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  • AMD unveils LiquidVR for virtual reality headset products

    IT + CE | 8h 52min ago

  • Inspection tool maker HMI looks to 25-35% revenue growth in 2015

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  • AUO recruiting 1,500 new engineers

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  • Lextar Electronics February revenues down on month, up on year

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  • Elan to deal out cash dividend of NT$3.60 for 2014

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  • PC shipments in 1Q15 may fall over 20%, say Taiwan makers

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  • Acer Octon to promote business-use communication solutions via CHT

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  • KYEC expects 2015 sales to rise

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  • SPIL February sales rise 16.2%

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  • SMIC buying 28nm production equipment

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  • Global Unichip utilizes Cadence analog IP to implement WiGig-enabled SoC on 28nm process

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  • 4G handset penetration in China to reach 40% in 2015

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  • Inspection tool maker HMI looks to 25-35% revenue growth in 2015

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  • Lextar Electronics February revenues down on month, up on year

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  • Unity Opto Technology sees sequential drop in February revenues

    Before Going to Press | 9h 16min ago

  • Getac February revenues down sequentially

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  • GET to issue up to 150 million new shares for private placement

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Tong Hsing 2015 capex to top NT$1.5 billion

Mar 4, 16:11

Tong Hsing Electronic Industries, which provides assembly and test services for niche ICs and produces ceramic substrates for the manufacture of LEDs, expects its capex for 2015 to exceed NT$1.5 billion (US$47.8 million). The capex will be used mainly to expand its new factory.

Digitimes Research: South Korea sees worldwide memory market share reaching 57.1% in 4Q14

Mar 4, 15:38

South Korea's production value for memory products, mainly DRAM and NAND flash chips, has been increasing for three consecutive quarters and reached KRW13.17 trillion (US$11.97 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2014, accounting for 57.1% of the worldwide value, according to Digitimes Research's latest...

Foundry houses in China, Taiwan set to compete for specialty process orders

Mar 3, 21:01

Competition by foundry houses in China and Taiwan on specialty BSI (backside illuminated) technology is heating up after China-based SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International) announced recently that it is ready to fabricate CMOS image sensors using a 0.13-micron BSI process, according to industry...

Taiwan January export order value down on month, up on year, says MOEA

Mar 3, 20:55

Taiwan received export orders worth US$39.04 billion in total in January 2015, decreasing 11.7% on month but increasing 8.1% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on March 3.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales, says SIA

Mar 3, 20:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry's highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7% from January 2014 when sales were US$26.3 billion, according to SIA.

SMIC starts mass production for CMOS image sensors

Mar 2, 21:00

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has started mass production for two backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensors using 0.13-micron process technology, according to the company.

MediaTek founds investment arm with US$300 million

Mar 2, 14:52

MediaTek has announced the launch of MediaTek Ventures – a new strategic investment arm within the company. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MediaTek Ventures will initially invest in startups in Greater China, Europe, Japan and North America, with a US$300m reserve.

TSMC, MediaTek move up in semiconductor R&D, says IC Insights

Mar 2, 10:33

Pure-play foundry TSMC and fabless chipmaker MediaTek both moved up in IC Insights' 2014 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. TSMC increased its R&D budget by 15% in 2014 while MediaTek's R&D spending for the year climbed 29%, according to IC Insights.

Taiwan January unemployment rate down on month, year, says DGBAS

Feb 26, 14:01

Taiwan had 430,000 jobless citizens in January 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.71%, down 0.08pp on month and 0.31pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on February 26.

Commentary: 14nm FinFET process, Galaxy S6 crucial to Samsung semiconductor business

Feb 26, 14:00

The debut of Samsung Electronics's new flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 at the upcoming MWC 2015 will mark the world's first smartphone powered by a 14nm 3D FinFET processor and could also serve as a turning point for the vendor's semiconductor business.

Cymer extends DUV for 14nm with new products

Feb 26, 13:44

Cymer, an ASML company developing lithography light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, has announced the shipment of its first XLR 700ix light source. Enabling higher scanner throughput and process stability for 14nm chip manufacturing and beyond, the XLR 700ix provides...

Win Semi 1Q15 sales to rise over 50%, says report

Stockwatch - Feb 26, 13:11

GaAs pure-play foundry Win Semiconductors is expected to see its first-quarter revenues increase 50-55% on year, with gross margin also outpacing the 30% posted during the same period in 2014, the Chinese-language Commercial Times quoted market observers as saying in a recent report.

ASE orders equipment for NT$1.3 billion

Stockwatch - Feb 25, 21:03

IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has purchased machinery and equipment from Advantest and Premtek International for a total of about NT$1.31 billion (US$41.75 million), according to filings issued by the company with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on February 25.

ASML, TSMC reach milestone in EUV productivity

Feb 25, 19:50

ASML has confirmed that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has successfully exposed more than 1000 wafers on an NXE:3300B EUV system in a single day, an important step towards insertion of EUV lithography in volume production of semiconductors.

Xilinx unveils 16nm UltraScale+ family of FPGAs

Feb 25, 14:08

Xilinx has announced its 16nm UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, combining new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies. The UltraScale+ family also includes a new interconnect optimization technology, SmartConnect.

Digitimes Research: Government-led investment funds to drive China IC design growth

Feb 25, 12:15

China's government policies for supporting the local IC design industry have put less emphasis on intervention measures such as offering tax breaks, providing direct financial support, and making purchases of domestic products, while shifting their focus to the establishment of investment funds, according...

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$313 million in January, says MOEA

Feb 24, 19:53

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 277 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$313.16 million in January 2015, increasing 1.09% and decreasing 3.72% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on February 24.

Globalfoundries, IMEC to jointly develop RF solutions for IoT applications

Feb 24, 11:02

Globalfoundries has announced a partnership with IMEC for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly-integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.

Semiconductor unit shipments to exceed one trillion devices in 2017, says IC Insights

Feb 24, 11:01

Total semiconductor unit shipments (integrated circuits and opto-sensor-discrete, or O-S-D, devices) are forecast to continue their upward march through the current cyclical period and top one trillion units for the first time in 2017, according to IC Insights.

US fab tool book-to-bill ratio rises

Feb 24, 10:53

The SEMI book-to-bill ratio for US manufacturers of semiconductor equipment rose to 1.03 in January 2015 from 0.99 in the prior month.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm antitrust probe reshapes patent licensing in China

Feb 17, 15:46

China's anti-trust investigation of Qualcomm has come to an end with the US chip vendor making concessions in order control damage to its operations in the country. The fine for the company and its agreement to adjust licensing fees are expected to only have a limited impact on Qualcomm's revenues...

TSMC orders equipment for NT$3.5 billion

Stockwatch - Feb 17, 10:56

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased facility and engineering equipment from Hitachi High-Technologies, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, ASML, Applied Materials and Eaton Phoenixtec MMPL for a total of about NT$3.49 billion (US$111.09 million), according to a company filing with...

Taiwan 4Q14 economic growth rate upward adjusted to 3.35%, says DGBAS

Feb 16, 21:46

Taiwan's economic growth rate, on-year growth in GDP, for the fourth quarter of 2014 has been upward adjusted from 3.17% estimated in January 2015 to 3.35%, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on February 16.

Digitimes Research: Global IC foundry output value to rise 12% in 2015

Feb 16, 20:48

Output value for the global IC foundry industry is forecast to reach US$54.8 billion in 2015, up 12% from US$49 billion in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Global Unichip expects 1Q15 sales to grow on-quarter

Feb 16, 20:23

Global Unichip, an IC design service provider partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), expects to report a sequential increase in first-quarter revenues bucking seasonal trends.

Samsung announces mass production of 14nm FinFET mobile chips

Feb 16, 18:52

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of mobile application processors built using 14nm FinFET process technology.

Testing solution provider Chroma Ate nets NT$3.51 per share in 2014

Feb 16, 16:19

Chroma Ate, which provides integrated and customized solutions for test and measurement instruments, has reported a 9% increase in net profits for 2014. Net EPS came to NT$3.51 (US$0.11).

ASE to create more than 6,500 jobs in northern Taiwan

Feb 13, 15:49

With a new plant coming on line, more than 6,500 jobs will be created at Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) manufacturing site in Chungli, northern Taiwan, chairman Jason Chang remarked during the company's year-end banquet recently.

TSMC reportedly transfers more peripheral IC orders to VIS

Feb 13, 15:08

Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has transferred more orders for peripheral ICs for use in Apple's mobile devices to Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), according to industry sources.

Taiwan science park revenues up 6.28% on year in 2014, says MOST

Feb 13, 14:39

The three science parks developed and operated by the government in Taiwan: Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), generated combined revenues of NT$2.325 trillion (US$75.73 billion) in 2014, growing 6.28% on year, according to statistics...

SMIC receives investment from China IC Industry Investment Fund

Feb 13, 14:31

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), China's largest semiconductor foundry, has announced an investment agreement from the China IC Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF), China's national fund established to promote the local IC industry. Under the agreement, CICIIF will acquire 4.7 billion...

Inspection tool maker HMI to open new plant

Feb 13, 10:11

Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, will complete the construction of its new plant located at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) in the first quarter of 2015, according to market sources.

ASE, SPIL post double-digit revenue growth in January

Feb 12, 20:32

IC packaging and testing houses Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) have reported increases of 25.6% and 14.3%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for January 2015.

KYEC to enjoy robust growth in sales generated from MEMS testing

Feb 11, 16:09

Backend house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) is expected to see sales generated from its MEMS business increase robustly in 2015, according to market sources.

TSMC posts record revenues for January 2015

Stockwatch - Feb 11, 15:05

Consolidated revenues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) increased 25.3% sequentially and 69.4% from a year ago to NT$87.12 billion (US$2.76 billion) in January 2015, according to the foundry chipmaker.

Commentary: TSMC, UMC may accelerate investment in China after Qualcomm antitrust ruling

Feb 11, 14:55

Foundry houses Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will feel increasing pressure to accelerate their deployments in China after Qualcomm was fined US$975 million by the China government for violating local antitrust laws.

TSMC to deal out cash dividend of NT$4.50 for 2014

Feb 10, 20:22

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors on January 10 adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$4.50 (US$0.14) cash dividend per common share for its 2014 operations. The proposal will be discussed and decided at TSMC's annual general meeting on June 9,...

Silicon wafer shipments reach record level in 2014, says SEMI

Feb 10, 20:15

SEMI has reported that worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 11% to a record high of 10.098 billion square inches in 2014.

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

Feb 10, 11:43

Taiwan recorded export value of US$25.12 billion for January 2015, decreasing 2.1% on month but increasing 3.4% on year, while import value totaled US$20.32 billion, slipping 4.2% on month and 4.8% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

SMIC expects to post 2-5% revenue growth in 1Q15

Feb 10, 11:01

China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post revenue growth of 2-5% sequentially in the first quarter of 2015, with gross margin reaching 27-29%.

VIS expects 1-3% decrease in 1Q15 shipments

Feb 10, 10:58

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) expects to report a 1-3% sequential decrease in wafer shipments for the first quarter of 2015. ASP for the quarter will also fall 1-3% on quarter.

TSMC set to step up investment in central Taiwan

Feb 9, 21:47

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has disclosed plans to invest more than NT$500 billion (US$16 billion) in its manufacturing site at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) in Taichung, where the foundry's Fab 15 is located.

TSMC

ASE looks to 12-15% revenue drop in 1Q15

Feb 9, 11:32

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported record consolidated revenues and profits for 2014. For 2015, the IC backend house expects its quarterly sales to register sequential growth through the last quarter of the year, according to company CFO Joseph Tung.

ASE CFO Joseph Tung

PTI reports increased revenues for January

Stockwatch - Feb 5, 21:30

Consolidated sales at Powertech Technology (PTI) increased 0.8% on month and 4.2% on year to NT$3.21 billion (US$101.7 million) in January 2014.

ARM intros mobile chip designs for 2016

Feb 4, 19:23

ARM has announced mobile processor and GPU designs targeting the high-end market for smartphones and mobile devices. Devices with the technology suite are expected to enter the market in 2016, according to the semiconductor IP supplier.

TSMC to offer InFO-WLP technology for 16nm chips, eyeing Apple orders

Feb 4, 13:45

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will have its backend integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging (WLP) technology ready for 16nm chips, eyeing orders for Apple's A10 processors, according to industry sources.

ChipMOS to provide testing services for TDDI chips

Feb 4, 13:43

ChipMOS Technologies will start to install testing equipment for TDDI (touch with display driver) chips in the second quarter of 2015, according to the backend house. The number of testing equipment sets ready for LCD driver ICs at ChipMOS will increase to 500 by the end of 2015, said the company.

ASE to make further investment in Kaohsiung, says report

Stockwatch - Feb 4, 10:39

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) plans to invest a total of almost NT$100 billion (US$3.2 billion) in its manufacturing site in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, over the next four to five years, the Chinese-language Commercial Times quoted company chairman Jason Chang as saying in a recent...

Global semiconductor industry posts record sales in 2014, says SIA

Feb 3, 20:21

The global semiconductor industry posted record sales totaling US$335.8 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.9% from the 2013 total of US$305.6 billion, according to SIA.

Applied positive about IoT

Feb 3, 19:57

Ultra-low power technology will become important thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, according to Applied Materials Taiwan president Erix Yu. The two trends will also have a positive impact on the market for sensors, which will be widely used in a variety of end-use applications, said...

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