TSMC posts net profits of nearly NT$48 billion in 1Q14
Newswatch - Apr 17, 15:42
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported net profits of NT$47.87 billion (US$1.59 billion) for the first quarter of 2014, increasing 6.8% from the previous quarter and 21% from a year earlier.
TSMC 1Q14 sales beat guidance
Newswatch - Apr 10, 16:00
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$49.96 billion (US$1.66 billion) for March, up 6.7% sequentially and 13.2% on year.
UMC, VIS report strong sales for March
Newswatch - Apr 10, 15:09
Foundry houses United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have both reported strong sales for March, with UMC's March figures hitting an 8-month high, while VIS' set a 7-month high.
KYEC, Sigurd look to double-digit revenue gains in 2Q14
Apr 9, 22:12
IC backend service companies King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) and Sigurd Microelectronics are expected to post double-digit revenue growth in the second quarter of 2014 thanks to increasing orders from the telecoms sector, according to industry sources.
ASE performs better than expected in 1Q14
Newswatch - Apr 9, 11:52
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$54.7 billion (US$1.82 billion) for the first quarter of 2014, which were down 14.8% from the previous quarter but better than its guidance of a 20% sequential decline.
Samsung announces performance guidance for 1Q14
Newswatch - Apr 8, 15:44
Samsung Electronics has announced that its consolidated sales for the first quarter of 2014 are likely to reach KRW53 trillion (US$50.19 billion) or in a range of KRW51-55 trillion compared to KRW59.28 trillion of the previous quarter and KRW52.87 trillion of a year earlier.
IC backend service firms to enjoy brisk sales in 2Q14
Apr 8, 15:05
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and other IC backend service companies are expected to enjoy brisk sales in the second quarter of 2014 as chipset vendors including Qualcomm, Marvell Technology, HiSilicon Technologies and Broadcom are ramping up shipments...
Taiwan March export value up on month, year, says MOF
Apr 7, 21:41
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$27.76 billion for March 2014, increasing by 30.4% on month and by 2.0% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$25.80 billion grew by 30.8% on month and by 7.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on April...
Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew 5% in 2013, says Gartner
Apr 7, 14:27
Total worldwide semiconductor revenues reached US$315 billion in 2013, up 5% from 2012, according to Gartner. The combined revenues of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased 6.9% during 2013. This was a better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue growth was 0.9%, and was due,...
Taiwan becomes largest source of China electronics imports in 2013, says MOEA
Apr 7, 12:07
China imported electronic devices and components worth US$307.04 billion in total in 2013 and Taiwan-based makers together accounted for 27.3%, making Taiwan become the largest source followed by South Korea with 18.7%, Japan with 7.7% and the US with 5.4%, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic...
Taiwan March CPI up, says DGBAS
Apr 7, 09:53
Taiwan's March 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 103.05 (2011 as base year) increased 0.19% on month and 1.61% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 97.57% grew 0.01% on month and 0.15% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting...
Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources
Apr 3, 15:46
The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.
TSMC capacity booked to the end of 3Q14
Apr 2, 22:04
The production capacity of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been booked through the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to orders from handset solution and PC chip vendors, according to industry sources.
TSMC likely to launch 16nm FinFET+ process at year-end 2014
Mar 31, 15:46
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with the 14nm nodes to be released by Intel and Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.
Lite-On Semi, Eris look to strong sales in 2014
Mar 31, 14:35
Discrete component suppliers Lite-On Semiconductor and Eris Technology expect strong sales in 2014 thanks to growing orders from the smartphone, tablet, LED lighting and wireless mobile charging device sectors, according to industry sources.
ASE, ChipMOS stepping into MEMS packaging sector
Newswatch - Mar 28, 16:00
IC backend service companies Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and ChipMOS Technologies have been strengthening their deployments in the MEMS packaging sector, according to industry sources.
SSD penetration rate bound to rise in 2014
Mar 26, 16:03
The recent roll-outs of new SSDs by Kingston Technology and Memoright will help ramp up the penetration rate of SSDs in the data storage device segment, according to industry sources.
ChipMOS to debut on TSE in April
Mar 26, 15:39
IC backend service company ChipMOS Technologies plans to debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) in April with an initial price ranging NT$25-30 (US$0.82-0.98). The company posted an EPS of NT$1.33 and NT$2.76 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Capex of global semiconductor industry to reach US$62 billion in 2014
Mar 24, 22:33
Capex of the global semiconductor industry is expected to top US$62.2 billion in 2014 as increasing popularity of mobile devices has stirred demand for IC parts built by advanced processes nodes, according to an industry estimate. The industry's capex hit a historical high of US$65 billion in 2011.
PCB makers poised for strong sales
Mar 24, 14:20
PCB equipment suppliers Csun Manufacturing, Machvision, Chime Ball Technology and Ampoc Far-East are poised for strong sales in the second and third quarters of 2014, buoyed by capacity ramps by PCB makers in Taiwan and China, according to industry sources.
Taiwan February unemployment up on month, says DGBAS
Mar 24, 11:06
Taiwan had 470,000 jobless citizens in February 2014, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 4.09%, rising 0.07pp on month but down 0.15pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on March 24.
Semi material, equipment suppliers brace for strong sales
Mar 19, 11:45
Semiconductor material and equipment suppliers are poised for brisk sales in the months ahead, buoyed by a number of factors, including an upward revision of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) first-quarter guidance and high capacity utilization rates at 8- and 12-inch fabs in Taiwan,...
Scientech sees net profits up over 40% in 2013
Mar 18, 15:23
Semiconductor equipment distributor and wafer reclamation service provider Scientech has reported net profits of NT$249 million (US$8.21 million) for 2013, increasing 41.5% from a year earlier.
Taiwan IC production value to grow 11.1% in 2014, say TSIA and IEK
Mar 18, 11:20
Taiwan's IC sector, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$1,888.6 billion (US$63.3 billion) in 2013, increasing 15.6% on year, and it will generate NT$2,098.1 billion in 2014, rising 11.1%, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association...
VIS to increase capital, acquire 8-inch fab
Mar 17, 13:11
Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) plans to increase its capital by 22% to NT$1.26 billion (US$41.54 million) for capacity ramps, according to the wafer foundry house.
Nanya Technology to reduce capital by 90%
Mar 17, 11:03
Nanya Technology plans to cut its paid-in capital by 90% to NT$23.96 billion (US$789.85 million). The plan is subject to approval by its shareholders, who will meet to discuss the matter June 6.
STATS ChipPAC Taiwan posts EPS over NT$4 for 2013
Newswatch - Mar 14, 15:04
IC backend service company STATS ChipPAC Taiwan saw its net profits climb 11.2% to NT$547.62 million (US$18.04 million) in 2013. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$4.02 for the year.
China IC backend service companies migrating to advanced processes
Mar 13, 16:08
More IC testing and packaging companies in China are expected to migrate to advanced processes following Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology's (JCET) announced plans to set up a 12-inch bumping joint venture, according to industry...
Commentary: Is it likely for Qualcomm to produce 28nm chips at SMIC?
Mar 13, 15:56
Recent reports from China have cited Qualcomm president Derek Aberle as disclosing that it plans to produce 28nm chips at China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). Industry observers in Taiwan have noted that Qualcomm probably is looking to improve its relations with...
TSMC revises upward 1Q14 guidance
Newswatch - Mar 13, 13:53
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has revised upward its guidance for the first quarter of 2014 and also provided additional comments on its outlook for the quarter.
Kinsus, Unimicron set high capex budgets for 2014
Mar 12, 21:28
IC substrate suppliers Kinsus Interconnect Technology and Unimicron Technology will continue to commit huge capital spending for capacity ramps and advanced product development in 2014, according to industry sources.