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.
Every mobile phone has them. So too tablets. But very few users of the technology that pervades everyday life give this critical component much thought. We’re talking about semiconductors. Admittedly, it’s not an industry that captures the imagination of investors like big tech names such as Apple (ticker: AAPL ). But it’s an industry that forms the bedrock of the technology we enjoy and is leveraged to the growth of mobile devices. When you take and store a photo on your phone, it’s semiconductors that provide the memory to do that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.