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Taiwan makers in China less interested in additional investment, says TEEMA

Oct 24, 15:53

Manufacturers set up by Taiwan's citizens in China have become less interested and less willing to make additional investments in China and are instead considering relocating factories to India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Taiwan mainly because of rising costs, according to a survey of investments...

Intel Global Summit 2014 to focus on IoT, smart wearable devices, say Taiwan makers

Oct 24, 11:20

The Intel Global Summit 2014, which takes place November 3-5, is likely to focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart wearable devices, according to industry sources.

Taiwan September manufacturing production index down on month, up on year, says MOEA

Oct 23, 21:45

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 109.26 for September 2014, decreasing 1.08% on month and but increasing 11.03% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on October 23.

eMemory NeoEE IP advances into automotive electronics applications

Oct 23, 11:15

Silicon IP provider eMemory has announced that it has upgraded the specifications of its MTP (multiple times programmable), low-power NeoEE IP for automotive electronics applications.

KYEC posts EPS NT$1.71 for January-September period

Newswatch - Oct 23, 11:12

IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported net profits of NT$2.03 billion (US$66.84 million) or NT$1.71 per share for the first three quarters of 2014.

China companies to raid talent from Taiwan semiconductor industry

Oct 22, 15:14

China-based companies reportedly plan to raid talent from Taiwan's semiconductor industry offering monthly pay equal or higher than five-fold that received in Taiwan currently, according to industry sources.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$3.6 billion in January-September, says MOEA

Oct 22, 12:16

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has said it approved 2,567 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$3.620 billion in January-September 2014, respectively increasing 11.22% and decreasing 0.18% on year.

North America semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 0.94 in September, says SEMI

Oct 21, 22:33

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.17 billion in orders worldwide in September 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.94, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.94 meant that US$94 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Taiwan science parks January-August total revenues up 1.75% on year, says MOST

Oct 21, 11:49

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.459 trillion (US$48.64 billion) in January-August 2014, growing 1.75% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Taiwan sees increased September export order value, says MOEA

Oct 20, 21:03

Taiwan received export orders worth US$43.31 billion in total in September 2014, increasing by 13.4% on month and by 12.7% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on October 20.

VIS hiking production at 8-inch fab

Oct 20, 11:45

Wafer foundry service provider Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has increased monthly output at its 8-inch Fab 3 to 26,000 wafers since September and will increase to 27,000-28,000 units in the fourth quarter, according to company president Leuh Fang.

TSMC to start production of 16nm process products in 2Q15

Oct 17, 11:39

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET process products in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2015, according to company co-CEO CC Wei.

TSMC posts net income of over NT$76 billion for 3Q14

Oct 16, 14:37

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$209.05 billion (US$6.88 billion), net income of NT$76.34 billion, and diluted earnings per share of NT$2.94 (US$0.49 per ADR unit) for the third quarter of 2014.

TSMC reportedly lands CPU orders for Apple next-generation iPad

Oct 15, 11:36

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter.

UMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, say sources

Oct 14, 11:42

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has obtained orders for 5-band 10-mode LTE chips based on a 28nm process from Qualcomm, with shipments to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

UMC to build 12-inch fab in Xiamen, keep 28/14nm production in Taiwan

Oct 13, 13:56

Having reached an agreement to invest in a 12-inch fab in Xiamen, China recently, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has insisted that it will keep its advanced manufacturing processes, mainly 28/14nm processes, in Taiwan.

Wafer supplies to affect 4Q14 performance at Taiwan-based IC design houses

Oct 13, 11:48

Some Taiwan-based LCD driver and analog IC vendors have indicated that their performance for the fourth quarter of 2014 will hinge on the supply of 8-inch wafers from major foundry houses, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Vanguard...

UMC sees September revenues rise

Stockwatch - Oct 9, 16:38

UMC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.256 billion (US$408.5 million) for September 2014, representing a 7.37% increase on month and 12.96% increase on year.

TSMC September revenues increase

Stockwatch - Oct 9, 16:35

TSMC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$74.846 billion (US$2.5 billion) for September 2014, representing a 8.04% increase on month and 35.14% increase on year.

Alchip to build Bitcoin mining ASICs on 16nm process in 2015

Oct 9, 14:38

Alchip Technologies, a leading fabless IC design house specializing in Bitcoin mining ASICs, plans to migrate to a 16nm process in 2015 from the current 28nm process. Alchip has been outsourcing chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

ASE reports strong sales for September

Newswatch - Oct 9, 12:26

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) saw its revenues gain 22.5% on month and 25.8% on year to reach an all-time high of NT$25.65 billion (US$843.03 million) for September.

PTI reports on-year increase in September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 8, 15:40

PTI has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.461 billion (US$115.4 million) for September 2014, representing a 1.87% drop on month and 14.8% increase on year.

Taiwan September export value up on year, says MOF

Oct 8, 10:52

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$26.43 billion for September 2014, decreasing 5.9% sequentially but increasing 4.7% on year, while the month's total import value of US$22.93 billion slipped 4.4% on month but rose 0.2% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

KYEC, Sigurd see sales remain strong in September

Newswatch - Oct 7, 15:08

IC backend service companies King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) and Sigurd Microelectronics both saw their sales remain relatively strong in September despite seasonal factors.

Hard for Samsung to compete with TSMC for Apple A9 processor orders, say Taiwan makers

Oct 7, 12:34

While Samsung Electronics has attempted to offer low quotes to obtain 14nm FinFET foundry orders for A9 processors from Apple in 2015, it may be difficult for the Korea-based company to win the orders due to the yield rate issue of its 14nm FinFET process, according to sources at Taiwan's semiconductor...

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10nm FinFET process

Oct 6, 09:43

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10nm FinFET process technology. Because of the success in scaling from 20nm SoC to 16nm FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again...

Leadframe maker Jih Lin expects to post EPS of NT$3 in 2014

Oct 2, 18:49

Leadframe maker Jih Lin Technology expects its sales in the second half of 2014 to match that of the first half and will generate an EPS of NT$3 (NT$0.10) for the year, according to company chairman Tsai Shang-yuan.

China-based foundry house XMC ties up with Spansion to develop 3D NAND flash chips

Oct 1, 13:56

China-based 12-inch wafer foundry house XMC reportedly has teamed up with Spansion to jointly develop and produce 3D NAND flash chips, with trial production to begin in 2016 and volume production in 2017, according to industry sources.

TSMC, ARM announce silicon validation of ARM Cortex CPUs on 16nm FinFET process

Oct 1, 12:02

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and ARM have jointly announced the results from a key FinFET silicon validation of the ARM big.LITTLE implementation, using ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors on TSMC's advanced 16nm FinFET (16FF) process technology.

TSMC launches ultra-low power technology platform for IoT and wearable device applications

Sep 29, 23:11

TSMC has announced an ultra-low power technology platform aimed at a wide range of applications for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device markets that require a wide spectrum of technologies. In this platform, TSMC offers multiple processes to provide significant power reduction...

Intel investments in Tsinghua may benefit China over processor development

Sep 29, 22:55

Intel has signed a contract with China-based Tsinghua Unigroup and will invest CNY9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in the company. Sources from PC players believe China is looking to acquire some of Intel's technologies through the cooperation and will use these technologies to improve its China-designed...

China foundry houses wooing orders from Taiwan IC suppliers

Sep 29, 12:35

China-based foundry houses, including Shanghai Huali Microelectronics, XMC and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), have stepped up efforts to solicit foundry orders from Taiwan-based IC design houses, according to industry sources.

Leading-edge IC foundry market forecast to increase 72% in 2014, says IC Insights

Sep 26, 16:18

Of the big-four pure-play foundries (i.e., TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC, and SMIC), TSMC is the only one that is expected to have a higher revenue-per-wafer figure in 2014 than in 2010. Of the big-four foundries, TSMC is forecast to have the highest revenues per wafer in 2014 at US$1,328, 27% higher...

TSMC releases networking processors based on 16nm FinFET

Sep 26, 11:12

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced the successful production of ARM-based networking processors using its advanced 16nm FinFET foundry technology through collaboration with China-based IC design house HiSilicon Technologies, its first 16nm FinFET client, and indicated that...

TSMC to hire 2,200 new employees in 4Q14

Sep 25, 14:48

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to hire an additional 2,200 new employees in the fourth quarter of 2014. The number of new employees recruited by TSMC in Taiwan and globally will total 6,000 in the year.

Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity

Sep 25, 11:58

Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources.

SMIC ready to begin OEM production of NAND flash chips

Sep 24, 21:59

China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) is ready to enter OEM production of NAND flash chips, according to industry sources.

Taiwan August manufacturing production index down on month, says MOEA

Sep 24, 10:59

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 110.56 for August 2014, decreasing by 1.54% on month and but increasing by 7.20% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Micron reportedly in talks with PTI for setting up IC packaging/testing firm

Sep 24, 10:34

Micron Technology reportedly has held back plans to set up a joint IC packaging/testing company in China with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and instead may build a backend service company in cooperation with Powertech Technology (PTI), according to industry sources.

Taiwan August export order value slightly up on month, says MOEA

Sep 23, 10:42

Taiwan received export orders totaling US$38.21 billion in August 2014, increasing 0.1% on month and 5.2% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Digitimes Research: Intel, Rockchip look to expand x86 presence in tablet AP market

Sep 22, 15:46

Seeing the lack of strong growth in the PC market and excess wafer capacity, Intel is looking to resolve its problems by pushing it mobile product business. However, ARM's dominance in the mobile industry is forcing Intel to rely on giving out subsidies to partners to increase its presence in the market...

TSMC, UMC ramping wafer production capacity in China

Sep 22, 15:22

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) are ramping up the wafer production capacity of their 8-inch fabs in China to cope with rising demand, according to industry sources.

Taiwan August unemployment rate at 4.08%, says DGBAS

Sep 22, 10:40

Taiwan had 473,000 jobless citizens in August 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.08%, which rose by 0.06 ppt on month but dropped by 0.25 ppt on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

STMicroelectronics sees increasing MEMS applications in wearable, IoT markets

Sep 19, 16:14

STMicroelectronics has shipped over 8.5 billion MEMS chips and expects applications for MEMS chips in the wearable device, fitness/health monitoring and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors to gain momentum, according to executive vice president Benedetto Vigna.

Semi material distributors Topco, Wah Lee brace for strong sales in 4Q14

Sep 19, 12:08

Semiconductor material suppliers Topco Scientific and Wah Lee Industrial will see their sales momentum continue to the end of 2014, buoyed by the ramping of 28nm and 20nm process products by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.

TSMC confident of keeping global market share of over 80% for 28nm processes in 2015, says CFO

Sep 19, 10:21

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has offered a full range of 28nm foundry technology solutions covering entry-level, mid-range and high-end processes and therefore is confident of maintaining a global 28nm market share of over 80% in 2015, according to company CFO and senior vice president...

Global semiconductor market expects over 3% on-year growth in 2015, says MIC

Sep 18, 16:15

Global semiconductor market value is estimated to reach approximately US$336.3 billion units in 2015, up 3.1% in comparison to 2014, delighted by the arrival of the Apple Watch and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, according to MIC. Shipment value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will grow 6% on...

TSMC sees follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Sep 16, 22:33

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Asia-Pacific dominates IC sales in largest system categories in 2014, says IC Insights

Sep 16, 16:23

Asia-Pacific is forecast to account for nearly 59% of the US$285.9 billion IC market in 2014, followed by the Americas region, Europe, and Japan. The Asia-Pacific region is particularly dominant with regard to IC market share in the computer and communications categories, and to a lesser extent in...

Central Taiwan Innovation Park inaugurated

Sep 16, 15:13

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on September 15 inaugurated the Central Taiwan Innovation Park, which will conduct R&D for intelligent equipment technology used in precision machinery and advanced greenhouse engineering, and equipment for use in sub-tropical agricultural production, according...

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