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Qualcomm pursuing Apple manufacturers over royalty row

May 26, 15:17

Qualcomm has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California against FIH Mobile and Hon Hai Precision Industry (together known as Foxconn), Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics - the four manufacturers of all Apple iPhones and iPads sold worldwide - for allegedly...

Macroblock 2017 EPS to reach NT$8

May 25, 22:13

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is expected to see its EPS hit NT$8 (US$0.27) in 2017, driven by sales generated from the car-use and small pinch LED display products, according to market sources.

Weltrend to see revenues expand by double-digit rate in 2017

Newswatch - May 24, 15:16

IC design house Weltrend Semiconductor is expected to see its revenues grow by a double-digit rate in 2017 from NT$2.048 billion (US$67.96 million) recorded in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

3S teaming up with Marvell to develop 28nm controller chips

May 23, 22:40

Solid State System (3S) has announced it is teaming up with Marvell to develop DRAM-less SSD controller solutions.

China outpaces Taiwan in IC design, backend industry output value

May 23, 15:38

The output value of both China's IC design and backend industry sectors has already outpaced that of their counterparts in Taiwan. According to the China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA), the output value of China's IC design and backend industry sectors came to CNY35.16 billion (US$5.1 billion)...

Phison still eyeing stake in Toshiba chip unit

May 22, 21:51

Phison Electronics originally planned to invest US$500 million in Toshiba's memory chip unit, but the plan has been postponed as Toshiba decided to sell more of the business' stake, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman for the Taiwan-based memory-device controller supplier.

Robust chip demand from China smartphone firms to boost revenues at IC distributors

May 22, 21:49

Taiwan-based IC distributors including WPG, WT Microelectronics, Supreme Electronics, Coasia Microelectronics and Sunnic Technology & Merchandise, Audix and Edom Technology will see sales generated from the mobile communications sector climb as a proportion of company revenues in the third quarter...

China expanding bike-sharing market to boost IoT chip demand, says MediaTek

May 22, 15:11

China's bicycle-sharing market has been expanding, which will boost demand for IoT chips, according to MediaTek corporate VP JC Hsu. The bike-sharing market in China has already far exceeded MediaTek's original expectations, he added.

ALi completes share repurchase

Stockwatch - May 22, 10:39

Set-top box (STB) solution provider ALi has repurchased about NT$46.95 million (US$1.56 million) worth, or 3.1 million units, of its common shares from the open market, according to a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). Average price per share was NT$15.15.

China market: MediaTek facing keen competition in IoT sector

May 19, 14:58

In addition to facing keen competition from Qualcomm and Spreadtrum Communications in the smartphone solution market in China, MediaTek is also facing increasing challenge from Huawei in China's IoT chip market, according to industry sources.

MediaTek launches chipset supporting Google Assistant and Android Things

May 18, 21:47

MediaTek has introduced its newest full-featured chipset - MT8516 - designed to enable Voice Assistant Devices (VADs) and smart speakers, including the Google Assistant. MediaTek also announced support for MT8516 based Android Things pre-certified system on modules (SOMs) at Google I/O.

Oppo, Vivo to adopt MediaTek Helio P30 chips in new smartphones

May 18, 21:36

Oppo and Vivo have both decided to use MediaTek's Helio P30 series chips in their upcoming models slated for launch in the second half of 2017 - an encouraging sign for the mobile SoC supplier which has given a less-than-optimistic sales outlook for the current second quarter, according to industry...

MediaTek reportedly to roll out 12nm P30 mobile SoC

May 18, 10:28

MediaTek plans to roll out a new Helio P30 series later in 2017, according to Taiwan's media reports. The chips designed for mid-range smartphones will be built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using 12nm process technology.

eMemory announces security IP for IoT applications

May 17, 21:46

As Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) have become an increasingly popular security technology, eMemory has announced the launch of NeoPUF, which the company claims is a game-changing IP innovation for IoT applications.

Qualcomm files breach of contract complaint against Apple manufacturers for non-payment of royalties

May 17, 21:40

Qualcomm has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California against FIH Mobile and Hon Hai Precision Industry (together known as Foxconn), Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics, the four manufacturers of all Apple iPhones and iPads sold worldwide, for breaching...

Sensor and actuator sales take off as price erosion eases

May 17, 15:03

After several years of low and inconsistent growth rates primarily because of intense pricing pressure, the market for semiconductor sensors and actuators finally caught fire in 2016 with several of its largest product categories - acceleration/yaw and magnetic-field sensors and actuator devices -...

Huawei to ramp up shipments of NB-IoT chips

May 17, 12:11

Huawei will begin volume shipments of its NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) chip, the Boudica 120, in June, according to Jiang Wancheng, vice president of marketing and solutions department at Huawei.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grow 2.6% in 2016, says Gartner

May 16, 22:29

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6% increase from 2015 revenues of US$334.9 billion, according to final results calculated by Gartner.

Taiwan IC vendors see orders rebounding

May 16, 16:10

Taiwan-based IC vendors have seen a rebound in orders from China's smartphone sector and expect the sales momentum to continue to the third quarter, according to industry sources.

ARM to enhance investments in China, says report

Newswatch - May 16, 14:06

ARM and China-based Hopu-ARM Innovation Fund have signed a MOU for the establishment of a joint venture in Shenzhen to develop intellectual property products for IC designs, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

TSMC capacity utilization ramping up

May 16, 11:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which had disappointing sales results in April, has seen its capacity utilization soar in May, according to industry sources.

Rafael Micro gross margin hits 49% in 1Q17

May 15, 22:03

Broadband RF IC design house Rafael Microelectronics saw its gross margin hit 49.4% in the first quarter of 2017, thanks to rising shipments of its high-margin silicon tuners and low noise block (LNB) devices.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone-use AP shipments to grow over 10% sequentially in 2Q17

May 15, 15:31

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors (APs) in the China market are expected to grow 10.5% on quarter but decline 10.8% on year to 129.85 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research.

CMOS sensor maker Pixart reports strong earnings for 1Q17

Newswatch - May 15, 14:49

CMOS image sensor maker Pixart Image saw its net profit expand 22.4% on quarter and 230% on year to NT$82 million (US$2.72 million) in the first quarter of 2017.

Weltrend 1Q17 profits fall

Stockwatch - May 12, 14:44

IC design house Weltrend Semiconductor has reported net profits for the first quarter of 2017 fell 77.5% from a year earlier to NT$39.5 billion (US$1.31 billion). EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.02, hitting a new low in 17 quarters.

Phison posts NT$6.50 EPS for 1Q17

May 12, 12:14

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported net profits increased 38% from a year earlier to NT$1.28 billion (US$42.4 million) in the first quarter of 2017, despite losses incurred from foreign exchange transactions.

WT Micro expects to post 24-31% revenue growth in 2Q17

May 12, 10:27

IC distributor WT Microelectronics expects to post revenues of between NT$37.5 billion (US$1.24 billion) and NT$39.5 billion for the second quarter of 2017, up 24-31% on year, with gross margin and operating margin estimated at 4.7-4.9% and 2.1-2.3%, respectively.

On-Bright reports increased revenues for April

Newswatch - May 11, 15:48

Power management (PWM) IC vendor On-Bright Electronics saw its revenues expand 31.5% on month and 8.1% on year to NT$336 million (US$11.11 million) in April. Year-to-date revenues totaled NT$988 million, edging up 2.5% from a year earlier.

Novatek reports decreased earnings for 1Q17

Newswatch - May 11, 15:41

LCD driver IC vendor Novatek Microelectronics has reported net profits of NT$929 million (US$30.71 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 26.04% on quarter and 23.94% on year.

CMOS sensor distributor Sunnic to see revenues hit highs in May-June

May 11, 15:17

CMOS image sensor distributor Sunnic Technology & Merchandise is expected to see its revenues continue hit highs in May and June thanks to increasing demand for the sensor products from China's smartphone sector, according to industry sources.

TSMC obtains 12nm chip orders from fabless firms

May 11, 11:59

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has secured 12nm chip orders from Nvidia, MediaTek, Silicon Motion Technology and HiSilicon for the fabless firms' different chip products, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC distributors April revenues decrease

May 10, 19:41

Taiwan-based IC distributors WPG Holdings, WT Microelectronics and Edom Technology have reported sequential decreases in April revenues of 10.4%, 4.4% and 14.9%, respectively.

Qualcomm ramping up shipments of mid-tier smartphone CPUs

May 10, 15:25

Qualcomm is expected to ramp up shipments of its Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 CPUs for the mid-tier smartphone segment, putting more pressure on Taiwan-based smartphone AP provider MediaTek, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm has established business ties with a number of China-based...

Novatek expects to post 5-9% revenue growth in 2Q17

May 9, 19:06

IC design house Novatek Microelectronic expects to post revenues of between NT$11.5 billion (US$379.8 million) and NT$11.9 billion for the second quarter of 2017 representing a sequential increase of 5-9%.

Infineon rides automotive wave into top-10 semi supplier ranking, IC Insights says

May 9, 14:57

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-10 semiconductor sales leaders excluding pure-play foundries in the first quarter of 2017. In total, the top-10 semiconductor suppliers represented 56% of the first-quarter 2017 worldwide semiconductor market of US$99.6 billion.

MediaTek April revenues decrease

May 8, 23:01

Mobile SoC supplier MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$17.75 billion (US$588.3 million) for April 2017, down 14.8% sequentially and 22.9% on year.

Realtek reports flat sales performance for April

Newswatch - May 8, 11:09

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.433 billion (US$113.74 million) for April, up 0.4% month but down 1.2% on year.

IC distributor Supreme to post robust 2Q17 sales

May 5, 15:32

A rally in DRAM prices, as well as rising demand from China-based Oppo and Vivo, will buoy revenues at Supreme Electronics in the second quarter of 2017, according to market watchers.

ALi reports 5th consecutive quarterly loss in 1Q17

May 5, 12:06

IC design house ALi, which specializes in set-top box (STB) chipset solutions, has reported a fifth consecutive quarterly loss in the first quarter of 2017 in which net losses came to NT$113 million (US$3.75 million) or NT$0.39 per share.

ASMedia reports strong earnings for 1Q17

Newswatch - May 4, 15:36

USB controller IC design house ASMedia Technology has reported net profits of NT$115 million (US$3.82 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 4.96% sequentially but up 85.5% on year. EPS for the first quarter stood at NT$2.03 compared to NT$2.14 a quarter earlier and NT$1.10 a year earlier.

Taiwan IC design houses receiving short lead-time orders

May 4, 14:56

Taiwan-based IC design houses have started to see their customers place short lead-time orders in May, but remain less-optimistic about their outlook for the second quarter.

WPG expects 2Q17 sales to grow slightly

May 4, 11:32

IC distributor WPG expects its second-quarter revenues to grow only slightly on quarter, judging from continued excessive levels of inventory in the smartphone industry supply chain.

Consumer IC vendors to see revenues up by double digit rates in 2Q17

May 3, 21:26

Taiwan-based consumer IC vendors, including Elan Microelectronics, Holtek Semiconductor, Nuvoton Technology, Weltrend Semiconductor, Generalplus Technology and Sonix Technology, are expected to see their revenues grow by double-digit rates in the second quarter of 2017, according to industry sources...

FocalTech reports losses for 1Q17

Newswatch - May 3, 11:09

Touchscreen and LCD driver solution provider FocalTech Systems has reported net losses of NT$8.199 million (US$272,928) or NT$0.01 per share for the first quarter of 2017.

Sitronix sees earnings decline in 1Q17

Newswatch - May 2, 21:28

LCD driver IC vendor Sitronix Technology has reported pre-tax profits of NT$189 million (US$6.29 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 43% on quarter and 37.2% on year. EPS before taxes for the first quarter stood at NT$1.56.

Global semiconductor sales rise 18% in March, says SIA

May 2, 19:53

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1% compared to the March 2016 total of US$26.2 billion and 1.6% more than the February 2017 total of US$30.4 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Silicon Motion expects 2Q17 sales to rise 5-10%

May 2, 19:49

Memory controller IC supplier Silicon Motion Technology expects its revenues to increase 5-10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, with gross margin ranging from 48.5% to 50.5% and operating margin of 25.5-27.5%.

Qualcomm to set up smartphone-chip JV with Datang, Beijing JAC, says paper

Newswatch - May 2, 15:16

Qualcomm reportedly will team up with China-based Datang Telecom Group and Beijing Jianguang Asset Management (JAC) to set up a joint venture in China to produce chips for smartphones, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Samsung poised to become largest semi supplier in 2Q17, says IC Insights

May 2, 11:38

After nearly a quarter of a century, the semiconductor industry could see a new number-one supplier in the second quarter of 2017. If memory market prices continue to hold or increase this quarter, Samsung could charge into the top spot and displace Intel, which has held the No. 1 ranking since 1993,...

MediaTek expects 2Q17 revenues to rise by up to 8%

May 2, 11:04

IC design house MediaTek expects its second-quarter revenues to post an up to 8% sequential increase to between NT$56.1 billion (US$1.86 billion) and NT$60.6 billion. Gross margin for the quarter will be better than the prior quarter's level thanks to a more favorable product mix, according to the...

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