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Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$1.9 billion in January-June, says MOEA

Jul 22, 11:46

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,656 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$1.926 billion in January-June 2014, respectively increasing by 10.92% and decreasing by 16.05% on year, according to MOEA.

Taiwan June unemployment rate up on month, says DGBAS

Jul 22, 10:41

Taiwan had 451,000 jobless citizens in June 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.92% which rose 0.07ppt on month but dropped 0.22ppt on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Taiwan sees increased June export order value, says MOEA

Jul 21, 21:28

Taiwan received export orders worth US$38.82 billion in total in June 2014, representing an increase of 2.1% on month and by 10.6% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on July 21.

SMIC revises up 2Q14 gross margin guidance

Jul 21, 16:48

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has announced an upward revision of its second quarter gross margin guidance for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from 22-24% up to 27-29%.

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Jul 21, 10:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment.

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Equipment suppliers Acter, Lumax brace for strong sales in 2H14

Jul 18, 15:56

Cleanroom supplier Acter and process control solution provider Lumax International are expected to see their revenues grow quarter-on-quarter in the second half of 2014, based on booming wafer foundry business in Taiwan and continued expansion by LCD and LED plants in China, according to industry so...

TSMC to lose out to competitors in 14/16nm process segment in 2015, says chairman

Jul 16, 22:03

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 but will regain its leading market position in 2016-2017, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang.

TSMC chairman Morris Chang

TSMC posts strong earnings for 2Q14

Jul 16, 16:07

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$59.7 billion (US$1.99 billion) for the second quarter of 2014, increasing 24.7% sequentially and 15.2% on year.

Huawei to become first client for TSMC 16nm FinFET process

Jul 15, 10:20

China-based smartphone vendor Huawei is likely to be the first client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's 16nm FinFET process node, according to industry sources.

TSMC June revenues down slightly, but 2Q14 sales hit all-time high

Jul 11, 14:07

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported revenues of NT$60.34 billion (US$2.02 billion) for June, down 0.7% on month but up 11.7% on year. Revenues for the first six months of 2014 amounted to NT$331.24 billion, an increase of 14.8% from a year earlier.

Applied Materials introduces CVD, CMP systems for 3D architectures

Jul 10, 15:55

Applied Materials has announced two new systems that help customers solve critical challenges in manufacturing high-performance, power-efficient 3D devices.

VIS revenues grow in June, 2Q14

Jul 10, 14:34

Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has announced revenues of NT$1.99 billion (US$66.55 million) for June, up 2.7% sequentially and 7.8% on year.

Global chip equipment spending looks to double-digit growth in 2014, says SEMI

Newswatch - Jul 10, 14:08

The global semiconductor equipment market is expected to grow 20.8% on year in 2014 to US$38.4 billion and to expand another 10.8% in 2015 to exceed US$42.6 billion, according to SEMI.

UMC June revenues hit all-time high

Stockwatch - Jul 10, 11:40

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported revenues of NT$12.41 billion (US$415.01 million) for June, up 4% sequentially and 15.3% on year. The sum represents the company's highest monthly record.

ASE 2Q14 revenues meet market expectations

Newswatch - Jul 9, 15:09

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported revenues of NT$58.62 billion (US$1.96 billion) for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 7.2% on quarter and 15.5% on year that met market expectations.

TSMC to speed up development of 10nm process

Jul 9, 12:05

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to speed up the development of its 10nm process to fend off competition from Samsung Electronics, which reportedly has landed 14nm FinFET chip orders from Qualcomm, according to industry sources.

Taiwan June CPI up, says DGBAS

Jul 9, 11:23

Taiwan's June 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.44 (2011 as base year) increased by 0.52% on month and by 1.64% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 96.97% grew by 0.04% on month and by 0.81% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics...

Qualcomm reportedly places FinFET chip orders with Samsung

Jul 8, 21:55

Qualcomm reportedly has placed its first batch of FinFET chip orders with Samsung Electronics, instead of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as widely expected. Samsung will utilize the FinFET technology using a 14nm process compared to a 16nm node by TSMC, according to industry sourc...

Digitimes Research: Tablet-AP shipments from Intel expected to reach 31.15 million in 2014

Jul 8, 14:31

Intel aims to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, but most market watchers believe such a volume is quite a challenge. Digitimes Research expects the CPU giant to be able to ship 31.15 million APs in 2014, achieving about 80% of its goal,...

SPIL revenues hit new high in June

Newswatch - Jul 8, 14:03

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) saw its revenues gain 3.5% sequentially and 28% on year to an all-time high of NT$7.68 billion (US$256.61 million) in June, according to the company.

Taiwan June export value slightly up on month, year, says MOF

Jul 7, 23:29

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$26.80 billion for June 2014, increasing by 0.5% on month and by 1.2% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$24.91 billion rose by 16.5% on month and by 7.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on July...

KYEC June, 2Q14 revenues hit new highs

Newswatch - Jul 7, 12:46

IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) saw its revenues gain 3.4% on month and 11.2% on year to a record high of NT$1.44 billion (US$48.19 million) in June.

SMIC to fabricate Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs on 28nm process

Jul 4, 15:20

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Qualcomm have announced that the two firms will collaborate on 28nm wafer production process, and SMIC will manufacture Qualcomm's Snapdragon family processors in China.

Chipset solution vendors seek 28nm capacity at UMC, Globalfoundries and SMIC

Jul 2, 14:03

Chipset solution vendors including Qualcomm and MediaTek have continued to seek additional 28nm capacity at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Globalfoundries and, particularly, at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to tight production at TSMC, according to industry...

Mirle, Hiwin set for strong sales in 2H14

Jul 2, 13:58

LCD panel equipment supplier Mirle Automation and machinery component and robot maker Hiwin Technologies are bracing for strong sales in the second half of 2014 due to improved order visibility, according to industry sources.

Applied Materials advances ion implant technology for 3D chip architectures

Jul 2, 13:31

Applied Materials has announced the Applied Varian VIISta 900 3D system, a medium-current ion implantation tool developed for manufacturing FinFET and 3D NAND designs at sub-2Xnm nodes.

Samsung/Globalfoundries team reportedly lands 14nm orders from Qualcomm, Apple

Jul 1, 13:53

The Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries team reportedly has landed orders for its 14nm FinFET process from Qualcomm and Apple, with related foundry services to begin in early 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

GlobalFoundries to upgrade Singapore fab from 8-inch to 12-inch, says senior VP

Jun 30, 22:07

GloablFoundries will upgrade its 8-inch fab in Singapore to a 12-inch fab mainly by having equipment moved from a 12-inch fab in Taiwan that it acquired from Taiwan-based DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies in 2013, according to corporate senior vice president and Singapore operation general manager KC...

Digitimes Research: China unveils new semiconductor industry development guidelines

Jun 30, 15:50

The China government has been offering tax incentives to promote the development of its semiconductor industry since the implementation of its 12th five-year economic development plans in 2011.

SMIC establishes 12-inch CIS supply chain in China

Jun 30, 14:07

The 12-inch color filter and microlens array production line of Toppan SMIC Electronics (Shanghai) (TSES), a joint venture between Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Japan-based Toppan Printing set up in China, has been completed and has put into commercial operations,...

Taiwan science parks see January-April 2014 total revenues down 1.19% on year, says MOST

Jun 27, 10:38

The three science parks developed and operated by the government in Taiwan: Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), generated combined revenues of NT$677.046 billion (US$21.98 billion) in January-April 2014, declining 1.19% on year, according...

ASE optimistic about 2H14

Jun 26, 14:39

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is optimistic about its business prospects for the second half of 2014 as current demand for IC backend services is still outpacing the industry's supply capacity, according to company COO Tien Wu.

ASE COO Tien Wu (Right)

China-based Changjiang narrows gap with Taiwan IC backend service firms

Jun 26, 12:16

China-based IC backend service company Changjiang Electronics Technology has shifted its focus to more advanced technologies such as wafer-level, FC CSP and bumping packaging processes, and is therefore narrowing its gap with Taiwan-based rivals, according to industry sources.

Capacity utilization rates of 90/55nm processes at foundries begin to slide

Jun 25, 22:01

The capacity utilization rates of 90/55nm processes at some foundry houses in Taiwan and China reportedly have begun to slip, raising concerns of double-booking by some IC design houses, according to industry sources.

Wafer foundry houses to benefit from rising wearable device market

Jun 25, 15:22

Wafer foundry houses including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) are expected to benefit from the rise of the wearable device market, according to industry sources.

STATS ChipPAC puts up for sale

Jun 25, 10:40

STATS ChipPAC, the world's fourth-largest IC backend service company, has put itself up for sale with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Changjiang Electronics Technology, Samsung Electronics and Huatian Technology (Xian) likely to compete for the sale, according to industry sources.

TSMC to operate at full capacity in 2H14

Jun 24, 22:00

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will operate at full capacity in the third and fourth quarters, with revenues generated from 20nm processes to account for 10% of total revenues in the third quarter and rise to 20% in the fourth, according company chairman Morris Chang.

Taiwan May manufacturing production index up, says MOEA

Jun 24, 12:21

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 109.64 for May 2014, increasing 3.64% sequentially and 5.30% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Taiwan May unemployment rate hits 72-month low, says DGBAS

Jun 23, 22:04

Taiwan had 443,000 jobless citizens in May 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.85% which was the lowest monthly level since June 2008 and dropped by 0.06 percentage point on month and by 0.21 percentage point on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget,...

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$1.5 billion in January-May, says MOEA

Jun 23, 10:17

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,360 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$1.503 billion in January-May 2014, respectively increasing 11.48% and decreasing 17.99% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on June 20.

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

Jun 23, 10:15

Taiwan received export orders worth US$38.02 billion in total in May 2014, decreasing 2.2% on month but increasing 4.7% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on June 20.

Digitimes Research: Spreadtrum finding smartphone AP business difficult

Jun 19, 16:44

China-based Spreadtrum's application processor (AP) shipments have been dropping since China Mobile began subsidizing dual-core smartphones, as opposed to single-core models, in June 2013, and the company so far is showing no signs of recovery. Spreadtrum's parent company Tsinghua Unigroup's acquisition...

Digitimes Research: Korea semiconductor companies to ramp up capital spending in 2H14

Jun 17, 16:26

Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics has topped the world's semiconductor companies for the fourth straight year since 2010. In 2014, Samsung's semiconductor capex is expected to stay flat at US$11.5 billion as compared to the previous year. However, since Samsung plans to begin install...

KYEC to hike 2014 capital expenditure

Jun 17, 15:21

Wafer testing service provider King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) plans to increase its capex budget for 2014 from NT$5 billion (US$166 million) to NT$6 billion to expand testing capacity for high-end and nice-market applications, according to the company.

UMC to expand foundry capacity to fend off competition from SMIC, say sources

Jun 13, 11:30

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will ramp up its capacity for 40nm processes in order to fend off increasing competition from China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: South Korea sees increasing semiconductor exports to Vietnam

Jun 12, 15:28

As labor costs in China are gradually rising, IT players have started turning to establish production lines in Vietnam, increasing the country's demand for upstream semiconductors and components. The scale of South Korea's semiconductor and component exports to Vietnam has grown significantly recently,...

18-inch wafer foundry process likely to delay to 2018

Jun 12, 14:33

The arrival of the era of 18-inch wafer foundry processes may not come until 2018 as Intel reportedly has slowed down the development of 18-inch wafers, while semiconductor equipment supplier ASML has also temporarily discontinued development of production equipment for 18-inch wafers, according to...

Testing instrument supplier Chroma reports decreased revenues for May

Jun 12, 12:13

Chroma ATE, which provides integrated and customized solutions for test and measurement instruments, has reported revenues of NT$835 million (US$27.84 million) for May, down 3.6% sequentially and 9.9% on year.

UMC to enter trial production of 14nm FinFET process in 1H15

Jun 12, 11:44

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will continue to develop advanced processes with plans to enter trial production of 14nm FinFET products in the first half of 2015, according to the company.

Niching sees revenues up in May

Jun 11, 15:51

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial has reported revenues of NT$101 million (US$3.37 million) for May, up 20% on month and 45% on year. May's sales were the highest since July 2012, according to company data.

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