IC design, distribution
  • Intel started placing equipment and materials orders for EUV fabrication processes
    Intel in May unveiled plans to launch its 7nm products in 2021, and it is now stepping up efforts towards achieving that goal. It has started placing equipment and materials orders for EUV fabrication processes since August. Meanwhile,...
  • MediaTek chairman Tsai Ming-kai showcasing its first 5G SoC
    MediaTek is on track to enter volume production of its first 5G SoC for sub-6GHz networks in January 2020, having begun sampling the chips in the third quarter of 2019, according to company CFO and spokesman David Ku.
  • Semiconductor firm executives seeking government assistance
    Several leaders from semiconductor firms and organizations have paid a visit to Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen, asking the government to tackle the two biggest issues facing the country's IC industry: a lack of talent and a lack of basic research.
  • Billings among North American manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment dropped
    Billings among North American manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment dropped both sequentially and on year in August 2019, but stayed above US$2 billion, according to SEMI.
  • Semiconductor merger and acquisition activity strengthened in the first eight months of 2019
    After slowing in the past couple years, semiconductor merger and acquisition activity strengthened in the first eight months of 2019, according to IC Insights.
  • Intel, Samsung and TSMC gearing up for EUV process manufacturing
    Intel has started placing equipment and materials orders for EUV fabrication processes since August, and is stepping up its pace of orders, according to industry sources.
  • ASE Technology Holding COO Tien Wu
    The global semiconductor sector will experience constant quantitative and qualitative changes in the next 20-30 years, and heterogeneous integration will not be confined to CPU and memory chips but will also extend to domains beyond those not currently covered by Moore's Law, according to Tien Wu,...
  • TSMC chairman Mark Liu believes Moore's Law will continue to drive semiconductor growth in decades
    Some may think Moore's Law is reaching its limits, but for TSMC, it is still very much alive. The world's number one pure-play foundry is already conducting 3nm process R&D. TSMC chairman Mark Liu believes Moore's Law will continue...
  • Foxconn pushing into the semiconductor industry
    The Foxconn Group's development direction in the semiconductor industry will primarily focus on vertical integration, aiming to become a solution provider and devoting its investments mainly to light-asset businesses such as IC design, according to Bob Chen, vice president of the company's Semiconductor...
  • China semiconductor firms are keenly luring talent away from chipmakers in Taiwan and South Korea
    China-based semiconductor firms are keenly luring talent away from chipmakers in Taiwan and South Korea by offering much higher pays, seeking to shorten time for technology development and narrow technological gaps with leading players, according to CY Lu, president of Taiwan-based memory chipmaker...
  • Semicon Taiwan 2019 features speakers including TSMC chairman Mark Liu
    Moore's Law will continue to drive semiconductor industry growth in decades to come, but Taiwan's IC sector is in need of sufficient engineers to support its development, according to TSMC chairman Mark Liu.
  • Nicky Lu, chairman of Etron
    With the semiconductor industry entering the era of heterogeneous integration, biomedical electronics applications will definitely be using related technologies for their development, according to chairman of Etron Technology Nicky Lu.
  • TI has introduced an ultra-low-power LDO linear voltage regulator
    Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced an ultra-low-power low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulator with quiescent current (IQ) of sub-25nA - one-tenth that of competing ultra-small devices.
  • Semicon Taiwan 2019 opens
    Semicon Taiwan 2019 opens today, focusing on cutting-edge technologies, including those concerning 5G and AI, with its forums to feature heavyweight speakers from TSMC, ASE and others.
  • China smartphone vendors are working with multiple chip suppliers to develop their 5G models
    Apart from Samsung and Huawei, both of which rely heavily on chips developed in-house, other first-tier China-based smartphone vendors including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and OnePlus are working with multiple chip suppliers to develop their 5G models slated for launch in the first half of 2020.
  • 5G smartphone market to boom in 2020
    The lead time for production of 7nm chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has extended to nearly six months from the previous two months because of strong demand, according to industry sources.
  • Qualcomm has announced it has completed the acquisition of the remaining interest in RF360 Holdings
    Qualcomm Incorporated has announced it has completed the acquisition of the remaining interest in RF360 Holdings Singapore, a joint venture with TDK Corporation. Together with Qualcomm Technologies, the joint venture has produced RF front-end (RFFE) filters which enable Qualcomm Technologies to deliver...
  • Investments in new fab projects starting construction in 2020 to reach nearly US$50 billion
    Investments in new fab projects starting construction in 2020 are expected to reach nearly US$50 billion, up about US$12 billion from 2019, according to SEMI.
  • MediaTek is set to unveil a new office building in northern Taiwan in mid September
    MediaTek is set to unveil a new office building in northern Taiwan in mid September, which will be dedicated to the development of 5G chip technologies while also serving as the chipmaker's new headquarters.
  • TSMC, UMC and VIS together generated total revenues of US$9.13 billion in the second quarter
    With global market demand on a moderate increase in second-quarter 2019, Taiwan-based semiconductor foundries showed recovery. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) together generated total revenues...
  • Spirox CEO Henry Kao (right)
    Taiwan-based Spirox, a distributor of packaging and testing equipment, has formed a partnership with National Instruments (NI) and expects their cooperation to bear fruit in 2020.
  • Apple next-generation AirPods is likely to be available soon
    Apple has just released its new iPhones and smartwatch, and its next-generation AirPods is likely to be available soon. Supply chain sources have disclosed that ODMs will begin mass assembly of the new AirPods as early as October to meet...
  • Taiwan IC design houses have seen their order visibility strengthened
    Taiwan-based IC design houses including MediaTek, Novatek Microelectronics, RichWave Technology, ZillTek Technology and Rafael Micro have seen their order visibility strengthened, with their revenues set to peak for 2019 in the fourth quarter, according to market sources.
  • MediaTek to post record 3Q19 revenues
    MediaTek is expected to see its September revenues climb to a record high, with revenues for the third quarter also hitting record-high levels, according to market observers.
  • Global demand for 5G CPE is expected to grow rapidly to 120 million units in 2025
    Global demand for 5G CPE (customer premise equipment) is expected to grow rapidly to 120 million units in 2025 from 100,000 units in 2019, prompting chipmakers such as Qualcomm and Huawei HiSilicon to step up rolling out relevant chip solutions, which in turn will provide new business opportunities...

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