SPIL receives tender offer from ASE
Aug 26, 15:25
Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) on August 25 announced it has received notice of an unsolicited tender offer by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) to buy a major stake in the company.
Commentary: ASE purchase of SPIL shares is positive
Aug 25, 16:18
Plans by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) to buy up to 25% of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) for an amount likely exceeding NT$30 billion (US$919 million) may be regarded as a hostile takeover. But it can also be seen as an inevitable process in today's semiconductor packaging and...
TSMC to cease solar manufacturing operations
Aug 25, 14:51
TSMC has announced that TSMC Solar, its 100%-owned subsidiary, will cease manufacturing operations at the end of August 2015 as TSMC believes that its solar business is no longer economically sustainable. TSMC will continue to honor all product warranties that have been offered to existing customers,...
TSMC stays neutral on ASE's bid for SPIL shares
Aug 24, 22:10
TSMC would not comment on Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) recently-announced bid to take up a major stake in Siliconware Precision (SPIL), according to the contract chipmaker.
TSMC growing its 16nm client base
Aug 24, 16:30
Foundry chipmaker TSMC has been actively pursuing 16nm FinFET chip orders in order to gain a majority of market share in the FinFET segment starting 2016, according to market sources.
ASE seeking to buy up to 25% stake in SPIL
Aug 24, 11:04
Semiconductor assembly and test company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is not seeking involvement in the operation of Siliconware Precision (SPIL) despite its bid to take up a major stake in the competitor, according to ASE CFO Joseph Tung.
Taiwan July unemployment rate up on month, down on year, says DGBAS
Aug 24, 11:02
Taiwan had 445,000 jobless citizens in July 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.82% which rose 0.11pp on month but dropped 0.20pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on August 24.
Ardentec 1H15 profits rise 8%
Stockwatch - Aug 21, 14:44
Semiconductor wafer testing service provider Ardentec has reported net profits of NT$517 million (US$16.1 million) for the first half of 2015, up 8.2% on year. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.13 compared with NT$1.05 during the same period in 2014.
Second-tier IC foundries face low utilization in 4Q15
Aug 21, 10:51
Second-tier IC foundries will struggle to maintain their capacity utilization rates above 60% in the fourth quarter of 2015, due to disappointing demand for smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other mass-market consumer devices, according to sources in Taiwan's IC design industry.
Taiwan July export order value down, says MOEA
Aug 20, 21:36
Taiwan received export orders worth US$36.29 billion in total in July 2015, decreasing 0.8% on month and 5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on August 20.
China IC foundries, backend firms soliciting orders from Taiwan
Aug 20, 21:11
China-based IC foundries including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), and backend firms such as Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME) are soliciting orders from Taiwan's fabless IC firms, according...
GlobalWafers to expand capacity
Aug 20, 10:45
Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers will expand production capacity through removing bottlenecks in existing production equipment, acquiring fellow makers, forming strategic partnerships, or setting up new factories of its own, according to company chairwoman Doris Hsu at an August...
Macronix gearing up for automotive flash memory
Aug 19, 15:35
Macronix International has expanded its flash offerings to include solutions for automotive electronics, and aims to break into the world's top-two automotive NOR flash chipmakers in the next three years, according to company chairman Miin Wu.
TV-panel driver IC suppliers remain pessimistic
Aug 14, 15:43
Panel-use LCD driver IC design houses and related backend suppliers have been conservative about demand for LCD TVs during the second half of 2015 despite the period being a traditional peak season for the industry, according to industry sources.
Taiwan IC production value slips 2.6% in 2Q15
Aug 14, 14:49
Taiwan's IC production value slid 2.6% sequentially to NT$555.9 billion (US$17.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
SMIC posts record 2Q15 revenues
Aug 13, 11:42
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has reported record revenues of US$546.6 million for the second quarter of 2015, and expects to post another sequential revenue growth in the third quarter.
TSMC board approves US$1.2 billion for advanced technology capacity expansion
Aug 11, 21:45
The board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved capital appropriations of approximately US$1.237 billion for expanding capacity for advanced-node manufacturing, and packaging and assembly, as well as converting certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, and R&D...
TSMC says 16nm ramp on schedule
Aug 11, 16:07
TSMC has maintained that volume production and ramp of its 16nm process is proceeding smoothly in line with its schedule, amid media speculation indicating the foundry is seeing a cutback of 16nm chip orders from Apple.
Inspection tool maker HMI sees revenues down sharply in July
Newswatch - Aug 11, 15:31
Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, saw its revenues slide 90.97% on month and 46.07% on year to NT$175.61 million (US$5.545 million) in July 2015.
Topco revenues down on year in July, Scientech up
Stockwatch - Aug 11, 11:44
Semiconductor equipment and materials distributors Scientech and Topco Scientific have reported sequential decreases in July consolidated revenues at 18% and 0.7%, respectively.
ASE reports decreased July revenues
Stockwatch - Aug 10, 16:07
IC packaging and testing house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.67 billion (US$684.5 million) for July 2015, down 12.7% sequentially.
Taiwan July export value down on year, says MOF
Aug 10, 15:57
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.55 billion for July 2015, increasing 2.1% on month but decreasing 11.9% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$19.93 billion fell 4.6% on month and 17.4% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
SMIC successfully makes Qualcomm chips in 28nm process
Aug 10, 15:52
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Qualcomm have achieved a major milestone in fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, according to the companies. This milestone comes six months after the pair announced their initial plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production.
TSMC and UMC July revenues up, VIS down
Aug 10, 15:36
Pure-play wafer foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) enjoyed revenue increases in July 2015, whereas Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues fell both on quarter and on year.
Diode maker Eris reports decreased July revenues
Aug 7, 15:43
Taiwan-based Eris Technology, which specializes in the manufacture of rectifier diodes, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2015 declined 11.15% from a year earlier to NT$80.57 million (US$2.55 million).
KYEC July sales hit record
Aug 7, 10:10
King Yuan Electronics (KYEC), which provides wafer probe and final test services for chips such as LCD driver ICs, CMOS image sensors, MEMS, NFC and other mobile chip solutions, has reported consolidated revenues for July 2015 grew 2.7% on month and 0.1% on year to NT$1.5 billion (US$47.4 million).
SPIL reports decreased July revenues
Aug 7, 10:08
Packaging and testing house Silicon Precision Industries (SPIL) has announced consolidated revenues for July 2015 of NT$6.35 billion (US$200.5 million), down 7.6% on month and about 14% on year.
PTI reports flat revenues for July
Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:01
Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported July consolidated revenues of NT$3.47 billion (US$109 million), up 0.8% on month.
Scientech positive about 2H15
Aug 5, 15:30
Semiconductor equipment supplier Scientech has expressed optimism about its performance in the second half of 2015, as chipmakers look to upgrade their production lines and are eyeing new applications such as wearables and IoT devices to boost their production.