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China firm reportedly lands SiP device orders from Apple

Nov 25, 13:56

Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET), China's largest semiconductor packaging and test services provider, has reportedly grabbed assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules from Apple for 2016.

RS Technologies to open wafer reclaim fab in Taiwan

Nov 25, 10:58

Japan-based RS Technologies, a provider of wafer reclaim services for the semiconductor industry, will hold an opening ceremony for a new wafer reclaim plant in Tainan, southern Taiwan on December 4.


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

Nov 23, 21:33

Taiwan had 455,000 jobless citizens in October 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.90% which rose 0.01 percentage point on month but dropped 0.05 percentage point on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on November...

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

Nov 23, 21:31

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 105.19 for October 2015, increasing 2.53% on month but decreasing 6.35% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on November 23.

Targeting Taiwan IC sector: Q&A with Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo

Nov 23, 12:02

China-based Tsinghua Unigroup is currently riding high in the global semiconductor industry with a series of acquisitions totaling over US$10 billion in the past two years. Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo visited Taiwan recently after his company struck a deal to acquire a 25% stake in backend...

Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of nearly US$3.7 billion in January-October, says MOEA

Nov 23, 11:13

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 3,118 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$3.689 billion in January-October 2015, respectively increasing 6.34% and decreasing 6.77% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on November 20.

Taiwan October export order value up on month, down on year, says MOEA

Nov 23, 11:11

Taiwan received export orders worth US$42.55 billion in total in October 2015, increasing 2.9% on month but decreasing 5.3% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on November 20.

US fab tool book-to-bill ratio slips in October, says SEMI

Nov 23, 11:03

The SEMI book-to-bill ratio for US manufacturers of semiconductor equipment slid to 0.98 in October 2015 after having stayed above parity for three straight months.

Samsung cuts 5,000 employees over last year, says FFS statistics

Nov 20, 11:20

According to statistics from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) in Korea, Samsung Group employees decreased by 5,000 over the last year to a total of 212,331, with half of cuts coming from Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics.

ASE orders equipment from UIS

Stockwatch - Nov 20, 10:28

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has purchased a batch of machinery and engineering equipment from cleanroom constructor United Information Systems (UIS) for about NT$383 million (US$11.76 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Ardentec 4Q15 revenues to drop 6-7%, says report

Stockwatch - Nov 19, 16:02

Semiconductor wafer testing service provider Ardentec is expected to post a 6-7% sequential decrease in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015, as a result of ongoing inventory correction within the industry supply chain, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted market watchers as saying...

ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for US$2.4 billion

Nov 19, 10:39

ON Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor International have entered into an agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for US$20.00 per share in an all cash transaction valued at approximately US$2.4 billion, according to the companies.

TSMC orders NT$2.72 billion of equipment

Stockwatch - Nov 18, 21:14

Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased a batch of machinery and engineering equipment from NuFlare Technology, Ultratech and Ebara for a total of about NT$2.72 billion (US$83 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Win Semi expects 4Q15 revenues to grow by high single digit

Nov 18, 11:18

Pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry Win Semiconductors expects a high single-digit growth in its fourth-quarter revenues sequentially, with gross margin to be maintained at the prior quarter's level.

Taiwan semiconductor production value to rise 4% in 2016, says IEK

Nov 18, 11:14

Taiwan's semiconductor industries are expected to generate total production value of NT$2.34 trillion (US$71.3 billion) in 2016, up 4.1% on year, according to the Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK) under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

UMC says auto chip revenues to double

Nov 18, 11:11

United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to see revenues generated from the automotive sector double on year in 2015, according to the Taiwan-based IC foundry.

Globalfoundries announces 14nm ASIC offering

Nov 17, 15:59

Globalfoundries has announced the availability of FX-14, an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) offering built on the company's 14nm FinFET process technology. The FX-14 ASIC offering is an ideal solution for customers seeking to strike a balance between high bandwidth, low power, and cost...

Cleanroom constructor UIS 3Q15 profits surge

Nov 16, 15:53

Taiwan-based cleanroom constructor United Information Systems (UIS) has reported net profits of NT$429 million (US$13.1 million) for the third quarter of 2015, a 203% surge compared with the NT$142 million posted a year ago. Net EPS for the quarter came to NT$1.81.

MediaTek, HLMC announce tape-out of 28nm mobile chips

Nov 16, 11:04

MediaTek and Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) have completed the tape-out of a 28nm mobile chip design, according to the China-based 12-inch foundry.

Spreadtrum ready to roll out 1Xnm mobile chips in 2016, says CEO

Nov 16, 10:21

China's Spreadtrum Communications is looking to boost its handset-chip shipments in 2015, and is set to roll out its next-generation chips built using 14/16nm FinFET technologies in 2016, according to company chairman and CEO Leo Li.

Digitimes Research: Bosch to continue to lead STMicroelectronics as top MEMS device vendor in 2015

Nov 13, 16:04

While Robert Bosch is expected to continue to lead rival STMicroelectronics in sales of MEMS devices for the third consecutive year in 2015, the two companies have both accelerated their developments of sensor hub products as well as sensor fusion technology, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: Korea memory chip production value hit record high in 3Q15

Nov 13, 15:21

The production value of memory chips, including DRAM and NAND flash devices, in Korea hit a new high of KRW13.92 trillion (US$11.8 billion) in the third quarter of 2015, compared to the previous high of KRW13.17 trillion reached in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Samsung unveils Exynos 8890 processor built using 14nm FinFET process

Nov 13, 12:03

Samsung Electronics has announced the newest member of its Exynos family of application processors, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. This chip is Samsung's second premium AP built on 14nm FinFET process technology.

MediaTek Helio X30 chips to be built by TSMC

Nov 13, 11:08

MediaTek will unveil its Helio X30-series SoC chips in early 2016 with volume production slated for the end of the second quarter or early in the third. The X30-series will be built by TSMC using the foundry's 16nm FinFET process, according to industry sources.

Taiwan 12-inch foundries offer discounts to attract orders

Nov 13, 10:54

Taiwan-based IC foundries are encouraging their LCD driver IC and fingerprint sensor clients to accelerate their transition to 12-inch wafers by narrowing the cost gap between 12-inch wafers using 90nm processes and 8-inch wafers using 0.11/0.13-micron, according to industry sources.

Silicon wafer shipments decline in 3Q15, says SEMI

Nov 12, 21:29

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

Strong US dollar to shave 4pp off of top-20 growth rate in 2015, says IC Insights

Nov 12, 10:36

The world's top-20 semiconductor companies' sales are forecast to be flat in 2015, 1pp higher than the growth rate expected for the total worldwide semiconductor industry, according to IC Insights. But using the 2014 exchange rates per US dollar, the combined top-20 semiconductor suppliers are forecast...

SMIC looks to 3-6% revenue growth in 4Q15

Nov 12, 10:33

China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post revenue growth of 3-6% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2015, with gross margin ranging from 28% to 30%.

TSMC to invest in Tela for US$65 million

Stockwatch - Nov 12, 10:31

TSMC Partners, a TSMC unit engaged in making investments in semiconductor companies, will buy about 10 million shares of Tela Innovations for US$6.24 a share or a total of US$65 million, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

BOE to buy stake in ChipMOS Shanghai plant, says report

Stockwatch - Nov 12, 10:27

China's BOE Technology, which has received government support to step into the upstream driver IC business, plans to make an equity investment for a stake in packaging and testing company ChipMOS Technologies' Shanghai plant, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report. The report...

Digitimes Research: Sony to expand CMOS production capacity via acquisition of Toshiba plant

Nov 12, 10:16

Sony's planned acquisition of Toshiba's CMOS sensor manufacturing plant in Oita, southern Japan will not only help solve its tight sensor production in the near term but also push it into other sectors such as the automobile industry, according to Digitimes Research.

TSMC board approves US$4 billion for advanced technology capacity expansion

Nov 11, 15:13

The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of US$3.96 billion for expanding capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, and packaging and assembly, as well as construction of fab facilities and installation of facility systems, and first-quarter...

Cadence announces tools enabled for Globalfoundries 22FDX platform

Nov 10, 15:42

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its digital and signoff tools are now enabled for the current version of the Globalfoundries 22FDX platform reference flow. Globalfoundries has qualified these tools for the 22FDX reference flow to provide customers with the design flexibility of software-controlled...

TSMC October revenues rise 27%

Nov 10, 14:56

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$81.74 billion (US$2.5 billion) for October 2015 representing increases of 26.7% on month and 1.2% on year.

SAS, GlobalWafers report profits for January-September

Nov 10, 11:28

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and its subsidiary GlobalWafers, which makes semiconductor-grade wafers, have released their third-quarter 2015 financial reports, with their respective EPS standing at NT$0.86 and NT$4.56 for January-September.

TSMC 'grand alliance' more powerful than China's 'red supply chain,' says Chang

Nov 10, 00:11

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) "grand alliance" with its ecosystem partners and customers has already been enhanced for years, while China's so-called "red supply chain" is still in its early stages of formation, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang.

Morris Chang

Taiwan October export value up on month, down on year, says MOF

Nov 9, 22:46

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.94 billion for October 2015, increasing 6.2% on month but decreasing 9.6% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$17.82 billion grew 3.0% on month but fell 20.0% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF)...

ASE October revenues rise 5% on year

Nov 9, 22:28

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$27.75 billion (US$846.2 million) for October 2015, representing a 4.6% on-year increase but a 1.9% sequential drop.

Topco Scientific posts Jan-Sep EPS of NT$4.40

Stockwatch - Nov 9, 22:24

Semiconductor materials distributor Topco Scientific has reported net profits of NT$715 million (US$21.8 million) for the first three quarters of 2015, with EPS coming to NT$4.40. This compares with net profits of NT$643 million, or NT$4.06 a share, a year ago.

UMC October revenues drop on year

Stockwatch - Nov 9, 16:25

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.059 billion (US$368.36 million) for October 2015, representing a 15.67% increase on month and 10.65% drop on year.

Tsinghua Unigroup to raise CNY80 billion for memory plant and acquisitions

Nov 9, 11:36

China-based Tongfang Guoxin Electronics, an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, has announced a planned CNY80 billion (US$12.59 billion) private placement project, a step toward building itself as a semiconductor giant in China.

Auto IC market to display strongest growth through 2019, says IC Insights

Nov 9, 11:11

From 2014 through 2019, the automotive IC market is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of 6.7%, highest among the six major end-use IC applications (computer, consumer, communications, automotive, industrial/medical and government/military), and greater than two points more than...

MediaTek, TSMC urge Taiwan government to ease restrictions on China investment in chipmakers

Nov 9, 11:02

The chairmen of MediaTek and TSMC both agree that Taiwan's government should be more liberal towards the issue of allowing China-based firms to invest in the local IC industry sectors, and pursue an open policy for the local chipmakers' cooperation with their China-based counterparts.

PTI October revenues rise

Stockwatch - Nov 6, 16:09

Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.965 billion (US$122.07 million) for October 2015, representing a 6.85% increase on month and 18.45% increase on year.

SPIL to form joint investment business with three other chipmakers

Nov 6, 14:37

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has disclosed plans to form a joint investment business with three other Taiwan-based chipmakers. The joint investment entity will mainly invest in semiconductor companies listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE), said the IC backend service company.

China semiconductor investment fund changes the rules of competition, says ASE COO

Nov 6, 14:06

China's national semiconductor industry investment fund has changed the rules of industrial competition, and backed by this fund China-based companies will definitely ramp up the production of its semiconductor products, according to Tien Wu, COO of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE).


Asian semiconductor equipment suppliers to lose market share in 2015, says Information Network

Nov 6, 10:53

Asia-based semiconductor equipment makers will see their combined share of the global equipment sales shrink in 2015, according to the Information Network.

SPIL October revenues rise 1.5%

Nov 6, 10:40

Packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.07 billion (US$217.62 million) for October 2015, up 1.5% sequentially but down 4.3% on year.

China becoming a major investment market for Intel

Nov 5, 15:31

Intel Capital is estimated to invest a total of US$500 million in 2015. Prior to the end of October, Intel Capital had already invested US$168 million in China and with a separate US$1 billion investment in the Tsinghua Unigroup, several funds established specifically for China-based firms, and an...

Demand key to driving 2016 semiconductor market, says ASE COO

Nov 5, 11:43

The 2016 semiconducor market will be all about demand, according to Tien Wu, COO for IC backend house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE).

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