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Taiwan foundries seeing brisk demand from fabless firms

Oct 20, 15:46

Taiwan-based IC foundries including 8-inch ones have seen orders from their local fabless clients grow, which would indicate a particularly strong fourth quarter for Taiwan's IC industry, according to industry sources.

TSMC raises IC market forecasts for 2017

Oct 20, 14:52

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has revised upward its forecasts for global foundry and overall IC market outlook for 2017 to a 7% and 16% growth, respectively, compared to 6% and 12% forecast previously. The foundry house also expects its capex for the year to reach US$10.8 billion...

TSMC 7nm ready for mass production in 1H18

ASML 3Q17 sales exceed guidance on extra EUV deliveries

Oct 20, 13:29

ASML has announced net sales of EUR 2.45 billion (US$2.89 billion) for the third quarter of 2017, up 16.5% from EUR2.1 billion in the prior quarter. The Dutch fab tool vendor now expects its net sales for all of 2017 to grow at least 25% on year.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of US$5.2 billion in January-September

Oct 20, 11:48

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,494 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$5.186 billion in January-September 2017, decreasing 2.16% and 48.57%, respectively, on year, according to MOEA statistics.

IC makers maximize 300mm, 200mm wafer capacity, says IC Insights

Oct 20, 10:19

With the prospects of large 450mm wafers going nowhere, IC manufacturers are increasing efforts to maximize fabrication plants using 300mm and 200mm diameter silicon substrates. The number of 300mm wafer production-class fabs in operation worldwide is expected to increase each year between now and...

TSMC 3Q17 profits slip

Oct 19, 15:27

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$89.93 billion (US$2.97 billion) on consolidated revenues of NT$252.11 billion for the third quarter of 2017, with both revenues and profits slipping by single digits from year-ago levels.

TSMC saw profits drop on year in 3Q17

IC Insights raises 2017 IC market forecast to 22% growth

Oct 19, 14:28

IC Insights has raised its IC market growth rate forecast for 2017 to 22%, up 6pp from its previous estimate of 16% growth.

Will Mong-song Liang face another trade secrets lawsuit?

Oct 19, 12:49

Mong-song Liang, who had overseen advanced process R&D at TSMC and Samsung Foundry, has recently begun his new stint at another IC foundry, SMIC. In his new role, Liang is expected to assist the China-based company to move into FinFET production at 14nm and below.

Samsung completes qualification of 8LPP process

Oct 19, 11:21

Samsung Electronics' 8nm FinFET process technology, the 8LPP (Low Power Plus), has been qualified and is ready for production, according to the company.

HiSilicon seeking second-source supplier for 7nm chips

Oct 18, 14:34

HiSilicon Technologies is seeking a second-source supplier for the fabrication of its 7nm chips, with Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries and Intel striving for orders from the China-based fabless firm, according to industry sources.

Xintec to swing to profit in 4Q17, says report

Oct 17, 15:05

Image sensor packaging specialist Xintec is expected to return to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2017 with revenues likely to increase around 30% sequentially to nearly NT$1.3 billion (US$43 million), the Chinese-language Economic Daily News cited market watchers as saying in a recent...

SEMI forecasts record silicon wafer shipments

Oct 17, 15:01

Worldwide shipments of polished and epitaxial silicon wafers are forecast to total 11.448 billion square inches in 2017, exceeding the market high set in 2016, according to SEMI.

Linde LienHwa making new gas production investments in Taiwan

Oct 17, 11:55

Linde LienHwa, a joint venture between the Germany-based Linde Group and Taiwan-based LienHwa Industrial, is a manufacturer of bulk and electronic specialty gases used during the manufacturing of semiconductors, displays, solar panels, LEDs and others.

Linde LienHwa's new electronics R&D center in Taichung, Taiwan

Yield rates for iPhone X components improving

Oct 17, 11:00

Yield rates for certain iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, and shipments of the smartphone are set to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

iPhone X components supply has become stable

Mong-song Liang becomes SMIC co-CEO

Oct 17, 10:40

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced the appointment of Haijun Zhao and Mong-song Liang as the company's co-chief executive officers and executive directors.

KYEC obtains key backend orders from MediaTek

Oct 16, 13:24

Testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has obtained orders for MediaTek's major products for 2018, including 12nm mobile SoCs, and chips solutions for voice assistant devices and base station applications, according to industry sources.

Samsung vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon to resign

Oct 16, 11:05

Samsung Electronics has announced vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon plans to resign as the head of the company's device solutions business and will not seek re-election as a member of the board of directors and the chairman of the board when his term ends in March, 2018. Kwon will also resign as the CEO of...

Demand for 12-inch silicon wafers to surge in China

Oct 13, 14:23

Demand for blank 12-inch silicon wafers is set to increase to 1.1-1.3 million pieces per month in China in 2018, up from the current 500,000 units, according to local media.

Dual leadership should become long-term management model at TSMC, says Morris Chang

Oct 13, 12:00

The dual leadership to be enforced at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) starting from June 2018 should remain a long-term management model for a big company like TSMC, its chairman Morris Chang told Digitimes in a recent exclusive interview.

TSMC chairman Morris Chang

ON Semi looking to fully own Fujitsu fab

Oct 13, 10:58

Fujitsu Semiconductor and ON Semiconductor have announced an agreement that ON Semi will purchase a 30% incremental share of Fujitsu's 8-inch wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, resulting in 40% ownership when the purchase is completed.

Gartner raises 2017 chip market growth forecast again

Oct 13, 10:56

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$411.1 billion in 2017, an increase of 19.7% from 2016, according to Gartner. This represents the strongest growth since the 2010 recovery from the financial crisis when revenue increased by 31.8%.

ACTT complete IoT solutions available on SMIC 55nm eFlash platform

Oct 13, 10:54

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Chengdu Analog Circuit Technology (ACTT) have jointly announced the availability of ACTT's analog IP solutions on SMIC's 55nm eFlash technology. The combination of ACTT's analog IPs with SMIC's process technology, both engineered for very low-power...

Chipbond posts record 3Q17 revenues

Oct 13, 10:52

Chipbond Technology's consolidated revenues climbed to a record high of about NT$5 billion (US$165.3 million) in the third quarter of 2017. Market watchers expect the company to post a particularly strong fourth quarter thanks to a ramp-up of orders for TDDI (touch with display driver integration)...

Taiwan September export value hits record

Oct 12, 14:52

Taiwan export value totaled US$28.90 billion in September 2017, hitting the highest-ever monthly level and increasing 4.1% sequentially and 28.1% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

Wireless charging: Q&A with Steven Tateosian, director of IoT and Security Solutions at NXP

Oct 12, 13:42

The launch of Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X has highlighted wireless charging, a function that will also be featured in other smartphine vendors' upcoming models. However, besides smartphones, NXP Semiconductors also sees potential in wireless charging for larger-size applications such as notebooks...

NXP's Director of IoT and Security Solutions Steven Tateosian,

Morris Chang sees hurdle for semiconductor development in China

Oct 12, 13:20

While China is aggressively accelerating the development of its semiconductor industry, a hidden barrier will gradually surface to affect its development, in that many countries will try hard to prevent their advanced technologies from flowing into China, according to Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan...

Morris Chang, chairman of TSMC

ASE, SPIL 3Q17 revenues increase

Oct 12, 11:01

IC packagers Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) have reported sequential increases of 11.9% and 7.5%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2017.

Pure-play foundries boosting presence in China

Oct 12, 10:58

With the rise of fabless IC companies in China, demand for foundry services in the country has also increased. In total, pure-play foundry sales in China are expected to increase about 16% to US$6.95 billion in 2017, more than double the rate of increase for the total pure-play foundry market, according...

Global semiconductor sales increase 4% in August, says SIA

Oct 12, 10:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$35 billion for the month of August 2017, an increase of 4% compared to the previous month's total of US$33.6 billion and a 23.9% jump over the August 2016 total of US$28.2 billion, according to SIA.

UMC reports decreased revenues for September

Oct 11, 17:03

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$11.865 billion (US$392.43 million) for September 2017, representing a 9.05% drop on month and 6.83% drop on year.

Service-oriented corporate culture counts most in foundry sector, says Morris Chang

Oct 11, 14:43

Once describing Intel and Samsung Electronics as "700-pound gorillas" when commenting on his company's two major competitors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) chairman Morris Chang has recently said that he will never predict which of them will pose a greater threat to TSMC in the...

Morris Chang, chairman of TSMC

TSMC revenues drop slightly in September

Oct 6, 15:49

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has reported consolidated revenues of NT$88.58 billion (US$2.92 billion) for September 2017, representing a 3.6% drop on month and 1.3% decrease on year.

PTI September sales rise 27% on year

Oct 6, 15:47

Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.573 billion (US$183.55 million) for September 2017, representing a 0.2% drop on month and 27.4% increase on year.

TSMC 3nm fab plan to create huge biz opportunities for supply chains

Oct 5, 14:06

The decision made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) to build its 3nm wafer fab in the Southern Taiwan Science Park has won acclaims from both member firms of the TSMC Grand Alliance and Taiwan's IC packaging and testing firms, as the clustering effect triggered by the leading foundry house...

Digitimes Research: Global foundry industry to see 6% CAGR in 2017-2022

Oct 5, 10:40

The production value of the global foundry industry is expected to grow by a CAGR of 6% to reach US$74.66 billion in 2022, the final year of a five-year forecast period, driven by the still growing - albeit at a slower pace - smartphone industry, an increase in the number of ICs used in each smartphones...

The foundry sector will have stable growth through 2020

Commentary: The arrival of post-Morris Chang era

Oct 3, 16:12

TSMC chairman Morris Chang's retirement announcement comes at a perfect timing as the foundry house is to celebrate its 30-year anniversary on October 23, 2017. While Chang is to retire next June, this year's anniversary is going to be a "farewell party" for Chang as a large number of heavyweights...

All feasts must come to an end: Q&A with TSMC chairman Morris Chang

Oct 3, 15:22

Just three days after announcing an encouraging decision that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will build its 3nm wafer fab in Taiwan, the firm's chairman Morris Chang sent shockwaves through the high-tech sector by announcing on October 2 that he will retire in early June 2018.

Morris Chang (right), chairman of TSMC

Plant construction geared up at major China memory bases

Oct 2, 16:05

China's three major memory production bases, Wuhan, Fujiang and Hefei, are seeing construction of DRAM and NAND flash manufacturing plants moving into high gear, with the No. 1 plant of Wuhan's Yangtze Memory Tech (YMTC) already topping out in late September, according to industry sources.

Yangtze Memory Tech (YMTC) holds a topping-out ceremony for a new plant

Morris Chang to retire from TSMC in June 2018

Oct 2, 15:01

Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has announced that he will retire from the foundry house in June 2018.

Morris Chang to retire from TSMC in June 2018

Commentary: Triple-win decision for TSMC to build 3nm wafer fab in Taiwan

Oct 2, 14:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently decided to set up the world's first 3nm wafer fab in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) after gaining government promises to address all the water, power and land supply issues involved. This has been widely recognized as a triple-win...

Staying focused on profitability: Q&A with UMC co-president SC Chien

Oct 2, 11:45

United Microelectronics (UMC) recently disclosed plans to expand its 28nm process offering by launching 28nm HPC and 28nm HPC Plus nodes, and introduce a further improved version of UMC's 28nm process, 22nm ULP, with the processes to all become available during 2018. The move could indicate UMC's focus...

UMC co-president SC Chien

China to install first EUV equipment as early as 2019, says ASML executive

Oct 2, 10:30

Major China-based IC foundries are already in talks with ASML about the installation of their first extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment for the manufacture of 7nm chips, according to Young-Sun Kim, country manager of ASML China. The first EUV litho system is expected to be installed at...

country manager of ASML China

ShunSin obtains orders for fingerprint sensor modules from China

Oct 2, 10:21

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 fingerprint sensor modules for use in smartphones rolled out by China-based smartphone brand vendors, according to company...

TSMC announces plan to build 3nm fab in Taiwan

Sep 29, 17:10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today announced that following careful evaluation, the company's planned advanced 3nm fab will be located in the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan to fully leverage the company's existing cluster advantage and the benefit of a comprehensive supply...

Taiwan unveils 4-year science, technology development plan

Sep 29, 16:07

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has unveiled the 2017-2020 National Science and Technology Development Plan to boost digital economy development and use of smart technologies.

Where is Mong-song Liang taking SMIC: down the Samsung or TSMC path?

Sep 29, 14:42

SMIC has declined to confirm whether Mong-song Liang is working for it although industry players across the Taiwan Strait have claimed thta the former TSMC R&D guru is working in China as a consultant of the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology. Whatever title he may assume, the more curious...

It remains to be seen how SMIC is going to develop its advanced processes

Power transistor growth returns after volatile period, says IC Insights

Sep 29, 11:37

Since the 2009 semiconductor downturn and strong 2010 recovery year, power transistor sales have been rocked by market volatility, falling in three of the last five years because of inventory corrections and drawdowns by systems makers worried about ongoing economic weakness and price erosion in some...

SMIC, Sanechips announce NB-IoT solution

Sep 29, 10:48

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Sanechips Technology (formerly ZTE Microelectronics Technology) have announced the launch of RoseFinch7100, which the companies claim is China's first homegrown commercial NB-IoT (narrowband Internet of Things) chip.

Backend firm Lingsen enjoys strong orders for MEMS microphones

Sep 28, 14:49

Taiwan-based backend service company Lingsen Precision Industries has enjoyed brisk orders for MEMS microphones for use in smart speakers and voice assistants, according to industry sources.

Globalfoundries, Samsung promoting FD-SOI technology in China

Sep 28, 12:03

Globalfoundries and Samsung have both expressed optimism about chip demand for automotive and IoT applications in China, and are promoting their respective fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology there.

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Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond
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    TSMC and Samsung have been competing for clients for the 10nm node.

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    The China-based foundry has recently appointed Mong-song Liang as its co-CEO. Liang previously was a key player in advanced process R&D at TSMC and...

  • Morris Chang's legacy

    TSMC chairman has announced he will retire from TSMC in June 2018 after playing a leading role in Taiwan's semiconductor industry for three decades.

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    TSMC will build its 3nm fab in southern Taiwan.

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    This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers, the current implementation plans of major smartphone vendors in the market and the technological hurdles faced by the China makers.

  • Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond

    This Digitimes Special Report examines key factors in the notebook industry, including products, vendors and ODMs, that will affect total shipments in 2017 and through 2021.

  • Global AP demand forecast, 2017-2020

    Digitimes Research expects global AP shipments to surpass the 1.9 billion mark in 2017, with smartphones remaining the main application. Qualcomm will be leading the market in 2017, as other players continue playing catch up and scramble for funds to invest in more diverse applications.