IC manufacturing
  • The success and proliferation of integrated circuits has largely hinged on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money, according to IC Insights. Driving down the cost of ICs (on a per-function or per-performance basis) is inescapably tied to...
  • Samsung Electronics has announced that it has broken ground on a new EUV (extreme ultraviolet) line in Hwaseong, Korea, aiming to maintain its leadership in state-of-the-art semiconductor technology.
  • Semiconductor and LCD equipment supplier Nova Technology has reported net profits of NT$447 million (US$15.3 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$3.34 billion for 2017. Both results hit record-high levels. EPS for the year reached NT$15.07.
  • Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has revealed it approved 292 foreign direct investment projects (excluding those from China) totaling US$365.49 million in January 2018, respectively increasing 47.47% and decreasing 0.37% on year.
  • Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Technologies have announced their intention to expand their decade-long foundry relationship into EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography process technology, including the manufacture of future Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets using Samsung's 7nm LPP (Low Power...
  • SPIL chairman Bough Lin
    Bough Lin, chairman of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), has disclosed that it had never occurred to him that his company would one day merge with one of its major competitors, but the merger with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is neccessary step to avoid cut throat competition that...
  • Chroma Ate, which provides integrated and customized solutions for test and measurement instruments, saw its pre-tax profits surge 52.9% on year to a record high of NT$3.12 billion (US$106.9 million) in 2017. Pre-tax EPS came to NT$7.58.
  • The 10 largest semiconductor R&D spenders increased their collective expenditures to US$35.9 billion in 2017, an increase of 6% compared to US$34.0 billion in 2016, according to IC Insights.
  • Semiconductor and LCD equipment supplier Csun Manufacturing has reported net profits of NT$403 million (US$13.79 million) for 2017, increasing 91.9% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$2.70 for the year, the highest in seven years.
  • The production value of Taiwan's IC packaging and testing industry sector is expected to increase 4-5% in 2018, according to the government-funded Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK).
  • Cleanroom and turnkey equipment supplier Acter has enjoyed strong orders for new fab constructions from China's IC manufacturing, packaging and testing, and optoelectronics sectors, according to the Taiwan-based company.
  • Taiwan's economic growth rate for fourth-quarter 2017 reached 3.28%, the same as the preliminary figure estimated in January, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said on February 13.
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$8 (US$0.27) cash dividend per share for 2017. The proposal will be discussed and decided at TSMC's annual general meeting on June 5.
  • Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) has signed a pact with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) to jointly carry out research projects and promote dual-degree programs, in a bid to push for more Indian science and engineering students to study and work in Taiwan to strengthen Taiwan's...
  • Shareholders of both Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) have approved the companies' plan to merge under a new holding company.
  • IC industry wafer capacity, specifically in the memory segment, was inadequate to meet demand throughout 2017. However, new IC manufacturing lines are expected to boost industry capacity by 8% in both 2018 and 2019, according to IC Insights.
  • SMIC gearing up for FinFET technology development
    China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is scheduled to enter volume production of chips fabricated using 28nm HKMG and HKMG+ processes in the second half of 2018, according to company co-CEO Liang Mong Song.
  • Pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its January revenues hit a three-month high, while fellow company Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) saw revenues decrease 4% on month.
  • Consolidated revenues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) fell to a six-month low of NT$79.74 billion (US$2.72 billion) in January 2018.
  • Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) expects to post revenues of between NT$6.2 billion (US$211 million) and NT$6.6 billion in the first quarter of 2018, compared with NT$6.38 billion in the prior quarter.
  • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$23.59 billion (US$803.1 million) for January 2018, down 15.7% sequentially but up 4% on year.
  • IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has disclosed it has spent a total of NT$710.71 million (US$24.3 million) on equipment from Kulicke and Soffa Industries for its subsidiary in Suzhou, China.
  • IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) has reported net profits of NT$736 million (US$25.2 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$3.11 billion for 2017. EPS for the year hit a record high of NT$23.51.
  • After securing orders from STMicroelectronics, Globalfoundries' 22nm FD-SOI (22FDX) process is being evaluated by hundreds of potential customers looking to use a more advanced fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator process to manufacture their chip solutions, according to company SVP Alain Mutricy.
  • Taiwan export value totaled US$27.38 billion in January 2018, slipping 7.2% sequentially but growing 15.3% on year, recording on-year growth for the 16th consecutive month. Import value totaled US$24.96 billion, up 6.8% sequentially and 23.3% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

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