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Power transistors to see less volatility in second half of decade, says IC Insights

Jun 24, 16:07

Greater demand for energy efficiency in systems, cars, portable electronics and new connections to the Internet of Things (IoT) will steadily drive power transistor sales to new record-high levels in the next three years, according to IC Insights.

Beijing to build new IC industrial park with total investment of CNY4 billion, says report

Jun 24, 14:54

A total investment of CNY4 billion (US$608 million) will be poured into the establishment of a new IC industrial park at the Zhongguancun (Haidian) Science Park in Beijing, according to a report from China's Beijing Business Today.

MediaTek rolls out 4G solutions for vehicle recorder market

Jun 24, 11:23

MediaTek and downstream device designers have jointly come out with smart rear-view camera modules, built utilizing MediaTek's 4G solutions.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange questions NavInfo acquisition bid for MediaTek China unit

Jun 24, 10:48

The Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) has sent an inquiry letter to NavInfo expressing concerns that NavInfo's acquisition price for AutoChips, a China-based unit of MediaTek, could be too high.

Sonix 2Q16 revenues to rise 50-60%, says report

Jun 23, 21:09

Consumer IC design house Sonix Technology is expected to see its second-quarter revenues increase 50-60% sequentially, a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted market watchers as saying.

Improved product mix to boost FocalTech gross margins, says president

Jun 23, 14:15

FocalTech Systems' gross margin is set to rise above 20% in 2016 thanks to an improved product mix, according to company president Ming-Cheng Liao.

Automotive semiconductor market grows slightly in 2015 while ranks shift, IHS says

Jun 23, 14:06

Despite slowing growth for the automotive industry and exchange rate fluctuations, the automotive semiconductor market grew at a modest 0.2% on year reaching US$29 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to decrease 2.9% in 2016

Jun 22, 21:21

China's tablet-use application processor (AP) shipments are expected to decrease 2.9% in 2016 as a result of poor tablet sales, according to Digitimes Research.

UMC announces investment in China firm

Jun 22, 16:20

Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) plans to invest up to US$50 million in China-based Wise Road Capital through a wholly-owned subsidiary Sino Paragon, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

MediaTek to unveil 5G solution as early as 2018

Jun 22, 14:45

MediaTek is looking to debut the first generation of its 5G chip solutions as early as 2018. The Taiwan-based IC design house has expanded an R&D team engaged in the development of 5G solutions to more than 100 people, according to sources familiar with the matter.

SMIC announces mass production for Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chips in Beijing

Jun 22, 14:24

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 425 processor and MDM9x07 have passed customer qualification and begun mass production at its majority owned joint venture fab in Beijing. The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents...

Alcor Micro announces stock buyback

Jun 22, 12:10

USB controller designer Alcor Micro has announced plans to buy back a portion of its common shares from the Taiwan stock market. The move is aimed at protecting corporate value and the interests of shareholders, the company said.

IC suppliers landing short lead-time orders for Type-C solutions

Jun 21, 22:11

Taiwan-based IC suppliers have been receiving more short lead-time orders for USB Type-C solutions from notebook vendors and ODMs recently, indicating that the Type-C interface is likely to become mainstream in products in the second half of 2016, according to industry sources.

PC shipments to rise 20% in 3Q16, say analog IC firms

Jun 21, 14:31

Judging from the current order visibility, Taiwan's analog IC suppliers have predicted PC shipments for the third quarter will likely increase 20% on quarter.

Himax provides Quad HD display driver IC for Tango-enabled AR smartphone

Jun 21, 11:12

Himax Technologies has announced its HX8396-A display driver IC has secured the design win in the world's first augmented reality (AR) smartphone, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The Phab 2 Pro is built on Google's Project Tango platform, a new technology that enables location-specific content for AR gaming and...

Taiwan IC design sector should open doors to China capital, says MediaTek chairman

Jun 20, 14:56

China-based enterprises should be allowed to invest in Taiwan's IC design houses, according to MediaTek chairman MK Tsai.

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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, says SEMI

Jun 20, 11:38

The book-to-bill ratio for the North America semiconductor equipment industry stayed above parity for the sixth consecutive month in May 2016, according to industry association SEMI.

Elan expects 2Q16 sales to increase 7-11%

Jun 20, 11:37

Elan Microelectronics expects its second-quarter revenues to register a 7-11% sequential increase, thanks to growing shipments of touchscreen controllers for notebooks.

FocalTech ships more than 1 million integrated driver controllers in May

Jun 17, 09:45

FocalTech Systems has disclosed monthly shipments of its single-chip integrated driver controller (IDC) solutions exceeded one million units in May. Total shipments for 2016 are expected to surpass 10 million units, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Growing VR ecosystem to accelerate development of VR video market

Jun 16, 15:24

Video and gaming applications for virtual reality (VR) devices were the highlights of the recently concluded Computex 2016 as demonstrated by the number of related products and exhibitors presented at the trade fair, according to Digitimes Research.

Analog IC suppliers to see better sales in 2H16

Jun 16, 12:08

Taiwan-based analog IC-design houses are expected to see their sales performance gain a boost in the second half of 2016 thanks to demand for high-efficiency power management (PWM) ICs for fast-charging and USB Type-C interface applications, according to industry sources.

Apple stepping up procurement for new Apple Watch

Jun 15, 10:51

Apple has stepped up procurement of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch which is expected to debut later in 2016, according to sources from the supply chain.

Fingerprint sensor supplier Egistec reports strong sales for May

Newswatch - Jun 14, 21:55

Fingerprint sensor maker Egis Technology (Egistec) has reported revenues of NT$166 million (US$5.12 million) for May, increasing 223.6% on month and 332.5% on year.

Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund completes 1st-round of fund-raising, says report

Jun 14, 16:02

The Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund (SICIF), one of the largest investment funds in China for the semiconductor industry, has completed the first round of fund-raising, totaling CNY28.5 billion (US$4.327 billion), according to media reports in China.

SMIC, Synopsys deliver 28nm HKMG low-power reference flow

Jun 13, 11:03

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Synopsys have announced immediate availability of their joint 28nm RTL-to-GDSII reference design flow. Developed through deep engineering collaboration between Synopsys and SMIC on the 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology, the flow is...

WPG Holdings sees May revenues rise

Stockwatch - Jun 8, 16:19

WPG Holdings has reported consolidated revenues of NT$45.233 billion (US$1.4 billion) for May 2016, representing a 4.75% increase on month and 9.07% increase on year.

Elan Microelectronics sees revenues rise in May

Stockwatch - Jun 8, 15:24

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$517 million (US$16.06 million) for May 2016, representing a 5.05% increase on month and 6.64% increase on year.

Realtek revenues rise in May

Stockwatch - Jun 8, 15:07

Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.325 billion (US$103.21 million) for May 2016, representing a 4.35% drop on month and 40.28% increase on year.

Global semiconductor sales decrease in April, says SIA

Jun 8, 14:01

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$25.8 billion for the month of April 2016, a decrease of 1.0% from last month's total of US$26.1 billion and 6.2% lower than the April 2015 total of US$27.6 billion. Additionally, a new WSTS industry...

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to rise 6% in 2Q16

Jun 8, 13:59

China's tablet-use application processor (AP) shipments will increase 6% sequentially to 20.4 million units in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research.

TSMC chairman optimistic about ASE-SPIL merger

Jun 7, 22:06

Morris Chang, founder and chairman of pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), said at a recent company event that he is happy to see the merger deal reached between Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL).

Winbond, Macronix May revenues rise on year

Jun 7, 20:55

Non-PC memory chipmakers Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported on-year increases in consolidated revenues for May 2016 of 12.2% and 9.4%, respectively.

MediaTek reportedly lobbying officials for a closer tie with China firm

Jun 7, 11:56

MediaTek has been lobbying officials at Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) for approval of its recently-announced cooperation with NavInfo including plans to set up a joint venture with the China-based digital mapping service provider, as well as to lift a ban on China's investment in Taiwan's...

MediaTek May revenues hit record for 2nd straight month

Jun 7, 11:49

IC design house MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.64 billion (US$762.8 million) for May 2016, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month.

MediaTek chip shortage to ease in 3Q16

Jun 7, 11:45

The ongoing tight supply of MediaTek's major 4-in-1 connectivity chip series for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphone solutions is expected to ease completely in the third quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.

TSMC to enjoy full utilization of 16nm capacity through September, says report

Newswatch - Jun 6, 14:28

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to enjoy full utilization of 16nm process production capacity through September, thanks to robust demand for non-Apple devices, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Phison signs deal to establish local USB device supply chain in India , says report

Stockwatch - Jun 3, 14:45

NAND flash controller and solution provider Phison Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) for joint efforts to establish a homegrown USB device industry, according to recent Chinese-language Commercial Times and...

MediaTek stepping up development for auto electronics, VR

Jun 3, 10:11

MediaTek's R&D teams have started to work with Europe-based car vendors and worldwide handset firms on the development of the company's product lines targeted at automotive electronics and virtual reality (VR) applications, according to industry sources.

Industrial semiconductor revenues increase in 2015, IHS says

Jun 1, 20:04

Industrial semiconductor revenues rose slightly in 2015 despite weakness in the overall semiconductor industry and, in particular, economic headwinds in China, which is a major global consumer of industrial chips. On-year global industrial semiconductor revenues rose less than 1% in 2015 to reach US$41.9...

Long-term strategy pays off as TI maintains analog leadership, says IC Insights

Jun 1, 13:06

Texas Instruments (TI) was again the leading supplier of analog devices in 2015 with US$8.3 billion in sales, with an about 18% market share, according to IC Insights. TI's analog sales slightly surpassed the combined revenues of the next three-largest analog suppliers, and represented 69% of its total...

Elan obtains fingerprint sensor orders from first-tier notebook firms

Jun 1, 12:38

Elan Microelectronics's fingerprint sensor modules have attracted orders from first-tier notebook firms, with volume shipments set to kick off in the second half of 2016, according to the company.

Everyone wants in on virtual reality opportunity

Jun 1, 11:04

If the IT industry has not quite entered the era of virtual reality (VR), most key players at Computex Taipei 2016 are trying to expedite the process. Major technology launches on the first day of Asia's largest tradeshow touched on how VR will be enabled in the upcoming years. ARM staked out the mobile...

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Qualcomm expands Snapdragon Wear lineup with offering for targeted-purpose wearables

May 31, 20:19

Qualcomm has introduced the new Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor for targeted-purpose wearables such as connected kids and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor complements the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which is designed for...

Computex 2016: ARM announces new mobile chips for VR-ready devices

May 31, 12:03

ARM has announced the Cortex-A73 processor and Mali-G71 graphics processor, which offer sustained performance and efficiency gains for flagship mobile devices with enhanced contextual and visual capabilities. Devices powered by the latest ARM mobile chips are set for launch in 2017.

Computex looks to take on new identity

May 31, 08:51

This year's Computex Taipei 2016 will mark a turning point for Asia's biggest tradeshow, as Taiwan begins asserting itself as being not only the center of the global ICT supply chain but also as a key partner for building the global technology ecosystem and driving innovation. This new positioning...

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Powering the cloud: Intel embraces new identity

May 30, 22:09

The next wave of computing is now beginning to define the IT industry, where the boundaries of computing are expanding as billions of smart and connected devices, new data-rich services and cloud apps fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly bring new experiences to our lives. Aligning itself...

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MediaTek intros Pump Express 3.0 fast charging technology

May 30, 21:30

MediaTek has developed Pump Express 3.0 to charge a smartphone battery from zero to 70% in just 20 minutes. That's almost twice as fast as competing solutions currently on the market and five times faster than conventional charging, the company claimed.

MediaTek to meet mid-point to high-end of 2Q16 guidance

May 30, 21:24

Judging from the current order visibility, MediaTek chief financial officer David Ku expects the company to meet the mid-point to high-end of its sales guidance for the second quarter of 2016.

Cadence delivers rapid adoption kit based on 10nm reference flow for new ARM Cortex-A73 CPU and ARM Mali-G71 GPU

May 30, 14:28

Cadence Design Systems has announced the availability of a Rapid Adoption Kit (RAK) based on the ARM internal flow used for the design of the ARM Cortex-A73 central processing unit (CPU) and the ARM Mali-G71 graphics processing unit (GPU) that is geared toward enhancing virtual reality (VR) and augmented...

Macroblock seeing strong LED driver IC orders in 2Q16

May 30, 10:13

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is seeing strong orders from its display customers, and has asked for more capacity from its contract suppliers, according to industry sources. Branded display vendors and module makers have been actively placing orders with Macroblock since the second quarter, said...

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