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Friday 25 February 2022
Highlights of the day: NAND flash prices rising
NAND flash prices are being pushed up by Micron's and Western Digital's latest moves to increase their NAND flash prices by about 10%. While memory chip makers have been cautious about increasing output, semiconductor foundry house UMC has announced a plan to expand its fab in Singapore. Despite the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Taiwan's chipmakers see little impact on their supply chains.
Thursday 24 February 2022
Highlights of the day: Ravenous demand drives up prices and sparks big plans
The whole world demands microchips and electronics, and the frenzy for related products has set big plans in motion. The microcontroller units (MCUs) required for automobiles are already expensive and are only expected to get pricier. Both Qualcomm and MediaTek are relying on TSMC for 3nm chips that are in overwhelming demand. Unimicron's staggering revenues and profits have stirred it to plan for expansion, as it negotiates with its suppliers.
Thursday 24 February 2022
Industry watch: EV industry's strategic initiatives for carbon neutrality
ICT firms mostly conceive the future cars as computers on wheels. On the other hand, the traditional automotive players are making all out efforts to hold their ground. I assume besides elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship, carbon neutrality can be a vital differentiating factor for traditional automotive makers.
Wednesday 23 February 2022
Highlights of the day: Upcoming firms prepare innovative designs while Taiwan dominates chipmaking
NIO is preparing to design phones that interact with its cars, and to implement those phones in-house. ASE hopes that its negotiations will yield an agreement to make 5G chips for iPhones. Taiwan foundries already produce 65% of the world's chips, but soon they might produce more than 70%.
Wednesday 23 February 2022
Industry watch: Semiconductor industry turning point beyond 2025
TSMC dominates the global market with 90% share in 7nm and 5nm nodes. TSMC has taken initiatives that will allow it to own about 100 units of pricey EUV equipment by the end of 2022. This suggests TSMC still keep competitors at bay in terms of revenues and profits, coupled with advantages in prior depreciation & amortization of assets and R&D expenses.
Tuesday 22 February 2022
Highlights of the day: TSMC sees strong sub-7nm orders
Almost all major US clients who can afford TSMC's advanced manufacturing processes have placed orders with the Taiwan-based foundry for its sub-7nm nodes. TSMC reportedly wil also be the foundry partner of Apple's AR headset. And panel maker AUO is gearing up efforts for LTPS automotive displays.
Monday 21 February 2022
Highlights of the day: Major firms are investing in both mature and cutting-edge technologies
Chip manufacturers are moving their fabrication of automotive chips from 8-inch wafer fabs to 12-inch wafer fabs. Acer is investing in a blockchain firm with NFT ambitions. Infineon is building semiconductor factories in Malaysia.
Monday 21 February 2022
Industry watch: Unicorns from Africa
According to CB Insights, there are more than 900 unicorn companies worldwide, with seven in Africa, four of which appeared during January-September 2021. The funds collected by African startups during first-half 2021 were more than the sum accumulated during 2015-2018.
Friday 18 February 2022
Highlights of the day: Industrial capex brings prosperity to many firms
Power management IC makers do not want to spend lots of money on scarce 12-inch wafers. Innodisk will break ground on a new facility in Ilan. Many firms that can supply factories stand to prosper greatly when TSMC buys their goods and services to build its new factories.
Friday 18 February 2022
Industry watch: Intel's acquisition of Tower heating up semiconductor race
The Israeli government will not object to Intel's plan to purchase Israel-based Tower Semiconductor for US$5.4 billion, as this is an expansion of Intel's investment in Israel. If we consider issues such as car connectivity and information security, Israel may be the next major semiconductor hub, in addition to Taiwan. What the Americans are looking for is a stable supply chain. They do not necessarily want to beat TSMC, but they want to have a stable and reliable production system beyond TSMC.
Thursday 17 February 2022
Highlights of the day: Capacities and costs soar, cars get smart
Because ABF substrates are in great demand, Kinsus is investing in expanding its ABF substrate production capacity. Foundries have been raising their prices steadily, but that trend might come to an end soon because customers are not so willing to accept further price hikes. Jaguar Land Rover is partnering with Nvidia to make cars so smart that they can drive themselves.
Wednesday 16 February 2022
Highlights of the day: Despite tight supplies of microchips and lithium batteries, tech firms promise AR, XR
Western Digital is raising the price of NAND flash products. Tesla will soon deliver electric vehicles with the new 4680 lithium battery. Numerous tech firms all around the world are anticipated to intensify their efforts to develop augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and extended reality (XR).
Wednesday 16 February 2022
Industry watch: Strategic moves among wafer players
The wafer foundry business is a highly concentrated industry in terms of revenue, with the top-10 players accounting for 98.4% and the top-5 for nearly 90% of global contribution ratio. It is apparent that in this capital-intensive, technology-intensive sector where tight relationships with clients are important, one could not dominate the market without multiple competitive edges.
Tuesday 15 February 2022
Highlights of the day: The world desperately wants more microchips
Many companies have tried and failed to make microchips in India. Undeterred, Vedanta seeks a partnership with Foxconn to make chips in India. In Taiwan, Compal and Inventec are failing to ship their products on time because they cannot source components on time. Supply chain disruptions are plaguing just about everyone, including power management IC makers, who are struggling to manage their inventories while serving their customers.
Tuesday 15 February 2022
Industry watch: Semiconductor opportunities and competition
Semiconductors are hitting a big time. The revenue of publicly listed semiconductor companies in Taiwan reached US$166.9 billion in 2021, with a remarkable growth rate of 33.1%. Nicky Lu, chairman of Etron, has said he sees "multi trillions" in the semiconductor industry. We are witnessing a new era approaching, when the density of transistors per square millimeter will exceed one trillion and the semiconductor market size is expected to surpass US$1 trillion dollars. TSMC has disclosed that the capital expenditure in 2022 will exceed US$40 billion dollars. We can also estimate in which year, the accumulated capital expenditure of the semiconductor industry will go over US $1 trillion in the 2020s, under the active expansion momentum of the leading foundries.