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China HLMC to build new 12-inch fab

Sep 26, 15:38

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) is expected to announce by the end of 2016 the construction of its second 12-inch plant, which will directly enter 28nm production, according to industry sources.

Cadence, TSMC advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and HPC platforms

Sep 26, 15:00

Cadence Design Systems has announced several important deliveries in its collaboration with TSMC to advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms.

Value of semiconductor industry M&A agreements already over US$50 billion, says IC Insights

Sep 23, 15:29

After an historic surge in semiconductor merger and acquisition agreements in 2015, the torrid pace of transactions has eased (until recently), but 2016 is already the second-largest year ever for chip industry M&A announcements, according to IC Insights.

Cadence delivers integrated system design solution for TSMC InFO packaging technology

Sep 23, 10:55

Cadence Design Systems has announced the immediate availability of an integrated system design solution for TSMC's advanced wafer-level integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging technology, resulting from a collaboration between Cadence and TSMC that was announced earlier in 2016.

Taiwan sees increased August export order value, says MOEA

Sep 22, 22:16

Taiwan received export orders worth US$37.93 billion in total in August 2016, increasing 8.3% on month and on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on September 22.

Taiwan August unemployment rate up, says DGBAS

Sep 22, 14:41

Taiwan had 480,000 jobless citizens in august 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.08%, rising 0.06pp on month and 0.18pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on September 22.

MediaTek likely to roll out 2 10nm chip versions, says report

Newswatch - Sep 22, 10:47

MediaTek is considering rolling out two versions of its 10nm chips, the Helio X30 for high-end smartphones and the X35 for the lower-end segment, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

M31 partnering with TSMC to offer MIPI PHY solutions

Sep 22, 10:38

Silicon IP provider M31 has announced the development of its new MIPI M-PHY Gear3 IP on TSMC's 40LP and 28nm HPC+ process nodes. The 40LP M-PHY has been widely adopted by customers while the 28HPC+ IP will be formally released in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Backend firms seeing tight supply

Sep 22, 10:33

IC backend houses have recently seen their supply fall short of demand as their delivery times have extended to more than two weeks, up from 4-7 days, according to industry sources.

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China SITRI 8-inch fab ready for MEMS manufacturing

Sep 21, 15:06

The government-sponsored Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute (SITRI) has its 8-inch wafer fab targeted specifically at the manufacture of MEMS parts with volume production slated for the second quarter of 2017.

iPhone 7 materials costs higher than previous versions, IHS says

Sep 21, 14:47

The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 7 equipped with 32GB of NAND flash memory carries US$219.80 in bill of materials costs, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Chipbond 3Q16 gross margin to reach 26%, says report

Sep 21, 14:06

Chipbond Technology is expected to see its third-quarter gross margin reach the highest quarterly level since 2015, buoyed by strong shipments for high-margin power amplifiers, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$6.6 billion in January-August

Sep 21, 10:55

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,273 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$6.627 billion in January-August 2016, respectively decreasing 6.61% and increasing 143.08% on year.

Taiwan Photon Source inaugurated

Sep 20, 12:14

Taiwan's National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) on September 19 held a ceremony for starting operation of Taiwan Photon Source (TPS), a synchrotron radiation facility with light source featuring energy of 3 billion electron volts and circumference of 518m, according to NSRRC.

Part of Taiwan Photon Source under National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center

Applied Materials, IME to advance R&D in fan-out wafer-level packaging

Sep 20, 00:46

Applied Materials and the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute under Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, have announced a five-year extension of their collaboration at their joint R&D center to focus on advancing fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP).

ASE a major SiP backend provider for Apple, say sources

Sep 20, 00:44

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), through its Shanghai-based subsidiary Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), has obtained SiP (system-in-package) backend orders for Wi-Fi, fingerprint sensor and force touch modules used in the recently-released iPhone 7/7 Plus, according to industry source...

Globalfoundries unveils plan for 7nm FinFET manufacturing

Sep 19, 15:10

Globalfoundries has announced plans to deliver a new leading-edge 7nm FinFET semiconductor technology, which provides more processing power for data centers, networking, premium mobile processors, and deep learning applications.

US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio stays above parity, says SEMI

Sep 19, 14:55

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.03 in August 2016, having been above parity for nine months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.

Global 2Q16 semiconductor equipment billings increase 26%, says SEMI

Sep 14, 14:57

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$10.5 billion in the second quarter of 2016, according to SEMI. The billings figure was 26% higher than the prior quarter, and 11% above the level a year ago.

CWTC listed on Taiwan OTC

Sep 14, 14:55

Chang Wah Technology (CWTC), which manufactures LED leadframe packaging materials, started trading on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at an initial price of NT$102 (US$3.22) per share on September 13.

Entegris optimistic about equipment demand from Taiwan foundries

Sep 13, 21:23

Taiwan-based IC foundries including TSMC and UMC will continue to build additional capacity and advance their technologies for a larger pie of the foundry space, which will further buoy sales at Entegris, according to Bertrand Loy, CEO and president for the provider of critical products and materials...

Bertrand Loy, CEO for Entegris

Focusing on silicon technologies will be the future road for Taiwan, says Stan Shih

Sep 13, 14:06

Commenting on Taiwan IT industry's next step, Acer co-founder Stan Shih at a forum hosted by Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on September 12, said the country should focus on developing silicon technologies and create "Si-vilization", a civilization based on these...

Stan Shih, Acer co-founder

Qualcomm opens Shanghai facility for semiconductor test manufacturing

Sep 12, 21:51

Qualcomm has announced the opening of Qualcomm Communication Technologies (Shanghai), a semiconductor test facility in the Waigaoqiao (WGQ) free-trade zone in Shanghai, and its first foray into providing manufacturing services for semiconductors.

Equipment maker GPM enters technical partnership with SPP

Sep 12, 21:00

Taiwan-based Gallant Precision Machining (GPM), which mainly makes equipment for the manufacture of display panels and semiconductors, has announced the signing of a technical cooperation with Japan's Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP). GPM will become SPP's OEM partner based in Taiwan according to...

Topco Scientific reports increased revenues for August

Stockwatch - Sep 12, 15:52

Semiconductor material supplier Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.846 billion (US$58.12 million) for August, up 5.24% on month and 20.01% on year.

Samsung putting capex focus on OLED could lose major foundry client

Sep 12, 15:52

Qualcomm, a major foundry client of Samsung, has become aware of the risks associated with Samsung putting its capex focus on the OLED panel market, and is considering coming back to TSMC earlier than planned, according to industry sources.

Chipbond reports revenue growth for Agust

Sep 12, 11:03

LCD driver IC packaging specialist Chipbond Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.55 billion (US$49 million) for August 2016, up 6.1% on year and 3.3% sequentially.

TSMC reports record August revenues

Sep 9, 15:13

Consolidated revenues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) increased 23.5% sequentially and 40.7% from a year ago to NT$94.31 billion (US$3 billion) in August 2016, according to the foundry chipmaker.

Apple pulls in chip orders for new Apple Watch, say sources

Sep 9, 11:47

Apple has increased chip and component orders for its new Apple Watch Series 2 products with monthly shipment volumes for August and September both surpassing two million units, according to sources from the supply chain in Taiwan.

IC Insights cuts IoT semiconductor market forecast

Sep 9, 10:54

IC Insights has trimmed back its semiconductor forecast for Internet of Things system functions over the next four years by about US$1.9 billion, mostly because of lower sales projections for connected cities applications (such as smart electric meters and infrastructure), according to the market research...

MagnaChip begins volume production for Himax PWM ICs

Sep 9, 10:52

MagnaChip Semiconductor has begun volume production for power management chips designed by Himax Technologies using MagnaChip's specialty 0.18-micron BCD process, according to the Korea-based analog and mixed-signal IC foundry specialist.

Globalfoundries unveils 12nm FD-SOI process

Sep 9, 10:51

Globalfoundries has unveiled a new 12nm FD-SOI semiconductor technology. Building on the success of its 22FDX offering, the company's next-generation 12FDXplatform is designed for a broad range of applications from mobile computing and 5G connectivity to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicl...

Global semiconductor sales rebound in July, says SIA

Sep 9, 10:49

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.1 billion for the month of July 2016, an increase of 2.6% compared to the previous month's total of US$26.4 billion.

Taiwan sees increased August export value

Sep 8, 15:07

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$24.66 billion for August 2016, increasing 2.2% on month and 1% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$20.67 billion rose 0.8% on month but fell 0.8% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on September 7.

Samsung lowering foundry quotes to vie for orders

Sep 8, 14:46

Samsung has cut its foundry quotes to vie for new orders particularly for LCD driver ICs, power management ICs and CMOS image sensors, according to industry sources.

TSMC looks to nearly 10% revenue growth in 2016, says co-CEO

Sep 8, 13:51

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to enjoy a nearly 10% revenue increase in 2016, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu.

Mark Liu of TSMC

PTI posts record August revenues

Sep 8, 10:55

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) saw its August revenues climb to a record high of NT$4.24 billion (US$135.8 million).

ASE posts revenue growth for August

Sep 8, 10:35

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$23.92 billion (US$765.4 million) for August 2016, up 10.8% sequentially and 4.4% on year.

ASE optimistic about SiP, demand for mid- and high-end smartphones

Sep 7, 15:04

Chip demand for mid- and high-end smartphones is set to be higher than expected in 2016, while demand for SiP (system-in-package) remains robust, according to Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) COO Tien Wu.

ASE COO Tien Wu

Fab equipment spending trending upwards in 2016 and 2017, says SEMI

Sep 7, 13:44

SEMI has published an August update of its world fab forecast report, which shows increased equipment spending, reaching 4.1% on-year in 2016 and 10.6% in 2017.

IC testing device provider CHPT reports increased sales for August

Newswatch - Sep 7, 12:34

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) has reported revenues of NT$256.14 million (US$8.226 million) for August, up 5.44% on month and 53.99% on year. The August revenues were also the company's highest monthly figures.

SEMICON Taiwan 2016: Advanced packaging remains in the spotlight

Sep 7, 12:22

Semicon Taiwan 2016 will kick off in Taipei from September 7-9, with advanced packaging remaining a major focus.

TSMC set to move 7nm to volume production in 1Q18

Sep 7, 12:16

TSMC's 7nm technology will outperform rivals' in terms of area, performance and power, according to Simon Wang, senior director of business development for TSMC. The foundry is scheduled to move the node to volume production in the first quarter of 2018.

Simon Wang, senior director of business development for TSMC

Taiwan August CPI down on month, up on year, says DGBAS

Sep 6, 12:28

Taiwan's August 2016 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.99 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.03% on month but increased 0.57% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 83.78 dropped 1.17% on month and 4.10% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget,...

KYEC enjoys another month of record revenues

Sep 6, 12:12

IC testing house King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.82 billion (US$58.1 million) for August 2016, hitting a record high for the sixth consecutive month.

SPIL August revenues rise

Sep 6, 12:10

IC backend house Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.43 billion (US$237 million) for August 2016, up 10.7% on year and 1.6% sequentially.

UMC, APM team up for MEMS foundry services

Sep 5, 21:01

Taiwan-based United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced it is teaming up with dedicated MEMS foundry Asia Pacific Microsystems (APM) to provide enhanced MEMS manufacturing services for mutual customers. UMC will leverage its 8- and 12-inch production capabilities with APM's 6-inch fab and MEMS know-how...

Calitech breaks into Intel supply chain

Sep 5, 16:05

Taiwan-based Calitech, which provides key parts for semiconductor front-end equipment, has cut into the supply chain of Intel by shipping CMP retainer rings to Applied Materials' fab tools that have been validated for Intel's 12-inch plant in Dalian, China, according to industry sources.

MediaTek rumored to receive RFQ for wireless charging chip from Apple, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 5, 16:02

Apple reportedly has issued a request for quotation (RFQ) to MediaTek recently for wireless charging chips for an iPhone case, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing sources from the related upstream supply chain.

Fujitsu licenses Nantero technology to produce NRAM

Sep 5, 14:43

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor have reached an agreement with US-based Nantero to license Nantero's technology for NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes, and to conduct joint development towards releasing a product based on 55nm process technology, according to the Japan-based...

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