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.
Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources. Samsung has offered lower quotes to attract Apple’s A9 SoC orders, said the sources. The Korea-based firm is also able to provide Apple the manufacture of other chips such as flash memory and backend services in-house.
MediaTek is expected to see its revenues drop 6-11% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to declining shipments of 3G smartphone solutions and other ICs for consumer electronics, networking communication and optical storage applications, according to industry sources. Moreover, the slow sales for MediaTek is likely to continue into the first quarter of 2015, due to a high inventory level of smartphones in China and slowing overseas shipments of handsets by China-based vendors affected by seasonality, the sources added.
TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang said Saturday that he will continue to raise his stake in the world’s largest contract chip maker due to strong confidence in the company’s competitive edge over its peers. On the sidelines of TSMC’s annual sports day event, Chang said that his company is gearing up to develop the advanced 16 nanometer process and he has faith that the company will take the lead in 16nm technology development in 2016.
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. This week, China announced it had set up a fund to develop the country’s semiconductor industry, with local media reporting that the initial investments could amount to 120 billion yuan (US$19.5 billion).
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Integrated circuit designer (IC) MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技) said recently that the sale of the iPhone 6 will not impact the company’s performance, as its chips are utilized in budget phones that are tailored for a different market segment. As sales of the iPhone 6 picked up recently, the market is concerned that it will squeeze out sales of competing Android phones and consequently affect MediaTek, which supplies ICs to Android phones.