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Wafer Works expects wafer prices to continue rising on strong demand

Aug 18, 14:05

Taiwan-based Wafer Works, which makes small- to medium-size semiconductor-grade wafers, expects silicon wafer prices to continue rising on strong demand.

Mirle seeing order backlog swell, says report

Aug 18, 14:01

Semiconductor and LCD panel equipment supplier Mirle Automation has seen its backlog of orders exceeding NT$10 billion (US$329.7 million), according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

SPIL to restart backend services for DRAM

Aug 18, 11:21

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will restart its backend services for the manufacture of DRAM memory to satisfy demand from China, according to industry sources.

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ASE output hit by power outage

Aug 16, 21:25

A sudden massive blackout took place in Taiwan on August 15 which hit Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) plants in Kaohsiung. The incident will likely result in losses of US$500,000-800,000, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Taiwan science ministry to enforce 4-year AI chips research project

Aug 16, 13:57

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology has decided to implement a four-year "Semiconductor Moonshot Project" to encourage university professors to lead students in researching AI Edge-based semiconductor process and chip systems.

HiSilicon among top-5 customers of TSMC

Aug 16, 12:09

With volume production for its Kirin 970-series chips kicking off, HiSilicon Technologies has become one of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) top-5 customers, according to industry sources.

TSMC enters volume production for HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor

DRAM best-growing IC in 2017, says IC Insights

Aug 16, 11:23

Five out of the 33 IC market segments tracked by IC Insights will outpace the 16% growth forecast for the total IC market in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the market research firm.

Globalfoundries demos 2.5D HBM solution

Aug 16, 09:33

Globalfoundries has demonstrated silicon functionality of a 2.5D packaging solution for its 14nm FinFET FX-14 integrated design system for application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

Globalfoundries intros solution leveraging 2.5D packaging with low-latency

Robust silicon wafer, photoresist demand to boost Topco revenues in 3Q17

Aug 15, 11:51

IC materials distributor Topco Scientific is expected to report brisk sales results for the third quarter of 2017 thanks to strong demand for silicon wafers and photoresists, according to industry sources.

SPIL to invest US$25 million in China

Aug 15, 10:27

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has announced plans to invest indirectly a total of US$25 million in its newly-established wholly-owned subsidiary in China. Named Siliconware Electronics (Fujian), the unit located in Jinjiang (Fujian province, Southern China) will be dedicated to providing...

Powerchip posts EPS of NT$1.59 for 1H17

Aug 15, 10:09

Contract chipmaker Powerchip Technology has announced net profits increased 17.6% on year to NT$3.63 billion (US$119.7 million) in the first half of 2017. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.59.

IntelliEPI optimistic about VCSEL demand for car electronics

Aug 15, 10:06

Intelligent Epitaxy Technology (IntelliEPI), which supplies compound semiconductor epi-wafers to the electronics and optoelectronics industries, has expressed optimism about demand for vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for car electronics and other high-margin applications in addition...

TSMC 12nm FinFET process ready for volume production in 4Q17, says report

Aug 14, 15:57

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will enter volume production of chips built using its 12nm FinFET process in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Chipbond posts record July revenues

Aug 14, 15:56

Chipbond Technology, a backend house specializing in LCD driver ICs, saw its July revenues climb to a record high of NT$1.63 billion (US$53.9 million).

STSP stepping up innovation efforts for annual revenue goal of over NT$1 trillion

Aug 14, 14:18

Following 20 years of operation, Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) is gearing up for innovation and transformation by enforcing a spate of measures and introducing crucial members into the park, aiming to have its revenues break the NT$1 trillion ( US$32.96 billion) in the short term, according to...

StarFab Accelerator and Taiwan ITRI New Venture Association to station in STSP

ChipMOS to enter production for 3D sensing components in 3Q17, says report

Aug 14, 12:20

Backend house ChipMOS Technologies will enter production for 3D sensing components for new consumer electronics devices in the third quarter of 2017, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

GCS optimistic about VCSEL demand for data centers

Aug 14, 11:09

Pure-play compound semiconductor wafer foundry Global Communication Semiconductors (GCS) has expressed optimism about gallium arsenide (GaAs) demand for vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for data centers and other high-ASP applications.

Lite-On Semi reports EPS of NT$0.84 for 1H17

Aug 11, 15:03

Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, saw its EPS for the second quarter of 2017 reach about the total for the first half of 2016. EPS for the first half of 2017 climbed to NT$0.87 (US$0.03) compared with NT$0.57 during the same period a year earlier.

Shanghai Huahong renames fabs

Aug 11, 11:35

Shanghai Huahong Group has renamed all the wafer fabs under the group. The move is to enhance the overall image of the group's IC manufacturing business, and enable its worldwide customers and partners to identify easily wafer fabs under the group.

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TSMC July revenues fall to 3-month low

Aug 10, 20:24

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its July revenues fall to a three-month low of NT$71.61 billion (US$2.36 billion).

Topco Scientific reports 7.93% on-year rise for July revenues

Aug 10, 15:39

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.893 billion (US$62.48 million) for July 2017, representing a 6.22% drop on month and 7.93% increase on year.

Taiwan IC industry output value drops in 2Q17, says TSIA

Aug 10, 14:36

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated output value of NT$572.6 billion (US$18.9 billion) in the second quarter of 2017, down 4.8% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial...

Taiwan IC industry output value drops in 2Q17

Intel to launch top-end processors to counter AMD resurgence

Aug 10, 14:07

Intel plans to launch its 12-core Skylake-X processor, the Core i9-7920X, in late August, targeting the high-end gaming and enterprise PC market, and release other top-end Skylake-X series processors featuring 14-, 16-18-core architectures in late September, aiming to dampen the resurgence of AMD in...

High-end gaming motherboards see rising ASP

ChipMOS obtains backend orders from Novatek

Aug 10, 11:46

ChipMOS Technologies has obtained backend orders for touch display driver ICs (TDDI) from Novatek Microelectronics, with shipments set to kick off in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to market sources.

ChipMOS gearing up for robust demand for TDDI chips

Samsung executive expected to leave for SMIC

Aug 10, 10:37

Mong-song Liang, formerly a senior director of R&D at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) advanced modules technology division, will soon leave Samsung and join China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), according to industry sources.

Oxford Instruments to expand R&D staff at ITRI

Aug 10, 10:11

UK-based precision instrument maker Oxford Instruments on August 9 announced the expansion of its R&D staff stationed at the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and signed an MoU with ITRI to extend R&D cooperation to develop semiconductor and optoelectronic...

Finance director Adam Jaufurally for Plasma Technology under Oxford Instruments (second from right)

Lite-On Semi July revenues increase

Aug 9, 19:54

Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2017 increased 11.7% on year and 5.4% sequentially to NT$1.05 billion (US$34.6 million).

Lite-On Semi has reported impressive revenue results for July

UMC, VIS July revenues down

Aug 9, 19:51

Pure-play wafer foundries United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have reported sequential decreases in July consolidated revenues of 2.4% and 11.5%, respectively.

PTI revenues rise 24.91% on year in July

Aug 9, 16:05

Powertech Technology Inc (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.172 billion (US$171.21 million) for July 2017, representing a 1.32% increase on month and 24.91% increase on year.

GlobalWafers posts record 2Q17 profit

Aug 9, 15:30

Taiwan-based GlobalWafers, a silicon wafer supplier, has reported net profits climbed to a record high of NT$1.29 billion (US$42.8 million) in the second quarter of 2017. EPS for the quarter came to NT$3.09.

Sumco to expand production capacity for 300mm silicon wafers

Aug 9, 14:09

Sumco has announced plans to expand production capacity for 300mm silicon wafers by 110,000 units per month. The additional capacity is expected to come online in the first half of 2019, according to the Japan-based firm.

GaAs foundries post mixed July revenues

Aug 9, 13:48

GaAs foundry Win Semiconductors has reported July revenues climbed to a record high of NT$1.37 billion (US$45.3 million), while revenues at fellow GaAs foundry company Advanced Wireless Semiconductor (AWSC) fell 17.9% on month.

TSMC approves new capex spending for capacity expansion

Aug 9, 12:26

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved the appropriation of around US$3.15 billion, which includes funding for new facilities construction with costs estimated at US$528 million.

SMIC expects up to 3% revenue growth in 3Q17

Aug 9, 11:24

China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post revenue growth of up to 3% sequentially in the third quarter of 2017, with gross margin ranging from 22% to 24%.

ASE July revenues slip 4% sequentially

Aug 8, 20:55

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$22.23 billion (US$736.4 million) for July 2017, down 3.7% sequentially but up about 3% on year.

Synopsys launches complete HBM2 IP solution offering

Aug 8, 09:52

EDA vendor Synopsys has introduced its complete DesignWare high bandwidth memory-2 (known as HBM2) IP solution consisting of controller, PHY and verification IP, enabling designers to achieve up to 307GB/s aggregate bandwidth, which is 12 times the bandwidth of a DDR4 interface operating at 3200Mb/s...

Synopsys HBM2 PHY and VC verification IP available for 14nm and 7nm processes

SPIL July revenues rise 6%

Aug 8, 09:52

IC packaging and testing house Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) saw its July revenues climb to a 7-month high of NT$7.26 billion (US$240.1 million).

Taiwan July export value rises 12.5% on year, says MOF

Aug 7, 20:49

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$27.11 billion for July 2017, increasing 5.0% on month and 12.5% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$21.74 billion grew 8.7% on month and 6.5% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

Global chip sales increase in 2Q17, says SEMI

Aug 7, 14:57

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$97.9 billion during the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 5.8% over the previous quarter and 23.7% more than the second quarter of 2016, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Global Unichip targeting AI sector

Aug 7, 14:44

Taiwan-based Global Unichip, an IC design service company partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is looking to expand its business in the artificial intelligence (AI) field.

Global Unichip partnering with TSMC to expand business in AI field

Testing solution provider Chroma Ate optimistic about 2H17

Aug 7, 09:37

Chroma Ate, which provides integrated and customized solutions for test and measurement instruments, expects to post profit growth sequentially in the second half of 2017. The company generated EPS of NT$2.05 (US$0.07) in the first half of the year.

Top ASE executive indicted for insider trading

Aug 7, 09:10

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) COO Tien Wu and three other company executives have been indicted by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office for alleged insider trading ahead of ASE's unsolicited tender offer for rival Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) in the second half of 2015.

ASE COO Tien Wu indicted for insider trading

KYEC posts NT$0.98 EPS for 1H17

Aug 7, 09:00

IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported net profits of NT$1.15 billion (US$38 million) for the first half of 2017, down 20.7% on year. EPS came to NT$0.98 compared with NT$1.25 during the same period of 2016.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to grow 10.2% in 2017, says Gartner

Aug 4, 14:22

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2% to US$77.7 billion in 2017, according to Gartner. This growth rate is up from Gartner's previous forecast of 1.4%, due to continued aggressive investment in memory and leading-edge logic which is driving spending in wafer-level...

Commentary: Can Samsung Foundry unseat TSMC?

Aug 3, 21:20

Samsung Foundry has unveiled an aggressive sub-10nm roadmap that scales down to 4nm, and claimed it is looking to unseat United Microelectronics (UMC) as the world's second-largest pure-play semiconductor foundry by the end of 2017. Samsung Foundry is also seeking to grab a 25% market share within...

TSMC is the leader in the pure-play foundry sector

Inspection service firm Sporton sees 2Q17 profits rise

Aug 3, 19:54

Mobile device testing service company Sporton International saw its net profits increase 29% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017. EPS for the quarter came to NT$2.08 (US$0.07).

Sanan Optoelectronics expanding capacity, Epistar to follow suit

Aug 3, 09:16

China's largest LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics continues to expand production capacity, while the largest Taiwan-based maker Epistar will expand capacity through replacing old MOCVD sets with new models with higher throughput in 2018, according to industry sources.

Shanghai Huahong to build 12-inch fab in Wuxi

Aug 2, 21:47

Shanghai Huahong Group on August 2 struck a deal with the national China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund and the city government of Wuxi to set up a new 12-inch wafer fab in Wuxi with total investment estimated at around US$10 billion.

HHGrace likely to operate a new 12-inch fab in Wuxi

Qualcomm, Win Semi reportedly to team up for 5G mobile infrastructure

Aug 2, 18:01

Qualcomm has recently approached GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors to cooperate in an infrastructure project for 5G mobile networks, according to market sources.

CHPT posts record profits for 2Q, 1H17

Aug 2, 17:08

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) has reported record net profits of NT$203 million (US$6.71 million) for the second quarter of 2017. Net profits for the first half of the year totaled NT$392 million, also a record high.

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