iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources
Aug 4, 14:02
Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce its next-generation budget smartphones in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources from the semiconductor industry.
LanMark posts profit for 1H15
Aug 3, 21:06
GaAs- and InP-based LD (laser diode) and PD (photo diode) epitaxial wafer maker LandMark Optoelectronics has reported net EPS of NT$7.22 (US$0.23) for first-half 2015.
Winbond 1H15 profits soar 65% beating market estimates
Aug 3, 15:48
Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty DRAM and flash memory chips, has reported net profits for the first half of 2015 jumped 64.6% from a year earlier to NT$1.8 billion (US$57 million). EPS for the six-month period came to NT$0.49 beating market estimates.
HMI lowers 2015 revenue outlook, says report
Aug 3, 15:15
Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, has lowered its revenue growth forecast for 2015 to 5-20% from the 25-35% estimated previously, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News quoted...
Semi equipment maker Acter posts strong earnings for 2Q15
Newswatch - Aug 3, 14:45
Semiconductor equipment supplier Acter has reported net profits of NT$154 million (US$4.87 million) for the second quarter of 2015, up 36% sequentially and 188% on year. EPS for the second quarter stood at NT$3.34, compared to NT$1.16 a quarter earlier and NT$2.44 of a year earlier.
Win Semi expects 3Q15 sales to drop
Aug 3, 14:42
Pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry Win Semiconductors has expressed caution about its performance in the third quarter, as some device industries are undertaking inventory correction at a slower pace and part of its clients are engaged in transition from old to new products.
Hua Hong Semiconductor, QST announce 3-axis gyroscope SoC
Jul 30, 21:52
Hua Hong Semiconductor, a pure-play 200mm foundry, and Shanghai Quality Sensor Technology (QST) have jointly announced what they claim is the first 3-axis gyroscope SoC developed and manufactured by China-based firms.
UMC slows 28nm ramp
Jul 30, 21:50
United Microelectronics (UMC) has decided to ramp up its 28nm production capacity at a slower pace due to a less-optimistic outlook for demand in the second half of 2015.
Low order visibility for 2H15, says SPIL chairman
Jul 30, 15:49
Bough Lin, chairman of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), has expressed caution about the semiconductor market prospects for the second half of 2015 due to low order visibility.
UMC expects wafer shipments to drop in 3Q15
Jul 30, 11:16
Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to post an up to 5% sequential decrease in wafer shipments for the third quarter of 2015, while its capacity utilization rate will fall below 90%.
Testing service provider Sporton reports strong 2Q15 earnings
Jul 30, 10:59
Mobile device testing and certification services provider Sporton International has reported net profits of NT$208 million (US$6.61 million) or NT$2.47 per share for the second quarter of 2015. The quarterly earnings were the company's highest ever level.
Intel and Micron claim breakthrough memory solution
Jul 29, 15:46
Intel and Micron Technology have jointly announced 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process...
China IC backend firms reportedly obtain orders from Qualcomm, MediaTek
Jul 29, 15:35
Major China-based IC backend houses including Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics have obtained orders from Qualcomm and MediaTek, which tend to support the China government's efforts to boost development of the local IC industry, according to industry sour...
PTI looks to moderate growth in 3Q15
Jul 29, 11:33
Powertech Technology (PTI) expects to post another moderate growth in revenues for the third quarter of 2015, with improvement in gross margin.
Chipbond to boost sales from non-driver ICs, says report
Stockwatch - Jul 29, 11:10
Chipbond Technology, which provides backend services mainly for LCD driver ICs, will see significant growth in sales from its non-driver IC product line in the second half of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Toshiba develops 2 new process technologies for MCUs, wireless ICs
Jul 27, 15:48
Toshiba has announced the development of a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analog power process. The new process technologies were developed for low-cost applications such as microcontrollers (MCU),...
China 1H15 patent applications up 20.5% on year
Jul 24, 14:40
China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) received 1.124 million patent applications (invention, utility or design) and granted 471,000 patents in the first half of 2015, increasing 20.5% and 26.4% respectively on year, China-based Xinhua News Agency and Jinghua Times have...
Micron, Tsinghua once in tie-up talks, say sources
Jul 22, 21:36
Micron Technology and China's Tsinghua Unigroup had been negotiating about a possible tie-up in the commodity DRAM business, but failed to reach a consensus, according to industry sources.
Taiwan June unemployment rate up on month, down on year, says DGBAS
Jul 22, 15:20
Taiwan had 431,000 jobless citizens in June 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.71%, up 0.09pp on month but dropped 0.21pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on July 22.
TSMC subscribes to Foxconn bonds
Jul 21, 16:25
TSMC has spent a total of NT$403 million (US$13 million) to acquire a portion of the corporate bonds issued by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), according to a TSMC filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The bonds are priced at NT$100.66 per unit.
Applied Materials intros ALD system for 3D IC manufacturing
Jul 17, 15:27
Applied Materials has unveiled the Applied Olympia ALD (atomic layer deposition) system featuring a modular architecture that delivers high-performance ALD technology to manufacturers of leading-edge 3D memory and logic chips.
TSMC says 10nm on schedule
Jul 17, 14:07
TSMC has reiterated plans to move 10nm FinFET technology to risk production at the end of 2016, followed by mass production in the first quarter of 2017.
TSMC cuts 2015 chip growth outlook
Jul 16, 22:28
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), at its July 16 investors meeting, gave a less-optimistic outlook for the third quarter of 2015, and has revised downward its forecast for 2015 global semiconductor and foundry growth.
TSMC 2Q15 profits rise despite revenue drop
Jul 16, 15:52
Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$79.42 billion (US$2.55 billion) for the second quarter of 2015, up 0.5% sequentially and hitting the second-highest quarterly level in the company's history. Net EPS for the quarter came to NT$3.06.
TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production
Jul 16, 14:28
TSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple's A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources.
Chip equipment spending to continue growth through 2016, says SEMI
Jul 15, 15:17
SEMI has forecast that the total semiconductor equipment market will grow 7% in 2015 reaching US$40.2 billion, and expand another 4% to US$41.8 billion in 2016. Following strong growth of 18% in 2014, the equipment market is poised to continue to expand for the next two years, SEMI noted.
Security a must for IoT market: Q&A with NXP EVP Steve Owen
Jul 15, 12:01
The acquisition of Freescale by NXP Semiconductors will make NXP the world's second largest MCU supplier after the merger. The deal highlights NXP's goal of making a significant inroad into the IoT application market by optimizing Freescale's MCU portfolio as well as its own comprehensive lineups of...
TSMC cuts 28/20nm prices as much as 10%
Jul 15, 11:23
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has slashed its prices on 28nm and 20nm process technologies by 5-10% in order to secure orders from major clients including Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to industry sources.
ChipMOS reports decreased revenues for 2Q15
Jul 15, 11:20
ChipMOS Technologies, a provider of contract semiconductor assembly and test services, has announced consolidated revenues of NT$5.07 billion (US$163 million) for the second quarter of 2015 representing decreases of 6.4% on year and 2.9% sequentially.
Cleanroom constructor UIS 2Q15 revenues hike 185%
Stockwatch - Jul 14, 15:47
Taiwan-based cleanroom constructor United Information Systems (UIS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.25 billion (US$104.7 million) for the second quarter of 2015, up 28.6% sequentially and a robust 185% on year.
Globalfoundries rolls out 22nm FD-SOI technology
Jul 14, 13:39
Globalfoundries has announced the availability of a 22nm process technology platform developed specifically to meet the ultra-low-power requirements of next-generation connected devices. Dubbed 22FDX, the technology delivers FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm...
AWSC, VPEC June revenues rise
Jul 13, 21:12
GaAs IC foundry Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) saw its June revenues soar, while GaAs epi-wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) enjoyed record high revenues during the month.
TSMC reports decreased June revenues
Jul 10, 15:43
TSMC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$59.96 billion (US$1.93 billion) for June 2015, representing decreases of 14.5% on month and 0.6% from a year ago.
IC equipment supplier Scientech June revenues up
Jul 10, 15:42
Scientech saw its June revenues hike 123.2% from a year earlier to NT$333 million (US$10.7 million). Revenues totaled NT$1.33 billion for the first six months of 2015, rising 11.1% on year.
UMC 2Q15 revenues up, VIS down
Stockwatch - Jul 10, 10:29
United Microelectronics (UMC) saw its second-quarter revenues rise about 1% sequentially and set a new record, while Vanguard International Semiconductor's (VIS) revenues dropped about 4% on quarter.
Gartner cuts 2015 chip market growth forecast again
Jul 10, 10:21
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The prediction, however, is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 4% increase.