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Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to fall almost 20% in 1Q16

Feb 5, 11:15

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to decline 19.8% sequentially to 136 million units in the first quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research.

Demand for FPCB products from iPhone devices to increase slightly in 2016

Feb 3, 12:27

Demand for flexible PCB (FPCB) products by iPhone devices are expected to increase by a small range in 2016 although shipments of total iPhones in the year are estimated to be lower than those shipped a year earlier, according to sources from FPCB suppliers.

Camera lens makers sending dual-lens samples for next-generation iPhone

Feb 2, 16:29

Taiwan-based Largan Technology as well as Japan- and China-based camera lens makers have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Apple is reportedly planning to adopt a dual-lens camera for its next-generation iPhone Plus.

FPCB maker Ichia sees decreased January revenues

Stockwatch - Feb 2, 12:18

Flexible PCB and keypad maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$473 million (US$14.15 million) for January 2016, dropping 5.74% from the previous month and 41.22% from the period one year earlier.

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 29, 11:10

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7% of the market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$59 billion of semiconductors in 2015, an increase of US$0.8 billion from 2014.

Handset baseband IC market declines 12% in 3Q15, says Strategy Analytics

Jan 29, 11:01

The global cellular baseband processor market declined 12% from a year earlier to US$5.1 billion in the third quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung LSI, Spreadtrum and HiSilicon grabbed the top-five baseband revenue share spots in the quarter.

Global 3Q15 smartphone and tablet AP markets decline, says Strategy Analytics

Jan 26, 21:19

The global markets for smartphone and tablet applications processors (AP) both fell compared to a year earlier in the third quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics.

Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights

Jan 26, 15:38

Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.

Fingerprint sensor market growth continues upward trajectory, says IHS

Jan 26, 15:00

Fingerprint sensors, used primarily for mobile device login and payment security systems, have become an expected feature in high-end smartphones and, to a lesser extent, in tablets and notebooks. Led by Apple's iPhone, shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million...

China market: Force touch sensor demand to increase in 2H16

Jan 22, 10:22

More China-based Android phone developers are ready to roll out new models featuring force touch screens in 2016, but orders for force touch sensors from China are unlikely to see significant increases until the second half of 2016, according to sources at Taiwan-based touchscreen IC specialists.

Sensor hubs market growing fast, IHS says

Jan 21, 10:12

The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming. In fact due to "always on" sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in...

Inventec Appliances completes new facilities in Nanjing

Jan 20, 10:50

Inventec Appliances, a subsidiary of Inventec, completed recently the second phase of its factory in Nanjing, doubling its handset production capacity to 86 million units a year, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: MediaTek facing challenges from mobile AP market in 2016

Jan 19, 21:32

MediaTek is currently a major mobile application processor (AP) supplier in China and is enjoy high shares in the country's smartphone and tablet AP markets; however, lacking clients from western countries, the company is only able to achieve limited growth in its share of the worldwide AP market and...

Touch pressure sensors to appear in more smartphones during 2016

Jan 19, 16:01

Smartphone vendors in Asia are expected to release more handsets with touch pressure functions similar to that of 3D Touch in iPhone devices in 2016, according to industry sources.

Samsung to invest US$7.4 billion in OLED displays for iPhone, says paper

Jan 14, 13:58

Samsung Display has solidified plans to invest US$7.4 billion in OLED equipment for production of curved OLED displays for Apple, according to Korea-based ET News.

Qualcomm, TDK form JV to provide RF front-end solutions for mobile devices

Jan 14, 11:13

Qualcomm and TDK have announced an agreement to form a joint venture to enable delivery of RF front-end (RFFE) modules and RF filters into fully integrated systems for mobile devices and fast-growing business segments, such as Internet of Things (IoT), drones, robotics, automotive applications and...

Fingerprint sensor prices to fall 40% in 2016

Jan 13, 21:52

Fingerprint sensor prices, which fell more than 30% in 2015, are expected to fall further in 2016 due to more competition in the market, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm regains competitive edge in China solution market

Jan 11, 11:53

Qualcomm has regained its competitive edge in China's smartphone solution market as it has managed to renew licensing agreements with a number of China-based handset vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset industry.

MediaTek December sales fall 12%

Stockwatch - Jan 11, 10:33

IC design house MediaTek has announced consolidated revenues of NT$18.52 billion (US$553.7 million) for December 2015, down 11.6% sequentially but up 8.5% on year.

Weak iPhone sales affect December performance at Taiwan panel makers

Jan 7, 14:22

Several Taiwan touch panel makers have reported more than 30% on-month revenue declines for December 2015 as a result of weak iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales.

Catcher cuts capex for 2016 in response to client orders

Jan 7, 11:46

Catcher Technology is planning to cut its capex for 2016, and the amount will be much lower than those budgeted in the past two years in response to its clients' upcoming orders, according to company chairman Hong Shui-shu.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan touch panel makers see increased shipments in 4Q15

Jan 6, 15:56

Taiwan makers' shipments of touch panels used in handset and notebook applications increased 21% and 33.9% respectively in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Shipments for tablet applications increased only 4.7% due to weak product demand from customers, except Amazon.

Catcher Technology December revenues down on month, up on year

Jan 6, 15:26

Metal-alloy chassis maker Catcher Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.91 billion (US$210 million) for December, slipping 17.1% on month but rising 14.4% on year.

Largan sees decreased December revenues

Jan 5, 21:23

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision on January 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.979 billion (US$121 million) for December, shrinking 30.28% on month and 30.84% on year.

MediaTek unveils new chips for wearables, smart homes and UHD Blu-ray

Jan 5, 10:56

MediaTek has announced its new chip series for wearable and smart home applications, and Ultra HD Blu-ray players.

Ichia reports decreased December revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 5, 10:52

Handset-use flexible PCB and keypad maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$502 million (US$15.3 million) for December 2015, decreasing 10.84% on month and 33.62% on year.

Qualcomm signs more patent license deals in China

Dec 31, 10:37

Qualcomm has disclosed two license deals it has reached with China-based Haier and Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment, which will pay the chip firm royalties for using its 3G and 4G wireless technologies to make smartphones and other mobile devices.

Samsung starts mass production of bio-processors for health-oriented wearables

Dec 30, 11:13

Samsung Electronics has announced it is mass producing an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for the health-oriented wearables market, the Bio-Processor.

Samsung Bio-Processor

Qualcomm and QiKu sign 3G/4G patent license agreement

Dec 30, 11:11

Qualcomm has announced the company has entered into a 3G and 4G China patent license agreement with QiKu Internet Network Scientific (Shenzhen), a joint venture between Qihu and Coolpad.

Catcher to see strong 2016, says paper

Newswatch - Dec 29, 15:48

Market watchers remain optimistic about Taiwan-based Catcher Technology's operation in 2016 as the metal chassis maker will continue to be supported by its non-Apple clients, and will also remain as the largest chassis supplier for Apple's upcoming new iPhone products, according to the Chinese-language...

MediaTek looks to emerging markets for 2016 growth

Dec 29, 11:03

China has seen robust 4G smartphone demand during 2015, and demand for 4G devices in India, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East is set to rise in 2016 driving MediaTek's performance, according to Ching-Jiang Hsieh, president for the smartphone chip provider.

MediaTek president Ching-Jiang Hsieh (center)

MediaTek targeting 20% shipment growth for 2016, says report

Stockwatch - Dec 28, 23:09

MediaTek has internally set a shipment goal of 480 million chips for smartphones in 2016 representing about a 20% rise compared to 2015, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Falling prices to accelerate fingerprint sensor adoption

Dec 28, 10:55

Average selling prices (ASP) of fingerprint sensors are set to fall another 30% in 2016 which will accelerate their adoption by handset makers, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

MediaTek December sales to fall

Dec 21, 15:15

MediaTek will likely report a substantial decrease sequentially in December revenues, due to a cutback in orders from handset vendors, according to industry sources.

ZTE to develop smartphone application processors in house

Dec 21, 15:13

ZTE has stepped up its efforts to internally develop smartphone chipset solutions, aiming to re-capture the title as one of the top-three smartphone vendors in China, according to a China Business News (CBN) report.

Asustek ZenFone 3 to come with fingerprint recognition, say Taiwan makers

Dec 18, 10:37

Asustek Computer will for the first time adopt fingerprint recognition technology for its third-generation ZenFone series smartphones to be launched in May-June 2016, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Samsung likely to stick with QHD displays for smartphones in 2016

Dec 17, 15:44

There are various reports circulating in Korea's media regarding whether local smartphone vendors will release new smartphones equipped with Ultra HD (4K) panels. A latest report from iNEWS has stated Samsung Electronics in particular will stick with QHD (2560 by 1440) panels due to lack of...

Egistec sets IPO price

Newswatch - Dec 17, 10:27

Fingerprint sensor maker Egis Technology (Egistec) will debut on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) securities market with an initial price of NT$115 (US$3.51) per share on December 23.

Qualcomm to land a majority of chip orders for high-end Android phones in 2016

Dec 17, 10:23

Qualcomm is expected to secure the bulk of chipset orders for high-end Android smartphones in 2016 as vendors including Samsung Electronics, HTC, Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics and Xiaomi Technology have decided to adopt the company's Snapdragon 820 CPUs, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC design houses look to auto and IoT related products for 2016 growth

Dec 16, 11:13

IC shipments for automotive electronics, wearables and IoT devices will enjoy a higher increase than shipments for PCs, tablets and smartphones in 2016, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Samsung aims to reduce pricing for small- to medium-size OLED panels 20% by mid-2016, says report

Dec 10, 14:34

Samsung Display is expected to drop pricing for small- to medium-size OLED panels 20% by mid-2016 in order to meet requirements for a surge in orders from China-based handset vendors, according to a report from Korea-based Edaily.

Merry to issue 63 million new shares to Luxshare-ICT

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 11:04

Taiwan-based headset maker Merry Electronics has announced it has signed an agreement to sell 63 million new shares to a subsidiary of China-based connector maker Luxshare-ICT for a total of NT$3.78 billion (US$114.89 million) via a private placement.

Foxlink November revenues down on month

Newswatch - Dec 8, 15:35

Handset chassis maker Foxlink Technology has reported revenues of NT$10.753 billion (US$326.59 million) for November 2015, down 23% sequentially but up 17.3% on year.

Merry Electronics sees revenues down on month in November

Stockwatch - Dec 7, 23:08

Handset-use acoustic component maker Merry Electronics had consolidated revenues of NT$1.189 billion (US$36.6 million) for November, decreasing 13.88% on month but increasing 5.73% on year.

Silitech November revenues up on month, down on year

Stockwatch - Dec 7, 22:47

Keypad maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$306 million (US$9.4 million) for November, increasing 7.99% on month but decreasing 13.51% on year.

Catcher November revenues hit record

Dec 7, 11:43

Metal-alloy chassis maker Catcher Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.341 billion (US$257 million) for November, hitting a monthly record for the fourth consecutive time with sequential growth of 1.42% and on-year growth of 50.26%.

Largan posts strong November revenues

Dec 7, 11:19

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.707 billion (US$176 million) for November, slightly dropping 1.07% from its monthly record generated in October. The November figure is the third-highest monthly on company record.

Goodix to ramp up shipments of fingerprint, force touch sensors in 2016

Dec 3, 14:30

China-based IC design house Goodix expects sales of fingerprint sensors and force touch sensors to be the two growth drivers for the company in 2016. Taiwan-based MediaTek is one of the major shareholders of Goodix.

Egistec to list on Taiwan OTC

Dec 3, 11:25

Fingerprint sensor maker Egis Technology (Egistec) will be listed on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) stock market as early as the end of December, according to the company.

Foxconn increases presence in second-hand handset market

Dec 3, 11:08

Foxconn Electronics has stepped up its investments in the second-hand smartphone market as part of its efforts to promote environmental protection globally, according to industry sources.

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