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UMC September revenues slip to 19-month low

Oct 8, 16:02

Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its September revenues fall to NT$10.43 billion (US$320 million) hitting a 19-month low.

TSMC 3Q15 revenues rise 3.4%

Oct 8, 14:55

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its third-quarter revenues increase 3.4% sequentially to reach the company's third-highest quarterly figure on record.

Taiwan exports decrease in September, says MOF

Oct 8, 11:06

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$22.54 billion for September 2015, decreasing 5.8% on month and 14.6% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$17.30 billion fell 13.4% on month and 24.4% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

KYEC posts record 3Q15 revenues

Oct 7, 22:15

Wafer probing service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) saw its third-quarter revenues climb to a record high of NT$4.42 billion (US$135.3 million).

Taiwan September CPI up, says DGBAS

Oct 7, 11:35

Taiwan's September 2015 consumer price index (CPI) of 105.09 (2011 as base year) increased 0.68% sequentially and 0.28% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 87.46 rose 0.09% on month but dropped 8.57% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics...

SPIL 3Q15 revenues beat guidance

Stockwatch - Oct 7, 11:19

Packaging and testing house Silicon Precision Industries (SPIL) has posted consolidated revenues of NT$20.03 billion (US$613.3 million) for the third quarter of 2015, above its guidance range of NT$18.6 billion to NT$19.8 billion.

Phison to post record 3Q15 revenues, says report

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 20:31

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is expected to see its third-quarter revenues top NT$10 billion (US$306 million) and reach the company's highest quarterly figure on record, thanks to robust shipments for SSDs, and eMMC/eMCP devices, according to a Chinese-language Commercial...

PTI reports increased September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 16:15

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.71 billion (US$113.5 million) for September 2015, representing increases of 3.7% sequentially and 7.2% on year.

Global semiconductor sales decrease slightly in August, says SIA

Oct 5, 22:05

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.7 billion in August, down 0.5% from the previous month when sales were US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.

ASE seeking court injunction on SPIL shareholders meeting

Oct 5, 16:11

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is seeking an injunction from a Taiwan court to prevent Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) from holding a provisional shareholders meeting scheduled for October 15.

Improved energy efficiency requirements lead to stable growth in industrial traction semiconductors, says IHS

Oct 5, 15:38

Revenue from the sale of energy-saving semiconductors for large and small transportation equipment, including rail systems, shipping, electric forklifts, mobility scooters and golf carts, grew at a CAGR of nearly 2% to reach US$486 million in 2014. The market is expected to reach US$525 million in...

Auto, industrial chip orders falling

Oct 5, 15:34

Auto and industrial chip orders have seen a dramatic fall in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Xilinx ships 16nm chips ahead of schedule

Oct 2, 15:24

Xilinx has announced it is shipping 16nm multiprocessor SoCs (MPSoC) to customers a quarter ahead of schedule. The early release of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC enables Xilinx customers to begin designing and delivering MPSoC-based systems today.

Globalfoundries developing 10nm in-house

Oct 2, 10:57

Globalfoundries plans to develop 10nm process technology in-house instead of relying on licensing from Samsung, according to industry sources.

Upgraded components in iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple an extra US$16 per device, says IHS

Oct 1, 10:07

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost US$16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus. The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16GB of NAND flash memory costs US$231.50, according to IHS.

Taiwan high court rules in favor of ASE in pollution case

Sep 30, 11:43

The Kaohsiung branch of Taiwan's high court has overturned a district court ruling by acquitting Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and its five employees of pollution charges in connection to the company's discharging untreated wastewater into a river.

Taiwan IC design firms to post gross margin decreases in 3Q15

Sep 30, 11:08

Most Taiwan-based fabless IC firms are expected to report sequential decreases of 1pp to 2pp in gross margins for the third quarter of 2015, due to falling chip prices, according to industry sources.

ASE argues SPIL shares offered to Foxconn at low price

Sep 29, 20:30

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has argued that the implied price of Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) new shares to be issued and sold to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is low compared with the NT$45 it offered to buy SPIL's shares through a tender offer.

SPIL to seek shareholders approval for stock-swap deal with Foxconn

Sep 29, 15:24

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will hold a shareholders meeting on October 15, seeking approval for an increase in the company's authorized share capital and its planned share-swap agreement with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), according to the semiconductor assembly and...

M&A activity continues through uncertain business climate, says IC Insights

Sep 29, 10:01

In July 2015, IC Insights examined the huge surge of M&A activity in the IC industry during the first six months of 2015. In just the first half of 2015, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of US$72.6 billion, which was nearly 6x the annual average for M&A...

Equipment vendors launch cost-saving programs for clients looking to migrate to 10nm

Sep 25, 15:05

Semiconductor equipment companies including Applied Materials, ASML and Lam Research have launched refurbish and spare parts programs to help their clients save manufacturing costs while migrating to 10nm process technology, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan 3Q15 top foundries combined revenues to fall

Sep 25, 14:30

Taiwan's top-three IC foundries are experiencing a particularly weak third quarter with their combined revenues set to decrease 0.8% sequentially and 3.7% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

GlobalWafers listed on OTC

Sep 25, 14:25

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers started trading on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at an initial price of NT$61.5 (US$1.88) per share on September 25.

IC backend houses to stay cautious as TSMC warns of sales drop in 4Q15

Sep 25, 12:28

With Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) forecasting a sequential decline in fourth-quarter revenues, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and other backend companies are likely to stay cautious about their business outlook through the first quarter of 2016, according to industry...

Taiwan August manufacturing production index down, says MOEA

Sep 24, 15:55

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 104.28 for August 2015, decreasing 4.73% on month and 5.52% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on September 23.

ASE opposes SPIL-Foxconn tie-up

Sep 24, 10:16

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has issued a statement expressing its opposition to Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) share-swap deal with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry).

TSMC expects sales drop in 4Q15

Sep 23, 16:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced that its third-quarter revenues will exceed its guidance given in mid-July, thanks to a more favorable US dollar exchange rate to the NT dollar. However, revenues for the fourth quarter will experience a sequential decline.

Cadence offers design tools for TSMC InFO packaging

Sep 23, 15:58

Cadence Design Systems has announced that its Allegro system-in-package (SiP) and physical verification system (PVS) implementation technologies have been enabled for TSMC's integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging technology. By providing an integrated solution that automates the design-rule checking (DRC)...

UMC enters volume production for touchscreen controllers using 0.11-micron eFlash process

Sep 23, 15:55

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the volume production of chips for touchscreen controller applications, built using the foundry's 0.11-micron eFlash process.

Taiwan August employment stable, says DGBAS

Sep 23, 12:27

Taiwan had 456,000 jobless citizens in August 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.90% which rose 0.08 percentage point on month but dropped 0.18 percentage point on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

ASE obtains 25% SPIL shares

Sep 23, 11:28

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) announced on September 22 it has purchased 25% shares of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), achieving its acquisition goal.

SPIL dismisses rumors about merger talks with three other backend houses

Sep 23, 11:14

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has dismissed rumors, saying it is not in talks for a share-swap merger with ChipMOS Technologies, King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) and Sigurd Microelectronics.

Ardentec to post single-digit sequential revenue growth in 3Q15, says report

Newswatch - Sep 21, 21:09

Semiconductor wafer testing service provider Ardentec is expected to post single-digit sequential growth in revenues for the third quarter of 2015, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted market watchers as saying in a recent report.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$2.7 billion in January-August, says MOEA

Sep 21, 20:48

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,434 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$2.726 billion from January to August 2015, with the respective values increasing 6.99% and decreasing 11.36% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on...

Taiwan August export order value down on month, year, says MOEA

Sep 21, 20:40

Taiwan received export orders worth US$35.03 billion in total in August 2015, decreasing 3.5% on month and 8.3% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on September 21.

Microcontroller market growth tied to rise in IoT applications

Sep 21, 20:34

The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, which is having a positive effect on overall MCU market growth, according to IHS.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August book-to-bill ratio of 1.06

Sep 21, 15:45

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.67 billion in orders worldwide in August 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.06, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.06 means that US$106 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Large-screen smartphones erode total personal computing unit growth, says IC Insights

Sep 21, 15:16

Five years ago, touchscreen tablets began pouring into the personal computing marketplace, stealing growth from standard personal computers and signaling the start of what has been widely described as the "post-PC" era. Led by Apple's iPads, tablet shipments overtook notebook PCs in 2013,...

SPIL employees protest against ASE takeover bid

Sep 18, 16:16

In Taiwan, over 200 employees of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) rallied in front of the Ministry of Labor (MOL) headquarters on September 18, expressing concerns that their jobs might be affected by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) taking a major stake in SPIL.

Over 200 SPIL employees protest against ASE takeover bid

ASE acquisition of SPIL shares reaches required minimum

Sep 18, 15:25

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has announced that its acquisition of the Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) common shares and ADRs (American depositary receipts) already exceeded the minimum number of shares scheduled to be purchased.

Recent executive changes at chipmakers

Sep 18, 11:31

There were executive changes recently at chipmakers including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics (UMC) and Micron Technology, which have drawn some market observers' attention to their business strategies and future customer orders.

SMIC growing its 28nm client base

Sep 18, 10:42

Broadcom and Huawei's subsidiary HiSilicon will become SMIC's 28nm customers, in addition to Qualcomm, according to Shiuh-Wuu Lee, executive VP of technology development for the China-based IC foundry.

SMIC to make Freescale chips designed specifically for China

Sep 18, 10:36

Freescale Semiconductor has announced that a series of its i.MX family of applications processors tailored to the China market will be manufactured at Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC).

Cadence announces IP portfolio for TSMC 10nm FinFET process

Sep 17, 15:46

Cadence Design Systems has announced an intellectual property (IP) portfolio for TSMC's 10nm FinFET (N10) process. Cadence has already secured multiple design wins with this portfolio and is actively engaged with customers as adoption of TSMC's leading-edge process grows.

SMIC, China National Fund and Qualcomm sign letter of intent to invest in SJsemi

Sep 17, 11:21

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) announced on September 16 that the company has signed a letter of intent with China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF) and a subsidiary of Qualcomm to invest a total of US$280 million in SJ Semiconductor (SJsemi), a joint venture between...

SPIL finds more reasons to partner with Foxconn, says Lin

Sep 17, 11:19

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) believes that its vertical alliance with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will generate better outcomes than a horizontal alliance between it and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), according to SPIL chairman Bough Lin.

The chairmen of Foxconn and SPIL present

MEMS firm mCube expects shipments to double in 2H15

Sep 16, 12:18

Silicon Valley-based mCube shipped a total of 30 million MEMS motion sensors in the first half of 2015. Shipments are expected to double to 60 million units in the second half of the year, according to the company.

Ben Lee, president and CEO for mCube

Foxconn, SPIL to complete share exchange on December 1

Sep 16, 12:16

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) are scheduled to hold a press conference on September 16 to announce that the pair has entered into a strategic alliance and share exchange agreement to finalize their partnership, according to a statement...

Digitimes Research: Spreadtrum to push new AP for 2H15, threatening MediaTek and Qualcomm

Sep 15, 15:18

With cooperation with Intel, China-based smartphone application processor (AP) supplier Spreadtrum is expected to start pushing 64-bit 8-core 5-mode 4G products for the mid-range and high-end sectors in the second half of 2015. The China-based supplier is also expected to become the official distributor...

Global 2Q15 semiconductor equipment billings reach US$9.4 billion, says SEMI

Sep 15, 15:12

SEMI has reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.4 billion in the second quarter of 2015.

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