IC design, distribution
  • Synopsis president and co-CEO Chi-Foon Chan
    Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is urging the local industry and academy to devote more efforts to R&D on electronic design automation (EDA) to fill Taiwan's lack of tools and solutions for system-leve designs and innovative architectures.
  • TSMC 7nm foundry supply remains tight
    Demand for TSMC's 7nm foundry services has been strong, with lead time for the node extending to about six months. The tight supply is expected to last throughout 2020, and Intel reportedly might also come knock on the door for TSMC's 7nm...
  • The New Kinpo Group executives expect strong 2020
    The New Kinpo Group expects its operation to see a double-digit percentage growth on year in 2020 and many of the group's subsidiaries will be going public beginning this year, according to group CEO Simon Shen.
  • TSMC's 7nm foundry supply remains tight
    TSMC 7nm process lead time remains at about six months, with tight supply expected to last through 2020, or even worsened in the second half of the year if speculation about Intel possibly seeking to place orders for the Taiwanese foundry's advanced processes materializes, according to industry sour...
  • Global semiconductor sales dropped in 2019
    Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled US$418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to Gartner. Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue...
  • Demand from China is strong
    Taiwan-based IC design houses have started ramping up their output for their customers' new products slated for launch mainly in China during the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter, which may indicate a particularly strong first quarter of 2020 for the fabless chipmakers,...
  • Nepcon Japan 2020 opens in Tokyo
    Nepcon Japan 2020 runs from January 15-17 in Tokyo with exhibitors showcasing their latest IC innovations covering packaging technologies, materials, equipment, sensors and PCBs for applications including automotive electronics, new-energy cars and laser components.
  • AI and 5G are driving up Taiwan's IT component exports in 2020
    Although World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) both expect the US, Japan and Europe to suffer from weakening economy in 2020, several Taiwanese industrial sectors are expected to remain unaffected thanks to strong demand from the 5G and AI markets, according to Taiwan's...
  • AMD is set to enjoy a strong year in 2020
    Intel has yet to fully eased its processor shortages, which is sending notebook vendors adopting more of its competitions from AMD in 2020. AMD's new Zen 3 architecture is expected to have a record-high development projects commenced...
  • IC analyhsis firms to see strong demand from 5G chip segment
    Taiwan-based Integrated Service Technology (iST), Sporton International and Materials Analysis Technology (MA-tek), all dedicated to semiconductor materials analysis, IC test and verification services, have seen clear order visibility for 5G chips analysis services beyond the second quarter of 2020,...
  • CIS demand from handset vendors is expanding
    OmniVision Technologies will raise its quotes for various CMOS image sensors (CIS) by 10-40% in 2020 to counter ever-expanding demand for application to handsets, notebooks, smart home devices, automotive and security surveillance systems, according to supply chain sources.
  • ASMedia will manufacture AMD's 600 series chipsets
    ASMedia Technology has reportedly secured orders for AMD's 500- and 600-series chipsets, which will buoy the Taiwan-based chipmaker's sales performance in 2020 and 2021, according to industry sources.
  • AMD CPUs gaining popularity amid Intel processor shortage
    The shortage of Intel's PC processors has already prompted OEMs and brand vendors to increasingly adopt AMD's CPUs in their products since 2019, and the trend will likely persist this year, according to industry sources.
  • HiSilicon has reported given SMIC orders for 14nm chips
    TSMC is clearly the leader in the pureplay foundry sector, but its Chinese competitor SMIC may be able to make some gains in the 14nm FinFET segment, as it is expected to obtain orders from Huawei's chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, which has...
  • Anasys has increased its workforce in Taiwan
    Ansys has increased its R&D workforce in Taiwan by 50% to support its local chipmaking partners, according to Roger Lee, company country manager for Taiwan.
  • MediaTek has secured a firm place in the 5G chip market
    MediaTek has reported NT$246.22 billion (US$8.24 billion) in 2019 revenues, rising 3.43% on year to reach the company's second highest-ever level, with market observers saying the results met their previous expectations.
  • Intel CPU shortages continue to trouble notebook ODMs in 4Q19
    Intel CPU shortages continued troubling the notebook market in fourth-quater 2019, with notebook makers seeing weaker-than-expected shipments in the period. Their notebook shipments are expecte to slide 10-15% in the first quarter of...
  • MediaTek is promoting its AIoT chips at CES
    In addition to its Dimensity 800 series 5G SoCs, MediaTek's AIoT chip solutions are another spotlight at its CES booth ths year.
  • Driver IC designers to see stronger demand from the OLED sector
    Taiwan-based display driver IC designers and backend specialists are looking to ready additional capacities by mid-2020 to meet growing demand for OLED driver ICs, according to industry sources.
  • Mars Semi chairman HP Lu
    Taiwan-based audio/video SoC provider Mars Semiconductor has debut on Taiwan's emerging stock board as it moves to expand its portfolios, including SaaS services.
  • China only region to register pure-play foundry market growth in 2019
    With the rise of the fabless IC companies in China over the past 10 years, the demand for foundry services has also risen in the country. According to IC Insights, the China market was the only major region that showed an increase in pure-play foundry sales last year.
  • NAND flash prices to surge after Kioxia fab fire
    Recovery in the memory market has been expected to send prices rising, but the extent of increase in the NAND flash segment may be bigger than expected in the short term after a brief fire that broke out at a Kioxia fab earlier this week...
  • A ramp-up in 5G SoC shipments will boost MediaTek gross margin in 2020
    MediaTek is expected to see its gross margin improve further in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to the rollouts of its new chip solutions coupled with tight foundry capacities, according to industry sources.
  • Insufficient foundry support is constraining 5G chip supply
    The global supply of 5G mobile chips remains constrained, due to tight 7nm manufacturing process capacities at foundries, according to industry sources.
  • OmniVision unveils 48MP image sensor for 4K video performance
    OmniVision Technologies has announced at CES 2020 the OV48C, a 48 megapixel (MP) image sensor with a large 1.2 micron pixel size to enable high resolution and low light performance for flagship smartphone cameras.

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