Sony is expected to introduce its PS5 later this year, with Taiwanese backend service providers already starting delivering shipments for the new games consoles. Construction of 5G infrastructure may still be going on in China, but PCB...
Global semiconductor sales up 5% in June, says SIA
The global semiconductor industry posted June sales of US$34.5 billion, up 5.1% on year but down 0.3% sequentially, according to Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Backend houses kicking off shipments for PS5
Backend houses including ASE Technology and Greatek Electronics have kicked off shipments for Sony's new-generation PS5 game console series slated for launch later this year, according to industry sources.
GlobalWafers posts 18% profit surge in 2Q20
Silicon wafer manufacturer GlobalWafers has reported net profits grew 18% sequentially to NT$3.4 billion (US$115.5 million) in the second quarter, with net profit margin hitting a record high of 24.8%. EPS for the quarter came to NT$7.81.
Equipment maker Nova posts profit surge in 2Q20
Taiwan-based Nova Technology, which specializes in water, gas and chemical process systems, has reported net profits surged 58.6% sequentially to NT$146 million (US$5 million) in the second quarter.
Smartphone application processor (AP) shipments to China are expected to grow 9.3% sequentially in the third quarter of 2020, driven by a pick-up in shipments of 5G-enabled phones in China and a mild improvement in overseas demand for smartphones, according to Digitimes Research.
IC test interface solutions provider Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) saw its revenues for the first seven months of 2020 jump 44.7% on year to NT$2.343 billion (US$79.69 million) thanks to robust demand from vendors of 5G SoCs, RF and other chips, according to industry sources.
SMIC to form JV for sub-28nm chip production
China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has struck a deal with the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area Management Committee (BDAC) to form a JV fab that will focus on the manufacture of chips built using 28nm and above process technologies.
Bracing for fresh US trade bans, Huawei is making contingency plans, increasing purchases of third-party mobile application processors for its 5G smartphones, according to Digitimes Research, as it looks to maintain its product competitiveness,...
With TSMC scaling up its 7nm and 5nm chip output, related silicon wafer materials and equipment suppliers have seen significant orders from the pure-play foundry and are ramping up their shipments to fulfill the new orders.
Taiwan 2Q20 economic growth estimated at -0.73%
Taiwan's economic growth for second-quarter 2020 is preliminarily estimated at -0.73%, 1.23pp lower than the 0.50% increase forecast in May 2020, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
ASE Technology Holding expects to generate sequential revenue growth through the fourth quarter of 2019, judging from a substantial pick-up in orders for communications chips.
TSMC develops dry-clean technique for EUV mask
TSMC has developed what the company claims is the world's first environmental-friendly "dry-clean technique for EUV mask" to replace the traditional clean process.
NAND flash device controller specialist Silicon Motion Technology expects to post revenues of between US$114 million and US$120 million in the third quarter of 2020, down 12-17% sequentially, with gross margin reaching 47.5-49.5% compared with 50% in the prior quarter.
Shipment momentum for servers, datacenter servers, notebooks and tablets has shown signs of deceleration as many countries begin lifting coronavirus-induced lockdowns, according to Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
The 5G iPhone may be coming a few weeks later than usual because of COVID-19 impacts, but development for Apple Watch 6 reportedly has been going smoothly, with ASE Technology obtaining a major portion of the backend service orders for...
Mobile device certification specialist Sporton International will continue to see clear order visibility in the second half of the year thanks to robust testing demand from first-tier chipmakers and system vendors amid expectations 5G handset penetration will come close to 20% in 2020, according to...
Chroma Ate posts profit increase in 2Q20
Chroma Ate, which provides integrated and customized solutions for test and measurement instruments, has reported net profits increased 24% sequentially to NT$580 million (US$19.8 million) in the second quarter of 2020.
ASE Technology has obtained major backend orders for Apple Watch 6 slated for launch later this year, according to industry sources.
Samsung posts profit growth in 2Q20
Samsung Electronics has reported operating profits of KRW8.15 trillion (US$6.86 billion) for the second quarter of 2020, up 26% sequentially and 23% on year.
UMC upbeat about 8-inch foundry quotes
Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) expects 8-inch foundry quotes to be favorable to the company in 2021, judging from the already tight capacities at 8-inch foundries worldwide.
Smartphone shipments to the China market more than doubled sequentially in second-quarter 2020 following a period hard hit the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year, according to Digitimes Reseach's latest findings. But the market still faces economic uncertainties, smartphone...
UMC expects flat 3Q20
Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) expects its wafer shipments and ASPs to stay flat sequentially in the third quarter of 2020, with its capacity utilization rate remaining high at about 95%.
Taiwan 1H20 patent applications down
Local and foreign applicants applied for 33,954 patents in Taiwan in first-half 2020, decreasing 4.45% on year mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Gudeng posts profit growth in 2Q20
Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, has disclosed net profits climbed to NT$123 million (US$4.2 million) in the second quarter of 2020.
Global server market – 2Q 2020
Second-quarter 2020 global server shipments enjoyed a strong growth thanks to soaring demand for cloud computing services and...
Taiwan LCD monitors – 1Q 2020
Taiwan's PC monitor shipments in the first quarter of 2020 went down 20.5% sequentially.
Global tablet market – 1Q 2020
Global tablet shipments are forecast to climb 45.5% sequentially and 9.9% on year in the second quarter of 2020 thanks to a...
Outbreak impact: China smartphone and AP shipments
The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in labor shortages and shipment disruptions in China's supply chain, but Digitimes Research...
Coronavirus impact special report: Mobile devices
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted production and weakened consumer confidence, with all ICT sectors bracing for major declines...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020
Digitimes Research estimates that global server shipments moderately declined 1.4% in 2019 but will turn to show positive growth...