Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market, says IHS
Dec 19, 11:00
The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation, according to IHS.
SMIC builds Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chips using 28nm
Dec 18, 21:59
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in the fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after SMIC and Qualcomm announced plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production, and...
IC design houses gearing up for 64-bit smartphone boom
Dec 18, 14:39
With Android phone makers pushing for migration to 64 bit architecture, chip suppliers including Qualcomm and MediaTek are set to introduce new quad- and 8-core 64-bit solutions in the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.
Wahlee signs NT$3 billion syndicated loans for business expansion
Dec 17, 15:34
Semiconductor material distributor Wahlee Industrial has signed a NT$3 billion (US$95.9 million) 5-year syndicated loan agreement with a banking consortium, with the new funds to repay part of short-term loans and to finance its expansion projects.
Some IC design houses look to brisk sales in 1Q15
Dec 17, 11:49
Some Taiwan-based IC design houses have said that their sales will remain brisk in the first quarter of 2015 despite seasonal effects, due to replenishment orders from the supply chain and the roll-outs of new end-market devices prior to the Lunar New Year holidays.
HLMC and MediaTek partner on 28nm technology development and wafer production
Dec 15, 21:33
Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) has announced it is working closely with MediaTek on 28nm technology development and wafer manufacturing services. Both companies are looking to strengthen the partnership to provide more diverse products based on 28nm technology for the growing mobile communication...
VIA dismisses report about backdoor program
Stockwatch - Dec 15, 14:19
Taiwan-based chip designer VIA Technologies has dismissed a recent report in Taiwan alleging it put a backdoor program into its security-purpose VT3421/TF376 chip. VIA said that it is condering taking legal actions over the reports, according to company's posting on Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
ALi November sales rise 5%
Stockwatch - Dec 15, 10:51
Set-top box (STB) IC supplier ALi saw its November sales increase about 5% sequentially, buoyed by continued brisk demand for some high-definition (HD) products from retailers in Southeast Asia, according to the company.
IoT boosts embedded systems growth, says IC Insights
Dec 12, 15:15
Since 2006, there have been more embedded systems, industrial equipment, sensor devices, instruments, meters, cameras, animals, and other objects connected to the Internet than humans using computers, smartphones, and other electronics for information technology. Until recently, steady increases in...
Will Xiaomi get caught in the antitrust crossfire between China and Qualcomm?
Dec 5, 17:40
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is investigating Qualcomm's alleged monopolization of patents concerning smartphones through alleged unreasonable licensing terms dictated to China-based smartphone vendors and, according to China-based media reports, the investigation is focusing...
Cellphones continue to be largest driver of IC sales, says IC Insights
Dec 5, 14:13
The total production value of electronic systems is projected to increase 5% in 2014 to US$1.49 trillion and climb to about US$1.82 trillion in 2018, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from US$1.41 trillion in 2013, according to IC Insights. Cellphones will extend their lead...
Global chip sales rise 9.6% in October, says SIA
Dec 4, 11:38
Worldwide sales of semiconductors for October 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.6% from a year ago when sales were US$27.1 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$29.2 billion posted in September, October sales represented a 1.5% growth.
Cypress and Spansion to merge
Dec 2, 14:35
Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion have signed a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately US$4 billion. The post-merger company will generate more than US$2 billion in revenues annually, according to a joint announcement.
MCU design house Holtek looks to higher profits in 2015
Stockwatch - Dec 1, 21:55
Profits at Taiwan-based Holtek Semiconductor, which designs and develops standard microcontrollers (MCU) and consumer electronics IC solutions, are expected to top NT$1 billion (US$32.2 million) in 2015 thanks mainly to growing shipments of 8-bit MCUs to the China market, according to a Chinese-language...
IC suppliers gear up for automobile memory chip market
Nov 28, 10:19
With the global automobile electronics market set for strong growth in 2015, a number of semiconductor firms including Micron Technology, Spansion, Micronix International, Winbond Electronics and Silicon Motion Technologies, have begun strengthening their deployments in the segment.
Commentary: MediaTek offers food for thought about investing in China
Nov 27, 15:03
The announcement by MediaTek that it will invest in a private equity fund led by SummitView Capital and the Shanghai city government indicates that the Taiwan-based smartphone solution vendor has managed to avert the pressure from China's efforts to promote its own semiconductor industry.
Taiwan IC designers seeing gross margin under pressure
Nov 26, 14:38
Taiwan-based IC design houses are seeking to improve their gross margins in 2015, by securing new orders for mobile devices set to roll out during the first half of the year, according to industry sources.
Taiwan IC designers see demand slowing down
Nov 24, 22:06
Demand for PC, 3G phone and consumer electronics ICs has slowed down recently, due to seasonal weakness, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.
Falling LED bulb prices put pressure on LED driver IC firms
Nov 21, 10:34
Falling retail prices for LED light bulbs have put the LED driver IC market under pressure, according to industry sources. Some LED driver IC suppliers incapable of lowering their manufacturing costs will be forced to leave the market in 2015, the sources indicated.
Dongbu HiTek volume producing touchscreen controllers
Nov 17, 15:51
Dongbu HiTek has scaled up the production of touchscreen controller chips with embedded flash (eFlash) memory to meet rising demand for entry-level and mid-range smartphones, according to the Korea-based IC foundry.
Himax expects flat or slight revenue growth in 4Q14
Nov 14, 16:22
IC design house Himax Technologies has reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014, which came in line with the company's guidance. Looking into the fourth quarter, the company expects to post flat or slight sequential growth in revenues.
Elan 3Q14 profits slip 15%
Nov 13, 19:25
Elan Microelectronics, which provides touchscreen controller ICs, saw its net profits decrease 15% sequentially in the third quarter with revenues slipping 5%.