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Highlights of the day: TSMC to end 2019 with growth

The world's top pure-play foundry is set to wrap up 2019 with strong sales performances, thanks to impressive contributions from advanced manufacturring processes. TSMC is also on course to enter commerical production in first-half 2019 for 5nm process, whose yield rates have been climbing. The foundry has seen particularly strong orders from the 5G chip vendors, inculding Qualcomm and MediaTek, both of whom are expected to compete against each other fiercely in the smartphone maket. MediaTek launched its new generation 5G SoC, Dimensity 1000, in November, and it is now to unveil a second SoC in the Dimensity family later this month. Meanwhile, the memory market is heading towards recovery, with NAND flash prices in China - where pricing is usually rather chaotic - showing signs of stability.

TSMC poised to post up to 5% revenue growth in 2019: TSMC is poised to post revenue growth of up to 5% on year in 2019, with sales for the fourth quarter set to meet its guidance range, according to market observers.

MediaTek to unveil 2nd 5G SoC later in December: MediaTek reportedly plans to unveil its second 5G SoC in the latter half of December, one month after it released the first model of its 5G SoC family product, the Dimensity 1000, in November, according to industry sources familiar with the matter.

Consumer NAND flash prices rally in China: Consumer NAND flash memory prices in China have rallied about 3% since the end of November, showing signs of market stability, according to industry sources.

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