China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) both plan to build additional capacity at their 8-inch fabs in China, according to company sources.
Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources. Globalfoundries has successfully obtained 14nm chip orders from AMD, previously the parent company of the foundry, said the sources. AMD also has 20nm and 28nm chips made at Globalfoundries.
American semiconductor company Qualcomm recently confirmed that they will sell their Mirasol panel plant in Longtan, Taiwan, to Taiwanese local foundry TSMC. Mirasol panel manufacturing was a business under Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, and it was once considered a breakthrough LCD panel product. However, the related business expansion was not smooth. Early in 2012, the Mirasol panel plant reportedly halted production.
The global IC foundry market is forecast to increase 12% in 2015, outpacing the overall semiconductor sector’s 5% growth, said TSMC’s co-CEO Mark Liu at the company’s 14th annual Supply Chain Management forum held December 4. TSMC is confident that it will continue to outperform the global IC foundry market in 2015, Liu indicated. For 2014, TSMC has predicted the global IC foundry market will log a 14% increase while the overall semiconductor market is set to grow by a smaller 9%.
NAND flash chip controller maker Phison Electronics has seen its sales grow robustly in 2014. And under the leadership of its chairman Khein-Seng Pua, the company has initiated a restructuring plan, dubbed “Phison 2.0″ that will drive it to focus on SSD products for sustainable growth.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to secure a combined 40-50% of Apple’s A9 processor orders for next-generation iPad and iPhone devices, according to industry sources. TSMC has declined to comment on the speculation. TSMC is believed to have grabbed the entire A9 chip orders for use in Apple’s next iPad devices, said the sources.
Despite years of enthusiasm for wireless charging technology, the market for wireless charging applications remains undesirable. Digitimes recently held a chat with Mark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm, to learn more about the latest development of wireless charging technology and related business opportunities for chipset vendors.
TAIPEI–Nanya Technology Corp., one of Taiwan’s leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers, has been ranked the world’s fourth largest mobile DRAM supplier in the third quarter of this year by DRAMeXchange. The research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp. said that Nanya posted US$62 million in mobile DRAM sales in the July-September period, up 98 percent from a quarter earlier.
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the US market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September.
TAIPEI–U.S.-based Intel Corp.’s research arm announced that it has created a new low-energy prototype memory array alongside Taiwan’s state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that could boost device battery life. The prototype dynamic random access memory (DRAM) array can achieve four times lower latency at 25 times less energy than the standard double data rate synchronous (DDR) DRAM devices that are generally used in computers, according to Intel Labs.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) will turn a plant recently purchased from Qualcomm into a facility devoted to the development of the advanced integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO-WLP) technology, said a Hong Kong-based institutional investor. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip-maker, recently forked out US$85 million to purchase a plant in Longtan, Taoyuan, owned by the U.S.-based semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) will turn a plant recently purchased from Qualcomm into a facility devoted to the development of the advanced integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO-WLP) technology, said a Hong Kong-based institutional investor. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip-maker, recently forked out US$85 million to purchase a plant in Longtan, Taoyuan, owned by the U.S.-based semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc.
Inside Taiwan Semiconductor’s fabrication — or “fab” — clean rooms pressurized with filtered air, technicians don white coveralls to control the level of contamination as they braid transistors by the billions into tiny slivers of silicon. The end product: computer chips. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) employs some 40,500 workers and operates on a foundry business model that Chairman Morris Chang pioneered in 1987.
There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.
TAIPEI: Chips from Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry. Fast-forward to the age of the smartphone. The market is heaving with Chinese smartphone makers out to grab share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd with low-priced handsets.
TAIPEI — Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chip-maker, got a boost Thursday morning on hopes that its efforts in the 16 nanometer process development will help the company secure orders from Apple Inc. for the U.S. firm’s A9 processor production next year, dealers said. Such hopes have been raised by TSMC’s announcement that its 16nm process has entered trial production stage and that commercial production for the advanced process is expected in the third quarter of next year, the dealers said.
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology and China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology have established a joint venture specifically for developing 4G chip solutions, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Xiaomi will account for 51% share in the joint venture, while Leadcore, a subsidiary of Datang Telecom, will take up the remaining 49%.
MediaTek expects revenues to decrease up to 6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to seasonal factors, but there is still a possibility of a 2% growth. However, shipments of its smartphone solutions are likely to remain flat on quarter, according to the company. MediaTek’s smartphone IC shipments for the third quarter are estimated at between 90 million and 100 million units. For the fourth quarter, LTE chips will account for a higher 20% of shipments, said president Hsieh Ching-chiang.
Xiaomi’s overseas expansion is in full swing, but for every country it expands to, it spends more money on licensing fees for the mobile chipsets used in its devices. This burden becomes a more costly and risky factor as the company launches in new markets. Today, Datang Telecom’s wholly-owned subsidiary Leadcore Technologies signed a “technology transfer contract” with Beijing Songguo Electronics, a company that multiple Chinese media report is controlled by Xiaomi, according to Techweb and Sina Tech.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — MediaTek (聯發科) shares dipped pronouncedly throughout yesterday’s session, amid gloomy market predictions that prospects may be less than ideal for the fabless chip design company in the fourth quarter. In an earnings call yesterday, the company announced its operating results over the third quarter, recording pre-tax net income of NT$14.919 billion, up by 5.9 percent quarter-on-quarter, and earnings-per-share rating of NT$9.94.