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Demand set to boom for iris- and face-recognition chips for smartphones

Aug 30, 13:53

Demand for iris- and face- recognition chips for smartphones is expected to surge encouraging more China- and Taiwan-based fabless firms to step into the field, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China mobile AP shipments to growth over 18% in 2H16

Aug 29, 21:29

Shipment of mobile application processors for smartphones and tablets in the China market are expected to grow 18.6% in the second half of 2016 from those shipped in the first half of the year due to seasonal demand and inventory build-ups for the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Resear...

Richwave to see revenues up over 10% in 3Q16, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 29, 14:52

RF component specialist Richwave Technology is expected to see its revenues reach NT$580 million (US$18.29 million) in the third quarter of 2016 compared to NT$523 million recorded in the previous quarter, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Industry supply chain eyeing huge mobile-SoC market potential

Aug 26, 13:56

With more system vendors engaged in the development of mobile SoC solutions in-house, the market for mobile chips is set to expand a further US$10 billion, according to industry sources. IC foundries, and EDA and IC design service companies are all eyeing this additional market size.

Dialog enters GaN market with integrated devices targeting fast charging power adapters

Aug 26, 10:43

Dialog Semiconductor has announced its first gallium nitride (GaN) power IC product offering, using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 650-volt GaN-on-Silicon process technology.

China firms set to expand presence in global NAND flash market, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 26, 10:05

China-based companies are set to expand their presence in the global NAND flash market dramatically thanks to the region's push to establish a homegrown NAND flash industry and the huge domestic market, according to DRAMeXchange.

Consumer IC vendor Sonix to ship over 600 million MCUs in 2016, says report

Newswatch - Aug 25, 21:44

Consumer IC vendor Sonix Technology is expected to ship a total of 632 million MCUs in 2016 thanks to increasing demand from the toy and educational sectors, according to a udn.com report.

Digitimes Research: China mobile AP shipments increase 8% in 2Q16

Aug 24, 15:37

China's mobile application processor (AP) market is forecast to reach a total of 166 million units in the second quarter of 2016, up 7.8% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research.

Nvidia unveils Tegra Parker mobile SoC

Newswatch - Aug 24, 15:28

Nvidia has unveiled its newest mobile processor, the Tegra Parker, which is suited for automotive applications like self-driving cars and digital cockpits.

US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio rises, says SEMI

Aug 24, 13:50

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15 in July 2016, having been above parity for eight months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.

Digitimes Research: China firms to share up to 30% of 2016 global fingerprint sensor shipments

Aug 24, 12:11

Due to fast growing use of smartphone-based mobile payment services in the China market, both international and domestic vendors, including white-box ones, have adopted fingerprint recognition functions for their smartphones. Consequently, China-based IC design houses are expected to account for up...

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm to extend lead in smartphone AP market

Aug 24, 11:55

Qualcomm will manage to extend its lead in the smartphone applications processor market in the second half of 2016 thanks to its competitive high-end and mid-range solutions, according to Digitimes Research.

Prices for handset peripheral chips falling

Aug 24, 11:14

Prices for handset peripheral chips have started to fall, squeezing further profits generated from phones, according to industry sources.

Hua Hong ships 1.2 billion MCUs in 1H16

Aug 23, 11:31

Hua Hong Semiconductor, a China-based pure-play 200mm (8-inch) foundry, has announced shipments for microcontrollers (MCU) climbed 50% from a year earlier to 1.2 billion chips in the first half of 2016. The shipment results were also a historical record.

Digitimes Research: China IC self-sufficiency rate to reach 40% by 2020

Aug 23, 11:26

China is set to improve the self-sufficiency rate for ICs in the nation to 40% in 2020, and could even exceed the target ratio, according to Digitimes Research.

GaN device supply chain remains robust, says Strategy Analytics

Aug 23, 11:18

Even with the well-publicized consolidation of RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor, Infineon's acquisition of International Rectifier (IR) and most-recently Wolfspeed, and NXP Semiconductors' acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor, the gallium nitride (GaN) device supply chain is growing...

PWM IC specialist Anpec 3Q16 sales to rise 5-10%, says report

Aug 22, 14:40

Taiwan-based Anpec Electronics, an IC design house specializing in power management chips (PWM IC), is expected to post revenue growth of 5-10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016 buoyed by a pick-up in demand for handsets and PCs, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA...

Winbond flash chip adopted in Samsung Galaxy Note 7, says report

Aug 22, 14:24

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics has entered the supply chain for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7-series smartphones with its flash memory, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

ASMedia expects operations to peak in 4Q16

Aug 19, 14:10

USB 3.0 chip controller design house ASMedia Technology expects operations to peak in the fourth quarter of 2016 as Intel has launched Kaby Lake-architecture processors and AMD will soon launch its Zen architecture, according to the company. ASMedia posted consolidated revenues of NT$792 million (US$24.6...

Fingerprint sensor penetration in smartphone market to rise above 50% in 2017

Aug 18, 15:01

The penetration rate for fingerprint-recognition sensors in the smartphone market will rise above 50% in 2017 from about 40% in 2016, according to industry observers. The ratio reached only 20% in 2015 indicating demand for fingerprint sensors has been growing robustly.

Analog IC vendor Silergy sees revenues up on year in July

Newswatch - Aug 18, 14:54

Analog IC design house Silergy has reported revenues of NT$606.34 million (US$19.31 million) for July, down 0.24% on month but up 59.52% on year. Accumulated 2016 revenues through July totaled NT$3.723 billion, increasing 46.9% from a year earlier.

Phison to merge subsidiaries

Stockwatch - Aug 17, 22:14

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics has disclosed plans to consolidate the company's resources by merging with two offshore subsidiaries, which have been embroiled in a US$40 million accounting fraud.

ARM, Intel team up for 10nm

Aug 17, 20:13

At the Intel Developer Forum on August 16, Intel announced its 10nm design platform for foundry customers will now offer access to ARM Artisan physical IP, including POP IP, based on the most-advanced ARM cores and Cortex-series processors.

MediaTek, AMD sales surge in 2Q16, says IC Insights

Aug 17, 11:09

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers in the second quarter of 2016, and identified MediaTek and AMD as the fastest-growing companies.

Micron, Silicon Motion team up for UFS solutions

Aug 17, 11:07

Micron Technology is working with its controller partner Silicon Motion Technology to develop controller solutions for Universal Flash Storage (UFS) chips, according to industry sources. The pair is already partnering for SSD controller solutions.

3S looks to higher revenues and gross margin in 3Q16

Aug 16, 20:27

Memory device controller IC specialist Solid State System (3S) expects to post sequential growth in revenues and gross margin for the third quarter of 2016.

Taiwan firms enter supply chain for 2017 iPhone

Aug 16, 20:12

In addition to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Chipbond Technology and MJC Probe (MPI) have entered the supply chain for Apple's 2017 iPhone series, according to industry sources.

IC distributor Supreme sees profits up significantly in 1H16

Newswatch - Aug 16, 15:46

Semiconductor products distributor Supreme Electronics has reported net profits of NT$383 million (US$12.21 million) for the second quarter of 2016, up 165.7% on quarter and 180.1% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.24 for the quarter.

ALi loss widens in 2Q16

Aug 16, 11:07

IC design house ALi, which specializes in set-top box (STB) chipset solutions, saw its loss expand to NT$93 million (US$3 million) in the second quarter from NT$26 million in the first quarter.

Analog IC vendor GMT sees profits, gross margin down in 2Q16

Newswatch - Aug 12, 14:27

Analog and mixed signal IC vendor Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) saw its net profits decline 4.5% sequentially to NT$82.64 million (US$2.64 million) in the second quarter of 2016, during which gross margin dropped 2.52pp on quarter to 33.39%. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$0.96.

Power semiconductor market revenues decline in 2015, says IHS

Aug 12, 12:36

Overall revenues for the power semiconductors market globally dropped slightly in 2015, due primarily to macroeconomic factors and application-specific issues, according to IHS Markit.

Himax looks to 5-10% revenue growth in 3Q16

Aug 12, 10:30

LCD driver IC specialist Himax Technologies expects to post revenue growth of 5-10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016.

Phison posts NT$9.58 EPS for 1H16

Aug 12, 09:59

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported net profits of NT$1.88 billion (US$60.2 million) for the first half of 2016. EPS for the six-month period reached NT$9.58, up 4.7% from a year earlier.

Sigurd sees earnings up 65.8% on year in 2Q16

Newswatch - Aug 11, 13:55

IC backend service company Sigurd Microelectronics saw its net profits grow 65.8% on year to NT$199 million (US$6.42 million) in the second quarter of 2016. EPS stood at NT$0.55 for the April-June quarter.

IC design house FocalTech sees revenues up in July

Newswatch - Aug 11, 10:48

IC design house FocalTech Systems has announced revenues of NT$1.102 billion (US$35.53 million) for July, up 3.5% on month and 20.4% on year. For the first seven months, revenues totaled NT$6.37 billion, decreasing 2.69% from a year earlier.

WPG July revenues down, WT Micro up

Stockwatch - Aug 11, 10:17

WPG saw its July revenues decrease 4.4% compared to June while fellow IC distributor WT Microelectronics' revenues increased 7.6% month.

Elan looks to up to 22% revenue growth in 3Q16

Aug 11, 10:15

Elan Microelectronics expects its third-quarter revenues to register a 16-22% sequential increase, driven by continued growth in shipments of touchscreen controllers and rising fingerprint sensor shipments.

WT Micro expects to post up to 35% revenue growth in 3Q16

Aug 11, 10:13

IC distributor WT Microelectronics expects to post revenues of between NT$37.5 billion (US$1.21 billion) and NT$40.5 billion in the third quarter of 2016 which will represent sequential growth of 24.6-34.6%.

New MediaTek SoC selected to power Asustek ZenPad tablet

Aug 9, 21:14

MediaTek has announced its new MT8176 system-on-chip was selected to power Asustek Computer's recently-released tablet.

Taiwan prosecutors investigating Phison for possible accounting fraud

Aug 9, 11:08

Hsinchu district prosecutors are investigating Phison Electronics and its subsidiaries for possible accounting fraud and the accuracy of financial representations made to the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Phison investigated for possible accounting fraud

TSMC to begin volume production for MediaTek 10nm chips in 1Q17, say sources

Aug 9, 10:57

MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC designed for mid-range and high-end smartphones will be ready for volume production in the first quarter of 2017. The chips will be built by TSMC using the foundry's 10nm process technology, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm, Vivo sign 3G/4G patent license agreement

Aug 9, 10:54

Qualcomm and Vivo Communication Technology have entered into a new 3G and 4G patent license agreement for China, according to the companies.

Realtek looks to brisk sales in 3Q16

Stockwatch - Aug 8, 15:45

Realtek Semiconductor expects its sales to remain strong in the third quarter of 2016 due to steady orders for PC-use, Wi-Fi, STB chips and TV controller ICs, according to the company.

Touch controller IC vendor Elan reports increased sales for July

Stockwatch - Aug 8, 15:30

Touchscreen controller IC vendor Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$601 million (US$19.04 million) for July, representing a 10.92% increase on month and 16.04% increase on year.

MediaTek July revenues stay high

Aug 8, 11:16

MediaTek enjoyed another month of brisk sales with revenues for July 2016 rising almost 40% on year.

Novatek looks to 2-6% revenue growth in 3Q16

Aug 5, 16:15

LCD driver IC firm Novatek Microelectronic expects to post revenues of between NT$11.7 billion (US$371.4 million) and NT$12.1 billion for the third quarter of 2016 representing sequential growth of 2-6%.

Global Unichip 2Q16 profits fall

Aug 5, 10:46

Falling revenues dragged down profitability at IC design services provider Global Unichip in the second quarter of 2016.

Faraday expects 3Q16 revenues to fall

Aug 5, 10:42

Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and silicon IP provider, expects to post a revenue decline of 14-18% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016. The company attributed its pessimistic outlook to inventory correction at clients, as well as a seasonal slowdown in orders for 40nm chips.

Analog IC vendor On-Bright posts high EPS for 2Q16

Stockwatch - Aug 5, 10:35

Analog IC vendor On-Bright Electronics has reported net profits of NT$226 million (US$7.13 million) for the second quarter of 2016, increasing 142% from the previous quarter. Second-quarter EPS stood at NT$5.17.

Huge 2H16 spending surge expected from Samsung, TSMC and Intel, says IC Insights

Aug 4, 15:31

IC Insights has forecast that semiconductor industry capital spending will increase by only 3% in 2016 after declining by 2% in 2015. However, driven by the top three spenders, Samsung, TSMC and Intel, capital spending in 2016 is expected to be heavily skewed toward the second half of the year.

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