TSMC Expects Q4 Hit from Weak Smartphone Sales

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of wafers for chip vendors, is warning that its fourth quarter sales will be negatively impacted by a softening in demand for “certain high-end” smartphones. The foundry giant did not provide details about the devices or the manufacturers. In a statement reporting its third quarter…

Samsung and Apple Fend Off Low-Cost Smartphones

For the second calendar quarter in a row, smartphone shipments represented more than half (52%) of the world’s mobile phone shipments.  Led by electronics manufacturer Samsung, an estimated 408 million handsets and 214 million smartphones shipped during the second quarter of 2013, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research. Feature phone shipments declined 20% year-over-year…