Tech in Asia — China’s government has made it much harder for game developers to make mobile games, but China’s mobile gamers haven’t become any less interested in playing them. That’s the conclusion reached by research firm Niko Partners in its latest report on China’s mobile gaming industry. According to the report:
Datacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — SoftBank Group agreed to buy ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home.
Digi Times — Having digested their excessive inventory, smartphone vendors have stepped up the pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Smartphone vendors are also gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models.
Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Google has rolled out a Spaces application tailored to let users easily share content and commentary, group-messaging style, on any topics they wish. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search , YouTube , and Chrome come built in,” product director Luke Wroblewski said in a blog post.
Digi Tiems — The global semiconductor materials market decreased 1.5% in 2015 compared to 2014 while worldwide semiconductor revenues decreased 0.2%, according to SEMI. The impact of exchange rate changes, coupled with lower overall semiconductor unit growth, contributed to the year-over-year revenue decline.
Digi Times — Qualcomm has announced that it has signed a new 3G and 4G Chinese patent license agreement with Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Coolpad group. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Yulong a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 (including EV-DO) and 4G LTE (including 3-mode GSM, TD-SCDMA and LTE-TDD) terminals for use in China.
PRNewswire — SAN DIEGO and SEOUL: Qualcomm and LG Electronics, Inc. today announced that the companies have resolved through good faith negotiations an arbitration dispute over certain terms in their license agreement under Qualcomm’s leading portfolio of patents covering 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 and 4G LTE wireless technologies as well as numerous other technologies implemented in wireless devices.
Digi Times — MediaTek is expected to see record shipments of 4G phone chips in the second quarter of 2016 with revenues rising 15-20% on quarter, according to industry sources. MediaTek’s shipments of 4G phone chips are expected to rise 20-30% sequentially in the second quarter, buoyed by replenishment demand prior to China’s May 1 holiday, as well as customers’ roll-outs of new models, said the sources.
Digi Times — TSMC and MediaTek have announced their commitment to a long-term partnership to continue developing innovative products for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device applications based on TSMC’s ultra-low power (ULP) technology platform. Under the ULP platform, TSMC offers multiple processes to provide significant power reduction benefits for IoT and wearable products and a comprehensive design ecosystem to accelerate time-to-market for customers.
Digi Times — ARM and TSMC have announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a 7nm FinFET process technology which includes a design solution for future low-power, high-performance compute SoCs. The new agreement expands the companies’ long-standing partnership and advances leading-edge process technologies beyond mobile and into next-generation networks and data centers.
China Tech News — Qualcomm reached a new patent license agreement with Lenovo Group. So far, China’s five leading smartphone manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Huawei, TCL, ZTE, and Lenovo, have signed new patent license agreements with Qualcomm. Neither Qualcomm nor Lenovo released any financial details about the agreement.
Digi Times — Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to see 50% of its 2016 revenues generated from orders placed by its fabless customers based in China and Taiwan, according to industry sources. TSMC used to have more than 80% of its total revenues generated from orders placed by its non-Greater China customers, but the proportion has declined in recent years, said the sources.
Digi Times — Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has been promoting its Snapdragon 820 chips since the second half of 2015 and has won adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, HTC and China-based vendors Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and LeTV, the sources indicated.
Enterprise Innovation — MediaTek announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its first bio-sensing analog front-end (AFE) chip designed for health and fitness devices. The MT2511 enables bio signal acquisition through electrocardiography (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) simultaneously. It is extremely power efficient and provides lower active mode power consumption of less than 0.6mA while capturing PPG.
Digi Times — China- and Taiwan-based IC design houses including MediaTek, HiSilicon Technologies and Spreadtrum Communications have placed 16nm chip orders with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and begun to step up their pace of orders, according to industry sources. Apple is another key customer of TSMC’s 16nm technology for 2016, the sources indicated. Orders from Apple, and TSMC’s other main mobile SoC clients based in China and Taiwan, will fill the foundry’s 16nm process capacity in 2016, the sources said.
Digi Times — The MediaTek Helio P20 system-on-chip has been announced as the latest addition to the company’s top-tier Helio family of mobile processors. The Helio P20 is a follow up to the Helio P10, MediaTek noted. The P20-series, manufactured using 16nm process technology, is 25% more power efficient than the previous generation, the company claimed. The new MediaTek Helio P20 features upgraded CPU and GPU capabilities with its True Octa-Core architecture clocked up to 2.3GHz and Mali T880 graphics unit clocked at 900MHz.
Digi Times — The global application processor (AP) market will grow 8.5% in 2016, reaching 1.78 billion units, according to a recent Digitimes Research Special Report. The growth rate in 2016 will surpass the annual growth of 7.9% seen in 2015. Intel is expected to show the strongest growth among vendors with 25% growth in 2016, as it launches new low-cost 4G solutions.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced the newest member of its Exynos 7 Octa processor line-up, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870. Using the company’s 14nm FinFET process technology, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870 is designed for mid-range smartphones and other mobile devices. Samsung claimed its new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 processor consumes over 30% less power than mobile SoCs built with 28nm High-k Metal Gate process technology at the same performance level.
PR Newswire — BOSTON: The global tablet Applications Processor (AP) market declined -38 percent year-over-year to reach $828 million in Q3 2015, according to Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, “Tablet Apps Processor Market Share Q3 2015: Apple and MediaTek Take Top Spots.”
Digi Times — Qualcomm has regained its competitive edge in China’s smartphone solution market as it has managed to renew licensing agreements with a number of China-based handset vendors, according to sources from Taiwan’s handset industry.
Digi Times — MediaTek has expanded the R&D team within its IoT (Internet of Things) business unit to more than 200 engineers, and the number of its IoT R&D staff will continue to grow substantially during 2016, according to company sources. MediaTek has started shipping two IoT chips – MT2502 and MT2601 – with monthly shipments reaching several ten million units.
EE Times — MANILLA—MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players. The MT2523 series, which is dedicated to smart watches and other wearables, is a system-in-package (SiP) that enables GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen, according to the company.
Digi Times — To strengthen its partnership with China-based Xiaomi in the mobile device market, Intel has provided special deals to the China-based vendor. For every notebook processor Xiaomi purchases, Intel is giving away a free tablet processor, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Digi Times — Qualcomm has disclosed two license deals it has reached with China-based Haier and Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment, which will pay the chip firm royalties for using its 3G and 4G wireless technologies to make smartphones and other mobile devices.
Digi Times — MediaTek has internally set a shipment goal of 480 million chips for smartphones in 2016 representing about a 20% rise compared to 2015, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. Among the shipment target, 250 million units will be for 4G smartphones surpassing those for 3G models for the first time, the report said.
Digi Times — TSMC is scheduled to move its integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging technology to volume production in the second quarter of 2016. Apple will be among the first wave of TSMC customers adopting the technology, the Chinese-language Commercial Times cited a Goldman Sachs analyst as saying in a recent report.
Digi Times — The global market for application processors (AP) will rise 8.54% in 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Growth of demand for applications such as automotive electronics and smartwatches will outperform that for smartphones. The global AP market is expected to register a slower-than-expected 7.89% increase in 2015, due mainly to falling shipments of tablet PCs worldwide and decelerating smartphone shipment growth, said Digitimes Research.
Android Headlines — November started with Huawei inviting us, along with a few other publications, across the world to China. Where we would spend some time in both Shenzhen (where their headquarters are located) as well as in Beijing. The main purpose of this trip was to give the media more of an inside look at the company, who is now the largest smartphone manufacturer in China, having recently taken that crown back from the start-up Xiaomi.
Digi Times — Competition among smartphone-use SoC providers is expected to heat up in 2016 as companies are gearing up for their new 8- or 10-core solution rollouts. MediaTek will roll out a new series of 64-bit 10-core processors built using 16nm FinFET process technology in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Codenamed Helio X30, the upcoming 10-core solution will be targeted at the high end of the smartphone market, said the sources.
Digi Times — In response to China-based Tsinghua Unigroup’s interest in combining its two subsidiary IC designers with Taiwan-based MediaTek, Acer founder Stan Shih said that China-based investment in Taiwan-based IC design houses is feasible as long as the investment is balanced based on appropriate stake ratios and constraining conditions such as protecting intellectual properties.