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Realtek revenues decline in June

Stockwatch - Jul 6, 16:02

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.129 billion (US$68.83 million) for June 2015, representing a 10.18% drop on month and 19.54% drop on year.

Phison 1H15 EPS to exceed NT$9, says report

Stockwatch - Jul 6, 15:12

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, a provider of NAND flash device controller ICs, is expected to see its earnings exceed NT$9 (US$0.30) per share in the first half of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Xilinx tapes out MPSoC on TSMC 16nm FF+ process

Jul 2, 22:10

Xilinx has taped out what the company claims is the industry's first all programmable multiprocessor system-on-chips (MPSoC) using TSMC's 16FF+ process.

Globalfoundries completes acquisition of IBM microelectronics business

Jul 2, 22:06

Globalfoundries has completed its acquisition of IBM's microelectronics business, according to the foundry chipmaker.

Taiwan IC design houses looking for more orders from China handset vendors

Jul 2, 20:52

Taiwan-based IC design houses including LCD driver IC suppliers and analog chip providers have stepped up efforts to solicit orders from first-tier China-based handset vendors, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC design houses to see profits shrink in 2015

Jul 2, 20:49

Falling product ASPs and gross margins are set to erode Taiwan's fabless IC firms' profitability in 2015, according to industry sources.

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Global cellular baseband chip market rises 27% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics

Jul 1, 21:17

The global cellular baseband processor market registered a strong 27% on-year increase to reach US$5.8 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics.

MediaTek declines to comment on merger rumors

Stockwatch - Jul 1, 20:02

MediaTek has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report indicating the company is considering a merger with Nvidia. MediaTek added it does not comment on market rumors.

Samsung to ramp up shipments of OLED panels, DRAM and flash chips to channels

Jul 1, 11:50

Samsung Electronics may ramp up the supply of standard parts and components, including OLED panels, DRAM and flash chips at more competitive prices starting the third quarter as inventory levels of these products have piled up due to its tumbling share in the global smartphone market, according to...

Digitimes Research: Intel 28nm SoFIA 4G AP delayed to early 2016; may face overlap issue with 14nm version

Jun 29, 21:34

Despite the fact that the design is complete and the chip is ready for mass production, Intel's 28nm SoFIA 4G application processor (AP) is still unlikely to be launched until the beginning of 2016 due to the adjustments over the software part that is still not yet mature. For 2015, Intel will still...

Huawei selects Cypress touchscreen solution for tablets

Jun 29, 15:57

Huawei has selected Cypress Semiconductor's TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen solution for its next-generation MediaPad X2 tablet PC, according to the chip vendor.

Parade to ramp up shipments of USB Type-C switches

Newswatch - Jun 26, 16:06

Parade Technologies is currently shipping a USB Type-C port configuration switch in small volumes and will ramp up shipments starting the third quarter of 2015, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) quoted company chairman Jack Zhao as saying.

Broadcom expands strategic collaborations in China

Jun 26, 15:58

Broadcom has announced a series of MoU agreements with several China-based companies, including Hangzhou H3C Technologies, Inspur and StarTimes. The signing of these agreements reflects Broadcom's ongoing commitment to expand strategic relationships in Asia and drive further innovation in home entertainment...

WPG to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$2.50

Jun 26, 11:12

WPG Holdings' shareholders have approved the distribution of a cash dividend of NT$2.50 (US$0.08) for 2014, according to the IC distributor.

SMIC to form R&D joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec

Jun 24, 14:47

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), China's top foundry chipmaker, has announced plans to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm, and nano-electronics research institute Imec.

Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors set on transition process

Jun 24, 12:25

A number of Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors have kicked off their transition plans amid the rising presence of rival companies in China and the emerging of TDDI (touch with display driver) technology, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Korea-based LCD driver IC companies revenues fall for second straight year

Jun 23, 15:33

Combined revenues of South Korea's major display driver IC companies – Silicon Works, Lucid Display Technology (LDT), Technology Leaders and Innovators (TLI) and Clover Hitech – fell 6.1% to KRW313.7 billion (US$284 million) in 2014, down for a second straight year, according to Digitimes...

ARM, UMC team to tape out Cortex-A based 14nm FinFET chip

Jun 22, 16:17

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced that it is collaborating with ARM to tape out a process qualification vehicle (PQV) test chip on the foundry's 14nm FinFET technology to help validate an ARM Cortex-A family core on the process node.

Apple in-house developing TDDI solutions, say Taiwan chipmakers

Jun 22, 15:18

Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan's IC design industry.

InnoDisk, Supermicro and Toshiba team up for SSD cloud storage

Jun 22, 11:32

Taiwan-based InnoDisk, which develops and manufactures industrial-class storage products, has disclosed the company is partnering with NAND flash chip vendor Toshiba and Super Micro Computer (Supermicro), a specialist in application-optimized servers, workstations, blades, storage and GPU systems,...

Macronix and Arrow Electronics announce global distribution partnership

Jun 17, 15:41

Arrow Electronics has been selected as a global distribution partner for Macronix International, a provider of non-volatile memory semiconductor solutions. The new agreement enables Arrow to bring leading NOR and NAND technology to its customers across the globe at the earliest stage of their design,...

IC suppliers expect orders to flow in August

Jun 17, 14:56

Downstream clients are expected to step up their pace of orders between the end of July and early August as they are about to complete inventory clearance and begin preparing for new product roll-outs, according to sources at IC suppliers.

China to implement semiconductor investment plans with CNY600 billion in funding

Jun 16, 19:58

China has begun to implement its investment plans aiming to boost development of the local semiconductor industry, and will inject a total of CNY600 billion (US$96.6 billion) into the industry over the next five years, according to industry sources.

MediaTek chairman urges government to actively support local chipmakers

Jun 15, 23:00

Mergers and acquisitions remain an effective strategy for chipmakers to be bigger to compete in the global marketplace, according to MediaTek chairman MK Tsai. For any chipmakers aiming for the global market, to enhance their worldwide competitiveness as timely and as efficiently as possible has become...

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TSMC looks to expand presence in CMOS image sensor field

Jun 15, 22:54

TSMC has teamed up with China-based GalaxyCore in the entry-level and mid-range CMOS image sensor (CIS) market segments, while partnering with InVisage Technologies of the US to supply high-end CIS, according to industry sources. The foundry chipmaker has also obtained orders from Aptina Imaging and...

Himax, Etron developing chips for VR applications

Jun 15, 10:52

While most Taiwan-based IC design houses are cautious in developing chips for virtual reality (VR) applications, Himax Technologies and Etron Technology may step into the VR market ahead of their fellow companies, according to industry sources.

IC distributor WT Micro posts decreased May revenues

Jun 12, 14:20

IC distributor WT Microelectronics has announced consolidated revenues of NT$9.4 billion (US$304.2 million) for May 2015, down 6.1% on month but up 12.3% on year.

Parade to acquire Cypress TrueTouch Mobile business

Jun 12, 10:51

Parade Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parade will acquire Cypress's TrueTouch Mobile touchscreen business for an aggregate acquisition price of US$100 million in cash, according to the companies.

Global 2015 semiconductor market less favorable, says VIS executive

Jun 11, 22:02

Handset makers are still working through some inventory issues while the IoT market boom has not yet arrived, said FC Tseng, vice chairman for specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), during the company's recent shareholders meeting. 2015 will not be as good as 2014, Tseng in...

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MediaTek partners with AMobile for IoT solutions

Jun 11, 15:57

In addition to cooperating with industrial PC players such as Advantech, MediaTek has also established a joint venture with AMobile, looking to create Internet of things (IoT) solutions with AMobile's experience in the supply chain and the end market.

IC distributor WPG Holdings sees sales up in May

Newswatch - Jun 11, 12:05

IC distributor WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$41.48 billion (US$1.34 billion) for May, up 1.4% sequentially and 11.3% on year.

Storage device maker Longsys looks to strengthen ties with Taiwan chip firms

Jun 10, 21:29

Shenzhen Longsys Electronics is looking to strengthen its ties with Taiwan-based semiconductor players while staying focused on high-margin industrial storage products and solutions for handheld devices, according to the storage device company.

Intel could also be TSMC customer, says Chang

Jun 9, 21:18

TSMC is dedicated to providing foundry services for logic IC providers worldwide, and mergers in the industry will have little impact on the foundry's operations, said company chairman Morris Chang in response to media queries on Altera's recent announcement of being acquired by Intel.

Imagination, TSMC collaborate on IoT IP platforms

Jun 9, 16:12

Imagination Technologies has announced the company will work with TSMC to develop a series of advanced IP subsystems for the Internet of Things (IoT) to accelerate time to market and simplify the design process for customers. These IP platforms bring together the breadth of Imagination's IP with TSMC's...

Cadence, TSMC collaborate on IoT IP subsystem

Jun 9, 11:20

Cadence Design Systems has announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) IP subsystem demonstration platform for TSMC's ultra-low power (ULP) process. Targeting wearable, home automation, always-on and industrial control applications, the IP subsystem...

Digitimes Research: Avago ready for competitive IoT field with acquisition of Broadcom

Jun 8, 22:07

Acquiring Broadcom will enable Avago Technologies to beat fellow fabless chip companies MediaTek and AMD, and become the world's second-largest fabless IC supplier in terms of revenues, according to Digitimes Research.

Three trends driving optoelectronics market growth through 2019

Jun 8, 22:02

Over the past 15 years, strong growth in optoelectronics has been fueled by several different product categories at different times. Laser transmitters for high-speed optical networks were a major growth driver before the "dot.com" implosion in 2001. Image sensors and lamp devices (primarily...

Elan reports decreased revenues for May

Stockwatch - Jun 8, 16:14

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$485 million (US$15.6 million) for May 2015, representing a 10.82% drop on month and 34.14% drop on year.

UMC promotes solutions for IoT in China

Jun 8, 15:24

United Microelectronics (UMC) recently held a technology forum in Shanghai, China, with the theme focused on the foundry's technology and manufacturing solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

New Silicon Motion SSD controller supports Micron 16nm TLC NAND

Jun 8, 15:21

Silicon Motion Technology has announced that its SM2256 SATA client SSD controller now supports Micron Technology's new 16nm 128 gigabit (Gb) TLC NAND flash, enabling high-performance and reliability for cost-effective TLC-based SSDs.

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Novatek reports decreased sales for May

Newswatch - Jun 8, 11:06

Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$4.01 billion (US$129.13 million) for May, decreasing 5.73% on month and 10.78% on year.

Realtek reports decreased revenues for May

Stockwatch - Jun 5, 15:58

Fabless IC firm Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.37 billion (US$76.8 million) for May 2015, down 10.5% sequentially and 13.2% from a year ago.

Cadence implementation and signoff tools certified on Intel 14nm Process

Jun 5, 15:09

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its implementation and signoff tools have achieved certification on the Intel 14nm process for customers of Intel Custom Foundry. Intel Custom Foundry utilized a PowerVR Series6 GPU from Imagination Technologies as part of the certification process.

MediaTek May revenues up 1.3% on-month

Stockwatch - Jun 5, 12:02

MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$15.31 billion (US$495.2 million) for May 2015, up 1.3% on month but down 20.7% on year.

ASMedia expects great 2H15 from USB 3.1 business

Jun 4, 22:00

Commenting on the USB 3.1 business, president of Taiwan-based connector chip design house ASMedia Chewei Lin pointed out that although Intel has delayed the launch of its next-generation processor platform to the third quarter, he expects USB 3.1's penetration to gradually increase with the next-generation...

Fingerprint sensor module prices to nearly halve in 2H15

Jun 4, 21:03

Fingerprint sensor modules will be priced at as low as US$4 per unit in the second half of 2015, compared with US$7-8 early in the year, according to industry sources.

TV chip suppliers look to peripherals for profit growth

Jun 4, 19:03

TV-use IC suppliers have turned their focus to over-the-top (OTT) devices and peripherals for smart TVs that yield higher profits, according to industry sources.

Taiwan companies with SoC expertise can focus on low-power technologies for IoT, says ARM executive

Jun 4, 14:06

Taiwan-based IC companies should utilize their expertise in SoC technology to focus on the development of low-power technologies, which would enable them to seize opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector, according to Ian Drew, CMO and EVP of marketing for ARM.

Ian Drew, CMO and EVP of Marketing for ARM

China market: MediaTek 4G chip market share likely to top 50% in 2H15

Jun 4, 11:08

MediaTek is set to grow substantially its 4G chip market share in China during the second half of 2015 so that the company is able to meet its target market share for all of the year, market sources have suggested.

Global semiconductor sales increase in April, says SIA

Jun 3, 15:35

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8% higher than the April 2014 total of US$26.3 billion but 0.4% lower than last month's total of US$27.7 billion, according to SIA. The Americas market posted double-digit growth compared to last year, leading...

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