TSMC has been fast advancing its manufacturing processes. It is on track to move 5nm node to commercial production in the second half of 2020, and will soon break ground for a 3nm facility where volume production will start in 2022. Next...
MediaTek and Realtek Semiconductors are both gearing up to ramp up their output of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) chips in 2020, according to sources at IC testing solutions providers.
Motorola has switched orders for flexible AMOLED panels for its new foldable smartphones to Chinese suppliers BOE Technology and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) from Taiwan-based AU Optronics (AUO) who cannot provide sufficient production capacity, according to industry sources.
TSMC uses its N7, the foundry's 7nm process without EUV, to fabricate Qualcomm's latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 865 series. Nevertheless, its Snapdragon 765 chips are being manufactured using Samsung's EUV-based 7nm process technology.
Qualcomm has introduced its new 5G SoC lineup - the Snapdragon 865 series for smartphone vendors' flagship models and the 765 series for midrange to high-end ones. But it is the midrange smartphone market segment that is expected to see...
Midrange 5G handset chips market to heat up in 1H20
The main battlefield in the 5G mobile chip market is expected to shift from flagship models to mostly midrange ones in the first half of 2020, as around 70% of over 200 million 5G smartphones to be shipped next year will be midrange to high-end ones, according to industry sources.
Qualcomm intros new 5G SoC lineup
Qualcomm has introduced its new Snapdragon 865 and 765 seies SoC chips designed for 5G-capable Android smartphones slated for launch in 2020. TSMC and Samsung Foundry reportedly are both being contracted to manufacture the chips.
Modified polyimide (MPI) and liquid crystal polymer (LCP) materials for smartphone antennas are expected to coexist, with the former being adopted mainly for Android models, and the latter likely to be increasingly used by Apple for its iPhones from 2020 onwards, according to industry sources.
With the arrival of 5G commercialization, China-based telecom carriers and smartphone vendors are expanding their services and releasing new products in pursuit of new business opportunities.
MediaTek has released Dimensity 1000 featuring four Arm Cortex-A77 cores operating up to 2.6GHz with four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores operating at up to 2.0GHz, accelerating its deployments in the 5G market.
Demand for 5G smartphones is expected to pick up fast next year, with mobile SoC prices for these handsets to stay at high levels at least in the first half of 2020. Tight capacity at TSMC's 7nm node will prevent production cost for 5G mobile chip from falling and Andriod phone vendors will not have...
Market of RF components for telecom infrastructure to be shaken by active antenna systems, says Yole
The radio frequency (RF) front-end (FE) market for telecom infrastructure, estimated at US$1.47 billion in 2018, is forecast to reach US$2.52 billion in 2025, according to Yole Developpement.
Handset vendors keen on camera upgrades
Handset vendors are demanding significant upgrades to camera lenses, screens, image resolutions and APs seeking to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.
Germany-based Covestro, spun off from the Bayer Group in September 2015, is now among the world's leading makers of premium polymers with 30 production bases and around 16,000 employees worldwide, mainly engaged in supplying high-tech polymer materials and solutions for diverse applications to automotive,...
5G chip price to stay above US$100 in 1H20
5G mobile SoC unit price will stay above US$100 in the first half of 2020, several times that for 4G solutions, as tight capacity at TSMC's 7nm node is likely to keep production cost at high levels, according to industry sources.
The prospect of 5G definitely looks promising, but players in the supply chain have to make sure they have sufficient support from one another in order to fully enjoy the opportunities promised by the arrival of 5G. Chipmakers and their partners are gearing up to build key...
Mobile chipmakers are gearing up to secure stronger support from supply chain partners aiming to gain a greater presence in the market for 5G smartphones whose shipments are estimated to reach at least 200 million units in 2020, according to industry sources.
Highlights of the day: 5G brings new demand
With the arrival of 5G's commercialization, Taiwan- and China-based makers of components including PCB and cooling modules, are expected to see rising orders from the segment, which will also improve their operations in 2020. Meanwhile, as true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds have grown popular among...
The commercialization of 5G communication networks will spur the growth of both base station and smartphone markets, which in turn will significantly drive demand for high-performance cooling modules in 2020, according to industry sources.
PCL to ramp up 400G transceiver module shipments in 2020
Optical transceiver module maker PCL Technologies has begun small volume shipments of its 400G transceiver modules to clients for trial operations with prospects to ramp up shipments significantly in 2020, according to company chairman Gene Chen.
UMC may have quit the expensive race to advance manufactuing nodes, but it has been keen to develop specialty process. The latest development reportedly sees th pure-play foundry enter risk production for 5G FR switches at its 12-inch...
MediaTek has launched its next-generation 5G SoC family, Dimensity. The launch made a splash with high-ranking executives from many fellow semiconductor firms, including TSMC and ASE, attending. MediaTek, as one of the biggest IC designers...
NOR flash supply likely to fall short of demand in 2020
The supply of NOR flash memory is likely to fall short of demand in 2020, with the gap estimated at up to 10%, according to industry sources.
MediaTek intros new-gen 5G SoC
MediaTek held a press conference on November 26 to introduce the new generation of its 5G SoC chips, with guests including TSMC VP Lora Ho, a number of high-ranking executives from major backend houses including ASE, SPIL and KYEC, and IC probing specialist CHPT.
MediaTek has announced it is partnering with Intel to bring MediaTek's new 5G modem to PCs. Through this partnership, Intel has been working with MediaTek on the 5G solution for deployment in key consumer and commercial laptop segments. MediaTek is developing the 5G modem and working with partners...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 3Q 2019
Taiwan's TV maker shipped a total of 7.39 million LCD TVs in the third quarter, up 3.2% sequentially.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 3Q 2019
Taiwan PC monitor shipments continued to grow on-year in the third quarter of 2019 at 5.8% to arrive at 23.73 million units.
Global tablet market – 3Q 2019
Global tablet shipments came to a total of 44.32 million units in the third quarter of 2019, up 35.7% sequentially and 1.5%...
Global LCD panel shipment forecast, 2020 and beyond
Global small- to medium-size LCD panel shipments are estimated to drop from 2020 to 2024, while large-size ones will continue...
Global mobile device shipment forecasts, 2020 and beyond: Smartphones, notebooks and tablets
Notebooks, smartphones and tablets are expected to see mixed shipment performances in 2019. Notebook shipments will grow mildly...
Taiwan semiconductor foundry sector, 2Q19
According to Digitimes Research's observation, with global market demand on a moderate increase in second-quarter 2019, Taiwan-based...