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  • Kneron CEO Albert Liu  Photo: Vega Chiu, Digitimes, June 2018
    Taiwan's edge AI solutions provider Kneron has recently completed its series A1 financing of US$18 million led by Horizons Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, making it the first Taiwan semiconductor firm to have ever received investment from the business magnat...
  • Competition in the in-display fingerprint sensor market is heating up as more IC design-houses, smartphone vendors and other companies are jumping into the bandwagon in order to get a bigger share of the growing market, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Shunsin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) specializing in assembly and test of system-in-package (SiP) modules, has obtained new orders for 3D sensing modules for use in high-end fiber-optic devices and consumer electronics applications from two US chip vendors,...
  • MediaTek chairman MK Tsai (right)
    Smartphone SoC specialist MediaTek plans to pour in additional investments to its advanced technology R&D as the company expects to speed up deployments in emerging sectors such as 5G and AI, according to company chairman MK Tsai.
  • IC designers see quotes rising from foundries
    Despite foundry quotes at 8-inch fabs in Taiwan and China to see 20-30% hikes in the third quarter of 2018, IC design houses across the Taiwan Straits are gearing up to vie for foundry capacities to support their shipments and maintain revenue growth, according to industry sources.
  • Driven by the colossal Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity, wireless technologies - including wireless local area network (WLAN), Bluetooth, cellular and low-power wireless - will account for 55% of connectivity integrated circuit (IC) shipments in 2018, according to IHS Markit. Over the next five...
  • IC60 series activities kick off
    When Texas Instruments' new engineer Jack Kilby invented the world's first IC in 1958, no one could imagine that 60 years later, ICs have deeply rooted in Taiwan, now the world's most crucial IC design and production base. But if without the government's strong backing from the very beginning, Taiwan's...
  • Robot Topol, Intel's general manager of 5G advanced technologies
    If applied to the healthcare industry, 5G technologies should start with outside-the-body applications rather than invasive ones, as accreditations for invasive medical applications are much harder to obtain and involve time-consuming procedures, according to Robert Topol, Intel's general manager of...
  • Montage DTT solutions
    Named one of the eight innovative enterprises and IC unicorns at IC Market China 2018 held in mid-April in Nanjing, the Shanghai-based Montage Technology Group, dedicated to providing analog and mixed-signal IC solutions for datacenter and smart home entertainment applications, has spun off its smart...
  • Smartphone competition to heat up in emerging markets
    Apple and China-based smartphone vendors are expected to compete fiercely to ramp up their market share in India, China and other emerging markets in 2018 before the advent of the 5G era, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
  • Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has reported consolidated revenues for May 2018 increased 15% on year and 2% sequentially to NT$1.12 billion (US$37.5 million).
  • The Shuangliu District of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, is actively developing tech innovations and new economy, seeking to nurture 1-2 startup unicorns and over 50 "gazelle" enterprises - young and fast growth firms - within five years, according to the district's Science, Technology...
  • USB Type-C
    Apple is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support, according to sources at analog IC vendors.
  • As one of the main districts under the administration of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and with a robust industry carrier, the Shuangliu District is aggressively soliciting investments from global leading and quality enterprises to form industrial clusters and build city-industry integrated,...
  • HiSilicon Technologies, a Huawei smartphone solution subsidiary, is reportedly to launch its new mid-tier solution, the Kirin 710, in July and, as suggested by its product name, is to take directly on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710, according to industry sources.
  • Affected by the abrupt fading of crypto mining craze starting in April 2018, suppliers of mining graphic cards are plagued by increasingly high inventories, and players in the supply chain of mining ASICs are also suffering significant decreases in orders, with crypto mining no longer a source of their...
  • MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.41 billion (US$684.2 million) for May 2018, up 7.3% sequentially and 10.7% on year.
  • IMECAS has a southwest sub-institute in Chengdu
    As a research organization with comprehensive deployments in the microelectronics field in China, the Institute of Microelectronics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS) has set up a southwest research sub-institute in the Shuangliu District of Chengdu, where a mega IC industry complex is...
  • Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$37.6 billion for the month of April 2018, an increase of 20.2% from the April 2017 total of US$31.3 billion and 1.4% more than last month's total of US$37.1 billion, according to SIA.
  • While devoted to developing semiconductor ecosystems in Chengdu Xingu Industrial Parks, a mega complex sitting in the Shuangliu District of the largest city in the midwestern area of China, the developer of the complex will focus more on realizing the concept of city-industry integration, seeking to...
  • Winbond Electronics has reported flat sequential growth in May revenues, while Macronix International's revenues grew 9.8% on month.
  • TSMC is reportedly accelerating its production plan for 7nm
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to move its 7nm process technology to mass production ahead of schedule to meet growing demand from its fabless clients including MediaTek, HiSilicon and Qualcomm, according to industry sources.
  • Applied Materials has announced a breakthrough in materials engineering that accelerates chip performance in the big data and AI era.
  • Samsung NEXT vice president Raymond Liao
    Samsung NEXT, a multifaceted innovation group within Samsung Electronics, is actively seeking investment targets in the fields of AI, IoT, AR/VR, blockchain, smart healthcare data analysis and information security with decentralized applications and business models, according to company vice president...
  • mediatek
    MediaTek is expected to introduce an enhanced version of its Helio P60 SoC designed for midrange smartphones that come with artificial intelligence (AI) features in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources.

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