PTI set to post revenue growth in 3Q15
Jul 3, 14:43
Memory packaging and testing house Powertech Technology (PTI) is set to enjoy revenue growth sequentially in the third quarter of 2015, thanks to a pick-up in demand for memory chips, according to industry sources.
Taiwan to hike minimum wages
Jun 30, 11:16
Taiwan will hike its monthly minimum wage by 3.81% from NT$19,273 (US$623) to NT$20,008 and the hourly minimum wage rate will rise 4.35% from NT$115 to NT$120, with the new wage schemes to take effect on July 1, according to the labor ministry.
ASE to raise US$200 million through ECB
Jun 29, 21:23
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has unveiled plans to raise US$200 million via an euro-convertible bond (ECB) issue, and set the conversion price of the ECBs at NT$54.55 (US$1.76).
Commentary: SMIC gains access to 14nm process technology
Jun 29, 15:11
The recent announcement by China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Belgium-based microelectronics research institute IMEC to develop and produce advanced semiconductors could be another milestone for China's goal of ramping up the...
IC backend service company KYEC to ramp capex for 2015
Newswatch - Jun 29, 10:39
King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has decided to hike its capex for 2015 to NT$5.8 billion (US187.08 million) from NT$5 billion set previously, the IC backend service company has said after its latest board meeting.
ShunSin revenues to rise starting July
Jun 26, 15:22
Revenues at ShunSin Technology, a Foxconn subsidiary engaged in the assembly and testing of system-in-package (SiP) modules, are expected to rise substantially in July 2015 thanks to shipments for new iPhone models, according to market sources.
Samsung female employee proportion rises to 42% in 2014
Jun 26, 14:33
The proportion of female employees globally at Samsung Electronics reached 42% in 2014. For operations in South Korea, 27% of total employees are female while in operations abroad female employees account for 49%, according to various media reports from Korea.
IC backend set for tepid growth in 2H15, says ASE COO
Jun 24, 12:28
The global IC packaging and testing industry has been working through excessive inventory for almost two quarters, but is set for tepid growth in the second half of the year, according to Tien Wu, COO for Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE).
Winbond cautious about 2H15 DRAM market
Jun 22, 23:37
Inventory digestion will continue to take place in the global DRAM industry during the second half of 2015, according to Arthur Chiao, chairman for Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics.
ARM, UMC team to tape out Cortex-A based 14nm FinFET chip
Jun 22, 16:17
United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced that it is collaborating with ARM to tape out a process qualification vehicle (PQV) test chip on the foundry's 14nm FinFET technology to help validate an ARM Cortex-A family core on the process node.
Taiwan sees decreased May unemployment rate up, says DGBAS
Jun 22, 11:24
Taiwan had 420,000 jobless citizens in May 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.62% which dropped 0.01pp on month and 0.23pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on June 22.
PTI 2Q15 revenues to rise 9-10%, says report
Newswatch - Jun 18, 10:30
Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) is expected to post revenue growth of 9-10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted market watchers as saying in a recent report.
Chipbond to double capex in 2015, says report
Jun 17, 15:28
Chipbond Technology has budgeted a capex of NT$4 billion (US$129 million) for 2015, compared with the less than NT$2 billion allocated for 2014, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report. The capex will be used mainly for the company's development of new manufacturing technologies...
IC suppliers expect orders to flow in August
Jun 17, 14:56
Downstream clients are expected to step up their pace of orders between the end of July and early August as they are about to complete inventory clearance and begin preparing for new product roll-outs, according to sources at IC suppliers.
Commentary: TSMC set to see more competition in 2H15
Jun 16, 20:03
TSMC chairman Morris Chang's remarks over the company and the semiconductor industry's business outlook have long served as a barometer for the capital market. But market response to Chang's comments about the industry's outlook for the second half of 2015 has been less enthusiastic.
Chip demand unlikely to rebound until August, says SPIL chair
Jun 16, 15:27
The semiconductor industry enjoyed a particularly strong first quarter followed by a particularly weak second quarter, according to Bough Lin, chairman for packaging and testing house Silicon Precision Industries (SPIL). End market demand is unlikely to rebound until August, said Lin.
MediaTek chairman urges government to actively support local chipmakers
Jun 15, 23:00
Mergers and acquisitions remain an effective strategy for chipmakers to be bigger to compete in the global marketplace, according to MediaTek chairman MK Tsai. For any chipmakers aiming for the global market, to enhance their worldwide competitiveness as timely and as efficiently as possible has become...
TSMC looks to expand presence in CMOS image sensor field
Jun 15, 22:54
TSMC has teamed up with China-based GalaxyCore in the entry-level and mid-range CMOS image sensor (CIS) market segments, while partnering with InVisage Technologies of the US to supply high-end CIS, according to industry sources. The foundry chipmaker has also obtained orders from Aptina Imaging and...
Kinsus looks to see sales and earnings rebound in 2Q15
Jun 12, 11:19
IC substrate maker Kinsus Interconnect Technology is expected to see its revenues and earnings increase by 10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by a rebound in the smartphone market, according to industry sources. First-quarter sales and earnings stood at NT$5.346 billion and NT$617...
Global 2015 semiconductor market less favorable, says VIS executive
Jun 11, 22:02
Handset makers are still working through some inventory issues while the IoT market boom has not yet arrived, said FC Tseng, vice chairman for specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), during the company's recent shareholders meeting. 2015 will not be as good as 2014, Tseng in...
VIS May revenues rise 5.8%
Jun 11, 10:04
Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has announced consolidated revenues for May 2015 grew 5.8% from a year earlier to NT$2.05 billion (US$66 million).
TSMC May revenues increase 15%
Jun 10, 14:30
TSMC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$70.16 billion (US$2.26 billion) for May 2015, representing a 15.4% increase on year but 6.9% decrease on month.
UMC to expand production capacity in Taiwan and China
Jun 10, 11:07
Taiwan's United Microelectronics (UMC) is set to expand its production capacity at its wafer fabs in Taiwan and China, and will enhance R&D for specialty process technologies, said company CEO Po Wen Yen during a June 9 shareholders meeting.
Niching May sales rise 18%
Jun 10, 10:46
Semiconductor packaging material and equipment distributor Niching Industrial has reported consolidated revenues of NT$95 million (US$3.1 million) for May 2015, up 18% on month but down 5% on year.
Intel could also be TSMC customer, says Chang
Jun 9, 21:18
TSMC is dedicated to providing foundry services for logic IC providers worldwide, and mergers in the industry will have little impact on the foundry's operations, said company chairman Morris Chang in response to media queries on Altera's recent announcement of being acquired by Intel.
ASE revenues increase in May
Stockwatch - Jun 9, 16:14
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$23.361 billion (US$750.55 million) for May 2015, representing a 6.05% increase on month and 16.16% increase on year.
Imagination, TSMC collaborate on IoT IP platforms
Jun 9, 16:12
Imagination Technologies has announced the company will work with TSMC to develop a series of advanced IP subsystems for the Internet of Things (IoT) to accelerate time to market and simplify the design process for customers. These IP platforms bring together the breadth of Imagination's IP with TSMC's...
Topco Scientific revenues down in May
Stockwatch - Jun 9, 16:03
Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.424 billion (US$45.75 million) for May 2015, representing a 10.3% drop on month and 9.35% drop on year.
PTI sees revenues decline on year in May
Stockwatch - Jun 9, 15:52
Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.431 billion (US$110.23 million) for May 2015, representing a 1.64% increase on month and 6.17% drop on year.
Cadence, TSMC collaborate on IoT IP subsystem
Jun 9, 11:20
Cadence Design Systems has announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) IP subsystem demonstration platform for TSMC's ultra-low power (ULP) process. Targeting wearable, home automation, always-on and industrial control applications, the IP subsystem...
Taiwan May export value up on month, down on year, says MOF
Jun 8, 22:10
Taiwan reported total export value of US$25.63 billion for May 2015, increasing 9.1% on month but decreasing 3.8% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$20.21 billion grew 7.9% on month but fell 5.4% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on June...