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.
Taiwan July unemployment rate at 4.02%, says DGBAS
Aug 22, 11:09
Taiwan had 464,000 jobless citizens in July 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.02% which rose by 0.10 ppt on month but dropped by 0.23ppt on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
Scientech to ramp wet-process semiconductor equipment
Aug 21, 22:03
Equipment supplier Scientech has had its 12-inch wet-process semiconductor equipment verified by IC backend service firms, paving the way for the firm to ramp up shipments beginning the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
Taiwan science parks 1H14 revenues up 0.14% on year, says MOST
Aug 21, 11:57
The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.065 trillion (US$35.48 billion) in first-half 2014, growing 0.14% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
IC testing firm Ardentec to ramp capacity by 50%
Aug 20, 15:21
Wafer and mixed-signal IC testing service company Ardentec has completed construction of a new cleanroom measuring 4,300 square meters. Utilizing the new cleanroom, Ardentec will be able to ramp its capacity by 50%, which will enable it to meet market demand in 2015-2016, according to company president...
SPIL to take over idle ProMOS 12-inch fab for NT$6.4 billion
Aug 19, 22:06
Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has won the bid to take over the idle 12-inch fab of ProMOS Technologies for NT$6.4 billion (US$213.62 million). SPIL will use the fab to develop its high-end 2.5D/3D IC testing/packaging technologies.
Sporton International expects continued growth in 3Q14 revenues
Aug 19, 20:36
Sporton International, a Taiwan-based testing, inspection and certification service provider for electronics products, expects its sales for the third quarter of 2014 to outpace the amount recorded a quarter earlier judging from orders received so far of the third quarter, according to company vice...
Taiwan semiconductor supply chain to be affected by Apple CPU orders
Aug 15, 15:51
The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs and related peripheral chips on the supply chain of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will widen in 2015, forcing IC design houses to place wafer orders earlier in the year, according to industry sources.
TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked
Aug 14, 22:23
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources.
Wafer foundry houses seeking better cooling solutions
Aug 14, 11:00
Wafer foundry houses reportedly have been seeking cooperation with cooling module makers looking to apply cooling solutions into chips during the manufacturing process. So far the cooperation is still at an early stage and no substantial results have been achieved, according to sources from cooling...
ChipMOS to take a 19% share of JMC Electronics
Aug 14, 10:33
LCD driver IC backend service company ChipMOS Technologies will take up a 19% stake of COF (chip on film) substrate provider JMC Electronics, a subsidiary of Chang Wah Electromaterials, for NT$199 million (US$6.63 million), according to a ChipMOS statement.
TSMC approves new capex spending for advanced capacity expansion
Aug 12, 21:49
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved the appropriation of NT$91.03 billion (US$3.05 billion) for advanced capacity expansion, conversion of certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, building and facility installation as well as capacity setup for advanced packaging...