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  • Penetration rate for Ultra HD TVs likely to reach 15% in August

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  • Samsung to produce DRAM chips at Line-17 fab, causes concerns of oversupply

    Bits + chips | 1h 39min ago

  • Taiwan science parks 1H14 revenues up 0.14% on year, says MOST

    Bits + chips | 3h 19min ago

  • China 1H14 PV production value reaches CNY150 billion, says MIIT

    Green energy | 3h 44min ago

  • Foreign direct investment in Taiwan reaches US$2.47 billion in January-July

    Bits + chips | 3h 58min ago

  • Roughly 400 vendors preparing to feature new technologies at Touch Taiwan

    Displays | Aug 20, 22:30

  • Passive component maker Chinsan to kick off new plant in 1Q15

    Bits + chips | Aug 20, 22:15

  • Foxconn taking aggressive moves to enter IoT industry

    IT + CE | Aug 20, 22:11

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan LCD monitor shipments grow in 2Q14

    Displays | Aug 20, 22:08

  • Japan market: HTC unveils HTC Butterfly 2

    Mobile + telecom | Aug 20, 19:00

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

    Bits + chips | Aug 20, 18:58

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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...

Digitimes Research: Revenues of top-3 Taiwan foundry houses to leap 13% on quarter in 3Q14

Aug 20, 10:37

Combined revenues of the top-three Taiwan-based foundry houses are expected to top US$8.47 billion in the third quarter of 2014, increasing 13.4% from the previous quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

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...

More IC vendors seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC

Aug 12, 13:53

More fabless IC design houses are seeking wafer production capacity at Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to extremely tight production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC),...

ProMOS idle 12-inch fab is up for grabs

Aug 11, 12:19

A number of semiconductor firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Micron Technology, Globalfoundries and Toshiba, are likely to participate in an open bid for taking over an idle 12-inch fab owned by ProMOS Technologies, according to industry sources.

TSMC July revenues hit all-time high

Aug 11, 11:21

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its revenues hit a record high of NT$64.93 billion (US$2.16 billion) in July, increasing 7.6% sequentially and 24.6% on year.

Taiwan July export value down on month, says MOF

Aug 7, 19:24

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$26.77 billion for July 2014, decreasing 0.1% on month but increasing 5.8% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$24.16 billion slipped 3% on month but rose 9.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on...

Inotera revenues stay flat in July

Aug 7, 15:13

Inotera Memories has reported revenues of NT$6.87 billion (US$228.85 million) for July, down 1.3% sequentially but up 27.2% on year. For the first seven months, revenues totaled NT$48.54 billion, increasing 81.3% from a year earlier.

KYEC reports revenue gains for July

Newswatch - Aug 6, 21:58

IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported revenues of NT$1.5 billion (US$50.04 million) for July, increasing 4.5% from the previous month and 15.3% from a year earlier. Accumulated revenues through July 2014 totaled NT$9.16 billion, up 8.2% on year.

UMC enters volume production of NJR MEMS microphones

Aug 6, 21:43

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reached volume production of MEMS microphone products for New Japan Radio (NJR), according to a joint announcement by the companies.

Qualcomm, MediaTek seeking additional 28nm PolySiON production capacity at UMC

Aug 5, 22:01

Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources.

Taiwan July CPI down on month, says DGBAS

Aug 5, 12:16

Taiwan's July 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.39 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.04% sequentially but increased 1.75% on year, while the wholesale price index (WPI) of 96.84% slipped 0.13% sequentially but grew 0.81% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics...

VIS reports flat earnings for 2Q14, wafer shipments to grow 6-8% in 3Q14

Aug 5, 12:14

Wafer foundry service provider Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has reported net profits of NT$1.32 billion (US$44 million) for the second quarter of 2014, down 1.5% from the previous quarter.

China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC

Aug 4, 14:05

More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources.

PCB/LCD equipment supplier Asia Neo Tech to debut on Taiwan OTC market

Aug 1, 15:07

Taiwan-based PCB and LCD equipment supplier Asia Neo Tech Industrial will debut on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market on August 25 with an initial price of NT$60 (US$2) per share.

UMC to ramp 28nm wafer capacity

Aug 1, 14:58

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) plans to ramp up its capacity for 28nm 12-inch wafers to 12,000 units by the fourth quarter of 2014 and further expand to 25,000 units in 2015.

Taiwan 2Q14 economic growth rate upward adjusted to 3.84%, says DGBAS

Aug 1, 10:44

Taiwan's economic growth rate, on-year growth in GDP, in the second quarter of 2014 has been upward adjusted from 2.79% estimated in May 2014 to 3.84%, according to an advance estimate released by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on July 31.

Macronix to start 8-inch OEM wafer business

Jul 31, 15:04

NOR flash supplier Macronix International plans to cash in on the tight production at 8-inch fabs by starting an 8-inch OEM wafer business, according to company president CY Lu. The company currently focuses on production of NOR flash, NAND flash and ROM chips.

Macronix president CY LU

SPIL looks to flat performance in 3Q14

Jul 31, 11:54

IC backend service provider Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) expects its sales to stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 due to inventory adjustments at the non-Apple camp, according to company chairman Bough Lin.

UMC looks to 1-5% wafer shipment growth in 3Q14

Jul 31, 11:11

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) expects its wafer shipments to grow within a range of 5% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as its capacity utilization rate has reached a relatively high level, according to company CEO Po-wen Yen.

ASE posts EPS of NT$0.64 for 2Q14

Jul 30, 21:57

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) posted net profits of NT$5.09 billion (US$169.89 million) for the second quarter of 2014, up 48% from a quarter earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.64 for the quarter.

UMC to post single-digit revenue growth in 3Q14

Jul 30, 14:33

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) is expected to post a sequential single-digit revenue growth in the third quarter of 2014, propelled by 28nm orders from smartphone solution vendor MediaTek, according to industry sources.

Hermes Microvision revenues to stay flat in 3Q14

Jul 30, 12:08

E-beam inspection equipment supplier Hermes Microvision (HMI) expects its sales to stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter as some buyers will delay shipments to the fourth quarter.

PTI reports EPS NT$1.96 for 1H14

Newswatch - Jul 25, 11:25

Memory backend service company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported net profits of NT$2.09 billion (US$69.69 million) for the first half of 2014, translating into an EPS of NT$1.96 for the six-month period.

TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

Jul 24, 19:30

On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

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

Jul 24, 11:35

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 108.13 for June 2014, decreasing 1.63% on month but increasing 8.93% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on July 23.

North America semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.09 in June, says SEMI

Jul 24, 11:34

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.47 billion in orders worldwide in June 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, according to SEMI.

Apple to become largest client for TSMC, say sources

Jul 23, 22:50

Apple is expected to become the largest client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the Taiwan-based foundry house has begun to ramp up production of A8 processors and is likely to continue to fabricate the vendor's A9 CPUs in 2015, according to industry sources.

USI reportedly lands SiP module orders for iWatch devices

Jul 23, 13:49

Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), an affiliated company of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), reportedly has landed SiP module orders from Apple for its iWatch wearable devices, according to industry sources.

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.

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.

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