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Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending to increase 12.2% in 2014, says Gartner

Apr 25, 12:15

Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending is projected to total US$37.5 billion in 2014, an increase of 12.2% from 2013 spending of US$33.5 billion, according to Gartner. Capital spending will increase 5.5% in 2014 as the industry begins to recover from the recent economic downturn and total...

LCD equipment suppliers to see order visibility improve in 2014

Apr 24, 13:34

Taiwan-based LCD manufacturing equipment suppliers, including Mirle Automation, Csun Manufacturing and Gallant Precision Machining, have seen their order visibility improve recently thanks to capacity ramps and facility updates by LCD panel makers, according to industry sources.

Taiwan March manufacturing production index up, says MOEA

Apr 24, 11:55

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 104.66 for March 2014, increasing 18.85% sequentially and 3.5% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

UMC 28nm yield rates improving

Apr 23, 15:49

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has seen the yield rate of its 28nm production improve recently, with the process to begin generating revenues for the foundry house soon, according to industry sources.

Altera-TSMC tie-up to bring advanced packaging technology to Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs

Newswatch - Apr 23, 15:13

Altera and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have signed a cooperation deal that will bring TSMC's patented, fine-pitch copper bump-based packaging technology to Altera's 20nm Arria 10 FPGA and SoC solutions, according to the two companies.

Intel looking to tap entry-level tablet market with Bay Trail-Entry

Apr 22, 19:24

In an attempt to tap China and other emerging markets for Android entry-level tablets, Intel will launch Bay Trail-Entry, a CPU platform specifically for use in entry-level tablets soon, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

UMC hesitates to join Samsung-Globalfoundries 14nm process alliance

Apr 22, 15:04

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) reportedly is reluctant to join the Samsung Electronics-Globalfoundries alliance for the development of a 14nm FinFET process node despite an offer from Samsung, according to sources in Taiwan's wafer foundry industry.

Nanya PCB capacity utilization rate to hike in 2Q14

Apr 22, 14:28

The capacity utilization rates of Nanya PCB's PCB and IC substrate lines are expected to climb higher in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, buoyed by orders from non-PC sectors, including networking devices, handsets and games consoles, according to industry sources.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$833 million in January-March, says MOEA

Apr 22, 11:48

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has revealed it approved 773 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$833.74 million in January-March 2014, respectively increasing 16.24% and decreasing 33.82% on year.

Taiwan March unemployment down, says DGBAS

Apr 22, 11:43

Taiwan had 463,000 jobless citizens in March 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.03%, which dropped 0.06ppt sequentially and 0.14ppt on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Taiwan sees increased March export order value, says MOEA

Apr 21, 21:47

Taiwan received export orders worth US$37.94 billion in total in March 2014, increasing by 23.6% on month and by 5.9% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on April 21.

Lumax looks to improving sales and profits in 2014

Apr 21, 14:22

Process control solution provider Lumax International is expected to see revenues and profits improve significantly in 2014, buoyed by orders from the semiconductor industry and Taiwan-invested companies in China, according to industry sources.

TSMC to ramp IC packaging revenues to US$1 billion in 2015, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 21, 11:27

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) aims to ramp up its IC packaging revenues to US$1 billion in 2015 and to US$2 billion in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

C Sun expects LCD, LED equipment to be main source of revenue growth in 1H14

Apr 18, 16:38

Taiwan-based production equipment maker C Sun expects TFT-LCD and LED equipment to be the main source of growth in its consolidated revenues for the first half of 204, the company indicated at an April 17 investors conference.

Etron chairman urges Taiwan memory chipmakers to develop customized solutions for clients

Apr 18, 15:40

Taiwan-based memory chipmakers should optimize the advantage of their design capabilities and Taiwan's manufacturing capacity to develop customized memory chips for clients, according to Nicky Lu, chairman of SDRAM maker Etron Technology.

Etron chairman Nicky Lu

TSMC looks to post 21-23% sequential revenue gains in 2Q14

Apr 17, 21:23

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) expects its revenues to grow 21-23% sequentially to NT$180-183 billion (US$5.97-6.07 billion) in the second quarter of 2014.

TSMC posts net profits of nearly NT$48 billion in 1Q14

Newswatch - Apr 17, 15:42

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$47.87 billion (US$1.59 billion) for the first quarter of 2014, increasing 6.8% from the previous quarter and 21% from a year earlier.

Southern Taiwan Science Park sees January-February revenues down 5.42% on year

Apr 17, 12:17

The government-run Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) generated revenues of NT$83.108 billion (US$2.74 billion) for January-February 2014, decreasing 5.42% on year, according to the STSP administration.

Taiwan electric vehicle supply chain faces competition from South Korea, says Fukuta chairman

Apr 11, 16:04

While Taiwan-based makers have formed quite a complete supply chain for electric vehicles (EVs), South Korea-based makers are competing for orders from EV vendors, according to chairman Gordon Chang for Fukuta Elec. & Mach, which is a partner of US-based Tesla.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC backend production value to expand 5.9% in 2014

Apr 11, 10:47

The production value of Taiwan's IC testing and packaging industry is expected to grow 5.9% in 2014, higher than the 4.9% growth posted a year earlier, as well as the 4.2% growth projected for the global IC backend industry in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

TSMC 1Q14 sales beat guidance

Newswatch - Apr 10, 16:00

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$49.96 billion (US$1.66 billion) for March, up 6.7% sequentially and 13.2% on year.

UMC, VIS report strong sales for March

Newswatch - Apr 10, 15:09

Foundry houses United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have both reported strong sales for March, with UMC's March figures hitting an 8-month high, while VIS' set a 7-month high.

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending down 11.5% in 2013, says Gartner

Apr 10, 14:20

Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending totaled US$33.8 billion in 2013, an 11.5% decline from 2012, according to Gartner. Wafer-level manufacturing equipment demand performed above the market with strength in lithography and associated processes, while back-end manufacturing segments fared...

KYEC, Sigurd look to double-digit revenue gains in 2Q14

Apr 9, 22:12

IC backend service companies King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) and Sigurd Microelectronics are expected to post double-digit revenue growth in the second quarter of 2014 thanks to increasing orders from the telecoms sector, according to industry sources.

ASE performs better than expected in 1Q14

Newswatch - Apr 9, 11:52

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$54.7 billion (US$1.82 billion) for the first quarter of 2014, which were down 14.8% from the previous quarter but better than its guidance of a 20% sequential decline.

Samsung announces performance guidance for 1Q14

Newswatch - Apr 8, 15:44

Samsung Electronics has announced that its consolidated sales for the first quarter of 2014 are likely to reach KRW53 trillion (US$50.19 billion) or in a range of KRW51-55 trillion compared to KRW59.28 trillion of the previous quarter and KRW52.87 trillion of a year earlier.

IC backend service firms to enjoy brisk sales in 2Q14

Apr 8, 15:05

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and other IC backend service companies are expected to enjoy brisk sales in the second quarter of 2014 as chipset vendors including Qualcomm, Marvell Technology, HiSilicon Technologies and Broadcom are ramping up shipments...

Apple reportedly to develop baseband chips for iPhones in house, say sources

Apr 7, 22:28

Apple reportedly plans to form a R&D team to develop baseband processors for use in iPhones to be released in 2015 and will place the baseband chip orders with Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries, according to industry sources.

Taiwan March export value up on month, year, says MOF

Apr 7, 21:41

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$27.76 billion for March 2014, increasing by 30.4% on month and by 2.0% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$25.80 billion grew by 30.8% on month and by 7.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on April...

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew 5% in 2013, says Gartner

Apr 7, 14:27

Total worldwide semiconductor revenues reached US$315 billion in 2013, up 5% from 2012, according to Gartner. The combined revenues of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased 6.9% during 2013. This was a better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue growth was 0.9%, and was due,...

Taiwan becomes largest source of China electronics imports in 2013, says MOEA

Apr 7, 12:07

China imported electronic devices and components worth US$307.04 billion in total in 2013 and Taiwan-based makers together accounted for 27.3%, making Taiwan become the largest source followed by South Korea with 18.7%, Japan with 7.7% and the US with 5.4%, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic...

Taiwan March CPI up, says DGBAS

Apr 7, 09:53

Taiwan's March 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 103.05 (2011 as base year) increased 0.19% on month and 1.61% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 97.57% grew 0.01% on month and 0.15% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting...

Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources

Apr 3, 15:46

The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.

TSMC capacity booked to the end of 3Q14

Apr 2, 22:04

The production capacity of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been booked through the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to orders from handset solution and PC chip vendors, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Tablet application processor shipments in China slip 2.7% in 1Q14

Apr 2, 12:11

Shipments of tablet-use application processors (AP) in China edged down 2.7% sequentially in the first quarter of 2014, affected by seasonality, according to preliminary findings by Digitimes Research. However, the first-quarter shipments still represent a 37.6% on-year growth.

Machvision sees strong orders from IC substrate sector

Apr 1, 22:28

Automatic optical inspection (AOI) tool maker Machvision expects orders from the IC substrate sector to be the growth driver for 2014, according to company chairman Wang Kuang-hsia.

PCB equipment supplier Ta Liang looks to strong sales in 1H14

Mar 31, 22:47

PCB and touch-panel equipment supplier Ta Liang Technology has said that demand for PCB manufacturing equipment has been strong in the first half of 2014, buoyed mainly by orders from Japan- and Korea-based PCB makers.

ASE, Inotera reportedly to set up 3D IC packaging joint venture

Mar 31, 21:48

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) reportedly plans to team up with Inotera Memories to set up a joint venture for handling TSV (through-silicon via) 3D IC packaging.

TSMC likely to launch 16nm FinFET+ process at year-end 2014

Mar 31, 15:46

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with the 14nm nodes to be released by Intel and Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.

Lite-On Semi, Eris look to strong sales in 2014

Mar 31, 14:35

Discrete component suppliers Lite-On Semiconductor and Eris Technology expect strong sales in 2014 thanks to growing orders from the smartphone, tablet, LED lighting and wireless mobile charging device sectors, according to industry sources.

ASE, ChipMOS stepping into MEMS packaging sector

Newswatch - Mar 28, 16:00

IC backend service companies Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and ChipMOS Technologies have been strengthening their deployments in the MEMS packaging sector, according to industry sources.

Global semiconductor industry to remain strong in 2Q-3Q14, says TSMC chairman

Mar 28, 15:41

The global semiconductor industry will remain promising in the second and third quarters of 2014, according to Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

UMC to begin delivering 28nm chips in 4Q14, say sources

Mar 27, 15:06

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) is expected to begin delivering 28nm chips using a gate-last HKMG process in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

SSD penetration rate bound to rise in 2014

Mar 26, 16:03

The recent roll-outs of new SSDs by Kingston Technology and Memoright will help ramp up the penetration rate of SSDs in the data storage device segment, according to industry sources.

ChipMOS to debut on TSE in April

Mar 26, 15:39

IC backend service company ChipMOS Technologies plans to debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) in April with an initial price ranging NT$25-30 (US$0.82-0.98). The company posted an EPS of NT$1.33 and NT$2.76 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Taiwan February manufacturing production index down on month, says MOEA

Mar 25, 11:19

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 88.04 for February 2014, decreasing 12.37% on month but increasing 0.94% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Capex of global semiconductor industry to reach US$62 billion in 2014

Mar 24, 22:33

Capex of the global semiconductor industry is expected to top US$62.2 billion in 2014 as increasing popularity of mobile devices has stirred demand for IC parts built by advanced processes nodes, according to an industry estimate. The industry's capex hit a historical high of US$65 billion in 2011.

PCB makers poised for strong sales

Mar 24, 14:20

PCB equipment suppliers Csun Manufacturing, Machvision, Chime Ball Technology and Ampoc Far-East are poised for strong sales in the second and third quarters of 2014, buoyed by capacity ramps by PCB makers in Taiwan and China, according to industry sources.

Taiwan February unemployment up on month, says DGBAS

Mar 24, 11:06

Taiwan had 470,000 jobless citizens in February 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.09%, rising 0.07pp on month but down 0.15pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on March 24.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$521 million in January-February, says MOEA

Mar 21, 10:23

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 475 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$521.93 million in January-February 2014, respectively increasing 25% and decreasing 38.87% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on March 20.

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