Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments to China drop 7.7% on year
Mar 2, 15:32
Tablet application processor (AP) shipments to China are estimated to decline 24.2% sequentially to reach 26.3 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Compared to the same period a year ago, the volume will drop 7.7% and be the first time China's tablet AP shipments experience an on-year decline...
MediaTek founds investment arm with US$300 million
Mar 2, 14:52
MediaTek has announced the launch of MediaTek Ventures – a new strategic investment arm within the company. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MediaTek Ventures will initially invest in startups in Greater China, Europe, Japan and North America, with a US$300m reserve.
TSMC, MediaTek move up in semiconductor R&D, says IC Insights
Mar 2, 10:33
Pure-play foundry TSMC and fabless chipmaker MediaTek both moved up in IC Insights' 2014 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. TSMC increased its R&D budget by 15% in 2014 while MediaTek's R&D spending for the year climbed 29%, according to IC Insights.
Xilinx unveils 16nm UltraScale+ family of FPGAs
Feb 25, 14:08
Xilinx has announced its 16nm UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, combining new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies. The UltraScale+ family also includes a new interconnect optimization technology, SmartConnect.
Global Unichip expects 1Q15 sales to grow on-quarter
Feb 16, 20:23
Global Unichip, an IC design service provider partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), expects to report a sequential increase in first-quarter revenues bucking seasonal trends.
Pixart, Richtek 1Q15 sales to drop by single-digits
Feb 16, 18:49
Pixart Imaging and Richtek Technology both expect their first-quarter 2015 revenues to register only single-digit sequential decreases. For all of the year, the two IC design houses are looking to the mobile device sector to drive revenue growth.
Spreadtrum announces support for Tizen operating system
Feb 13, 16:14
IC design house Spreadtrum Communications has successfully completed the integration of Tizen operating system (OS) with its WCDMA chipsets, according to the China-based company. This integrated platform is now shipping in Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the Z1, released in January 2015 to the Indian...
Himax expects sales to drop 15-22% in 1Q15
Feb 13, 10:07
LCD driver IC specialist Himax Technologies expects to report a 15-22% sequential decrease in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015, due to a seasonal slowdown in end-market demand.
Kingston to increase investment in Phison
Feb 12, 11:05
Phison Electronics, a supplier of NAND flash device controllers, has announced that memory module vendor Kingston Technology will subscribe to 10.4 million shares out of a total of 11.9 million new shares to be released by it through a private placement.
MediaTek expects 1Q15 sales to decline 10-18%
Feb 10, 10:55
IC design house MediaTek has forecast consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015 will be between NT$45.5 billion (US$1.44 billion) and NT$49.9 billion, representing a sequential decline of 10-18%.
MediaTek January sales rise 36%
Feb 6, 14:31
MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$17.46 billion (US$555.81 million) for January 2015, up 36% from a year earlier and 2.3% sequentially.
Microcontroller sales regain momentum after slump, says IC Insights
Feb 6, 10:43
The outlook for microcontrollers continues to strengthen following a sharp recovery in smartcards, gradual improvements in the global economy, and the emergence of new embedded-systems applications, such as wearable electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT). These market factors, along with steady...
Novatek nets NT$11.85 per share for 2014
Feb 5, 22:11
LCD driver IC design company Novatek Microelectronics saw its net profits hit a seven-year high in 2014. Earnings for the year translated into a net EPS of NT$11.85 (US$0.38), compared to the NT$7.81 reported for 2013.
ARM intros mobile chip designs for 2016
Feb 4, 19:23
ARM has announced mobile processor and GPU designs targeting the high-end market for smartphones and mobile devices. Devices with the technology suite are expected to enter the market in 2016, according to the semiconductor IP supplier.
ChipMOS to provide testing services for TDDI chips
Feb 4, 13:43
ChipMOS Technologies will start to install testing equipment for TDDI (touch with display driver) chips in the second quarter of 2015, according to the backend house. The number of testing equipment sets ready for LCD driver ICs at ChipMOS will increase to 500 by the end of 2015, said the company.
Sony to boost production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
Feb 2, 21:53
Sony has announced plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 in order to increase production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. Sony Semiconductor also plans to reorganize and optimize its production sites as it accelerates the shifting of resources to the...
IC design houses to increase wafer orders for 2Q15
Jan 30, 16:09
A number of Taiwan-based IC design houses have decided to book more wafer orders for the second quarter of 2015 due to tight production capacity at wafer foundry houses, according to industry sources.
Taiwan IC design houses January sales to rise
Jan 30, 15:52
Sales at Taiwan-based IC design houses including Elan Microelectronics, FocalTech Systems, Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT), MediaTek, Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology and Sitronix Technology are expected to report as high as more than 10% growth sequentially for January 2015, as end-market...
Silicon Motion reports record 2014 sales
Jan 27, 21:28
Silicon Motion Technology saw its revenues climb to a record high of US$289 million in 2014, thanks to strong growth in sales generated from its eMMC controller business, according to the flash storage controller company.
Handset solution vendors vying for wearable and peripheral device chip market
Jan 27, 15:54
Handset solution vendors, including Qualcomm, MediaTek, Marvell Technology, Intel and Spreadtrum Communications, are expected to focus on expanding their product portfolio by rolling out chips for wearable devices as well as peripheral devices/applications for smartphones in 2015, according to industry...
Global 3Q14 smartphone and tablet chip markets rise, says Strategy Analytics
Jan 26, 23:22
The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market grew 16% on year to US$5.6 billion in the third quarter of 2014, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm maintained its market lead with 51% revenue share, followed by Apple with 19% revenue share and MediaTek with 15% revenue share.
Intel said to form stylus alliance
Jan 23, 16:05
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance, looking to establish a specification standard for stylus to make the input device usable across different mobile devices including the tablet, notebook and smartphone, according to sources from IC designers.
Commentary: Price cut competition looming for fingerprint sensor market
Jan 23, 11:05
The increasing number of suppliers of fingerprint identification sensors heralds keen competition in the sector's short-term future. Furthermore, the offering of integrated IC parts that combine LCD driver IC, touch-controller IC and fingerprint sensor in one chip could bring a sharp slide in prices...
Cypress licenses 40nm embedded flash IP to UMC
Jan 23, 10:19
Cypress Semiconductor and United Microelectronics (UMC) have jointly announced that UMC licensed Cypress's SONOS (silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for the 40nm process technology node. The technology will primarily be used in Internet of Things (IoT)...
Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers, says Gartner
Jan 23, 09:57
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17%, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$57.9 billion of semiconductors in 2014, an increase of US$3.9 billion from 2013.
Sunplus to sell STB chip business to China firm
Jan 21, 22:02
Sunplus Technology, a Taiwan-based IC design house specializing in multimedia and PC peripheral chips, has announced plans to sell its STB (set-top box) IC business to China-based Availink for NT$330 million (US$10.47 million).
Storart growing eMMC presence in China
Jan 21, 15:15
Storart, a Taiwan-based supplier of eMMC device controller ICs, expects to ship more than one million eMMC controllers a month in 2015 as the company is expanding its market presence in China.
JMicron grabs SSD controller orders from Western Digital, says report
Stockwatch - Jan 19, 21:43
Memory controller IC supplier JMicron Technology has grabbed orders for solid-state drives (SSD) from Western Digital (WD), as well as orders from memory module makers including Adata Technology and Transcend Information, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.