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ASE expects to post revenue growth through 4Q15

Jul 30, 21:57

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) will manage to post sequential revenue growth through the fourth quarter of 2015, according to company COO Tien Wu.

Hua Hong Semiconductor, QST announce 3-axis gyroscope SoC

Jul 30, 21:52

Hua Hong Semiconductor, a pure-play 200mm foundry, and Shanghai Quality Sensor Technology (QST) have jointly announced what they claim is the first 3-axis gyroscope SoC developed and manufactured by China-based firms.

UMC slows 28nm ramp

Jul 30, 21:50

United Microelectronics (UMC) has decided to ramp up its 28nm production capacity at a slower pace due to a less-optimistic outlook for demand in the second half of 2015.

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Low order visibility for 2H15, says SPIL chairman

Jul 30, 15:49

Bough Lin, chairman of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), has expressed caution about the semiconductor market prospects for the second half of 2015 due to low order visibility.

UMC expects wafer shipments to drop in 3Q15

Jul 30, 11:16

Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to post an up to 5% sequential decrease in wafer shipments for the third quarter of 2015, while its capacity utilization rate will fall below 90%.

Testing service provider Sporton reports strong 2Q15 earnings

Jul 30, 10:59

Mobile device testing and certification services provider Sporton International has reported net profits of NT$208 million (US$6.61 million) or NT$2.47 per share for the second quarter of 2015. The quarterly earnings were the company's highest ever level.

Tsunami of M&A deals underway in 2015 chip industry, says IC Insights

Jul 30, 10:41

In just the first half of 2015 alone, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of US$72.6 billion, which is nearly 6x the annual average for M&A deals struck during the five previous years (2010-2014), according to IC Insights.

Intel and Micron claim breakthrough memory solution

Jul 29, 15:46

Intel and Micron Technology have jointly announced 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process...

China IC backend firms reportedly obtain orders from Qualcomm, MediaTek

Jul 29, 15:35

Major China-based IC backend houses including Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics have obtained orders from Qualcomm and MediaTek, which tend to support the China government's efforts to boost development of the local IC industry, according to industry sour...

PTI looks to moderate growth in 3Q15

Jul 29, 11:33

Powertech Technology (PTI) expects to post another moderate growth in revenues for the third quarter of 2015, with improvement in gross margin.

Chipbond to boost sales from non-driver ICs, says report

Stockwatch - Jul 29, 11:10

Chipbond Technology, which provides backend services mainly for LCD driver ICs, will see significant growth in sales from its non-driver IC product line in the second half of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Toshiba develops 2 new process technologies for MCUs, wireless ICs

Jul 27, 15:48

Toshiba has announced the development of a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analog power process. The new process technologies were developed for low-cost applications such as microcontrollers (MCU),...

China 1H15 patent applications up 20.5% on year

Jul 24, 14:40

China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) received 1.124 million patent applications (invention, utility or design) and granted 471,000 patents in the first half of 2015, increasing 20.5% and 26.4% respectively on year, China-based Xinhua News Agency and Jinghua Times have...

Taiwan sees decreased June manufacturing production index, says MOEA

Jul 23, 20:17

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 106.75 for June 2015, decreasing 0.41% on month and 1.18% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on July 23.

Micron, Tsinghua once in tie-up talks, say sources

Jul 22, 21:36

Micron Technology and China's Tsinghua Unigroup had been negotiating about a possible tie-up in the commodity DRAM business, but failed to reach a consensus, according to industry sources.

Taiwan June unemployment rate up on month, down on year, says DGBAS

Jul 22, 15:20

Taiwan had 431,000 jobless citizens in June 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.71%, up 0.09pp on month but dropped 0.21pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on July 22.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, says SEMI

Jul 22, 14:35

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.51 billion in orders worldwide in June 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.98 means that US$98 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

TSMC subscribes to Foxconn bonds

Jul 21, 16:25

TSMC has spent a total of NT$403 million (US$13 million) to acquire a portion of the corporate bonds issued by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), according to a TSMC filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The bonds are priced at NT$100.66 per unit.

UMC enters volume production for AMD chips using TSV

Jul 21, 16:02

United Microelectronics (UMC) has entered volume production for AMD's graphics chips using through-silicon-via (TSV) technology, according to the Taiwan-based pure-play foundry.

Taiwan IT industries facing challenges from China supply chains, says MOEA

Jul 21, 16:00

A number of Taiwan's IT related industries, including IC design, LCD panel (touchscreen), camera module, battery and chassis, are facing severe challenges from the supply chain makers in China, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has warned.

Taiwan June export order value down 5.8% on year, says MOEA

Jul 20, 21:03

Taiwan received export orders worth US$36.58 billion in total in June 2015, increasing 2.2% on month but decreasing 5.8% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on July 20.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of nearly US$2 billion in January-June, says MOEA

Jul 20, 21:02

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,741 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$1.988 billion from January-June 2015, respectively increasing 5.13% and 4.51% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on July 20.

Applied Materials intros ALD system for 3D IC manufacturing

Jul 17, 15:27

Applied Materials has unveiled the Applied Olympia ALD (atomic layer deposition) system featuring a modular architecture that delivers high-performance ALD technology to manufacturers of leading-edge 3D memory and logic chips.

TSMC says 10nm on schedule

Jul 17, 14:07

TSMC has reiterated plans to move 10nm FinFET technology to risk production at the end of 2016, followed by mass production in the first quarter of 2017.

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TSMC cuts 2015 chip growth outlook

Jul 16, 22:28

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), at its July 16 investors meeting, gave a less-optimistic outlook for the third quarter of 2015, and has revised downward its forecast for 2015 global semiconductor and foundry growth.

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TSMC 2Q15 profits rise despite revenue drop

Jul 16, 15:52

Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$79.42 billion (US$2.55 billion) for the second quarter of 2015, up 0.5% sequentially and hitting the second-highest quarterly level in the company's history. Net EPS for the quarter came to NT$3.06.

TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production

Jul 16, 14:28

TSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple's A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 2.5% in 2015, says Gartner

Jul 15, 21:50

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5% in 2015 reaching US$66.1 billion, according to Gartner. The prediction is down from the research firm's previous estimate of a 4.1% increase.

Chip equipment spending to continue growth through 2016, says SEMI

Jul 15, 15:17

SEMI has forecast that the total semiconductor equipment market will grow 7% in 2015 reaching US$40.2 billion, and expand another 4% to US$41.8 billion in 2016. Following strong growth of 18% in 2014, the equipment market is poised to continue to expand for the next two years, SEMI noted.

Security a must for IoT market: Q&A with NXP EVP Steve Owen

Jul 15, 12:01

The acquisition of Freescale by NXP Semiconductors will make NXP the world's second largest MCU supplier after the merger. The deal highlights NXP's goal of making a significant inroad into the IoT application market by optimizing Freescale's MCU portfolio as well as its own comprehensive lineups of...

NXP EVP snf CMO Steve Owen

TSMC cuts 28/20nm prices as much as 10%

Jul 15, 11:23

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has slashed its prices on 28nm and 20nm process technologies by 5-10% in order to secure orders from major clients including Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to industry sources.

ChipMOS reports decreased revenues for 2Q15

Jul 15, 11:20

ChipMOS Technologies, a provider of contract semiconductor assembly and test services, has announced consolidated revenues of NT$5.07 billion (US$163 million) for the second quarter of 2015 representing decreases of 6.4% on year and 2.9% sequentially.

Taiwan large-scale companies urged to acquire small innovative firms to enhance competitiveness

Newswatch - Jul 14, 21:58

Taiwan's vice premier Chang San-cheng has encouraged Taiwan-based large-scale enterprises such as Foxconn Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to further strengthen their competitiveness through acquisitions of small innovative companies.

Taiwan vice premier Chang San-cheng

Cleanroom constructor UIS 2Q15 revenues hike 185%

Stockwatch - Jul 14, 15:47

Taiwan-based cleanroom constructor United Information Systems (UIS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.25 billion (US$104.7 million) for the second quarter of 2015, up 28.6% sequentially and a robust 185% on year.

Globalfoundries rolls out 22nm FD-SOI technology

Jul 14, 13:39

Globalfoundries has announced the availability of a 22nm process technology platform developed specifically to meet the ultra-low-power requirements of next-generation connected devices. Dubbed 22FDX, the technology delivers FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm...

AWSC, VPEC June revenues rise

Jul 13, 21:12

GaAs IC foundry Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) saw its June revenues soar, while GaAs epi-wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) enjoyed record high revenues during the month.

South Korea to raise minimum wage in 2016

Jul 13, 13:43

South Korea will raise the nation's minimum wage in 2016 from KRW5,580 (US$4.90) to KRW6,030.

TSMC reports decreased June revenues

Jul 10, 15:43

TSMC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$59.96 billion (US$1.93 billion) for June 2015, representing decreases of 14.5% on month and 0.6% from a year ago.

IC equipment supplier Scientech June revenues up

Jul 10, 15:42

Scientech saw its June revenues hike 123.2% from a year earlier to NT$333 million (US$10.7 million). Revenues totaled NT$1.33 billion for the first six months of 2015, rising 11.1% on year.

UMC 2Q15 revenues up, VIS down

Stockwatch - Jul 10, 10:29

United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its second-quarter revenues rise about 1% sequentially and set a new record, while Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues dropped about 4% on quarter.

Gartner cuts 2015 chip market growth forecast again

Jul 10, 10:21

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The prediction, however, is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 4% increase.

Digitimes Research: China IC foundry output value to rise 10.5% in 2015

Jul 9, 15:12

The output value of China's IC foundry industry is forecast to register a 10.5% increase in 2015 reaching US$3.9 billion, according to Digitimes Research.

Equipment maker Foxsemicon to debut on TSE

Jul 8, 20:23

Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, an equipment-making affiliate of the Foxconn Group (Hon Hai Precision Industry), expects to debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) as early as the end of July.

ASE posts revenue increase in 2Q15

Stockwatch - Jul 8, 20:20

Consolidated revenues at IC packaging and testing house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) amounted to NT$70.22 billion (US$2.26 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, up 8.6% sequentially and 19.8% on year.

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

Jul 7, 21:59

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.07 billion for June 2015, decreasing 10.0% on month and 13.9% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$20.89 billion grew 3.4% on month but fell 16.1% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on July 7.

KYEC posts slight revenue growth in June

Jul 7, 21:55

King Yuan Electronics (KYEC), which provides wafer probing and final test services for chips such as LCD driver ICs, CMOS image sensors, MEMS, NFC and other mobile chip solutions, has reported slight revenue growth for June 2015.

PTI sees June revenues decline on year

Stockwatch - Jul 7, 15:48

Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.438 billion (US$111.01 million) for June 2015, representing a 0.21% increase on month and 2.26% drop on year.

Inspection firm Sporton reports record revenues for 2Q15

Jul 7, 15:40

Taiwan-based Sporton International, which provides mobile device testing and certification services, saw its second-quarter revenues climb to a quarterly high of NT$820 million (US$26.5 million).

Global chip sales rise 5% in May, says SIA

Jul 7, 14:53

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for May 2015 came to US$28.2 billion, an increase of 5.1% from a year ago when sales were US$26.8 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$27.6 billion posted in April, May sales represented a 2.1% increase.

Taiwan June CPI down on year, says DGBAS

Jul 7, 11:00

Taiwan's June 2015 consumer price index (CPI) of 103.84 (2011 as base year) increased 0.69% on month but decreased 0.56% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 87.94 rose 0.39% on month but dropped 9.30% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics...

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