proven IP portfolio for TSMC 16nm FinFET Plus processes

Apr 10, 10:23

Synopsys has announced the availability of a portfolio of DesignWare PHY IP for TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) processes.

Cadence digital and custom/analog tools achieve TSMC certification for 10nm FinFET early design starts

Apr 9, 22:07

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its digital and custom/analog tools have achieved certification from TSMC for its most-current version of 10nm FinFET Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE models.

MStar to acquire Alpha for NT$37 per share

Apr 9, 22:05

Eyeing IoT and image sensor chip business opportunities, MStar Semiconductor plans to acquire Alpha Imaging Technology for a total of NT$2.07 billion (US$66.37 million).

Realtek March revenues rebound

Stockwatch - Apr 9, 20:23

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.55 billion (US$81.8 million) for March 2015, up 21% sequentially and 2.2% from a year ago.

MediaTek March sales rebound

Apr 9, 20:20

MediaTek saw its March revenues soar almost 111% sequentially to more than NT$20 billion (US$642 million). Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 came in line with the company's guidance.

MediaTek, Spreadtrum to enjoy strong handset-IC orders from emerging markets in 2015

Apr 9, 20:18

MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications are expected to grab a combined more than 80% of the total chip orders for new handsets set to roll out in emerging markets during 2015, according to industry sources in China.

Global 2014 semiconductor revenues rise 7.9%, says Gartner

Apr 8, 21:26

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$340.3 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from 2013 revenues of US$315.4 billion, according to final results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7%, which was more than the overall industry's growth.

FocalTech cuts into supply chain of brand smartphone vendors

Apr 8, 21:20

FocalTech Systems has obtained touchscreen IC orders for smartphones from HTC, Asustek Computer and Xiaomi, according to industry sources.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February 2015, says SIA

Apr 7, 14:26

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for February 2015 reached US$27.8 billion, up 6.7% from a year earlier when sales were US$26.0 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

China design houses raiding Taiwan driver IC makers for talent

Apr 7, 12:16

China-based IC design houses have stepped up efforts to lure talent away from Taiwan-based LCD driver IC companies in an attempt to improve the quality and competitiveness of their products, according to industry sources.

US firms capture bulk of IDM and fabless IC sales, says IC Insights

Apr 7, 11:58

US companies held a 55% share of the total worldwide IC market in 2014, which includes sales from IDMs and fabless IC companies, according to IC Insights. The total does not include foundry sales.

Spreadtrum looks to expand shipments for smartphones in 2015, says chairman

Apr 7, 11:55

China-based Spreadtrum Communications expects to enjoy significant growth in shipments for 3G and 4G LTE smartphones in 2015, according to company chairman and CEO Leo Li. Sales generated from the company's smartphone solutions are set to account for more than 40% of its overall revenues during the...

NewEdge Technology shipping wireless charging ICs in volume

Apr 7, 11:53

China-based NewEdge Technology has started shipping its wireless charging ICs in volume. The chips are being manufacturing using TSMC's 0.18-micron technology, according to industry sources.

Wireless charging set to take off in 2015

IC orders from China phone makers picking up slowly

Apr 7, 11:27

Orders for ICs from China's handset industry is picking up at a slower-than-expected pace, according to industry sources. The local telecom operators are reluctant to resume subsidies for the purchase of handsets, which the sources have identified as the main cause.

Spreadtrum volume shipping 28nm quad-core 5-mode LTE and WCDMA SoC solutions

Apr 7, 11:25

Spreadtrum Communications has introduced two new quad-core SoC platforms, the SC9830A, which supports 5-mode LTE, and the SC7731G, which supports WCDMA. Both solutions were designed with 28nm process technology.

Digitimes Research: Samsung expected to see increasing orders on 14nm process

Apr 2, 12:01

Qualcomm's next-generation application processor (AP), the Snapdragon 820, is expected to outsource to Samsung Electronics using a 14nm node, which the Korea-based foundry house has demonstrated as a proven process as showcased by the performance and power consumption of its14nm Exynos 7420 CPU developed...

Phison poised to expand SSD business

Apr 2, 11:08

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is looking to expand its SSD operation in 2015, according to company chairman Khein-Seng Pua.

Novatek obtains TV chip orders from Japan and Korea brand vendors

Apr 2, 11:03

Novatek Microelectronics, which specializes in the design of LCD driver ICs, has moved forward its TV SoC business by obtaining new orders from Japan- and Korea-based TV brands, according to industry sources.

M31 offers low-voltage and low-power physical IP solutions for TSMC 55ULP targeting IoT

Apr 2, 10:39

M31 Technology has announced the availability of its low-voltage and low-power physical IP solutions on TSMC 55nm ultra-low power process technology. The platform provides system-on-a-chip (SoC) designers with significantly competitive low-power advantages for Internet of Things (IoT) applications,...

Specialty DRAM specialists ESMT, Etron report profit growth for 2014

Apr 2, 10:35

Memory IC design house Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) saw its net profits soar 67.6% on year in 2014, while profits at Etron Technology climbed to a 4-year high.

IC demand from China picking up, say Taiwan firms

Mar 31, 22:04

IC demand from China's smartphone market is showing signs of a pick-up, as inventories at non-Apple vendors ease, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

VIS signs OTP IP license agreement with Attopsemi

Mar 31, 21:52

Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has licensed Attopsemi's one-time programmable (OTP) technology, according to the Taiwan-based specialty IC foundry. Attopsemi provides a fuse-based OTP IP across all CMOS processes from 0.50- to 0.11-micron, including mixed signal, high voltage and BCD pro...

UMC snatches high-end 28nm chip orders from TSMC clients

Mar 31, 10:39

United Microelectronics (UMC) has obtained some orders for high-end 28nm chips from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) major clients including Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to industry sources.

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IHS comments on Intel potential acquisition of Altera

Mar 30, 23:00

A recent Wall Street Journal report quoted unnamed sources as saying that Intel is in talks to buy Altera. IHS has published its research notes on Intel's potential acquisition of the programmable chipmaker, which could come on the heels of a long series of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions...

MediaTek intros Helio family SoC for high-end smartphones

Mar 30, 10:52

MediaTek has unveiled a new mobile processor family targeted at high-end smartphones. Dubbed Helio, the new system-on-chips (SoC) combine both high performance and low power consumption.

Qualcomm, MediaTek shifting some 28nm chip orders away from TSMC

Mar 27, 10:42

Qualcomm and MediaTek have both shifted some of their 28nm chip orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to other foundry chipmakers that offer cheaper quotes, according to industry sources.

Apple dictates the ranking of top 10 MEMS manufacturers in 2014, says IHS

Mar 27, 10:27

Bosch reinforced its leadership in the MEMS industry in 2014 with a 16.6% increase to US$1167 million up from US$1001 million in 2013, according to IHS. Bosch alone held 12% of the very fragmented MEMS market in 2014 compared to 11% in 2012.

Taiwan IC design houses gearing up to offer solutions for USB Type-C

Mar 26, 22:23

More than 10 Taiwan-based IC design houses are engaged in the development of USB Type-C (USB-C) chip solutions, as they anticipate the interface will see widespread adoption, according to industry sources.

Optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes growth accelerates, says IC Insights

Mar 26, 10:50

Following two lethargic years of low growth and some setbacks, worldwide sales of optoelectronics, sensors, actuators and discrete semiconductors regained strength in 2014 and collectively increased 9% to reach an all-time high of US$63.8 billion after rising just 1% in 2012 and 2013, according to...

Digitimes Research: Japan semiconductor product value edges up 8.7% in 2014 amid strategic changes

Mar 25, 15:47

The production value of Japan's semiconductor industry reached JPY3.25 trillion (US$27.5 billion) in 2014, increasing 8.7% from a year earlier. Companies have received a boost from government policies that help strengthen the division of labor in order to improve their profitability, according to Digitimes...

NXP and Globalfoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Mar 25, 15:39

Globalfoundries and NXP Semiconductor have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM), which has resulted in production of 300mm prototype wafers on Globalfoundries' 40nm process technology platform, according to the companies. Volume production is expected in 2016 at its...

TSMC to post flat to 5% revenue growth in 2Q15

Mar 24, 22:20

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to post revenue growth of 0-5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising output for 20nm chips, according to industry sources.

MediaTek 1Q15 revenues likely to meet low-end guidance

Mar 24, 22:14

MediaTek's first-quarter 2015 revenues are likely to only meet the low-end of the company's guidance, due mainly to disappointing sales of entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to industry sources.

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China market buoying iPhone shipments

Mar 24, 20:58

Sales of Apple's iPhone 6 have been strong particularly in China driving growth in the smartphone's shipments, according to sources at upstream suppliers.

China market driving iPhone shipment growth

Hua Hong, eMemory partner to develop MCUs for IoT

Mar 24, 20:43

Hua Hong Semiconductor and eMemory Technology have jointly announced they will further strengthen their strategic partnership and work together in the field of microcontrollers (MCU), including the extension of their current technology cooperation to the 90nm node and in-depth cooperation in development...

Rockchip licenses Arteris interconnect IP for RK series

Mar 24, 15:18

China-based chip developer Rockchip has extended its use of Arteris FlexNoC fabric IP as its on-chip communications backbone for its complete RK series of application processor SoCs, according to the two companies.

Qualcomm vying for chip orders from Samsung

Mar 23, 23:26

Qualcomm, which is believed to have lost processor orders for the Galaxy S6 series smartphones from Samsung Electronics, is vying for orders for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, according to industry sources.

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IC distributor ANStek optimistic about demand for industrial control

Mar 23, 23:25

Taiwan-based IC distributors Answer Technology (ANStek) has expressed optimism about demand coming from the industrial control sector, and expects to enjoy a particularly strong first quarter this year.

MCU design house Holtek to deal out cash dividend of NT$3.50 for 2014

Mar 23, 23:22

Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops standard microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$3.50 (US$0.11) for 2014 on record profits of NT$791 million.

Holtek president Gorden Gau
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