Largan expected to keep lead in smartphone dual-lens module
Jun 24, 10:56
Although adoption of dual-lens cameras for smartphones is not yet popular, Largan Precision is expected to maintain its leading market status in technology and production capacity of smartphone-use dual-lens modules, according to industry sources.
Asustek, HTC caught up in Tessera patent infringement case in the US
Jun 22, 15:33
Commenting on US-based Tessera Technologies and its subsidiary Invensas filing lawsuits against players such as Broadcom and Avago as well as Asustek Computer and High Tech Computer (HTC) for infringing its semiconductor equipment patents, Asustek said that the company values intellectual property...
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...
Primax Electronics to expand dual-lens CCM capacity, says paper
Newswatch - Jun 21, 14:19
PC peripheral and smartphone-use CCM (compact camera module) maker Primax Electronics, in view of large potential demand for dual-lens CCMs used in high-end smartphones, will expand dual-lens CCM production capacity based on active alignment manufacturing process by 10% in the third quarter of 2016,...
Satellite communication device maker MTI to halve capital
Newswatch - Jun 16, 15:54
Shareholders of satellite communication device maker Microelectronics Technology (MTI) have approved the company's plan to reduce its paid-in capital by 50% to NT$2.003 billion (US$61.98 million) to write off the bulk of its cumulative losses.
STB maker Zinwell building new plant to cope with rising demand
Newswatch - Jun 15, 22:27
STB and home networking device maker Zinwell is building a new plant in Chiayi, central Taiwan to cope with increasing orders. The new plant is slated for commercial runs in the third quarter of 2016, according to company chairman Jack Huang.
Memory market conditions to improve in 2H16
Jun 13, 11:04
The memory-IC market conditions are expected to improve in the second half of 2016, thanks to a pick-up in demand for Android and iPhone devices, according to industry sources.
PCB Drilling board maker Aurona reports strong sales in May
Newswatch - Jun 7, 22:07
Aurona Industry, a leading provider of PCB drilling back-up boards, has reported revenues of NT$100 million (US$3.11 million) for May, up 7.25% on year. Year-to-date revenues totaled NT$505 million, increasing 5.76% from a year earlier.
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.
Taiwan ultra-thin heat-pipe makers under price cut pressure
May 31, 20:32
Due to increasing competition for orders for ultra-thin copper-based heat-pipes used in smartphones, prices for pipes with a diameter of 0.4mm have dropped from US$1 in early 2016 to US$0.50 or even US$0.40 currently. Taiwan-based makers have been under pressure from smartphone vendors asking for further...
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.
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...
China handset firms warned of overbooking
May 27, 15:26
MediaTek has warned its China-based handset clients that they might have placed more orders than their actual demand, in consideration of potential overbooking, according to industry sources.
Supply chain to start shipping new iPhones at the end of 3Q16
May 17, 14:11
The upstream supply chain is expected to begin shipping Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone products at the end of the third quarter. A new 4.7-inch iPhone will be handled by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), while the new 5.5-inch model will be made by Wistron...
Silitech reports losses for 1Q16
Stockwatch - May 11, 21:08
Keypad and chassis maker Silitech Technology has reported a net loss of NT$67 million or NT$0.37 per share on revenues of NT$605 million for the first quarter of 2016.
Catcher expects flat performance in 2016
May 6, 16:29
Taiwan-based chassis maker Catcher Technology has turned conservative about its performance in the first half of 2016 and expects sales to stay flat from the same period a year ago as a large client has not been performing well recently, according to company chairman Hung Shui-shu.
Headset maker Merry sees revenues up in April
Stockwatch - May 6, 15:17
Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.159 billion (US$35.8 million) for April, increasing 33.22% on month and 34.6% on year.
FIH Mobile issues earnings warning on weak demand
May 6, 12:01
FIH Mobile, an OEM handset unit of the Foxconn Group, has issued an earnings warning, expecting its net profits for the first half of 2016 to reach only US$10-20 million, a decline of 84.4-92.2% from US$129 million recorded a year earlier.
TSMC begins tape-out of 10nm A11 chips for Apple
May 6, 10:48
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to tape out the design for Apple's A11 processor built on a 10nm FinFET process, according to industry sources.
Quartz component maker TXC to increase capex for 2016
Newswatch - May 5, 14:18
Quartz component maker TXC, which has cut into the iPhone supply chain, will ramp its capex for 2016 to NT$750 million (US$23.18 million), an increase of 87.5% from NT$400 million spent a year earlier, according to company president Peter Lin.
Casetek sees on-year growth in 1Q16 revenues
May 5, 14:07
Taiwan-based chassis maker Casetek has announced revenues of NT$8.42 billion (US$260.24 million) for the first quarter, down 31.7% sequentially, but up 5.5% on year, while operating profits reached NT$1.26 billion, down 56.7% sequentially, but up 49.1% on year, and EPS NT$2.72.
Ichia reports revenues down in April
Stockwatch - May 4, 21:28
Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$438 million (US$13.55 million) for April 2016, representing a 15.54% drop on month and 35.1% drop on year.
Apple increases chip orders for iPhone SE in 2Q16
May 3, 14:23
Apple has increased orders for its low-priced iPhone SE in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. The second-quarter outlook for related chip orders has been revised to more than five million units from 3.5-4 million.
Primax reports increased earnings for 1Q16
Newswatch - Apr 22, 14:24
PC peripheral and mobile device component maker Primax Electronics has reported net profits of NT$400 million (US$12.38 million) for the first quarter of 2016, increasing 9% from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.91 for the quarter compared to NT$0.85 of a year earlier.
MediaTek Labs announces availability of new development platform for RTOS
Apr 21, 14:33
MediaTek has announced its MediaTek LinkIt development platform for RTOS and the platform's first hardware development kit (HDK). This platform is the first from MediaTek delivering a common tool chain and set of APIs for multiple chipsets, offering developers the ability to create a range of IoT devices...
Handset supply chains in Taiwan, China face inventory losses
Apr 21, 11:25
Makers in the handset supply chains in Taiwan and China are becoming more conservative about building up inventories for parts and components due to intensifying competition in the China market as a result of the release of the iPhone SE, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.