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SMIC revises up 2Q14 gross margin guidance

Jul 21, 16:48

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has announced an upward revision of its second quarter gross margin guidance for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from 22-24% up to 27-29%.

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Jul 21, 10:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment.

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MediaTek launches 64-bit 8-core chip early

Jul 15, 22:14

MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014.

Samsung finishes LTE-A solution development for mobile processors, says report

Jul 15, 11:53

Samsung Electronics reportedly has finished developing an LTE-A modem chip solution, the Exynos Modem 300, and will integrate it into the company's quad-core processors to compete against Qualcomm, according to a Korean-language D-Daily report.

Samsung, HiSilicon looking to sell more handset solutions to other vendors, say sources

Jul 15, 10:24

Samsung Electronics and HiSilicon Technologies both have accelerated the developments of their handset solutions, including 8-core, 64-bit and 4G LTE-enabled chips and plan to ship more chips outside the companies, according to industry sources.

Phison may cut prices to ramp up SSD shipments

Jul 14, 14:22

NAND flash controller chipmaker Phison Electronics will exert all-out efforts, including price reductions, to ramp up its shipments of SSD devices in the third quarter of 2014, according to company chairman Khein-Seng Pua.

Phison chairman Khein-Seng Pua

Vishay to acquire Capella Microsystems via tender offer

Newswatch - Jul 14, 09:59

Taiwan-based IC design house Capella Microsystems has signed a merger agreement with US-based semiconductor firm Vishay Intertechnology and its affiliated Vishay Taiwan, under which Vishay will acquire up to 100% of Capella's outstanding shares at a price of NT$139 (US$4.64) per share through a tender...

Digitimes Research: Korea to ramp PWM IC production value to US$10 billion by 2022

Jul 11, 16:31

Korea plans to invest KRW323 billion (US$320 million) in R&D to ramp up the production value of its power management ICs (PWM ICs) to US$10 billion by 2022 with a 14% global market share, according to Digitimes Research.

FPC obtains design-wins for fingerprint sensor in China

Jul 11, 15:47

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has gained design-wins for its fingerprint sensor, the FPC1021, from smartphone vendors in China, which will pave the way for the firm to begin volume production of the chip in October 2014, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC design houses aim to land more tablet IC orders from brand vendors

Jul 11, 14:42

Taiwan-based IC design houses are shifting their focus to win more IC orders from brand tablet vendors instead of white-box suppliers since shipment growth of white-box tablets has begun to decline, according to industry sources.

MediaTek remains calm on Qualcomm price reduction

Jul 11, 14:05

MediaTek has said it is not concerned much about Qualcomm's announcement that it is lowering prices for its entry-level 4G solutions, believing that the price reductions will not hinder its plans to make a major push into China's 4G solution market, according to industry sources.

IC design houses set for higher gross margins

Jul 10, 15:22

IC design houses including MediaTek, Realtek Semiconductor, Novatek Microelectronics and Richtek Technology are expected to see their gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 settle at the high-end targets of their guidances, buoyed by stabilizing chip prices, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Hisilicon AP to give Huawei cost advantage in high-end mobile device market

Jul 9, 14:13

Hisilicon, an affiliate of Huawei, has been developing application processors for many years. The company's early products had issues that caused resulted in poor power consumption-performance ratio. But Huawei's strategic support and continuous R&D resource investments have helped improve Hisilicon's...

Chipset solution vendors to ramp up market share at the expense of gross margins

Jul 8, 22:03

Smartphone solution vendors including Qualcomm, MediaTek and Marvell Technology are expected to ramp up shipments of 4G chips in the third quarter of 2014 at the expense of their gross margins, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Tablet-AP shipments from Intel expected to reach 31.15 million in 2014

Jul 8, 14:31

Intel aims to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, but most market watchers believe such a volume is quite a challenge. Digitimes Research expects the CPU giant to be able to ship 31.15 million APs in 2014, achieving about 80% of its goal,...

MediaTek 2Q14 sales meet guidance

Jul 8, 11:56

IC design house MediaTek has reported revenues of NT$15.71 billion (US$524.91 million) for June, down 18.8% sequentially but up 60.7% on year. Second-quarter revenues were up 17.7% to NT$54.13 billion, meeting its guidance of NT$51.5-55.2 billion.

KYEC June, 2Q14 revenues hit new highs

Newswatch - Jul 7, 12:46

IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) saw its revenues gain 3.4% on month and 11.2% on year to a record high of NT$1.44 billion (US$48.19 million) in June.

Elan June revenues down, but 2Q14 revenues up 20%

Newswatch - Jul 7, 11:11

Touch controller chipmaker Elan Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$643 million (US$21.52 million) for June, decreasing 12.7% from the previous month and also a year earlier.

SMIC to fabricate Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs on 28nm process

Jul 4, 15:20

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Qualcomm have announced that the two firms will collaborate on 28nm wafer production process, and SMIC will manufacture Qualcomm's Snapdragon family processors in China.

Phison Electronics to offer 28nm SSD controller chips at end of 2014

Jul 4, 12:09

In view of fast growing SSD demand, IC design house Phison Electronics will start producing its 28nm SSD controller chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) by the end of 2014, according to industry sources.

MediaTek confident of attaining 2014 target of 15 million 4G processors

Jul 4, 10:30

IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Google looking to clean up Android device mess in emerging markets

Jul 3, 12:01

The Android operating system was again the spotlight of Google I/O developer conference and in addition to a preview of the latest Android L, the Internet giant also launched an entry-level turnkey solution, Android One for emerging markets.

Chipset solution vendors seek 28nm capacity at UMC, Globalfoundries and SMIC

Jul 2, 14:03

Chipset solution vendors including Qualcomm and MediaTek have continued to seek additional 28nm capacity at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Globalfoundries and, particularly, at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to tight production at TSMC, according to industry...

Applied Materials advances ion implant technology for 3D chip architectures

Jul 2, 13:31

Applied Materials has announced the Applied Varian VIISta 900 3D system, a medium-current ion implantation tool developed for manufacturing FinFET and 3D NAND designs at sub-2Xnm nodes.

Most Taiwan makers unlikely to enter Android One supply chain

Jul 1, 15:41

While Google is ambitious to boost sales of its planned Android One-based smartphones to emerging markets, most Taiwan-based handset component makers are unlikely to obtain orders for Android One smartphones because they are less price-competitive compared to China-based rivals, according to industry...

Sony Mobile to adopt MediaTek 64-bit quad-core 4G LTE solutions

Jul 1, 12:03

Sony Mobile Communications will adopt MediaTek's 64-bit quad-core solution, the MT6732, for production of entry-level and mid-range 4G LTE smartphones for delivering in 2015, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China unveils new semiconductor industry development guidelines

Jun 30, 15:50

The China government has been offering tax incentives to promote the development of its semiconductor industry since the implementation of its 12th five-year economic development plans in 2011.

Digitimes Research: Wi-Fi chipmakers taking different paths for growth

Jun 30, 15:43

In the first half of 2014, Wi-Fi chipmakers can be divided into two groups: one focusing on developing Wi-Fi chip solutions with better specifications and higher speed, and the other that is no longer interested in increasing the number of antenna or transmission speed, but instead focusing on meeting...

Order visibility for LED driver ICs extends through 3Q14

Jun 27, 15:40

Order visibility for most Taiwan-based LED driver IC vendors has extended to the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to the booming LED lighting market in China, according to industry sources.

Lighting accounts for one-quarter of all LED driver IC revenues in 2013, says IHS

Jun 27, 14:13

One out of every four dollars spent worldwide on LED drivers in 2013 was used for lighting applications, illustrating the growing importance of illumination in the LED business, according to IHS Technology.

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Jun 27, 11:57

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply ch...

Wireless charging solution market to grow by CAGR of 30% in next 3-5 years

Jun 25, 21:19

The global wireless charging solution market is expected to grow by a CAGR of over 30% in the next 3-5 years as more and more smartphone vendors have begun to incorporate such solutions into their new models, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Digitimes Research: South Korea eyes AP development; pushing for mid-range market initially

Jun 25, 15:34

South Korea paid about KRW350 billion (US$342.81 million) in royalties to ARM for AP licensing in 2012, up significantly from KRW180 billion in 2008 and the fee is expected to rise to KRW900 billion by 2020 if the country does not have a home-grown AP architecture.

Demand for fingerprint sensors to grow robustly in 2H14

Jun 25, 10:42

Global demand for fingerprint identification sensors is set to grow significantly in the second half of 2014 as the Android platform is now able to support fingerprint sensor applications, according to industry sources.

China government likely to acquire Broadcom handset solution business

Jun 24, 21:32

The China government, which has set up a number of development funds to promote the IC industry, reportedly plans to take over Broadcom's handset solution business, according to industry sources.

Smartphone vendors trending to develop more ICs in-house

Jun 24, 15:28

Some brand handset vendors reportedly have accelerated their in-house development of smartphone-use ICs, while reducing the ratio of ICs purchased from outside, according to component suppliers in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

More chipset suppliers to tie up with Taiwan-based IC design houses

Jun 20, 12:05

More chipset suppliers are likely to tie up with Taiwan-based IC design houses in order to tap retail channels as well as to expand their ecosystem in China, according to industry sources.

Knowles and Infineon are top suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones and bare microphone dies, says IHS

Jun 19, 15:37

The global market for MEMS microphone chips is split into dual segments that are dominated by two suppliers: Knowles and Infineon Technologies AG, according to IHS.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm far ahead of Marvell and MediaTek in China LTE market

Jun 19, 12:38

Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China's LTE service started later than most of the developed countries.

Dialog reportedly discontinues cooperation with Richtek

Jun 18, 21:45

Dialog Semiconductor reportedly has temporarily suspended its cooperation with Richtek Technology for the development of power management solutions, while shifting its focus to cooperate with smartphone solution providers, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Global SSD sales to grow 60% in 2014

Jun 18, 15:41

Global SSD sales are expected to grow 60% on year in 2014 after nearly doubling a year earlier, buoyed by continually declining NAND flash prices, slimming-down of notebooks, and the rise of convertible tablets, according to Digitimes Research.

China market: MediaTek to ship over 200 million 3G handset solutions in 2014

Jun 17, 22:08

MediaTek is expected to ship over 200 million 3G handset solutions in China in 2014, accounting for a 50% share of the segment and making MediaTek the top 3G solution vendor in the country, according to industry sources.

Micron, SK Hynix interested in investing in Taiwan SSD controller IC designers, say Taiwan makers

Jun 17, 14:13

In view of continued growth in global demand for SSDs, Micron Technology and SK Hynix are interested in investing in Taiwan-based SSD controller IC design houses including Silicon Motion Technology, Phison Electronics and JMicron Technology to strengthen their competitiveness, according to industry...

MediaTek 3G solution shipments unaffected by cancellation of subsidies

Jun 16, 12:22

MediaTek's shipments of 3G smartphone solutions to China have not been affected by the moves of China-based telecom operators to shift their promotional subsidies from 3G to 4G smartphones, according to industry sources.

Differentiation is the core advantage: Q&A MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang

Jun 16, 11:36

MediaTek has taken up to 60% of the 3G handset solution market in China, pushing the market value of the company shares to over NT$800 billion (US$26.68 billion) recently. Digitimes took the opportunity to talk with MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang to have a glimpse of the chipset vendor's successful...

MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang

Digitimes Research: South Korea sees increasing semiconductor exports to Vietnam

Jun 12, 15:28

As labor costs in China are gradually rising, IT players have started turning to establish production lines in Vietnam, increasing the country's demand for upstream semiconductors and components. The scale of South Korea's semiconductor and component exports to Vietnam has grown significantly recently,...

MediaTek begins volume production of Aster solutions for wearable devices

Jun 11, 21:56

MediaTek will begin commercial production of Aster, its SoC solution for wearable devices, in June with initial shipments to reach two million units a month, according to industry sources.

Niching sees revenues up in May

Jun 11, 15:51

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial has reported revenues of NT$101 million (US$3.37 million) for May, up 20% on month and 45% on year. May's sales were the highest since July 2012, according to company data.

China market: MediaTek 4G LTE solutions verified by China Mobile

Jun 10, 21:52

MediaTek's 4G LTE smartphone solutions have been verified by China Mobile, paving the way for China-based handset vendors to begin shipping LTE models to China Mobile, the largest telecom operator in China.

STMicroelectronics eyeing IoT market

Jun 10, 15:02

The market for IoT (Internet of Things) devices is expected to stage a major uptick in the next 2-3 years. STMicroelectronics is ready to offer an assortment of key components such as sensors, low-power MCUs and wireless networking devices for the booming market, accord to company executive vice president...

STMicroelectronics executive vice president Francois Guibert
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