HDI board capacity utilization rates to rise in 2Q14
Apr 15, 22:08
The production capacity utilization rates of high-end HDI boards at Taiwan-based PCB makers are set to rise in the second quarter of 2014 due to strong demand from Samsung Electronics, HTC and China-based smartphone vendors, according to industry sources.
Intel aggressively promoting tablet CPUs in China
Apr 14, 15:34
Intel has resorted to an aggressive pricing strategy to promote sales of its tablet-use processors, particularly in China, a move which apparently will take on Qualcomm and MediaTek, while ramping up its market share, according to industry sources.
Qualcomm announces highest-end Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors
Apr 9, 10:47
Qualcomm Technologies has introduced its next-generation mobile processors for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 tier, the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors. The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors are Qualcomm Technologies' highest performing platform to date, completing Qualcomm Technologies' lineup of 64-bit...
Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources
Apr 3, 15:46
The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: 3-mode smartphones to dominate China entry-level market
Apr 2, 12:03
When announcing its LTE product lineup in 2013, China Mobile originally set 5-mode support for five major networking standards in China as a basic requirement for its 4G products, but the company lowered it to 3-mode at the end of 2013, as most chipmakers were unable to supply 5-model single-chip products...
Apple placing next-generation iPhone battery orders with Simplo and Desay
Mar 26, 21:45
Apple has reportedly placed its next-generation iPhone battery orders with only two suppliers: Taiwan-based Simplo Technology and China-based Shenzhen Desay Battery Technology. Dynapack, a battery supplier for the iPhone 5 and 5c currently has no orders confirmed, according to sources from the upstream...
Digitimes Research: Melfas eyes top notch in Korea touch panel industry
Mar 26, 15:05
Samsung Electronics' mid-range and entry-level mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in 2013 mostly adopted touch panels using thin-film technologies such as glass-film-film (GFF) or glass-film (G1F). Because the key component, the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent conducting film (TCF), had been...
Sapphire ingot prices to continue to hike in 2Q14
Mar 20, 15:27
Prices of 2-inch sapphire ingots are expected to hike 11% sequentially and 43% on year to US$5/mm in the second quarter of 2014 after surging at an annual rate of 61% to US$4.5/mm in the first quarter, according to Digitimes Research.
Digitimes Research: MediaTek to continue eating into Spreadtrum market share
Mar 20, 15:18
Despite the slow-season performance of China's smartphone market, chipmaker MediaTek's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in the first quarter continue to see strong growth like it did during the previous quarter. The good price/performance ratios of MediaTek's entry-level and mid-range...
CCM makers see aggressive orders from smartphone industry
Mar 19, 21:47
Compact camera module (CCM) makers' orders from smartphone vendors have been growing strongly especially for high-end camera modules with visibility already reaching the end of the second quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Smartphone cooling module demand may remain weak until 2015
Mar 17, 22:01
Despite having received orders for tablet heat pipes, Taiwan-based cooling module makers are still not able to land orders from most smartphone vendors and are unlikely to do so until 2015, when demand for 4G LTE smartphones is expected to start picking up, according to sources from the cooling module...
Simplo posts strong profits for 2013
Mar 17, 11:16
Notebook battery pack maker Simplo Technology has posted net profit of NT$3.236 billion (US$108 million) for 2013, 4.96% higher than its paid-in capital of NT$3.083 billion.
Shipment ratio of 8-core smartphone solutions to be lower in 2014
Mar 13, 22:01
The shipment ratio of 8-core processors to total smartphone solution shipments will not be higher in 2014 as brand and white-box handset vendors in China will still prefer to use quad-core models in order to build their share in the entry-level to mid-range segment, according to industry sources.
Commentary: Is it likely for Qualcomm to produce 28nm chips at SMIC?
Mar 13, 15:56
Recent reports from China have cited Qualcomm president Derek Aberle as disclosing that it plans to produce 28nm chips at China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). Industry observers in Taiwan have noted that Qualcomm probably is looking to improve its relations with...
SPIL to perform better than expected in 1Q14
Mar 10, 14:50
IC testing and packaging company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) is expected to perform better than its guidance set for the first quarter of 2014 as clients are building up inventories for the upcoming peak season, according to industry sources.
MediaTek revenues hit all time high in February
Newswatch - Mar 7, 13:48
MediaTek saw its revenues soar 22.5% on month and 158.2% on year to a record high of NT$15.73 billion (US$519.62 million) in February. For the first two months of 2014, revenues amounted to NT$28.58 billion, increasing 96.5% from a year earlier.
MediaTek expected to speed up development of feature chips
Mar 5, 12:39
MediaTek is expected to ramp up investments to develop peripheral chips to enrich smartphones such as wireless charging, NFC, and fingerprint recognition which in return will jack up the price/performance ratio for smartphones, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Qualcomm to meet strong challenge from MediaTek in 2H14
Mar 3, 14:23
MediaTek and Qualcomm both unveiled their product roadmaps for the second half of 2014 at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. In addition to the previously released ARM Cortex-A17-based octo-core MT6595, MediaTek added Cortex-A53-based,quad-core MT6732 to its portfolio. Qualcomm...
MWC 2014: Qualcomm optimistic about 4G smartphone market
Feb 27, 11:41
The release of 4G TD-LTE licenses by the China government at the end of 2013 triggered the competition in the 4G smartphone segment, and 4G models with a price tag of CNY1,000 (US$163) are likely to hit the market soon, according to Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management at Qual...
China market: TD-LTE chip market to expand robustly starting 2Q14
Feb 26, 21:54
The TD-LTE chip market in China is expected to grow robustly starting the second quarter of 2014 as chipset vendors including Qualcomm, MediaTek, Marvell Technology, Broadcom, Intel, Nvidia and Tsinghua Unigroup are expected to launch an array of new TD-LTE chips, according to industry sources.
Casetek to expand chassis capacity in China
Feb 26, 11:35
Taiwan-based metal-alloy chassis maker Casetek Holdings has revealed it will invest NT$2-3 billion (US$65.9-98.8 million) to expand production capacity at its factory in eastern China in 2014.
More chipset vendors to step into 8-core CPU segment
Feb 25, 21:33
Chipset suppliers including Nvidia, Broadcom and Marvell Technology are likely to step into development of 8-core smartphone solutions following Qualcomm's announced plans to begin sampling its 64-bit 8-core chip, the Snapdragon 615, in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry watchers.
TSMC remains key foundry partner for 28nm chips, says MediaTek
Feb 25, 16:05
In response to recent market speculation indicating that MediaTek is shifting some of its 28nm chip orders to Globalfoundries and United Microelectronics (UMC), MediaTek president Hsieh Ching-chiang indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) remains the company's major foundry...