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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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,...
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...
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.
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.