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  • With Asia and US deployments rising, global 2015 solar PV forecast estimated at 59 GW, says IHS

    Green energy | 3h 46min ago

  • Synergy to be generated from acquisition of EMC, says Dell executive

    Before Going to Press | 4h 47min ago

  • Solar cell prices may rise in 4Q15, says Motech CEO

    Before Going to Press | 4h 52min ago

  • Taiwan solar cell order visibility through 2016 Lunar New Year, says Motech CEO

    Before Going to Press | 4h 57min ago

  • GCL-Poly, Xi'an LONGi tout Taiwan solar cell makers

    Before Going to Press | 4h 59min ago

  • Samsung, LG to mass produce OLED digital signage in 2016, says reports

    Before Going to Press | 5h 4min ago

  • China to continue PV feed-in tariff subsidies over next 8-10 years, says NEA

    Before Going to Press | 5h 6min ago

  • China Mobile completes installation of 1 million TD-LTE base stations around China

    Before Going to Press | 5h 7min ago

  • China market: TSMC seeing brisk demand for 16nm chips

    Before Going to Press | 5h 11min ago

  • Foxconn ties up with OnePlus to produce smartphones in India

    Before Going to Press | 5h 12min ago

  • Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2015 opens

    Before Going to Press | 5h 13min ago

  • Court dismisses legal action filed by ASE against SPIL

    Before Going to Press | 5h 18min ago

  • LED lighting demand in Southeast Asia market in 2015 estimated at US$1.5 billion

    Before Going to Press | 5h 20min ago

  • Samsung to use Clear Force touch technology in Galaxy S7 handset, says report

    Before Going to Press | 5h 21min ago

  • Taiwan has advantage in flexible electronics industry, says ITRI

    Before Going to Press | 5h 26min ago

  • HTC launches 6 smartphones in Bangladesh

    Before Going to Press | 5h 27min ago

  • Wah Hong expects 10% on-quarter revenue increase in 3Q15

    Before Going to Press | 5h 27min ago

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Taiwan IC design industry not yet open to China investments, says MOEA

Oct 13, 16:11

China-based companies are still prohibited from setting up independent IC design houses in Taiwan or committing equity investments in the local IC design firms, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Worldwide semiconductor sales to fall in 2015, says Gartner

Oct 13, 16:02

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$337.8 billion in 2015, a decline of 0.8% from 2014, according to Gartner. This is the first decline in revenues since 2012 when the market declined 2.6%.

Holtek intros new MCUs and other products for IoT

Oct 13, 15:29

Microcontroller (MCU) supplier Holtek Semiconductor has showcased a series of new products targeted at IoT applications.

China firm close to buying Vivante

Oct 12, 20:27

China-based IC design service company VeriSilicon is closed to acquiring US-based Vivante, which owns a portfolio of graphics processing unit (GPU) IP cores designed specifically for embedded applications, according to various China media outlets.

WPG September revenues hit record

Stockwatch - Oct 12, 15:52

WPG has reported consolidated revenues of NT$51.42 billion (US$1.6 billion) for September 2015, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive month. The figure also represented increases of 11.3% on month and 20.2% on year.

UTAC and mCube announce production ramp of MEMS 3-axis accelerometers

Oct 12, 14:53

UTAC, a Singapore-based semiconductor assembly and test services provider, and mCube, a provider of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) motion sensors, have jointly announced the successful qualification and production ramp of mCube's new MEMS 3-axis accelerometers in small packages ranging from...

Fingerprint sensors set to see growing adoption among Android phones

Oct 8, 16:07

Fingerprint identification sensors are expected to see growing adoption among Android smartphones in 2016, according to industry sources.

Imec and Cadence complete tapeout of first 5nm test chip

Oct 8, 10:08

Nano-electronics research center imec and Cadence Design Systems have announced that the companies completed the first tapeout of a 5nm test chip using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) as well as 193 immersion (193i) lithography.

Taiwan LCD driver IC firms look to post more than 10% revenue decreases in 4Q15

Oct 7, 22:17

LCD driver IC design specialists including Novatek Microelectronics, Himax Technologies, Sitronix Technology, Fitipower Integrated Technology, Raydium Semiconductor and FocalTech Systems have internally revised downward their business outlooks for the fourth quarter of 2015 and each estimated revenue...

MediaTek September revenues hit 6-month high

Stockwatch - Oct 7, 15:36

MediaTek saw its September revenues climb to a six-month high of NT$20.04 billion (US$615.4 million).

Phison to post record 3Q15 revenues, says report

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 20:31

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is expected to see its third-quarter revenues top NT$10 billion (US$306 million) and reach the company's highest quarterly figure on record, thanks to robust shipments for SSDs, and eMMC/eMCP devices, according to a Chinese-language Commercial...

Tablet demand stays weak, say Taiwan IC designers

Oct 6, 20:27

IC demand for tablet PCs has been weak prompting more chip suppliers to phase out their tablet-IC businesses, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Elan Microelectronics revenues decline on year in September

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 16:24

Elan Microelectronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$632 million (US$19.31 million) for September 2015, representing a 18.69% increase on month and 5.63% drop on year.

Realtek reports increased September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 15:47

Networking IC design company Realtek Semiconductor has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.04 billion (US$93.5 million) for September 2015, representing growth of 18.3% on month and 6.6% on year.

Global semiconductor sales decrease slightly in August, says SIA

Oct 5, 22:05

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.7 billion in August, down 0.5% from the previous month when sales were US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.

MediaTek dismisses layoff rumors

Stockwatch - Oct 5, 21:59

MediaTek has issued a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) dismissing rumors of pending layoffs.

Improved energy efficiency requirements lead to stable growth in industrial traction semiconductors, says IHS

Oct 5, 15:38

Revenue from the sale of energy-saving semiconductors for large and small transportation equipment, including rail systems, shipping, electric forklifts, mobility scooters and golf carts, grew at a CAGR of nearly 2% to reach US$486 million in 2014. The market is expected to reach US$525 million in...

Auto, industrial chip orders falling

Oct 5, 15:34

Auto and industrial chip orders have seen a dramatic fall in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Biometrics market boosted by fingerprint sensors in smartphones, vein technologies in ATMs and iris recognition in healthcare, says ABI Research

Oct 5, 15:19

An increasing amount of China-based smartphone vendors are investing in equipping their devices with fingerprint sensors. Fingerprint sensors for smartphones are expected to reach one billion shipments by 2020, marking a 17% CAGR increase.

MediaTek expanding IoT ecosystem

Oct 2, 16:09

MediaTek is stepping up efforts to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. The fabless chipmaker has announced a series of new partnerships to push its SoC shipments across multiple devices.

VIA Telecom assets sold to Intel

Oct 2, 15:51

VIA Technologies has announced that its mobile phone chip subsidary VIA Telecom has sold part of its assets to Intel.

Xilinx ships 16nm chips ahead of schedule

Oct 2, 15:24

Xilinx has announced it is shipping 16nm multiprocessor SoCs (MPSoC) to customers a quarter ahead of schedule. The early release of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC enables Xilinx customers to begin designing and delivering MPSoC-based systems today.

IC suppliers concerned about new iPhone orders

Oct 1, 16:28

Despite the record first-week sales for the newest iPhones, suppliers of related ICs have been concerned about the possibility of Apple downward adjusting its chip orders for the smartphones for the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Features not frequency key to greater profitability in HEDT CPU market, says HWinsights

Oct 1, 15:17

Within the desktop CPU market, the HEDT segment (which targets enthusiasts, overclockers, high-end gamers, and professional workstations) offers the ability for chipmakers and their partners to increase profitability by offering premium products at very-high prices. A new analysis report from HWinsights...

MediaTek, Huawei to tap SSD controller market

Oct 1, 10:10

MediaTek and Huawei are reportedly looking to enter the market for SSD controllers bringing more competition to the market.

Upgraded components in iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple an extra US$16 per device, says IHS

Oct 1, 10:07

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost US$16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus. The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16GB of NAND flash memory costs US$231.50, according to IHS.

Taiwan IC design firms to post gross margin decreases in 3Q15

Sep 30, 11:08

Most Taiwan-based fabless IC firms are expected to report sequential decreases of 1pp to 2pp in gross margins for the third quarter of 2015, due to falling chip prices, according to industry sources.

Touchscreen controller IC prices falling

Sep 30, 11:06

Prices for smartphone-use touchscreen controller ICs have been falling as an increase in the number of suppliers has led to more competition in the market, according to industry sources.

M&A activity continues through uncertain business climate, says IC Insights

Sep 29, 10:01

In July 2015, IC Insights examined the huge surge of M&A activity in the IC industry during the first six months of 2015. In just the first half of 2015, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of US$72.6 billion, which was nearly 6x the annual average for M&A...

IC backend houses to stay cautious as TSMC warns of sales drop in 4Q15

Sep 25, 12:28

With Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) forecasting a sequential decline in fourth-quarter revenues, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and other backend companies are likely to stay cautious about their business outlook through the first quarter of 2016, according to industry...

Taiwan, China IT industries reach consensuses for cooperation for next 12 months

Sep 24, 15:53

The 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum hosted by Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation, Chinese Electronics Standardization Association and China Communications Standards Association closed on September 23 with participants from China and Taiwan reaching 32 consensuses...

Fingerprint sensor prices fall below US$5

Sep 24, 10:12

Fingerprint sensor prices have fallen below US$5 recently, and are likely to drop further in 2016, according to industry sources. Prices of fingerprint sensors have come down from US$7-8 in early 2015 to less than US$5 - an about 50% cut in less than a year.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 wins design-in projects

Sep 24, 10:10

A number of handset OEMs have expressed satisfaction with the performance of the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and have mapped out design-in projects or product design plans using the chipset, according to Digitimes Research.

Cadence offers design tools for TSMC InFO packaging

Sep 23, 15:58

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its Allegro system-in-package (SiP) and physical verification system (PVS) implementation technologies have been enabled for TSMC's integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging technology. By providing an integrated solution that automates the design-rule checking (DRC)...

UMC enters volume production for touchscreen controllers using 0.11-micron eFlash process

Sep 23, 15:55

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the volume production of chips for touchscreen controller applications, built using the foundry's 0.11-micron eFlash process.

New ARM CPU design center opens in Taiwan

Sep 23, 15:32

A new ARM CPU design center located in Taiwan's Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) officially opened on September 22. The workforce of the center will reach 100 employees by the end of 2015, up from the current 43, according to ARM.

ARM opening new CPU design center in Taiwan

Chinese handset OEMs to increase demand for smartphone sensors, IHS says

Sep 23, 11:29

Apple and Samsung will remain the dominant buyers of sensors for smartphones through 2019; however, their share of sensor spending will fall, according to IHS.

Microcontroller market growth tied to rise in IoT applications

Sep 21, 20:34

The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, which is having a positive effect on overall MCU market growth, according to IHS.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August book-to-bill ratio of 1.06

Sep 21, 15:45

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.67 billion in orders worldwide in August 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.06, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.06 means that US$106 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Egistec, Goodix receive fingerprint sensor orders

Sep 21, 15:44

Egis Technology (Egistec) has reportedly grabbed fingerprint sensor orders for Samsung's new Galaxy A8-series smartphones, while Goodix Technology is expanding its business in China by launching a touchscreen controller and fingerprint sensor bundle sales strategy, according to industry sources.

Large-screen smartphones erode total personal computing unit growth, says IC Insights

Sep 21, 15:16

Five years ago, touchscreen tablets began pouring into the personal computing marketplace, stealing growth from standard personal computers and signaling the start of what has been widely described as the "post-PC" era. Led by Apple's iPads, tablet shipments overtook notebook PCs in 2013,...

MediaTek chipsets power new Amazon devices

Sep 18, 16:27

MediaTek has announced that its chipset solutions will power an array of Amazon consumer products, including the Amazon Fire TV, and Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets.

SMIC growing its 28nm client base

Sep 18, 10:42

Broadcom and Huawei's subsidiary HiSilicon will become SMIC's 28nm customers, in addition to Qualcomm, according to Shiuh-Wuu Lee, executive VP of technology development for the China-based IC foundry.

SMIC to make Freescale chips designed specifically for China

Sep 18, 10:36

Freescale Semiconductor has announced that a series of its i.MX family of applications processors tailored to the China market will be manufactured at Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC).

Cadence announces IP portfolio for TSMC 10nm FinFET process

Sep 17, 15:46

Cadence Design Systems has announced an intellectual property (IP) portfolio for TSMC's 10nm FinFET (N10) process. Cadence has already secured multiple design wins with this portfolio and is actively engaged with customers as adoption of TSMC's leading-edge process grows.

SMIC, China National Fund and Qualcomm sign letter of intent to invest in SJsemi

Sep 17, 11:21

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) announced on September 16 that the company has signed a letter of intent with China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF) and a subsidiary of Qualcomm to invest a total of US$280 million in SJ Semiconductor (SJsemi), a joint venture between...

Digitimes Research: MU-MIMO serving as a standard for new Wi-Fi chips

Sep 17, 11:12

Networking chipset vendors, including Qualcomm Atheros, Broadcom, Marvell Technology and MediaTek have launched new Wi-Fi chips or chipset platforms supporting MU-MIMO (multi-user multi-input multi-output) technology, making MU-MIMO a standard for Wi-Fi chips, according to Digitimes Research.

Skymedi reports losses for January-August period

Newswatch - Sep 17, 11:08

NAND flash controller chip vendor Skymedi has reported a pre-tax loss of NT$25.46 million (US$784,015) for August, bringing total pre-tax losses to NT$160 million for the first eight months of 2015.

MEMS firm mCube expects shipments to double in 2H15

Sep 16, 12:18

Silicon Valley-based mCube shipped a total of 30 million MEMS motion sensors in the first half of 2015. Shipments are expected to double to 60 million units in the second half of the year, according to the company.

Ben Lee, president and CEO for mCube

MediaTek dismisses speculation about Parade acquisition

Stockwatch - Sep 15, 14:58

MediaTek has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of a Chinese-language Liberty Times report indicating Parade Technologies is MediaTek's next acquisition target.

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