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Dow CMP pad plant in Taiwan to operate at full capacity in 2015

Dec 19, 16:00

Dow Chemical expects its CMP (chemical mechanical polishing) solution and pad production plant in Chunan, northern Taiwan, to operate at full capacity through 2015, according to the company.

Demand for 8-inch fab equipment rises

Dec 19, 11:09

Demand for 8-inch fab tools, particularly used equipment, has risen significantly, as foundries are gearing up for their 8-inch fab expansion to grasp the rising IoT opportunity, according to industry sources.

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Qualcomm, MediaTek to diversify foundry sources, say industry watchers

Dec 19, 10:56

Qualcomm will contract both Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its 1Xnm chips, whereas MediaTek is also likely to have more than one foundry build its high-end solutions in 2015, according to industry watchers.

SMIC builds Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chips using 28nm

Dec 18, 21:59

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in the fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after SMIC and Qualcomm announced plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production, and...

Globalfoundries and Cadence deliver first SoC enablement solution featuring ARM Cortex-A17 processor in 28nm-SLP process

Dec 18, 21:58

Cadence Design Systems and Globalfoundries have jointly announced the delivery of quad-core silicon built around the ARM Cortex-A17 processor implemented using Globlfoundries' 28nm super low-power (28nm-SLP) process with high-k metal gate (HKMG) technology. Globalfoundries utilized Cadence tools exclusively...

Taiwan science parks January-October total revenues up 3.61% on year, says MOST

Dec 18, 21:56

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 sales revenues of NT$1.873 trillion (US$61.12 billion) during the January-October 2014 period, growing...

PV equipment book-to-bill ratio stays below parity in 3Q14, says SEMI

Dec 18, 21:40

SEMI has reported the worldwide PV manufacturing equipment billings billings reached US$264 million in the third quarter of 2014, down 17% on quarter but up 36% on year.

14nm process to bring healthy competition among foundries: Q&A with Globalfoundries senior VP Chuck Fox

Dec 18, 14:35

The move by Globalfoundries to acquire IBM's semiconductor business unit and to team up with Samsung Electronics to aggressively step into the 14nm process market indicates the US-based foundry house's ambition for strong growth and also for breaking the market dominance held by Taiwan Semiconductor...

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SMIC Shenzhen 8-inch fab goes into operation

Dec 17, 20:43

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has begun operations at its Shenzhen 200mm (8-inch) wafer fab, according to the China-based IC foundry.

TSMC chairman disagrees with Alibaba chairman on lack of entrepreneurs in Taiwan

Dec 17, 16:11

Executive chairman Jack Ma for China-based Alibaba Group, in a speech delivered in Taipei on December 15, said that there have been no new entrepreneurs in Taiwan in the past 15 years. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) chairman Morris Chang, in response, said on December 16 that he...

IC foundries gearing up for 8-inch fab expansions

Dec 17, 11:10

China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) both plan to build additional capacity at their 8-inch fabs...

Global 3Q14 semiconductor equipment billings rise 15% on year, says SEMI

Dec 16, 22:05

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings increased 15% on year to US$8.82 billion in the third quarter of 2014, according to SEMI. However, the figure is 8% lower than the prior quarter.

Global business prospects are optimistic in 2015, says TSMC chairman

Dec 16, 16:13

Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has said that he is optimistic about the business prospects for 2015.

James Clifford joins AMD as senior vice president of Global Operations

Dec 16, 14:52

AMD has announced James Clifford has joined the company as senior vice president of Global Operations, reporting to president and CEO Lisa Su. Clifford will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of AMD's end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain strategy.

ASE Kaohsiung plant allowed to resume operations

Dec 16, 11:21

The K7 factory of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) located in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan - suspended for months in the wake of major pollution violations - has been allowed to resume normal operations immediately, according to the company.

Infineon and UMC announce manufacturing agreement for automotive applications

Dec 15, 22:09

Infineon Technologies and United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications.

HLMC and MediaTek partner on 28nm technology development and wafer production

Dec 15, 21:33

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) has announced it is working closely with MediaTek on 28nm technology development and wafer manufacturing services. Both companies are looking to strengthen the partnership to provide more diverse products based on 28nm technology for the growing mobile communication...

IoT boosts embedded systems growth, says IC Insights

Dec 12, 15:15

Since 2006, there have been more embedded systems, industrial equipment, sensor devices, instruments, meters, cameras, animals, and other objects connected to the Internet than humans using computers, smartphones, and other electronics for information technology. Until recently, steady increases in...

GW Instek expects sales from Europe to rise 30% in 2015

Dec 11, 22:08

Taiwan-based test and measurement instrument maker GW Instek has been eagerly expanding its sales in overseas markets and expects sales generate from the European market to increase 30% in 2015, according to the company.

Globalfoundries striving to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple

Dec 11, 10:58

Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources.

TSMC November sales slip 10%

Dec 10, 21:30

Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated sales of NT$72.28 billion (US$2.32 billion) for November 2014, down 10.5% sequentially.

GlobalWafers 8-inch wafer supply 20% short of demand, says president

Dec 10, 15:03

GlobalWafers, a semiconductor wafer subsidiary maker of Taiwan-based solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products, has seen its supply of 8-inch wafers fall short of demand by 20%, according to company president Doris Hsu.

KYEC looks to high single-digit growth in 1Q15 sales

Dec 10, 11:43

King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) expects first-quarter 2015 sales to grow at high single digits sequentially, citing strong demand for chips used in smartphones and other mobile devices.

PTI January-November sales rise 7%

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 11:08

Memory-IC packaging and testing house Powertech Technology (PTI) saw its cumulative 2014 sales through November increase 7% from a year earlier to NT$36.86 billion (US$1.18 billion). Sales for November slid 3% sequentially to NT$3.25 billion.

Inspection tool maker HMI November sales soar

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 10:49

Consolidated revenues at Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, soared 135% sequentially in November thanks to deferred orders from the previous month.

ASE November sales stay high

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 10:43

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated sales for November decreased 4.8% from a record high posted in the previous month. Sales for the first 11 months of 2014 totaled NT$231.72 billion (US$7.42 billion), rising 16.8% on year.

UMC 4Q14 sales expected to rise

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 21:33

Consolidated sales at United Microelectronics (UMC) for the fourth quarter of 2014 are expected to outperform the previous quarter's levels, and beat the company's guidance of an about 2% sequential drop, according to market watchers.

Taiwan November export value down on month, says MOF

Dec 9, 15:45

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$26.68 billion for November 2014, decreasing 0.8% sequentially but increasing 3.7% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$22.46 billion rose 0.8% sequentially and 5.1% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

New capacity to buoy KYEC profitability, says paper

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 11:32

King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has broken ground for the second-phase construction of its new plant in Tongluo, central Taiwan, with completion scheduled for the end of 2015. The arrival of new production capacity will buoy the backend house's profitability, according to a Chinese-language Economic...

Cellphones continue to be largest driver of IC sales, says IC Insights

Dec 5, 14:13

The total production value of electronic systems is projected to increase 5% in 2014 to US$1.49 trillion and climb to about US$1.82 trillion in 2018, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from US$1.41 trillion in 2013, according to IC Insights. Cellphones will extend their lead...

Global IC foundry sales to rise 12% in 2015, says TSMC co-CEO

Dec 4, 21:21

The global IC foundry market is forecast to increase 12% in 2015, outpacing the overall semiconductor sector's 5% growth, said TSMC's co-CEO Mark Liu at the company's 14th annual Supply Chain Management forum held December 4.

TSMC will outperform the worldwide IC foundry market in 2015, says company co-CEO Liu

Global chip sales rise 9.6% in October, says SIA

Dec 4, 11:38

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for October 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.6% from a year ago when sales were US$27.1 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$29.2 billion posted in September, October sales represented a 1.5% growth.

Fujitsu newly-formed foundry companies start operations

Dec 4, 11:36

Fujitsu semiconductor has announced that its newly-formed foundry companies have started operations.

Global semiconductor equipment sales to rise 19% in 2014, says SEMI

Dec 3, 22:19

Global sales of semiconductor equipment are forecast to increase 19.3% to US$38 billion in 2014, according to SEMI.

Micron, PTI partner for assembly and packaging services in China

Stockwatch - Dec 3, 22:10

Micron Technology and Powertech Technology (PTI) have entered into a series of agreements forming the basis of a long-term strategic relationship for assembly and packaging services in Xian, China, according to the companies.

UMC orders equipment from Applied Materials

Stockwatch - Dec 3, 15:28

United Microelectronics (UMC) has purchased a batch of production equipment from Applied Materials for NT$827 million (US$26.6 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

AWSC responds to media reports on 4Q14 sales

Stockwatch - Dec 3, 14:36

GaAs IC foundry Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) has posted a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) stating it was not the source of Chinese-language reports from the Commercial Times and Economic Daily News (EDN) commenting on AWSC's performance in the fourth...

IC backend firms cautious about 2015 capex plans

Dec 2, 15:52

Having spent big in 2014, major Taiwan-based IC packaging and testing houses are cautious with their capital expenditures (capex) for 2015.

HiSilicon expands adoption of Cadence tools and IP for advanced-node FinFET designs

Dec 2, 14:38

Cadence Design Systems announced on December 1 that HiSilicon Technologies has signed an agreement to significantly expand its use of the Cadence digital and custom/analog flows for 16nm FinFET designs, and to collaborate on the design flow for 10nm and 7nm nodes. HiSilicon has also broadly adopted...

TSMC to hold annual supply chain forum on December 4

Dec 2, 14:25

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will hold its annual supply chain management forum on December 4, and is expected to reveal the latest developments on its 16nm and 10nm node technologies at the event.

Taiwan 4Q14 economic growth downwardly adjusted to 2.83%, says DGBAS

Dec 1, 21:54

Taiwan's on-year economic growth rate has been downwardly adjusted for the fourth quarter of 2014 from the 3.08% estimated in August 2014 to 2.83%, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Cymer unveils new DUV immersion light source

Dec 1, 15:54

Cymer, an ASML company, has announced its new argon fluoride (ArF) immersion light source, the XLR 700ix. Built on the XLR platform, the 700ix provides improvements in bandwidth, wavelength and energy stability, enabling higher scanner throughput and process stability for advanced 14nm chip manufacturing...

Mirle, Hiwin expect sales growth in 2015

Dec 1, 10:22

LCD panel equipment specialist Mirle Automation and automation equipment maker Hiwin Technologies expect sales to grow in 2015 thanks to strong orders placed by their China-based clients.

YoungTek 4Q14 sales to fall up to 10%

Dec 1, 10:18

YoungTek Electronics, which provides backend services for LED and IC testing and sorting, is expected to post an up to 10% sequential decrease in fourth-quarter revenues due to a seasonal slowdown in demand, according to market watchers.

Co-Tech looking to diversify products

Nov 28, 14:53

Co-Tech Copper Foil has developed copper oxide powders for use in HDI manufacturing, with volume shipments slated for the second quarter of 2015, according to the copper foil maker.

COF tape supply likely to fall short

Nov 28, 14:51

As the number of suppliers decreases, global supply of chip-on-film (COF) tapes has shrunk significantly, according to industry sources. Supply may fall short in 2015, as demand for LCD driver ICs for use in Ultra HD TVs will rise robustly, said the sources.

COF tape supply likely to fall short of demand in 2015

Wage rates in eastern China rise in November

Nov 28, 12:36

The local government in Jiangsu Province, eastern China, increased wage rates on November 1, much later than other cities, to avoid imposing a heavy burden on electronics factories during the third quarter of 2014 when there was a serious shortage of labor. The minimum monthly wage increased CNY150...

IC suppliers gear up for automobile memory chip market

Nov 28, 10:19

With the global automobile electronics market set for strong growth in 2015, a number of semiconductor firms including Micron Technology, Spansion, Micronix International, Winbond Electronics and Silicon Motion Technologies, have begun strengthening their deployments in the segment.

ChipMOS 2015 capex to stay flat

Nov 27, 15:30

ChipMOS Technologies, which specializes in assembly and test services for LCD driver ICs and memory chips, is expected to maintain its 2015 capex at near 2014 levels, according to industry sources.

Commentary: MediaTek offers food for thought about investing in China

Nov 27, 15:03

The announcement by MediaTek that it will invest in a private equity fund led by SummitView Capital and the Shanghai city government indicates that the Taiwan-based smartphone solution vendor has managed to avert the pressure from China's efforts to promote its own semiconductor industry.

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