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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.04 in April, says SEMI

May 22, 15:23

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted US$1.57 billion in orders in April 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.04, according to SEMI.

Gudeng enters mass production of mask cases for LCDs

May 22, 15:18

Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, has entered mass production of photomask cases for the manufacture of large-size TFT LCDs, according to the company.

iPhone shipments to reach over 230 million in 2015, says firm

May 22, 10:57

The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone, rumored to be called iPhone 6S, will enter mass production in June 2015 and be shipped in the third quarter of the year, with the quarterly shipments projected to reach 24 million units, according to TrendForce.

Taiwan unemployment rate down in April, says DGBAS

May 22, 10:52

Taiwan had 421,000 jobless citizens in April 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.63% which dropped 0.09pp on month and 0.28pp on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

IC Insights releases top-20 semiconductor suppliers in 1Q15

May 21, 21:32

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers including three pure-play foundries and four fabless companies in the first quarter of 2015.

Xintec profits soar in 1Q15

Stockwatch - May 21, 21:23

Taiwan's Xintec, an affiliate of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) specializing in packaging services for CMOS image sensors as well as MEMS and fingerprint sensors, saw its profits soar almost 300% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2015.

Applied announces breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond

May 21, 21:22

Applied Materials has announced its Applied Endura Cirrus HTX PVD (physical vapor deposition) system with breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond. With the introduction of this technology, Applied enables scaling of the TiN (titanium nitride) metal hardmask to...

Cirrus Logic shifts orders to TSMC

May 21, 21:05

Cirrus Logic has reportedly shifted its orders back to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) from Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), as the audio chip provider is looking to upgrade its entire product line which will require 12-inch processing.

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

May 21, 14:49

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has revealed it approved 1,162 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$1.517 billion in January-April 2015, respectively increasing 9.52% and 38.89% on year.

2014 banner year for global industrial semiconductors, says IHS

May 21, 11:04

Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues totaled US$40.4 billion in 2014, up from US$34.3 billion in 2013, according to IHS. The 18% increase follows solid growth of 13% in 2013, a decline of 3% in 2012 and 12% growth in 2011. The strong performance achieved in 2014 represents the highest annual...

Taiwan sees decreased April export order value, says MOEA

May 20, 21:03

Taiwan received export orders worth US$37.32 billion in total in April 2015, decreasing 2.9% on month and 4% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on May 20.

Qualcomm to step out of TSMC top-5 client list in 2H15

May 20, 20:59

Qualcomm may not serve as one of the top-five clients for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the second half of 2015 as the US-based chipmaker has placed more 14nm orders with Samsung Electronics, while giving more 28nm orders to United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor...

TSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone

May 20, 20:56

TSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors for use in the next-generation iPhone series at its 12-inch wafer fabs using 65nm process technology, according to industry sources.

Powerchip obtains NT$15 billion syndicated loan

May 20, 14:36

Foundry chipmaker Powerchip Technology has signed a three-year, NT$15 billion (US$491.9 million) syndicated loan contract with a banking consortium, according to the company.

Power management semiconductor market rises 7% in 2014, says IHS

May 19, 22:16

After less-than-stellar market growth in 2013, the market for power management semiconductors surged in 2014. Even after a seasonal revenue decline of roughly 5% in the fourth quarter of 2014, global power semiconductor market revenues grew nearly 7%, according to IHS.

GaAs IC firms look to strong growth in 2H15

May 19, 22:09

GaAs IC foundries Win Semiconductors and Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC), and GaAs epi-wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) are set to report significant revenue growth for the second half of 2015, according to market observers.

Digitimes Research: South Korea memory-IC industry output value rises 31% in 1Q15

May 19, 22:01

The production value of South Korea's memory chip industry soared 31% from a year earlier to almost KRW13 trillion (US$11.9 billion) in the first quarter of 2015, according Digitimes Research.

Silicon wafer shipments increase in 1Q15, says SEMI

May 19, 15:57

SEMI has reported that worldwide silicon wafer area shipments registered increases of 3.4% sequentially and 11.6% on year in the first quarter of 2015.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan top foundries to see revenues fall 4.5% in 2Q15

May 19, 15:13

Taiwan's major IC foundries will see their combined revenues decrease 4.5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Weaker-than-expected smartphone shipments as well as downward pressure on the world economy have prompted many of IC suppliers to continue adjusting...

ARM, UMC launch new 55nm ULP physical IP solution for energy-efficient IoT applications

May 18, 21:51

ARM and United Microelectronics (UMC) have jointly announced the availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm to accelerate the development of ARM processor-based embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Winbond, Macronix dismiss speculation over likely acquisition targets

Stockwatch - May 18, 21:49

Winbond Electronics and Macronix International are reportedly being targeted by China-based venture capital firm SummitView Capital for acquisition. In response, both Taiwan-based firms claimed they have no knowledge about the speculation.

Phison nets NT$4.52 per share for 1Q15

Stockwatch - May 18, 21:48

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, a provider of NAND flash device controller ICs, has reported a net EPS of NT$4.52 (US$0.15) for the first quarter of 2015 compared with NT$4.15 a year earlier.

China venture capital firm may target Macronix, Winbond for acquistion, says paper

Newswatch - May 18, 15:48

China-based venture capital firm SummitView Capital may switch its acquisition targets to Macronix International or Winbond Electronics as its attempt to buy US-based memory chip design house Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) may block by a tender offer from Cypress Semiconductor, according to a Chinese-language...

Tong Hsing sees profits down over 30% in 1Q15

Newswatch - May 18, 10:55

IC test service and ceramic substrate supplier Tong Hsing Electronic Industries saw its net profits decline 37.7% on quarter and 33.3% on year to NT$209 million (US$6.87 million) in the first quarter of 2015.

ASE and TDK team up for IC embedded substrates

May 15, 15:38

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and TDK have announced that the companies will enter into an agreement to establish a joint venture company to manufacture IC embedded substrates using TDK's SESUB (semiconductor embedded in substrate) module technology.

Japan sees bankruptcies down 18% on year in April, but overall debt rises, says research firm

May 14, 22:21

The number of enterprise filing for bankruptcy in Japan was down 18% on year to reach 748 cases in April, but enterprises' overall debts were up 37% on year to reach JPY192.8 billion (US$1.61 billion), the third consecutive month of on-year growth, according to figures from Japan-based research firm...

Packaging material supplier Chang Wah to distribute cash dividend of NT$3.50 for 2014

May 14, 16:45

Packaging material and equipment supplier Chang Wah Electromaterials (CWE) has decided to deal out a cash dividend per share of NT$3.50 (US$0.11) for 2014.

KYEC optimistic about 3Q15

May 13, 21:29

IC testing company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) expects to deliver steady performance in the second quarter of 2015, and is optimistic about its business outlook for the second half of the year.

SPIL to see sales rebound in May, says paper

May 13, 21:25

IC packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), which saw its revenues decrease 6.6% sequentially in April, is expected to see its May revenues rebound, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

TSMC to make SSD controller chips for Apple, say sources

May 13, 15:28

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, in addition to recent orders from Marvell Technology and Phison Electronics, according to industry sources.

TI strengthens analog market share, says IC Insights

May 13, 10:36

Texas Instruments (TI) was again the leading supplier of analog devices in 2014 with US$8.1 billion in sales, and increased its analog market share to 18%, while Skyworks Solutions was among the top analog chip suppliers showing the strongest growth thanks to orders from Apple, according to IC Insig...

Global 1Q15 DRAM revenues fall 7.5%, says DRAMeXchange

May 12, 22:06

Sales in the global DRAM market in the first quarter of 2015 fell 7.5% from the fourth quarter of 2014 on lower chip prices and weak end-market demand, according to DRAMeXchange.

UMC to raise US$600 million via ECB issue

May 12, 22:03

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced plans to raise US$600 million via a Euro convertible bond (ECB) issue, which will take place on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) starting May 18.

SMIC 1Q15 profits more than double

May 12, 21:52

China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) saw its first-quarter 2015 profits more than double, with gross margin reaching a 10-year high of 29.4%.

HMI April revenues fall

May 12, 21:47

Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, has reported consolidated revenues for April 2015 fell 82.7% on month and 77.7% on year to NT$171 million (US$5.6 million).

Certification service company IST reports sequential revenue decline for April

May 12, 21:41

Certification service provider Integrated Service Technology (IST) has reported revenues of NT$156 million (US$5.07 million) for April 2015, down 13.57% on month but up 3.33% on year.

VIS, Chipbond report decreased revenues for April

May 12, 14:56

IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) and backend house ChipbondTechnology, both of which have more than 50% of their sales generated from the panel driver IC sector, have announced sequential decreases of 6.4% and 2.6%, respectively, in April revenues.

ASE revenues increase on year in April

Stockwatch - May 11, 16:26

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.028 billion (US$716.87 million) for April 2015, representing a 1.33% drop on month and 15.84% increase on year.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments to China to grow 18.6% sequentially

May 11, 16:08

Tablet application processor (AP) shipments to China are estimated to grow 18.6% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015 to reach about 29 million units as demand from the end market starts to recover. Top-3 suppliers in China's tablet AP market, MediaTek, Rockchip and Intel, together will contribute...

Commentary: TSMC to continue to lead in 28nm process segment

May 11, 16:05

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will continue to lead in the 28nm process segment despite mounting competition from Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and even Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

Taiwan sees decreased April export value, says MOF

May 11, 11:11

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.49 billion for April 2015, decreasing 7.1% on month and 11.7% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$18.73 billion fell 11.7% on month and 22.1% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on May 8.

TSMC reports revenue growth for April

May 8, 16:03

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced its net revenues for April 2015 on a consolidated basis. Revenues for April 2015 were approximately NT$75.33 billion (US$2.45 billion), an increase of 4.2% from March 2015 and an increase of 21.7% over April 2014. Revenues for January...

UMC revenues increase in April

Stockwatch - May 8, 15:43

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$13.021 billion (US$423.92 million) for April 2015, representing a 2.44% increase on month and 12.94% increase on year.

New Apple Watch has lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price, IHS teardown reveals

May 8, 11:12

The Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple phone IHS Technology has researched, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS. The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport by IHS estimates that the actual hardware costs are only about 24% of the manufacturer's suggested...

Kinsus to post 5-10% revenue growth in 2Q15, says report

Stockwatch - May 8, 10:37

IC substrate maker Kinsus Interconnect Technology is expected to report revenue growth of 5-10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, as its shipments for new smartphones and wearable devices kick off, according to a recent Chinese-language Apple Daily report.

PTI reports increased April revenues

Stockwatch - May 7, 22:33

Memory packaging and testing specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced April consolidated revenues grew 2.8% sequentially to NT$3.375 billion (US$109.7 million).

Commentary: Huali Microelectronics sets new milestone for entering memory chip segment

May 7, 14:43

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), a 12-inch wafer foundry under the China-based Shanghai Huahong Group, has reached a milestone by snapping up foundry orders from Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a NOR flash memory chip supplier.

Utilization rates at 8-inch fabs falling

May 7, 10:04

Capacity utilization rates at 8-inch wafer fabs have fallen at a faster-than-expected pace recently prompting foundry houses to lower their quotes, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Dialog, Foxconn SiP subsidiary to invest in Dyna Image

May 6, 21:58

Dialog Semiconductor, which focuses on power management IC solutions, has announced plans to acquire a 40% stake in Taiwan-based Dyna Image, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lite-On Semiconductor.

Winbond reportedly to place orders with China 12-inch foundry

May 6, 21:55

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics will likely place orders with Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), a 12-inch wafer foundry in China, according to industry sources.

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