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Faraday seeing growth in 28nm chip market

Apr 28, 15:55

Faraday Technology, a Taiwan-based ASIC design service and IP provider, has expressed optimism about 28nm chip market growth. The company has received new orders for 28nm NRE (non-recurring engineering) designs.

UMC to roll out 22nm process as early as 2018

Apr 28, 11:46

Foundry chipmaker UMC has disclosed plans to roll out 22nm process technology as early as 2018. UMC has started IP development for its 22nm process, and expects to introduce the node technology in 2018 or 2019, the foundry said at its recent investors meeting.

PTI eyeing to become largest backend house in Japan

Apr 28, 11:44

Powertech Technology (PTI) will strive to become Japan's largest backend house following its acquisition of Micron Akita and a majority stake in Tera Probe, according to DK Tsai, chairman and CEO for the Taiwan-based company.

PTI chairman DK Tsai

SPIL posts profit drop in 1Q17

Apr 27, 11:10

IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported net profits of NT$996 million (US$33.1 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 64.8% sequentially and 37.9% on year. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.32.

UMC expects flat performance in 2Q17

Apr 27, 11:08

United Microelectronics (UMC) expects its wafer shipments and ASPs to stay flat sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, when the foundry chipmaker's capacity utilization rate will fall to 90-93% from 96% in the first quarter. Gross margin will climb to about 25% from about 20% in the prior quarter,...

SMIC reportedly hires former TSMC R&D exec

Apr 26, 22:00

Speculation has emerged that Mong-song Liang, formerly a senior director of R&D at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) advanced modules technology division, will work for Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) starting May.

Micron talks about its integrated global operations

Apr 26, 15:37

Micron Technology has been actively allocating its global resources to enhance its DRAM and NAND flash product lines, according to Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at the US-based memory chip vendor.

Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at Micron

GlobalWafers seeing robust semiconductor wafer demand

Apr 26, 14:26

Demand for semiconductor-grade silicon wafers has been robust, according to GlobalWafers, which expects the market to see tight supply through the end of 2018.

PTI looks to sequential revenue growth through 4Q17

Apr 26, 11:09

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) expects to post mid single-digit sequential growth in revenues for the second quarter of 2017, said company president JY Hung at a April 25 investor meeting. Revenues are set to enjoy sequential growth through the last quarter of the year.

Ardentec breaks ground for new plant in Nanjing

Apr 25, 15:05

Taiwan-based Ardentec, which specializes in testing services for logic and memory chips, has recently broken ground for a new plant in Nanjing, China where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is also constructing a new 12-inch fab.

TSMC talks about its next growth drivers

Apr 25, 11:40

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is seeing robust growth in demand from the mobile computing, automotive electronics, IoT and high-performance computing sectors, and is striving to maintain its technology leadership in the foundry segment, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu.

Silicon wafer suppliers seeking long-term contracts

Apr 25, 11:18

Silicon wafer suppliers have advised their semiconductor customers to sign long-term contracts amid tight supply, according to industry sources.

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS teardown reveals

Apr 24, 20:32

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Taiwan sees increased March manufacturing production index, says MOEA

Apr 24, 19:35

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 115.18 for March 2017, increasing 17.23% on month and 4.70% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on April 24.

AMEC aims to grow revenues to CNY2 billion in 2020

Apr 24, 11:28

Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) aims to grow its revenues to CNY2 billion (US$290.4 million) in 2020, and is striving to be among the world's top-5 semiconductor equipment suppliers by 2050, according to Gerald Yin, CEO for the Shanghai-based chip equipment maker.

AMEC CEO Gerald Yin

Taiwan March unemployment rate down, says DGBAS

Apr 24, 11:21

Taiwan had 445,000 jobless citizens in March 2017, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.78% which dropped 0.07pp on month and 0.11pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on April 24.

Global billings for semi equipment makers reach 16-year high in March

Apr 24, 10:59

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$2.03 billion in billings worldwide in March 2017 (three-month average basis), according to SEMI. The billings figure is 2.6% higher than the revised February level of US$1.97 billion, and 69.2% above the March 2016 billings level...

Samsung completes qualification of 2nd-gen 10nm process technology

Apr 21, 13:57

Samsung Electronics has announced that its second-generation 10nm FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus), has been qualified and is ready for production. With further enhancement in 3D FinFET structure, 10LPP allows up to 10% higher performance or 15% lower power consumption compared to...

Several China 12-inch fabs put construction on hold

Apr 21, 11:42

Several 12-inch fab projects implemented by China-based emerging chipmakers have been put on hold raising speculation about the country's overambitious plans to revamp the local chipmaking industry.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$1 billion in January-March, says MOEA

Apr 20, 22:35

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 757 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$1.094 billion in January-March 2017, respectively increasing 2.16% and decreasing 12.86% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on April 20.

Taiwan March export order value up, says MOEA

Apr 20, 22:30

Taiwan received export orders worth US$41.12 billion in total in March 2017, increasing 21.8% on month and 12.3 on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on April 20.

Powerchip chairman expects long-term DRAM shortage

Apr 20, 22:20

The supply of DRAM memory is likely to stay tight for a substantial period of time, according to Frank Huang, chairman for Taiwan-based pure-play foundry Powerchip Technology.

ASML secures pull-in of EUV equipment orders

Apr 20, 13:52

ASML has landed a pull-in of EUV lithography equipment orders with its backlog reaching 21 units, according to the company.

Intel to unveil Basin Falls, launch Coffee Lake ahead of schedule

Apr 19, 15:23

Intel will unveil its Basin Falls platform, i.e. Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X processors and X299 chipset, at Computex 2017 in Taipei during May 30-June 3 two months earlier than originally scheduled, and will bring forward the launch of Coffee Lake microarchitecture based on a 14nm process node from January...

Intel to build second Spreadtrum chip

Apr 19, 14:56

Intel and Spreadtrum Communications have extended their foundry ties under which Intel will start making another 14nm chip for the China-based mobile SoC supplier, according to industry sources.

Taiwan science parks post January-February revenues of over NT$358 billion

Apr 18, 21:26

Government-developed and run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$358.506 billion (US$11.8 billion) in January-February 2017, growing 14.43% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry...

Certification service provider IST posts NT$0.55 EPS in 1Q17

Apr 18, 21:04

Certification service provider Integrated Service Technology (IST) has reported net profits of NT$33 million (US$1.1 million) for the first quarter of 2017, up 61.8% sequentially but down 58.7% on year. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.55.

IST March revenues hit record driven by a ramp-up of demand coming from its semiconductor customers

USI reports increased earnings for 2016

Newswatch - Apr 18, 15:20

Universal Scientific Industry (Shanghai), a subsidiary of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), has reported net profits of CNY806 million (US$116.98 million) for 2016, increasing 5.8% from a year earlier.

PWM IC backend specialist GEM Services to enjoy another year of record revenues

Apr 17, 12:25

Taiwan-based GEM Services, a backend house focusing exclusively on the power management semiconductor market, is expected to enjoy another record year in 2017 driven by robust demand for high-voltage power MOSFETs, according to market sources.

Gartner raises 2017 chip market outlook to 12% growth

Apr 17, 11:43

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3% from 2016, according to Gartner. The prediction is up from the research firm's previous estimate of a 7.2% increase.

UMC Xiamen fab obtains orders from MediaTek, Spreadtrum

Apr 17, 11:40

United Microelectronics' (UMC) recently-opened 12-inch wafer fab in Xiamen, China has obtained 40nm chip orders from MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications, according to industry sources.

PTI to buy Micron backend plant in Japan

Apr 17, 11:12

Taiwan-based Powertech Technology (PTI), a backend house specializing in NAND flash and DRAM memory chips, has announced plans to fully acquire Micron Akita, Micron Technology's assembly and test plant in Japan.

28nm to be SMIC growth driver in 2017

Apr 17, 10:50

Semiconductor Manufacturing International's (SMIC) sales generated from 28nm process technology will play an important source of company growth during 2017, according to the China-based pure-play foundry.

Global SOI market to increase at 29.1% CAGR of 29.1% over 2017-2022, says research firm

Apr 14, 12:38

The SOI (silicon on insulator) market is expected to be valued at about US$1.86 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 29.1% between 2017 and 2022, industry research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets said in its recent report. The factors that are driving the growth of this market include the...

Over 100,000 wafers embedded with eMemory NeoEE IP shipped

Apr 14, 12:18

Embedded NVM IP provider eMemory Technology has shipped more than 100,000 wafers embedded with its NeoEE IP solutions, according to the company. The eMemory NeoEE IP has been successfully implemented in foundries worldwide for a variety of applications including fingerprint sensors, 2.4G wireless ICs,...

TSMC cuts foundry growth outlook for 2017

Apr 14, 12:14

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has revised downward its forecast for 2017 global foundry growth to 5% from 7% due to elevated inventory in the supply chain.

TSMC co-CEOs

TSMC confirms it is not bidding for Toshiba memory-chip unit

Apr 14, 11:00

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has decided to not participate in bid for Toshiba's memory-chip business, the Taiwan-based foundry has confirmed.

TSMC expects 2Q17 revenues to fall 8-9%

Apr 13, 15:43

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company expects to post an 8-9% sequential drop in consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2017.

Zhaoxin to partner with TSMC

Apr 12, 11:36

Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor is scheduled to roll out its in-house developed ZX-D series processors that will be built using a 28nm process technology by Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) in the second half of 2017, according to company vice president Cheng Fu.

China fab toolmakers targeting advanced-node production

Apr 12, 11:32

Naura Technology (formerly Beijing Sevenstar Electronics) has started shipping ion etch equipment for the manufacture of 14nm chips to chipmakers, while Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) is being engaged in the development of etch tools for the production of 5nm chips, according to industry...

Global semiconductor photomask market increases 2% in 2016, says SEMI

Apr 11, 15:35

SEMI has reported that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was US$3.32 billion in 2016. After increasing 1% in 2015, the photomask market grew 2% in 2016.

Tsinghua Unigroup breaks ground for Nanjing plant

Apr 11, 10:45

Tsinghua Unigroup has recently broken ground for a memory plant in Nanjing which will be engaged in the manufacture of 3D NAND flash and DRAM chips, according media reports from China.

Certification service provider IST posts record March revenues

Apr 11, 10:37

Certification service provider Integrated Service Technology (IST) saw its March revenues climb to a record high of NT$243 million (US$7.9 million), while revenues at fellow company Material Analysis Technology (MA-tek) climbed 16.3% on year to NT$137 million.

ChipMOS 1Q17 revenues slip 2%

Apr 11, 10:27

ChipMOS Technologies, a backend house targeting the LCD driver IC and memory chip sectors, saw its first-quarter revenues slip about 2% sequentially and outperform its estimate of a 4-8% sequential decrease.

Taiwan sees increased March export value, says MOF

Apr 10, 23:43

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$25.71 billion for March 2017, increasing 13.5% on month and 13.2% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$21.78 billion grew 12.8% on month and 19.8% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on April 10.

ASE 1Q17 revenues rise 6.7%

Apr 10, 23:38

IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) saw its consolidated revenues increase 6.7% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2017, while sales generated from its core IC ATM (assembly test and material) business grew 8% on year.

TSMC 1Q17 revenues miss guidance

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 16:15

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its first-quarter revenues miss its target range, whereas fellow foundry companies United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) both managed to meet their guidance.

PTI revenues increase in March

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 15:56

Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.268 billion (US$139.35 million) for March 2017, representing a 6.61% increase on month and 19.71% increase on year.

Topco Scientific reports increased revenues for March

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 15:50

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.857 billion (US$60.63 million) for March 2017, representing a 2.23% increase on month and 2.5% increase on year.

SPIL, KYEC March revenues increase

Apr 10, 11:20

IC packaging and testing houses Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) have reported on-year revenue growth of 3.9% and 6.7%, respectively, for March 2017.

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