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Prospects of IC backend service industry remain promising: Q&A with UTAC Holdings CEO William John Nelson

Mar 27, 10:59

The IC backend service industry was capped by a flurry of merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in the fourth quarter of 2014: China's Zhangjiang Electronics acquired Singapore-based STATS ChipPAC, Taiwan's ChipMOS merged with fellow Thailin Semiconductor, Micron Technology partnered with Powertech...

UTAC CEO William John Nelson

Qualcomm, MediaTek shifting some 28nm chip orders away from TSMC

Mar 27, 10:42

Qualcomm and MediaTek have both shifted some of their 28nm chip orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to other foundry chipmakers that offer cheaper quotes, according to industry sources.

TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C

Mar 25, 22:32

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources.

Xintec to list on Taiwan OTC on March 30

Mar 25, 21:53

Image sensor packaging house Xintec will be listed on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at a tentative price of NT$42 (US$1.34) per share on March 30, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Japan semiconductor product value edges up 8.7% in 2014 amid strategic changes

Mar 25, 15:47

The production value of Japan's semiconductor industry reached JPY3.25 trillion (US$27.5 billion) in 2014, increasing 8.7% from a year earlier. Companies have received a boost from government policies that help strengthen the division of labor in order to improve their profitability, according to Digitimes...

NXP and Globalfoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Mar 25, 15:39

Globalfoundries and NXP Semiconductor have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM), which has resulted in production of 300mm prototype wafers on Globalfoundries' 40nm process technology platform, according to the companies. Volume production is expected in 2016 at its...

TSMC to post flat to 5% revenue growth in 2Q15

Mar 24, 22:20

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to post revenue growth of 0-5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising output for 20nm chips, according to industry sources.

US fab tool book-to-bill ratio stays above parity, says SEMI

Mar 24, 21:02

The SEMI book-to-bill ratio for US manufacturers of semiconductor equipment came to 1.02 in February 2015, staying above parity for the second consecutive month.

Hua Hong, eMemory partner to develop MCUs for IoT

Mar 24, 20:43

Hua Hong Semiconductor and eMemory Technology have jointly announced they will further strengthen their strategic partnership and work together in the field of microcontrollers (MCU), including the extension of their current technology cooperation to the 90nm node and in-depth cooperation in development...

Former SMIC CEO to set up 12-inch wafer plant in Shanghai

Mar 24, 15:26

Richard Chang, former CEO of China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), reportedly will set up a new firm in Shanghai for producing 12-inch silicon wafers, according to a China-based cena.com report.

Rockchip licenses Arteris interconnect IP for RK series

Mar 24, 15:18

China-based chip developer Rockchip has extended its use of Arteris FlexNoC fabric IP as its on-chip communications backbone for its complete RK series of application processor SoCs, according to the two companies.

Picosun and NCTU establish joint ALD research facility in Taiwan

Mar 24, 14:31

National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan, and Picosun Oy, a provider of atomic layer deposition (ALD) solutions for global industries, have established a joint industrial ALD research laboratory that will focus on next-generation micro- and optoelectronics using ALD technology.

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

Mar 23, 23:26

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 91.59 for February 2015, decreasing by 16.69% on month but increasing by 3.55% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on March 23.

Qualcomm vying for chip orders from Samsung

Mar 23, 23:26

Qualcomm, which is believed to have lost processor orders for the Galaxy S6 series smartphones from Samsung Electronics, is vying for orders for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, according to industry sources.

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

Mar 23, 23:23

Taiwan had 428,000 jobless citizens in February 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.69% which dropped by 0.02 percentage point on month and by 0.40 percentage point on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on March 23...

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of nearly US$749 million in January-February, says MOEA

Mar 23, 11:53

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 499 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$748.85 million in January-February 2015, increasing 5.05% and 43.48% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on March 20.

Taiwan sees decreased February export order value, says MOEA

Mar 23, 11:50

Taiwan received export orders worth US$29.89 billion in total in February 2015, decreasing 23.4% on month and 2.7% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on March 20.

Taiwan to cut power pricing 7.34%, says MOEA

Mar 23, 11:46

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will have state-run Taiwan Power Company reduce electricity prices from an average rate of NT$3.1139 (US$0.099)/kWh currently to NT$2.8852/kWh, decreasing 7.34%, to reflect drops in international fuel prices. Adjusted pricing to take effect on April 1, 2015,...

Taiwan semiconductor makers unaffected by water shortages

Mar 20, 16:24

Taiwan-based chipmakers including foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC), memory maker Inotera Memories, and IC packaging house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) have said that measures will be taken to make sure their production lines will...

SPIL to deal out cash dividend of NT$3 for 2014

Mar 20, 15:21

IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has announced the distribution of a dividend per share of NT$3 (US$0.10) for its 2014 operations.

Global graphics card shipments in 1Q15 to fall 20-25%, say Taiwan vendors

Mar 20, 10:31

Global graphics card shipments in the first quarter of 2015 are expected to decrease on quarter by 20-25% due to stagnant demand for PCs. Shipments in the second quarter will continue to drop, according to Taiwan-based graphics card vendors.

Chipbond reports record revenues and profits for 2014

Mar 19, 22:46

LCD driver IC packaging and testing house Chipbond Technology has reported net profits of NT$2.55 billion (US$81 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$17.68 billion for 2014. Both figures marked record highs.

Tongtai Machine 1Q15 sales expected to rise 5-10%

Mar 19, 22:37

Taiwan-based Tongtai Machine & Tool, a provider of PCB drilling and routing equipment, is expected to post revenue growth of 5-10% on year in the first quarter of 2015, according to market watchers. The company has seen clear order visibility through the third quarter.

Digitimes Research: Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones

Mar 18, 22:12

Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung's smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor's product lineup.

Gudeng expects to post double-digit growth in 2015 sales

Mar 18, 22:05

Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, expects its revenues to register a double-digit increase in 2015.

Global semiconductor equipment sales rise 18% in 2014, says SEMI

Mar 18, 16:02

SEMI has reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled US$37.5 billion in 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 18%.

Cadence and Intel collaborate to release 14nm library characterization reference flow

Mar 18, 15:15

Cadence Design Systems and Intel have delivered a 14nm library characterization reference flow for customers of Intel Custom Foundry, continuing their collaboration on enabling digital and custom/analog flows for the Intel 14nm platform, according to the companies. The library characterization reference...

Xintec 12-inch wafer-level CSP ready for volume production in 2H15, says chairman

Mar 17, 20:01

Image sensor packaging house Xintec will have its 12-inch wafer-level chip-scale package (WL-CSP) line ready for volume production in the second half of 2015, according to company chairman and CEO Robert Kuan.

Xintec chairman Robert Kuan

Ardentec 2014 profits soar 43%

Mar 17, 19:53

Semiconductor wafer testing service provider Ardentec has reported net profits of NT$1.21 billion (US$38 million) for 2014, up 43.3% on year, while consolidated revenues climb to a record high of NT$5.83 billion. The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$2.65.

Faraday to downsize capital 40%

Mar 17, 19:51

Taiwan-based Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and silicon IP provider, has disclosed plans to downsize its capital by 40%.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan top foundries combined revenues to rise 38.6% in 1Q15

Mar 16, 22:17

Taiwan's top-three IC foundries will see their combined revenues increase 38.6% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Recovering economies driving industrial semiconductor market growth, says IHS

Mar 16, 22:01

The industrial semiconductor market will post a 9.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next several years as revenues rise from US$34.8 billion in 2013 to US$55.2 billion in 2018, according to IHS. Increased capital spending by companies and continued economic growth, especially in the US...

Aurona enters supply chain of IC backend houses

Mar 16, 15:10

Taiwan-based Aurona Industries, a manufacturer of phenolic resins laminates, disclosed recently that the company has entered the supply chain of semiconductor assembly and test services providers. Aurona serves mainly the PCB and IC substrate industries.

IC-making equipment supplier Scientech reports increased February revenues

Mar 16, 13:02

Scientech has reported February consolidated revenues increased 6.4% sequentially to NT$185 million (US$5.85 million). The company credited the revenue growth to the recognized sales generated from its distributed equipment products for making ICs targeted at emerging applications.

Win Semi looks to flat performance in 1Q15

Mar 16, 12:11

Win Semiconductors expects to report flat sequential growth in first-quarter revenues, with gross margin maintained at the levels during the second half of 2014. The GaAs pure-play foundry credited its particularly strong first quarter to a favorable product mix.

UMC broadens 55nm eFlash platform with Faraday silicon IP

Mar 16, 10:56

Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and IP provider, and IC foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of a set of low power consumption fundamental IPs developed for UMC's 55nm low-power (LP) embedded flash process. These IPs are designed to simultaneously meet both low-power...

11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015, says IC Insights

Mar 13, 16:12

Eleven product categories, led by automotive special purpose logic, DRAM, and automotive application-specific analog devices, are expected to exceed the 7% growth rate forecast for the total IC market in 2015, according to IC Insights.

LCD driver IC supply makers expect to see performances drive forward in 2Q15

Mar 13, 12:18

LCD driver IC supply makers in Taiwan expect to see their performances drive forward heading into the second quarter of 2015 as LCD TV and smartphone vendors begin unleashing new high-resolution products.

TSMC affiliate Xintec to list on OTC in end-March, says report

Newswatch - Mar 12, 22:53

Image sensor packaging house Xintec, an affiliate of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), will list on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at the end of March 2015, according to a recent Chinese-language Apple Daily report.

Shin-Etsu poised to invest JPY20 billion to expand silicone production in Thailand

Mar 12, 22:45

Japan-based Shin-Etsu Chemical has announced plans to expand production capacity at its silicone monomer and silicone polymer plants in Thailand, with a total investment of around JPY20 billion (US$165 million).

Fab equipment spending to rise in 2015, says SEMI

Mar 11, 20:51

Worldwide fab equipment spending, which increased almost 20% in 2014, will rise 15% in 2015, according to SEMI. Growth will slow to only 2-4% in 2016, however, said SEMI.

Inspection tool maker HMI opens new plant in southern Taiwan

Mar 11, 16:02

Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, has announced the opening of a new plant at the Southern Taiwan Science Park.

HMI new plant in southern Taiwan

KYEC to post double-digit revenue growth in 2Q15, says report

Stockwatch - Mar 11, 15:03

King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) is expected to post a double-digit sequential increase in consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2015, according to a recent Chinese-language Apple Daily report. Sales generated from the mobile communications and car electronics sectors will be the key...

Equipment supplier Scientech optimistic about performance in 2015

Mar 10, 20:36

Semiconductor equipment distributor Scientech is optimistic about its performance in 2015, citing clear order visibility for its wet-process packaging equipment for 12- and 8-inch wafers, as well as front-end wet-process equipment for the production of LEDs.

Inotera buys equipment from Hermes Microvision

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 20:22

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has announced the acquisition of a batch of production equipment from Hermes Microvision (HMI) for NT$934.63 million (US$29.7 million).

TSMC February revenues fall 28% on month

Mar 10, 15:56

Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$62.65 billion (US$1.99 billion) for February 2015, down 28.1% on month but up 33.8% on year.

ASE reports on-year increase in February revenues

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 15:13

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.982 billion (US$601.61 million) for February 2015, representing a 18.72% drop on month and 16.86% increase on year.

UMC, VIS report decreased February revenues

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 21:53

IC foundries United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have reported sequential decreases in consolidated revenues for February 2015 of 6.4% and 3.9%, respectively.

ASE grabs SiP module orders for iPhone 6S and 7, says report

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 21:50

A recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report quoted sources from Apple's supply chain as saying that Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has obtained assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules used in the iPhone 6S and 7 devices, which are slated for launch at the...

MagnaChip to supply major Japan-based LCM maker with auto-qualified display driver ICs

Mar 9, 21:48

MagnaChip Semiconductor, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, has announced that the company is now supplying a major Japan-based liquid crystal module (LCM) maker with display panel driver ICs for use in automotive applications.

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