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SEMICON Taiwan 2015 to kick off with more than 700 exhibitors

Aug 28, 10:38

The 20th annual SEMICON Taiwan tradeshow will kick off on September 2 and run through September 4 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall. The show will host more than 700 exhibiting companies with more than 1,400 booths.

Semiconductor equipment suppliers brace for layoffs

Aug 28, 10:31

Layoffs could hit the global semiconductor equipment industry later in 2015, with some players considering cutting 10-15% of their workforce, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China looks at 70% IC self-sufficiency in 2025

Aug 28, 10:28

China is aiming to improve the self-sufficiency rate for ICs in the nation to 40% in 2020, and boost the rate further to 70% in 2025, according to Digitimes Research.

SPIL receives tender offer from ASE

Aug 26, 15:25

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) on August 25 announced it has received notice of an unsolicited tender offer by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) to buy a major stake in the company.

Digitimes Research: China government to support development of MCUs, CPUs, memory chips

Aug 26, 11:09

The China government will support local IC-design companies' development in the MCU, CPU,FPGA, MEMS and memory chips sectors through acquisitions during its current five-year economic plan running from 2015-2020, accordingto Digitimes Research.

Taiwan top court rules in favor of TSMC in lawsuit against ex-R&D director

Aug 25, 22:09

Taiwan's top court has ruled in favor of TSMC in a trade secret case against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC. Liang has been accused of revealing TSMC's trade secrets and patents related to its advanced process technology to Samsung Electronics.

Commentary: ASE purchase of SPIL shares is positive

Aug 25, 16:18

Plans by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) to buy up to 25% of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) for an amount likely exceeding NT$30 billion (US$919 million) may be regarded as a hostile takeover. But it can also be seen as an inevitable process in today's semiconductor packaging and...

TSMC to cease solar manufacturing operations

Aug 25, 14:51

TSMC has announced that TSMC Solar, its 100%-owned subsidiary, will cease manufacturing operations at the end of August 2015 as TSMC believes that its solar business is no longer economically sustainable. TSMC will continue to honor all product warranties that have been offered to existing customers,...

Taiwan July manufacturing production index up on month, down on year, says MOEA

Aug 24, 22:11

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 108.96 for July 2015, increasing 1.81% on month but decreasing 3.11% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on August 24.

TSMC stays neutral on ASE's bid for SPIL shares

Aug 24, 22:10

TSMC would not comment on Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) recently-announced bid to take up a major stake in Siliconware Precision (SPIL), according to the contract chipmaker.

TSMC growing its 16nm client base

Aug 24, 16:30

Foundry chipmaker TSMC has been actively pursuing 16nm FinFET chip orders in order to gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment starting 2016, according to market sources.

ASE seeking to buy up to 25% stake in SPIL

Aug 24, 11:04

Semiconductor assembly and test company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is not seeking involvement in the operation of Siliconware Precision (SPIL) despite its bid to take up a major stake in the competitor, according to ASE CFO Joseph Tung.

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Taiwan July unemployment rate up on month, down on year, says DGBAS

Aug 24, 11:02

Taiwan had 445,000 jobless citizens in July 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.82% which rose 0.11pp on month but dropped 0.20pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 24.

North America semiconductor equipment industry posts July book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, says SEMI

Aug 21, 14:46

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.59 billion in orders worldwide in July 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that US$102 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

Ardentec 1H15 profits rise 8%

Stockwatch - Aug 21, 14:44

Semiconductor wafer testing service provider Ardentec has reported net profits of NT$517 million (US$16.1 million) for the first half of 2015, up 8.2% on year. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.13 compared with NT$1.05 during the same period in 2014.

Taiwan science parks post January-June total revenues of over NT$1 trillion, says MOST

Aug 21, 14:21

The three science parks developed and operated by Taiwan's government, Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), generated combined revenues of NT$1.133 trillion (US$35.98 billion) during January-June 2015, growing 6.47% on year, according...

Second-tier IC foundries face low utilization in 4Q15

Aug 21, 10:51

Second-tier IC foundries will struggle to maintain their capacity utilization rates above 60% in the fourth quarter of 2015, due to disappointing demand for smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other mass-market consumer devices, according to sources in Taiwan's IC design industry.

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China pushes for homegrown display driver IC industry

Aug 20, 21:44

China is looking to build a homegrown panel-use driver IC industry in Hefei, China, which will likely threaten Taiwan's IC driver IC sector, according to industry sources.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$2.3 billion in January-July, says MOEA

Aug 20, 21:38

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,068 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$2.310 billion in January-July 2015, increasing 4.50% and decreasing 6.44% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on August 20.

Taiwan July export order value down, says MOEA

Aug 20, 21:36

Taiwan received export orders worth US$36.29 billion in total in July 2015, decreasing 0.8% on month and 5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on August 20.

China IC foundries, backend firms soliciting orders from Taiwan

Aug 20, 21:11

China-based IC foundries including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), and backend firms such as Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME) are soliciting orders from Taiwan's fabless IC firms, according...

MCU shipments surge but falling prices sap sales growth, says IC Insights

Aug 20, 15:58

Microcontrollers (MCU) are in the middle of an incredible wave of unit growth, but unprecedented price erosion is keeping a lid on the increase of revenues, according to IC Insights.

GlobalWafers to expand capacity

Aug 20, 10:45

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers will expand production capacity through removing bottlenecks in existing production equipment, acquiring fellow makers, forming strategic partnerships, or setting up new factories of its own, according to company chairwoman Doris Hsu at an August...

Startups and small electronics companies offer semiconductor vendors fast and stable growth, says Gartner

Aug 19, 20:35

Semiconductor companies need to diversify their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations that offer fast and stable growth, rather than relying on big deals from large customers that are in a constant state of flux, according to Gartner. Startups and small electronics companies...

Macronix gearing up for automotive flash memory

Aug 19, 15:35

Macronix International has expanded its flash offerings to include solutions for automotive electronics, and aims to break into the world's top-two automotive NOR flash chipmakers in the next three years, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Qualcomm still supplies modem chips for next iPhone, sources claim

Aug 17, 21:23

Qualcomm will still supply all the modem chips needed for the upcoming iPhone, but Apple is mulling multiple suppliers of modem chips for its 2017 series, industry sources have claimed.

Taiwan 2Q15 economic growth rate downward adjusted to 0.52%, says DGBAS

Aug 17, 10:24

Taiwan's economic growth rate, on-year growth in GDP, for the second quarter of 2015 has been downward adjusted from 0.64% estimated in July, to 0.52%, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 14.

TV-panel driver IC suppliers remain pessimistic

Aug 14, 15:43

Panel-use LCD driver IC design houses and related backend suppliers have been conservative about demand for LCD TVs during the second half of 2015 despite the period being a traditional peak season for the industry, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC production value slips 2.6% in 2Q15

Aug 14, 14:49

Taiwan's IC production value slid 2.6% sequentially to NT$555.9 billion (US$17.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

SMIC posts record 2Q15 revenues

Aug 13, 11:42

China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has reported record revenues of US$546.6 million for the second quarter of 2015, and expects to post another sequential revenue growth in the third quarter.

Taiwan foundries may soon get green light for 12-inch fabs in China, says report

Newswatch - Aug 12, 21:13

Taiwan-based semiconductor companies may soon be allowed to operate 12-inch fabs in China, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Silicon wafer shipments rise 2.5% in 2Q15, says SEMI

Aug 12, 21:11

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2015 when compared to first-quarter area shipments, according to SEMI.

TSMC board approves US$1.2 billion for advanced technology capacity expansion

Aug 11, 21:45

The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of approximately US$1.237 billion for expanding capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, and packaging and assembly, as well as converting certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, and R&D...

TSMC says 16nm ramp on schedule

Aug 11, 16:07

TSMC has maintained that volume production and ramp of its 16nm process is proceeding smoothly in line with its schedule, amid media speculation indicating the foundry is seeing a cutback of 16nm chip orders from Apple.

Inspection tool maker HMI sees revenues down sharply in July

Newswatch - Aug 11, 15:31

Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, saw its revenues slide 90.97% on month and 46.07% on year to NT$175.61 million (US$5.545 million) in July 2015.

Topco revenues down on year in July, Scientech up

Stockwatch - Aug 11, 11:44

Semiconductor equipment and materials distributors Scientech and Topco Scientific have reported sequential decreases in July consolidated revenues at 18% and 0.7%, respectively.

ASE reports decreased July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 10, 16:07

IC packaging and testing house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.67 billion (US$684.5 million) for July 2015, down 12.7% sequentially.

Taiwan July export value down on year, says MOF

Aug 10, 15:57

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.55 billion for July 2015, increasing 2.1% on month but decreasing 11.9% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$19.93 billion fell 4.6% on month and 17.4% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

SMIC successfully makes Qualcomm chips in 28nm process

Aug 10, 15:52

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after the pair announced their initial plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production.

TSMC and UMC July revenues up, VIS down

Aug 10, 15:36

Pure-play wafer foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) enjoyed revenue increases in July 2015, whereas Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues fell both on quarter and on year.

Diode maker Eris reports decreased July revenues

Aug 7, 15:43

Taiwan-based Eris Technology, which specializes in the manufacture of rectifier diodes, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2015 declined 11.15% from a year earlier to NT$80.57 million (US$2.55 million).

Winbond, Macronix report increased July revenues

Aug 7, 15:15

Non-PC memory chipmakers Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported sequential increases in consolidated revenues for July 2015 of 2.7% and 1.6%, respectively.

HLMC, MediaTek reportedly in talks about extending cooperation to FinFET chips

Aug 7, 15:03

High-level executives of 12-inch foundry Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) have recently paid a visit to MediaTek to discuss with the Taiwan-based smartphone chip vendor about extending their partnership to FinFET chips, according to industry sources.

KYEC July sales hit record

Aug 7, 10:10

King Yuan Electronics (KYEC), which provides wafer probe and final test services for chips such as LCD driver ICs, CMOS image sensors, MEMS, NFC and other mobile chip solutions, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2015 grew 2.7% on month and 0.1% on year to NT$1.5 billion (US$47.4 million).

SPIL reports decreased July revenues

Aug 7, 10:08

Packaging and testing house Silicon Precision Industries (SPIL) has announced consolidated revenues for July 2015 of NT$6.35 billion (US$200.5 million), down 7.6% on month and about 14% on year.

4GB DDR3 contract prices to fall below US$20 in 3Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 7, 10:07

Contract prices for 4GB DDR3 modules averaged US$20.5 in July compared with US$24 in June, representing a 15% fall, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices are set to drop below US$20 in the third quarter.

PTI reports flat revenues for July

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:01

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported July consolidated revenues of NT$3.47 billion (US$109 million), up 0.8% on month.

Samsung cuts Intel's semiconductor sales lead to 16% in 2Q15, says IC Insights

Aug 6, 15:30

Samsung's growth rate in the second quarter of 2015 put the company closer to catching Intel and becoming the world's leading semiconductor supplier, according to IC Insights.

Scientech positive about 2H15

Aug 5, 15:30

Semiconductor equipment supplier Scientech has expressed optimism about its performance in the second half of 2015, as chipmakers look to upgrade their production lines and are eyeing new applications such as wearables and IoT devices to boost their production.

IC backend service company Chipbond reports decreased profits for 2Q15

Newswatch - Aug 5, 15:03

IC backend service company Chipbond Technology has reported net profits of NT$418 million (US$13.24 million) for the second quarter of 2015, down 24% from NT$550 million recorded a quarter earlier.

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