Marvell to acquire Globalfoundries ASIC business
Marvell has entered into definitive agreements to purchase Avera Semiconductor, the application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) business of Globalfoundries, according to the companies.
Mobile device testing and certification service company Sporton International is already engaged in conducting tests and certification for 5G sub-6GHz and mmWave smartphones, and expects demand for these devices to pick up substantially starting the second half of 2019.
Huawei well-prepared for US trade ban, says CEO
Huawei's revenue growth will likely slow to less than 20% for the whole 2019 from 39% in the first quarter of the year, due to the US trade ban, company CEO Ren Zhengfei has been quoted as saying in a SinaTech report. But Huawei has no plans to change its management or accept supervision from the US,...
In efforts to mitigate impacts of US trade sanctions against Huawei and tariff hikes on Chinese imports, the China government has instructed domestic enterprises to purchase more from local tech firms and source more ICs, materials and equipment from Taiwan supply chains, according to industry sourc...
Huawei development of sub-6GHz 5G chips remains on track
Despite the escalating US-China trade war and US ban on the transfer of technology to Huawei, the Chinese firm's development of application processors and modem chips for sub-6GHz 5G networks may not be affected as much as expected, according to industry sources.
Semiconductor equipment billings increase, says SEMI
Billings among North American manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment grew sequentially in April 2019 ending three consecutive months of sequential drops.
Etron starts shipping 3D sensing chips
Etron Technology has started shipping its in-house developed 3D sensing chips since April, with shipments to top 50,000 units in May, according to company chairman Nicky Lu.
Huawei piling up inventory
Huawei has been piling up inventory since around the end of 2018, according to industry sources in Taiwan. Inventory levels at the China-based vendor should be able to sustain its shipments until the end of 2019, the sources continued.
China chipmaker HiSilicon is reportedly to sign with Taiwan IC supply chain partners capacity guarantee agreements valid through the second quarter of 2020, despite uncertainties arising from its parent company Huawei being banned from purchasing vital components from and selling telecom equipment...
Huawei has reportedly promised not to cut its orders with Taiwan's upstream and downstream supply chain partners and also inquired about the possibility of increasing their production capacity, a move in contrast to market speculation that Huawei could cut orders after being blacklisted by the Trump...
Intel regains semiconductor market lead from Samsung
Intel replaced Samsung as the number one quarterly semiconductor supplier in the fourth quarter of 2018, after losing the lead spot to Samsung in the second quarter of 2017, according to IC Insights.
LG develops AI chip
As part of its strategy to accelerate the development of AI devices for the home, LG has developed its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip with proprietary LG Neural Engine to mimic the neural network of the human brain to improve the processing of deep learning algorithms.
Unisoc's Ivy 510 5G modem chip has been validated for 5G NR sub-6 GHz signaling, and will be fabricated by TSMC on the 7nm node for official application in the starting year of 5G commercialization in 2019, according to Steve Chu, CEO of China-based fabless chipmaker under the Tsinghua Unigroup.
Global Unichip expects flat revenue growth in 2019
IC design service company Global Unichip should be able to post flat revenue growth in 2019, despite unfavorable global trade conditions and weakening demand for cryptocurrency mining chips, according to company president Ken Chen.
After three consecutive years of growth, worldwide semiconductor revenues will decrease 7.2% to US$440 billion in 2019, according to IDC.
Richtek names new chairman
MediaTek's CEO Rick Tsai has been appointed as chairman of Richtek Technology.
TSMC obtains orders for 5G modem from fabless firms
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly grabbed orders for all the 5G modem chips that have been introduced by fabless chipmakers, such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 and HiSilicon's Balong series.
Huawei tightening ties with Taiwan IC supply chain
China's largest telecom equipment maker Huawei and its chipmaking arm HiSilicon are ambitiously proceeding with their vertical and horizontal deployments in diverse chip solutions for smartphones and 5G devices, seeking to strengthen their self-sufficiency and outperform smartphone rivals amid the...
Samsung has a far smaller share than TSMC in the wafer foundry sector, but Samsung's technologies built from its experience in memory and Exynos series AP production are as good as any other leading players. At the moment, Samsung's non-memory businesses together contribute only 7% of the company's...
FocalTech expects sales recovery starting 2Q19
FocalTech Systems, which remained unprofitable in the first quarter of 2019, expects its sales and gross margin to recover starting the second quarter.
Pingtouge Semiconductor, Alibaba's semiconductor subsidiary, reportedly has placed orders for 7nm chip solutions with Global Unichip and TSMC.
Following two years of expansion, the global microcontroller (MCU) market is set to stall in 2019 because of a combination of factors including a downturn in the wider electronics industry, rising geopolitical tensions, and slowdown in sales to the automotive business, according to IHS Markit.
Huawei's chipmaking arm HiSilicon is aggressively planning the development of its 5G mobile SoC integrating a modem chip, as well as 5G mmWave solutions for smartphones after releasing its Kirin 985 series mobile AP in the second half of 2019, according to industry sources.
Spirox expects 2Q19 sales to hit bottom
Taiwan-based Spirox, which distributes packaging and testing equipment, expects sales to hit bottom for 2019 in the second quarter.
The global IC packaging and testing market had a scale of US$28 billion in 2018 with the top-10 players commanding a combined 84% share. Three of the top-10 players are based in China. Of the four sectors in China's semiconductor industry, packaging and testing is the one with technologies closest...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2019
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments plunged 35.5% sequentially to reach only 6.26 million units in the first quarter of 2019 due mainly...
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 1Q 2019
Taiwan's large-size panel shipments dropped 12.8% sequentially and 7.5% on year to come to 54.4 million units in the first quarter...
Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 1Q 2019
Small- to medium-size panel shipments went down 23.6% sequentially and 38.2% on year to arrive at only 183.74 million units.
Global AP demand forecast, 2017-2022
Amid bleak outlook for downstream vendors, uncertainties surrounding the US-China trade tension, factory relocation and exchange...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2019
According to Digitimes Research statistics and analyses, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end...
Global mobile device shipment forecasts, 2019 and beyond: Smartphones, notebooks and tablets
This Digitimes Research Special Report offers global shipment forecasts for three major mobile device market segments - smartphones,...