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Digitimes Research: Korea kicks off semiconductor development projects

Sep 1, 14:35

Aiming at becoming the world's second largest system IC producer in 2025, Korea has mapped out a seven-point development project to develop related IC products, including core architecture of application processors, power management (PWM) ICs, SoC (system on chip) solutions and integrated software,...

UMC makes investments in Fujitsu Semiconductor subsidiary

Newswatch - Aug 29, 15:54

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has said it will invest JPY5 billion (US$48.1 million) in a new subsidiary set up by Fujitsu Semiconductor. UMC will hold a 9.3% stake in the new company.

Digitimes Research: Shipments of 64-bit application processors to grow fast in 2H14

Aug 29, 12:38

Shipments of 64-bit application processors (APs) are expected to start gaining momentum in the second half of 2014 due to combined efforts by chipmakers, system providers as well as the support from Google, according to Digitimes Research.

EPA passes initial environmental impact assessment for TSMC planned 18-inch fab

Aug 28, 15:03

A special panel of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has approved the environmental impact assessment for a piece of land designated for construction of an 18-inch fab by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Production schedules at 12-inch fabs begin to loosen

Aug 28, 12:07

While most 8-inch fabs of major foundries are expected to run at full capacity until the end of 2014, production schedules at 12-inch fabs, particularly those of second-tier foundry houses, are said to have begun to loosen as some IC players have been reducing their wafer start orders, according to...

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.07 in July, says SEMI

Aug 27, 15:41

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that US$107 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

Allied Telesis to cease imports of Spansion devices alleged of infringement

Aug 27, 15:07

Japan-based Allied Telesis has agreed to a consent order to cease all US imports of products containing Spansion devices alleged of patent infringement, according to a statement from Macronix International.

Intel sees proportion for entry-level notebook CPUs rise to 60-70%

Aug 27, 14:53

Along with notebook vendors launching more inexpensive models, Intel has seen the shipment proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs, namely its Pentium and Celeron series, increase from 50-60% in the first half of 2014 to 60-70% currently, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

China IC industry support fund looking for investment targets

Aug 26, 21:59

The CNY120 billion (US$19.5 billion) investment fund set up by the China government in 2014 to support development of its IC industry reportedly has begun looking for investment targets, according to industry sources.

Manz and other equipment suppliers to showcase latest production solutions at Touch Taiwan 2014

Aug 26, 14:24

Germany-based Manz AG and a number of Taiwan-based PCB and LCD panel equipment suppliers will showcase their latest production equipment for the PCB and flat panel industries at Touch Taiwan 2014 to be held in Taipei from August 27-29.

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

Aug 25, 21:50

Taiwan reported a manufacturing production index (2011 as a base year) of 112.27 for July 2014, increasing by 3.85% on month and by 6.77% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on August 25.

TSMC to start 16nm volume production in 1Q15, says report

Newswatch - Aug 25, 16:02

Taiwan Semiconductor Mnufacturing Company (TSMC) will advance volume production on its 16nm process to the first quarter of 2015 with monthly output of 50,000 wafers in order to meet demand for Apple's A9 processors, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has reported.

IC packaging material distributor Niching looks to 5-10% sequential revenue growth in 3Q14

Aug 25, 13:38

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial is expected to see its revenues grow 5-10% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014, buoyed by rising capacity utilization rates at IC testing/packaging service companies, according to industry sources.

Samsung reportedly resumes supply of mobile RAM for new iPhone

Aug 22, 12:18

Samsung Electronics reportedly has made a comeback into the supplier list for mobile RAM chips for Apple's next-generation iPhone slated for release in September, according to industry sources.

Taiwan July unemployment rate at 4.02%, says DGBAS

Aug 22, 11:09

Taiwan had 464,000 jobless citizens in July 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.02% which rose by 0.10 ppt on month but dropped by 0.23ppt on year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Scientech to ramp wet-process semiconductor equipment

Aug 21, 22:03

Equipment supplier Scientech has had its 12-inch wet-process semiconductor equipment verified by IC backend service firms, paving the way for the firm to ramp up shipments beginning the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

Taiwan science parks 1H14 revenues up 0.14% on year, says MOST

Aug 21, 11:57

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.065 trillion (US$35.48 billion) in first-half 2014, growing 0.14% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Foreign direct investment in Taiwan reaches US$2.47 billion in January-July

Aug 21, 11:18

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,979 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$2.47 billion in January-July 2014, respectively increasing by 13.15% and decreasing by 11.49% on year, according to MOEA.

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

Aug 20, 18:58

Taiwan received export orders worth US$38.18 billion in total in July 2014, decreasing 1.6% on month but increasing 5.7% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on August 20.

IC testing firm Ardentec to ramp capacity by 50%

Aug 20, 15:21

Wafer and mixed-signal IC testing service company Ardentec has completed construction of a new cleanroom measuring 4,300 square meters. Utilizing the new cleanroom, Ardentec will be able to ramp its capacity by 50%, which will enable it to meet market demand in 2015-2016, according to company president...

Ardentec president Chi-ming Chang

Digitimes Research: Revenues of top-3 Taiwan foundry houses to leap 13% on quarter in 3Q14

Aug 20, 10:37

Combined revenues of the top-three Taiwan-based foundry houses are expected to top US$8.47 billion in the third quarter of 2014, increasing 13.4% from the previous quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

SPIL to take over idle ProMOS 12-inch fab for NT$6.4 billion

Aug 19, 22:06

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has won the bid to take over the idle 12-inch fab of ProMOS Technologies for NT$6.4 billion (US$213.62 million). SPIL will use the fab to develop its high-end 2.5D/3D IC testing/packaging technologies.

Sporton International expects continued growth in 3Q14 revenues

Aug 19, 20:36

Sporton International, a Taiwan-based testing, inspection and certification service provider for electronics products, expects its sales for the third quarter of 2014 to outpace the amount recorded a quarter earlier judging from orders received so far of the third quarter, according to company vice...

Sporton vice chairman Wang Hsin-tien

Taiwan semiconductor supply chain to be affected by Apple CPU orders

Aug 15, 15:51

The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs and related peripheral chips on the supply chain of Taiwan's semiconductor industry will widen in 2015, forcing IC design houses to place wafer orders earlier in the year, according to industry sources.

TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked

Aug 14, 22:23

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources.

Wafer foundry houses seeking better cooling solutions

Aug 14, 11:00

Wafer foundry houses reportedly have been seeking cooperation with cooling module makers looking to apply cooling solutions into chips during the manufacturing process. So far the cooperation is still at an early stage and no substantial results have been achieved, according to sources from cooling...

ChipMOS to take a 19% share of JMC Electronics

Aug 14, 10:33

LCD driver IC backend service company ChipMOS Technologies will take up a 19% stake of COF (chip on film) substrate provider JMC Electronics, a subsidiary of Chang Wah Electromaterials, for NT$199 million (US$6.63 million), according to a ChipMOS statement.

TSMC approves new capex spending for advanced capacity expansion

Aug 12, 21:49

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has approved the appropriation of NT$91.03 billion (US$3.05 billion) for advanced capacity expansion, conversion of certain logic capacity to specialty technologies, building and facility installation as well as capacity setup for advanced packaging...

More IC vendors seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC

Aug 12, 13:53

More fabless IC design houses are seeking wafer production capacity at Samsung Electronics, Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) due to extremely tight production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC),...

ProMOS idle 12-inch fab is up for grabs

Aug 11, 12:19

A number of semiconductor firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Micron Technology, Globalfoundries and Toshiba, are likely to participate in an open bid for taking over an idle 12-inch fab owned by ProMOS Technologies, according to industry sources.

TSMC July revenues hit all-time high

Aug 11, 11:21

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its revenues hit a record high of NT$64.93 billion (US$2.16 billion) in July, increasing 7.6% sequentially and 24.6% on year.

Taiwan July export value down on month, says MOF

Aug 7, 19:24

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$26.77 billion for July 2014, decreasing 0.1% on month but increasing 5.8% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$24.16 billion slipped 3% on month but rose 9.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on...

Inotera revenues stay flat in July

Aug 7, 15:13

Inotera Memories has reported revenues of NT$6.87 billion (US$228.85 million) for July, down 1.3% sequentially but up 27.2% on year. For the first seven months, revenues totaled NT$48.54 billion, increasing 81.3% from a year earlier.

KYEC reports revenue gains for July

Newswatch - Aug 6, 21:58

IC backend service company King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has reported revenues of NT$1.5 billion (US$50.04 million) for July, increasing 4.5% from the previous month and 15.3% from a year earlier. Accumulated revenues through July 2014 totaled NT$9.16 billion, up 8.2% on year.

UMC enters volume production of NJR MEMS microphones

Aug 6, 21:43

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reached volume production of MEMS microphone products for New Japan Radio (NJR), according to a joint announcement by the companies.

Qualcomm, MediaTek seeking additional 28nm PolySiON production capacity at UMC

Aug 5, 22:01

Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources.

Taiwan July CPI down on month, says DGBAS

Aug 5, 12:16

Taiwan's July 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.39 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.04% sequentially but increased 1.75% on year, while the wholesale price index (WPI) of 96.84% slipped 0.13% sequentially but grew 0.81% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics...

VIS reports flat earnings for 2Q14, wafer shipments to grow 6-8% in 3Q14

Aug 5, 12:14

Wafer foundry service provider Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has reported net profits of NT$1.32 billion (US$44 million) for the second quarter of 2014, down 1.5% from the previous quarter.

China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC

Aug 4, 14:05

More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources.

PCB/LCD equipment supplier Asia Neo Tech to debut on Taiwan OTC market

Aug 1, 15:07

Taiwan-based PCB and LCD equipment supplier Asia Neo Tech Industrial will debut on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market on August 25 with an initial price of NT$60 (US$2) per share.

UMC to ramp 28nm wafer capacity

Aug 1, 14:58

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) plans to ramp up its capacity for 28nm 12-inch wafers to 12,000 units by the fourth quarter of 2014 and further expand to 25,000 units in 2015.

Taiwan 2Q14 economic growth rate upward adjusted to 3.84%, says DGBAS

Aug 1, 10:44

Taiwan's economic growth rate, on-year growth in GDP, in the second quarter of 2014 has been upward adjusted from 2.79% estimated in May 2014 to 3.84%, according to an advance estimate released by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on July 31.

Macronix to start 8-inch OEM wafer business

Jul 31, 15:04

NOR flash supplier Macronix International plans to cash in on the tight production at 8-inch fabs by starting an 8-inch OEM wafer business, according to company president CY Lu. The company currently focuses on production of NOR flash, NAND flash and ROM chips.

Macronix president CY LU

SPIL looks to flat performance in 3Q14

Jul 31, 11:54

IC backend service provider Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) expects its sales to stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 due to inventory adjustments at the non-Apple camp, according to company chairman Bough Lin.

UMC looks to 1-5% wafer shipment growth in 3Q14

Jul 31, 11:11

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) expects its wafer shipments to grow within a range of 5% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 as its capacity utilization rate has reached a relatively high level, according to company CEO Po-wen Yen.

ASE posts EPS of NT$0.64 for 2Q14

Jul 30, 21:57

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) posted net profits of NT$5.09 billion (US$169.89 million) for the second quarter of 2014, up 48% from a quarter earlier. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.64 for the quarter.

UMC to post single-digit revenue growth in 3Q14

Jul 30, 14:33

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) is expected to post a sequential single-digit revenue growth in the third quarter of 2014, propelled by 28nm orders from smartphone solution vendor MediaTek, according to industry sources.

Hermes Microvision revenues to stay flat in 3Q14

Jul 30, 12:08

E-beam inspection equipment supplier Hermes Microvision (HMI) expects its sales to stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter as some buyers will delay shipments to the fourth quarter.

PTI reports EPS NT$1.96 for 1H14

Newswatch - Jul 25, 11:25

Memory backend service company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported net profits of NT$2.09 billion (US$69.69 million) for the first half of 2014, translating into an EPS of NT$1.96 for the six-month period.

TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

Jul 24, 19:30

On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

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