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  • China smartphone supply chains estimate demand to pick up in March

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  • Global display module output increases 5% in 2014 to over US$82 billion, says PIDA

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  • Asustek ships 5 million, Gigabyte 3.6 million graphics cards in 2014

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  • AUO to recruit 1,500 new engineers

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  • China reaches PV installation capacity of 10.52GWp in 2014, says report

    Green energy | 3h 27min ago

  • About 70% of Taiwan PV makers to temporarily quit US market due to ITC judgment

    Green energy | 4h 5min ago

  • Still aiming at growth in PC market: Q&A with Lenovo Taiwan president Justin Liang

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  • Taiwan market: Acer aims at 2-digit on-year growth in 1Q15 revenues

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  • Taiwan 4Q14 international Internet bandwidth rises to 1.437Tbps, says TWNIC

    Mobile + telecom | 5h 30min ago

  • North America semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 0.98 in December, says SEMI

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Cypress licenses 40nm embedded flash IP to UMC

Jan 23, 10:19

Cypress Semiconductor and United Microelectronics (UMC) have jointly announced that UMC licensed Cypress's SONOS (silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon) embedded flash memory intellectual property (IP) for the 40nm process technology node. The technology will primarily be used in Internet of Things (IoT)...

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers, says Gartner

Jan 23, 09:57

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17%, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$57.9 billion of semiconductors in 2014, an increase of US$3.9 billion from 2013.

PCB equipment makers Csun, Ampoc sales to show steady growth in 1H15

Jan 22, 20:10

Csun Manufacturing and Ampoc Far East are both expected to report flat or slight growth in the first half of 2015, thanks to continued brisk orders for wet-process PCB manufacturing equipment, according to industry sources.

IC market CAGR rebounds but growth remains below 30-year average, says IC Insights

Jan 22, 15:51

Judging from the IC market size at the beginning and end of each decade since the 1980s and the corresponding CAGR for each 10-year period, IC Insights has recognized the importance of the endpoints chosen for each CAGR and how they can easily sway the data to look very good or simply mediocre.

Taiwan December unemployment rate down on month, year, says DGBAS

Jan 22, 15:46

Taiwan had 439,000 jobless citizens in December 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.79% and down 0.1pp on month and 0.29pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on January 22.

Equipment maker Mirle to post 20% revenue growth in 2015

Jan 21, 15:37

Mirle Automation currently has a backlog of orders totaling NT$3.8 billion (US$120 million), with order visibility stretching to third-quarter 2015. The supplier of automatic systems and LCD equipment is expected to report a revenue increase of 20% for 2015, according to market sources.

UMC and Cadence collaborate to deliver 28nm design reference flow for ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore-based SoC

Jan 21, 13:49

Cadence Design Systems has announced that United Microelectronics (UMC) used its implementation and signoff tools to produce a silicon-ready 28nm ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore-based System-on-Chip (SoC) targeting entry-level smartphones, tablets, high-end wearables and other advanced mobile devices.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$5.7 billion in 2014, says MOEA

Jan 21, 11:58

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 3,577 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$5.770 billion in 2014, respectively increasing 11.57% and 16.96% on year.

Inspection service company Sporton looks to revenue growth in 1H15

Jan 21, 11:44

Taiwan-based Sporton International, which provides mobile device testing and certification services, expects to generate on-year revenue growth in the first half of 2015 thanks to brisk demand for 4G LTE devices as well as that for smart home products.

Taiwan December export order value marks second high, says MOEA

Jan 20, 20:17

Taiwan received export orders worth US$44.23 billion in total in December 2014, the second highest monthly figure on record with growth of 1.6% on month and 4.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on January 20.

ChipMOS to allocate 30-40% of capex for driver-IC testing

Jan 19, 21:31

Packaging and testing firm ChipMOS Technologies will allocate 30-40% of its planned capex for 2015 for upgrading its production lines for LCD driver ICs, according to the company.

Worldwide semiconductor sales to rise 5% in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 19, 10:49

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$358 billion in 2015, a 5.4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The forecast is down from the research firm's previous estimate of 5.8% growth that was given in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Equipment supplier Scientech positive about 1Q15

Jan 19, 10:45

Semiconductor equipment supplier Scientech is positive about its business outlook for the first quarter of 2015, citing brisk demand for advanced process manufacturing.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 0.8% in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 19, 10:43

Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% to US$65.7 billion in 2015, according to Gartner.

Chipbond, ChipMOS 1Q15 sales to drop 5-10%

Jan 19, 10:36

LCD driver IC packaging and testing houses Chipbond Technology and ChipMOS Technologies are both expected to see their first-quarter 2015 sales decrease 5-10% sequentially, compared to the larger decreases seen in the same quarter in previous years.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 ships as scheduled for Xiaomi and LG product launches

Jan 16, 16:14

Qualcomm's top-notch product in 2015, the Snapdragon 810, has been rumored to have defects and see unstable mass production with some media even speculating that volume production for the application processor (AP) would not start until the second quarter of 2015. However, judging from LG's and Xiaomi's...

TSMC to prevail in FinFET segment in 2016 and beyond, says company chairman

Jan 16, 15:49

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment in 2016 although it will lose out to rival Samsung Electronics in 2015, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang.

TSMC chairman Morris Chang

Samsung and Globalfoundries reportedly win majority of A9 orders

Jan 15, 23:17

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple's A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources.

Globalfoundries and Linear to offer joint analog solution for wearables and MEMS sensors markets

Jan 15, 23:17

Contract chipmaker Globalfoundries and Linear Dimensions Semiconductor, which specializes in low-power analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, have announced that they are working together to manufacture a 14-channel programmable reference from Linear for multiple markets including IoT (Internet...

ASE announces spin-off of subsidiary USI

Jan 15, 23:16

The board of directors of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) on January 15 passed resolutions to spin off its subsidiary Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), as part of an effort to enhance operational flexibility via structural adjustments, according to ASE.

TSMC reports 4.8% increase in 4Q14 net income

Jan 15, 16:09

TSMC has announced consolidated revenues of NT$222.52 billion (US$6.96 billion), net income of NT$79.99 billion, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of NT$3.08 (US$0.50 per ADR unit) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Taiwan 2015 export value to grow 3.58% on year, says TAITRA

Jan 14, 23:11

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$295.2 billion for 2014, increasing on year by 2.75%, and the value for 2015 is expected to increase by 3.58% on year, according to Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), a government-established organization specifically for boosting Taiwan's exp...

Samsung said to dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6

Jan 14, 23:10

Rumors have circulated in the industry that Samsung Electronics will dump Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S-series flagship smartphone, in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, due to concerns related to the Snapdragon 810 overheating issues.

TSMC sales likely to disappoint in 2Q15

Jan 14, 23:07

TSMC's sales for second-quarter 2015 will likely be affected by a slowdown in processor orders for Apple's iPhone 6 devices and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 overheating issues, according to market observers.

TSMC to face tough questions on Qualcomm orders

Jan 14, 16:07

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is to face a slew of tough questions to be asked by institutional investors at its upcoming investors conference to be held on January 15.

ChipMOS 2015 growth to near industry average, says chairman

Jan 14, 15:38

ChipMOS Technologies' sales for 2015 are forecast to rise about 7.5% similar to the industry average, according to SJ Cheng, chairman for the semiconductor assembly and test services provider.

ChipMOS chairman SJ Cheng expects the company to post an about 7.5% sales growth in 2015

IHS identifies technologies to transform the world over next five years

Jan 13, 23:04

The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology.

ChipMOS 4Q14 sales meet guidance

Jan 12, 22:58

Consolidated revenues at ChipMOS Technologies came to about NT$5.8 billion (US$183.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 0.2% on quarter but up 18.5% on year.

Taiwan December export value decreases, says MOF

Jan 12, 11:57

Taiwan recorded export value of US$25.65 billion for December 2014, decreasing 3.9% on month and 2.8% on year, while the month's import value of US$21.20 billion slipped 5.6% on month and 12.3% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

China holds 9 spots among top-50 fabless IC firms, says IC Insights

Jan 12, 11:15

There were nine China-based companies among the top-50 fabless companies in 2014 as compared to only one company in 2009, according to IC Insights.

UMC, VIS 4Q14 sales rise

Jan 12, 11:09

Contract chipmakers United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have both reported sequential growth in consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014.

TSMC 4Q14 sales beat guidance

Jan 12, 11:07

Consolidated revenues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) totaled NT$222.52 billion (US$6.97 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2014, beating the company's guidance of NT$217-220 billion.

Epistar to own 94% of TSMC SSL

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 11:06

Epistar and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have both announced that their boards of directors have approved a transaction of TSMC Solid State Lighting (TSMC SSL) shares.

UMC reports increase in December revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 9, 16:05

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.204 billion (US$381.38 million) for December 2014, representing a 5.8% increase on month and 23.21% increase on year.

Samsung reportedly grabs processor orders for Apple Watch

Jan 9, 10:37

Samsung Electronics' 28nm process technology has reportedly obtained orders for the Apple Watch set for launch in March 2015. The orders call for 3,000-4,000 12-inch wafers monthly, according to industry sources.

Phison contracts UMC to make 55nm flash drive controllers

Jan 9, 10:34

Phison Electronics will adopt United Microelectronics' (UMC) 55nm process for the production of its PS2251-08 controller ICs for flash drives set to roll out in 2015, according to the memory controller IC supplier.

Samsung to post lower sales and profits for 2014

Jan 8, 21:21

Based on the company's guidance for the fourth quarter, Samsung Electronics is set to post a sales decline in 2014.

PTI reports revenues for December

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 16:08

Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.181 billion (US$99.41 million) for December 2014, representing a 1.98% drop on month and 0.46% increase on year.

ASE posts slight on-month drop in December revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 14:37

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.873 billion (US$777.28 million) for December 2014, representing a 1.49% drop on month and 16.08% increase on year.

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

Jan 8, 07:44

Taiwan's December 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 103.57 (2011 as base year) decreased by 0.36% on month but increased by 0.67% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 92.24% slipped by 0.79% on month and by 4.20% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General...

Foxconn SiP subsidiary to list on TSE

Jan 8, 07:42

ShunSin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) specializing in assembly and test of system-in-package (SiP) modules, plans to have its stock listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) around the end of January.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grow 7.9% in 2014, says Gartner

Jan 7, 11:08

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$339.8 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from US$315 billion in 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7% during the period.

UMC orders NT$1.6 billion worth of equipment

Stockwatch - Jan 7, 10:57

Contract chipmaker United Microelectronics (UMC) has purchased machinery and engineering equipment from ASML and Tokyo Electron for a total of about NT$1.64 billion (US$51.07 million), according to company filings with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

IC designers ordering 8-inch wafer capacity in advance

Jan 6, 22:11

Fabless IC firms have decided to place orders for 8-inch wafer capacity for the year's hot seasons in the first quarter of 2015, as they anticipate 8-inch foundry capacity will remain tight throughout 2015, according to industry sources.

STATS ChipPAC to relocate China plant

Jan 6, 15:48

STATS ChipPAC has announced plans to relocate the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, STATS ChipPAC Shanghai (SCC), to a new manufacturing site in China.

MEMSensing, SMIC introduce 3-axis accelerometer

Jan 6, 11:43

China-based MEMSensing Microsystems and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) have jointly introduced what the companies claim is the world's smallest 3-axis accelerometer.

Global semiconductor sales through November outpace 2013 level, says SIA

Jan 6, 10:53

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for November 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.1% from a year ago when sales were US$27.2 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the previous month, November sales represented a slight 0.1% decrease.

UMC allowed to invest in 12-inch foundry in China

Jan 6, 10:45

United Microelectronics' (UMC) application to invest in a 12-inch foundry in Xiamen, China has been approved by Taiwan's investment commission. UMC is allowed to invest a total of US$710 million in the project, with its China-based subsidiary Hejian Technology (Suzhou) contributing US$260 million.

Taiwan EPZs post January-November export value of over NT$407 billion

Dec 31, 14:32

Government-developed export processing zones (EPZs) in Taiwan recorded total export value of NT$407.3 billion (US$13.4 billion) for January-November 2014, up 20% on year, according to EPZ Administration under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Inspection tool maker HMI 2014 revenues to rise 30%

Dec 31, 14:29

Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool supplier Hermes Microvision (HMI) is expected to see its revenues grow 30% to a record high in 2014, according to industry observers.

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