IC design, distribution
  • Touchscreen and LCD driver solution provider FocalTech Systems swung to net losses of NT$103 million (US$3.51 million) in 2017. EPS came to negative NT$0.28.
  • Led by mobile phones, small appliances and wearables, shipments of consumer electronics devices enabled with wireless charging rose 40% in 2017 compared to the previous year. In all, nearly 500 million devices with wireless charging shipped in 2017, according to IHS Markit.
  • Taiwan-based eMemory, a developer and provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) technology, has reported net profits of NT$598 million (US$20.4 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$1.38 billion for 2017. Both results hit record-high levels.
  • Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) has signed a pact with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) to jointly carry out research projects and promote dual-degree programs, in a bid to push for more Indian science and engineering students to study and work in Taiwan to strengthen Taiwan's...
  • Despite the global smartphone market showing slowed growth momentum in 2018, some Taiwan IC channel distribution agents including Answer Technology (ANStek) and Niching Industrial have managed to post impressive increases in revenues for January due mainly to influx of rush orders for such niche products...
  • IC distributor WT Microelectronics has reported net profits climbed to a record high of NT$2.52 billion (US$85.8 million) in 2017. The earnings were up 48.2% compared to 2016 with EPS reaching NT$5.26.
  • Shipments of NB-IoT (narrow band IoT) chip modules to the China market may grow exponentially from five million pieces in 2017 to 100 million pieces in 2018 as demand for such chips is likely to take off in the year amid concerted efforts by both government and private sectors to bolster the development...
  • Smartphone SoC specialist MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$16.84 billion (US$574.3 million) for January 2018, down 9.7% sequentially and 8.1% on year.
  • Touch and fingerprint sensor vendor Elan Microelectronics expects to post revenues of between NT$1.8 billion (US$61.3 million) and NT$1.9 billion for the first quarter of 2018 compared with NT$1.89 billion in the prior quarter. Growing shipments of touchscreen solutions will enable the company to enjoy...
  • IC distributor and component maker Audix has reported net earnings per share increased 11% on year to a 10-year high of NT$4.13 (US$0.14) in 2017.
  • After securing orders from STMicroelectronics, Globalfoundries' 22nm FD-SOI (22FDX) process is being evaluated by hundreds of potential customers looking to use a more advanced fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator process to manufacture their chip solutions, according to company SVP Alain Mutricy.
  • Intel Xeon D-2100 processor
    Intel has introduced the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, a system-on-chip (SoC) processor architected to address the needs of edge applications and other data center or network applications constrained by space and power.
  • Silicon Motion has already delivered SSD controller samples for cloud data centers
    Silicon Motion Technology has begun shipping its SATA3 SSD controllers for Micron's Crucial MX500 SSD series and second-generation PCIe NVMe controllers for Intel's 760p series, the company disclosed in a statement announcing its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported sequential decreases in January revenues of 2.2% and 1.1%, respectively.
  • Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 10% in 2017 when compared to 2016 area shipments, while silicon revenues grew 21% on year, according to SEMI.
  • Demand for parts and components by first-tier China-based smartphone vendors has rebounded recently, and some supply chain makers have reportedly landed short lead-time orders from these vendors, according to industry sources.
  • China-based Unigroup Spreadtrum RDA, a merger of IC designers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics under Tsinghua Unigroup, is poised to perform better in the smartphone chipset market with fresh momentum in 2018, as it will create eight major product lines, including in-house developed...
  • In a clear sign of recovery from a disappointing downturn just two years ago, global spending on semiconductors rose to a five-year high in 2017, spurred by a hike in the pricing of memory components as well as by solid growth in chip spending across all technology markets, according to IHS Markit
  • LCD driver IC specialist Novatek Microelectronics expects to see its first-quarter revenues decrease 10-14% sequentially as a result of seasonality.
  • The global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling US$412.2 billion in 2017, the industry's highest-ever annual sales and an increase of 21.6% compared to the 2016 total, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
  • Qualcomm and USI to form a joint venture in Brazil
    Qualcomm and Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai), a subsidiary of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, have signed an agreement to form a joint venture in Sao Paulo. This joint venture, which remains subject to various closing conditions, would focus on an installation of a semiconductor module...
  • Taiwan-based MCU supplier Nuvoton Technology is ready to cash in on the growing market demand for wireless charging microcontroller units (MCUs) in 2018 as it is capable of offering multi-coil MCUs ranging in power specs from low to high watts and has had all its products clear the Qi-certification...
  • Networking IC design specialist Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.87 billion (US$131.9 million) for January 2018, up 15.2% sequentially and 9.9% on year.
  • The fastest growing types of microprocessors in 2012-2017 were mobile system-on-chip (SoC) designs for smartphones and tablets, and microprocessors used in embedded-processing applications, according to IC Insights.
  • The chip vendors' results have been supported by cost reductions and product mix adjustments
    Though not scoring good revenue and profit performances in most part of 2017, chipmakers Intel and MediaTek have both witnessed significantly improved gross margins in the fourth quarter due mainly to their efforts in trimming operating costs and adjusting business deployments, allowing to aim at better...

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