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Power transistors to see less volatility in second half of decade, says IC Insights

Jun 24, 16:07

Greater demand for energy efficiency in systems, cars, portable electronics and new connections to the Internet of Things (IoT) will steadily drive power transistor sales to new record-high levels in the next three years, according to IC Insights.

Beijing to build new IC industrial park with total investment of CNY4 billion, says report

Jun 24, 14:54

A total investment of CNY4 billion (US$608 million) will be poured into the establishment of a new IC industrial park at the Zhongguancun (Haidian) Science Park in Beijing, according to a report from China's Beijing Business Today.

China makers count on government subsidies for profits, says report

Jun 24, 14:26

The amount of government subsidies received by major players in China's flat panel, semiconductor and LED industries reached 20-50% of their recurring net income in the latest three years thanks to the China government's subsidy policy, according to a Korea-based ET News report.

Taiwan May manufacturing production index up on month, year, says MOEA

Jun 24, 10:31

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 109.35 for May 2016, increasing 5.90% on month and 1.93% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on June 23.

Marketech 2016 profits to hit 12-year high, says report

Stockwatch - Jun 23, 21:33

Automation equipment specialist Marketech International is expected to see its profits for 2016 climb to a 12-year high with EPS reaching between NT$3 (US$0.09) and NT$3.50, a Chinese-language Commercial Times report quoted market watchers as saying.

Automotive semiconductor market grows slightly in 2015 while ranks shift, IHS says

Jun 23, 14:06

Despite slowing growth for the automotive industry and exchange rate fluctuations, the automotive semiconductor market grew at a modest 0.2% on year reaching US$29 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

UMC announces investment in China firm

Jun 22, 16:20

Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) plans to invest up to US$50 million in China-based Wise Road Capital through a wholly-owned subsidiary Sino Paragon, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Dow Chemical continues to ramp up CMP production in Taiwan

Jun 22, 15:32

Dow Chemical held recently a groundbreaking ceremony for the fourth-phase expansion project of its chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) plant in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, according to the company.

SMIC announces mass production for Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chips in Beijing

Jun 22, 14:24

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has announced that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 425 processor and MDM9x07 have passed customer qualification and begun mass production at its majority owned joint venture fab in Beijing. The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents...

Taiwan May unemployment rate down on month, up on year, says DGBAS

Jun 22, 14:15

Taiwan had 449,000 jobless citizens in May 2016, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.84%, down 0.02pp on month but up 0.22pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on June 22.

Sigurd to deal out cash dividend of NT$1.60 for 2015

Jun 22, 12:09

Testing company Sigurd Microelectronics has announced that plans to distribute a cash dividend of NT$1.60 (US$0.05) for 2015 have been approved by its shareholders.

UMC buys equipment from ASML

Stockwatch - Jun 22, 11:57

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the purchase of a batch of machinery equipment for NT$2.04 billion (US$63.57 million) from lithography system vendor ASML.

Hoya to shift LCD photomask production to Taiwan, Korea

Jun 21, 17:43

Japan-based Hoya, which has halted production of photomasks and other products at its Kumamoto plant since April 15 due to damage by earthquakes and an earthquake-induced fire in the cleanroom, has decided to shut down the plant and turn the facility into a technology development center.

Wafer Works extends to CMOS-use wafers

Jun 21, 11:49

Wafer Works has extended production from wafers for making power management (PWM) ICs to CMOS process wafers for logic ICs, according to the company.

PTI says minimal impact from power outage at Xian plant

Stockwatch - Jun 21, 11:14

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) that a power supply disruption at its Xian, China plant will not have a material impact on the facility operations.

Taiwan May export order value up on month, down on year, says MOEA

Jun 20, 21:24

Taiwan received export orders worth US$33.73 billion in total in May 2016, increasing 1.7% on month but decreasing 5.8% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on June 20.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$5 billion in January-May, says MOEA

Jun 20, 21:20

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,346 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$5.178 billion in January-May 2016, respectively decreasing 6.72% and increasing 197.97% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on June 20.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, says SEMI

Jun 20, 11:38

The book-to-bill ratio for the North America semiconductor equipment industry stayed above parity for the sixth consecutive month in May 2016, according to industry association SEMI.

A win-win for ASML and HMI

Jun 17, 09:56

ASML through its acquisition of Hermes Microvision (HMI) will further enhance its detection capabilities for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment, while the deal gives HMI a "perfect" exit from the fab-tool market.

TSMC obtains land use rights in Nanjing

Stockwatch - Jun 17, 09:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has gained land use rights for a 449,500-square meter industrial site in the Nanjing Pukou Economic Development Zone, China, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The term of the land-use rights is 50 years.

UMC buys equipment for NT$2.33 billion

Stockwatch - Jun 16, 14:38

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the purchase of a batch of machinery equipment for NT$2.33 billion (US$71.86 million) from lithography system vendor ASML.

ASML to acquire Hermes Microvision

Jun 16, 12:06

ASML and Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI) have entered into an agreement under which ASML will acquire all outstanding shares of HMI in a cash transaction valued at about NT$100 billion (US$3.1 billion), according to the companies.

Chipbond looking to enhance non-driver IC offerings, says chairman

Jun 15, 14:48

LCD driver IC packaging specialist Chipbond Technology is looking to enhance its offerings for non-driver ICs. Sales generated from non-driver IC segments are expected to account for more than 20% of Chipbond's total revenues in 2016, according to company chairman Fei-Jain Wu.

TSMC orders equipment for NT$12 billion

Stockwatch - Jun 15, 10:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced machinery equipment purchases totaling NT$12.11 billion (US$373.41 million) from nine companies, Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment, Keysight Technologies Singapore (Sales), ASM Japan, ASML Hong Kong, Hitachi High-Technologies, Lam Research...

Nineteen new fabs and lines to begin construction in 2016-17, says SEMI

Jun 14, 22:26

SEMI has forecast that 19 new fabs and lines will begin construction in 2016 and 2017. While semiconductor fab equipment spending is off to a slow start in 2016, it is expected to gain momentum through the end of the year.

Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund completes 1st-round of fund-raising, says report

Jun 14, 16:02

The Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund (SICIF), one of the largest investment funds in China for the semiconductor industry, has completed the first round of fund-raising, totaling CNY28.5 billion (US$4.327 billion), according to media reports in China.

Cleanroom constructor UIS 2Q16 revenues to rise, says report

Stockwatch - Jun 14, 15:22

Taiwan-based cleanroom maker United Information Systems (UIS) is expected to post revenue growth of nearly 10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

UMC completes 200m share repurchase

Stockwatch - Jun 14, 11:00

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced the completion of its share repurchase program ahead of schedule.

IC backend service firm Chipbond looks to increased sales in 2Q16

Newswatch - Jun 13, 15:05

LED driver IC backend service provider Chipbond Technology has reported revenues of NT$1.42 billion (NT$43.93 million) for May, increasing 23.4%, but down 1.36% on year.

Samsung, TSMC to compete in 7nm

Jun 13, 14:31

Samsung Electronics will be Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) major competitor in the 7nm process segment, which will be an important area for the Taiwan-based foundry to maintain its technology leadership, according to TSMC chairman Morris Chang.

SMIC, Synopsys deliver 28nm HKMG low-power reference flow

Jun 13, 11:03

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Synopsys have announced immediate availability of their joint 28nm RTL-to-GDSII reference design flow. Developed through deep engineering collaboration between Synopsys and SMIC on the 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology, the flow is...

Topco Scientific sees revenues increase in May

Stockwatch - Jun 8, 16:16

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.014 billion (US$62.56 million) for May 2016, representing a 9.16% drop on month and 41.37% increase on year.

Specialty IC foundry VIS posts revenue increase in May

Jun 8, 16:08

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.21 billion (US$68.6 million) for May 2016, increasing 2.9% sequentially and hitting the highest level in 14 months.

UMC May revenues rise 18% on month

Stockwatch - Jun 8, 15:18

United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.71 billion (US$394.8 million) for May 2016, up 18% on month but down 1.8% on year.

TSMC posts revenue growth in May

Jun 8, 14:28

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$73.58 billion (US$2.3 billion) for May 2016, up 4.9% on year and 10.1% sequentially.

HMI shareholders approve 2015 dividend of NT$16

Jun 8, 14:03

Shareholders of Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, have approved the distribution of a NT$16 (US$0.50) cash dividend per share for 2015.

Global semiconductor sales decrease in April, says SIA

Jun 8, 14:01

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$25.8 billion for the month of April 2016, a decrease of 1.0% from last month's total of US$26.1 billion and 6.2% lower than the April 2015 total of US$27.6 billion. Additionally, a new WSTS industry...

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

Jun 8, 10:01

Taiwan's May 2016 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.42 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.37% on month but increased 1.24% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 85.07 rose 0.94% on month but dropped 2.80% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget,...

ASE May revenues fall on year

Jun 7, 22:24

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.6 billion (US$638.8 million) for May 2016, up 1.9% sequentially but down 11.8% on year.

Taiwan May export value up on month, down on year

Jun 7, 22:16

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.54 billion for May 2016, increasing 5.8% on month but decreasing 9.6% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$20.04 billion rose 14.8% on month but fell 3.4% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on June...

TSMC chairman optimistic about ASE-SPIL merger

Jun 7, 22:06

Morris Chang, founder and chairman of pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), said at a recent company event that he is happy to see the merger deal reached between Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL).

Global 1Q16 semiconductor equipment billings fall 13%, says SEMI

Jun 7, 16:05

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$8.3 billion in the first quarter of 2016, according to SEMI. The billings figure is 3% higher than the prior quarter, but 13% lower than the same quarter a year ago.

TSMC to outgrow global chip industry in 2016, says chairman

Jun 7, 15:52

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will manage to post revenue and profit growth in 2016 despite unfavorable market conditions during the year, according to company chairman Morris Chang.

SPIL reports increased May revenues

Jun 7, 11:47

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.46 billion (US$231 million) for May 2016, up 9.3% sequentially and 0.7% on year.

MediaTek chip shortage to ease in 3Q16

Jun 7, 11:45

The ongoing tight supply of MediaTek's major 4-in-1 connectivity chip series for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphone solutions is expected to ease completely in the third quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.

PTI May revenues increase

Jun 7, 11:43

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.8 billion (US$117.6 million) for May 2016, up 5.2% sequentially and 10.7% on year.

KYEC May revenues hit record for 3rd straight month

Jun 6, 14:41

IC testing company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.71 billion (US$52.6 million) for May 2016, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive month.

TSMC to enjoy full utilization of 16nm capacity through September, says report

Newswatch - Jun 6, 14:28

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to enjoy full utilization of 16nm process production capacity through September, thanks to robust demand for non-Apple devices, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

TSMC buys equipment from HMI

Stockwatch - Jun 3, 16:07

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purchased a batch of machinery equipment from Hermes Microvision (HMI), a provider of electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions, for NT$541 million (US$16.6 million).

ChipMOS to see revenues grow in 2016, capex to reach NT$3-4 billion

Newswatch - Jun 1, 21:53

LCD driver IC backend service company ChipMOS Technologies expects its sales to grow by a single-digit rate in 2016, with its capex for the year to reach NT$3-4 billion (US$92.04-122.72 million), according to company chairman Shih-Jye Cheng.

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