International smartphone chip vendors enhance development of tablet chips, from TW

In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently, smartphone chip vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek, have increased resources for developing tablet chip solutions, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141020PD201.html

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

TSMC to start production of 16nm process products in 2Q15

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET process products in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2015, according to company co-CEO CC Wei. Despite rising competition, TSMC will continue to lead its peers in the combined segment of 20nm and 16nm processes, Wei said at the company’s latest investors conference.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141017PD209.html

TSMC reportedly lands CPU orders for Apple next-generation iPad

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141015PD206.html

UMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, say sources

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. The 28nm 4G LTE chips are to be used for the production of iPhone 6 devices, indicating that UMC is expected to continue to receive more follow-up orders from Qualcomm later, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141014PD202.html

MediaTek unveils 4G LTE chipset for India, takes on Qualcomm

NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family.  The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/mediatek-unveils-4g-lte-chipset-for-india-takes-on-qualcomm/articleshow/44801202.cms

Digitimes Research: MediaTek, Rockchip to join Chromebook market, from TW

In addition to gradually integrating Android’s ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information obtained by Digitimes Research from the upstream supply chain. By boosting device values and cutting prices, the plan is expected to increase shipments of the Chromebook by another 100%.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141009VL200.html

Samsung to invest US$14.7b in S Korea chip facility

[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it will invest 15.6 trillion won (US$14.7 billion) to build a new semiconductor production facility in South Korea. The world’s biggest memory chip maker said in a statement that construction of the facility, to be built in Pyeongtaek, will begin in the first half of next year and be completed by the second half of 2017.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/breaking-news/technology/samsung-invest-us147b-s-korea-chip-facility-20141006

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10nm FinFET process

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10nm FinFET process technology. Because of the success in scaling from 20nm SoC to 16nm FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again for 10FinFET. This early pathfinding work will provide valuable learning to enable physical design IP and methodologies in support of customers to tape-out 10nm FinFET designs as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141003PR202.html

ARM and TSMC announce 10nm FinFET collaboration

TSMC (台積電) and ARM Holding Co. on Thursday announced a collaborative development initiative on the 10-nanometer (nm) Fin Field-Effect transistor (FinFET) fabrication technology designed for the ARMv8-A architecture capable of 64-bit support. Reports indicate that with aid from ARM and TSMC, clients will be able to assess and implement the 10nm FinFET fabrication intellectual property for 64-bit applications in the fourth quarter of next year at the earliest.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/04/418640/ARM-and.htm

Intel investing US$1.5 billion in two Chinese chip firms

Intel is investing 9 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) in two Chinese chip companies with an eye to boosting its presence in the country’s booming mobile phone market. The two fabless semiconductor companies develop mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, which support 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, Intel said Friday.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/intel-investing-us15-billion-in-two-chinese-chip-firms/

Digitimes Research: ARM Mali to become mainstream GPU architecture for China APs in 2H14

ARM’s Mali is expected to become the mainstream GPU architecture for China-based application processors (APs) in the second half of 2014 in terms of market share, surpassing Imagination significantly. However, in the high-end segment, Mali’s share will be slightly weaker than that of Qualcomm’s GPU architecture due to Qualcomm’s advantages in chip design, but will still perform better than Imagination’s solution.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141002PD206.html

TSMC & ARM complete validating next-gen chips

TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chip maker, said Tuesday it has completed a silicon validation of 64-bit chips made on the 16 nanometer process for British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC, representing a breakthrough in cooperation for the industry giants. The silicon results on TSMC’s advanced 16-nm FinFET process technology show that the Cortex-A57 processor can achieve a speed of 2.3 GHz for sustained mobile peak performance, while the lower-end Cortex-A53 processor consumes 75 milliwatts for most common workloads, it said in a statement.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/01/418449/TSMC-and.htm

Digitimes Research: Bit demand for non-PC DRAM to grow 38% on year in 2H14, from TW

Bit demand for non-PC DRAM, mainly niche mobile DRAM and server-use DRAM, will increase 38% on year in the second half of 2014, much higher than 2.7% for standard DRAM, according to Digitimes Research. In particular, bit demand for server-use DRAM will soar by an annual rate of 46.6% in the second half of 2014 due to fast growing cloud computing and big data applications.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140930PD202.html

China foundry houses wooing orders from Taiwan IC suppliers

China-based foundry houses, including Shanghai Huali Microelectronics, XMC and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), have stepped up efforts to solicit foundry orders from Taiwan-based IC design houses, according to industry sources. Shanghai Huali, which focuses on specialty processes, reportedly has teamed up with MediaTek and now aims to land orders from Taiwan-based LCD driver IC and flash chip vendors, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD202.html

TSMC to get 84% share of global tech market

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, is expected to take an 84-percent share in the high-end technology market of the global semiconductor wafer foundry business, according to a research report. In the report, market information advisory firm IC Insights said that TSMC is expected to post US$10.3 billion in sales from the 28 nanometer process or more advanced chip making technology in 2014, accounting for about 84 percent of the global total.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/28/418220/TSMC-to.htm

Intel partners with China’s Spreadtrum to make new chips in $1.5 billion deal

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) confirmed today that it’s paying RMB 9 billion (US$1.47 billion) to take a 20 percent stake in Chinese chip-maker Spreadtrum (NASDAQ:SPRD). Spreadtrum is part of Beijing-based Tsinghua Unigroup. That’s the state-owned spin-off of the renowned Tsinghua University, which owns the CPU maker as well as RDA Microelectronics. “The purpose of the agreements is to expand the product offerings and adoption for Intel-based mobile devices in China,” says today’s announcement by the company.

http://www.techinasia.com/intel-invests-spreadtrum-to-make-new-chips/

Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity, from Taiwan

Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources. Most wafer foundry houses, particularly Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), have been running nearly at full capacity since the beginning of 2014 as they have to ramp up output to meet demand from non-Apple device vendors in the first half of the year before related Apple suppliers begin to pull in orders in the second half.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140925PD201.html

TSMC, Samsung split orders for iPhone 6 processors: HIS

TAIPEI — A product teardown by research firm IHS Inc. has found that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is still supplying some processor chips for Apple Inc.’s larger-screen iPhones, although more orders are going to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電). In an analysis report published Tuesday, IHS said the Apple-designed A8 processor used in both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is not supplied entirely by Samsung, signaling a major departure in component supplier selection from previous iPhone models.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/25/417974/TSMC-Samsung.htm

Smartphone 4G solution prices to continue to fall in 1H15, from Taiwan

Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sources. MediaTek, Marvell Technology and Broadcom have cut prices of their 4G 32-bit quad-core solutions to US$8-9 after Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 210, priced at US$9, said the sources.

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