HMI slips to loss in April
Stockwatch - May 26, 16:04
Following various Taiwan-based media outlets reporting market watchers' optimistic earnings forecasts for Hermes Microvision (HMI), which has recently boosted the share price of the e-beam inspection equipment provider significantly, HMI has been requested by Taiwan's GreTai (over-the-counter) Securities...
HMI EPS for 2015 to rise
Stockwatch - May 25, 22:05
Inspection equipment manufacturer Hermes Microvision (HMI) is expected to report an EPS of NT$55.45 (US$1.82) for 2015, compared with NT$45.60 in 2014, a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report quoted market watchers as saying.
Gudeng enters mass production of mask cases for LCDs
May 22, 15:18
Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, has entered mass production of photomask cases for the manufacture of large-size TFT LCDs, according to the company.
iPhone shipments to reach over 230 million in 2015, says firm
May 22, 10:57
The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone, rumored to be called iPhone 6S, will enter mass production in June 2015 and be shipped in the third quarter of the year, with the quarterly shipments projected to reach 24 million units, according to TrendForce.
Taiwan unemployment rate down in April, says DGBAS
May 22, 10:52
Taiwan had 421,000 jobless citizens in April 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.63% which dropped 0.09pp on month and 0.28pp on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
Xintec profits soar in 1Q15
Stockwatch - May 21, 21:23
Taiwan's Xintec, an affiliate of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) specializing in packaging services for CMOS image sensors as well as MEMS and fingerprint sensors, saw its profits soar almost 300% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2015.
Cirrus Logic shifts orders to TSMC
May 21, 21:05
Cirrus Logic has reportedly shifted its orders back to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) from Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), as the audio chip provider is looking to upgrade its entire product line which will require 12-inch processing.
2014 banner year for global industrial semiconductors, says IHS
May 21, 11:04
Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues totaled US$40.4 billion in 2014, up from US$34.3 billion in 2013, according to IHS. The 18% increase follows solid growth of 13% in 2013, a decline of 3% in 2012 and 12% growth in 2011. The strong performance achieved in 2014 represents the highest annual...
Qualcomm to step out of TSMC top-5 client list in 2H15
May 20, 20:59
Qualcomm may not serve as one of the top-five clients for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the second half of 2015 as the US-based chipmaker has placed more 14nm orders with Samsung Electronics, while giving more 28nm orders to United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor...
Power management semiconductor market rises 7% in 2014, says IHS
May 19, 22:16
After less-than-stellar market growth in 2013, the market for power management semiconductors surged in 2014. Even after a seasonal revenue decline of roughly 5% in the fourth quarter of 2014, global power semiconductor market revenues grew nearly 7%, according to IHS.
GaAs IC firms look to strong growth in 2H15
May 19, 22:09
GaAs IC foundries Win Semiconductors and Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC), and GaAs epi-wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) are set to report significant revenue growth for the second half of 2015, according to market observers.
Digitimes Research: Taiwan top foundries to see revenues fall 4.5% in 2Q15
May 19, 15:13
Taiwan's major IC foundries will see their combined revenues decrease 4.5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Weaker-than-expected smartphone shipments as well as downward pressure on the world economy have prompted many of IC suppliers to continue adjusting...
Phison nets NT$4.52 per share for 1Q15
Stockwatch - May 18, 21:48
Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, a provider of NAND flash device controller ICs, has reported a net EPS of NT$4.52 (US$0.15) for the first quarter of 2015 compared with NT$4.15 a year earlier.
China venture capital firm may target Macronix, Winbond for acquistion, says paper
Newswatch - May 18, 15:48
China-based venture capital firm SummitView Capital may switch its acquisition targets to Macronix International or Winbond Electronics as its attempt to buy US-based memory chip design house Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) may block by a tender offer from Cypress Semiconductor, according to a Chinese-language...
Tong Hsing sees profits down over 30% in 1Q15
Newswatch - May 18, 10:55
IC test service and ceramic substrate supplier Tong Hsing Electronic Industries saw its net profits decline 37.7% on quarter and 33.3% on year to NT$209 million (US$6.87 million) in the first quarter of 2015.
ASE and TDK team up for IC embedded substrates
May 15, 15:38
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and TDK have announced that the companies will enter into an agreement to establish a joint venture company to manufacture IC embedded substrates using TDK's SESUB (semiconductor embedded in substrate) module technology.
KYEC optimistic about 3Q15
May 13, 21:29
IC testing company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) expects to deliver steady performance in the second quarter of 2015, and is optimistic about its business outlook for the second half of the year.
SPIL to see sales rebound in May, says paper
May 13, 21:25
IC packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), which saw its revenues decrease 6.6% sequentially in April, is expected to see its May revenues rebound, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
TSMC to make SSD controller chips for Apple, say sources
May 13, 15:28
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, in addition to recent orders from Marvell Technology and Phison Electronics, according to industry sources.
TI strengthens analog market share, says IC Insights
May 13, 10:36
Texas Instruments (TI) was again the leading supplier of analog devices in 2014 with US$8.1 billion in sales, and increased its analog market share to 18%, while Skyworks Solutions was among the top analog chip suppliers showing the strongest growth thanks to orders from Apple, according to IC Insig...
UMC to raise US$600 million via ECB issue
May 12, 22:03
United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced plans to raise US$600 million via a Euro convertible bond (ECB) issue, which will take place on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) starting May 18.
SMIC 1Q15 profits more than double
May 12, 21:52
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) saw its first-quarter 2015 profits more than double, with gross margin reaching a 10-year high of 29.4%.
HMI April revenues fall
May 12, 21:47
Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, has reported consolidated revenues for April 2015 fell 82.7% on month and 77.7% on year to NT$171 million (US$5.6 million).
VIS, Chipbond report decreased revenues for April
May 12, 14:56
IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) and backend house ChipbondTechnology, both of which have more than 50% of their sales generated from the panel driver IC sector, have announced sequential decreases of 6.4% and 2.6%, respectively, in April revenues.
ASE revenues increase on year in April
Stockwatch - May 11, 16:26
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.028 billion (US$716.87 million) for April 2015, representing a 1.33% drop on month and 15.84% increase on year.
Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments to China to grow 18.6% sequentially
May 11, 16:08
Tablet application processor (AP) shipments to China are estimated to grow 18.6% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015 to reach about 29 million units as demand from the end market starts to recover. Top-3 suppliers in China's tablet AP market, MediaTek, Rockchip and Intel, together will contribute...
Commentary: TSMC to continue to lead in 28nm process segment
May 11, 16:05
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will continue to lead in the 28nm process segment despite mounting competition from Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and even Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).
Taiwan sees decreased April export value, says MOF
May 11, 11:11
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$23.49 billion for April 2015, decreasing 7.1% on month and 11.7% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$18.73 billion fell 11.7% on month and 22.1% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on May 8.
TSMC reports revenue growth for April
May 8, 16:03
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced its net revenues for April 2015 on a consolidated basis. Revenues for April 2015 were approximately NT$75.33 billion (US$2.45 billion), an increase of 4.2% from March 2015 and an increase of 21.7% over April 2014. Revenues for January...
UMC revenues increase in April
Stockwatch - May 8, 15:43
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$13.021 billion (US$423.92 million) for April 2015, representing a 2.44% increase on month and 12.94% increase on year.
Kinsus to post 5-10% revenue growth in 2Q15, says report
Stockwatch - May 8, 10:37
IC substrate maker Kinsus Interconnect Technology is expected to report revenue growth of 5-10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, as its shipments for new smartphones and wearable devices kick off, according to a recent Chinese-language Apple Daily report.
PTI reports increased April revenues
Stockwatch - May 7, 22:33
Memory packaging and testing specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced April consolidated revenues grew 2.8% sequentially to NT$3.375 billion (US$109.7 million).