Taipei, Wednesday, October 1, 2014 16:48 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
28°C

China-based foundry house XMC ties up with Spansion to develop 3D NAND flash chips

Oct 1, 13:56

China-based 12-inch wafer foundry house XMC reportedly has teamed up with Spansion to jointly develop and produce 3D NAND flash chips, with trial production to begin in 2016 and volume production in 2017, according to industry sources.

flash

TSMC, ARM announce silicon validation of ARM Cortex CPUs on 16nm FinFET process

Oct 1, 12:02

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and ARM have jointly announced the results from a key FinFET silicon validation of the ARM big.LITTLE implementation, using ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors on TSMC's advanced 16nm FinFET (16FF) process technology.

TSMC launches ultra-low power technology platform for IoT and wearable device applications

Sep 29, 23:11

TSMC has announced an ultra-low power technology platform aimed at a wide range of applications for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device markets that require a wide spectrum of technologies. In this platform, TSMC offers multiple processes to provide significant power reduction...

Intel investments in Tsinghua may benefit China over processor development

Sep 29, 22:55

Intel has signed a contract with China-based Tsinghua Unigroup and will invest CNY9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in the company. Sources from PC players believe China is looking to acquire some of Intel's technologies through the cooperation and will use these technologies to improve its China-designed...

China foundry houses wooing orders from Taiwan IC suppliers

Sep 29, 12:35

China-based foundry houses, including Shanghai Huali Microelectronics, XMC and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), have stepped up efforts to solicit foundry orders from Taiwan-based IC design houses, according to industry sources.

Leading-edge IC foundry market forecast to increase 72% in 2014, says IC Insights

Sep 26, 16:18

Of the big-four pure-play foundries (i.e., TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC, and SMIC), TSMC is the only one that is expected to have a higher revenue-per-wafer figure in 2014 than in 2010. Of the big-four foundries, TSMC is forecast to have the highest revenues per wafer in 2014 at US$1,328, 27% higher...

TSMC releases networking processors based on 16nm FinFET

Sep 26, 11:12

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced the successful production of ARM-based networking processors using its advanced 16nm FinFET foundry technology through collaboration with China-based IC design house HiSilicon Technologies, its first 16nm FinFET client, and indicated that...

TSMC to hire 2,200 new employees in 4Q14

Sep 25, 14:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to hire an additional 2,200 new employees in the fourth quarter of 2014. The number of new employees recruited by TSMC in Taiwan and globally will total 6,000 in the year.

Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity

Sep 25, 11:58

Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources.

SMIC ready to begin OEM production of NAND flash chips

Sep 24, 21:59

China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) is ready to enter OEM production of NAND flash chips, according to industry sources.

Taiwan August manufacturing production index down on month, says MOEA

Sep 24, 10:59

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 110.56 for August 2014, decreasing by 1.54% on month and but increasing by 7.20% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Micron reportedly in talks with PTI for setting up IC packaging/testing firm

Sep 24, 10:34

Micron Technology reportedly has held back plans to set up a joint IC packaging/testing company in China with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and instead may build a backend service company in cooperation with Powertech Technology (PTI), according to industry sources.

Taiwan August export order value slightly up on month, says MOEA

Sep 23, 10:42

Taiwan received export orders totaling US$38.21 billion in August 2014, increasing 0.1% on month and 5.2% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Digitimes Research: Intel, Rockchip look to expand x86 presence in tablet AP market

Sep 22, 15:46

Seeing the lack of strong growth in the PC market and excess wafer capacity, Intel is looking to resolve its problems by pushing it mobile product business. However, ARM's dominance in the mobile industry is forcing Intel to rely on giving out subsidies to partners to increase its presence in the market...

TSMC, UMC ramping wafer production capacity in China

Sep 22, 15:22

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) are ramping up the wafer production capacity of their 8-inch fabs in China to cope with rising demand, according to industry sources.

Taiwan August unemployment rate at 4.08%, says DGBAS

Sep 22, 10:40

Taiwan had 473,000 jobless citizens in August 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.08%, which rose by 0.06 ppt on month but dropped by 0.25 ppt on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

STMicroelectronics sees increasing MEMS applications in wearable, IoT markets

Sep 19, 16:14

STMicroelectronics has shipped over 8.5 billion MEMS chips and expects applications for MEMS chips in the wearable device, fitness/health monitoring and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors to gain momentum, according to executive vice president Benedetto Vigna.

Semi material distributors Topco, Wah Lee brace for strong sales in 4Q14

Sep 19, 12:08

Semiconductor material suppliers Topco Scientific and Wah Lee Industrial will see their sales momentum continue to the end of 2014, buoyed by the ramping of 28nm and 20nm process products by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.

TSMC confident of keeping global market share of over 80% for 28nm processes in 2015, says CFO

Sep 19, 10:21

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has offered a full range of 28nm foundry technology solutions covering entry-level, mid-range and high-end processes and therefore is confident of maintaining a global 28nm market share of over 80% in 2015, according to company CFO and senior vice president...

Global semiconductor market expects over 3% on-year growth in 2015, says MIC

Sep 18, 16:15

Global semiconductor market value is estimated to reach approximately US$336.3 billion units in 2015, up 3.1% in comparison to 2014, delighted by the arrival of the Apple Watch and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, according to MIC. Shipment value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will grow 6% on...

TSMC sees follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Sep 16, 22:33

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Asia-Pacific dominates IC sales in largest system categories in 2014, says IC Insights

Sep 16, 16:23

Asia-Pacific is forecast to account for nearly 59% of the US$285.9 billion IC market in 2014, followed by the Americas region, Europe, and Japan. The Asia-Pacific region is particularly dominant with regard to IC market share in the computer and communications categories, and to a lesser extent in...

Central Taiwan Innovation Park inaugurated

Sep 16, 15:13

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on September 15 inaugurated the Central Taiwan Innovation Park, which will conduct R&D for intelligent equipment technology used in precision machinery and advanced greenhouse engineering, and equipment for use in sub-tropical agricultural production, according...

China promoting development of MEMS industry

Sep 16, 14:59

In view of strong demand for MEMS components from China-based smartphone vendors, the China government has been promoting the development of the local MEMS industry by teaming up its wafer foundry houses, IC design companies and semiconductor equipment suppliers with needed financing, according to...

TSMC forms IoT task force

Sep 12, 15:37

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), in view of large market potential for the Internet of Things (IoT), has organized an IoT task force led by its co-CEO CC Wei, according to industry sources.

Lumax to ramp up semiconductor sales in 2H14

Sep 11, 15:41

Process control solution provider Lumax International is expected to ramp up sales of semiconductor products to 25% of its total revenues in the second half of 2014 compared to 10% in the first half of the year, according to the company.

Glass wafers and interposers: What new Corning semiconductor technology means for the market

Sep 11, 15:06

As a leader in glass technology development, Corning has been looking to expand the way glass is used in the market through creating new semiconductor glass-based wafer products. Recently at Semicon 2014, Corning showcased its latest applications for 2014 and talked about the advantages of the technology...

Hermes Microvision revenues up in August, but 3Q14 sales to drop 10-20%

Sep 11, 15:02

E-beam inspection equipment supplier Hermes Microvision (HMI) has reported revenues of NT$688 million (US$22.99 million) for August, up 111% sequentially and 72% on year. But third-quarter revenues are expected to decline 10-20% sequentially due to shipment delays by clients, according to the compan...

Component suppliers preparing parts for production of 80 million iPhone 6s before year-end 2014

Newswatch - Sep 11, 11:13

Makers in the iPhone supply chain are preparing parts and components for production of up to 80 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before year-end 2014, according to sources at Taiwan-based iPhone supply chain.

TSMC reports record high revenues for August

Newswatch - Sep 10, 15:30

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced record high revenues of NT$69.28 billion (US$2.31 billion for August 2014, an increase of 6.7% from the previous month and 25.8% from a year earlier. The August figures met the company's guidance and market expectations.

PTI August revenues rise less than 2% on month

Stockwatch - Sep 10, 15:27

IC backend service provider PTI has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.527 billion (US$117.57 million) for August 2014, representing a 1.64% increase on month and 12.36% increase on year.

Taiwan reports strong exports for August

Sep 10, 12:09

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$28.1 billion in August 2014, hitting the second highest-ever monthly level with an on-month increase of 5% and an on-year growth of 9.6%, according to government statistics.

UMC reports flat performance for August

Sep 9, 22:52

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported revenues of NT$11.42 billion (US$381.82 million) for August, down 1.1% sequentially but up 3.8% on year. For the first eight months of 2014, revenues totaled NT$90.52 billion, increasing 10.1% from a year earlier.

UMC

Entegris building AMC service lab in Taiwan

Sep 9, 15:58

Entegris, a US supplier of contamination control solutions, is currently building an airborne molecular contamination (AMC) service lab, the company's second such fab globally, in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Paul Yang, Entepris

Digitimes Research: China tablet AP market to continue to grow in 3Q14

Sep 5, 15:15

China's tablet application processor (AP) market is expected to grow in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by seasonal demand and roll-outs of new chips by makers to improve their cost structure, according to Digitimes Research.

Demand of 3D ICs may not take off for 3 years, says Amkor Technology

Sep 3, 15:52

Demand for 3D IC parts may not begin to take off until three years due to concerns of high production costs, according to Mike Liang, president of Amkor Technology Taiwan.

Mike Liang, president of Amkor Technology Taiwan

China to post highest growth in semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending in 2014

Sep 3, 12:05

While Taiwan will remain globally the largest spender on semiconductor manufacturing equipment in 2014, the rise of the semiconductor industry in China will give the country the highest growth rate of 47% of all countries for semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending in the year, according to...

Semicon Taiwan 2014: Focus on new processing, packaging technologies

Sep 2, 22:13

Semicon Taiwan 2014 will kick off in Taipei from September 3-5, with this year's theme focusing on advanced wafer processes, next-generation memory technologies, 3D ICs and SiP packaging technology.

Digitimes Research: Korea kicks off semiconductor development projects

Sep 1, 14:35

Aiming at becoming the world's second largest system IC producer in 2025, Korea has mapped out a seven-point development project to develop related IC products, including core architecture of application processors, power management (PWM) ICs, SoC (system on chip) solutions and integrated software,...

UMC makes investments in Fujitsu Semiconductor subsidiary

Newswatch - Aug 29, 15:54

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has said it will invest JPY5 billion (US$48.1 million) in a new subsidiary set up by Fujitsu Semiconductor. UMC will hold a 9.3% stake in the new company.

Digitimes Research: Shipments of 64-bit application processors to grow fast in 2H14

Aug 29, 12:38

Shipments of 64-bit application processors (APs) are expected to start gaining momentum in the second half of 2014 due to combined efforts by chipmakers, system providers as well as the support from Google, according to Digitimes Research.

EPA passes initial environmental impact assessment for TSMC planned 18-inch fab

Aug 28, 15:03

A special panel of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has approved the environmental impact assessment for a piece of land designated for construction of an 18-inch fab by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Production schedules at 12-inch fabs begin to loosen

Aug 28, 12:07

While most 8-inch fabs of major foundries are expected to run at full capacity until the end of 2014, production schedules at 12-inch fabs, particularly those of second-tier foundry houses, are said to have begun to loosen as some IC players have been reducing their wafer start orders, according to...

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.07 in July, says SEMI

Aug 27, 15:41

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that US$107 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

Allied Telesis to cease imports of Spansion devices alleged of infringement

Aug 27, 15:07

Japan-based Allied Telesis has agreed to a consent order to cease all US imports of products containing Spansion devices alleged of patent infringement, according to a statement from Macronix International.

Intel sees proportion for entry-level notebook CPUs rise to 60-70%

Aug 27, 14:53

Along with notebook vendors launching more inexpensive models, Intel has seen the shipment proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs, namely its Pentium and Celeron series, increase from 50-60% in the first half of 2014 to 60-70% currently, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

China IC industry support fund looking for investment targets

Aug 26, 21:59

The CNY120 billion (US$19.5 billion) investment fund set up by the China government in 2014 to support development of its IC industry reportedly has begun looking for investment targets, according to industry sources.

Manz and other equipment suppliers to showcase latest production solutions at Touch Taiwan 2014

Aug 26, 14:24

Germany-based Manz AG and a number of Taiwan-based PCB and LCD panel equipment suppliers will showcase their latest production equipment for the PCB and flat panel industries at Touch Taiwan 2014 to be held in Taipei from August 27-29.

Taiwan July manufacturing production index up on month, year, says MOEA

Aug 25, 21:50

Taiwan reported a manufacturing production index (2011 as a base year) of 112.27 for July 2014, increasing by 3.85% on month and by 6.77% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on August 25.

TSMC to start 16nm volume production in 1Q15, says report

Newswatch - Aug 25, 16:02

Taiwan Semiconductor Mnufacturing Company (TSMC) will advance volume production on its 16nm process to the first quarter of 2015 with monthly output of 50,000 wafers in order to meet demand for Apple's A9 processors, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has reported.

More IC manufacturing coverage
ADVANTEST CORPORATION
DIGITIMES Marketing Services

1-Oct-2014 markets closed

 LastChange

TAIEX (TSE)8966.92+6.16+0.07% 

TSE electronic348.75-0.06-0.02% 

GTSM (OTC)138.54-0.46-0.33% 

OTC electronic174.81-0.71-0.4% 

DIGITIMES Translation Services
  • 2014 global high brightness LED market, trends and shipment forecast

    For the global LED lighting market, the market size will reach US$25.82 billion in 2014 or a market penetration rate of 23.4%. This is attributable to exponential shipment growth for light bulbs, tubes, and directional lamps.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.

  • Greater China touch panel shipment forecast through 2015

    This Special Report provides forecasts through 2015 for Greater China touch panel shipments with breakdowns based on technology (glass, film, resistive), application (smartphone, NB and tablet) and by firm.