ASE 1Q16 profits fall 7%
Apr 29, 16:13
IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has announced net profits of NT$4.16 billion (US$129.1million) for the first quarter of 2016, down 7% on year and 17% sequentially.
SPIL expects higher factory utilization in 2Q16
Apr 29, 09:52
Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) capacity utilization rate for the second quarter of 2016 will rise from the first quarter, with some of its production lines, mainly those for flip-chip (FC) and wire-bonding packaging, expected to run at nearly full capacity in May, company chairman Bough Lin...
Cypress subsidiary Deca to receive US$60 million investment from ASE
Apr 28, 21:22
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Deca Technologies, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor, have announced the signing of an agreement whereby ASE will invest US$60 million in Deca and will license Deca's M-Series fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP) technologies and processes.
SPIL 1Q16 profits shrink 38.6% in 1Q16
Apr 28, 15:53
IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported net profits of NT$1.6 billion (US$49.7 million) for the first quarter of 2016, down 38.6% from a year earlier.
SPIL decides to terminate stake deal with Tsinghua Unigroup
Apr 28, 14:39
Taiwan-based IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) announced on April 28 that the company's board of directors has passed a resolution to terminate its strategic alliance agreement and share subscription agreement with China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup.
UMC looks to 5% wafer shipment growth in 2Q16
Apr 28, 12:11
United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to post an about 5% sequential increase in wafer shipments for the second quarter of 2016, when the company's capacity utilization rate will rise to 87-89% from 82% in the prior quarter.
Digitimes Research: Nichia tops LED packagers in 2015 revenues
Apr 27, 14:35
Japan-based Nichia continued to rank the number one LED packaging service provider globally in 2015 with related revenues reaching US$2.72 billion, or about 200% higher than those generated by the second to fourth largest vendors, according to Digitimes Research.
Tsinghua investment will not affect PTI 2016 operations
Apr 27, 14:19
Whether or not an investment proposal by Tsinghua Unigroup obtains approval by Taiwan's anti-trust authority will not affect Powertech Technology's (PTI) operations during 2016, according to the Taiwan-based IC backend house.
Driver-IC backend houses lower quotes to woo orders
Apr 26, 22:32
LCD driver IC packaging and testing houses Chipbond Technology and ChipMOS Technologies have both decided to lower their quotes following in the footsteps of their China- and South Korea-based counterparts, which have already cut their prices to woo orders, according to industry sources.
Kinsus posts revenue and profit decreases for 1Q16
Apr 26, 11:01
IC substrate supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology has announced consolidated revenues fell 14.7% sequentially to NT$5.37 billion (US$166.1 million) in the first quarter of 2016, with gross margin down 5.74pp on quarter to 23.77%.
Competition in advanced process technologies market to heat up
Apr 25, 21:38
Competition in the market for semiconductor advanced process technologies is expected to heat up, with Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) striving for more businesses in the fabless sector by stepping up efforts to make the jump to more advanced processes, according...
TSMC hires Merrill Lynch senior analyst, says report
Newswatch - Apr 25, 14:01
A senior analyst with Merrill Lynch has been hired by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to play a role in the pure-play foundry's business strategy development, according to a recent report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).
Taiwan university develops aluminum ball bonding technology
Apr 25, 10:42
While copper wire is considered a cheaper alternative to gold wire for ball wire bonding used in semiconductor packaging, a process based on aluminum wire has been developed by Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to further reduce production costs.
Powerchip nets NT$4.64 in 2015 EPS
Apr 22, 10:58
Foundry chipmaker Powerchip Technology has reported net profits of NT$10.28 billion (US$318.7 million) for 2015 with EPS coming to NT$4.64. The year also marked the third consecutive year that the company generated net profits of more than NT$10 billion.
TSMC orders equipment for NT$2.29 billion
Stockwatch - Apr 22, 10:52
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased a batch of machinery equipment and intangible assets from Hermes Microvision (HMI), Fortrend Engineering, Kilopass Technology and Applied Materials for NT$2.29 billion (US$71 million).
Intel reports 1Q16 GAAP revenue of US$13.7 billion
Apr 20, 15:28
Intel has reported first-quarter 2016 GAAP revenue of US$13.7 billion, operating income of US$2.6 billion, net income of US$2.0 billion and EPS of US%0.42. Intel reported non-GAAP revenue of US$13.8 billion, operating income of US$3.3 billion, net income of US$2.6 billion and EPS of US%0.54. The company...
Intel announces corporate restructuring; to reduce staff by 11%
Apr 20, 15:15
Intel has announced a restructuring initiative to accelerate its evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and smart, connected computing devices. Intel said it will intensify focus in high-growth areas where it is positioned for long-term leadership, customer value and growth, while...
Inspection tool maker HMI 1Q16 profits plunge
Stockwatch - Apr 20, 11:13
Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) has reported net profits of NT$253 million (US$7.9 million) for the first quarter of 2016, down 65% sequentially and 42% a year earlier.
ASE, SPIL say supply not affected by Japan quake
Apr 19, 14:45
IC packagers Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) have said their supply chains will not be affected by two major earthquakes that struck Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan on April 14 and 16.
TSMC to launch 7nm trial production in 1H17
Apr 19, 10:56
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is scheduled to launch 7nm trial production in the first half of 2017, company chairman Morris Chang said in a report sent to TSMC's shareholders.
UMC standardizes on ARM Artisan platform for physical IP
Apr 18, 15:42
ARM and UMC have announced a new strategic partnership to develop multiple physical IP platforms, enabling UMC customers to implement ARM Artisan physical IP into SoC designs and reduce time-to-market. The agreement spans from a 55ULP platform for Internet of Things (IoT) applications to a 14nm FinFET...
Global 2015 semiconductor materials sales reach US$43.4 billion, says SEMI
Apr 18, 14:09
The global semiconductor materials market decreased 1.5% in 2015 compared to 2014 while worldwide semiconductor revenues decreased 0.2%, according to SEMI. The impact of exchange rate changes, coupled with lower overall semiconductor unit growth, contributed to the year-over-year revenue decline.
TSMC tops listed Taiwan-based makers in 2015 R&D spending, says MOEA
Apr 18, 11:26
Wafer foundry service provider Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) expended NT$65.5 billion (US$1.99 billion) on R&D in 2015, the largest among all Taiwan-based manufacturers listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange and over-the-counter market, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs...
TSMC reiterates revenue target for 2016
Apr 15, 11:23
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) target of 5-10% growth in 2016 consolidated revenues remains unchanged, according to the pure-play foundry.
TSMC 1Q16 profits fall 18%
Apr 14, 15:52
Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced net profits of NT$64.78 billion (US$2 billion) on consolidated revenues of NT$203.50 billion for the first quarter of 2016. Profits and revenues for the quarter represented decreases of 18% and 8.3%, respectively, compared...
UMC qualifies Cadence Virtuoso LDE analyzer for its 28HPC process
Apr 14, 14:41
Cadence Design Systems has announced that the company's Virtuoso layout-dependent effects (LDE) analyzer has been qualified by United Microelectronics (UMC) to support the foundry's 28HPC process technology. With the rollout of a new UMC 28HPC LDE kit, UMC customers can use the Cadence solution to...
Worldwide semiconductor revenues to decline 0.6% in 2016, says Gartner
Apr 13, 22:19
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$333 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.6% from 2015, according to Gartner. This is following a decline of 2.3% in 2015 due to weakened demand for key electronic equipment, elevated inventory levels and the continuing impact of the strong dollar...
Taiwan forms IoT alliance
Apr 13, 11:51
Taiwan-based enterprises and research/academic organizations on April 12 announced the formation of the Asia IoT Alliance (AIoTA) in an attempt to promote IoT applications across industries through partnerships with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
HMI March revenues rebound
Apr 13, 11:09
Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI), a provider of electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions, saw its March revenues rebound to more than NT$700 million (US$21.7 million) thanks to recognized sales generated from orders placed by its customers.
TSMC orders equipment for NT$2 billion
Stockwatch - Apr 12, 14:59
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased engineering and facility equipment from Applied Materials, Fu Tsu Construction and Tokyo Electron for a total of about NT$2.01 billion (US$62 million), according to filings issued by the pure-play foundry with the Taiwan Stock Exchange...
UMC to post brisk 2Q16 results
Apr 12, 14:33
IC foundry UMC is expected to enjoy significant revenue and profit growth sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, thanks to a ramp-up of orders from its fabless clients as well as new 28nm chip orders, according to industry sources.
TSMC likely to bring forward 7nm schedule, says report
Newswatch - Apr 12, 11:02
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to detail its roadmap for 7nm process, including a revised production schedule for the node technology, at an investors meeting on April 14, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Taiwan March export value up on month, down on year, says MOF
Apr 11, 21:46
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$22.72 billion for March 2016, increasing 27.8% on month but decreasing 11.4% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$18.22 billion rose 33.7% on month but fell 17.0% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF)...