Demand for 8-inch fab equipment rises
Dec 19, 11:09
Demand for 8-inch fab tools, particularly used equipment, has risen significantly, as foundries are gearing up for their 8-inch fab expansion to grasp the rising IoT opportunity, according to industry sources.
SMIC builds Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chips using 28nm
Dec 18, 21:59
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in the fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after SMIC and Qualcomm announced plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production, and...
Taiwan science parks January-October total revenues up 3.61% on year, says MOST
Dec 18, 21:56
The three science parks developed and operated by the government in Taiwan, Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), generated combined sales revenues of NT$1.873 trillion (US$61.12 billion) during the January-October 2014 period, growing...
IC foundries gearing up for 8-inch fab expansions
Dec 17, 11:10
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) both plan to build additional capacity at their 8-inch fabs...
ASE Kaohsiung plant allowed to resume operations
Dec 16, 11:21
The K7 factory of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) located in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan - suspended for months in the wake of major pollution violations - has been allowed to resume normal operations immediately, according to the company.
HLMC and MediaTek partner on 28nm technology development and wafer production
Dec 15, 21:33
Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) has announced it is working closely with MediaTek on 28nm technology development and wafer manufacturing services. Both companies are looking to strengthen the partnership to provide more diverse products based on 28nm technology for the growing mobile communication...
IoT boosts embedded systems growth, says IC Insights
Dec 12, 15:15
Since 2006, there have been more embedded systems, industrial equipment, sensor devices, instruments, meters, cameras, animals, and other objects connected to the Internet than humans using computers, smartphones, and other electronics for information technology. Until recently, steady increases in...
GW Instek expects sales from Europe to rise 30% in 2015
Dec 11, 22:08
Taiwan-based test and measurement instrument maker GW Instek has been eagerly expanding its sales in overseas markets and expects sales generate from the European market to increase 30% in 2015, according to the company.
TSMC November sales slip 10%
Dec 10, 21:30
Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated sales of NT$72.28 billion (US$2.32 billion) for November 2014, down 10.5% sequentially.
PTI January-November sales rise 7%
Stockwatch - Dec 10, 11:08
Memory-IC packaging and testing house Powertech Technology (PTI) saw its cumulative 2014 sales through November increase 7% from a year earlier to NT$36.86 billion (US$1.18 billion). Sales for November slid 3% sequentially to NT$3.25 billion.
Inspection tool maker HMI November sales soar
Stockwatch - Dec 10, 10:49
Consolidated revenues at Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, soared 135% sequentially in November thanks to deferred orders from the previous month.
ASE November sales stay high
Stockwatch - Dec 10, 10:43
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated sales for November decreased 4.8% from a record high posted in the previous month. Sales for the first 11 months of 2014 totaled NT$231.72 billion (US$7.42 billion), rising 16.8% on year.
UMC 4Q14 sales expected to rise
Stockwatch - Dec 9, 21:33
Consolidated sales at United Microelectronics (UMC) for the fourth quarter of 2014 are expected to outperform the previous quarter's levels, and beat the company's guidance of an about 2% sequential drop, according to market watchers.
Taiwan November export value down on month, says MOF
Dec 9, 15:45
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$26.68 billion for November 2014, decreasing 0.8% sequentially but increasing 3.7% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$22.46 billion rose 0.8% sequentially and 5.1% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
New capacity to buoy KYEC profitability, says paper
Stockwatch - Dec 9, 11:32
King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has broken ground for the second-phase construction of its new plant in Tongluo, central Taiwan, with completion scheduled for the end of 2015. The arrival of new production capacity will buoy the backend house's profitability, according to a Chinese-language Economic...
Cellphones continue to be largest driver of IC sales, says IC Insights
Dec 5, 14:13
The total production value of electronic systems is projected to increase 5% in 2014 to US$1.49 trillion and climb to about US$1.82 trillion in 2018, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from US$1.41 trillion in 2013, according to IC Insights. Cellphones will extend their lead...
Global chip sales rise 9.6% in October, says SIA
Dec 4, 11:38
Worldwide sales of semiconductors for October 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.6% from a year ago when sales were US$27.1 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$29.2 billion posted in September, October sales represented a 1.5% growth.
UMC orders equipment from Applied Materials
Stockwatch - Dec 3, 15:28
United Microelectronics (UMC) has purchased a batch of production equipment from Applied Materials for NT$827 million (US$26.6 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
AWSC responds to media reports on 4Q14 sales
Stockwatch - Dec 3, 14:36
GaAs IC foundry Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of Chinese-language reports from the Commercial Times and Economic Daily News (EDN) commenting on AWSC's performance in the fourth...
TSMC to hold annual supply chain forum on December 4
Dec 2, 14:25
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will hold its annual supply chain management forum on December 4, and is expected to reveal the latest developments on its 16nm and 10nm node technologies at the event.
Cymer unveils new DUV immersion light source
Dec 1, 15:54
Cymer, an ASML company, has announced its new argon fluoride (ArF) immersion light source, the XLR 700ix. Built on the XLR platform, the 700ix provides improvements in bandwidth, wavelength and energy stability, enabling higher scanner throughput and process stability for advanced 14nm chip manufacturing...
Mirle, Hiwin expect sales growth in 2015
Dec 1, 10:22
LCD panel equipment specialist Mirle Automation and automation equipment maker Hiwin Technologies expect sales to grow in 2015 thanks to strong orders placed by their China-based clients.
YoungTek 4Q14 sales to fall up to 10%
Dec 1, 10:18
YoungTek Electronics, which provides backend services for LED and IC testing and sorting, is expected to post an up to 10% sequential decrease in fourth-quarter revenues due to a seasonal slowdown in demand, according to market watchers.
Co-Tech looking to diversify products
Nov 28, 14:53
Co-Tech Copper Foil has developed copper oxide powders for use in HDI manufacturing, with volume shipments slated for the second quarter of 2015, according to the copper foil maker.
COF tape supply likely to fall short
Nov 28, 14:51
As the number of suppliers decreases, global supply of chip-on-film (COF) tapes has shrunk significantly, according to industry sources. Supply may fall short in 2015, as demand for LCD driver ICs for use in Ultra HD TVs will rise robustly, said the sources.
Wage rates in eastern China rise in November
Nov 28, 12:36
The local government in Jiangsu Province, eastern China, increased wage rates on November 1, much later than other cities, to avoid imposing a heavy burden on electronics factories during the third quarter of 2014 when there was a serious shortage of labor. The minimum monthly wage increased CNY150...
IC suppliers gear up for automobile memory chip market
Nov 28, 10:19
With the global automobile electronics market set for strong growth in 2015, a number of semiconductor firms including Micron Technology, Spansion, Micronix International, Winbond Electronics and Silicon Motion Technologies, have begun strengthening their deployments in the segment.
ChipMOS 2015 capex to stay flat
Nov 27, 15:30
ChipMOS Technologies, which specializes in assembly and test services for LCD driver ICs and memory chips, is expected to maintain its 2015 capex at near 2014 levels, according to industry sources.
Commentary: MediaTek offers food for thought about investing in China
Nov 27, 15:03
The announcement by MediaTek that it will invest in a private equity fund led by SummitView Capital and the Shanghai city government indicates that the Taiwan-based smartphone solution vendor has managed to avert the pressure from China's efforts to promote its own semiconductor industry.