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Digitimes Research: Top-6 Taiwan LCD driver IC companies post revenue gains in 2Q14

Aug 20, 10:55

Revenues for the six main LCD driver IC companies in Taiwan reached NT$28.18 billion (US$940.04 million) in the second quarter of 2014, up 13.1% on quarter and 4.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

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 vendors bracing for strong sales in 3Q14

Aug 14, 14:43

Analog IC vendors are set to post strong sales in the third quarter of 2014 thanks to the roll-outs of new smartphones, tablets and LED lighting products, 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.

Former MediaTek employees probed over alleged trade secrets theft

Aug 13, 12:37

Taiwan's Investigation Bureau has raided a company in Taipei and 10 former MediaTek employees' homes in a probe into suspected theft of business secrets from the chip vendor.

More IC vendors seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC

Aug 12, 13:53

More fabless IC design houses are seeking wafer production capacity at Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to extremely tight production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC),...

WPG posts 12.3% on-year growth in July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 8, 15:44

IC distributor WPG Holdings has reported a 12.3% growth in its July 2014 revenues, driven by demand from emerging markets.

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.

Analog IC vendors landing more short lead time orders from PC sector

Aug 7, 12:21

Taiwan-based analog IC vendors have received more short lead time orders from downstream PC clients, indicating that demand for analog ICs in the third quarter will be stronger than that a quarter earlier, according to industry sources.

Novatek looks to 10-12% sequential revenue gain in 3Q14

Aug 6, 21:18

LCD driver IC vendor Novatek Microelectronics expects its revenues to grow 10-12% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by booming sales of HDTVs.

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain double-digit growth in health and fitness, says IHS

Aug 6, 15:44

Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices, according to IHS.

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.

Phison announces new quad-core SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller chip

Aug 6, 11:20

Phison Electronics has announced its latest quad-core SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller, the PS3110. The PS3110 is ideal for entry-level enterprise SSD solutions supporting up to 2TB, the company said.

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.

Qualcomm, MediaTek seeking additional 28nm PolySiON production capacity at UMC

Aug 5, 22:01

Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources.

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...

Taiwan-based consumer IC vendors look to slow sales in 3Q14

Aug 4, 15:56

A number of Taiwan-based consumer IC vendors are conservative about their business prospects for the third quarter of 2014 due to low order visibility, according to industry sources.

Taiwan-based IC design houses to land more eMMC controller orders in 2H14

Aug 4, 15:21

Taiwan-based eMMC controller suppliers are expected to land more windfall orders or cooperation projects from leading eMMC players, including Samsung Electronics, Micron Technology, SK hynix and SanDisk, according to industry sources.

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.

WPG looks to 3.8-8.2% sequential revenue growth in 3Q14

Aug 4, 10:23

IC distributor WPG Holdings expects its sales to grow 3.8-8.2% sequentially to NT$118-123 billion (US$3.93-4.09 billion) in the third quarter of 2014, from NT$113.71 billion of a quarter earlier.

Silicon Motion looks to 15-20% sequential revenue growth in 3Q14

Aug 1, 11:33

Silicon Motion Technology expects its revenues to increase 15-20% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, from US$69.41 million a quarter earlier. Third-quarter gross margin will stay at 50-52% compared to 52.2% in the previous quarter.

Taiwan IC suppliers to benefit as Samsung steps up purchases of IC parts

Jul 31, 22:08

Samsung Electronics has stepped up the purchase of IC parts for its smartphones which will help ramp up revenues for a number of Taiwan-based IC design houses in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

MediaTek hikes 4G smartphone solution shipment target for 2014

Jul 31, 22:07

MediaTek has raised shipment targets for its 4G smartphone solutions for 2014 to 30 million units, from 15 million set previously, according to company president Hsieh Ching-chiang.

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: China sees increased smartphone AP shipments in 2Q14

Jul 30, 22:04

There were 103 million smartphone APs (application processors) shipped in the China market in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 13.2% on quarter and 11.5% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Innovative Logic, M31 Technology introduce USB-IF certified USB 3.0 device controller IP solution

Jul 29, 15:56

Innovative Logic and M31 Technology have jointly announced that Inno-Logic's USB 3.0 device controller IP along with M31's USB 3.0 PHY IP has won certification from USB-IF.

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...

Digitimes Research: China sees increased tablet AP shipments in 2Q14

Jul 28, 10:23

A total of 30.6 million tablet APs (application processors) were shipped to the China market in second-quarter 2014, increasing 10.5% sequentially and 39.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

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%.

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Jul 21, 10:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment.

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.

Samsung finishes LTE-A solution development for mobile processors, says report

Jul 15, 11:53

Samsung Electronics reportedly has finished developing an LTE-A modem chip solution, the Exynos Modem 300, and will integrate it into the company's quad-core processors to compete against Qualcomm, according to a Korean-language D-Daily report.

Samsung, HiSilicon looking to sell more handset solutions to other vendors, say sources

Jul 15, 10:24

Samsung Electronics and HiSilicon Technologies both have accelerated the developments of their handset solutions, including 8-core, 64-bit and 4G LTE-enabled chips and plan to ship more chips outside the companies, according to industry sources.

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.

Phison 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...

Digitimes Research: Korea to ramp PWM IC production value to US$10 billion by 2022

Jul 11, 16:31

Korea plans to invest KRW323 billion (US$320 million) in R&D to ramp up the production value of its power management ICs (PWM ICs) to US$10 billion by 2022 with a 14% global market share, according to Digitimes Research.

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.

Taiwan IC design houses aim to land more tablet IC orders from brand vendors

Jul 11, 14:42

Taiwan-based IC design houses are shifting their focus to win more IC orders from brand tablet vendors instead of white-box suppliers since shipment growth of white-box tablets has begun to decline, 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.

Digitimes Research: Hisilicon AP to give Huawei cost advantage in high-end mobile device market

Jul 9, 14:13

Hisilicon, an affiliate of Huawei, has been developing application processors for many years. The company's early products had issues that caused resulted in poor power consumption-performance ratio. But Huawei's strategic support and continuous R&D resource investments have helped improve Hisilicon's...

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