Spreadtrum chipset adopted for Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets

ChinaDigi Times — Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE, has been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a tablet series designed for launch in India and European markets. The SC7730SE is now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets which will be available with WCDMA (SM-T561 series) and Wi-Fi (SM-T560 series) features.


China and the Global Semiconductor Space Are Consolidating

ChinaMarket Realist — So far in this series, we’ve looked at Tsinghua’s offer for Micron Technology and changing China’s semiconductor landscape through strategic acquisitions. However, it isn’t just China’s semiconductor space that’s seeing a lot of M&A (mergers and acquisitions). It isn’t the only country that’s going through a consolidation phase. In the last couple of months, a lot of mega deals have happened in the semiconductor sector around the globe.



Spreadtrum Chipset is Adopted for Samsung GALAXY Tab E Tablets

ChinaPRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication standards, today announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE has been adopted by Samsung’s tablet products that combine advanced features with affordability and portability, designed to launch into India and European markets.


Malaysian firms land US$73M sales at San Francisco Semicon West 2015

MalaysiaMIS Asia — According to Malaysian newswire Bernama, Malaysian firms have generated potential sales worth about US$73.003 million (RM277 million) at the recent three-day San Francisco semiconductor event, Semicon West 2015 (held 14-16 July). One of eight participating companies from Malaysia landed sales of US$5 million, Los Angeles-based Malaysian Trade Commissioner Rusiah Mohamed was reported to have said.


Smartphone AP revenues jump 20% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.


Taiwan IT industries facing challenges from China supply chains, says MOEA

TaiwanDigi Times — A number of Taiwan’s IT related industries, including IC design, LCD panel (touchscreen), camera module, battery and chassis, are facing severe challenges from the supply chain makers in China, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has warned.


SEMI ranks Taiwan world’s No. 1 chip equipment spender

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan is expected to grab the title as the largest spender on semiconductor equipment in 2015, according to an estimate released by the trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). SEMI said that Taiwan’s chip equipment spending is expected to total US$10.9 billion in 2015, ahead of South Korea’s estimated US$8.6 billion and North America’s US$6.5 billion.


Unlikely Tsinghua-Micron merger would spell trouble for Taiwan

TaiwanA Taiwanese industry leader said Tuesday that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry will be seriously affected if the Tsinghua Group in mainland China succeeds in merging with Micron Technology, an American company that is a world leader in memory and semiconductor technology.


TSMC cuts 2015 chip growth outlook

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), at its July 16 investors meeting, gave a less-optimistic outlook for the third quarter of 2015, and has revised downward its forecast for 2015 global semiconductor and foundry growth. TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu indicated the company now forecasts the global semiconductor market will grow 3% in sales in 2015, and the foundry segment will see a 6% increase.


TSMC says 10nm on schedule

ChinaDigi Times — TSMC has reiterated plans to move 10nm FinFET technology to risk production at the end of 2016, followed by mass production in the first quarter of 2017. Commercial production of chips made on the new process will take place in TSMC’s manufacturing site at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) in Taichung, the foundry disclosed.


TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production

TaiwanTSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple’s A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources. Just before production kicked off, Apple requested modifications to the mask patterns prompting both contract chipmakers to rework wafers, said the sources. Nevertheless, the event should not interrupt the new iPhone launch schedule, the sources noted.


TSMC cuts 28/20nm prices as much as 10%

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has slashed its prices on 28nm and 20nm process technologies by 5-10% in order to secure orders from major clients including Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to industry sources. The price cuts are also aimed at boosting TSMC’s capacity utilization rates of 28nm and 20nm lines to more than 80%, the sources noted.


‘Made in India’ chips may become mandatory for Defence

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the strategic sectors of Defence, Space and Atomic Energy to use ‘made in India’ chips in an initiative that will meet not only national security needs but also kick start the domestic semi-conductor manufacturing business that has been struggling to take off.


Intel keen to partner ‘Digital India’ initiative

IndiaThe Hindu — Global computer chip-maker Intel is looking to leverage on India’s digital initiatives. The company is partnering several Indian states in their digitalisation efforts with a focus on about 10 States. “Intel’s technology leadership makes it an exclusive expert in delivering end-to-end solutions which are vital for Digital India,” Srinivas Tadigadapa, Director – Enterprise Solutions, Intel South Asia, said while addressing media roundtable on Intel’s roadmap to a Digital India.


Xilinx tapes out MPSoC on TSMC 16nm FF+ process

TaiwanDigi Times — The new Xilinx MPSoC series – dubbed Zynq UltraScale Plus – combines seven user programmable processors including a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 application processing unit, a dual-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-R5 real-time processing unit, and an ARM Mali-400 graphics processing unit. The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family also includes a host of integrated peripherals, safety and security features, and advanced power management.


MediaTek declines to comment on merger rumors

TaiwanDigi Times  — MediaTek has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report indicating the company is considering a merger with Nvidia. MediaTek added it does not comment on market rumors.


Global cellular baseband chip market rises 27% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — The global cellular baseband processor market registered a strong 27% on-year increase to reach US$5.8 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. The market was led by Qualcomm, which grabbed a 61% share, followed by MediaTek with a 18% share and Spreadtrum with 7%, said Strategy Analytics. Samsung and Marvell rounded out the top-five cellular baseband processor suppliers.


XMC likely to be China DRAM hub, says DRAMeXchange

ChinaDigi Times  — Wuhan, Hubei province will likely be chosen to develop China’s home-grown DRAM industry, according to DRAMeXchange. Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing (XMC), a local 12-inch foundry, will serve as the main production base for DRAM. Wuhan is set to beat out five other candidates for China’s DRAM production hub, said DRAMeXchange.


MediaTek to provide ‘surfboards’ for the IoT wave

TaiwanDigital News Asia — IT is estimated that the elderly population (above 64 years of age) in Singapore will reach 600,000 by 2020 and 900,000 by 2030. It’s no wonder then that using technology to improve the lives of senior citizens is a key area of focus for the country’s Smart Nation initiative. One such solution was demonstrated by MediaTek and Hutcabb Consulting at the IoT Asia Exhibition and Conference back in April – an ‘Elderly Care System’ which focuses on fall detection and assistance.


Global DRAM module sales rise 21% in 2014, says DRAMeXchange, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global DRAM module sales totaled US$8.8 billion in 2014, up 21% from US$7.3 billion a year earlier, thanks to more stable prices for PC DRAM as well as a rising ratio of contract sales, according to DRAMeXchange. DRAM prices held steady throughout 2014, said DRAMeXchange. Contract prices for 4Gb DDR3 chips came to US$3.65 on average, representing an 18% increase over US$3.10 in 2013.