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Taiwan IC production value to rise 5.8% in 2017, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 21, 15:34

The production value of Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, will increase 5.8% in 2017 reaching NT$2,591.6 billion (US$84.1 billion), according to forecast made by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics and...

China and Taiwan fabs gearing up for next-gen memory production

Feb 21, 10:51

China- and Taiwan-based pure-play foundries are partnering with their fabless clients to fabricate next-generation memory types, such as 3D NAND, MRAM and ReRAM, while memory chipmakers are developing the next-generation technologies in-house.

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Silicon wafer prices to rise in 2017, says GlobalWafers

Feb 21, 10:48

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer prices on a per-square inch basis, which reached an 11-year low of US$0.67, are set to rise in 2017 thanks to the already low point last year and a ramp-up of demand coming mainly from China-based foundries, according to Doris Hsu, chairman and CEO for GlobalWafers.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of nearly US$367 million in January, says MOEA

Feb 20, 21:34

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 198 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$366.86 million in January 2017, respectively decreasing 30.04% and 27.11% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on February 20.

Taiwan January export order value down on month, up on year, says MOEA

Feb 20, 21:32

Taiwan received export orders worth US$35.97 billion in total in January 2017, decreasing 12.8% on month but increasing 5.2% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on February 20.

Taiwan IC production value rises 8.2% in 2016, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 20, 15:40

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$2,449.3 billion (US$79.5 billion) in 2016, increasing 8.2% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics...

Walton net profits surge in 2016

Feb 20, 14:29

Memory-IC backend specialist Walton Advanced Engineering has reported net profits for the fourth quarter of 2016 hiked almost 200% sequentially to NT$317 million (US$10.3 million), which also marked the highest quarterly total.

Aerosol science research center opens in Taiwan

Feb 20, 13:25

The National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, has inaugurated the Aerosol Science Research Center, the first of its kind in Asia to study PM2.5 particulates, according to the center.

Inaugural ceremony for the Aerosol Science Research Center

TSMC spends NT$7.5 billion on equipment

Stockwatch - Feb 18, 14:56

Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently disclosed six separate purchases of manufacturing equipment and facilities for a total of NT$7.525 billion (US$244.4 million).

Equipment maker Foxsemicon to post record EPS for 2016

Feb 18, 13:53

Semiconductor equipment maker Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, an affiliate of the Foxconn Group, is expected to see its EPS top NT$8.50 (US$0.28) in 2016 and achieve an annual historic high, market watchers were quoted as saying in a recent report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (

Eight-inch fabs operating at full capacity

Feb 18, 11:08

Eight-inch wafer fabs in China and Taiwan are running at full capacity driven by brisk demand for smartphone-use ICs including fingerprint-recognition sensors, LCD driver ICs and power management chips, according to industry sources.

Xintec swings to loss for 2016

Feb 18, 11:03

Taiwan-based Xintec, an affiliate of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) specializing in packaging services for CMOS image sensors as well as MEMS and fingerprint sensors, swung to net losses of NT$636 million (US$20.6 million) in 2016 from profits of NT$146 million a year ago. EPS for...

Display bookings to top US$2 billion in Fiscal 2017 for Applied Materials

Feb 17, 17:02

Semiconductor equipment provider Applied Materials delivered another strong quarter for its display business, with its first quarter display revenues increasing 66% on year to US$422 million and its orders tripling to US$632 million. The company noted that since 2012 it has grown its display revenues...

China foundries planning FD-SOI process technology

Feb 17, 14:31

China-based IC foundries, such as Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), are evaluating plans to offer FD-SOI process technology since they are less competitive in the mainstream FinFET segment led by the world's major pure-play foundries and IDMs including Intel, Samsung and TSMC, according to industry...

Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending, says IC Insights

Feb 17, 14:04

Intel continued to top all other chip companies in R&D expenditures in 2016 with spending reaching US$12.7 billion, according to IC Insights. Intel's R&D spending represented 22.4% of its semiconductor sales for the year.

VIS posts record 2016 profit

Feb 17, 14:01

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) has reported net profits of NT$5.54 billion (US$179.9 million) for 2016, up 33.2% on year and hitting a record high. EPS for the year came to NT$3.38.

China set to become leading semi equipment spender in next few years

Feb 17, 10:44

Globalfoundries recently made a media splash in announcing a reported $10 billion fab investment for Chengdu, China, but there are dozens of other semiconductor manufacturing projects being developed in the country as well, and China is set to become the leading market for semiconductor equipment demand...

Taiwan 4Q16 economic growth estimated at 2.88%

Feb 16, 10:20

Taiwan's GDP growth for fourth-quarter 2016 is estimated at 2.88%, upward adjusted by 0.30pp from the preliminary estimate made in late January 2017, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said February 15.

NVM IP provider eMemory posts record 2016 profit

Feb 15, 22:57

Embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP provider eMemory Technology has reported net profits of NT$534 million (US$17.4 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$1.22 billion for 2016. Both numbers hit record-highs.

UTAC to close Shanghai operations

Feb 15, 16:00

United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC), a Singapore-based provider of test and assembly services for ICs, has announced plans to discontinue its operations in Waigaoqiao, Shanghai.

TSMC co-CEOs to join board

Feb 15, 14:10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has approved a proposal to increase the number of directors to 10 from eight, and authorized chairman Morris Chang to nominate Mark Liu and CC Wei, co-CEOs for the pure-play foundry, as candidates for the positions.

TSMC co-CEOs CC Wei (left) and Mark Liu (right)

Commentary: Xiaomi in-house developed smartphone CPUs face uncertainty

Feb 15, 12:29

It is highly risky for Xiaomi Technology to launch smartphones featuring in-house developed CPUs as the vendor's shipment volumes are not large enough.

SMIC expects up to 4% revenue decrease in 1Q17

Feb 15, 11:11

China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post a revenue decrease of 2-4% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017, with gross margin of 25-28%.

TSMC to deal out cash dividend of NT$7 for 2016

Feb 14, 19:34

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$7 (US$0.23) cash dividend per share for 2016. The proposal will be discussed and decided at TSMC's annual general meeting on June 8, 2017.

Macronix losses narrow in 2016

Feb 14, 18:11

Taiwan-based Macronix International, a maker of flash and mask ROM memory, saw its losses narrow a substantial 94% from a year earlier in 2016 thanks to growth in sales generated from all its product lines.

Toshiba delays earnings announcement

Feb 14, 16:29

Multiple media reports out of Japan are indicating that Toshiba has surprised investors by delaying the announcement of its quarterly earnings amid fears that the company will report losses topping US$6 billion for its nuclear business in the US. The company's share price was down 8% for the day.

Andes growing customer base in China

Feb 14, 16:07

Andes Technology, one of the very few Taiwan-based CPU IP providers, has been expanding its customer portfolio in China at a gradual pace.

CPU core IP provider Andes to debut on Taiwan OTC market in mid-March

Newswatch - Feb 14, 15:03

Taiwan-based CPU core IP provider Andes Technology, a subsidiary of MediaTek, will debut on Taiwan's OTC securities market in mid-March with the underwriting price for the IPO tentatively set at NT$60 (US$1.944) per share, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Lithography demand is up, but Nikon can't avoid declaring extraordinary loss

Feb 14, 12:35

Despite seeing strong demand for lithography equipment from flat panel manufacturers in the quarter ending December 31, 2016, Nikon reported an extraordinary loss of JPY29,790 million (US$262 million), mainly incurred from inventory write-offs in its Semiconductor Lithography Business Unit and restructuring...

Robust fingerprint sensor demand continues to fill 8-inch fab capacity in 2017

Feb 14, 10:54

IC foundries will continue to see a pull-in of orders for fingerprint-recognition sensor chips to fill their 8-inch fab capacity in 2017, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, longtime market leader Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is facing more competition from China- and Taiwan-based players including...

Globalfoundries Chengdu fab to start production in 4Q18

Feb 13, 21:21

Globalfoundries' plan to construct a new 300mm wafer fab in Chengdu, China to satisfy demand for the foundry's 22FDX technology is well on track, with production at the facility set to kick off in 2018, according to a statement released by the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone.

TSMC subscribes to Apple bonds

Stockwatch - Feb 13, 10:53

TSMC has spent a total of US$11.4 million to acquire corporate bonds issued by Apple, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The bonds are priced at US$100.21 per unit.

Chunghwa Telecom plans to spin off photodetector subsidiary

Newswatch - Feb 13, 10:49

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) plans to spin off its optoelectronics subsidiary, Chunghwa Leading Photonics Tech (CLPT), and list it on Taiwan's securities market, according to company chairman David Cheng.

Globalfoundries to invest for capacity growth in US, Germany, China and Singapore

Feb 13, 10:47

Globalfoundries has announced plans to invest in its existing fabs in the US and Germany, expand its footprint in China with a fab in Chengdu, and add capacity for mainstream technologies in Singapore.

IC market growth now tied closely to global GDP growth, says IC Insights

Feb 10, 16:42

Significant and noticeable IC market growth is closely tied to significant worldwide GDP since 2010, with worldwide economic growth being the primary influencer of IC industry growth, according to IC Insights

Win Semi expects to post flat 1Q17 revenues

Feb 10, 16:11

GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors expects to post flat sequential growth in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2017, while gross margin will be better than the prior quarter's level.

TSMC January revenues fall to 6-month low

Feb 10, 15:47

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) saw its January revenues fall to a new six-month low due mainly to seasonal factors such as fewer working days.

New iPhone to enter production early, say sources

Feb 10, 14:24

Makers in the iPhone supply chain will start delivering parts and components for production of the next-generation iPhone series later in the first quarter of 2017, earlier than the schedule in previous years, according to industry sources.

Global Unichip posts 2016 EPS of NT$4.11

Feb 10, 01:10

IC design service company Global Unichip has announced net profits for 2016 increased 11.5% to NT$551 million (US$17.7 million). The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$4.11 compared with NT$3.69 in 2015.

CHPT posts record 2016 EPS

Feb 10, 01:09

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Technology (CHPT) has reported net profits increased 46.3% on year to NT$604 million (US$19.5 million) in 2016, with EPS coming to NT$20.04, a record high, compared with NT$14.77 in 2015.

UMC January revenues rise, VIS fall to 13-month low

Stockwatch - Feb 9, 23:12

Pure-play wafer foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported revenue growth for January 2017, whereas fellow company Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) saw its revenues fall to a new low in 13 months.

AMOLED production equipment purchases to reach record high in 2017, IHS says

Feb 9, 23:10

The flat-panel display (FPD) industry is in the midst of a historic wave of building new factories to manufacture AMOLED displays. This will drive US$9.5 billion worth of AMOLED-specific production equipment purchases in 2017, according to IHS Markit.

Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab

Feb 9, 12:13

Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.

eMemory NeoFuse IP verified for TSMC 16nm FinFET compact process

Feb 9, 10:28

Taiwan-based eMemory has announced the availability of NeoFuse technology qualified for TSMC's 16nm FinFET compact (16FFC) process. Customers have already embedded the NeoFuse IP for product tape-out, according to the logic NVM IP provider.

ASE January revenues down 10% on-month

Feb 8, 22:02

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.69 billion (US$713 million) for January 2017, down 10.2% sequentially but up 7.1% on year.

Taiwan to undertake R&D and production of military aircraft

Feb 8, 21:57

Taiwan's Air Force on February 7 signed with the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), a research organization established by the government specifically for weapons R&D, to develop and locally produced 66 jet trainers, coded XT-5.

PTI reports revenues down in January 2017

Stockwatch - Feb 8, 15:51

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.389 billion for January 2017, representing a 4.33% drop on month but a 14.67% increase on year.

Taiwan January CPI down on month, up on year, says DGBAS

Feb 8, 11:00

Taiwan's January 2017 consumer price index (CPI) of 105.44 (2011 as base year) decreased 0.02% on month but increased 2.25% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 86.12 rose 0.66% on month and 2.72% on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General Budget,...

Machvision January revenues surge 64%

Feb 8, 10:48

Automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment specialist Machvision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$70.66 million (US$2.3 million) for January 2017, up 63.7% from a year ago and 11.5% sequentially.

SPIL to enjoy another year of record revenues

Feb 8, 10:41

IC packaging specialist Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will likely see its 2017 revenues hit a record high for the second consecutive year, according to market watchers.

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