TSMC to see Greater China customers account for 50% of 2016 revenues

TaiwanDigi 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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160311PD200.html

Media Tour: Getting To Know Huawei, Kirin 950, Nexus 6P & More

ChinaAndroid 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.

http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/11/android-headliner-huaweis-kirin-950-nexus-6p.html

Huawei using more HiSilicon chips in high-end smartphones

ChinaDigi Times — The ratio Kirin-series application processors, developed by HiSilicon Technologies, used in Huawei’s mid-range and high-end smartphones has continued to increase, which is unfavorable to MediaTek, according to industry sources. Although Huawei’s current purchases of smartphone-use APs from MediaTek are still larger than those from HiSilicon, most MediaTek APs have been used in Huawei’s entry-level to mid-range models.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20151030PD202.html

Samsung eyeing 14nm chip orders from HiSilicon

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics is offering HiSilicon Technologies lower prices for its 14nm FinFET production in a bid to vie for mobile chip orders from the China-based fabless vendor, according to industry sources. HiSilicon is already among TSMC’s major clients, having placed 16nm chip orders at the Taiwan-based foundry, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20151014PD212.html

HiSilicon, Spreadtrum head-hunting in Taiwan

ChinaDigi Times  — China-based HiSilicon Technologies and Spreadtrum Communications have been aggressively hiring engineering talent at their local offices in Taiwan, according to industry sources. Both HiSilicon and Spreadtrum already have R&D teams in Taiwan, said the sources. Located in Hsinchu, HiSilicon’s Taiwan office has a team of almost 500 R&D engineers engaged in the development of handset chip solutions, the sources indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150818PD211.html

Huawei, Xiaomi to hike adoption of in-house-developed smartphone APs

China.gifDigi Times — Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Technology are expected to increase adoption of in-house-developed ARM-architecture application processors (APs) in their own-brand smartphones. Huawei’s subsidiary IC designer HiSilicon Technologies has improved its technological capability and Xiaomi has obtained licenses from China-based Leadcore Technology to develop own-use APs, according to Taiwan-based IC design houses.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150807PD206.html

Price war brings lower profits, consolidation to mobile chip makers

APACLeading mobile phone chip suppliers have seen the impact of a price war that has led to consolidation in the sector, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek recorded a 13% year-on-year sales decline and a 49.2% drop in net profits when reporting its second-quarter results, while US-based Qualcomm saw sales and net profit drop 14% and 47%, respectively, during its fiscal third quarter, the paper said.

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Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 23.5% in 2H15

ChinaDigi Times  — Shipments of smartphone application processors in the China market are expected to grow 9.7% and 16% on quarter, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Overall, China’s smartphone-use AP shipments will increase 23.5% on year to 300 million units in the second half of 2015, Digitimes Research estimated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150731PD202.html