Taiwan semiconductor supply chain to be affected by Apple CPU orders
Aug 15, 15:51
The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs and related peripheral chips on the supply chain of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will widen in 2015, forcing IC design houses to place wafer orders earlier in the year, according to industry sources.
TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked
Aug 14, 22:23
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources.
Analog IC vendor GMT to see revenues grow 2-12% in 3Q14
Newswatch - Aug 14, 13:29
Analog IC vendor Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) expects its sales to grow 2-12% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, but gross margin to drop to 33-36% from 36.48% during the same period, company president Wu Chin-chuan said at the company's most recent investors conference.
Phison reports strong earnings for 1H14
Newswatch - Aug 14, 12:02
NAND flash controller chipmaker Phison Electronics has reported net profits of NT$1.54 billion (US$51.32 million) or NT$8.51 per share on revenues of NT$15.79 billion for the first half of 2014.
Richtek looks to 11% sequential revenue gains in 3Q14
Aug 13, 15:27
Analog IC vendor Richtek Technology expects its revenues to grow within a range of 11% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by increasing orders from notebook clients and rising shipments of analog solutions for smartphones, according to the company.
Pixart Imaging expects sales to drop 5% sequentially in 3Q14
Aug 8, 11:31
IC design house Pixart Imaging expects its revenues to slip 5% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as shipments of optical mice chips, optical touch controllers and chips for security surveillance applications will decline on seasonality.
MediaTek posts strong sales in July
Newswatch - Aug 7, 21:36
MediaTek has reported revenues of NT$19.27 billion (US$641.91 million) for July, up 22.7% sequentially and 45.8% on year. For the first seven months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$119.41 billion, increasing 69.5% from a year earlier.
LCD driver IC vendors set to see increased revenues in 3Q14
Aug 6, 11:41
Most Taiwan-based LCD driver IC vendors are expected to see their sales grow 5-15% sequentially in the third quarter, powered by orders for large-size driver ICs from LCD panel suppliers and for small- and medium-size driver IC parts from the smartphone sector, according to industry sources.
FocalTech reports net profits of NT$310 for 2Q14
Newswatch - Aug 5, 22:06
Touchscreen controller IC vendor FocalTech Systems has reported net profits of NT$310 million (US$10.33 million) on revenues of NT$1.29 billion for the second quarter of 2014.
WT Microelectronics expects 7-13% sequential growth in 3Q14 revenue
Aug 4, 21:47
IC and electronic component distributor WT Microelectronics expects its third quarter consolidated revenues will reach NT$27.5-29.1 billion (US$915-968 million), rising on quarter by 7-13%. Its gross margins are forecast to be 5.7-5.9%, while net operating margins will be 2.4-2.6% and there will be...
China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC
Aug 4, 14:05
More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources.
MediaTek 3Q14 revenues to grow 6-11% on quarter, say sources
Jul 31, 13:40
MediaTek is expected to see its revenues rise 6-11% sequentially to NT$57-60 billion (US$1.9-2.0 billion) in the third quarter of 2014, propelled by shipments of MT6290 and MT6595 4G chips and rising ASPs, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP shipments in China to grow 2H14
Jul 29, 11:01
There will be 107.6 million smartphone AP (application processor) shipped in the China market in the third quarter of 2014 and 113.5 million units in the fourth one, increasing on quarter by 4.5% and 5.5% respectively mainly due to increasing demand for LTE (4G) smartphones, according to Digitimes...
More IC vendors to engage in merger or acquisition deals
Jul 25, 14:39
Following the recent announcement of the planned merger between FocalTech Systems and Orise Technology, more Taiwan-based touchscreen controller and LCD driver IC vendors are likely to be involved in merger or acquisition deals, according to industry sources.
Google to incorporate NFC functionality into Android
Jul 24, 21:38
Google will incorporate TSM (trusted service manager) software and applications into the Android platform after Apple reportedly has made NFC functionality a standard for its speculated iWatch, according to industry sources.
TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14
Jul 24, 19:30
On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
Jul 24, 11:47
Sony has announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center (Nagasaki TEC) and Kumamoto Technology Center (Kumamoto TEC) from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 through the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, to increase...
USI reportedly lands SiP module orders for iWatch devices
Jul 23, 13:49
Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), an affiliated company of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), reportedly has landed SiP module orders from Apple for its iWatch wearable devices, according to industry sources.
SMIC revises up 2Q14 gross margin guidance
Jul 21, 16:48
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has announced an upward revision of its second quarter gross margin guidance for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from 22-24% up to 27-29%.
MediaTek launches 64-bit 8-core chip early
Jul 15, 22:14
MediaTek has announced its first 64-bit-enabled 8-core 4G solution, the MT6795, targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment. The launch of the MT6795 comes almost two quarters ahead of schedule as MediaTek originally planned to release the 8-core chip at the end of 2014.
Phison may cut prices to ramp up SSD shipments
Jul 14, 14:22
NAND flash controller chipmaker Phison Electronics will exert all-out efforts, including price reductions, to ramp up its shipments of SSD devices in the third quarter of 2014, according to company chairman Khein-Seng Pua.
Vishay to acquire Capella Microsystems via tender offer
Newswatch - Jul 14, 09:59
Taiwan-based IC design house Capella Microsystems has signed a merger agreement with US-based semiconductor firm Vishay Intertechnology and its affiliated Vishay Taiwan, under which Vishay will acquire up to 100% of Capella's outstanding shares at a price of NT$139 (US$4.64) per share through a tender...
FPC obtains design-wins for fingerprint sensor in China
Jul 11, 15:47
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has gained design-wins for its fingerprint sensor, the FPC1021, from smartphone vendors in China, which will pave the way for the firm to begin volume production of the chip in October 2014, according to industry sources.
MediaTek remains calm on Qualcomm price reduction
Jul 11, 14:05
MediaTek has said it is not concerned much about Qualcomm's announcement that it is lowering prices for its entry-level 4G solutions, believing that the price reductions will not hinder its plans to make a major push into China's 4G solution market, according to industry sources.
IC design houses set for higher gross margins
Jul 10, 15:22
IC design houses including MediaTek, Realtek Semiconductor, Novatek Microelectronics and Richtek Technology are expected to see their gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 settle at the high-end targets of their guidances, buoyed by stabilizing chip prices, according to industry sources.