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  • Japan is facing its worst crisis since the end of World War II. The devastating earthquake, tsunami and the threat of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant have not only caused heavy casualties and severe damage, but also distrupted its economy and the global supply chain for many industries.

    Last update: Wednesday 21 March 2012 [137 news items]

Japan faces challenge of aging chip industry, says IHS

Mar 21, 12:32

One year ago, Japan's semiconductor industry was rocked by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. However, the real disaster for Japan's chip industry occurred during the years before...

Government policies to spur growth of LED lighting in 2012

Dec 14, 01:10

Governments in Asia such as South Korea, China and Taiwan all plan to promote and increase the development of LED lighting in 2012 through various policies. South Korea plans to replace...

LED lighting

Current semiconductor inventory at "worrisome" levels, says Gartner

Sep 20, 15:41

Semiconductor days of inventory (DOI) are forecast to plateau in the third quarter of 2011 at worrisome levels given current conditions and the likelihood that consumer and business...

Auto MEMS sensor market to resume healthy growth in 2012, says IHS

Aug 25, 15:38

The automotive MEMS sensor market will reach new heights in 2012, leaving behind the ups and downs of the last two years including the impact of the recent Japan earthquake, according...

Effective policies can help the LED industry, says Everlight chairman

Aug 25, 14:56

In comparison to government policies in Japan, South Korea and China in promoting the usage of LED products, Taiwan's government has been lagging behind, according to Robert Yeh,...

Taiwan foundries to benefit from new Renesas strategy, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 23, 15:43

The massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan in March has encouraged Renesas Electronics to further strengthen its BCP (business continuity plan) as part of efforts...

LED players bracing for weak year-end shopping

Aug 18, 11:27

With TV vendors digesting their inventories, demand for large-size LED backlighting products continues to be gloomy. While demand in the past would usually start picking up in September...

LED firms looking to lighting products for revenue growth

Fourth nuclear power plant will not operate if unsafe, says Taipower

Aug 1, 17:19

Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou's announcement of commercial operations of the fourth nuclear power plant has spurred concerns. Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) announced on July 29...

Semiconductor sales to peak in 3Q12, says Information Network

Jul 28, 13:58

Semiconductor sales, which peaked in September 2010, have begun a slow but steady increase that will last until the third quarter of 2012 before dropping again, according to The Information...

Everlight lighting products to debut in Japan in 2012

Jul 20, 01:20

LED packaging house, Everlight, has indicated that Japan has increased the speed of certification for LED lighting products since the earthquake disaster in March. Hence, Everlight...

Chip inventories swell in 2Q11, says IHS iSuppli

Jul 8, 10:47

Semiconductor inventory levels at chip suppliers worldwide are believed to have risen for the seventh consecutive month in a row in the second quarter of 2011, as the industry rebuilds...

Japan earthquake continues to inflate analog IC prices, says IHS iSuppli

Jul 1, 10:08

Supply disruptions spurred by the Japan earthquake are continuing to cause pricing increases for general-purpose analog components that are used in most types of electronic equipment...

Electronics supply chain to fully recover from Japan disaster in 3Q11, says IHS iSuppli

Jun 30, 14:38

With some companies having already recovered from the earthquake in Japan, the entire electronics industry is expected to complete its rebound from the disaster by the end of the...

ASE says clients working through inventory

Jun 29, 16:47

Clients have slowed down their pace of orders since June, and are working through their chip inventories that were piled up over the previous two months, according to Tien Wu, COO...

Altek aiming for DSC orders from Japan brand vendors with new China plants

Jun 28, 10:36

Taiwan-based digital still camera (DSC) maker Altek is expected to resolve its tight capacity issue with the new plants in Kunshan, China, which will start operating in the third...

Watch for double peak in semiconductor sales in 3Q12, says Information Network

Jun 23, 13:48

The downturn in semiconductor sales over the past few months will lead to a double peak in revenues in the third quarter of 2012 before dropping again, according to The Information...

Gartner cuts 2011 chip forecast

Jun 22, 11:23

While IHS iSuppli has slightly raised its forecast for the global semiconductor industry this year, Gartner has revised downward its growth projection for the sector to 5.1% from...

Digitimes Insight: Panasonic looks to aggressively ramp LED lighting sales in China

Jun 17, 15:24

Panasonic is Japan's top LED lighting manufacturer and the recent power shortages in the country due to the earthquake is likely to help the sales of LED lighting. However, the market...

Taiwan environmental groups petition for referendum on nuclear abolishment

Jun 16, 15:29

Italy's recent referendum saw 94% of votes against nuclear power, making Italy the third country in the world, after Switzerland and Germany, to abandon plans for nuclear power.

Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant near completion

Jun 15, 10:38

State-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has finished 93% of the construction of Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant located in the northeastern coast, with main buildings and installation...

Taiwan debates over necessity of nuclear power

Jun 8, 13:56

Arguments over the use nuclear power have been heating up in Taiwan since Japan's earthquake on March 11. Germany's recent announcement of shutting down all nuclear power plants before...

Soaring semiconductor inventory mitigates impact of Japan disaster in 1Q11, says IHS iSuppli

Jun 3, 11:50

Normally a cause for concern, excess inventory actually served as a boon for the global semiconductor industry in the first quarter of 2011 alleviating the severity of component shortages...

Delta Electronics begins use of 3 zero-carbon classrooms in Taiwan

Jun 3, 10:53

Delta Electronics on June 2 inaugurated three zero-carbon classrooms, an energy-saving educational facility, inside three elementary schools located in northern, central and southern...

Semiconductor on-year sales growth encouraging, says SIA

Jun 2, 14:20

Worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled US$24.7 billion in April 2011, up 3.9% from US$23.7 billion a year earlier, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Sales,...

Demand for aluminum capacitors remains strong 2 months after Japan earthquake

Jun 1, 13:59

Demand for aluminum capacitors has remained strong recently although not as high as the levels recorded in April after the March 11 earthquake in Japan. Some Taiwan makers will continue...

Japan's prime minister to announce new energy plan in G8 meeting

May 26, 12:21

Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan is expected to announce his government's new energy plan, the "Sunrise Plan," at the G8 meeting taking place on May 26-27 in France.

Coretronic to become Apple supplier

May 25, 01:15

Rumors have surfaced that Taiwan-based backlight module maker Coretronic will become a supplier for Apple's iPad. The shipment penetration rate of Coretronic's BLUs for LED TVs reached...

In odd twist, Japan earthquake delivers price stability for large LCDs, says IHS iSuppli

May 19, 14:41

In a strange turn of events, the Japan disaster has caused prices of large-size liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for some applications to rise and for others to decline slightly,...

Thinking shipping protective components to Apple, say sources

May 19, 11:07

Thinking Electronic, which mainly makes protective components for power supplies, reportedly has landed windfall orders from Apple after the Japan earthquake with shipments beginning...

Lead times extend for crystal components, says IHS iSuppli

May 5, 14:01

Disruptions spurred by the Japan earthquake and tsunami caused shipments of crystals to be delayed by four weeks in April 2011 compared to March, impacting the supply of a critical...

TSMC says target for 10% EPS CAGR in 2011-15 unchanged

Apr 29, 10:17

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reiterated its target for a 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for EPS in 2011-2015, with a 20% ROE (return on equity).

Morris Chang

Severe loss on solar for AUO

Apr 28, 15:59

The Japan earthquake severely affected the operations of AU Optronics' (AUO) poly-Si subsidiary, M.Setek, according to AUO's acting president, Max Cheng.

Max Chen, acting president of AUO

UMC cuts global chip outlook for 2011

Newswatch - Apr 28, 10:52

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has revised downward its growth forecast for the global semiconductor market to 5% this year from its previous estimate of 5%-10% growth,...

UMC CEO Shin-Wei Sun

UMC meets 1Q11 guidance, cautious about 2Q

Apr 27, 16:38

United Microelectronics (UMC) has said its first-quarter 2011 results came in line with its guidance. However, the contract chipmaker expressed caution about its outlook for the second...

Commentary: Energy policies face showdown between ideals and reality

Apr 27, 16:33

The energy policies proposed by Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan aim to provide stable energy while encouraging multiple energy sources. Future energy policies should...

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