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  • Huawei, Oppo, Vivo cut smartphone orders by over 10%, say sources

    Mobile + telecom | 34min ago

  • JD Logistics looks to smart logistics

    IT + CE | 1h 39min ago

  • Africa's smartphone market bounces back in 3Q17, says IDC

    Mobile + telecom | 3h 2min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Japan Li-ion battery materials suppliers expanding capacities

    IT + CE | 3h 34min ago

  • MediaTek unveils new biosensor solutions for smartphones

    Bits + chips | 4h 9min ago

  • China tech giants forming alliances to tap immense AIoT opportunities

    IT + CE | Dec 14, 16:56

  • EZconn optimistic about light communication demand in 2018

    Before Going to Press | Dec 14, 22:41

  • Niching expects strong 2018

    Before Going to Press | Dec 14, 22:08

  • ASE, SPIL push back stock exchange process until October 31, 2018

    Before Going to Press | Dec 14, 22:02

  • China market: HTC enjoys strong Vive Focus pre-order

    Before Going to Press | Dec 14, 21:51

  • FET demonstrates new 5G base station with Ericsson

    Before Going to Press | Dec 14, 21:40

  • MediaTek health management chip to be used in smartphones and wearables in 2018

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NXP pushing partnerships with China developers

Dec 14, 15:54

NXP Semiconductors has announced a strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing and business unit of Alibaba Group. The two companies are working together to enable development of secure smart devices for edge computing applications and have plans to further develop solutions for the...

Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of NT$1.998 trillion

Dec 14, 10:50

Government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.998 trillion (US$66.11 billion) in January-October 2017, growing 4.70% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

TSMC still upbeat about HPC chips, says chairman

Dec 13, 16:29

Clients' demand for HPC (high-speed computing) chips at TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has remained strong without signs of ebbing, according to company chairman Morris Chang.

Lite-On, Tsinghua Unigroup team up to tap China storage market

Dec 13, 15:36

Taiwan-based Lite-On Technology will team up with China's Tsinghua Unigroup to jointly develop the China market for storage products such as solid state drives (SSD), with the latter to invest US$55 million in the former's new subsidiary in Suzhou in a cooperative capital expansion pact signed December...

Win Semi to buy HBT production equipment from Avago

Dec 13, 15:12

GaAs foundry house Win Semiconductors has signed a MoU to purchase a batch of HBT (heterojunction bipolar transistor) production equipment from its strategic partner Avago Technologies General IP for US$37 million.

Qualcomm, MediaTek yet to advance to 7nm node

Dec 13, 14:48

Qualcomm has decided to continue adopting Samsung's 10nm process for fabricating its newly released Snapdragon 845 chipset for smartphones, instead of advancing to 7nm process node. MediaTek has also decided to rely on the 12/16nm nodes of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture...


Semiconductor equipment market to break record in 2017, says SEMI

Dec 13, 13:49

SEMI has projected that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 35.6% to US$55.9 billion in 2017, marking the first time that the semiconductor equipment market has exceeded the previous market high of US$47.7 billion set in 2000. In 2018, 7.5% growth is expected...

SJ Semi signs purchase agreement with Advantest

Dec 13, 13:42

Advantest and China-based SJ Semiconductor have signed a volume purchase agreement that calls for China's middle-end-of-line (MEOL) semiconductor test-service company to buy T5830 memory testers from Advantest.

Certification service provider IST set for strong sales in 2018

Dec 12, 15:45

Certification service firm Integrated Service Technology (IST) is braced for strong sales in 2018, buoyed by the commencement of two new factories and emerging multiple applications that come along with advanced semiconductor processes, automobile electronics and high-speed transmission.

Taiwan IC materials suppliers expect better revenue records in 2018

Dec 12, 14:21

Taiwan's major semiconductor materials distributors such as Topco Scientific and Wah Lee Industrial have reported revenue increases in the first 11 months of 2017 and expect better records for 2018, mainly bolstered by increasing demand for silicon wafers, photoresists, and other advanced materials...

Apple Watch 3 shipment growth to benefit Taiwan IC packagers in 2018

Dec 11, 15:25

Shipments of Apple Watch 3 are expected to surge 20% on year to reach 23-25 million units in the coming year, which will greatly benefit Taiwan players in the supply, particularly backend packaging and testing service providers, according industry sources.

TSMC November revenues flat

Dec 11, 15:07

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Compay (TSMC) has announced its consolidated revenues for November 2017 reached NT$93.15 billion (US$3.1 billion), a decrease of 1.4% from October 2017 and an increase of 0.1% from November 2016.

UMC sees November revenues decrease

Dec 11, 15:07

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.155 billion (US$405.13 million) for November 2017, representing a 11.98% drop on month and 5.89% drop on year.

Taiwan November exports hit record

Dec 11, 11:14

Taiwan's export value totaled US$28.88 billion in November 2017, the highest-ever monthly level with growths of 4.9% sequentially and 14.0% on year, while the month's import value reached US$22.92 billion, up 2.6% sequentially and 9.0% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

Taiwan IC packagers eyeing auto chip orders from IDMs

Dec 8, 16:30

As the automotive-use chip sector is emerging as a new niche market with great development potential, Taiwan IC packaging and testing service providers are gearing up to scramble for orders from major international IDMs supplying automotive chips, according to industry sources.

China gets big boost in semiconductor equipment localization

Dec 8, 16:10

China has taken a big stride forward in the localization of semiconductor equipment needed to support domestic chip production, as some major equipment makers have achieved technological breakthroughs and successfully developed key equipment such as vertical oxidation furnaces and chemical-mechanical...

TSMC Nanjing fab to start volume production in May 2018

Dec 8, 15:06

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will see its 12-inch wafer fab in Nanjing, China start volume production in May 2018, more than one quarter ahead of its original schedule, to meet strong China market demand, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu.

ASE revenues increase in November

Dec 7, 18:06

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.09 billion (US$935.68 million) for November 2017, representing a 0.7% increase on month and 8.36% increase on year.

PTI revenues rise in November

Dec 7, 17:56

Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.632 billion (US$187.6 million) for November 2017, representing a 1.87% increase on month and 22.2% increase on year.

Power chip packager GEM sees record revenues for 4Q17

Dec 7, 17:53

Taiwan power semiconductor packaging and testing specialist GEM Services is expected to see its revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 hit a new quarterly high of NT$800 million (US$26.63 million) with profits of up to NT$200 million, and its net EPS for 2017 is estimated at NT$5.70-6.00, according...

Digitimes Research: 12-inch silicon wafer ASP to rise 20-30% on year in 4Q17

Dec 7, 15:05

The average selling price (ASP) for 12-inch silicon wafers is estimated to surge 20-30% on year in the fourth quarter of 2017, and is expected to enjoy the same annual growth rate in the corresponding quarter of 2018, according to Digitimes Research.

Global MOSFET suppliers seeking capacity support from Taiwan, China players

Dec 5, 15:55

With global shipments of electric cars seen to grow sharply in 2018, the supply of vital components, particularly high-voltage MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) chips, is increasingly falling short of demand, prompting leading makers of such chips, including STMicroelectronics,...

Backend IC service provider Sigurd sees bright prospect in 2018

Dec 5, 14:36

Taiwan-based IC packaging and testing house Sigurd Microelectronics is expected to enjoy strong revenue performance in 2018 due to more orders from Amazon for its smart speaker chips, while the company's fourth-quarter 2017 consolidated revenues will also grow significantly on contributions from its...

IC testing firm CHPT November revenues dip to 30-month low

Dec 4, 15:55

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) saw its revenues fall 40% on month and 38.3% on year to a 30-month low of NT$142 million (US$4.73 million) in November.

SITRI receives certification for sensors made at More than Moore line

Dec 4, 11:49

Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute (SITRI) has announced it has received certification for its sensors rolled out by its 8-inch More than Moore pilot test line.

SMIC announces private placement

Dec 4, 11:23

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has announced it has entered into an agreement with investors, including Dtang and the China IC Fund, for the placing of more than 241 million shares at a price of HK$10.65 (US$1.36) per unit.

China NOR flash maker GigaDevice launches strategic investment in SMIC

Dec 1, 14:48

China-based NOR flash supplier GigaDevice Semiconductor has announced subscribing to HK$532.5 million (US$68.43 million) worth of new shares issued by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Company (SMIC), in a move to further enhance its strategic cooperation with the wafer foundry house, according...

Global semiconductor industry continues upward trend in 3Q17, says IHS Markit

Dec 1, 14:02

The semiconductor industry continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2017, notching a 12% sequential growth to US$113.9 billion with strength across all application markets, according to IHS Markit.

Macronix to highlight novel SGVC 3D NAND development at 2017 IEDM

Nov 30, 15:24

Macronix International has disclosed its research on a novel 3D NAND structure, called single-gate vertical channel (SGVC), will be presented as a highlight paper at the 2017 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco from December 2-6

Cleanroom constructor UIS seeing orders swell, says report

Nov 30, 13:45

Taiwan-based cleanroom maker United Information Systems (UIS) has seen its backlog of orders reach NT$17.67 billion (US$588.92 million), according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Samsung starts mass production of 10LPP process

Nov 30, 11:15

Samsung Electronics announced recently that its foundry business has commenced mass production of system-on-chip (SoC) products built on its second generation 10nm FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus).

Coopetition and coexistence in IC industry: Q&A with ASE COO Wu Tien-yu

Nov 30, 11:11

The global semiconductor industry is experiencing faster quantitative and qualitative changes along with the increasingly fierce coopetition among wafer foundry, IDM (integrated advanced manufacture) and OSAT (outsourced semiconductor assembly and test) players as well as the arrival of multiple new...

ASE COO Wu Tien-yu

Downstream players scrambling to build up inventories amid tight wafer supply

Nov 29, 16:36

The semiconductor supply chain - especially chip vendors - as well as downstream distribution channels and end-market customers, are rushing to pile up inventories by the end of 2017, seeking to secure better sales performance in 2018 amid lingering tight supply of upstream materials, parts and components,...

GlobalWafers inks deal with client for supply beyond 2020, says report

Nov 29, 14:09

Taiwan-based GlobalWafers, a silicon wafer supplier, has signed a multiple-year contract with one of its customers to ensure its sufficient supply of silicon wafers after 2020, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

China IC sector must develop large IDMs, says expert

Nov 28, 14:59

China's semiconductor industry must move to establish major IDM (integrated device manufacture) enterprises with global competitiveness to fill up the deficiency of domestic IDM deployments, while continuing to strengthen its IC design and foundry businesses, according to Ye Tianchun, director of the...

IMECAS director Ye Tianchun

Cypress achieves aerospace-grade QML certification for 65nm and 40nm SRAM devices at UMC

Nov 28, 12:03

Cypress Semiconductor has claimed its 65nm and 40nm technology platforms are the industry's first to achieve Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) certification for their advance product flows. The next-generation 144-Mbit Quad Data Rate (QDR) II+, 144-Mbit QDR IV and 16-Mbit Asynchronous SRAM devices,...

UMC Xiamen fab approved to gain US$600 million in capital

Nov 28, 11:27

Taiwan's Investment Commission has approved an application filed by United Microelectronics (UMC) to indirectly inject a total of US$600 million into the pure-play foundry's new 12-inch wafer fab in Xiamen, southern China.

Booming automobile electronics business to benefit Taiwan backend IC service firms

Nov 27, 16:29

Taiwan-based IC backend service firms including Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Etrend Hightech, Lingsen Precision Industries and GEM Services are to benefit from the ongoing focus on automobile electronics devices by global IDMs such as Infineon Technologies and NXP Semiconductors, according...

ASE, SPIL to set up joint holding company in May 2018

Nov 27, 16:21

Taiwan IC packaging and testing specialists ASE and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will convene provisional shareholders meetings in February 2018 and set up a joint holding company next May at the earliest, as they have won all the necessary regulatory approvals after China issued a green...

Tsinghua Unigroup secures financial support to facilitate memory chip plant

Nov 27, 16:10

Tsinghua Unigroup has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Bank of Nanjing to facilitate the kickoff of the construction of a US$30 billion memory chip factory to be built by the chipmaker in Nanjing.

Chroma ATE-invested firm receives ITRI technology transfer for semiconductor front-end process inspection

Nov 27, 12:53

Innovative Nanotech, a firm with investment from Chroma ATE, has signed a contract with Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) for nanoparticles monitoring technology transfer.

Taiwan 3Q17 economic growth estimated at 3.10%

Nov 27, 11:33

Taiwan's economic growth for third-quarter 2017 is preliminarily estimated at 3.10%, 1.21pp higher than the 1.89% estimated in August, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Taiwan October manufacturing production index up

Nov 24, 13:57

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 113.87 for October 2017, increasing 0.33% sequentially and 3.10% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

ChipMOS Shanghai to grab backend orders for China homegrown 3D NAND chips

Nov 24, 12:33

ChipMOS Technologies (Shanghai), of which Tsinghua Unigroup is a major stakeholder, is expected to secure backend orders for 3D NAND flash chips developed by Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC), according to market observers.

China Big Fund planning second round of support for local IC sector

Nov 24, 11:24

China's National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (known as the Big Fund) has raised an estimated CNY150-200 billion (US$22.8-30.4 billion) which will be spent for the second phase of its capital support for the country's local IC companies, Taiwan-based TrendForce said in its recent repo...

China firm starts equipment move-in at DRAM fab, says report

Nov 23, 13:44

China-based Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit, which broke ground for a new DRAM fab in July 2017, has started equipment move-in for the facility, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

Global Unichip opens new office in Nanjing

Nov 23, 11:59

Taiwan-based Global Unichip, a fabless ASIC design house, has announced the opening of a new branch office in Nanjing, China where its major foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is constructing a new 12-inch wafer plant.

North American semi equipment industry billings fall for 4th consecutive month

Nov 23, 11:13

The three-month average of worldwide billings of North American equipment manufacturers decreased for the fourth consecutive month in October 2017.

Taiwan October unemployment down

Nov 22, 19:43

Taiwan had 443,000 jobless citizens in October 2017, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.75% which dropped 0.02pp sequentially and 0.20pp on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

OSE looks to swing back to profitability in 2018

Nov 22, 15:46

Memory backend specialist Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) is looking to return to profitability by the first half of 2018 due partly to increasing packaging and testing orders for logic ICs and from EMS clients, according to industry sources.

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    Digitimes Research expects global AP shipments to surpass the 1.9 billion mark in 2017, with smartphones remaining the main application. Qualcomm will be leading the market in 2017, as other players continue playing catch up and scramble for funds to invest in more diverse applications.

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