Globalfoundries China fab put on hold
Oct 21, 10:19
The government of Chongqing has put on hold a deal with Globalfoundries for a joint venture 12-inch fab, according to industry sources.
StarChip security IC fabricated on HHGrace eNVM process
Oct 21, 10:16
Shanghai Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing (HHGrace), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hua Hong Semiconductor, and StarChip, a developer of smart card ICs, have jointly announced that StarChip's SCB136I-series security chips for bank cards are being fabricated on HHGrace's 110nm embedded non-volatile...
ASML on track to post record 2016 sales
Oct 21, 10:10
ASML remains on track to post record sales for 2016, according to the lithography equipment supplier, which reported higher-than-expected sales for the three months ending September.
IC Insights raises 2016 IC market forecast to positive
Oct 20, 15:54
IC Insights has raised its 2016 IC market forecast to 1% growth from negative 2%, and its 2016 IC unit volume shipment growth rate forecast from 4% to 6%. A large portion of this revision is due to a strengthening DRAM market, according to the research firm.
TSMC receives FPC fingerprint sensor orders, says report
Newswatch - Oct 20, 10:51
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has received orders from Fingerprint Cards (FPC) with production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chiense-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Winbond orders equipment for NT$617 million
Stockwatch - Oct 20, 10:48
Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty and mobile DRAM, and flash memory for code storage, has disclosed about NT$617 million (US$19.6 million) worth of production equipment it bought from KLA-Tencor.
TSMC spends NT$6.95 billion on equipment
Stockwatch - Oct 20, 10:30
TSMC has spent a total of NT$6.95 billion (US$220.9 million) on manufacturing equipment from five suppliers, according to filings issued with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
SMIC, eMemory extend collaboration to 28nm
Oct 19, 11:17
Taiwan-based eMemory Technology, a provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP, has announced its partnership with China-based foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) covers silicon from 0.35-micron to 28nm processes.
SMIC to expand 8-inch facility in TianJin
Oct 18, 16:11
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced an expansion project for its Tianjin facility, which the foundry claims will become the world's largest 8-inch wafer fab.
NVM IP provider eMemory cuts into Intel supply chain
Oct 18, 15:40
Taiwan-based eMemory Technology's embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP has been adopted in Intel's power management (PWM) devices, according to industry sources. This is the first time eMemory has obtained orders applied to Intel chip solutions.
China to produce 3D NAND chips as early as end-2017
Oct 18, 11:19
Yangtze River Storage Technology (YRST) will start operating China's first 12-inch fab for the manufacture of NAND flash and DRAM memory at the end of 2016, and is expected to produce the region's first homegrown 3D NAND flash memory a year later, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: Taiwan top-3 foundries see combined revenues rise in 3Q16
Oct 18, 11:13
Combined revenues of Taiwan's top-3 foundries - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) - are estimated to be US$9.36 billion in the third quarter of 2016, up 14.3% sequentially and 18.5% on year, according to Digitimes...
TSMC orders NT$2.24 billion of equipment for Nanjing site
Stockwatch - Oct 18, 10:21
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) disclosed on October 17 its Nanjing subsidiary ordered a total of NT$2.24 billion (US$70.4 million) worth of management and construction equipment from Organo Technology and Shanghai Baoye Group.
Worldwide semiconductor revenues to dip 0.9% in 2016, says Gartner
Oct 17, 21:42
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$332 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015, according to Gartner. This represents two consecutive years of revenue decline, which has happened only once in history. But the outlook for the semiconductor market is improving.
Ardentec plans to build new plant in Nanjing
Stockwatch - Oct 14, 10:54
Wafer probing specialist Ardentec plans to establish a new plant in Nanjing, China for up to US$45 million, according to a resolution passed by the Taiwan-based company's board of directors.
TSMC net profits rise 28% in 3Q16
Oct 13, 15:17
Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its net profits surge 28.4% from a year earlier in the third quarter of 2016, while revenues increased 22.5% on year.
Taiwan FTC to hold public hearing on ASE-SPIL merger
Oct 13, 14:29
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said it will arrange a public hearing on Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) planned merger with Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) before making a decision on the matter by December 17.
Faraday PowerSlash IP available on UMC 55ULP
Oct 13, 13:44
Faraday Technology and United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of Faraday's PowerSlash fundamental IP cells on UMC's 55nm ultra-low-power (55ULP) process technology.
Installed 200mm fab capacity rising, says SEMI
Oct 13, 13:42
Installed 200mm fab capacity has increased since 2009. By 2020, capacity is expected to reach 5.5 million wafers per month (wpm), although this is still less than the 2007 peak, according to SEMI.
Taiwan chip vendors strive to lower costs
Oct 13, 10:12
Taiwan-based chip suppliers are in talks with their foundry partners about possible ways to cut costs, including reducing silicon area and the number of masks, according to industry sources.
Taiwan sees decreased September export value, says MOF
Oct 11, 13:52
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$22.56 billion for September 2016, decreasing 8.5% on month and 1.8% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$18.19 billion fell 12.0% on month but rose 0.7% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on October...
UMC, VIS 3Q16 revenues beat guidance
Stockwatch - Oct 11, 11:08
Both United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) saw third-quarter revenues beat the companies' estimates given previously.
ASE reports flat 3Q16 revenues
Stockwatch - Oct 11, 11:06
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) saw its consolidated revenues dip 0.1% from a year earlier in the third quarter of 2016, while sales generated from its core IC ATM (assembly test and material) business grew 7.9% on year.
HMI to delist from TSE on November 22
Stockwatch - Oct 7, 15:59
Hermes Microvision (HMI) will be delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on November 22, the date when its acquisition by ASML becomes effective, according to the electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool specialist.
Lite-On Semi sees September revenues hit 6-year high
Newswatch - Oct 7, 15:57
Discrete and analog IC component maker Lite-On Semiconductor saw its consolidated revenues grow 2.6% on month and 12.63% on year to 6-year high of NT$945 million (US$30.09) in September.
TSMC 3Q16 revenues beat guidance
Oct 7, 15:41
Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its third-quarter revenues increase 17.4% sequentially, beating its guidance of 14.5-16% growth.
ASE breaks ground for new factory building in Kaohsiung
Oct 7, 10:37
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), a provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, has announced that it has held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its K24 building in the Nantze Export Processing Phase 2 Zone in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. The building is part of ASE's continued...
TSMC spends NT$6.43 billion on equipment
Stockwatch - Oct 6, 15:35
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has spent NT$6.43 billion (US$204.8 million) on manufacturing equipment and facilities from eight suppliers, according to filings issued with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
SPIL, KYEC post record 3Q16 revenues
Oct 6, 10:44
Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) both saw their third-quarter revenues hit record highs of NT$21.96 billion (US$698.1 million) and NT$5.43 billion, respectively.
Applied Materials intros e-beam review system for OLED and LCD manufacturing
Oct 6, 10:10
Applied Materials has introduced a high-resolution inline e-beam review (EBR) system. Applied has combined its scanning electron microscope (SEM) capabilities used in semiconductor device review with a large-scale display vacuum platform, resulting in an inline EBR technology that is "the fastest,...
Taiwan September CPI up, says DGBAS
Oct 5, 14:56
Taiwan's September 2016 consumer price index (CPI) of 105.46 (2011 as base year) increased 0.45% on month and 0.33% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 83.88 rose 0.04% on month but dropped 3.95% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget,...
TSMC orders equipment for NT$1.36 billion
Stockwatch - Oct 5, 14:30
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased machinery equipment from Tokyo Electron, United Integrated Services and Topco Quartz Products for a total of NT$1.36 billion (US$43.3 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
SPIL, KYEC grabs orders for MediaTek 10nm chips
Oct 5, 12:34
Backend houses Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) have obtained orders for MediaTek's new 10nm chips set to roll out in the first quarter of 2017, according to industry sources.
IC testing device provider CHPT posts record 3Q16 revenues
Oct 4, 11:19
IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) saw its September revenues climb to a record high of NT$267 million (US$8.52 million). Revenues for the third quarter of 2016 came to NT$766 million, also a historic high.