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TSMC targets 10% revenue CAGR over next 5 years

Apr 17, 16:16

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is targeting a 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for both revenues and profits over the next five years, according to the pure-play IC foundry.

PCB equipment supplier Symtek reports strong earnings for 2014

Newswatch - Apr 17, 15:10

PCB and FPD equipment supplier Symtek Automation Asia (SAA) has reported net profit of NT$227 million (US$7.3 million) or NT$5.16 per share for 2014.

Worldwide semiconductor foundry market grows 16.1% in 2014, says Gartner

Apr 17, 11:08

The worldwide semiconductor foundry market grew 16.1% in 2014 to achieve US$46.9 billion in revenues, according to final results by Gartner.

PTI, FATC post mild revenue increases in 1Q15

Apr 17, 11:04

Memory packaging and testing houses Powertech Technology (PTI) and Formosa Advanced Technologies (FATC) have reported on-year increases of 2.2% and 6.8%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015.

TSMC expects sales drop in 2Q15

Apr 17, 10:37

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) expects its revenues to decrease 7-8% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015. The pure-play IC foundry has also cut its annual capex target for 2015.

TSMC expects 2Q15 sales to drop

TSMC hopes to build wholly-owned 12-inch fab in China

Apr 16, 21:59

TSMC would prefer to set up its own 12-inch wafer fab in China, and management is evaluating the feasibility "aggressively," according to the Taiwan-based contract chipmaker.

TSMC evaluating plans to set up 12-inch fab in China

Commentary: TSMC to lag UMC, Powerchip to build 12-inch fab in China

Apr 16, 14:22

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may not only lag behind rival United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) but also Powerchip Technology in the race to build 12-inch wafer facilities in China due to regulatory constraints set by the Taiwan government.

SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor photomask sales of US$3.2 billion

Apr 16, 13:48

SEMI has reported that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was US$3.2 billion in 2014 and is forecast to reach US$3.4 billion in 2016.

Inspection firm Sporton to distribute high dividends for 2014

Newswatch - Apr 15, 22:52

Shareholders of inspection service company Sporton International have approved the company's plan to distribute a dividend of NT$6 for 2014, including NT$5.80 in cash and NT$0.20 in shares.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pricier to build, cheaper to buy than comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus, says IHS

Apr 15, 21:43

The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS.

Digitimes Research: China foundry houses to optimize specialty processes for IoT

Apr 15, 11:36

China-based foundry houses, including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), XMC and Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, are expected to focus on developing specialty processes for producing chips for IoT applications, according to Digitimes Research.

Capacity utilization rates at foundry houses to dip slightly in 2Q15

Apr 14, 21:43

Capacity utilization rates at Taiwan-based wafer foundries are expected to drop slightly in the second quarter of 2015 as IC design houses have reduced their wafer orders amid slack sales in the end-market for devices, according to industry sources.

Powerchip reportedly to set up 12-inch wafer fab in China

Apr 14, 11:32

Powerchip Technology will partner with the Hefei city government to set up a joint-venture fab in the capital city of China's Anhui Province, according to industry sources. The JV fab will manufacture 12-inch wafers and provide foundry services mainly for driver ICs.

Gudeng obtains exclusive right to sell SOI wafers for KST

Apr 14, 11:28

Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, has stepped into the market for specialty silicon wafers by obtaining the marketing right from KST World to sell the Japan-based vendor's silicon-on-insulator...

Scientech March sales soar

Apr 13, 22:11

Scientech has reported March consolidated revenues increased 69.3% sequentially to NT$313 million (US$10 million).

Digitimes Research: Samsung semiconductor capex to reach record high in 2015

Apr 13, 15:53

Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics is expected to reach an all-time high of US$15 billion in 2015, making the company's capex the world's highest in the semiconductor industry for the sixth straight year since 2010, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, SK Hynix's...

Topco Scientific reports revenues for March 2015

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 16:24

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.687 billion (US$54 million) for March 2015, representing a 11.8% increase on month and 22.3% increase on year.

UMC, VIS report increased March revenues

Apr 10, 15:15

Contract chipmakers United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have reported on-year increases in consolidated revenues for March 2015 of 12.6% and 23.5%, respectively.

TSMC March sales rise 15%

Apr 10, 14:32

Pure-play IC foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$72.27 billion (US$2.32 billion) for March 2015, up 15.4% on month and 44.7% on year.

ASE building water reclamation plant

Apr 10, 14:20

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is constructing a water reclamation plant in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, with a total investment reaching as high as NT$1.15 billion (US$37 million), according to the IC backend house.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth, says IC Insights

Apr 10, 11:26

Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, such as wearable electronics and the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), but sales growth is being pulled down significantly...

Inspection service company Sporton 1Q15 sales increase 21.5%

Apr 10, 10:24

Taiwan-based Sporton International, which provides mobile device testing and certification services, saw its first-quarter revenues increase 21.5% compared with the same period in 2014.

Synopsys announces availability of silicon-proven IP portfolio for TSMC 16nm FinFET Plus processes

Apr 10, 10:23

Synopsys has announced the availability of a portfolio of DesignWare PHY IP for TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) processes.

Cadence digital and custom/analog tools achieve TSMC certification for 10nm FinFET early design starts

Apr 9, 22:07

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its digital and custom/analog tools have achieved certification from TSMC for its most-current version of 10nm FinFET Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE models.

TSMC to construct Fab 15 Phase 5 facility starting May

Apr 9, 22:04

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will break ground for the fifth phase construction of its 12-inch wafer plant in central Taiwan in May, according to industry sources.

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MediaTek March sales rebound

Apr 9, 20:20

MediaTek saw its March revenues soar almost 111% sequentially to more than NT$20 billion (US$642 million). Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 came in line with the company's guidance.

Taiwan March export value up on month, down on year, says MOF

Apr 8, 21:52

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$25.27 billion for March 2015, increasing 27.2% on month but decreasing 8.9% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$21.20 billion grew 38.6% on month but fell 17.8% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF)...

Global 2014 semiconductor revenues rise 7.9%, says Gartner

Apr 8, 21:26

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$340.3 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from 2013 revenues of US$315.4 billion, according to final results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7%, which was more than the overall industry's growth.

ASE to expand production capacity over the next 3 years, says chairman

Apr 8, 21:24

IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) will continue to expand its production capacity over the next three years, with investment to total between NT$100 billion (US$3.2 billion) and NT$200 billion, according to company chairman Jason Chang.

Win Semi 1Q15 sales rise 3.5%

Apr 8, 21:22

Pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry Win Semiconductors saw its first-quarter revenues increase 3.5% sequentially bucking seasonal trends.

Taiwan March CPI down on month, year, says DGBAS

Apr 8, 14:37

Taiwan's March 2015 consumer price index (CPI) of 102.42 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.22% on month and 0.61% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 89.07 rose 0.08% on month but dropped 8.55% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting...

Chipbond to post 5-10% sales growth in 2Q15, says report

Stockwatch - Apr 7, 21:40

LCD driver IC packaging and testing house Chipbond Technology is expected to report a 5-10% sequential increase in consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising shipments for handset panels, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

Altera, TSMC develop UBM-free WLCSP packaging

Apr 7, 21:30

Altera and TSMC have produced an UBM-free (under-bump metallization-free) WLCSP (wafer-level chip scale package) technology for Altera's MAX 10 FPGA products, according to the companies.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February 2015, says SIA

Apr 7, 14:26

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for February 2015 reached US$27.8 billion, up 6.7% from a year earlier when sales were US$26.0 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor materials sales of US$44.3 billion

Apr 7, 13:59

The global semiconductor materials market increased 3% in 2014 compared to 2013, while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 10%, according to SEMI. Revenues of US$44.3 billion mark the first increase in the semiconductor materials market since 2011.

UTAC bolsters QFN package portfolio

Apr 7, 12:00

UTAC Holdings, a Singapore-based semiconductor testing and assembly services provider, has introduced two new offerings to bolster its quad flat no-lead (QFN) portfolio - a 0.3mm thin QFN package and a side lead plating (SLP) process that improves QFN solder joints for automotive, aerospace and other...

US firms capture bulk of IDM and fabless IC sales, says IC Insights

Apr 7, 11:58

US companies held a 55% share of the total worldwide IC market in 2014, which includes sales from IDMs and fabless IC companies, according to IC Insights. The total does not include foundry sales.

SAS to expand solar-grade silicon ingot, wafer capacities

Apr 2, 14:04

Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will expand annual production capacity for solar-grade crystalline silicon ingots and wafers from 900MWp and 850MWp respectively in 2014 to 1.1GWp and 1GWp respectively in 2015, the company said at an April 1 investors conference.

Digitimes Research: Samsung expected to see increasing orders on 14nm process

Apr 2, 12:01

Qualcomm's next-generation application processor (AP), the Snapdragon 820, is expected to outsource to Samsung Electronics using a 14nm node, which the Korea-based foundry house has demonstrated as a proven process as showcased by the performance and power consumption of its14nm Exynos 7420 CPU developed...

M31 offers low-voltage and low-power physical IP solutions for TSMC 55ULP targeting IoT

Apr 2, 10:39

M31 Technology has announced the availability of its low-voltage and low-power physical IP solutions on TSMC 55nm ultra-low power process technology. The platform provides system-on-a-chip (SoC) designers with significantly competitive low-power advantages for Internet of Things (IoT) applications,...

ASE to deal out cash dividend for 2014

Apr 1, 10:52

Semiconductor assembly and test house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$3.50 (US$0.06) for 2014.

VIS signs OTP IP license agreement with Attopsemi

Mar 31, 21:52

Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has licensed Attopsemi's one-time programmable (OTP) technology, according to the Taiwan-based specialty IC foundry. Attopsemi provides a fuse-based OTP IP across all CMOS processes from 0.50- to 0.11-micron, including mixed signal, high voltage and BCD pro...

Foundry chipmaker Powerchip developing SoC for IoT

Mar 31, 10:45

Taiwan-based Powerchip Technology is developing a single-chip solution integrating embedded flash memory and ARM-based processors, targeting Internet of Things (IoT), according to industry sources.

Niching 2014 profits hit 3-year high

Mar 31, 10:41

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial has posted net profits of NT$61.37 million (US$1.96 million) in 2014, up 116% on year and hitting a 3-year high. The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$1.57.

UMC snatches high-end 28nm chip orders from TSMC clients

Mar 31, 10:39

United Microelectronics (UMC) has obtained some orders for high-end 28nm chips from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) major clients including Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to industry sources.

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UMC begins construction of 12-inch fab in Xiamen

Mar 30, 15:57

United Semiconductor (Xiamen) or United Semi, a subsidiary of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) in Xiamen, has begun construction of its new 12-inch fab, which is scheduled to enter trial production at the end of 2016 and begin mass production in 2017, according to industry sources.

Prospects of IC backend service industry remain promising: Q&A with UTAC Holdings CEO William John Nelson

Mar 27, 10:59

The IC backend service industry was capped by a flurry of merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in the fourth quarter of 2014: China's Zhangjiang Electronics acquired Singapore-based STATS ChipPAC, Taiwan's ChipMOS merged with fellow Thailin Semiconductor, Micron Technology partnered with Powertech...

UTAC CEO William John Nelson

Qualcomm, MediaTek shifting some 28nm chip orders away from TSMC

Mar 27, 10:42

Qualcomm and MediaTek have both shifted some of their 28nm chip orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to other foundry chipmakers that offer cheaper quotes, according to industry sources.

TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C

Mar 25, 22:32

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources.

Xintec to list on Taiwan OTC on March 30

Mar 25, 21:53

Image sensor packaging house Xintec will be listed on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at a tentative price of NT$42 (US$1.34) per share on March 30, according to the company.

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