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Industry supply chain eyeing huge mobile-SoC market potential

Aug 26, 13:56

With more system vendors engaged in the development of mobile SoC solutions in-house, the market for mobile chips is set to expand a further US$10 billion, according to industry sources. IC foundries, and EDA and IC design service companies are all eyeing this additional market size.

Dialog enters GaN market with integrated devices targeting fast charging power adapters

Aug 26, 10:43

Dialog Semiconductor has announced its first gallium nitride (GaN) power IC product offering, using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 650-volt GaN-on-Silicon process technology.

SPIL chairman calls for more open government policy

Aug 26, 10:18

Packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) chairman Bough Lin has urged Taiwan's government to create a more open investment environment for China-based IC companies since China will play a critical role in the world's IC manufacturing business over the next 10 years.

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Semi, LCD equipment maker Gallant to see EPS double in 2016, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 25, 15:14

Semiconductor and LCD equipment supplier Gallant Precision Machining is expected to see its EPS more than double on year to reach NT$3 in 2016, buoyed by improved order visibility, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Taiwan FTC approves acquisition of HMI by ASML

Aug 24, 20:06

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the planned acquisition of Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI) by Netherlands-based ASML, stating the deal complies with fair trade rules and regulations set by the government.

TowerJazz and SMIC sales to surge in 2016, says IC Insights

Aug 24, 15:46

Israel-based TowerJazz and China-based SMIC among the world's top-10 pure-play foundries are forecast to display the highest sales growth in 2016, IC Insights said in a new report.

Nvidia unveils Tegra Parker mobile SoC

Newswatch - Aug 24, 15:28

Nvidia has unveiled its newest mobile processor, the Tegra Parker, which is suited for automotive applications like self-driving cars and digital cockpits.

US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio rises, says SEMI

Aug 24, 13:50

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15 in July 2016, having been above parity for eight months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.

Taiwan July manufacturing production index up, says MOEA

Aug 24, 12:20

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 110.05 for July 2016, increasing 0.94% on month and 0.65% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

TSMC 28nm utilization rate to fall on slowdown in Intel orders

Aug 24, 11:59

With Intel decelerating its pace of orders for baseband chips, utilization rates for TSMC's 28nm processes are set to drop slightly in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$6 billion in January-July, says MOEA

Aug 23, 11:55

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,948 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$6.07 billion in January-July 2016, the former decreasing 5.80% aon year nd the latter increasing 162.73%.

Taiwan July export order value decreases, says MOEA

Aug 23, 11:47

Taiwan received export orders totaling US$35.03 billion in July 2016, decreasing 1.9% on month and 3.4% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Hua Hong ships 1.2 billion MCUs in 1H16

Aug 23, 11:31

Hua Hong Semiconductor, a China-based pure-play 200mm (8-inch) foundry, has announced shipments for microcontrollers (MCU) climbed 50% from a year earlier to 1.2 billion chips in the first half of 2016. The shipment results were also a historical record.

Digitimes Research: China IC self-sufficiency rate to reach 40% by 2020

Aug 23, 11:26

China is set to improve the self-sufficiency rate for ICs in the nation to 40% in 2020, and could even exceed the target ratio, according to Digitimes Research.

GaN device supply chain remains robust, says Strategy Analytics

Aug 23, 11:18

Even with the well-publicized consolidation of RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor, Infineon's acquisition of International Rectifier (IR) and most-recently Wolfspeed, and NXP Semiconductors' acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor, the gallium nitride (GaN) device supply chain is growing...

Winbond flash chip adopted in Samsung Galaxy Note 7, says report

Aug 22, 14:24

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics has entered the supply chain for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7-series smartphones with its flash memory, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Taiwan July unemployment rate up, says DGBAS

Aug 22, 10:35

Taiwan had 472,000 jobless citizens in July 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.02% which rose 0.10pp on month and 0.2pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 22.

Taiwan 2Q16 economic growth estimated at 0.70%, says DGBAS

Aug 22, 10:26

Taiwan's economic growth rate, growth in GDP, for the second quarter of 2016 is estimated at 0.70%, upward adjusted by 0.01pp from the estimate made in July 2016, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 19.

Commentary: Taiwan makers reluctant to yield to Apple requests to lower quotes

Aug 19, 14:13

Apple has met resistance from makers in Taiwan's supply chain to lower their quotes for parts and components for iPhone 7 devices, a move which aims to force Apple to discontinue its established policy of constantly squeezing profits from Taiwan suppliers.

Intel to begin shipments of 100Gbps silicon photonics optical transceivers

Aug 19, 13:56

Intel, at the Intel Developer Forum taking place in San Francisco during August 16-18, announced the beginning of shipping silicon photonics 100Gbps optical transceivers, the world's first model integrating silicon-based ICs with semiconductor laser. The announcement is expected to benefit Taiwan-based...

Semi equipment maker Foxsemicon sees earnings up over 80% on quarter in 2Q16

Newswatch - Aug 18, 15:00

Semiconductor and solar equipment maker Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, an affiliate of the Foxconn Group, has reported net profits of NT$139 million (US$4.42 million) for the second quarter of 2016, increasing 83% from the previous quarter. EPS for the quarter reached NT$2.05.

GlobalWafers to acquire 100% stake in SunEdison Semiconductor

Aug 18, 14:26

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers on August 18 announced that it has signed to acquire a 100% stake in US-based SunEdison Semiconductor for US$12 per share, 44.9% higher than the closing price on August 17.

TSMC spends NT$4.86 billion on equipment

Stockwatch - Aug 18, 10:14

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) spent a total of NT$4.86 billion (US$154.2 million) on machinery equipment, manufacturing tools and facilities from ASML, Brooks Automation, Jer Yih Electrical, Lam Research International, Shibaura Mechatronics, Tokyo Electron and Yankey Engineering,...

KLA-Tencor targets 10nm and below with new reticle inspection systems

Aug 18, 09:55

KLA-Tencor has introduced three advanced reticle inspection systems that address 10nm and below mask technologies: the Teron 640, Teron SL655 and Reticle Decision Center (RDC). All three systems are key to enabling both current and next-generation mask designs, so that mask shops and IC fabs can more...

Taiwan science park total revenues top NT$1 trillion in 1H16, says MOST

Aug 17, 20:16

Government-developed and run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.078 trillion (US$33.53 billion) during January-June 2016, dropping 4.89% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry...

ARM, Intel team up for 10nm

Aug 17, 20:13

At the Intel Developer Forum on August 16, Intel announced its 10nm design platform for foundry customers will now offer access to ARM Artisan physical IP, including POP IP, based on the most-advanced ARM cores and Cortex-series processors.

China market: Nantong Fujitsu reportedly to acquire Amkor, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 17, 14:35

China-based IC backend service company Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics reportedly will acquire US-based Amkor Technology, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

MediaTek, AMD sales surge in 2Q16, says IC Insights

Aug 17, 11:09

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers in the second quarter of 2016, and identified MediaTek and AMD as the fastest-growing companies.

Testing solution provider CHPT optimistic about 3Q16

Aug 17, 11:04

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) expects to see its revenues reach their peak for 2016 in the third quarter, and revenues for all of the year to register double-digit growth.

Semi equipment maker Gudeng swings back to profitability in 2Q16

Newswatch - Aug 16, 21:28

Semiconductor equipment supplier Gudeng Precision Industrial has reported net profits of NT$7 million (US$224,042) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to a loss of NT$27 million in the previous quarter. Second-quarter EPS stood at NT$0.11 compared to a loss of NT$0.44 a quarter earlier.

Taiwan firms enter supply chain for 2017 iPhone

Aug 16, 20:12

In addition to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Chipbond Technology and MJC Probe (MPI) have entered the supply chain for Apple's 2017 iPhone series, according to industry sources.

ShunSin posts profit growth in 2Q16

Aug 16, 19:42

ShunSin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) specializing in assembly and testing system-in-package (SiP) modules, saw its net profits surge over 50% in the second quarter with EPS reaching NT$3.11 (US$0.10).

Cleanroom equipment provider UIS earnings up in 1H16

Newswatch - Aug 16, 14:01

Cleanroom equipment provider United Integrated Services (UIS) saw its net profits increase 21.1% sequentially to NT$394 million (US$12.56 million) in the second quarter of 2016. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$1.65.

TSMC to make chips for iPad coming out in 2017, says report

Newswatch - Aug 16, 11:11

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply chips for the 2017 series of iPad that will come in three models, a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted a KGI Securities analyst as saying.

DRAM market set to fall 19% in 2016, says IC Insights

Aug 15, 10:17

The year 2016 is not expected to be a good one for the total memory market and the main culprit is DRAM, according to IC Insights. Declining shipments of desktop and notebook computers, the biggest users of DRAM, as well as declining tablet shipments and slowing growth of smartphone units have created...

Power semiconductor market revenues decline in 2015, says IHS

Aug 12, 12:36

Overall revenues for the power semiconductors market globally dropped slightly in 2015, due primarily to macroeconomic factors and application-specific issues, according to IHS Markit.

Toppan Photomasks approves new advanced production capacity and technology project for 65nm to 14nm nodes in China

Aug 11, 22:16

Toppan Photomasks (TPI) has announced the approval of the next phase of investment for its recently expanded factory in Shanghai, China operated under Toppan Photomasks Company Limited, Shanghai (TPCS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TPI.

Sigurd sees earnings up 65.8% on year in 2Q16

Newswatch - Aug 11, 13:55

IC backend service company Sigurd Microelectronics saw its net profits grow 65.8% on year to NT$199 million (US$6.42 million) in the second quarter of 2016. EPS stood at NT$0.55 for the April-June quarter.

Powerchip nets NT$1.39 in 1Q16 EPS

Aug 11, 10:27

Foundry chipmaker Powerchip Technology has reported net profits of NT$3.08 billion (US$99.6 million) for the first half of 2016, down 45% from a year ago. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.39.

Chipbond posts revenue growth for July

Aug 11, 10:18

LCD driver IC packaging specialist Chipbond Technology saw its July revenues climb to a 16-month high of NT$1.5 billion (US$43.4 million).

TSMC posts decreased July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 11, 10:16

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$76.39 (US$2.46 billion) for July 2016, down 6.1% sequentially and 5.6% on year.

SMIC expects another quarter of record revenues

Aug 11, 10:11

China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post revenue growth of 8-11% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016, with gross margin of 28-30%.

Fingerprint sensor orders filling 8-inch fab capacity

Aug 10, 11:13

Foundries have seen a ramp-up of orders for fingerprint-recognition sensor chips which are filling their 8-inch fab capacity, according to industry sources.

TSMC grabs chip orders for new Apple Watch, says report

Newswatch - Aug 9, 21:10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will replace Samsung as the sole supplier of chips for the new Apple Watch starting the second half of 2016, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

UMC July revenues down, VIS up

Stockwatch - Aug 9, 21:09

Pure-play wafer foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its July revenues hit a 3-month low, whereas Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues increased about 3% on month.

Topco Scientific reports on-year increase in July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 9, 15:47

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.754 billion (US$55.82 million) for July 2016, representing a 8.15% drop on month and 16.53% increase on year.

PTI to make additional investment in China subsidiary

Aug 9, 11:48

Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced plans to inject an additional US$25 million into Powertech Semiconductor (Xian), its subsidiary responsible for backend services for memory vendor Micron Technology.

ASE posts slight revenue decrease

Aug 9, 11:42

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.59 billion (US$685.7 million) for July 2016, down 0.9% sequentially and 0.4% on year.

VIS expects up to 3% drop in 3Q16 revenues

Aug 9, 11:02

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) expects its third-quarter revenues to decrease up to 3% or increase 1% sequentially despite the period being the traditionally peak season.

TSMC to begin volume production for MediaTek 10nm chips in 1Q17, say sources

Aug 9, 10:57

MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC designed for mid-range and high-end smartphones will be ready for volume production in the first quarter of 2017. The chips will be built by TSMC using the foundry's 10nm process technology, according to industry sources.

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