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  • CyberLink to buy back 5 million shares

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  • Nintendo lowers fiscal year 2016 financial forecast

    Before Going to Press | 6h 58min ago

  • Sony to spin off digital camera business

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VIA Technologies reports decreased profits for 3Q16

Newswatch - Oct 27, 15:18

Embedded system and device provider VIA Technologies has reported a net profit of NT$35 million (US$1.109 million) for the third quarter of 2016, down 43.5% from the previous quarter. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$0.07.

UMC 28nm technology accounts for 21% of 3Q16 revenues

Oct 27, 12:04

United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its 28nm technology account for more than 20% of the foundry's total wafer sales for the first time.

UMC 14nm FinFET ready for production in 2Q17

Oct 27, 10:10

United Microelectronics (UMC) is expected to move its 14nm FinFET process to volume production in the second quarter of 2017, with Bitcoin mining company BitFury being the first customer, according to industry sources.


KYEC posts another quarter of record profits

Oct 26, 22:05

IC testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported net profits of NT$877 million (US$27.8 million) for the third quarter of 2016, up 3.5% sequentially and hitting a record high for the second consecutive quarter. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.75.

Alchip to set up subsidiary in Hefei

Oct 26, 21:51

Alchip Technologies, a Taiwan-based provider of ASIC/SoC design services, has signed an MoU with the Hefei city government of China's Anhui province to set up a subsidiary locally.

ASE ready to enter volume production of fan-out wafer-level packaging

Oct 26, 11:54

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reportedly obtained orders for fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP) from Qualcomm, MediaTek and HiSilicon with volume production set to kick off by the end of 2016, according to industry sources.

Cadence IP tools certified on Samsung 10nm process technology

Oct 26, 11:52

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its complete suite of digital and signoff tools has been certified for Samsung Electronics' Process Design Kit (PDK) and Foundation Library on the vendor's second generation of 10nm LPP (Low Power Plus) process.

Automated testing solution provider Chroma ATE reports strong earnings for 3Q16

Newswatch - Oct 26, 11:48

Automated test and measurement solution provider Chroma ATE has reported net profits of NT$570 million (US$17.99 million) for the third quarter of 2016, up 30% sequentially and 19% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.52 for the quarter.

PTI expects another quarter of record revenues

Oct 26, 11:46

Powertech Technology (PTI) expects its revenues to increase by a low single-digit percentage point sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2016, which will mark the second consecutive quarter of record revenues for the packaging and testing company.

SPIL 3Q16 profits fall despite record revenues

Oct 26, 11:43

Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) net profits fell 4.2% sequentially to NT$2.69 billion (US$85 million) in the third quarter of 2016 while revenues climbed to a record NT$21.96 billion.

China a growing threat in mature technologies, says TSMC chairman

Oct 26, 11:31

China-based foundries have been fast expanding their production capacity for 28nm and more mature process technologies which could pose a threat to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), said Morris Chang, chairman for the Taiwan-based foundry, at a recent company event.

TSMC chairman Morris Chang at a recent company event

Kinsus nets NT$3.92 per share for 1Q-3Q16

Oct 26, 11:17

IC substrate supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology has reported net profits of NT$1.75 billion (US$55.2 million) for the first three quarters of 2016, down 12.1% on year, with EPS reaching NT$3.92 compared with NT$4.46 a year earlier.

AMD reports 3Q16 results

Oct 25, 15:40

​AMD has announced revenues for the third quarter of 2016 of US$1,307 million, operating losses of US$293 million, and a net loss of US$406 million, or US$0.50 per share. Non-GAAP1 operating income was US$70 million and non-GAAP1 net income was US$27 million, or US$0.03 per share.

Fujitsu adopts Cadence Palladium Z1 enterprise emulation platform

Oct 24, 23:25

Cadence Design Systems, has announced that Fujitsu has adopted the Cadence Palladium Z1 enterprise emulation platform for the development of the ARMv8-based Post-K computer. The Post-K computer is the next-generation flagship supercomputer in Japan that reaches performance targets that are a maximum...

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

Oct 24, 20:40

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 109.14 for September 2016, decreasing 3.03% on month but increasing 6.47% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on October 24.

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

Oct 24, 15:42

Taiwan had 469,000 jobless citizens in September 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.99% which dropped 0.09pp on month but rose 0.10pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on October 24.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September book-to-bill ratio of 1.05

Oct 24, 11:18

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted US$1.60 billion in orders worldwide in September 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that US$105 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$10 billion in January-September, says MOEA

Oct 21, 10:25

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,549 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$10.084 billion in January-September 2016, respectively decreasing 7.95% and increasing 204.34% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on October 20.

Qualcomm to return to TSMC but not for 10nm, sources claim

Oct 21, 10:22

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to win back its Qualcomm business with 7nm production, not 10nm, industry sources have claimed.

Globalfoundries China fab put on hold

Oct 21, 10:19

The government of Chongqing has put on hold a deal with Globalfoundries for a joint venture 12-inch fab, according to industry sources.

StarChip security IC fabricated on HHGrace eNVM process

Oct 21, 10:16

Shanghai Huahong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing (HHGrace), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hua Hong Semiconductor, and StarChip, a developer of smart card ICs, have jointly announced that StarChip's SCB136I-series security chips for bank cards are being fabricated on HHGrace's 110nm embedded non-volatile...

Taiwan sees increased September export order value, says MOEA

Oct 21, 10:11

Taiwan received export orders worth US$42.96 billion in total in September 2016, increasing 13.3% on month and 3.9% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on October 20.

ASML on track to post record 2016 sales

Oct 21, 10:10

ASML remains on track to post record sales for 2016, according to the lithography equipment supplier, which reported higher-than-expected sales for the three months ending September.

IC Insights raises 2016 IC market forecast to positive

Oct 20, 15:54

IC Insights has raised its 2016 IC market forecast to 1% growth from negative 2%, and its 2016 IC unit volume shipment growth rate forecast from 4% to 6%. A large portion of this revision is due to a strengthening DRAM market, according to the research firm.

Revenue growth sounding strong for suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones, says IHS

Oct 20, 11:22

Knowles, Goertek and AAC ranked as the top three global suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones for 2015, according to IHS Markit.

TSMC receives FPC fingerprint sensor orders, says report

Newswatch - Oct 20, 10:51

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has received orders from Fingerprint Cards (FPC) with production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chiense-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Winbond orders equipment for NT$617 million

Stockwatch - Oct 20, 10:48

Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty and mobile DRAM, and flash memory for code storage, has disclosed about NT$617 million (US$19.6 million) worth of production equipment it bought from KLA-Tencor.

TSMC spends NT$6.95 billion on equipment

Stockwatch - Oct 20, 10:30

TSMC has spent a total of NT$6.95 billion (US$220.9 million) on manufacturing equipment from five suppliers, according to filings issued with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

TSMC certifies Synopsys IP tools for 7nm process enabling early tapeouts

Oct 20, 10:29

TSMC has certified the complete suite of Synopsys' digital, signoff and custom implementation tools for the foundry's most-advanced 7nm FinFET technology node, according to the EDA and semiconductor IP provider.

Qualcomm likely to switch follow-up orders for Snapdragon 830 chips to TSMC, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 19, 15:02

Qualcomm is likely to switch follow-up orders for its Snapdragon 830 chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 2017 as production of the 10nm chips at current maker Samsung LSI has reportedly fallen behind schedule, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)

SMIC, eMemory extend collaboration to 28nm

Oct 19, 11:17

Taiwan-based eMemory Technology, a provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP, has announced its partnership with China-based foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) covers silicon from 0.35-micron to 28nm processes.

SMIC to expand 8-inch facility in TianJin

Oct 18, 16:11

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced an expansion project for its Tianjin facility, which the foundry claims will become the world's largest 8-inch wafer fab.

NVM IP provider eMemory cuts into Intel supply chain

Oct 18, 15:40

Taiwan-based eMemory Technology's embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP has been adopted in Intel's power management (PWM) devices, according to industry sources. This is the first time eMemory has obtained orders applied to Intel chip solutions.

China to produce 3D NAND chips as early as end-2017

Oct 18, 11:19

Yangtze River Storage Technology (YRST) will start operating China's first 12-inch fab for the manufacture of NAND flash and DRAM memory at the end of 2016, and is expected to produce the region's first homegrown 3D NAND flash memory a year later, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan top-3 foundries see combined revenues rise in 3Q16

Oct 18, 11:13

Combined revenues of Taiwan's top-3 foundries - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) - are estimated to be US$9.36 billion in the third quarter of 2016, up 14.3% sequentially and 18.5% on year, according to Digitimes...

TSMC orders NT$2.24 billion of equipment for Nanjing site

Stockwatch - Oct 18, 10:21

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) disclosed on October 17 its Nanjing subsidiary ordered a total of NT$2.24 billion (US$70.4 million) worth of management and construction equipment from Organo Technology and Shanghai Baoye Group.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues to dip 0.9% in 2016, says Gartner

Oct 17, 21:42

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$332 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015, according to Gartner. This represents two consecutive years of revenue decline, which has happened only once in history. But the outlook for the semiconductor market is improving.

Samsung announces production of SoC with 10nm FinFET technology

Oct 17, 15:41

Samsung Electronics has commenced mass production of system-on-chip (SoC) products with 10nm FinFET technology, according to the company.

Silicon wafer shipments to rise through 2018, says SEMI

Oct 14, 15:39

Polished and epitaxial silicon shipments will come to 10.44 billion square inches in 2016, up 2% from about 10.27 billion square inches in 2015, according to SEMI.

SMIC breaks ground for new 12-inch fab in Shanghai

Oct 14, 10:57

China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) on October 13 held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 12-inch wafer fab in Shanghai.

Ardentec plans to build new plant in Nanjing

Stockwatch - Oct 14, 10:54

Wafer probing specialist Ardentec plans to establish a new plant in Nanjing, China for up to US$45 million, according to a resolution passed by the Taiwan-based company's board of directors.

TSMC 7nm process ready for risk production in 2Q17, says co-CEO

Oct 14, 10:53

Development of TSMC's 7nm technology is well on track, and the process will be ready for risk production in the second quarter of 2017, company co-CEO Mark Liu said at an October 13 investors meeting.

TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu

TSMC net profits rise 28% in 3Q16

Oct 13, 15:17

Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its net profits surge 28.4% from a year earlier in the third quarter of 2016, while revenues increased 22.5% on year.

Taiwan FTC to hold public hearing on ASE-SPIL merger

Oct 13, 14:29

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said it will arrange a public hearing on Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) planned merger with Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) before making a decision on the matter by December 17.

Faraday PowerSlash IP available on UMC 55ULP

Oct 13, 13:44

Faraday Technology and United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of Faraday's PowerSlash fundamental IP cells on UMC's 55nm ultra-low-power (55ULP) process technology.

Installed 200mm fab capacity rising, says SEMI

Oct 13, 13:42

Installed 200mm fab capacity has increased since 2009. By 2020, capacity is expected to reach 5.5 million wafers per month (wpm), although this is still less than the 2007 peak, according to SEMI.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to dip 0.3% in 2016, says Gartner

Oct 13, 10:43

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decrease 0.3% to US$64.6 billion in 2016, according to Gartner. This is up slightly from the estimated 0.7% decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

Taiwan chip vendors strive to lower costs

Oct 13, 10:12

Taiwan-based chip suppliers are in talks with their foundry partners about possible ways to cut costs, including reducing silicon area and the number of masks, according to industry sources.

Chipmakers continue to maximize 300mm and 200mm wafer capacity, says IC Insights

Oct 11, 15:14

Enormous financial and technology hurdles continue to plague the development of 450mm wafers, and ambitious goals to put 450mm wafers to use have been scaled back. IC manufacturers are instead maximizing their manufacturing efficiency using 300mm and 200mm wafers, according to IC Insights.

Taiwan sees decreased September export value, says MOF

Oct 11, 13:52

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$22.56 billion for September 2016, decreasing 8.5% on month and 1.8% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$18.19 billion fell 12.0% on month but rose 0.7% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on October...

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