Faraday seeing growth in 28nm chip market
Apr 28, 15:55
Faraday Technology, a Taiwan-based ASIC design service and IP provider, has expressed optimism about 28nm chip market growth. The company has received new orders for 28nm NRE (non-recurring engineering) designs.
UMC to roll out 22nm process as early as 2018
Apr 28, 11:46
Foundry chipmaker UMC has disclosed plans to roll out 22nm process technology as early as 2018. UMC has started IP development for its 22nm process, and expects to introduce the node technology in 2018 or 2019, the foundry said at its recent investors meeting.
PTI eyeing to become largest backend house in Japan
Apr 28, 11:44
Powertech Technology (PTI) will strive to become Japan's largest backend house following its acquisition of Micron Akita and a majority stake in Tera Probe, according to DK Tsai, chairman and CEO for the Taiwan-based company.
SPIL posts profit drop in 1Q17
Apr 27, 11:10
IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has reported net profits of NT$996 million (US$33.1 million) for the first quarter of 2017, down 64.8% sequentially and 37.9% on year. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.32.
UMC expects flat performance in 2Q17
Apr 27, 11:08
United Microelectronics (UMC) expects its wafer shipments and ASPs to stay flat sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, when the foundry chipmaker's capacity utilization rate will fall to 90-93% from 96% in the first quarter. Gross margin will climb to about 25% from about 20% in the prior quarter,...
SMIC reportedly hires former TSMC R&D exec
Apr 26, 22:00
Speculation has emerged that Mong-song Liang, formerly a senior director of R&D at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) advanced modules technology division, will work for Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) starting May.
Micron talks about its integrated global operations
Apr 26, 15:37
Micron Technology has been actively allocating its global resources to enhance its DRAM and NAND flash product lines, according to Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at the US-based memory chip vendor.
PTI looks to sequential revenue growth through 4Q17
Apr 26, 11:09
Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) expects to post mid single-digit sequential growth in revenues for the second quarter of 2017, said company president JY Hung at a April 25 investor meeting. Revenues are set to enjoy sequential growth through the last quarter of the year.
Ardentec breaks ground for new plant in Nanjing
Apr 25, 15:05
Taiwan-based Ardentec, which specializes in testing services for logic and memory chips, has recently broken ground for a new plant in Nanjing, China where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is also constructing a new 12-inch fab.
TSMC talks about its next growth drivers
Apr 25, 11:40
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is seeing robust growth in demand from the mobile computing, automotive electronics, IoT and high-performance computing sectors, and is striving to maintain its technology leadership in the foundry segment, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu.
AMEC aims to grow revenues to CNY2 billion in 2020
Apr 24, 11:28
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) aims to grow its revenues to CNY2 billion (US$290.4 million) in 2020, and is striving to be among the world's top-5 semiconductor equipment suppliers by 2050, according to Gerald Yin, CEO for the Shanghai-based chip equipment maker.
Taiwan March unemployment rate down, says DGBAS
Apr 24, 11:21
Taiwan had 445,000 jobless citizens in March 2017, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.78% which dropped 0.07pp on month and 0.11pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on April 24.
Global billings for semi equipment makers reach 16-year high in March
Apr 24, 10:59
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$2.03 billion in billings worldwide in March 2017 (three-month average basis), according to SEMI. The billings figure is 2.6% higher than the revised February level of US$1.97 billion, and 69.2% above the March 2016 billings level...
Samsung completes qualification of 2nd-gen 10nm process technology
Apr 21, 13:57
Samsung Electronics has announced that its second-generation 10nm FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus), has been qualified and is ready for production. With further enhancement in 3D FinFET structure, 10LPP allows up to 10% higher performance or 15% lower power consumption compared to...
Several China 12-inch fabs put construction on hold
Apr 21, 11:42
Several 12-inch fab projects implemented by China-based emerging chipmakers have been put on hold raising speculation about the country's overambitious plans to revamp the local chipmaking industry.
Taiwan March export order value up, says MOEA
Apr 20, 22:30
Taiwan received export orders worth US$41.12 billion in total in March 2017, increasing 21.8% on month and 12.3 on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on April 20.
Intel to unveil Basin Falls, launch Coffee Lake ahead of schedule
Apr 19, 15:23
Intel will unveil its Basin Falls platform, i.e. Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X processors and X299 chipset, at Computex 2017 in Taipei during May 30-June 3 two months earlier than originally scheduled, and will bring forward the launch of Coffee Lake microarchitecture based on a 14nm process node from January...
Intel to build second Spreadtrum chip
Apr 19, 14:56
Intel and Spreadtrum Communications have extended their foundry ties under which Intel will start making another 14nm chip for the China-based mobile SoC supplier, according to industry sources.
Taiwan science parks post January-February revenues of over NT$358 billion
Apr 18, 21:26
Government-developed and run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$358.506 billion (US$11.8 billion) in January-February 2017, growing 14.43% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry...
Certification service provider IST posts NT$0.55 EPS in 1Q17
Apr 18, 21:04
Certification service provider Integrated Service Technology (IST) has reported net profits of NT$33 million (US$1.1 million) for the first quarter of 2017, up 61.8% sequentially but down 58.7% on year. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.55.
USI reports increased earnings for 2016
Newswatch - Apr 18, 15:20
Universal Scientific Industry (Shanghai), a subsidiary of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), has reported net profits of CNY806 million (US$116.98 million) for 2016, increasing 5.8% from a year earlier.
Gartner raises 2017 chip market outlook to 12% growth
Apr 17, 11:43
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3% from 2016, according to Gartner. The prediction is up from the research firm's previous estimate of a 7.2% increase.
PTI to buy Micron backend plant in Japan
Apr 17, 11:12
Taiwan-based Powertech Technology (PTI), a backend house specializing in NAND flash and DRAM memory chips, has announced plans to fully acquire Micron Akita, Micron Technology's assembly and test plant in Japan.
28nm to be SMIC growth driver in 2017
Apr 17, 10:50
Semiconductor Manufacturing International's (SMIC) sales generated from 28nm process technology will play an important source of company growth during 2017, according to the China-based pure-play foundry.
Over 100,000 wafers embedded with eMemory NeoEE IP shipped
Apr 14, 12:18
Embedded NVM IP provider eMemory Technology has shipped more than 100,000 wafers embedded with its NeoEE IP solutions, according to the company. The eMemory NeoEE IP has been successfully implemented in foundries worldwide for a variety of applications including fingerprint sensors, 2.4G wireless ICs,...
TSMC cuts foundry growth outlook for 2017
Apr 14, 12:14
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has revised downward its forecast for 2017 global foundry growth to 5% from 7% due to elevated inventory in the supply chain.
Zhaoxin to partner with TSMC
Apr 12, 11:36
Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor is scheduled to roll out its in-house developed ZX-D series processors that will be built using a 28nm process technology by Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) in the second half of 2017, according to company vice president Cheng Fu.
China fab toolmakers targeting advanced-node production
Apr 12, 11:32
Naura Technology (formerly Beijing Sevenstar Electronics) has started shipping ion etch equipment for the manufacture of 14nm chips to chipmakers, while Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) is being engaged in the development of etch tools for the production of 5nm chips, according to industry...
Tsinghua Unigroup breaks ground for Nanjing plant
Apr 11, 10:45
Tsinghua Unigroup has recently broken ground for a memory plant in Nanjing which will be engaged in the manufacture of 3D NAND flash and DRAM chips, according media reports from China.
Certification service provider IST posts record March revenues
Apr 11, 10:37
Certification service provider Integrated Service Technology (IST) saw its March revenues climb to a record high of NT$243 million (US$7.9 million), while revenues at fellow company Material Analysis Technology (MA-tek) climbed 16.3% on year to NT$137 million.
ChipMOS 1Q17 revenues slip 2%
Apr 11, 10:27
ChipMOS Technologies, a backend house targeting the LCD driver IC and memory chip sectors, saw its first-quarter revenues slip about 2% sequentially and outperform its estimate of a 4-8% sequential decrease.
Taiwan sees increased March export value, says MOF
Apr 10, 23:43
Taiwan recorded total export value of US$25.71 billion for March 2017, increasing 13.5% on month and 13.2% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$21.78 billion grew 12.8% on month and 19.8% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on April 10.
ASE 1Q17 revenues rise 6.7%
Apr 10, 23:38
IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) saw its consolidated revenues increase 6.7% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2017, while sales generated from its core IC ATM (assembly test and material) business grew 8% on year.
TSMC 1Q17 revenues miss guidance
Stockwatch - Apr 10, 16:15
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its first-quarter revenues miss its target range, whereas fellow foundry companies United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) both managed to meet their guidance.
PTI revenues increase in March
Stockwatch - Apr 10, 15:56
Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.268 billion (US$139.35 million) for March 2017, representing a 6.61% increase on month and 19.71% increase on year.
SPIL, KYEC March revenues increase
Apr 10, 11:20
IC packaging and testing houses Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) and King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) have reported on-year revenue growth of 3.9% and 6.7%, respectively, for March 2017.