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TSMC, MediaTek climb in IC R&D spending ranking

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC台積電) and MediaTek Inc.(聯發科) moved up in a ranking of top research and development spenders in the semiconductor industry, according to a report released Tuesday by market research firm IC Insights.  44 more words


Samsung to supply DRAM for Apple's next-gen iPhones; deal worth worth billions of dollars, sources say

”Samsung Electronics has agreed with LG Electronics and Apple to supply advanced DRAM chips for their new range of smartphones, two people familiar with the deal said Monday,” Kim Yoo-chul reports fore The Korea Times. 154 more words


Digitimes Research: Global IC foundry output value to rise 12% in 2015

Output value for the global IC foundry industry is forecast to reach US$54.8 billion in 2015, up 12% from US$49 billion in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.  51 more words


TSMC Will Build Semiconductor Factory In Taiwan

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited announced on its website that the company will invest over NTD500 billion, which is about USD15.9 billion, to build a new plant to meet the ever-growing demands for chips.  25 more words


The price of getting Apple's attention: $12 billion

”Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is locked in an investment duel with Samsung Electronics Co. to meet booming U.S. demand for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and other smartphones, benefiting electronics suppliers around the globe,” Tim Culpan and Ian King report for Bloomberg. 194 more words


今週のアジア 2/8〜2/14:Qualcomm 訴訟の 背景を追う

グローバル市場へ向けて、ついに 中国が攻勢をかけ始めた ・・・



今週のアジアの動きで注目すべきは、なんと言っても、中国における Qualcomm のアンチ・トラスト問題でしょう。総額で $975m という罰金とは、日本円だと 1150億円であり、この種の支払いとしては最大級のものになるようです。 Reuter も、ITPro も、CNet も、3G/4G に関する特許を、つまり、通信方式に関する特許を、他の特許と分離することになったと報じていますが、その背景には、Qualcomm の複雑なライセンス体系があるようです。 12/27 の ZDNet 「Qualcomm asked to lower patent fees amid China’s antitrust probe… 831 more words


TSMC sues former ex-employee over leaking trade secrets to Samsung

”Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest chip foundry, is suing a former R&D employee on the suspicion that he leaked secrets including but not limited to 28 nm process technology to Samsung,” Alan Patterson reports for EETimes. 267 more words