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  • Backend firms still see significant demand from the handset sector
    The supply of 8-inch wafer fabrication services remains tight, due to robust demand for fingerprint-on-display (FoD) solutions, CMOS image sensors and power management ICs, according to sources at backend houses.
  • Huawei braces for more US trade sanctions
    Huawei has placed more chip orders with fabs in China, including TSMC's 12-inch wafer plant in Nanjing and SMIC's facilities, over the past half year, according to industry sources.
  • Globalwafers and Globalfoundries have signed a long-term wafer supply contract
    Specialty foundry Globalfoundries and GlobalWafers, among the world's top-3 silicon wafer producer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a long-term supply agreement for 300mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers, according to the companies.
  • Many manufacturers expect flat growth for February
    Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2016 as base year) of 106.67 for January 2020, decreasing 10.45% sequentially and 1.28% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on February 24.
  • 5G deployments in China still on track
    The coronavirus outbreak may have created a temporary set in the development of 5G in China, but Digitimes Research believes construction of 5G infrastructure is a long-term bid that that will not be derailed. In fact, Taiwan's semiconductor...
  • The China-based foundry reportedly is cutting its chip output
    Twelve-inch foundry Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing (XMC) has reportedly scaled down its chip output amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Taiwan IC designers are concerned about US trade sanctions on Huawei
    Taiwan's semiconductor supply chain players are bracing for stricter trade restrictions being mulled by the US against Huawei, which could create even worse impacts than those brought by the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry sources.
  • VIS sees clear order visibility through March
    Eight-inch foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has seen clear order visibility through the end of March, with no substantial shifts in customer orders despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
  • Samsung begins mass production at new EUV manufacturing line
    Samsung Electronics has announced that its new cutting-edge semiconductor fabrication line in Hwaseong, Korea has begun mass production.
  • MediaTek relies heavily on the coronavirus-hit China market
    Everyone in the ICT sector had expected the 5G era to get off to a flying start in 2020 when the coronavirus hit. Major players continue to make deployments for 5G, but cannot be sure when the momentum will actually pick up. Now Taiwan-based chip vendor MediaTek,...
  • Semiconductor billings dropped in January
    Billings among North American manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment dropped 5.9% sequentially in January 2020, according to SEMI.
  • Sporton expects strong demand from the 5G sector
    Mobile device testing and certification service company Sporton International is expected to regain its revenue growth momentum in 2020 from growing 5G applications after experiencing a lackluster year in 2019.
  • USI may enter the AirPods supply chain
    Taiwan-based Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a unit of ASE Technology, is likely to obtain system-in-package (SiP) orders for AirPods Pro Lite, which may also benefit Taiwanese makers of SiP substrates, according to industry sources.
  • AMD is likely to see profit growth in 2020
    Demand for AMD's new 7nm EUV processors remains robust, with development projects for the chips commenced by PC, motherboard and graphics card makers this year set to be 10-20% higher than the levels in 2019, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan received export orders totaling US$35.31 billion in January 2020
    Taiwan received export orders totaling US$35.31 billion in January 2020, decreasing 19.4% sequentially and 12.8% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • China's major semiconductor backend firms need more workers to return to boost utilization rates
    Over 10,000 employees have not yet returned to plants at three major Chinese backend service firms JCET, Tongfu Microelectronics and Tianshui Huatian Technology in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which may affect their shipments to clients although their capacity utilization rates range from...
  • ST and TSMC have teamed up for GaN
    STMicroelectronics and TSMC are collaborating to accelerate the development of gallium nitride (GaN) process technology and the supply of both discrete and integrated GaN devices to market. Through this collaboration, ST's products will be manufactured using TSMC's GaN process technology, according...
  • AUO focuses on niche applications
    Taiwan-based panel maker AUO suffered heavy losses in 2019, but shipments of large-size niche applications gew sharply during the year. AUO now is banking on 8K large-size panels to rejuvenate its business in 2020. For many, 8K displalys...
  • Many IC designers are migrating to sub-10nm nodes
    Many IC companies are now designing high-performance microprocessors, application processors, and other advanced logic devices based on 10nm and 7nm process technology, according to IC Insights.
  • MOSFET suppliers rely mostly on 6- and 8-inch foundries
    Taiwan-based MOSFET chip specialists, which ship mainly to PC and notebook application segments, are striving for capacity support from their foundry partners particularly 6-inch ones, according to industry sources.
  • Tainergy Tech president Kevin Hsieh
    Solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will step into production of silicon carbide (SiC) wafers used to make high-voltage power devices, according to company chairman Frank Hsieh.
  • Supply of packaging boxes has become a serious problem in China
    Electronics manufacturing operations in China are facing mounting risks of operating losses in the first quarter, as low labor return rates, poor capacity utilization, and shortages of upstream components are denting their revenues while logistics and components costs are mounting, according to industry...
  • ASE is set to become a backend partner for Qualcomm's 5nm 5G modem chip
    Qualcomm has newly unveiled the world's first 5nm 5G modem-RF system, the Snapdragon X60, to be paired with its latest, third-generation 5G mmWave antenna module, QTM 535, with Taiwan's major OSAT firm ASE Technology Holding set to enter the backend supply chain for both new offerings, according to...
  • Taiwan foundries to see orders shifted from China
    The coronavirus outbreak has had an adverse impact on China's foundry industry supply chain, with local foundries particularly 8-inch ones likely to see customer orders shifted to their Taiwan-based counterparts, according to industry sources.
  • Foundries in China remain operational
    The semiconductor industry appears to have escaped the direct impact of the coronavirus crisis so far, but the market is likely to suffer the repercussions as the outbreak slows or suspends production among electronics manufacturers, according to Omdia.

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