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28nm HPM production lines at TSMC, UMC to run at full capacity until 3Q16, says paper

Newswatch - May 24, 15:44

Both the 28nm HPM (high performance mobile computing) production lines at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will run at full capacity until the end of the third quarter of 2016, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan top-foundry combined revenues to rise 8% in 2Q16

May 24, 14:09

Combined revenues of Taiwan's major foundries: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) are forecast to reach US$8.02 billion in the second quarter of 2016, up 8.4% on quarter but down 0.9% on year, according to...

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 11.3% sequentially in 2Q16

May 24, 11:08

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.

Taiwan April manufacturing production index down on month, year, says MOEA

May 23, 22:38

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 102.68 for April 2016, decreasing 5.99% on month and 4.50% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on May 23.

Chip suppliers cautious about unit production for upcoming iPhone

May 23, 22:37

Chip suppliers are looking to enter production starting mid-June for the upcoming new iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016, but are generally less optimistic on their unit production for the devices by the end of the year.

Kinsus to post brisk sales in 2Q and 3Q, says report

Stockwatch - May 23, 22:35

IC substrate supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology is expected to post double-digit sequential revenue growth in both the second and third quarters, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

China firm proposes to buy Aixtron

May 23, 22:33

Aixtron has announced that the company and China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) have entered into an agreement under which FGC will take over Aixtron through its indirect German subsidiary Grand Chip Investment (GCI).

China market: Lenovo to use Samsung Exynos CPUs

May 23, 15:24

ZUK, a handset subsidiary of Lenovo, is to roll out a new smartphone powered by a Samsung Electronics Exynos 8890 processor, according to company CEO Chang Cheng.

Walton announces stock buyback

May 23, 14:37

Memory-IC packaging and testing house Walton Advanced Engineering has announced plans to repurchase as many as five million shares at prices between NT$8 (US$0.25) and NT$12 per share through July 22, 2016. The repurchased shares will be distributed to employees, the company said.

Taiwan April unemployment rate up on year, says DGBAS

May 23, 14:02

Taiwan had 451,000 jobless citizens in April 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.86% which dropped 0.03pp on month but rose 0.23pp on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Taiwan April export order value down, says MOEA

May 23, 11:57

Taiwan received export orders worth US$33.16 billion in total in April 2016, decreasing 9.5% on month and 11.1% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on May 20.

GlobalWafers to acquire wafer business unit from Topsil

May 23, 10:55

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers has disclosed it will acquire a 100% stake in the wafer business unit of Denmark-based Topsil Semiconductor Materials A/S at Danish Krone 320 million (US$48.27 million).

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US1.5 billion in January-April, says MOEA

May 20, 14:20

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,019 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$1.533 billion in January-April 2016, respectively decreasing 12.31% and increasing 1.06% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on May 20.

Chip demand from Apple disappointing, say sources

May 20, 11:34

Chip orders from Apple have been relatively slow in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in previous years, due to poor sales of the vendor's existing iPhone and iPad devices, according to industry sources.

ARM announces 10nm test chip

May 19, 10:17

ARM has announced the first multicore, 64-bit ARMv8-A processor test chip based on TSMC's 10FinFET process technology. Simulation benchmarks show impressive power and efficiency gains relative to TSMC's 16FinFET+ process technology.

TSMC mulling cutting 16/20nm prices

May 18, 11:08

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is considering dropping contract prices for its handset-IC clients to help ease the pressure of their declining ASPs and gross margins, according to industry sources.

SPIL 2016 growth to outpace industry average, says chairman

May 17, 21:11

Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) sales for 2016 will continue to grow and outpace the industry average, according to company chairman Bough Lin.

Global 1Q16 silicon wafer shipments increase on quarter, says SEMI

May 17, 15:02

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter of 2016 when compared to fourth-quarter 2015 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Intel obtains up to 50% of modem chip orders for upcoming iPhone

May 16, 22:27

Intel will supply up to 50% of the modem chips for use in the new iPhones slated for launch in September 2016, according to industry sources.

UIS 1Q16 profits surge

May 16, 22:26

Taiwan-based cleanroom maker United Information Systems (UIS) has reported net profits of NT$325 million (US$9.95 million) for the third quarter of 2016, up 76.6% on quarter and 68.4% from a year earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.37 for the quarter.

Quake-hit facilities to resume production by end-May, says Sony

May 16, 15:09

Sony's sensor production was affected by earthquakes on April 14, 2016 and subsequent earthquakes in Japan's Kumamoto region, but is set to resume operations by the end of May, according to the company.

ChipMOS secures NT$13.2 billion syndicated loan

May 16, 15:05

ChipMOS Technologies has signed a five-year syndicated loan for NT$13.2 billion (US$404.5 million) with 10 local banks in Taiwan, according to the packaging and testing company.

IC Insights releases top-20 semiconductor suppliers in 1Q16

May 16, 10:23

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers including three pure-play foundries and six fabless companies in the first quarter of 2016.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues to fall 2.3% in 2016, says IDC

May 16, 10:00

Worldwide semiconductor revenues for 2016 will fall for a second consecutive year to US$324 billion, down 2.3% from the previous year according to IDC. Revenues are forecast to log a CAGR of 1.9% from 2015-2020, reaching US$364 billion in 2020.

UMC to help develop DRAM manufacturing technology for China firm

Stockwatch - May 16, 09:59

Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit and Taiwan-based United Microelectronics (UMC) have signed a technology cooperation agreement for UMC to develop DRAM related technologies for Jin Hua, according to a company filing UMC issued with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

SMIC expects to post 3-7% revenue increase in 2Q16

May 13, 09:59

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post revenue growth of 3-7% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, with gross margin ranging from 25% to 27%.

Cypress adopts Cadence design tools for 40nm auto ICs

May 12, 13:46

Cypress Semiconductor has selected the full Cadence RTL-to-signoff digital design flow and complete Spectre circuit simulation platform for all of its 40nm automotive chip designs, according to the EDA software and engineering services company.

Automotive electronics system demand fails to boost auto IC market in 2015, says IC Insights

May 12, 10:25

With discussion increasingly focused on autonomous vehicles and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication, demand is rising for electronic systems to support new, intelligent cars. Meanwhile, older, existing technology on high-end vehicles continues to migrate down...

UMC to buy back shares

Stockwatch - May 11, 21:24

United Microelectronics (UMC) has disclosed plans to buy back up to NT$83.98 billion (US$2.58 billion) of its shares and distribute them to employees.

STATS ChipPAC fan-out wafer-level packaging shipments exceed 1 billion units

May 11, 14:45

STATS ChipPAC has shipped over one billion fan-out wafer level packages (FOWLP), also known in the industry as embedded wafer-level ball grid array (eWLB), according to the company.

SEMI reports 2015 semiconductor photomask sales of US$3.3 billion

May 11, 11:01

SEMI has reported that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was US$3.3 billion in 2015. After increasing 3% in 2014, the photomask market increased 1% in 2015, according to SEMI.

TSMC board approves US$4.1 billion for capacity expansion

May 10, 22:56

The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of approximately US$4.101 billion to expand capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, as well as converting certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, and R&D capital investments and sustaining...

KYEC posts profit rise in 1Q16

May 10, 22:50

Wafer probing service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported net profits of NT$603 million (US$18.5 million) for the first quarter of 2016, up 30.3% sequentially and 0.6% on year. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.52.

TSMC April revenues fall 11% on year

May 10, 14:12

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$66.84 billion (US$2.06 billion) for April 2016, down 11.3% on year and 8.5% sequentially.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 2% in 2016, says Gartner

May 9, 21:32

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 2% to US$62.8 billion in 2016, according to Gartner. This is up from the estimated 4.7% decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

Taiwan April export value down on month, year, says MOF

May 9, 21:29

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$22.25 billion for April 2016, decreasing 2.1% on month and 6.5% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$17.45 billion fell 4.2% on month and 9.6% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on May 9.

NXP tops auto semiconductor vendor rankings, says Strategy Analytics

May 9, 21:24

NXP Semiconductors achieved a 14.2% share of the US$27.4 billion automotive semiconductor market in 2015, four-percentage points ahead of its nearest rivals Infineon and Renesas, according to Strategy Analytics.

ASE posts decreased April revenues

May 9, 16:12

Consolidated revenues at Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), which consist of sales generated by EMS subsidiary Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), fell 14.1% sequentially and 8.2% on year to NT$20.225 billion (US$623.9 million) in April 2016.

UMC reports decreased April revenues

May 9, 15:07

IC foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$10.76 billion (US$332 million) for April 2016, down 17.3% on year and 16.7% sequentially.

HMI April revenues fall 39%

May 9, 14:31

Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI), a provider of electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions, has reported April consolidated revenues fell 39.3% sequentially to NT$433 million (US$13.4 million).

Powertech April revenues increase

Stockwatch - May 6, 16:49

Powertech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.611 billion (US$111.44 million) for April 2016, representing a 1.3% increase on month and 6.99% increase on year.

Taiwan April CPI rises, says DGBAS

May 6, 11:45

Taiwan's April 2016 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.82 (2011 as base year) increased 0.34% on month and 1.88% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 84.24 dropped 0.24% on month and 4.23% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBA...

Faraday swings to profit in 1Q16

May 6, 10:56

Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and silicon IP provider, swung to net profits of NT$75 million (US$2.31 million) in the first quarter from losses of NT$77 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. EPS for first-quarter 2016 came to NT$0.30.

TSMC begins tape-out of 10nm A11 chips for Apple

May 6, 10:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to tape out the design for Apple's A11 processor built on a 10nm FinFET process, according to industry sources.

SPIL April revenues down on-year

May 5, 21:53

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.83 billion (US$210.6 million) for April 2016, down 1.9% on year but up 6.3% on month.

KYEC posts record April revenues

May 5, 21:53

IC testing company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.6 billion (US$49.4 million) for April 2016, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month.

PTI to buy factory building from Epistar for NT$620 million

Stockwatch - May 5, 21:51

IC packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced the acquisition of a factory building and related facilities from LED chipmaker Epistar for a total of NT$620 million (US$19 million).

HMI to see strong rebound in 2Q16, says report

Stockwatch - May 5, 19:52

Consolidated revenues at electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) are expected to increase 50-80% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

VIS expects to post up to 5% revenue growth in 2Q16

May 5, 09:43

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) expects to post revenue growth of up to 5% in the second quarter of 2016.

Global semiconductor sales increase slightly in March, says SIA

May 3, 16:00

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3% compared to the previous month's total of US$26.0 billion.

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