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Global semiconductor sales increase 21.9% year-to-year in October
środa, 06 grudnia 2017 15:58

The SIA announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $37.1 billion for the month of October 2017, an increase of 21.9 percent from the October 2016 total of $30.4 billion and 3.2 percent more than last month’s total of $36.0 billion. October marked the global industry’s largest-ever monthly sales total. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, the latest WSTS industry forecast was revised upward and now projects annual global market growth of 20.6 percent in 2017 and 7.0 percent in 2018.

więcej na: www.semiconductors.org

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Qualcomm is partnering with AMD to power a new line of Always Connected laptops
środa, 06 grudnia 2017 14:08

At Qualcomm’s conference, AMD’s corporate vice president and GM Kevin Lensing made a surprise guest appearance, announcing that the two companies were working together to power a new line of HP and Asus PCs, powered by Snapdragon 835. The Always Connected PCs are powered by gigabit LTE, to stay connected without relying on Wi-Fi. Partnership with Qualcomm can be seen as the next big move for AMD, and a way for the semiconductor to challenge Intel. Lensing didn’t give many details on what AMD’s work on the new PCs will entail, but Qualcomm’s conference will last all week, and more information may come out in the coming days.

więcej na: www.theverge.com

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Samsung starts producing first 512-gigabyte universal flash storage
środa, 06 grudnia 2017 12:06

Samsung Electronics Co. announced that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first 512-gigabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage solution for use in next-generation mobile devices. Utilizing Samsung’s latest 64-layer 512-gigabit V-NAND chips, the new 512GB eUFS package provides unparalleled storage capacity and outstanding performance for upcoming flagship smartphones and tablets. “The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones by overcoming potential limitations in system performance that can occur with the use of micro SD cards,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

więcej na: www.businesswire.com

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Panel makers ramping up production of all-screen displays
środa, 06 grudnia 2017 10:00

Flat panel makers including Innolux, AU Optronics and BOE Technology are ramping up their production of profiled all-screen displays in response to rising demand from the smartphone sector, according sources from upstream suppliers. More smartphone vendors are expected to adopt all-screen displays for their models to be launched in 2018 after Apple released the all-screen iPhone X, said the sources. BOE plans to roll out 6.18-inch all-screen AMOLED displays with a resolution of 2,992 by 1,440 pixels in early 2018, indicated the sources, noting that a number of China-based smartphone vendors are likely to adopt such panels.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

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SEMI reports record quarterly billings of $14.3B
środa, 06 grudnia 2017 08:03

SEMI reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$14.3 billion for the third quarter of 2017. Quarterly billings of US$14.3 billion set an all-time record for quarterly billings, exceeding the record level set in the second quarter of this year. Billings for the most recent quarter are 2 percent higher than the second quarter of 2017 and 30 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago. Sequential regional growth was mixed for the most recent quarter with the strongest growth in Europe. Korea maintained the largest market for semiconductor equipment for the year, followed by Taiwan and China.

więcej na: www.semi.org

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Renesas and HELLA Aglaia combine on ADAS front camera system
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 20:09

Renesas Electronics Corporation and HELLA Aglaia announced their open and scalable front camera solution for advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving. The new front camera solution combines the R-Car V3M, Renesas' high-performance, low-power image recognition system-on-chip for New Car Assessment Program, and HELLA Aglaia´s field-proven camera software designed to meet level 2 and level 3 of the SAE International’s new J3016 standard. Designed for scalability, the solution enables system designers to build a wide range of front cameras from cameras supporting NCAP to cameras supporting requirements for up to level 3 applications. This collaboration opens up the market for front cameras as sensor vision is projected to become a major requirement for NCAP over the next several years.

więcej na: www.renesas.com

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Chunghwa Precision sales decline on seasonal slowdown
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 18:02

Chunghwa Precision Test Technology Co, which specializes in the design and manufacturing of high-performance testing solutions for semiconductors, reported that sales - both monthly and annually - declined last month. Consolidated sales were NT$142.1 million, down 38.37 percent year-on-year and 39.77 percent month-on-month, the company’s filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange showed. Chunghwa Precision, whose services include probe cards for chip probing and load boards for final testing, attributed its lower sales mainly to the effect of the fourth quarter, which is typically a low season for the industry, the Chinese-language Apple Daily quoted the company as saying. Sales also declined because of some customers postponing orders for its 7nm and 10nm products, the paper said.

więcej na: www.taipeitimes.com

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Foxconn factory to open in 2019
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 15:57

Foxconn expects to begin operations at their Wisconsin plant in early 2019. Racine County and the Village of Mount Pleasant have committed over $760-million in local funds for the project. Most of that money will be used to buy up land to create a 1,000-acre campus for Foxconn. The rest will go to interest payments and infrastructure improvements which will begin in the spring. A special tax increment finance district covers about 4,000 acres around the plant site. The county and village hope to recoup some of their investment through higher property taxes as land values increase around the plant. Foxconn is planning to spend up to $10-nillion on a facility that could employ as many as 13,000.

więcej na: wsau.com

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is eyeing a $50 billion IPO
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 14:00

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is eyeing a $50 billion IPO as early as next year, according to a report from Bloomberg. The Beijing-based company has picked up momentum to challenge phone competitor Huawei in its home market, selling 21 million units in the second quarter of 2017. It's recently expanded beyond handsets, announcing an A.I. partnership with internet search giant Baidu and rivaling Amazon's Echo with an in-home smart speaker. In 2014 Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion, which at the time made it the most valuable start-up in the world. The company is considering a Hong Kong IPO for next year, The Information first reported, citing sources familiar with the company.

więcej na: www.cnbc.com

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Brocade’s San Jose headquarters is sold following merger, layoffs
wtorek, 05 grudnia 2017 11:57

After merging with chipmaker Broadcom and planning layoffs, Brocade Communications has sold its three-building San Jose headquarters and a nearby parking garage to a realty developer. The move comes as Bay Area job growth has slowed this year. And while demand remains solid for Silicon Valley properties at the moment, a real estate expert and an economist sounded notes of caution about potential headwinds coming for commercial real estate. The Brocade complex of three office buildings, totaling more than 541,000 square feet, sold for $225.5 million. The sale was completed Nov. 30, according to county records. Brocade sold the properties in four transactions to separate affiliates controlled by Menlo Park-based Lane Partners.

więcej na: www.siliconvalley.com

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