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Winbond mulls opening 12-inch wafer fab in Singapore, says report

Feb 24, 13:51

Winbond Electronics has been approached by the Singapore government to set up a manufacturing site locally, and the Taiwan-based maker of specialty DRAM and flash memory is considering the invite, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Taiwan maintains largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity, says IC Insights

Feb 24, 11:07

Taiwan led all regions/countries in wafer capacity with 21.3% share, a slight decrease from 21.7% in 2015 when the country first became the global wafer capacity leader, according to IC Insights.

Taiwan January unemployment rate down, says DGBAS

Feb 24, 10:54

Taiwan had 445,000 jobless citizens in January 2017, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.78% which dropped 0.01pp on month and 0.09pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on February 24.

Taiwan January manufacturing production index down on month, up on year, says MOEA

Feb 24, 10:52

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 106.13 for January 2017, decreasing 6.81% on month but increasing 3.80% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on February 23.

Transition to 18-inch wafers remains years away, says Applied

Feb 24, 10:33

It is unlikely to see 450mm (18-inch) wafer fabrication technology become mature over the next three years, according to Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson. The chipmaking industry's transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers remains years away.

TSMC on track to move 5nm to risk production in 1H19

Feb 24, 09:55

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is on track to start risk production of 5nm chips in the first half of 2019, said company co-CEO Mark Liu at its annual supply chain management forum on February 23.

Mark Liu

VIS expects to post up to 5% revenue decrease in 1Q17

Feb 23, 22:24

Seasonality will drag down specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues in the first quarter of 2017, which are forecast to decrease 1-5% sequentially.

UMC enters mass production for 14nm chips

Feb 23, 22:23

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the availability of mass production for ICs built using the foundry's most-advanced 14nm FinFET technology.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts US$1.86 billion in January billings

Feb 23, 10:38

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.86 billion in billings worldwide in January 2017 (three-month average basis), according to SEMI.

Globalfoundries announces availability of 45nm RF SOI to advance 5G mobile communications

Feb 23, 10:31

Globalfoundries has announced the availability of its 45nm RF SOI (45RFSOI) technology offering, making it the first foundry to announce an advanced, 300mm RF silicon solution to support next generation millimeter-wave (mmWave) beam forming applications in future 5G base stations and smartphones.

UMC to pay NT$0.50 cash dividend for 2016

Stockwatch - Feb 23, 10:24

United Microelectronics' (UMC) board of directors has decided to deal out dividends of NT$0.50 (US$0.02) in cash for 2016, when the company generated net profits of NT$8.32 billion or NT$0.68 per share.

PTI to deal out cash dividend of NT$4 for 2016

Feb 23, 09:47

Powertech Technology's (PTI) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$4 (US$0.13) cash dividend per share for 2016, when the company saw its net profits climb to a 6-year high of NT$4.84 billion.

3S Silicon Tech debuts on Taiwan emerging stock market

Feb 22, 14:14

3S Silicon Tech started trading on Taiwan's emerging stock market on February 21 at an initial price of NT$20 (US$0.65) per share, according to the semiconductor equipment company targeting the backend sector.

TSMC reportedly to join bid for stake in Toshiba memory business

Feb 22, 13:45

Toshiba is looking to spin off its flash memory business with plans to sell more than half of the planned separate entity to one or more than one company, and reportedly will initiate a new process of the stake sale.

Silicon Valley-based foundry Noel Technologies expands production by 25%

Feb 22, 13:43

Noel Technologies, a specialty semiconductor foundry based in Silicon Valley, has expanded its wafer-fabrication facility by adding square footage and installing additional equipment that boost its production capacity by 25%, according to the company.

Marketech profit climbs to 12-year high

Feb 22, 11:50

Fab toolmaker Marketech International has reported net profits for 2016 climbed to a 12-year high of NT$515 million (US$16.7 million). EPS for the year came to NT$3.12.

Testing solution provider Chroma Ate posts 2016 EPS of NT$4.53

Stockwatch - Feb 21, 22:22

Chroma Ate, which provides integrated and customized solutions for test and measurement instruments, has reported net profits increased 39% on year to NT$1.7 billion (US$55.1 million) in 2016. EPS came to NT$4.53.

Taiwan IC production value to rise 5.8% in 2017, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 21, 15:34

The production value of Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, will increase 5.8% in 2017 reaching NT$2,591.6 billion (US$84.1 billion), according to forecast made by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics and...

China and Taiwan fabs gearing up for next-gen memory production

Feb 21, 10:51

China- and Taiwan-based pure-play foundries are partnering with their fabless clients to fabricate next-generation memory types, such as 3D NAND, MRAM and ReRAM, while memory chipmakers are developing the next-generation technologies in-house.

Silicon wafer prices to rise in 2017, says GlobalWafers

Feb 21, 10:48

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer prices on a per-square inch basis, which reached an 11-year low of US$0.67, are set to rise in 2017 thanks to the already low point last year and a ramp-up of demand coming mainly from China-based foundries, according to Doris Hsu, chairman and CEO for GlobalWafers.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of nearly US$367 million in January, says MOEA

Feb 20, 21:34

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 198 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$366.86 million in January 2017, respectively decreasing 30.04% and 27.11% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on February 20.

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

Feb 20, 21:32

Taiwan received export orders worth US$35.97 billion in total in January 2017, decreasing 12.8% on month but increasing 5.2% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on February 20.

Taiwan IC production value rises 8.2% in 2016, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 20, 15:40

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$2,449.3 billion (US$79.5 billion) in 2016, increasing 8.2% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics...

Walton net profits surge in 2016

Feb 20, 14:29

Memory-IC backend specialist Walton Advanced Engineering has reported net profits for the fourth quarter of 2016 hiked almost 200% sequentially to NT$317 million (US$10.3 million), which also marked the highest quarterly total.

Aerosol science research center opens in Taiwan

Feb 20, 13:25

The National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, has inaugurated the Aerosol Science Research Center, the first of its kind in Asia to study PM2.5 particulates, according to the center.

Inaugural ceremony for the Aerosol Science Research Center

TSMC spends NT$7.5 billion on equipment

Stockwatch - Feb 18, 14:56

Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently disclosed six separate purchases of manufacturing equipment and facilities for a total of NT$7.525 billion (US$244.4 million).

Equipment maker Foxsemicon to post record EPS for 2016

Feb 18, 13:53

Semiconductor equipment maker Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, an affiliate of the Foxconn Group, is expected to see its EPS top NT$8.50 (US$0.28) in 2016 and achieve an annual historic high, market watchers were quoted as saying in a recent report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (

Eight-inch fabs operating at full capacity

Feb 18, 11:08

Eight-inch wafer fabs in China and Taiwan are running at full capacity driven by brisk demand for smartphone-use ICs including fingerprint-recognition sensors, LCD driver ICs and power management chips, according to industry sources.

Xintec swings to loss for 2016

Feb 18, 11:03

Taiwan-based Xintec, an affiliate of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) specializing in packaging services for CMOS image sensors as well as MEMS and fingerprint sensors, swung to net losses of NT$636 million (US$20.6 million) in 2016 from profits of NT$146 million a year ago. EPS for...

Display bookings to top US$2 billion in Fiscal 2017 for Applied Materials

Feb 17, 17:02

Semiconductor equipment provider Applied Materials delivered another strong quarter for its display business, with its first quarter display revenues increasing 66% on year to US$422 million and its orders tripling to US$632 million. The company noted that since 2012 it has grown its display revenues...

China foundries planning FD-SOI process technology

Feb 17, 14:31

China-based IC foundries, such as Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), are evaluating plans to offer FD-SOI process technology since they are less competitive in the mainstream FinFET segment led by the world's major pure-play foundries and IDMs including Intel, Samsung and TSMC, according to industry...

Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending, says IC Insights

Feb 17, 14:04

Intel continued to top all other chip companies in R&D expenditures in 2016 with spending reaching US$12.7 billion, according to IC Insights. Intel's R&D spending represented 22.4% of its semiconductor sales for the year.

VIS posts record 2016 profit

Feb 17, 14:01

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has reported net profits of NT$5.54 billion (US$179.9 million) for 2016, up 33.2% on year and hitting a record high. EPS for the year came to NT$3.38.

China set to become leading semi equipment spender in next few years

Feb 17, 10:44

Globalfoundries recently made a media splash in announcing a reported $10 billion fab investment for Chengdu, China, but there are dozens of other semiconductor manufacturing projects being developed in the country as well, and China is set to become the leading market for semiconductor equipment demand...

Taiwan 4Q16 economic growth estimated at 2.88%

Feb 16, 10:20

Taiwan's GDP growth for fourth-quarter 2016 is estimated at 2.88%, upward adjusted by 0.30pp from the preliminary estimate made in late January 2017, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said February 15.

NVM IP provider eMemory posts record 2016 profit

Feb 15, 22:57

Embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP provider eMemory Technology has reported net profits of NT$534 million (US$17.4 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$1.22 billion for 2016. Both numbers hit record-highs.

UTAC to close Shanghai operations

Feb 15, 16:00

United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC), a Singapore-based provider of test and assembly services for ICs, has announced plans to discontinue its operations in Waigaoqiao, Shanghai.

TSMC co-CEOs to join board

Feb 15, 14:10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has approved a proposal to increase the number of directors to 10 from eight, and authorized chairman Morris Chang to nominate Mark Liu and CC Wei, co-CEOs for the pure-play foundry, as candidates for the positions.

TSMC co-CEOs CC Wei (left) and Mark Liu (right)

Commentary: Xiaomi in-house developed smartphone CPUs face uncertainty

Feb 15, 12:29

It is highly risky for Xiaomi Technology to launch smartphones featuring in-house developed CPUs as the vendor's shipment volumes are not large enough.

SMIC expects up to 4% revenue decrease in 1Q17

Feb 15, 11:11

China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post a revenue decrease of 2-4% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017, with gross margin of 25-28%.

TSMC to deal out cash dividend of NT$7 for 2016

Feb 14, 19:34

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$7 (US$0.23) cash dividend per share for 2016. The proposal will be discussed and decided at TSMC's annual general meeting on June 8, 2017.

Macronix losses narrow in 2016

Feb 14, 18:11

Taiwan-based Macronix International, a maker of flash and mask ROM memory, saw its losses narrow a substantial 94% from a year earlier in 2016 thanks to growth in sales generated from all its product lines.

Toshiba delays earnings announcement

Feb 14, 16:29

Multiple media reports out of Japan are indicating that Toshiba has surprised investors by delaying the announcement of its quarterly earnings amid fears that the company will report losses topping US$6 billion for its nuclear business in the US. The company's share price was down 8% for the day.

Andes growing customer base in China

Feb 14, 16:07

Andes Technology, one of the very few Taiwan-based CPU IP providers, has been expanding its customer portfolio in China at a gradual pace.

CPU core IP provider Andes to debut on Taiwan OTC market in mid-March

Newswatch - Feb 14, 15:03

Taiwan-based CPU core IP provider Andes Technology, a subsidiary of MediaTek, will debut on Taiwan's OTC securities market in mid-March with the underwriting price for the IPO tentatively set at NT$60 (US$1.944) per share, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Lithography demand is up, but Nikon can't avoid declaring extraordinary loss

Feb 14, 12:35

Despite seeing strong demand for lithography equipment from flat panel manufacturers in the quarter ending December 31, 2016, Nikon reported an extraordinary loss of JPY29,790 million (US$262 million), mainly incurred from inventory write-offs in its Semiconductor Lithography Business Unit and restructuring...

Robust fingerprint sensor demand continues to fill 8-inch fab capacity in 2017

Feb 14, 10:54

IC foundries will continue to see a pull-in of orders for fingerprint-recognition sensor chips to fill their 8-inch fab capacity in 2017, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, longtime market leader Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is facing more competition from China- and Taiwan-based players including...

Globalfoundries Chengdu fab to start production in 4Q18

Feb 13, 21:21

Globalfoundries' plan to construct a new 300mm wafer fab in Chengdu, China to satisfy demand for the foundry's 22FDX technology is well on track, with production at the facility set to kick off in 2018, according to a statement released by the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone.

TSMC subscribes to Apple bonds

Stockwatch - Feb 13, 10:53

TSMC has spent a total of US$11.4 million to acquire corporate bonds issued by Apple, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The bonds are priced at US$100.21 per unit.

Chunghwa Telecom plans to spin off photodetector subsidiary

Newswatch - Feb 13, 10:49

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) plans to spin off its optoelectronics subsidiary, Chunghwa Leading Photonics Tech (CLPT), and list it on Taiwan's securities market, according to company chairman David Cheng.

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