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  • Huawei's HiSilicon has unseated Apple as the largest customer of TSMC
    The US trade ban may have affected Huawei's business, but it is apparently fueling the Chinese vendor's bid to wean itself off reliance on US technology. Its handset IC design arm, HiSilicon, is accelerating its chip development, and...
  • CEA-Leti CTO Jean-Rene Lequepeys
    CEA-Leti, a France-based research institute for electronics and information technologies, has been keen to cooperate with Taiwan IC and tech firms thanks to their high trustworthiness and strong tech prowess, according to the firm's chief technology officer Jean-Rene Lequepeys.
  • ASE Technology is ready to benefit from increasing packaging demand for 5G mmWave AiP
    Taiwan semiconductor backend supply chain players are poised to ramp up their shipments and revenues in line with aggressive rollout of diverse 5G chip solutions by major chipmakers, especially Huawei's HiSilicon, according to industry sources.
  • Episil expects SiC wafer demand for MOSFET and other power devices to be robust
    Taiwan-based Episil Holdings, which specializes in the manufacture of silicon epitaxial wafers and 5- and 6-inch foundry services at its 5- and 6-inch wafer fabs, expects SiC wafer demand for MOSFET and other power devices to be robust for server and datacenter applications.
  • HiSilicon has unseated Apple as the largest customer of TSMC
    Huawei's HiSilicon has unseated Apple as the largest customer of TSMC in terms of advanced process node capacity share, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan received export orders totaling US$45.53 billion in September 2019
    Taiwan received export orders totaling US$45.53 billion in September 2019, increasing 13.7% sequentially but decreasing 4.9% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • VIS will see its revenues rise sharply in 2020
    Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) will see its revenues rise sharply in 2020, thanks mainly to its acquisition of Globalfoundries' 8-inch fab in Singapore, according to Fang Lueh, chairman for the Taiwan-based specialty IC foundry.
  • Notebook vendors trying to inject new momentum into the mature PC market
    Notebook vendors are introducing new features and form factors trying to inject new momentum into the mature PC market. Apple is said to be introducing a new ultra-thin-bezel notebook with a 16-inch display fitted into a taditional 15-inch...
  • Kingsemi started trading its shares on China STAR market
    Semiconductor equipment supplier Kingsemi started trading its shares on the science and technology innovation board (STAR) of China's Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) October 21.
  • Taiwan science parks generated combined revenues of NT$1.666 trillion in January-August 2019
    Government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.666 trillion (US$53.54 billion) in January-August 2019, growing 0.29% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Science and Technology...
  • Zhi He has developed AI-based AOI equipment
    Taiwan startup Zhi He Technology has developed AI-based AOI (automated optical inspection) equipment that detects defects at diamond grinding wheels aiming to help boost wafer thinning efficiency.
  • 5G commercialization triggers new wave of prosperity in chipmaking industry
    TSMC is expected to enjoy significant profit increases in 2020 and 2021, after posting its first annual decrease in eight years this year, according to industry observers.
  • Quanta Computer expects impressive results for its server lines next year
    The commercialization of 5G is injecting momentum into the serve industry. Taiwan-based ODM Quanta Computer expects impressive results for its server lines next year, with shipments to telecom carriers in Europe and the US to start in...
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    TSMC CEO CC Wei has disclosed the foundry's more optimism about chip demand for 5G smartphones in 2020, and its forecast of the 5G smartphone penetration rate next year has already been revised upward to 15% from its previous single-digit estimate made six months ago.
  • Diodes' planned takeover of Lite-On Semiconductor has gained regulatory approvals
    Diodes' planned takeover of Lite-On Semiconductor has gained regulatory approvals in the US and Taiwan, but China's regulatory body has recently claimed that both firms have failed to send related documents for review in accordance with its antitrust law, according to industry sources.
  • SMC CEO CC Wei (center) expects robust 7nm and 5nm chip demand to drive company growth in 2020
    TSMC is set to enjoy another year of record-high sales in 2019, but net profits are unlikely to break the record high set last year due mainly to disappointing results during the first half of the year, according to market sources.
  • Sever ODMs see tight supply for Intel 14nm CPUs
    The impact of the shortages of Intel's 14nm CPUs seems to be rippling out from the PC to the sever sector. Sever ODMs now see tight supply for Intel 14nm CPUs with their stocks reportedly going under safe levels. Despite the pressure, the server...
  • Sub-28nm capacity is forecast to represent about 49% of the IC industry's total capacity in 2019
    Leading-edge processes, defined as sub-28nm technologies, accounted for the largest portion in terms of monthly installed capacity available in 2015. By the end of 2019, sub-28nm capacity is forecast to represent about 49% of the IC industry's total capacity, according to IC Insights.
  • Hiroki Hayashi, president of Rohm Semiconductor Taiwan
    Japan IDM Rohm Semiconductor will strengthen sales of power components for industrial and automotive applications in Taiwan through local distribution agents, seeing opportunities in an IT supply chain that has been keen to transform itself.
  • TSMC expects to enjoy another quarter of record high revenues
    TSMC expects to enjoy another quarter of record high revenues, while adding an additional US$4 billion in its full-year capital budget. The pure-play foundry has forecast revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 will come to between US$10.2 billion and US$10.3 billion, up about 9% from the record high...
  • ASML has disclosed a total of 23 EUV system orders received in the third quarter of 2019
    Semiconductor equipment vendor ASML has disclosed a total of 23 extreme ultraviolet (EUV) system orders received in the third quarter of 2019 - the highest ever value of bookings in one quarter.
  • Globalfoundries has acquired the PDK engineering team from Smartcom Bulgaria
    Globalfoundries has acquired the PDK engineering team from Smartcom Bulgaria. The newly acquired team will enhance GF's scale and capabilities, while strengthening competitiveness of its specialized application solutions to further position the company for growth and value creation, according to the...
  • Global 5G smartphone shipments to approach 300 million units next year
    No one could do better than TSMC when it comes to predicting the possible size of next year's 5G smartphone market, as the top foundry house can rely on order visibility from chip clients to support its estimation. Now some industry sources have cited TSMC's internal estimates as expecting global
  • Synopsys is partnering with Arm and Samsung Foundry to accelerate 5nm SoC development
    Synopsys announced recently that the company is partnering with Arm and Samsung's foundry operations (Samsung Foundry) to develop solutions enabling early adoption of the next-generation Arm-based processor.
  • Samsung Electronics has reportedly placed additional EUV equipment orders
    Samsung Electronics has reportedly placed additional EUV equipment orders for its foundry operations.

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