Taipei, Friday, October 28, 2016 20:50 (GMT+8)

Headset maker Merry 3Q16 earnings higher than expected

Stockwatch - Oct 28, 14:18

Headset maker Merry Electronics saw its net profits increase 187% on quarter and 259% on year to NT$916 million (US$28.91 million) in the third quarter of 2016. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$5.01 for the quarter, which was higher than expected.

Component shortages putting pressure on smartphone players

Oct 26, 22:10

With component quotes rising rapidly due to shortages, sources from the upstream supply chain expect second-tier or lower smartphone players to face increasing pressure from competition in 2017 as most of the component shortages are unlikely to be resolved in the short term.

China smartphone vendors to buy more panels and other parts from local suppliers in 2017

Oct 21, 14:12

China-based smartphone vendors are expected to purchase more parts and components such as LCD panels from local suppliers for their smartphone production in 2017 amid their growing presence in the global market, according to sources from Taiwan handset supply chain.

Qualcomm likely to switch follow-up orders for Snapdragon 830 chips to TSMC, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 19, 15:02

Qualcomm is likely to switch follow-up orders for its Snapdragon 830 chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 2017 as production of the 10nm chips at current maker Samsung LSI has reportedly fallen behind schedule, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)

Qualcomm announces 5G modem solution

Newswatch - Oct 19, 11:14

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, has announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, making Qualcomm the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution.

Samsung announces production of SoC with 10nm FinFET technology

Oct 17, 15:41

Samsung Electronics has commenced mass production of system-on-chip (SoC) products with 10nm FinFET technology, according to the company.

TXC pre-tax profits increase 3% in Jan-Sep

Stockwatch - Oct 17, 15:00

Quartz component maker TXC has reported pre-tax profits of NT$816.27 million (US$25.68 million) for January-September, up 2.8% compared to the same period in 2015. Pre-tax EPS for the nine-months came to NT$2.64.

Handset baseband IC market decreases 2% in 1H16, says Strategy Analytics

Oct 14, 15:31

The global cellular baseband processor market declined 2% on year to US$10.5 billion in the first half of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics.

Global 1H16 smartphone AP market grows 3% while tablet AP sector declines, says Strategy Analytics

Oct 14, 15:16

The global smartphone application processor (AP) market grew 3% on year to US$10 billion in the first half of 2016, while the tablet AP sector declined 34% to US$889 million, according to Strategy Analytics.

Largan Precision earns over 10 times capital in January-September

Oct 14, 11:39

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision recorded net EPS of NT$106.41 (US$3.37), more than 10 times its paid-in capital, for January-September 2016, according to financial report released at an October 13 investors conference.

Qualcomm appoints new head of Taiwan business unit

Oct 13, 10:10

Qualcomm has announced the appointment of ST Liew, former co-president of Acer's BYOC Smart Products Business unit, to serve as its vice president as well as president of Qualcomm Taiwan, effective on October 12, 2016.

Qualcomm Taiwan president ST Liew

FPCB maker Ichia swings back to profitability in 3Q16

Newswatch - Oct 12, 14:24

Flexible PCB and handset chassis supplier Ichia Technologies swung back to profitability in the third quarter of 2016, with pre-tax profits for the quarter reaching NT$30 million (US$949,080) or NT$0.09 per share.

Samsung announces mass production of 14nm chips for wearables

Oct 11, 20:47

Samsung Electronics has announced mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, which the company claims is the industry's first mobile application processor (AP) designed specifically for wearable devices with 14nm FinFET process technology.

Samsung 14nm AP for wearables

MediaTek September revenues hit record for 2nd straight month

Oct 11, 11:09

MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$27.71 billion (US$880.8 million) for September 2016, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month.

Quartz component maker TXC September revenues hit 46-month high

Newswatch - Oct 7, 11:45

Quartz component maker TXC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$942 million (US$30 million) for September 2016, the company's highest monthly figures in 46 months. September sales also represented an increase of 9.3% from the previous month and 7.84% from a year earlier.

MediaTek to triple India workforce in 3 years

Oct 7, 10:26

MediaTek has announced a training program to foster and develop talent for India's fast-growing handset industry, while disclosing plans to triple its workforce locally to 1,500 employees.

Silitech revenues down in September

Stockwatch - Oct 7, 10:22

Handset-use structural component maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$202 million (US$6.4 million) for September, falling 3.74% on month and 36.92% on year.

MediaTek 4Q16 revenues and gross margin likely to fall, says report

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 15:05

Seasonality will likely drag down MediaTek's revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016, while the company's gross margin remains under downward pressure, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Huawei diversifying fingerprint sensor supply sources

Oct 6, 14:08

China-based Huawei Devices has diversified its fingerprint sensor suppliers to include Goodix Technology and Silead, according to industry sources.

Merry reports increased sales for September

Stockwatch - Oct 5, 22:01

Headset maker Merry Electronics has reported revenues of NT$1.756 billion (US$56.04 million) for September, increasing 4.4% from the previous month and 30.11% from a year earlier.

FIH Mobile warns net profits to fall 52% in 2016

Newswatch - Oct 4, 15:42

FIH Mobile has warned that its net profits for 2016 will be lower than US$110 million, decreasing 52% from the US$229 million recorded a year earlier.

Oppo aims to ship 130-140 million smartphones in 2017

Oct 4, 14:01

China-based smartphone vendor Oppo aims to ship 130-140 million smartphones worldwide in 2017, compared to 100 million units targeted for 2016, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Ichia revenues up on month in September on increased FPCB shipments

Stockwatch - Oct 4, 11:06

Handset-use flexible PCB and component maker Ichia Technologies has reported consolidated revenues of NT$565 million (US$18 million) for September, increasing 11.34% on month but decreasing 11.28% on year.

Analog IC firm Leadtrend grows shipments for mobile devices

Sep 29, 14:20

Leadtrend Technology has enjoyed rising shipments of fast-charging solutions for mobile devices, which boosted its August revenues to a record NT$126 million (US$4.02 million).

Chip orders for new iPhone to fall in 1Q17, sources say

Sep 23, 15:03

Chip orders placed for the iPhone 7/7 Plus will likely fall about 20% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017, according to an estimate made by analog chip suppliers.

Chip orders for iPhone 7/7 Plus are likely to fall in 1Q17

China SITRI 8-inch fab ready for MEMS manufacturing

Sep 21, 15:06

The government-sponsored Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute (SITRI) has its 8-inch wafer fab targeted specifically at the manufacture of MEMS parts with volume production slated for the second quarter of 2017.

Sprint intros MediaTek-powered smartphone

Sep 19, 14:36

Sprint has introduced the LG X Power, which features the MediaTek Helio P10-series chipset. The device is the first MediaTek-powered smartphone available from Sprint breaking new ground for MediaTek in the US market.

Chip orders for iPhone 7 higher-than-expected

Sep 14, 11:09

Chip orders for the iPhone 7 placed thus far for 2016 are higher than previously estimated, according to industry sources.

Taiwan fingerprint sensor suppliers set to post strong 3Q16

Sep 13, 11:05

Taiwan-based fingerprint sensor suppliers including Egis Technology (Egistec), Elan Microelectronics and FocalTech Systems are set to post brisk sales for the third quarter of 2016 buoyed by strong demand for smartphones, according to market observers.

Growing adoption of fingerprint sensors among Android smartphones is driving the IC designers sale

Foxlink sees revenues up on month in August

Stockwatch - Sep 9, 15:42

Foxlink has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.538 billion (US$271.94 million) for August 2016, representing a 17.71% increase on month but a 14.4% drop on year.

Apple pulls in chip orders for new Apple Watch, say sources

Sep 9, 11:47

Apple has increased chip and component orders for its new Apple Watch Series 2 products with monthly shipment volumes for August and September both surpassing two million units, according to sources from the supply chain in Taiwan.

MediaTek posts record August revenues

Sep 8, 10:54

Mobile SoC specialist MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$25.87 billion (US$827.9 million) for August 2016, up 4.2% sequentially and 36.1% on year. The monthly results were also a record high.

Amperex Technology expected to take over production of Galaxy Note 7 batteries

Sep 7, 15:36

Following the recall by Samsung Electronics of its Galaxy Note 7 due to defective batteries produced by Samsung SDI, China-based Amperex Technology, which was a secondary supplier of batteries for the model, is expected to take over as main supplier following the incident, according to industry sour...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issue expected to benefit Taiwan battery shipments, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 6, 15:35

The recall of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 over battery issues has raised concerns among worldwide smartphone brands about their battery quality and is expected to benefit Taiwan-based battery makers including Simplo Technology and Dynapack, which have advantages in technology and quality, according...

Merry Electronics sees revenues hit record high for third consecutive month in August

Stockwatch - Sep 6, 12:04

Handset-use audio component maker Merry Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.682 billion (US$53.0 million) for August, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive month and also representing growth of 13.3% on month and 61.36% on year.
Accumulated 2016 revenues through...

Microelectronics Technology sees increased August revenues

Newswatch - Sep 6, 11:56

Microwave and satellite wireless device maker Microelectronics Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$647 million (US$20.4 million) for August, increasing 9.87% on month and 37.73% on year.

MediaTek rumored to receive RFQ for wireless charging chip from Apple, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 5, 16:02

Apple reportedly has issued a request for quotation (RFQ) to MediaTek recently for wireless charging chips for an iPhone case, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing sources from the related upstream supply chain.

Intel begins shipping Kaby Lake notebook CPUs

Sep 5, 12:16

Intel has begun delivering its next-generation notebook-use Kaby Lake processors and will start shipping comparable desktop-use CPUs by year-end 2016, according to sources from Taiwan PC makers.

Apple reportedly hikes order volumes for new iPhone devices

Sep 5, 11:19

Apple reportedly has revised upward orders by 10% for parts and components needed for production of the new iPhone devices scheduled to be released on September 7, according to sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan.

DRAM contract prices continue to rally, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 2, 11:39

DRAM contract prices continued their growth in August with prices for 4GB modules reaching as high as US$14, according to DRAMeXchange.

Tripod to post 5-8% revenue growth in 3Q16, says report

Stockwatch - Aug 31, 11:49

Tripod Technology is expected to report revenue growth of 5-8% sequentially for the third quarter of 2016 driven by rising HDI board demand for mobile devices, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Corning unveils Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearable devices

Aug 31, 11:34

Corning has unveiled Gorilla Glass SR+. Specifically designed for wearable devices, this new glass composite reduces visible scratches while delivering Gorilla Glass' toughness, optical clarity and touch sensitivity, according to the company.

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

Samsung announces mass production of 14nm Exynos chips

Aug 30, 21:17

Samsung Electronics has announced mass production of the Exynos 7 Quad 7570 built on 14nm process technology for the budget smartphone market as well as other IoT devices. Exynos 7570 is also Samsung's first Exynos processor to fully integrate a Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem and connectivity solutions including...

Samsung 14nm Exynos chips

Demand set to boom for iris- and face-recognition chips for smartphones

Aug 30, 13:53

Demand for iris- and face- recognition chips for smartphones is expected to surge encouraging more China- and Taiwan-based fabless firms to step into the field, according to industry sources.

Vendors to shift away more orders from BYD

Aug 30, 11:07

Asustek Computer and Huawei are expected to shift more of their existing orders for notebooks and smartphones away from China-based BYD, which is having a difficult time fulfilling its promises in product quality and shipment schedule to the clients, according to sources from the upstream supply cha...

Digitimes Research: China mobile AP shipments to growth over 18% in 2H16

Aug 29, 21:29

Shipment of mobile application processors for smartphones and tablets in the China market are expected to grow 18.6% in the second half of 2016 from those shipped in the first half of the year due to seasonal demand and inventory build-ups for the first quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Resear...

Zhen Ding expects sales rebound in August

Aug 29, 08:51

Flexible PCB (FPCB) firm Zhen Ding Technology Holding expects sales to rebound starting August, and is looking to report flat growth in profits for the second half of 2016 compared to a year ago.

Zhen Ding chairman Charles Shen

Quartz, SAW filter maker Tai-Saw to see revenues grow by double-digit rate in 2016

Newswatch - Aug 26, 16:09

Quartz component and SAW (surface-acoustic-wave) filter maker Tai-Saw Technology expects its revenues to post single-digit growth in the third quarter of 2016 and a double-digit growth for the year, according to chairman Huang Yu-tong.

Industry supply chain eyeing huge mobile-SoC market potential

Aug 26, 13:56

With more system vendors engaged in the development of mobile SoC solutions in-house, the market for mobile chips is set to expand a further US$10 billion, according to industry sources. IC foundries, and EDA and IC design service companies are all eyeing this additional market size.

Digitimes Research: China firms to share up to 30% of 2016 global fingerprint sensor shipments

Aug 24, 12:11

Due to fast growing use of smartphone-based mobile payment services in the China market, both international and domestic vendors, including white-box ones, have adopted fingerprint recognition functions for their smartphones. Consequently, China-based IC design houses are expected to account for up...

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