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MediaTek 2Q14 revenues to increase

Apr 17, 22:00

Shipments of smartphone and tablet solutions from MediaTek are expected to grow in the second quarter of 2014, pushing quarterly revenues up over the NT$46.01 billion (US$1.53 billion) posted in the previous quarter, according to an industry estimate.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm rethinks AP development strategy

Apr 17, 14:02

Qualcomm has received recognition from brand vendors for its mobile application processors (APs) based on its in-house developed architecture. However, its competitors have started to pick up their pace in releasing new products, and the CPU cores have become less important in SoC products. Amid such...

Digitimes Research: Korea-based Silicon Works looks to ramp up LCD driver IC shipments for Ultra TVs

Apr 16, 16:02

Optimizing its experience of shipping LCD driver ICs for HD displays used in iPads, Korea-based Silicon Works is expected to ramp up its shipments of display driver ICs for Ultra HD TV applications in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Industrial electronics chip market rebounds, says IHS

Apr 15, 14:44

Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life in 2013, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to IHS.

Intel aggressively promoting tablet CPUs in China

Apr 14, 15:34

Intel has resorted to an aggressive pricing strategy to promote sales of its tablet-use processors, particularly in China, a move which apparently will take on Qualcomm and MediaTek, while ramping up its market share, according to industry sources.

O-Film, Synaptics to develop fingerprint recognition technology for China smartphone vendors

Apr 11, 14:37

China-based touch panel maker O-Film will reportedly team up with interface solutions provider Synaptics to develop fingerprint recognition features for smartphone vendors in China, according to industry sources.

IC distribuotr WPG 1Q14 sales beat guidance

Newswatch - Apr 11, 14:14

IC distributor WPG Holdings has reported revenues of NT$38.64 billion (US$1.29 billion) for March, up 26.5% sequentially and 17% on year, buoyed by brisk sales of smartphones, tablets, related cloud computing devices and consumer electronic products.

Consolidation to continue in the MEMS microphone industry: Q&A with Akustica CEO Horst Muenzel

Apr 10, 11:11

More and more players have made inroads into the MEMS microphone industry to cash in on the rising demand brought up by the popularity of smartphones.

Akustica CEO Horst Muenzel

Qualcomm announces highest-end Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors

Apr 9, 10:47

Qualcomm Technologies has introduced its next-generation mobile processors for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 tier, the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors. The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors are Qualcomm Technologies' highest performing platform to date, completing Qualcomm Technologies' lineup of 64-bit...

MediaTek 1Q14 revenues beat guidance

Newswatch - Apr 8, 21:14

MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$17.43 billion (US$576.2 million) for March, up 10.8% sequentially and 84.8% on year.

FocalTech to acquire Orise through share swaps

Apr 8, 14:14

Touchscreen controller IC vendor FocalTech Systems will acquire LCD driver IC supplier Orise Technology through share swaps, according to the two companies.

Novatek 1Q14 revenues meet guidance

Newswatch - Apr 8, 14:12

Driver IC design house Novatek Microelectronics has reported revenues of NT$3.76 billion (US$124.3 million) for March, up 13.5% on month and 13.9% on year.

Apple reportedly to develop baseband chips for iPhones in house, say sources

Apr 7, 22:28

Apple reportedly plans to form a R&D team to develop baseband processors for use in iPhones to be released in 2015 and will place the baseband chip orders with Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries, according to industry sources.

Microsoft and MediaTek rumored to be looking to push Windows tablets in the China white-box tablet market

Apr 7, 21:33

Microsoft reportedly has been aggressively trying to persuade MediaTek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market and with the software giant's announcement of offering free Windows licensing to mobile devices sized below 9-inches, sources from the upstream supply chain expect a high...

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew 5% in 2013, says Gartner

Apr 7, 14:27

Total worldwide semiconductor revenues reached US$315 billion in 2013, up 5% from 2012, according to Gartner. The combined revenues of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased 6.9% during 2013. This was a better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue growth was 0.9%, and was due,...

Consumer IC vendors look to strong sales in 2Q14

Apr 3, 15:48

Consumer IC vendors including Generalplus Technology, Holtek Semiconductor, Sonix Technology, Alpha Microelectronics, Elan Microelectronics and Nuvoton Technology are expected to see their revenues increase significantly in the second quarter of 2014 due to strong pull-in orders from downstream clients,...

Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources

Apr 3, 15:46

The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.

Intel CEO outlines new opportunities, investments and collaborations with China technology ecosystem

Apr 3, 12:15

As the computing industry landscape undergoes rapid transformation, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has outlined the company's plans to build upon its nearly 30-year history in China, and collaborate with the growing technology ecosystem, particularly in Shenzhen, to accelerate new innovation and reshape...

Digitimes Research: Over 50% white-box tablets to come with phone functions in 2H14; MediaTek to benefit most

Apr 3, 12:08

China white-box tablet players' shipments increased sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2013 thanks to strong demand from mature markets worldwide. Demand from emerging markets has also started picking up after mid-December 2013.

TSMC capacity booked to the end of 3Q14

Apr 2, 22:04

The production capacity of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been booked through the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to orders from handset solution and PC chip vendors, according to industry sources.

MEMS microphones broadcast strong growth; Apple and Samsung are the top buyers, says IHS

Apr 2, 14:52

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones, used in best-selling devices like Apple's iPhone, face a resonant future as the market keeps climbing in the coming years, according to a new report from IHS.

Digitimes Research: Tablet application processor shipments in China slip 2.7% in 1Q14

Apr 2, 12:11

Shipments of tablet-use application processors (AP) in China edged down 2.7% sequentially in the first quarter of 2014, affected by seasonality, according to preliminary findings by Digitimes Research. However, the first-quarter shipments still represent a 37.6% on-year growth.

Digitimes Research: 3-mode smartphones to dominate China entry-level market

Apr 2, 12:03

When announcing its LTE product lineup in 2013, China Mobile originally set 5-mode support for five major networking standards in China as a basic requirement for its 4G products, but the company lowered it to 3-mode at the end of 2013, as most chipmakers were unable to supply 5-model single-chip products...

Atmel and Corning collaborate on ultra-thin, next-generation touchscreens

Apr 2, 10:45

Corning and Atmel have announced they are collaborating to develop ultra-thin capacitive touchscreens with multi-touch performance for next-generation applications.

FocalTech to ship 300 million touchscreen controller chips in 2014, says paper

Apr 1, 13:16

FocalTech Systems is expected to ship over 300 million touchscreen controller ICs in 2014 compared to 200 million shipped in 2013, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report.

TSMC likely to launch 16nm FinFET+ process at year-end 2014

Mar 31, 15:46

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with the 14nm nodes to be released by Intel and Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.

Richtek, GMT ramping analog IC shipments

Mar 31, 14:49

Analog IC design houses Richtek Technology and Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) are expected to see their shipments of power management (PWM) ICs for smartphone and tablet applications increase significantly in 2014, according to industry sources.

Lite-On Semi, Eris look to strong sales in 2014

Mar 31, 14:35

Discrete component suppliers Lite-On Semiconductor and Eris Technology expect strong sales in 2014 thanks to growing orders from the smartphone, tablet, LED lighting and wireless mobile charging device sectors, according to industry sources.

ASE, ChipMOS stepping into MEMS packaging sector

Newswatch - Mar 28, 16:00

IC backend service companies Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and ChipMOS Technologies have been strengthening their deployments in the MEMS packaging sector, according to industry sources.

SSD penetration rate bound to rise in 2014

Mar 26, 16:03

The recent roll-outs of new SSDs by Kingston Technology and Memoright will help ramp up the penetration rate of SSDs in the data storage device segment, according to industry sources.

Holtek MCU shipments to enjoy brisk sales in 2Q14

Mar 25, 22:16

MCU maker Holtek Semiconductor is expected to see its shipments of MCUs for household appliances, security and financial applications increase significantly in the second quarter of 2014, according to the company.

Analog IC vendors to see sales and profits grow in 2014

Mar 25, 21:26

Taiwan-based analog IC vendors are expected to see their sales and profits grow in 2014, buoyed by the release of new products for smartphone, tablet, LED lighting, server, STB and games console applications, according to industry sources.

IC market for personal computing systems to jump 6% in 2014, says IC Insights

Mar 25, 14:16

Following three consecutive years of declines, the IC market for total personal computing systems is forecast to increase 6% to US$77.7 billion in 2014 and climb another 6% in 2015 to US$82.1 billion, which will be just shy of the record-high US$82.3 billion set in 2010, according to IC Insights. A...

IC substrate, backup board makers ramping up capacity for advanced processes

Mar 25, 13:55

Taiwan-based IC substrate and backup board makers will ramp up their investments in 2014 for the development of high-end substrates and backup boards for advanced foundry processes, according to industry sources.

Capex of global semiconductor industry to reach US$62 billion in 2014

Mar 24, 22:33

Capex of the global semiconductor industry is expected to top US$62.2 billion in 2014 as increasing popularity of mobile devices has stirred demand for IC parts built by advanced processes nodes, according to an industry estimate. The industry's capex hit a historical high of US$65 billion in 2011.

MediaTek revenues to hit high in March

Mar 24, 22:15

MediaTek is expected to see its revenues reach over NT$17 billion (US$555.74 million) in March compared to NT$15.72 billion posted in February thanks to strong demand for its MT6582 quad-core chips from handset makers in China, according to industry sources.

LTE and AP markets driving RF power amplifier equipment and RF power semiconductor device sales for wireless infrastructure, says ABI Research

Mar 24, 14:25

Asia wireless infrastructure deployments, led by China, continue to be the main driver for the RF power amplifier and RF power semiconductor market in 2013 and beyond. Despite an off year in 2012 the market for RF power amplifiers grew at a single-digit rate while RF power semiconductors grew at a...

MediaTek voices concerns about 2Q14 business outlook

Mar 20, 16:04

MediaTek has voiced concerns over the business outlook for the second quarter of 2014 due to weakening orders for chip solutions for TV, optical storage, LCD monitor and DVD applications although demand for its smartphone solutions remains strong.

Digitimes Research: MediaTek to continue eating into Spreadtrum market share

Mar 20, 15:18

Despite the slow-season performance of China's smartphone market, chipmaker MediaTek's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in the first quarter continue to see strong growth like it did during the previous quarter. The good price/performance ratios of MediaTek's entry-level and mid-range...

Transcend 2013 net profits hit 4-year high

Mar 20, 14:37

Memory module maker Transcend Information saw its net profit grow 8.5% on year to a four-year high of NT$3.2 billion (US$105.14 million) in 2013, the highest in four years. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$7.43 for the year.

Some small-size LCD driver IC makers likely to put up for sale

Mar 19, 22:11

Recent market rumors have indicated that some Taiwan-based small- to medium-size LCD driver IC makers are looking for potential investors hoping to sell their plants at good prices while demand for LCD driver ICs is high, according to industry sources.

International IDMs placing short lead-time orders at Taiwan wafer foundry houses

Mar 19, 21:45

International IDMs have joined IC design companies to place wafer orders at Taiwan foundry houses due to an upsurge in demand for IC parts from downstream device vendors, according to industry sources.

Alcor Micro steps into USB 3.0 controller chip market

Mar 19, 14:33

IC design house Alcor Micro has recently stepped into the USB 3.0 controller chip market. Alcor Micro's latest USB 3.0 controller chip, the AU87100, has a read speed of up to 160MB/s and a write speed of 60MB/s and is able to drive eight NAND flash chips simultaneously, according to the company.

Semi material, equipment suppliers brace for strong sales

Mar 19, 11:45

Semiconductor material and equipment suppliers are poised for brisk sales in the months ahead, buoyed by a number of factors, including an upward revision of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) first-quarter guidance and high capacity utilization rates at 8- and 12-inch fabs in Taiwan,...

China market: Second-tier China handset vendors plan to request anti-trust probe into Android licensing

Mar 18, 14:38

Some second-tier and small China-based handset vendors feel that Google has unreasonably high charges for some applications under the Android platform, and therefore plan to request the China government launch an anti-trust probe into Google's unfair competition, according to industry sources in Tai...

Taiwan IC production value to grow 11.1% in 2014, say TSIA and IEK

Mar 18, 11:20

Taiwan's IC sector, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$1,888.6 billion (US$63.3 billion) in 2013, increasing 15.6% on year, and it will generate NT$2,098.1 billion in 2014, rising 11.1%, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association...

Mobile market to be dominated by 64-bit mobile processors with 55% market share in 2018, says ABI Research

Mar 17, 14:38

Just one quarter after the launch of Apple's A7, the first 64-bit mobile processor, the company managed to power more than 36 million iPhones and iPads with the chip. With the introduction of A7, Apple has once again shaken the whole mobile industry, forcing chipset suppliers and device vendors to...

VIS to increase capital, acquire 8-inch fab

Mar 17, 13:11

Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) plans to increase its capital by 22% to NT$1.26 billion (US$41.54 million) for capacity ramps, according to the wafer foundry house.

Linaro announces MediaTek as member

Mar 17, 12:22

Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM architecture, has announced that MediaTek has joined Linaro as a member.

LCD driver IC vendor UltraChip debuts on OTC market

Mar 17, 12:08

LCD driver IC vendor UltraChip has debuted on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) securities market at an initial price of NT$11.50 (US$0.38).

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