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  • TSMC to beat Samsung in 10nm race

    Bits + chips | 5h 24min ago

  • Google BrandLab to set up branch office in Singapore in 2H16

    IT + CE - Newswatch | 5h 25min ago

  • Seagate names new head for Taiwan office

    IT + CE - Newswatch | 5h 26min ago

  • MediaTek to expand workforce in 2015

    Bits + chips | 7h 5min ago

  • UMC holds technology forum in Japan

    Bits + chips | 7h 24min ago

  • Sharp to launch smartphones in Indonesia, says report

    Mobile + telecom | 7h 26min ago

  • Semi-equipment component maker Calitech applies for OTC listing

    Before Going to Press | 5h 34min ago

  • Sony launches flagship Xperia Z3+ smartphone

    Before Going to Press | 5h 35min ago

  • Panasonic to add BLU production lines at plants in Mexico and Brazil

    Before Going to Press | 5h 36min ago

  • HTC to block media from attending shareholders meeting

    Before Going to Press | 5h 37min ago

  • Taiwan becomes major revenue contributor to Google

    Before Going to Press | 5h 39min ago

  • GIS expects 2Q15 revenues to fall 15-20% sequentially

    Before Going to Press | 7h 38min ago

  • CSOT starts producing 55-inch Full HD TV panels at 2nd 8.5G factory

    Before Going to Press | 7h 41min ago

  • LCD monitor panel prices in May fall sequentially, says WitsView

    Before Going to Press | 7h 43min ago

  • GIS to list on TSE

    Before Going to Press | 7h 49min ago

  • Solar cell maker TSEC to be listed on TSE in 3Q15

    Before Going to Press | 7h 50min ago

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MediaTek expected to meet mid-point to high-end of 2Q15 guidance

May 27, 14:24

A recent ramp-up of orders for 4G smartphone chips will help MediaTek meet the mid-point to high-end of the company's sales guidance for the second quarter of 2015, according to market sources.

Apple plans to add a new supplier for LCD driver ICs, say sources

May 26, 15:28

Apple reportedly plans to add an additional maker to its supplier list for LCD driver ICs as it aims to further ramp up the market share of its iPhone, iPad and MacBook product lines in China and other emerging markets, according to sources at Taiwan's IC design houses.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.04 in April, says SEMI

May 22, 15:23

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted US$1.57 billion in orders in April 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.04, according to SEMI.

Samsung steps up purchases of IC parts from Taiwan

May 22, 15:21

Samsung Electronics has stepped up purchases of IC parts from its Taiwan-based suppliers, including Himax Technologies, Richtek Technology and Silergy, according to industry sources.

Intel, Rockchip jointly promoting SoFIA 3G-R SoCs in China

May 22, 15:16

Intel and China-based Rockchip Electronics have recently stepped up their joint efforts to promote the quad-core SoFIA 3G-R (C3230RK) SoC solutions to the white-box tablet sector in China, aiming to squeeze more market share out from rival suppliers including MediaTek, Allwinner Technology, and Spreadtrum...

IC Insights releases top-20 semiconductor suppliers in 1Q15

May 21, 21:32

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers including three pure-play foundries and four fabless companies in the first quarter of 2015.

Cirrus Logic shifts orders to TSMC

May 21, 21:05

Cirrus Logic has reportedly shifted its orders back to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) from Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), as the audio chip provider is looking to upgrade its entire product line which will require 12-inch processing.

cirrus

2014 banner year for global industrial semiconductors, says IHS

May 21, 11:04

Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues totaled US$40.4 billion in 2014, up from US$34.3 billion in 2013, according to IHS. The 18% increase follows solid growth of 13% in 2013, a decline of 3% in 2012 and 12% growth in 2011. The strong performance achieved in 2014 represents the highest annual...

Qualcomm to step out of TSMC top-5 client list in 2H15

May 20, 20:59

Qualcomm may not serve as one of the top-five clients for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the second half of 2015 as the US-based chipmaker has placed more 14nm orders with Samsung Electronics, while giving more 28nm orders to United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor...

Power management semiconductor market rises 7% in 2014, says IHS

May 19, 22:16

After less-than-stellar market growth in 2013, the market for power management semiconductors surged in 2014. Even after a seasonal revenue decline of roughly 5% in the fourth quarter of 2014, global power semiconductor market revenues grew nearly 7%, according to IHS.

ESMT, Etron enter Taiwan top-10 IC design houses in 1Q15

May 19, 16:04

Memory-IC design companies Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) and Etron Technology both broke into Taiwan's top-10 IC design houses in the first quarter of 2015.

MediaTek with 10-core chips likely to win orders for Xiaomi high-end phones

May 19, 15:15

Xiaomi, which uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC for its Note-series smartphones, will likely switch back to MediaTek for its flagship smartphones, according to industry sources.

ARM, UMC launch new 55nm ULP physical IP solution for energy-efficient IoT applications

May 18, 21:51

ARM and United Microelectronics (UMC) have jointly announced the availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm to accelerate the development of ARM processor-based embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Phison nets NT$4.52 per share for 1Q15

Stockwatch - May 18, 21:48

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, a provider of NAND flash device controller ICs, has reported a net EPS of NT$4.52 (US$0.15) for the first quarter of 2015 compared with NT$4.15 a year earlier.

Touchscreen controller IC vendor FocalTech sees losses narrow in 1Q15

Newswatch - May 18, 10:53

Touchscreen controller and LCD driver IC supplier FocalTech Systems has reported that its net losses shrank 63.7% sequentially to NT$55.56 million (US$1.83 million) in the first quarter of 2015.

Handset demand to rise fast in 2H15, says MediaTek executive

May 15, 14:41

Handset demand in China and other emerging markets are expected to rise rapidly in the second half of 2015, according to MediaTek senior VP Chu Shang-tsu.

MediaTek senior VP Chu Shang-tsu

MediaTek 10-core chips likely to attract orders from many smartphone vendors

May 15, 14:20

MediaTek's recently-introduced Helio X20 SoC series for high-end smartphones has reportedly received positive feedback from international smartphone vendors.

MediaTek helio X20

Himax expects sales drop in 2Q15

May 15, 11:51

LCD driver IC design specialist Himax Technologies expects to post a revenue decline of 5-9% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, with gross margin sliding about 2pp on quarter.

Cypress enters race to buy ISSI

May 14, 22:15

Cypress Semiconductor announced on May 13 that the company has made an offer to buy Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) for US$19.75 per share in cash.

IC distributor ANStek 1Q15 profits rise

May 14, 22:11

IC distributor Answer Technology (ANStek) has reported net profits of NT$56 million (US$1.8 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$799 million for the first quarter of 2015, with revenues and profits rising 21.8% and 44.9%, respectively, on year. Net EPS for the quarter came to NT$1.02.

Semi material distributor Topco sees earnings drop on year in 1Q15

Newswatch - May 14, 13:53

Semiconductor material distributor Topco Scientific has reported net profits of NT$66.57 million (US$2.17 million) for the first quarter of 2015, down 11.8% from a year earlier.

Genesys Logic sees net profits up 115% on year in 1Q15

Newswatch - May 13, 22:23

USB chip supplier Genesys Logic has reported net profits of NT$83 million (US$2.7 million) for the first quarter of 2015, down 34% sequentially but up 115% from a year earlier.

Richtek expects 2Q15 sales to rise up to 7%

May 13, 15:43

Analog IC design house Richtek Technology expects to post sales growth of up to 7% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, thanks to increasing contributions from new products including solutions for games consoles and wireless charging, and AC-DC power management ICs.

TI strengthens analog market share, says IC Insights

May 13, 10:36

Texas Instruments (TI) was again the leading supplier of analog devices in 2014 with US$8.1 billion in sales, and increased its analog market share to 18%, while Skyworks Solutions was among the top analog chip suppliers showing the strongest growth thanks to orders from Apple, according to IC Insig...

MediaTek announces 10-core Helio X20 SoC, sample availability in 3Q15

May 12, 22:11

MediaTek has announced its 10-core Helio X20 series SoC chips for smartphones, with sample shipments slated for the third quarter of 2015.

Topco Scientific revenues up on year in April

Stockwatch - May 12, 10:53

Semiconductor material distributor Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.59 billion (US$51.72 million) for April, representing a 5.89% drop on month and 0.38% increase on year.

WPG Holdings see April revenues increase

Stockwatch - May 11, 16:40

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$40.909 billion (US$1.33 billion) for April 2015, representing a 1.45% increase on month and 3.89% increase on year.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments to China to grow 18.6% sequentially

May 11, 16:08

Tablet application processor (AP) shipments to China are estimated to grow 18.6% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015 to reach about 29 million units as demand from the end market starts to recover. Top-3 suppliers in China's tablet AP market, MediaTek, Rockchip and Intel, together will contribute...

Elan Microelectronics sees April revenues decrease

Stockwatch - May 8, 15:35

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$544 million (US$17.71 million) for April 2015, representing a 2.09% drop on month and 25.83% drop on year.

New Apple Watch has lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price, IHS teardown reveals

May 8, 11:12

The Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple phone IHS Technology has researched, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS. The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport by IHS estimates that the actual hardware costs are only about 24% of the manufacturer's suggested...

Realtek April revenues drop on year

Stockwatch - May 7, 15:39

Fabless IC firm Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues for April 2015 grew 3.9% sequentially but dropped 1.89% on year to reach NT$2.65 billion (US$86.4 million).

Commentary: Huali Microelectronics sets new milestone for entering memory chip segment

May 7, 14:43

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), a 12-inch wafer foundry under the China-based Shanghai Huahong Group, has reached a milestone by snapping up foundry orders from Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a NOR flash memory chip supplier.

Novatek expects flat sales for 2Q15

May 7, 10:06

LCD driver IC design specialist Novatek Microelectronics has estimated consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2015 will reach between NT$12.5 billion (US$408 million) and NT$12.9 billion compared with NT$12.7 billion in the first quarter.

Utilization rates at 8-inch fabs falling

May 7, 10:04

Capacity utilization rates at 8-inch wafer fabs have fallen at a faster-than-expected pace recently prompting foundry houses to lower their quotes, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Dialog, Foxconn SiP subsidiary to invest in Dyna Image

May 6, 21:58

Dialog Semiconductor, which focuses on power management IC solutions, has announced plans to acquire a 40% stake in Taiwan-based Dyna Image, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lite-On Semiconductor.

China smartphone vendors look for more supplies of CMOS image sensors

May 6, 21:48

China-based smartphone vendors reportedly are suffering shortages in the supply of CMOS image sensors from Sony as the Japan-based supplier has given priority to Apple and Samsung Electronics, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

China market: Prices for 4- and 8-core handset chips to fall

May 6, 14:16

Prices for 8-core handset chips are set to fall below US$10 in 2015 while those for quad-core chips will slip to US$5, as chipmakers start a price war, according to industry sources in China.

The mbed IoT ecosystem: Q&A with ARM CEO Simon Segars

May 6, 11:16

Through intensified cooperation with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and MediaTek, semiconductor IP provider ARM performed well in 2014, seeing its clients ship over 12 billion units of ARM-based SoCs and over 550 million units of Mali-based GPUs, mostly to mobile devices such as...

ARM CEO Simon Segars

Global 1Q15 semiconductor sales rise 6%, says SIA

May 5, 22:27

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$83.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015, up 6% from a year ago, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

PC demand slow in 2Q15, say Taiwan IC design firms

May 5, 22:15

IC demand for PCs is unlikely to pick up until the second half of 2015, when new Intel processors and Windows 10 will be available, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

MediaTek subsidiary completes acquisition of Alpha

May 5, 22:11

MStar Semiconductor has completed its acquisition of fellow IC design company Alpha Imaging Technology, according to a MediaTek filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

China investors near deal to acquire OmniVision

May 4, 21:29

OmniVision Technologies, a developer of CMOS image sensors for mobile devices, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a group of China-based investors including Hua Capital Management, CITIC Capital Holdings and GoldStone Investment, according to the US-based firm.

Macronix, Etron reportedly looking to tap MCP memory market

May 4, 12:06

Taiwan-based Macronix International and Etron Technology are both looking to step into the market for MCP (multi chip package) memory solutions, and are approaching potential partners for the supply of related chips, according to industry sources.

Winbond posts slight sales growth in 1Q15; cautious about 2Q

May 4, 10:28

Specialty DRAM and NOR flash memory chipmaker Winbond Electronics has reported revenue growth of 2% sequentially for the first quarter of 2015. For the second quarter, the company set a cautious tone citing weaker-than-expected demand for TVs as well as continued slow demand for mobile phones.

Winbond enjoys more favorable customer and product mix

MediaTek profits hit 7-quarter low

Apr 30, 15:50

Handset-IC design specialist MediaTek has reported net profits of NT$7.25 billion (US$236.7 million) for the first quarter of 2015, which hit the lowest quarterly level since the second quarter of 2013.

Realtek expects slight growth in 2Q15 sales

Apr 30, 09:59

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor expects to post slight sequential growth in second-quarter revenues.

Holtek 2Q15 revenues to rise 10-15%

Apr 29, 21:32

Microcontroller (MCU) supplier Holtek Semiconductor is expected to post 10-15% sequential growth in second-quarter revenues, buoyed by strong shipments for home appliances, medical products, lighting control and security products, according to market sources.

MediaTek MT6735 chip adopted by major China smartphone firms

Apr 29, 15:20

MediaTek has announced that its MT6735 quad-core 4G 64-bit full-mode chip solution has been adopted by China-based ZTE, Lenovo and TCL for their upcoming smartphones.

Digitimes Research: Networking chipset vendors to focus on ARM-based server processors

Apr 29, 11:16

Networking chipset vendors including Broadcom, Cavium and Applied Micro Circuit (AMCC) have taken the initiative to replace PowerPC and MIPS architectures with ARM's for developments of server processor solutions for new networking communication equipment, including SDN (software-defined networking)...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC design industry output value to rise 14.3% in 2Q15

Apr 28, 21:26

The production value of Taiwan's IC design industry is forecast to rise 14.3% sequentially to NT$140.07 billion (US$4.58 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by a seasonal pick-up in shipments for smartphones, according to Digitimes Research.

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