TSMC to set up new fab for advanced packaging
Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has started its environmental impact assessment on land designated for construction of a new plant by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in Chunan, Miaoli (northern Taiwan), according to government sources locally.
The three-month average of worldwide billings of North America equipment manufacturers registered a sequential decrease for the third consecutive month in August 2018, reaching a nine-month low of US$2.24 billion, according to SEMI.
US, Europe equipment vendors reducing PV focus
US and Europe equipment vendors have reduced investment and R&D efforts for the PV sector in the wake shrinking demand from China, and instead are focusing more on the semiconductor sector, according to industry sources.
ITRI establishes office for power management
The Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has announced to establish an office for developing technologies and solutions for power grid management and modernization.
Taiwan August export order value up
Taiwan received export orders totaling US$43.68 billion in August 2018, increasing 4.5% sequentially and 7.1% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
What is behind HPE reported call for switch to AMD?
HP Enterprise (HPE) has recently been said to have recommended its partners adopt its server products using AMD's platforms to avoid the impact of Intel processor shortages. But Digitimes sources from the upstream supply chain have indicated that no other server players have seen issues with supply...
China's IC industry is expected to establish a solid foothold in five years and go on to become a top-three or top-four player globally in 2028-2030, according to Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup.
China-based fabless IC firms have managed to become world-class chipmakers following 10 years of technology advancement, and they are now technologically on a par with global peers, according to Roger Luo, president of TSMC Nanjing.
TH Tung, chairman of Pegatron, has noted that his company has reestablished some manufacturing sites in Taiwan in recent years, and that moving production back to Taiwan could be a key direction to help reshape some of Taiwan's manufacturing industries.
ASML optimistic about litho equipment demand in China
Lithography tool vendor ASML is optimistic about increases in demand from China's chipmaking industry, and believes it will land orders for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) litho equipment from China customers looking to make advanced 7nm chips, according to Shen Po, president of ASML China.
Sigurd enjoys strong high-end chip probing demand
Strong high-end chip probing demand is prompting Sigurd Microelectronics to expand production capacity, according to the Taiwan-based company specializing in wafer probing and final testing of ICs.
Global fab equipment spending will increase 14% this year to US$62.8 billion and is expected to rise 7.5% to US$67.5 billion in 2019, marking the fourth consecutive year of spending growth and the highest investment year for fab equipment in the history of the industry, according to SEMI.
Taiwan foundry revenues to rise 6.2% in 3Q18
Combined third-quarter 2018 revenues of Taiwan's foundry houses are estimated to rise 6.2% sequentially or inch up 1.6% on year to US$9.94 billion on a gradual pick-up in mobile communication chip foundry demand, according to Digitimes Research.
Eight-inch IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has trimmed its financial guidance for the third quarter following a power blackout that hit one of its wafer fabs.
The emergence and convergence of AI, IoT, cloud, and autonomous driving technologies have brought tremendous opportunities to the semiconductor industry. However, as the process technology moves towards 7nm/5nm nodes, heterogeneous integration, and 3D structures, there are many challenges in the industry...
KLA-Tencor seeing robust fab tool demand from China
Demand from China's semiconductor industry is set to witness robust growth, according to fab toolmaker KLA-Tencor, which expects China to become its largest market in 2019.
Backend firm Kingpak expanding capacity for auto CIS
Backend house Kingpak Technology will complete the first phase of its capacity expansion by the end of 2018 to satisfy growing demand for automotive CMOS image sensors (CIS), according to industry sources.
Taiwan's machinery imports are expected to see sharp increases in the second half of 2018, as suppliers of silicon wafers, memory and passive components have started to take delivery of equipment since the third quarter of the year to support their capacity expansions later, according to industry so...
Amkor opens new plant in Taiwan for high-end IC backend
Amkor Technology has unveiled its new plant in Taiwan to focus mainly on high-end IC backend services, such as wafer-level and flip-chip packaging, and high-end chip probing.
CHPT optimistic about probe card demand for AI, 5G
Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) has expressed optimism about semiconductor probe card demand for AI and 5G applications.
Taiwan startups should eye applications combining hardware, software, says Gwong Lee, managing director of Translink Capital
Successfully starting his own business twice, Gwong Lee, managing director, Translink Capital, sold his second firm for a high price 15 months after its establishment and he was named one of Silicon Valley's top-10 most important persons of the year. Afterwards, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou invited Lee...
ASE August revenues rise 8.7%, PTI hit record
ASE Technology Holding, the parent company of IC backend houses Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), saw its August revenues increase 8.7% sequentially, while memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) enjoyed another month of record-high re...
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings, which hit a record high of US$17 billion in the first quarter of 2018, slipped 1% sequentially to US$16.7 billion in the second quarter, according to SEMI.
TSMC August revenues up, UMC down
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its August revenues climb 22.4% sequentially, while fellow foundry company United Microelectronics' (UMC) revenues slipped 8.1% on month. Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), which runs only 8-inch wafer fabs, has posted...
Intel is encountering tight 14nm process production capacity in-house, and is looking to outsource part of its 14nm chipset production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 2Q 2018
Taiwan's monitor shipments grew 5% on year to reach 21.03 million units in the second quarter of 2018.
Taiwan handsets - 2Q 2018
Taiwan handset shipments increased 16.1% sequentially and 0.3% on year to arrive at 20.66 million units in the second quarter...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 2Q 2018
Taiwan makers shipped a total of 7.65 million LCD TVs in the second quarter of 2018, up 15.9% sequentially and 6.5% on year.
iPhone shipment analysis and forecast, 2H18
This Digitimes Reserch iPhone Shipment Analysis and Forecast Special Report provides an insight into Apple's pricing strategy...
Global smartphone AP demand forecast till 1Q19
This DIGITIMES Special Report provides insights into various aspects of the smartphone AP market, including suppliers' shipments,...
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...