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Ardentec to complete acquisition of Giga Solution in 3Q17

Mar 24, 16:01

Taiwan-based Ardentec, which holds a 63.84% stake in RFIC testing specialist Giga Solution Tech, is buying Giga Solution's remaining shares with the acquisition scheduled to complete in the third quarter of 2017.

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

Mar 24, 10:38

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 98.15 for February 2017, decreasing 7.21% on month but increasing 13.97% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on March 23.

SPIL to pay NT$1.75 cash dividend for 2016

Mar 24, 10:35

IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has decided to distribute a cash dividend of NT$1.75 (US$0.06) for 2016, according to a resolution passed by the company's board of directors.

TSMC to start installing equipment at Nanjing fab in 2H17

Mar 24, 10:31

Equipment move-in will take place at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) Nanjing plant in the second half of 2017, according to Roger Luo, president for TSMC Nanjing. The new 12-inch facility is set to begin pilot production in the first half of 2018 followed by volume production in...

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Win Semi to deal out cash dividend of NT$4.50 for 2016

Mar 24, 10:29

Win Semiconductors' board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$4.50 (US$0.15) cash dividend per share for 2016, when the company generated a record NT$6.04 in EPS.

Samsung, eSilicon tape out 14nm network processor with Rambus 28G SerDes solution

Mar 23, 21:14

Samsung Electronics has announced a successful network processor tape-out based on Samsung's 14LPP (Low-Power Plus) process technology in collaboration with eSilicon and Rambus. This achievement is built on Samsung's cutting-edge foundry process and design infra for network applications, eSilicon's...

ASE says no plan to set up local site in US for packaging services

Mar 23, 21:09

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has a site in the US for IC testing, and has no plans to expand the site or build another locally for packaging services, according to company COO Tien Wu.

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Qualcomm, ASE, Brazil government sign MOU to build IC testing/packaging plant in Brazil, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 23, 16:08

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Qualcomm and the Brazil government reportedly have signed a MOU to jointly invest US$200 million initially to establish an IC testing/packaging plant in Sao Paulo, according to Chinese-language Commercial Times Report.

Taiwan science parks post 2016 total revenues of NT$ 2.376 trillion, says MOST

Mar 23, 15:57

Government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$2.376 trillion (US$74.97 billion) in 2016, growing 2.94% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Sputtering equipment supplier UVAT to slash capex

Mar 22, 20:41

Taiwan-based UVAT Technology, which specializes in the manufacture of vacuum sputtering equipment and provides coating OEM services, has disclosed plans to reduce paid-in capital by 48.55% to make up for accumulated losses.

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

Mar 22, 13:37

Taiwan had 453,000 jobless citizens in February 2017, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.85% which rose 0.07pp on month but dropped 0.10pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on March 22.

UMC Xiamen fab gearing up for 28nm chip production

Stockwatch - Mar 22, 11:13

United Microelectronics' 12-inch foundry subsidiary in Xiamen, China will be ready for 28nm chip production in the second quarter of 2017 vying for orders from China's local handset chip suppliers.

Micron to establish backend site for DRAM in Taiwan

Mar 21, 21:03

Micron Technology has announced that on March 14 it successfully won the auction for Cando assets, which will be utilized in establishing a back-end site for Micron Taiwan. Micron has now completed the title acquisition process for the new site.

China semi equipment industry working hard to play catch-up

Mar 21, 14:09

It is hard for China-based semiconductor equipment suppliers to catch up with their bigger international peers in terms of technology, according to Zhao Jinrong, CEO for Naura Technology (formerly Beijing Sevenstar Electronics).

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

Mar 20, 22:39

Taiwan received export orders worth US$33.75 billion in total in February 2017, decreasing 6.2% on month but increasing 22.0% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on March 20.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$571 million in January-February, says MOEA

Mar 20, 22:16

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 453 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$571.57 million in January-February 2017, respectively decreasing 7.74% and 38.65% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on March 20.

Gudeng seeing robust 12-inch fab equipment orders from China

Mar 20, 21:44

Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, has enjoyed a pull-in of orders for new 12-inch fabs in China.

TSMC enlisted US as potential site for 3nm chip production, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 20, 15:44

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has officially enlisted the US as an optional location to build a new manufacturing fab for production of 3nm chips, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

MOSFET chip supply to fall short of demand in 2H17

Mar 20, 15:33

The global supply of MOSFET chips is set to fall short of demand in the second half of 2017 as a result of a growing number of MOSFETs for new CPU platforms coupled with sluggish growth in foundries' high-pressure process capacity, according to industry sources.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts US$1.97 billion in Feb billings

Mar 17, 14:06

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.97 billion in billings worldwide in February 2017 (three-month average basis), according to SEMI.

AMD to launch Ryzen 5-series CPUs in April

Mar 17, 12:40

Having just released its Ryzen 7 processors, AMD is planning to launch Ryzen 5 desktop-use CPUs on April 11, including 6-core 12-threads 1600X and 1600 and quad-core 8-threads 1500X and 1400 for sale at US$249, US$219, US$189 and US$169 respectively, disclosed company CEO Lisa Su at a technology summit...

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Semicon China: Chipmakers talk about Moore's Law and China's fast-growing IC industry

Mar 17, 11:17

At Semicon China 2017, executives at chip giant Intel, IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, equipment vendors ASML, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron (TEL), and nano-electronics research institute Imec talked about innovation to keep the Moore's Law relevant, and China's fast-growing homegrown...

Mentor Graphics announces further certification of design tools for TSMC 12FFC and 7nm processes

Mar 17, 11:01

TSMC has certified its Calibre Platform (Calibre nmDRC, Calibre Multi-Patterning, Calibre nmLVS, Calibre YieldEnhancer with SmartFill, and Calibre xACT tools), as well as the Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Circuit Verification Platform, for the most current version of the 12FFC process, according to the companies...

Zhaoxin to roll out 16nm CPU in 2018

Mar 17, 10:49

Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor plans to introduce a 16nm 8-core 3GHz PC processor series in 2018, according to company vice president Cheng Fu.

ASML strikes deal with China equipment maker

Mar 16, 14:25

ASML has signed an MoU with Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment (SMEE), under which ASML and SME will initially explore the potential sourcing of certain modules for ASML lithography systems and related products for the semiconductor industry, according to the MOU.

Samsung on track for 10nm FinFET process production ramp-up

Mar 16, 14:06

Samsung Electronics has announced its production ramp-up of the 10nm FinFET process technology is on track with steady high yield to meet customer needs on schedule.

MediaTek to roll out 12nm product in 2H17

Mar 16, 14:04

MediaTek plans to roll out a new mobile SoC solution built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using the foundry's 12nm process technology in the second half of 2017, according to sources at IC backend houses.

SMIC signs license agreement for Invensas DBI technology

Mar 15, 20:01

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has executed a technology transfer and license agreement for Invensas' Direct Bond Interconnect (DBI) technology, according to the China-based IC foundry. Through the agreement, SMIC will be able to offer DBI bonding technology for use by image sensor...

CPU IP provider Andes sees shares soar on TSE debut

Newswatch - Mar 15, 19:58

Taiwan-based CPU IP provider Andes Technology, of which MediaTek holds a 15% stake, saw its share price soar by 191.09% to close at NT$189.50 (US$6.14) from the initial price of NT$65.10 during its debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on March 14.

HLMC 12-inch fab running at full capacity, says company VP

Mar 15, 15:41

China-based 12-inch wafer foundry Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) has seen its Fab 1 run at full capacity with order visibility extended to the second half of 2017, according to company VP Jack Qi Shu.

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UMC-Synopsys collaboration speeds 14nm custom design

Mar 15, 09:56

Synopsys and United Microelectronics (UMC) have worked together to enable Synopsys Custom Compiler and Laker custom design tools to be used with UMC's 14nm FinFET process, according to the companies. The enablement collaboration included creating and validating a UMC 14nm industry-standard iPDK. This...

Micron Taiwan wins bid to buy Cando plant

Mar 15, 09:46

Micron Memory Taiwan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, has won a bid to take over touch panel maker Cando's plant in Taichung (central Taiwan) and equipment installed at the facility for a total of NT$2.75 billion (US$88.9 million).

Samsung to ramp 7nm in 2018

Mar 14, 22:13

Samsung Electronics demonstrated its foundry technology roadmap at the China Semiconductor Technology International Conference (CSTIC) held in Shanghai on March 12 disclosing its 7nm process node will be ready for volume production in 2018.

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ASE, KYEC to see sales pick up in 2Q17

Mar 14, 22:11

IC packaging and testing houses Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) will see their sales pick up starting in April, as shipments to their main clients kick off, according to industry sources.

Global semiconductor equipment sales increase 13% in 2016, says SEMI

Mar 14, 22:09

Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled US$41.24 billion in 2016, up 13% from US$36.53 billion in 2015, according to SEMI. Total equipment bookings were 24% higher than in 2015.

China 12-inch fab capacity set to boom

Mar 14, 12:20

With major China-based chipmakers set to build new 12-inch fabs, the overall 12-inch fab capacity in China is expected to peak over the next two to three years.

SMIC to enter 7nm R&D, says CEO

Mar 14, 12:14

China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to start R&D for 7nm process technology later in 2017, according to company CEO and executive director Tzu-Yin Chiu.

Win Semi reportedly obtains orders for Qualcomm GaAs devices

Newswatch - Mar 14, 12:11

Qualcomm has contracted Taiwan-based Win Semiconductors to manufacture its recently-announced GaAs power amplifier and RF solutions, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Semicon China 2017 kicks off with nearly 900 exhibitors

Mar 14, 12:10

SEMICON China 2017 is taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from March 14-16. SEMI expects over 60,000 attendees at the annual trade show that will feature nearly 900 exhibitors occupying about 3,000 booths.

TSMC lands orders for HPC chips from Nvidia, Qualcomm, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 13, 14:06

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has landed orders for high performance computing (HPC) chips for AI applications from Nvidia and Qualcomm, respectively, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Semiconductor shipments dominated by opto-sensor-discrete devices, says IC Insights

Mar 13, 10:38

Despite advances in integrated circuit technology and the blending of functions to reduce chip count within systems, the percentage split of IC and opto-sensor-discrete (O-S-D) shipments within total semiconductor units remains heavily weighted toward the O-S-D category, according to IC Insights.

TSMC February revenues fall to 10-month low

Mar 13, 10:36

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its February revenues fall to a new 10-month low as a result of seasonal factors and fewer working days during the month.

Topco Scientific revenues up almost 11% on year in February

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 16:23

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.817 billion (US$58.51 million) for February 2017, representing a 4.23% drop on month and 10.57% increase on year.

ChipMOS profits hike in 4Q16

Mar 9, 22:41

ChipMOS Technologies, a provider of outsourced semiconductor assembly and test services, has reported net profits hiked 140.7% sequentially to NT$614 million (US$19.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.72 compared to NT$0.30 in the prior quarter.

VIS February revenues fall to 14-month low

Mar 9, 22:33

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) saw its revenues fall to a 14-month low of about NT$1.9 billion (US$61.1 million) in February 2017. Revenues for the month represented decreases of 6.3% on year and 3.8% sequentially.

ShunSin posts EPS of NT$9.12 for 2016

Mar 9, 22:28

ShunSin Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) specializing in assembly and test of system-in-package (SiP) modules, has announced net profits for 2016 came to NT$961 million (US$31 million) or NT$9.12 per share.

UMC sees February revenues rise 26.77% on year

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 16:03

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$12.015 billion (US$387.66 million) for February 2017, representing a 5.04% drop on month and 26.77% increase on year.

TSMC China sees profits decline significantly in 2016, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 9, 14:20

TSMC China, a TSMC 8-inch subsidiary in Shanghai, yielded net profits of NT$6.094 billion (US$197.52 million) in 2016, a sharp decline of 30.19% from a year earlier, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing data from Taiwan-based China Credit Information Service (CCIS...

Samsung Xian fab output value exceeds SMIC in 2016

Mar 9, 10:30

Samsung Electronics' NAND flash fab in Xian, China generated CNY23.75 billion (US$3.44 billion) in output value in 2016 outpacing the total output value generated by SMIC's fabs estimated at CNY20.22 billion, according to industry source.

MediaTek sticking with TSMC for 7nm chips

Mar 9, 10:23

Despite experiencing unsatisfactory yield rates for TSMC's 10nm process, MediaTek will continue to partner with the foundry to make its next-generation flagship mobile chips, according to industry sources.

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