Industry supply chain eyeing huge mobile-SoC market potential
Aug 26, 13:56
With more system vendors engaged in the development of mobile SoC solutions in-house, the market for mobile chips is set to expand a further US$10 billion, according to industry sources. IC foundries, and EDA and IC design service companies are all eyeing this additional market size.
SPIL chairman calls for more open government policy
Aug 26, 10:18
Packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) chairman Bough Lin has urged Taiwan's government to create a more open investment environment for China-based IC companies since China will play a critical role in the world's IC manufacturing business over the next 10 years.
Taiwan FTC approves acquisition of HMI by ASML
Aug 24, 20:06
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the planned acquisition of Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI) by Netherlands-based ASML, stating the deal complies with fair trade rules and regulations set by the government.
Nvidia unveils Tegra Parker mobile SoC
Newswatch - Aug 24, 15:28
Nvidia has unveiled its newest mobile processor, the Tegra Parker, which is suited for automotive applications like self-driving cars and digital cockpits.
US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio rises, says SEMI
Aug 24, 13:50
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15 in July 2016, having been above parity for eight months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.
Hua Hong ships 1.2 billion MCUs in 1H16
Aug 23, 11:31
Hua Hong Semiconductor, a China-based pure-play 200mm (8-inch) foundry, has announced shipments for microcontrollers (MCU) climbed 50% from a year earlier to 1.2 billion chips in the first half of 2016. The shipment results were also a historical record.
GaN device supply chain remains robust, says Strategy Analytics
Aug 23, 11:18
Even with the well-publicized consolidation of RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor, Infineon's acquisition of International Rectifier (IR) and most-recently Wolfspeed, and NXP Semiconductors' acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor, the gallium nitride (GaN) device supply chain is growing...
Taiwan July unemployment rate up, says DGBAS
Aug 22, 10:35
Taiwan had 472,000 jobless citizens in July 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.02% which rose 0.10pp on month and 0.2pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 22.
Taiwan 2Q16 economic growth estimated at 0.70%, says DGBAS
Aug 22, 10:26
Taiwan's economic growth rate, growth in GDP, for the second quarter of 2016 is estimated at 0.70%, upward adjusted by 0.01pp from the estimate made in July 2016, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 19.
Intel to begin shipments of 100Gbps silicon photonics optical transceivers
Aug 19, 13:56
Intel, at the Intel Developer Forum taking place in San Francisco during August 16-18, announced the beginning of shipping silicon photonics 100Gbps optical transceivers, the world's first model integrating silicon-based ICs with semiconductor laser. The announcement is expected to benefit Taiwan-based...
Semi equipment maker Foxsemicon sees earnings up over 80% on quarter in 2Q16
Newswatch - Aug 18, 15:00
Semiconductor and solar equipment maker Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, an affiliate of the Foxconn Group, has reported net profits of NT$139 million (US$4.42 million) for the second quarter of 2016, increasing 83% from the previous quarter. EPS for the quarter reached NT$2.05.
TSMC spends NT$4.86 billion on equipment
Stockwatch - Aug 18, 10:14
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) spent a total of NT$4.86 billion (US$154.2 million) on machinery equipment, manufacturing tools and facilities from ASML, Brooks Automation, Jer Yih Electrical, Lam Research International, Shibaura Mechatronics, Tokyo Electron and Yankey Engineering,...
KLA-Tencor targets 10nm and below with new reticle inspection systems
Aug 18, 09:55
KLA-Tencor has introduced three advanced reticle inspection systems that address 10nm and below mask technologies: the Teron 640, Teron SL655 and Reticle Decision Center (RDC). All three systems are key to enabling both current and next-generation mask designs, so that mask shops and IC fabs can more...
Taiwan science park total revenues top NT$1 trillion in 1H16, says MOST
Aug 17, 20:16
Government-developed and run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.078 trillion (US$33.53 billion) during January-June 2016, dropping 4.89% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry...
ARM, Intel team up for 10nm
Aug 17, 20:13
At the Intel Developer Forum on August 16, Intel announced its 10nm design platform for foundry customers will now offer access to ARM Artisan physical IP, including POP IP, based on the most-advanced ARM cores and Cortex-series processors.
Testing solution provider CHPT optimistic about 3Q16
Aug 17, 11:04
IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) expects to see its revenues reach their peak for 2016 in the third quarter, and revenues for all of the year to register double-digit growth.
Semi equipment maker Gudeng swings back to profitability in 2Q16
Newswatch - Aug 16, 21:28
Semiconductor equipment supplier Gudeng Precision Industrial has reported net profits of NT$7 million (US$224,042) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to a loss of NT$27 million in the previous quarter. Second-quarter EPS stood at NT$0.11 compared to a loss of NT$0.44 a quarter earlier.
Taiwan firms enter supply chain for 2017 iPhone
Aug 16, 20:12
In addition to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Chipbond Technology and MJC Probe (MPI) have entered the supply chain for Apple's 2017 iPhone series, according to industry sources.
ShunSin posts profit growth in 2Q16
Aug 16, 19:42
ShunSin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) specializing in assembly and testing system-in-package (SiP) modules, saw its net profits surge over 50% in the second quarter with EPS reaching NT$3.11 (US$0.10).
Cleanroom equipment provider UIS earnings up in 1H16
Newswatch - Aug 16, 14:01
Cleanroom equipment provider United Integrated Services (UIS) saw its net profits increase 21.1% sequentially to NT$394 million (US$12.56 million) in the second quarter of 2016. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$1.65.
TSMC to make chips for iPad coming out in 2017, says report
Newswatch - Aug 16, 11:11
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply chips for the 2017 series of iPad that will come in three models, a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted a KGI Securities analyst as saying.
DRAM market set to fall 19% in 2016, says IC Insights
Aug 15, 10:17
The year 2016 is not expected to be a good one for the total memory market and the main culprit is DRAM, according to IC Insights. Declining shipments of desktop and notebook computers, the biggest users of DRAM, as well as declining tablet shipments and slowing growth of smartphone units have created...
Sigurd sees earnings up 65.8% on year in 2Q16
Newswatch - Aug 11, 13:55
IC backend service company Sigurd Microelectronics saw its net profits grow 65.8% on year to NT$199 million (US$6.42 million) in the second quarter of 2016. EPS stood at NT$0.55 for the April-June quarter.
Powerchip nets NT$1.39 in 1Q16 EPS
Aug 11, 10:27
Foundry chipmaker Powerchip Technology has reported net profits of NT$3.08 billion (US$99.6 million) for the first half of 2016, down 45% from a year ago. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.39.
TSMC posts decreased July revenues
Stockwatch - Aug 11, 10:16
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$76.39 (US$2.46 billion) for July 2016, down 6.1% sequentially and 5.6% on year.
SMIC expects another quarter of record revenues
Aug 11, 10:11
China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post revenue growth of 8-11% sequentially in the third quarter of 2016, with gross margin of 28-30%.
TSMC grabs chip orders for new Apple Watch, says report
Newswatch - Aug 9, 21:10
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will replace Samsung as the sole supplier of chips for the new Apple Watch starting the second half of 2016, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).
UMC July revenues down, VIS up
Stockwatch - Aug 9, 21:09
Pure-play wafer foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its July revenues hit a 3-month low, whereas Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues increased about 3% on month.
PTI to make additional investment in China subsidiary
Aug 9, 11:48
Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced plans to inject an additional US$25 million into Powertech Semiconductor (Xian), its subsidiary responsible for backend services for memory vendor Micron Technology.
ASE posts slight revenue decrease
Aug 9, 11:42
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.59 billion (US$685.7 million) for July 2016, down 0.9% sequentially and 0.4% on year.
VIS expects up to 3% drop in 3Q16 revenues
Aug 9, 11:02
Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) expects its third-quarter revenues to decrease up to 3% or increase 1% sequentially despite the period being the traditionally peak season.