China makers count on government subsidies for profits, says report
Jun 24, 14:26
The amount of government subsidies received by major players in China's flat panel, semiconductor and LED industries reached 20-50% of their recurring net income in the latest three years thanks to the China government's subsidy policy, according to a Korea-based ET News report.
Marketech 2016 profits to hit 12-year high, says report
Stockwatch - Jun 23, 21:33
Automation equipment specialist Marketech International is expected to see its profits for 2016 climb to a 12-year high with EPS reaching between NT$3 (US$0.09) and NT$3.50, a Chinese-language Commercial Times report quoted market watchers as saying.
UMC announces investment in China firm
Jun 22, 16:20
Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) plans to invest up to US$50 million in China-based Wise Road Capital through a wholly-owned subsidiary Sino Paragon, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
SMIC announces mass production for Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chips in Beijing
Jun 22, 14:24
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 425 processor and MDM9x07 have passed customer qualification and begun mass production at its majority owned joint venture fab in Beijing. The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents...
Taiwan May unemployment rate down on month, up on year, says DGBAS
Jun 22, 14:15
Taiwan had 449,000 jobless citizens in May 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.84%, down 0.02pp on month but up 0.22pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on June 22.
UMC buys equipment from ASML
Stockwatch - Jun 22, 11:57
United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the purchase of a batch of machinery equipment for NT$2.04 billion (US$63.57 million) from lithography system vendor ASML.
Hoya to shift LCD photomask production to Taiwan, Korea
Jun 21, 17:43
Japan-based Hoya, which has halted production of photomasks and other products at its Kumamoto plant since April 15 due to damage by earthquakes and an earthquake-induced fire in the cleanroom, has decided to shut down the plant and turn the facility into a technology development center.
Wafer Works extends to CMOS-use wafers
Jun 21, 11:49
Wafer Works has extended production from wafers for making power management (PWM) ICs to CMOS process wafers for logic ICs, according to the company.
PTI says minimal impact from power outage at Xian plant
Stockwatch - Jun 21, 11:14
Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) that a power supply disruption at its Xian, China plant will not have a material impact on the facility operations.
A win-win for ASML and HMI
Jun 17, 09:56
ASML through its acquisition of Hermes Microvision (HMI) will further enhance its detection capabilities for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment, while the deal gives HMI a "perfect" exit from the fab-tool market.
TSMC obtains land use rights in Nanjing
Stockwatch - Jun 17, 09:48
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has gained land use rights for a 449,500-square meter industrial site in the Nanjing Pukou Economic Development Zone, China, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The term of the land-use rights is 50 years.
UMC buys equipment for NT$2.33 billion
Stockwatch - Jun 16, 14:38
United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the purchase of a batch of machinery equipment for NT$2.33 billion (US$71.86 million) from lithography system vendor ASML.
ASML to acquire Hermes Microvision
Jun 16, 12:06
ASML and Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI) have entered into an agreement under which ASML will acquire all outstanding shares of HMI in a cash transaction valued at about NT$100 billion (US$3.1 billion), according to the companies.
Chipbond looking to enhance non-driver IC offerings, says chairman
Jun 15, 14:48
LCD driver IC packaging specialist Chipbond Technology is looking to enhance its offerings for non-driver ICs. Sales generated from non-driver IC segments are expected to account for more than 20% of Chipbond's total revenues in 2016, according to company chairman Fei-Jain Wu.
TSMC orders equipment for NT$12 billion
Stockwatch - Jun 15, 10:48
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced machinery equipment purchases totaling NT$12.11 billion (US$373.41 million) from nine companies, Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment, Keysight Technologies Singapore (Sales), ASM Japan, ASML Hong Kong, Hitachi High-Technologies, Lam Research...
Cleanroom constructor UIS 2Q16 revenues to rise, says report
Stockwatch - Jun 14, 15:22
Taiwan-based cleanroom maker United Information Systems (UIS) is expected to post revenue growth of nearly 10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Samsung, TSMC to compete in 7nm
Jun 13, 14:31
Samsung Electronics will be Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) major competitor in the 7nm process segment, which will be an important area for the Taiwan-based foundry to maintain its technology leadership, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang.
SMIC, Synopsys deliver 28nm HKMG low-power reference flow
Jun 13, 11:03
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Synopsys have announced immediate availability of their joint 28nm RTL-to-GDSII reference design flow. Developed through deep engineering collaboration between Synopsys and SMIC on the 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology, the flow is...
Topco Scientific sees revenues increase in May
Stockwatch - Jun 8, 16:16
Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.014 billion (US$62.56 million) for May 2016, representing a 9.16% drop on month and 41.37% increase on year.
Specialty IC foundry VIS posts revenue increase in May
Jun 8, 16:08
Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.21 billion (US$68.6 million) for May 2016, increasing 2.9% sequentially and hitting the highest level in 14 months.
UMC May revenues rise 18% on month
Stockwatch - Jun 8, 15:18
United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.71 billion (US$394.8 million) for May 2016, up 18% on month but down 1.8% on year.
TSMC posts revenue growth in May
Jun 8, 14:28
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$73.58 billion (US$2.3 billion) for May 2016, up 4.9% on year and 10.1% sequentially.
HMI shareholders approve 2015 dividend of NT$16
Jun 8, 14:03
Shareholders of Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, have approved the distribution of a NT$16 (US$0.50) cash dividend per share for 2015.
Global semiconductor sales decrease in April, says SIA
Jun 8, 14:01
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$25.8 billion for the month of April 2016, a decrease of 1.0% from last month's total of US$26.1 billion and 6.2% lower than the April 2015 total of US$27.6 billion. Additionally, a new WSTS industry...
Taiwan May CPI down on month, up on year, says DGBAS
Jun 8, 10:01
Taiwan's May 2016 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.42 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.37% on month but increased 1.24% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 85.07 rose 0.94% on month but dropped 2.80% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget,...
ASE May revenues fall on year
Jun 7, 22:24
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.6 billion (US$638.8 million) for May 2016, up 1.9% sequentially but down 11.8% on year.
Taiwan May export value up on month, down on year
Jun 7, 22:16
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.54 billion for May 2016, increasing 5.8% on month but decreasing 9.6% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$20.04 billion rose 14.8% on month but fell 3.4% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on June...
TSMC chairman optimistic about ASE-SPIL merger
Jun 7, 22:06
Morris Chang, founder and chairman of pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), said at a recent company event that he is happy to see the merger deal reached between Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL).
SPIL reports increased May revenues
Jun 7, 11:47
Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.46 billion (US$231 million) for May 2016, up 9.3% sequentially and 0.7% on year.
MediaTek chip shortage to ease in 3Q16
Jun 7, 11:45
The ongoing tight supply of MediaTek's major 4-in-1 connectivity chip series for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphone solutions is expected to ease completely in the third quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.
PTI May revenues increase
Jun 7, 11:43
Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.8 billion (US$117.6 million) for May 2016, up 5.2% sequentially and 10.7% on year.
TSMC buys equipment from HMI
Stockwatch - Jun 3, 16:07
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased a batch of machinery equipment from Hermes Microvision (HMI), a provider of electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions, for NT$541 million (US$16.6 million).