Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) recently hosted a banquet to bid farewell to Morris Chang following his retirement. The guests there - including leaders in the tech industries and government officials - were all eager to hear the "commander in chief" (that's the nickname of the former...
The most important evolution in the LCD driver IC packaging sector in 2018 is that the COF (chip on film) package process has become a crucial alternative to COG (chip on glass) for packing driver ICs on smaller-size panels for smartphones and other mobile devices, according to FJ Wu, chairman of IC...
Xintec halts 12-inch wafer-level packaging production
Image sensor packaging specialist Xintec has decided to suspend its 12-inch wafer-level packaging production line for one year due to disappointing CMOS image sensor (CIS) demand for mass-market applications, according to the company.
Shunsin reportedly earns new 3D sensing module orders
Shunsin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) specializing in assembly and test of system-in-package (SiP) modules, has obtained new orders for 3D sensing modules for use in high-end fiber-optic devices and consumer electronics applications from two US chip vendors,...
Samsung starts EUV DRAM R&D, says report
Samsung Electronics has started using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to develop 1ynm DRAM memory, according to a report by News1 Korea.
Cobalt solutions best helper for 7nm node: Q&A with Applied Materials executive Jonathan Bakke
While Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung are entering the 7nm process era, the latest cobalt-based process solutions rolled out by Applied Materials following over 10 years of development will be the best helper for 7nm foundry node, as they can help increase, by 5-15%, the...
Despite foundry quotes at 8-inch fabs in Taiwan and China to see 20-30% hikes in the third quarter of 2018, IC design houses across the Taiwan Straits are gearing up to vie for foundry capacities to support their shipments and maintain revenue growth, according to industry sources.
Eight-inch foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), which has seen its fabs run at full utilization, will continue to boost production efficiency, according to company chairman Leuh Fang. VIS still has no plans to build another fab or new production lines at the existing fabs, said Fang.
Macronix dismisses talk of tie-up with Foxconn
Speculation circulated recently that Macronix International had been approached by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) about a potential tie-up in the semiconductor business, has been refuted by Macronix chairman Miin Wu.
Six-inch foundry quotes rise, says Mosel
Rising raw materials costs have prompted Mosel Vitelic and other 6-inch foundries to raise their quotes, according to Rebecca Tang, chairperson for the Taiwan-based foundry specializing in power semiconductors and analog chips.
Taiwan Mask likely to swing to profit in 2018
Photomask supplier Taiwan Mask is expected to return profitable in 2018, following three years of losses, according to market watchers.
When Texas Instruments' new engineer Jack Kilby invented the world's first IC in 1958, no one could imagine that 60 years later, ICs have deeply rooted in Taiwan, now the world's most crucial IC design and production base. But if without the government's strong backing from the very beginning, Taiwan's...
PSI expanding wafer thinning business
Phoenix Silicon International (PSI), which specializes in wafer reclaim services, expects steady growth in its wafer thinning business in 2018. The product segment has expanded to account for about 35% of PSI's total revenues.
UMC Xiamen operation to remain unprofitable in 2018
Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) expects its fab operation in Xiamen, China to remain unprofitable in 2018 due to insufficient economies of scale.
Globalfoundries to cut 5% of workforce
Globalfoundries has disclosed plans to cut 5% of its global workforce, or about 900 employees, with the layoff to take place mainly in Europe and the US.
Lite-On Semi posts revenue growth in May
Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has reported consolidated revenues for May 2018 increased 15% on year and 2% sequentially to NT$1.12 billion (US$37.5 million).
Topco enjoys strong silicone demand
Taiwan-based Topco, which mainly distributes silicone materials for Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical, expects to enjoy double-digit revenue growth in 2018 thanks to robust silicone demand.
The Shuangliu District of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, is actively developing tech innovations and new economy, seeking to nurture 1-2 startup unicorns and over 50 "gazelle" enterprises - young and fast growth firms - within five years, according to the district's Science, Technology...
As one of the main districts under the administration of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and with a robust industry carrier, the Shuangliu District is aggressively soliciting investments from global leading and quality enterprises to form industrial clusters and build city-industry integrated,...
Backend house Kingpak enjoys robust orders for auto CIS
IC backend service provider Kingpak Technology has enjoyed a ramp-up of orders for automotive CMOS image sensors (CIS), and will cut into the supply chain of China's first-tier electric vehicle vendor, according to industry sources.
ASE Industrial Holding has disclosed its first monthly revenue figure after its establishment as the parent company of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL). Market watchers expect the entity to post revenues of nearly NT$410 billion (US$13.8 billion)...
UMC May revenues up 5%, VIS hits record
Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported May consolidated revenues increased 5.3% sequentially to NT$13.08 billion (US$438.3 million), while revenues at specialty IC foundry specialist Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) climbed to a record high of NT$2.43 billion.
As a research organization with comprehensive deployments in the microelectronics field in China, the Institute of Microelectronics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS) has set up a southwest research sub-institute in the Shuangliu District of Chengdu, where a mega IC industry complex is...
Taiwan May export value up on month, year, says MOF
Taiwan's export value totaled US$29.12 billion in May, the third highest-ever monthly level with growth of 8.9% sequentially and 14.2% on year, while the corresponding import value reached US$24.71 billion, up 9.5% sequentially and 12.0% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$37.6 billion for the month of April 2018, an increase of 20.2% from the April 2017 total of US$31.3 billion and 1.4% more than last month's total of US$37.1 billion, according to SIA.
Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's handset shipments decreased 27.8% sequentially, but went up 17.5% on year to arrive at 17.8 million units in the first...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments decreased 33.8% sequentially and 4.9% on year to come to only around 6.6 million units in the first...
Taiwan LCD monitors – 1Q 2018
Taiwan makers' monitor shipments dropped below the 20 million mark in the first quarter of 2018, decreasing 6.3% sequentially,...
Global AP market, 2017-2021
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone application processors (AP) worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67...
Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2018
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments...
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers,...