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Qualcomm suspends IIoT development projects with Taiwan IT players, say sources

Nov 21, 14:58

Qualcomm may also temporarily suspend its cooperation with Taiwan-based IT players on the development of related Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications after it had decided to stop a 5G small cell collaboration project with Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) over to...

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Samsung to unseat Intel as top semiconductor supplier in 2017, says IC Insights

Nov 21, 12:59

For the first time since 1993, the semiconductor industry is expected to witness a new number 1 supplier, according to IC Insights.

Automotive electronics to see strongest growth through 2021, says IC Insights

Nov 17, 15:58

Automotive electronic system sales are forecast to rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% from 2016 through 2021, which is the highest among six major end-use system categories, according to IC Insights.

China IC design revenues to surge 28% to CNY194 billion in 2017

Nov 17, 14:33

The annual revenues of China's IC design industry are estimated to surge 28.15% on year to CNY194.598 billion (US$29.26 billion) in 2017, accounting for more than one third of the aggregate global IC design market sales for the year, according to Wei Shaojun, president of the VLSI Design Chapter of...

Austria chipmaker ams partners with China firm to develop 3D sensing camera solutions

Nov 17, 13:17

Austria-based ams and China-based Ningbo Sunny Opotech, an optical image system solution provider, have announced a collaboration to jointly develop and market 3D sensing camera solutions for mobile devices and automotive applications.

More Android smartphone vendors to adopt 3D sensing for new models

Nov 17, 12:03

Android smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi Technology are expected to equip 3D sensing functionality to their new models slated for launch in 2018, according to industry sources, which also pinpointed suppliers including Largan Precision, Sunny Optical, Orbbec and Himax Technologies...

More smartphone vendors are to adopt 3D sensing technology

Anpec expects fan motor drivers to drive 2018 revenue growth

Nov 17, 11:42

Analog IC firm Anpec Electronics expects growing sales of its fan motor driver ICs to be a major revenue growth driver for the company in 2018.

AI to bring opportunities, challenges for Taiwan semiconductor industry

Nov 16, 15:46

Artificial intelligence (AI) will bring huge business opportunities and challenges for Taiwan's semiconductor industry, and the industry will face fierce competition from China, where both the central and local governments are fully gearing up for developing semiconductor technologies, according to...

CC Wei, TSIA chairman and TSMC co-CEO

SMIC to start volume production of 14nm FinFET process in 2019

Nov 16, 15:44

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), China's largest foundry, will kick off volume production of 14nm FinFET process technology in 2019 and launch its second-generation 28nm HKMG process by the end of 2018, according to company sources.

MediaTek touts Helio P in China amid Qualcomm speculation

Nov 16, 15:40

MediaTek is aggressively persuading China smartphone vendors to adopt its Helio P processors to reduce risks of heavy reliance on Qualcomm, whose operations might be affected by Broadcom's takeover bid, according to industry sources.

Next-gen iPad Pro to feature 7nm A11X chip, says report

Nov 16, 15:29

Speculation circulated recently in the chipmaking industry that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is gearing up for 7nm chip production for Apple's in-house designed A11X SoC that will power the next-generation iPad Pro device slated for launch as early as the end of first-quarter 2018,...

Global Unichip tapes out 16nm TCAM compiler

Nov 16, 15:26

Taiwan-based IC design service company Global Unichip has announced a successful TCAM compiler tape-out based on TSMC's 16FFC process technology.

ALi posts another quarter of losses

Nov 16, 11:45

IC design house ALi, which specializes in set-top box (STB) chipset solutions, has reported a seventh consecutive quarterly loss in the third quarter of 2017 in which net losses came to NT$105 million (US$3.5 million) or NT$0.36 per share.

Samsung overtakes Intel as semiconductor leader in 3Q17, says IHS

Nov 16, 11:29

In the second quarter of 2017, Intel remained the market leader in pure semiconductor revenues, generated by the sale of its own products, according to IHS Markit. But the leadership changed in third-quarter 2017.

Globalfoundries, Fudan to deliver next generation dual interface smart card

Nov 16, 10:53

Globalfoundries (GF) and Fudan Microelectronics Group have announced they have produced a next generation dual interface CPU card, using GF's 55nm low power extended (55LPx) technology platform. GF's 55LPx platform has the capability to integrate multiple functions onto a single chip that results in...

Nanjing gaining momentum to become semiconductor hub in China

Nov 15, 14:29

Nanjing is gaining momentum to become a "chip city" in China, as many semiconductor firms have newly announced plans to set up operations in its Jiangbei New Area, including China's Solomon Systech, and US-based leading EDA players Synopsys and Cadence, according to industry sources.

HiSilicon selects Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP for Kirin 970

Nov 15, 13:52

Cadence Design Systems has announced that HiSilicon, a global fabless semiconductor and IC design company, has selected the Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP for its 10nm Kirin 970 mobile application processor, which debuted in Huawei's new Mate 10 series mobile phones. In deploying the Vision P6 DSP,...

WPG reports mild on-year increase in October revenues

Nov 14, 15:23

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$45.533 billion (US$1.51 billion) for October 2017, representing a 11.17% drop on month and 2.8% increase on year.

Synopsys extends help for Taiwan AI development

Nov 14, 14:21

Synopsys has signed a letter-of-intent (LOI) with a Taiwan government-run research lab to form a strategic partnership to help the country develop an artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem.

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom acquisition bid

Nov 14, 11:55

Qualcomm has announced that its board of directors has unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017, saying the bid "significantly uvervalues" the chip firm's value.

Qualcomm signs purchase MoUs with China smartphone vendors

Nov 13, 14:46

Qualcomm has announced that it has signed three non-binding memoranda of understanding (MoU) wherein Xiaomi Technology, Oppo Mobile Telecommunications and Vivo Communication Technology each expresses a nonbinding interest in the purchase of components with an aggregate value of no less than US$12 billion...

Android camp reportedly seeking to renegotiate royalties with Qualcomm

Nov 13, 14:19

The Android camp could follow the steps of Apple to temporarily suspend royalty payments to Qualcomm aiming to force the US-based chip vendors back to the negotiating table to work out "fairer" royalty schemes, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm and Alibaba showcase cloud-to-device integration to help drive LTE IoT in China

Nov 13, 13:43

Qualcomm has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, and Alibaba have ported Alibaba Cloud Link One to run on the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multi-mode LTE IoT modem. This effort showcases how, by pre-integrating the Alibaba Cloud Link One on to the MDM9206 modem, module manufacturers and...

Andes Technology joins Globalfoundries FD-SOI ecosystem

Nov 10, 16:21

Processor IP provider Andes Technology has teamed up with Globalfoundries to provide low-power solutions for the foundry's 22nm FD-SOI process technology to jointly deepen their deployment in the IoT (Internet of Things) application market, according to industry sources.

Andes Technology president Frankwell JM Lin (center)

Taiwan IC designers vying for 8-inch foundry supply

Nov 10, 16:14

Taiwan fabless IC firms are aggresively vying to secure capacity at 8-inch foundries to meet increasing orders in 2018, particularly for MCU and MOSFET chips needed to support a variety of new applications, with such fabs in Taiwan and China expected to maintain high utilization rates through the whole...

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FocalTech optimistic about TDDI chip demand for all-screen devices in 2018

Nov 10, 10:44

Full in-cell display module makers have been improving yield rates to lower their production costs for all-screen panels, which will see wider adoption by smartphones and tablets in 2018, according to Genda Hu, chairman for touchscreen and LCD driver solution provider FocalTech Systems.

China AI unicorn Cambricon to launch smart chips using TSMC 16nm process

Nov 9, 15:20

China AI chip unicorn Cambricon Technologies plans to launch MLU machine learning series processor chips for cloud-based applications within the next 18 months, with the chips to be fabricated with 16nm process of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the firm's co-founder and CEO Chen...

iPhone X costs Apple US$370 in materials, says IHS Markit

Nov 9, 11:54

Teardown engineers at IHS Markit have completed their preliminary physical dissection of the new Apple iPhone X and found that the model A1865 version of the smartphone with 64GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of US$370.25.

Oppo, Xiaomi to adopt 3D sensors for smartphones in 2018

Nov 9, 11:40

China-based vendors Oppo and Xiaomi Technology will adopt 3D sensing solutions for smartphones to be launched in 2018, with such solutions to be developed by Himax Technologies via cooperation with Qualcomm and the sensor modules to be produced by Truly Opto-Electronics, according to industry source...

Egistec 3Q17 profits hike

Nov 9, 11:34

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egis Technology (Egistec) has announced net profits for the third quarter hiked 132% sequentially to NT$174 million (US$5.76 million). EPS for the quarter arrived at NT$2.50.

IGBT outlook in China: Q&A with HHGrace executive Jiye Yang

Nov 9, 11:31

Insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) is technologically the most advanced device among power electronics and boasts extensive applications ranging from home-use small electromagnetic ovens to strategic industries such as rail transit, electric vehicles, and smart power grids. This discrete semiconductor...

Jiye Yang, senior director of HHGrace's TD Integration Division I

Spreadtrum chips adopted by Accent for smartphones sold in North Africa

Nov 9, 10:46

Spreadtrum Communications, a China-based fabless chipmaker specializing in mobile SoCs, has announced its solutions have been selected by Accent, an IT brand based in Morocco, for two smartphone models sold in the North Africa region.

Digitimes Research: Global MEMS microphone shipments rising

Nov 8, 21:55

Global MEMS microphone shipments will increase to 4.8 billion units in 2017 from 4.4 billion units in 2016, and the volume will reach over 5.0 billion units in 2018, according to Digitimes Research.

Novatek expects to post up to 7% revenue decrease in 4Q17

Nov 8, 14:35

LCD driver IC specialist Novatek Microelectronic expects to post revenues of between NT$11.6 billion (US$384.2 million) and NT$12 billion for the fourth quarter of 2017 representing a sequential decrease of up to 7%.

MediaTek October revenues fall to 3-month low

Nov 8, 13:55

MediaTek saw its October 2017 revenues fall to a three-month low of NT$21.01 billion (US$696.2 million). The Taiwan-based smartphone SoC specialist's revenues for the month represented decreases of 5.3% sequentially and 11.7% on year.

Elan Microelectronics sees revenues rise 18% in October

Nov 7, 17:40

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$648 million (US$21.47 million) for October 2017, representing a 13.63% drop on month and 18.09% increase on year.

Cambricon aims to take 30% of China AI chip market in 3 years

Nov 7, 15:20

China AI startup Cambricon Technologies aims to capture a 30% share of the China market for AI chips within three years, expecting more than one billion devices to adopt AI processors supplied by the company, including Huawei's new flagship smartphones, according to company sources.

Cambricon co-founder Chen Yunqi

Qualcomm receives unsolicited takeover offer from Broadcom

Nov 7, 11:03

Qualcomm on November 6 confirmed that it has received a non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Broadcom to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of US$70.00 in cash and stock.

Infineon intros five-output digital voltage regulator in QFN package

Nov 7, 10:35

Infineon Technologies has launched the IRPS5401, a five-output point of load (POL) digital voltage regulator for FPGAs, ASICs, and other multi-rail power systems. The IRPS5401has been developed as a fully integrated PMIC solution that replaces multiple regulators with a single device in a 7mm x 7mm...

Infineon IRPS5401

Alibaba forays into CPU sector via investment in C-Sky Microsystems

Nov 6, 13:39

As part of its efforts to enhance its presence in the CPU sector, China tech giant Alibaba Group has invested in Hangzhou-based C-Sky Microsystems, an IC design house dedicated to 32-bit high performance low-power embedded CPUs and chip architecture licensing, according to industry sources.

Realtek October revenues increase 6% on year

Nov 6, 11:13

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has announced consolidated revenues of NT$3.68 billion (US$121.9 million) for October 2017, up 6.3% on year.

Opto, sensor and discrete ICs to reach record US$75 billion in 2017, says IC Insights

Nov 3, 15:57

More than a dozen product categories in optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes semiconductors (O-S-D) are on track to set record-high annual sales this year, according to IC Insights. Driven by the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), increasing levels of intelligent embedded controls,...

Faraday optimistic about 28nm chip demand

Nov 3, 15:46

Taiwan-based Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC service and silicon IP provider, has expressed optimism about 28nm chip demand and expects revenues generated from 28nm chip orders to make a positive contribution to company revenues in 2018.

Supreme Electronics to tap China smart pallet market

Nov 3, 15:08

Taiwan-based Supreme Electronics, now the largest distribution agent of Samsung's semiconductor products across the Taiwan Strait, is stepping up its transformation into a system integrator (SI) to develop new niche businesses in the era of IoT (Internet of Things). It will tap into China's smart pallet...

Supreme Electronics, CMIC to jointly tap smart-pallet market in China

China semiconductor players urged to take high ground in technology development

Nov 3, 14:58

China semiconductor players must strive hard to take the high ground in the development of advanced process technologies, high-value-added chips, and semiconductor and automation equipment, while also finding new niche markets for healthcare, medical, industry and IoT (Internet of Things) applications,...

Fu Cheng, vice president of Zhaoxin Semiconductor

Gowin, TSMC team up for 28nm FPGA chips

Nov 3, 11:52

China-based Gowin Semiconductor has announced the development of its first 28nm FPGA product, the GW3AT-100, fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Qualcomm revenues, profits fall in fiscal 2017

Nov 3, 11:25

Qualcomm has announced operating income of US$2.6 billion on revenues of US$22.3 billion in its fiscal year ended September 24, 2017, which represented on-year decreases of 60% in operating profits and 5% in revenues.

Supplies of mature IC parts to remain tight in 2018, say sources

Nov 2, 15:03

The supply of some IC parts and components, including wafers, passive components, and DRAM, MOSFET and NOR flash chips, will remain tight in 2018 due to the absence of capacity ramps by major suppliers, according to industry sources.

eMemory unveils auto-grade EEPROM IP

Nov 1, 22:19

Silicon IP provider eMemory has expanded its high-endurance NVM (non-volatile memory) offerings with an upgraded EEPROM (electrically-erasable programmable read only memory) which supports over 500,000 rewrite cycles and meets the automotive industry's standards of 10-year data retention at 150-degree...

FocalTech pre-tax profits soar in 3Q17

Nov 1, 14:05

Touchscreen and LCD driver solution provider FocalTech Systems saw its pre-tax profits soar 328% sequentially to NT$151 million (US$5 million) in the third quarter of 2017. Pre-tax EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.51.

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  • Global AP demand forecast, 2017-2020

    Digitimes Research expects global AP shipments to surpass the 1.9 billion mark in 2017, with smartphones remaining the main application. Qualcomm will be leading the market in 2017, as other players continue playing catch up and scramble for funds to invest in more diverse applications.