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...
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.
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).
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.