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SEMICON Taiwan 2015 to kick off with more than 700 exhibitors

Aug 28, 10:38

The 20th annual SEMICON Taiwan tradeshow will kick off on September 2 and run through September 4 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall. The show will host more than 700 exhibiting companies with more than 1,400 booths.

Semiconductor equipment suppliers brace for layoffs

Aug 28, 10:31

Layoffs could hit the global semiconductor equipment industry later in 2015, with some players considering cutting 10-15% of their workforce, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China looks at 70% IC self-sufficiency in 2025

Aug 28, 10:28

China is aiming to improve the self-sufficiency rate for ICs in the nation to 40% in 2020, and boost the rate further to 70% in 2025, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan approves BOE subsidiary set up

Aug 27, 13:55

The Investment Commission under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs has approved an application by China-based TFT-LCD panel maker BOE Technology to set up a local subsidiary to distribute electronic materials in the Taiwan market.

TDDI solutions set to see growing adoption among smartphones

Aug 27, 11:00

Touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions are expected to see growing adoption among smartphones starting the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

MStar to acquire Ilitek for NT$51 per share

Aug 26, 20:58

MediaTek has issued a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) that subsidiary MStar Semiconductor plans to acquire ILI Technology (Ilitek), which designs and develops displays driver ICs mainly for smartphones and other mobile devices.

Chip orders for notebooks picking up

Aug 26, 20:53

IC demand for notebooks is picking up, and the outlook for replacement demand triggered by Microsoft's Windows 10 is more positive, according to sources at Taiwan-based PC-related IC suppliers.

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More consolidation efforts needed to shore up Taiwan IC-design industry

Aug 26, 15:31

More consolidation efforts are needed in Taiwan's IC-design industry in order to cope with increasing global competition, according to sources at local IC design houses.

Digitimes Research: China government to support development of MCUs, CPUs, memory chips

Aug 26, 11:09

The China government will support local IC-design companies' development in the MCU, CPU,FPGA, MEMS and memory chips sectors through acquisitions during its current five-year economic plan running from 2015-2020, accordingto Digitimes Research.

Alibaba, Qihoo 360 set to enter China smartphone market

Aug 24, 21:57

More China-based Internet service providers are looking to enter the local smartphone market later in the second half of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan's IC design houses.

TSMC growing its 16nm client base

Aug 24, 16:30

Foundry chipmaker TSMC has been actively pursuing 16nm FinFET chip orders in order to gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment starting 2016, according to market sources.

BOE receives government support to enter IC design industry

Aug 21, 16:13

Panel maker BOE Technology has received support from the China government enabling it to step into the IC design industry. In addition to LCD driver ICs, DRAM and flash memory chips will also be target sectors, according to industry sources.

North America semiconductor equipment industry posts July book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, says SEMI

Aug 21, 14:46

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.59 billion in orders worldwide in July 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that US$102 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

Second-tier IC foundries face low utilization in 4Q15

Aug 21, 10:51

Second-tier IC foundries will struggle to maintain their capacity utilization rates above 60% in the fourth quarter of 2015, due to disappointing demand for smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other mass-market consumer devices, according to sources in Taiwan's IC design industry.

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China pushes for homegrown display driver IC industry

Aug 20, 21:44

China is looking to build a homegrown panel-use driver IC industry in Hefei, China, which will likely threaten Taiwan's IC driver IC sector, according to industry sources.

China IC foundries, backend firms soliciting orders from Taiwan

Aug 20, 21:11

China-based IC foundries including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), and backend firms such as Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME) are soliciting orders from Taiwan's fabless IC firms, according...

ASMedia obtains USB-IF certification for USB 3.1 host controllers

Aug 20, 21:09

USB device controller supplier ASMedia has received USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) certification for its ASM1352R-series USB 3.1 host controller ICs, according to the company.

MCU shipments surge but falling prices sap sales growth, says IC Insights

Aug 20, 15:58

Microcontrollers (MCU) are in the middle of an incredible wave of unit growth, but unprecedented price erosion is keeping a lid on the increase of revenues, according to IC Insights.

Startups and small electronics companies offer semiconductor vendors fast and stable growth, says Gartner

Aug 19, 20:35

Semiconductor companies need to diversify their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations that offer fast and stable growth, rather than relying on big deals from large customers that are in a constant state of flux, according to Gartner. Startups and small electronics companies...

As utilities get smarter, smart meter semiconductors rise, IHS says

Aug 19, 11:39

The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters that provide two-way communications between meters and utilities will continue to expand in the coming years, providing significant growth opportunities semiconductor manufacturers, according to IHS. Shipments of communicating meters are forecast...

MediaTek buys ISSI Taiwan subsidiary to enable acquisition of ISSI by Uphill

Aug 19, 11:32

The acquisition of US-based Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) by China's Uphill Investment is expected to run more smoothly after ISSI's Taiwan subsidiary Chingis Technology is taken over by MediaTek, industry observers believe.

HiSilicon, Spreadtrum head-hunting in Taiwan

Aug 19, 11:15

China-based HiSilicon Technologies and Spreadtrum Communications have been aggressively hiring engineering talent at their local offices in Taiwan, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Sony CIS capacity ramp to affect Taiwan supply chain

Aug 19, 11:11

Sony plans to ramp up its CIS production capacity by 31% in 2016 focusing on mid-range and entry-level models, which may result in unfavorable impact on the CIS supply chain in Taiwan, according to Digitimes Research.

Orders for onboard recorders growing from China, say Taiwan IC designers

Aug 18, 21:12

Chip orders for onboard recorders from China's white-box makers have been rising in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Digitimes Research: AP suppliers adopting different strategies for 4G CA solutions

Aug 18, 15:46

With the proportion of 4G devices in China's smartphone shipments having already surpassed 90% in first-half 2015, application processor (AP) suppliers have taken different strategies for their carrier aggregation (CA) solutions for the 4G network, according to Digitimes Research.

Qualcomm still supplies modem chips for next iPhone, sources claim

Aug 17, 21:23

Qualcomm will still supply all the modem chips needed for the upcoming iPhone, but Apple is mulling multiple suppliers of modem chips for its 2017 series, industry sources have claimed.

Alcor Micro to split into 3 business groups

Aug 17, 15:54

Taiwan-based Alcor Micro, which specializes in the design and development of USB controller chips, has announced plans to undergo an organizational structure adjustment. The company will be divided into three business groups, and the target date to complete the adjustment is January 1, 2016.

Digitimes Research: China tablet AP shipments to ebb nearly 30% on year in 2H15

Aug 17, 14:53

China's shipments of tablet-use application processors are expected to decline 29.4% on year to 47.75 million units in the second half of 2015 due to weak market demand for tablets, according to the latest estimate by Digitimes Research.

Taiwan consumer IC suppliers seeing slow orders

Aug 17, 14:40

Taiwan-based consumer IC suppliers are facing poor order visibility for the second half of 2015 despite the period being the traditionally peak season for consumer electronics sales, according to industry sources.

IC design house GMT reports flat earnings for 2Q15

Newswatch - Aug 14, 16:10

IC design house Global Mixed-mode Technology (GMT) has reported net profits of NT$65.13 million (U$2.02 million) for the second quarter of 2015, the lowest level in 18 quarters.

PWM IC maker Silergy reports EPS over NT$6 for 1H15

Newswatch - Aug 14, 15:53

Power management (PWM) IC supplier Silergy has reported net profits of NT$511 million (US$15.87 million) for the first half of 2015, increasing 45.58% from a year earlier.

TV-panel driver IC suppliers remain pessimistic

Aug 14, 15:43

Panel-use LCD driver IC design houses and related backend suppliers have been conservative about demand for LCD TVs during the second half of 2015 despite the period being a traditional peak season for the industry, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC production value slips 2.6% in 2Q15

Aug 14, 14:49

Taiwan's IC production value slid 2.6% sequentially to NT$555.9 billion (US$17.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Etron to spin off logic IC units

Aug 14, 14:44

Niche-memory design specialist Etron Technology has announced plans to spin off its USB controller IC and 3D image sensor businesses into two wholly-owned separate companies. The move is to keep its talent and enhance product line depth.

CMOS image sensors see higher growth from greater diversity of uses, says IC Insights

Aug 14, 11:00

After leveling off in the second half of the decade 2000-2009, CMOS image sensors are in the midst of a strong new wave of growth which is being driven by a broad range of applications and promises to lift worldwide sales to record-high levels each year through 2019, according to IC Insights.

ASMedia reports low earnings for 2Q15

Newswatch - Aug 13, 12:10

ASMedia Technology has reported net profits of NT$6.556 million (US$202,646) for the second quarter of 2015, down 81.95% from the previous quarter. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.12 for the quarter compared to NT$1.21 a year earlier.

Richtek expects sales to grow in 3Q15

Newswatch - Aug 13, 12:08

IC design house Richtek Technology expects its revenues to increase 2.5-12% sequentially to NT$3.2-3.5 billion (US$98.91-108.19 million) for the third quarter of 2015.

WPG reports record July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 12, 11:05

WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, has reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.87 billion (US$1.35 billion) for July 2015, up 1.9% on month and hitting a record high.

TSMC board approves US$1.2 billion for advanced technology capacity expansion

Aug 11, 21:45

The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of approximately US$1.237 billion for expanding capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, and packaging and assembly, as well as converting certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, and R&D...

Realtek accelerates SoC verification with Cadence Palladium XP platform

Aug 11, 20:07

Cadence Design Systems has announced that Realtek Semiconductor utilized the Cadence Palladium XP platform to accelerate the development and verification of a recent system-on-chip (SoC) design. With the Palladium XP platform, Realtek achieved up to 250 times faster acceleration versus its previous...

TSMC says 16nm ramp on schedule

Aug 11, 16:07

TSMC has maintained that volume production and ramp of its 16nm process is proceeding smoothly in line with its schedule, amid media speculation indicating the foundry is seeing a cutback of 16nm chip orders from Apple.

Topco revenues down on year in July, Scientech up

Stockwatch - Aug 11, 11:44

Semiconductor equipment and materials distributors Scientech and Topco Scientific have reported sequential decreases in July consolidated revenues at 18% and 0.7%, respectively.

SMIC successfully makes Qualcomm chips in 28nm process

Aug 10, 15:52

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after the pair announced their initial plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production.

Himax expects 3Q15 sales to drop 5-9%

Aug 10, 15:46

LCD driver IC design specialist Himax Technologies expects to post a revenue decline of 5-9% sequentially in the third quarter of 2015, with gross margin edging down about 1.5pp on quarter.

Diode maker Eris reports decreased July revenues

Aug 7, 15:43

Taiwan-based Eris Technology, which specializes in the manufacture of rectifier diodes, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2015 declined 11.15% from a year earlier to NT$80.57 million (US$2.55 million).

HLMC, MediaTek reportedly in talks about extending cooperation to FinFET chips

Aug 7, 15:03

High-level executives of 12-inch foundry Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) have recently paid a visit to MediaTek to discuss with the Taiwan-based smartphone chip vendor about extending their partnership to FinFET chips, according to industry sources.

MediaTek July revenues slip

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 15:01

MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$17.91 billion (US$565.8 million) for July 2015, down 7.1% on year.

WPG looks to 3-8% revenue growth in 3Q15

Aug 7, 10:28

IC distributor WPG, Asia's largest distributor of semiconductor components, expects its third-quarter revenues to be between NT$128 billion (US$4.05 billion) and NT$134 billion, representing growth of 2.8-7.6% on quarter.

FocalTech systems swings back to profitability in 2Q15

Newswatch - Aug 7, 10:26

Touchscreen and LCD driver IC supplier FocalTech Systems managed to swing back to profitability in the second quarter of 2015, with net profits reaching NT$63.02 million (US$1.99 million) or NT$0.15 per share, the company has reported.

NVM IP provider eMemory announces Combo and Hybrid solutions

Aug 6, 16:12

Embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP provider eMemory Technology has announced the availability of Combo and Hybrid solutions in addition to its logic-process-based OTPs and MTPs.

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