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Powerchip eyeing orders from Illumina

Jun 29, 14:57

Powerchip Technology is looking to become the second foundry partner of Illumina following Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.

Imec looking to deepen partnerships with China-based chipmakers

Jun 28, 22:17

China has the possibility to become a world-class semiconductor industry if local players make good use of resources domestically and internationally, according to Huiwen Ding, head of Imec China.

Huiwen Ding, head of Imec China

Powerchip opens JV fab in China

Jun 28, 22:11

Powerchip Technology has completed the construction of its 12-inch fab in Hefei, China and started to run the fab, according to the Taiwan-based foundry chipmaker. The fab will be ready for commercial production in the second quarter of 2018.

ASE expects to outgrow global logic IC industry in 2017, says COO

Jun 28, 15:27

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), the world’s largest outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) company, will see its 2017 sales growth outperform the global logic IC industry's, according to company COO Tien Wu.

ASE expects to post sequential revenue growth through 4Q17

Taiwan cannot ignore trade benefits from markets beyond China, says premier

Jun 28, 11:15

Taiwan cannot develop economic and trade ties only with China by taking advantage of shared cultural and language backgrounds, but should, instead, break through cultural and language barriers to explore trade and investment benefits from other markets, particularly the ASEAN countries, Taiwan's premier...

Tongfu Microelectronics to set up advanced IC backend plant in Xiamen, says report

Jun 27, 21:05

China-based Tongfu Microelectronics has struck a deal with the Xiamen Haicang District government to set up a manufacturing base for advanced packaging and testing services locally with investment totaling CNY7 billion (US$), according to a Chinese-language tech.sina.com report.

IST strikes deal with JFE-TEC to jointly provide automotive-use materials testing services in China

Jun 27, 16:04

Integrated Service Technology (IST), a Taiwan-based provider of electronics product verification and analysis services, has signed an MoU with Japan's JFE Techno Research (JFE-TEC), specializing in the advanced analysis area and evaluation technology, to jointly provide materials testing services for...

China Big Fund commits investment of CNY85 billion

Jun 27, 15:43

China's National Semiconductor Industry Investment Fund (known as the Big Fund) has committed to invest CNY85 billion (US$12.4 billion) into the local IC industry, mainly the manufacturing sector, according to Ding Wenwu, president of the fund.

Yield rates, OLED supply may be key in new iPhone shipments

Jun 27, 14:52

Industry sources have predicted shipments of upcoming iPhones could be interrupted, with yield rates at assembly plants and the supply of OLED panels likely to become issues.

Taiwan may benefit from ASEAN economic take-off, says TIER

Jun 27, 14:35

With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as forecast by the World Bank, poised to score the fastest growth among emerging markets and become the main growth engine for the global economy in the near future, Taiwan is very likely to get on the ASEAN "economic train," as the government...

MediaTek shifts half of its 16nm chip orders away from TSMC, says report

Jun 27, 10:57

Half of MediaTek's 16nm chip orders placed with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be shifted to Globalfoundries, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.

SMIC mass producing 28nm HKMG chips

Jun 26, 20:45

Semiconductor Manufacturing International's (SMIC) 28nm HKMG process has entered its mass production stage, according to company CEO Haijun Zhao. SMIC will move forward making chips using a newer 14nm process in 2018, said Zhao.

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ICRD and ASML sign pact to establish training center in Shanghai

Jun 26, 15:50

Shanghai Integrated Circuit Research and Development Center (ICRD), a public research consortium dedicated to the advancement of the semiconductor industry in China, and chip-making equipment manufacturer ASML Holding have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a jointly-owned in Shang...

China foundries striving for more dummy wafer supplies

Jun 26, 15:14

China-based logic IC and memory foundries including Nexchip Semiconductor and Rui-Li (transliterated from Chinese) Integrated Circuit have offered 20% higher prices than what their bigger rivals offer in order to secure more supplies of "dummy" or test wafers particularly 12-inch ones, according to...

China foundries demanding more 12-inch test wafers

Episil planning to raise epi-wafer prices

Jun 26, 13:56

Taiwan-based Episil, which makes silicon epitaxial wafers as well as providing foundry services at its 5- and 6-inch wafer fabs, plans to revise upward its epi-wafer prices to reflect tight supply, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Taiwan May manufacturing production index up, says MOEA

Jun 23, 16:30

Taiwan recorded a manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 111.78 for May 2017, increasing 6.75% on month and 2.02% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on June 23.

Taiwan May unemployment rate down, says DGBAS

Jun 22, 22:14

Taiwan had 431,000 jobless citizens in May 2017, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.66%, down 0.01pp on month and 0.18pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on June 22.

Samsung mass producing Exynos-branded IoT solution

Jun 22, 22:13

Samsung Electronics has announced the start of mass production of its first Exynos-branded IoT solution, the Exynos i T200.

Global industrial semiconductor revenues rise 4% in 2016, says IHS

Jun 22, 15:53

Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues grew 3.8% on year to US$43.5 billion in 2016, according to IHS Markit.

TSMC secures 7nm chip orders from Qualcomm

Jun 21, 21:36

TSMC has regained chip orders from Qualcomm for baseband chips produced on its 7nm process, but not application processors, according to industry sources.

Taiwan science parks post January-April total revenues of over NT$758 billion, says MOST

Jun 21, 19:02

Government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$758.531 billion (US$25.05 billion) in January-April 2017, growing 11.31% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Science and Technology...

Taiwan sees increased May export order value, says MOEA

Jun 20, 19:50

Taiwan received export orders worth US$36.81 billion in total in May 2017, increasing 3.4% on month and 9.1% on year, and marking the 10th consecutive month of on-year growth, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on June 20.

GlobalWafers teaming up with Ferrotec to expand 8-inch wafer supply

Jun 20, 15:15

Taiwan-based GlobalWafers is teaming up with Ferrotec to ramp up new 8-inch wafer capacity, according to company chairperson Doris Hsu.

GlobalWafers chairperson Doris Hsu

Powerchip to restart NOR flash manufacturing

Jun 20, 14:23

Powerchip Technology has restarted its NOR flash production line amid tight supply of the memory.

Handset IC sales to top total personal computing in 2017, says IC Insights

Jun 20, 14:21

The ongoing slump in shipments of standard PCs along with the drop-off in tablets are setting the stage for handset IC sales to finally surpass IC revenues in total personal computing systems in 2017, according to IC Insights.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of over US$3.3 billion in January-May, says MOEA

Jun 20, 14:19

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 1,260 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$3.316 billion in January-May 2017, decreasing 6.39% and 35.20% on year, according to MOEA statistics.

Global Unichip rolls out HBM2 total solution

Jun 19, 19:38

Global Unichip has successful taped out a 16nm, second-generation high bandwidth memory (HBM) PHY and controller with verified interposer design and CoWoS package. The ultra-high capacity memory ASIC solution will meet the demanding requirements of artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL),...

Win Semi looks to 5G base station construction for 2018 growth

Jun 19, 16:40

With 5G base station construction set to kick off in 2018, GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors expects its business to enter another high-growth phase, according to company chairman Dennis Chen.

Chipbond to see revenues peak in 3Q17

Jun 19, 15:20

Chipbond Technology, a backend house specializing in LCD driver ICs, is expected to see its third-quarter revenues peak for 2017 driven by a pull-in of orders from Japan-based clients, according to industry sources.

North American semi equipment industry billings rise in May

Jun 16, 16:15

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$2.27 billion in billings worldwide in May 2017 (three-month average basis), according to SEMI. The billings figure is 6.4% higher than the final April 2017 level of US$2.14 billion, and is 41.9% above the May 2016 billings level...

7nm foundry market to heat up in 2018

Jun 16, 16:03

IC foundries are gearing up for mass production of 7nm chips in 2018, as well as production for 7nm process technology using extreme ultraviolet (EUV), according to market observers. Major players in the 7nm foundry segment will be TSMC, Samsung, Globalfoundries and Intel.

SEMI sees record fab spending for 2017, 2018

Jun 15, 22:45

SEMI has predicted record spending for fab construction and fab equipment in 2017 and 2018. Korea, Taiwan and China will all see large investments, and spending in Europe will also increase significantly.

Topco to see revenues peak in 3Q17

Jun 15, 22:42

IC materials distributor Topco Scientific is expected to see its revenues peak for 2017 in the third quarter driven by robust demand for silicon wafers and photoresist solutions, according to industry sources.

PWM IC backend firm GEM Services to post single-digit revenue growth in 2017

Jun 15, 13:37

Taiwan-based GEM Services, a backend house focusing exclusively on the power management semiconductor market, is forecast to post single-digit revenue growth in 2017 driven by strong demand for MOSFET chips, according to market sources.

Globalfoundries launches 7LP FinFET process

Jun 14, 20:56

Globalfoundries has announced the availability of its 7nm leading-performance (7LP) FinFET semiconductor technology, delivering a 40% generational performance boost to meet the needs of applications such as premium mobile processors, cloud servers and networking infrastructure. Design kits are available,...

UMC names co-presidents

Jun 14, 20:38

Pure-play wafer foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced that its board of directors has appointed senior VP SC Chien and Jason Wang as co-presidents of the company, following Po-Wen Yen's retirement as CEO. The co-presidents are collectively accountable for the overall performance of UMC,...

Lite-On Semi posts revenue growth in May

Jun 13, 17:43

Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, has reported consolidated revenues for May 2017 increased 3.9% sequentially and 7.4% on year to NT$971 million (US$32.1 million). The results marked the highest monthly level since August 2010.

Toppan welcomes partnership with China firms

Jun 13, 15:22

Toppan Printing welcomes the potential for China-based companies to become partners, according to the Japan-based photomask vendor. Toppan is looking to work closely with China-based enterprises or local governments through some form of collaboration such as a joint venture.

Intel sees fierce competition in manufacturing process

Jun 13, 13:49

Intel is confident about chips made on its 14nm process, but is lagging behind competitors on the 10nm node. Its 10nm Cannonlake processors will not become available until the second half of 2018, while competitors including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung have both already...

Digitimes Research: China striving to raise IC self-sufficiency

Jun 13, 13:29

China is striving to substantially improve the self-sufficiency rate for ICs in the nation. With strong government support, manufacturing capacities at China-based IC foundries and backend firms are set to expand significantly during the period of the country's 13th five-year plan, according to Digitimes...

Packaging can extend physical limits of semiconductors, says TSMC chair

Jun 12, 15:41

Moore's Law will reach its physical limits in 8-10 years, but the development of advanced packaging technology will help extend innovations, according to Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

TSMC chairman Morris Chang

Topco Scientific revenues drop 4% on year in May

Stockwatch - Jun 12, 14:46

Topco Scientific has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.933 billion for May 2017, representing a 2.99% increase on month and 4.01% drop on year.

CHPT revenues hit record for 3rd straight month

Jun 9, 15:54

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$278 million (US$9.2 million) for May 2017, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive month.

Pure-play foundries post increased May revenues

Jun 9, 15:16

Taiwan-based pure-play foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have reported sequential increases in May consolidated revenues of 28%, 5% and 15%, respectively.

TSMC 5nm chip production to take place in southern Taiwan

Jun 9, 14:59

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reiterated its 5nm chip production will take place at its manufacturing site at the South Taiwan Science Park (STSP), although expansion for the new process is still going through an environmental impact assessment.

TSMC gearing up for sub-10nm process manufacturing

China market: ASE re-submits application for planned merger with SPIL

Jun 9, 13:43

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has said its application submitted previously to China's antitrust regulators for a planned merger with Siliconware Precision Industry (SPIL) was returned, and ASE has revised and re-submitted the application.

IC Insights cuts long-term IoT semiconductor forecast

Jun 9, 12:37

IC Insights has scaled back its total semiconductor sales forecast for system functions related to the IoT in 2020 by about US$920 million, mostly because of lower revenue projections for connected cities applications, such as smart electric meters and infrastructure supported by government budgets.

TSMC names new president for North America operation

Jun 8, 16:08

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has announced the promotion of a veteran executive, Dave Keller to president of TSMC North America. Rick Cassidy remains as CEO of TSMC North America.

More non-IC design houses to seek advanced capacity at foundry houses

Jun 8, 15:49

More patrons other than IC-design houses and IDMs are likely to flock to wafer foundry houses looking for advanced capacity for emerging applications such IoT, Big Data, self-driving and AI (artificial intelligence), according to industry sources.

Taiwan sees increased May export value, says MOF

Jun 8, 14:10

Taiwan recorded total export value of US$25.52 billion for May 2017, increasing 5% on month and 8.4% on year, while the corresponding total import value of US$22.07 billion grew 2.5% on month and 10.2% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on June 7.

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