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Earthquake hits key Taiwan Science Park

Feb 6, 14:29

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Southern Taiwan on February 6 and several semiconductor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic players at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) had their production lines shut down. Since the lines were in mid-production, the affected companies will first need to...

Semiconductor manufacturing

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to fall almost 20% in 1Q16

Feb 5, 11:15

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to decline 19.8% sequentially to 136 million units in the first quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research.

WPG posts profit drop despite record revenues

Stockwatch - Feb 4, 21:34

IC distributor WPG has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$515.65 billion (US$15.45 billion) for 2015. Net profits, however, decreased 6.6% on year to NT$5.45 billion.

WT Micro posts record profit for 2015

Stockwatch - Feb 4, 21:32

IC distributor WT Microelectronics has reported record net profits of NT$1.98 billion (US$59.5 million) for 2015, with EPS reaching NT$4.49.

Elan reports decreased revenues for January 2016

Stockwatch - Feb 4, 15:54

Touchscreen controller IC specialist Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$532 million (US$15.9 million) for January 2016, down 20.3% from a year earlier.

MediaTek refutes Helio X20 overheating reports

Feb 4, 15:53

MediaTek has refuted recent reports saying its 10-core Helio X20 mobile SoC has thermal issues.

Novatek looks to 5-9% revenue decrease in 1Q16

Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:23

IC design house Novatek Microelectronics expects to post a revenue decrease of 5-9% sequentially in the first quarter of 2016. Novatek estimated that revenues for the first quarter would be between NT$11.5 billion (US$343 million) and NT$12 billion, with gross margin ranging from 27.5% to 28.5%.

Pixart Imaging 1Q16 revenues to drop 5-10%

Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:20

IC design house Pixart Imaging is likely to post a revenue decrease of 5-10% sequentially in the first quarter of 2016, as a result of seasonal factors, market watchers estimate based on the company's outlook. But thanks to a more favorable product mix, gross margin is expected to rise, the watchers...

Apple products driving MEMS microphone market growth, IHS says

Feb 2, 16:09

The popularity of Apple's iPhone 6S and other products is boosting the MEMS microphone market to a CAGR of 13% from 2015 to 2019, according to IHS. The market is forecast to reach six billion units, with US$1.3 billion in revenues, in 2019.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to drop to 19.15 million units in 1Q16

Feb 2, 14:55

China's tablet-use application processor (AP) shipments will drop 15.5% sequentially and 13.7% on year to reach 19.15 million units in the first quarter of 2016 due to fewer working days caused by the Lunar New Year holidays and weakening demand from non-China markets, according to Digitimes Researc...

Global semiconductor sales top US$335 Billion in 2015, says SIA

Feb 2, 14:53

The global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling US$335.2 billion in 2015, a slight decrease of 0.2% compared to the 2014 total, which was the industry's highest-ever sales total, according to SIA.

Holtek expects MCU demand to pick up after Lunar New Year

Feb 2, 14:51

Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, expects MCU demand to pick up following the Lunar New Year holiday.

FocalTech optimistic about 2016 with new products

Feb 2, 12:16

FocalTech Systems has been engaged in the development of single-chip integrated driver controllers, as well as the development of force touch solutions and fingerprint sensors, and the efforts are expected to bear fruit in 2016.

MediaTek looks to 10% revenue growth in 2016

Feb 1, 22:31

MediaTek expects to post about a 10% revenue increase in 2016. However, due to continued-intense competition in the handset-IC market, the company's gross margin is unlikely to rebound to 40%, according to company VP and president CJ Hsieh.

HiSilicon ramps orders to Taiwan foundry, backend service companies, says report

Newswatch - Feb 1, 14:26

China-based chipset vendor HiSilicon Technologies has increased wafer and IC packaging/testing orders at Taiwan-based foundry and backend service companies as it plans to ramp output of chips for its parent company, Huawei, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

Taiwan IC suppliers look to land more orders from Huawei, Lenovo in 2016

Feb 1, 13:23

Taiwan-based IC design houses, particularly LCD driver IC vendors, are eyeing orders from Huawei and Lenovo to sustain sales growth and market share in 2016, according to industry sources.

Nuvoton reports EPS NT$2.26 for 2015

Newswatch - Feb 1, 10:20

Nuvoton Technology has reported net profits of NT$65 million (US$1.94 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, down over 50% sequentially but more than double from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.31 for the quarter.

Silicon Motion 4Q15 revenues hit record high

Newswatch - Feb 1, 10:09

Silicon Motion saw its revenues grow 3% sequentially to a record high of US$98.04 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, while net income (non-GAAP) decreased to US$19.68 million or $0.55 per diluted ADS from a net income of $20 million or $0.57 per diluted ADS a quarter earlier.

Prospects for virtual reality, deep learning, autonomous cars: Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

Jan 29, 15:07

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has been outspoken with his predictions about future technologies and products, and developing industry trends. Huang recently sat down with DIGITIMES to share his comments on virtual reality (VR), deep learning and autonomous cars as Nvidia looks to strengthen its deployments...

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 29, 11:10

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7% of the market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$59 billion of semiconductors in 2015, an increase of US$0.8 billion from 2014.

Handset baseband IC market declines 12% in 3Q15, says Strategy Analytics

Jan 29, 11:01

The global cellular baseband processor market declined 12% from a year earlier to US$5.1 billion in the third quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung LSI, Spreadtrum and HiSilicon grabbed the top-five baseband revenue share spots in the quarter.

Parade looks to up to 8% revenue increase in 1Q16

Jan 29, 10:53

Mixed-signal IC design house Parade Technologies expects to post consolidated revenues of between US$67 million and US$73 million in the first quarter of 2016 representing sequential growth of up to 8%.

Realtek reports increased profits for 4Q15

Newswatch - Jan 27, 22:55

IC design house Realtek Semiconductor has reported net profits of NT$720 million (US$21.42 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, up 20.4% sequentially. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.43 for the quarter.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, says SEMI

Jan 27, 15:25

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.34 billion in orders worldwide in December 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.99 means that US$99 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Global 3Q15 smartphone and tablet AP markets decline, says Strategy Analytics

Jan 26, 21:19

The global markets for smartphone and tablet applications processors (AP) both fell compared to a year earlier in the third quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics.

Sony acquires LTE chipmaker Altair Semiconductor

Jan 26, 16:15

Sony announced on January 26 that it has reached an agreement with Altair Semiconductor and its major shareholders to acquire the company. The purchase price is US$212 million, and Sony expects to complete the acquisition in early February 2016.

Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights

Jan 26, 15:38

Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.

Fingerprint sensor market growth continues upward trajectory, says IHS

Jan 26, 15:00

Fingerprint sensors, used primarily for mobile device login and payment security systems, have become an expected feature in high-end smartphones and, to a lesser extent, in tablets and notebooks. Led by Apple's iPhone, shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million...

Order visibility prior to Lunar New Year remains unclear, say Taiwan IC designers

Jan 25, 21:49

Taiwan-based IC design houses have expressed caution about the first quarter of 2016 citing unclear order visibility. Customers are still reluctant to place orders despite the approach of the Lunar New Year, according to sources at the companies.

Holtek posts record profits for 2015

Stockwatch - Jan 25, 21:42

Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops standard microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, has reported record net profits of NT$806.8 million (US$24 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$3.97 billion for 2015. EPS came to NT$3.57.

Digitimes Research: Amazon launches Alpine chips to support its entertainment services

Jan 22, 13:54

Following the acquisition of Annapurna Labs in January 2015, Amazon has recently launched its Alpine family chips for front-end network and multimedia applications. The Internet service provider aims to eliminate some transmission performance bottlenecks in front-end networks through Alpine solutions...

China market: Force touch sensor demand to increase in 2H16

Jan 22, 10:22

More China-based Android phone developers are ready to roll out new models featuring force touch screens in 2016, but orders for force touch sensors from China are unlikely to see significant increases until the second half of 2016, according to sources at Taiwan-based touchscreen IC specialists.

Semiconductor R&D growth slows in 2015, says IC Insights

Jan 21, 14:52

Semiconductor industry spending on research and development grew by just 0.5% in 2015, which was the smallest increase since the 2009 downturn year and significantly below the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% in R&D expenditures during the last 10 years, according to IC Insights.

Vesper collaborates with Globalfoundries to deliver piezoelectric MEMS microphones

Jan 21, 14:09

Vesper has announced it is collaborating with Globalfoundries to deliver what the companies claim is the world's first commercially available piezoelectric MEMS microphones for smartphones, wearables, automobiles, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other high-volume markets.

Richtek to delist from TSE on April 29

Jan 21, 10:20

Richtek Technology will be delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on April 29, the date when its acquisition by MediaTek becomes effective, according to the analog IC specialist.

Sensor hubs market growing fast, IHS says

Jan 21, 10:12

The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming. In fact due to "always on" sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in...

Digitimes Research: MediaTek facing challenges from mobile AP market in 2016

Jan 19, 21:32

MediaTek is currently a major mobile application processor (AP) supplier in China and is enjoy high shares in the country's smartphone and tablet AP markets; however, lacking clients from western countries, the company is only able to achieve limited growth in its share of the worldwide AP market and...

Touch pressure sensors to appear in more smartphones during 2016

Jan 19, 16:01

Smartphone vendors in Asia are expected to release more handsets with touch pressure functions similar to that of 3D Touch in iPhone devices in 2016, according to industry sources.

Himax shipping LCOS microdisplays and WLO products for AR applications

Jan 19, 11:03

Himax Technologies, which designs and develops display driver ICs and other semiconductor products, has announced mass shipments of its liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) microdisplays and wafer-level optics (WLO) products for augmented reality (AR) applications.

Qualcomm teams up with Chinese province for server chips

Jan 18, 15:44

In a recent ceremony at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Qualcomm and officials from the People's Government of Guizhou Province signed a strategic cooperation agreement and unveiled a joint venture - the Guizhou Huaxintong Semi-Conductor Technology. The JV, with initial registered...

Samsung announces mass production of 14nm FinFET LPP

Jan 14, 22:03

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of advanced logic chips utilizing its 14nm LPP (low-power plus) process, according to the South Korea-based chipmaker.

Qualcomm, TDK form JV to provide RF front-end solutions for mobile devices

Jan 14, 11:13

Qualcomm and TDK have announced an agreement to form a joint venture to enable delivery of RF front-end (RFFE) modules and RF filters into fully integrated systems for mobile devices and fast-growing business segments, such as Internet of Things (IoT), drones, robotics, automotive applications and...

Microchip, SiS partner on multi-touch and 3D-gesture modules for displays

Jan 14, 10:29

Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, has announced its partnership with Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) to provide customers with complete projected-capacitive touch (PCAP) and 3D-gesture interface modules, which will lead to faster development...

Fingerprint sensor prices to fall 40% in 2016

Jan 13, 21:52

Fingerprint sensor prices, which fell more than 30% in 2015, are expected to fall further in 2016 due to more competition in the market, according to industry sources.

Pixart Imaging to buy back shares

Stockwatch - Jan 13, 11:08

IC design house Pixart Imaging has unveiled plans to buy back up to two million of its own shares from January 12 to March 11 at prices between NT$50 (US$1.50) and NT$117. The repurchased shares will be distributed to employees, the company said.

Toshiba expands ApP Lite processor family for wearable applications

Jan 12, 14:15

Toshiba has announced the launch of TZ1201XBG, an application processor for wearable devices, as the latest addition to its ApP Lite family for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Phison reports record 2015 revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 11:06

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.18 billion (US$1.12 billion) for 2015, up 12.4% on year and hitting a record high.

WT Micro 4Q15 sales meet guidance

Jan 11, 16:03

Consolidated revenues at IC distributor WT Microelectronics decreased about 4% sequentially to NT$27.58 billion (US$825.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015, meeting the company's guidance of NT$26.4-28.1 billion.

Qualcomm regains competitive edge in China solution market

Jan 11, 11:53

Qualcomm has regained its competitive edge in China's smartphone solution market as it has managed to renew licensing agreements with a number of China-based handset vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset industry.

WPG reports record revenues for 4Q15

Stockwatch - Jan 11, 10:40

WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$142.62 billion (US$4.26 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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