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Foundry production interrupted during earthquake

Feb 6, 15:49

An earthquake hitting the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) early in the morning on February 6 caused production lines at semiconductor foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) to automatically shut down, affecting wafer production.

Shakeup for semiconductor manufacturing

PTI reports decreased January revenues

Stockwatch - Feb 6, 14:30

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported January consolidated revenues of NT$3.83 billion (US$115.3 million), down 3.7% on month.

UMC reports increased January revenues

Stockwatch - Feb 6, 14:30

United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported January consolidated revenues of NT$12.01 billion (US$361.6 million), up 12.5% sequentially.

Earthquake hits key Taiwan Science Park

Feb 6, 14:29

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Southern Taiwan on February 6 and several semiconductor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic players at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) had their production lines shut down. Since the lines were in mid-production, the affected companies will first need to...

Semiconductor manufacturing

Taiwan semiconductor firms expected to start restocking inventories

Feb 5, 16:34

Companies in Taiwan's semiconductor industry supply chain are expected to start restocking their inventories at the end of the first quarter or in early second-quarter 2016, leading to a rebound for the industry, according to industry sources.

ASE extends tender offer period to acquire more SPIL shares

Stockwatch - Feb 5, 11:32

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has announced it is extending the expiration date of its tender offer for more SPIL common shares traded in Taipei and the NYC until 15:30 Taipei time and 01:30 New York City time on March 17, 2016.

KYEC reports increased January revenues

Feb 4, 21:29

IC testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.43 billion (US$43.2 million) for January 2016, up 1% sequentially and 2.5% on year.

Taiwan MOEA approves TSMC 12-inch fab investment in China

Feb 4, 12:38

The Investment Commission of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has approved TSMC's proposal to set up a 12-inch wafer fab and a design service center in Nanjing, China for up to US$3 billion.

PTI to increase capex for 2016

Feb 3, 15:56

IC backend service company Powertech Technology (PTI) expects its capex to reach between NT$10 billion (US$299 million) and NT$12 billion in 2016, compared with the NT$7-8 billion allocated in 2015.

Taiwan market: Foxconn leads patent applications in 2015

Feb 3, 14:32

Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) topped local companies in the number of patent applications in 2015, with 659, according to data released by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.

PTI nets NT$5.20 per share for 2015

Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:26

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported net profits of NT$5.04 billion (US$150.4 million) for 2015, up 13.9% on year and hitting the highest levels in five years. EPS for 2015 came to NT$5.20 compared with NT$4.24 a year earlier.

TSMC to deal out cash dividend of NT$6 for 2015

Feb 3, 12:24

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$6 (US$0.18) cash dividend per common share for its 2015 operations. The proposal will be discussed and decided at TSMC's annual general meeting on June 7, 2016.

ASE says planned buyout of SPIL gets anti-trust approval in Korea, Germany

Feb 2, 15:55

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has received clearance from anti-trust authorities in South Korea and Germany for its intended buyout of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), according to the semiconductor packaging company.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to drop to 19.15 million units in 1Q16

Feb 2, 14:55

China's tablet-use application processor (AP) shipments will drop 15.5% sequentially and 13.7% on year to reach 19.15 million units in the first quarter of 2016 due to fewer working days caused by the Lunar New Year holidays and weakening demand from non-China markets, according to Digitimes Researc...

Global semiconductor sales top US$335 Billion in 2015, says SIA

Feb 2, 14:53

The global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling US$335.2 billion in 2015, a slight decrease of 0.2% compared to the 2014 total, which was the industry's highest-ever sales total, according to SIA.

ASE expects to post sequential revenue growth through 4Q16

Feb 1, 22:27

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) will manage to post sequential revenue growth through the last quarter of 2016, according to company CFO Joseph Tung.

Inventory correction near end, says SPIL chairman

Feb 1, 16:15

Inventory correction in the IC industry supply chain is near its end, according to Bough Lin, chairman for packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL). If end-market demand rises substantially, inventory replenishment in the industry is expected to take place at the end of...

Largan Precision worried about short water supply for new factory

Feb 1, 15:38

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision expects a new factory in central Taiwan to be completed in the first quarter of 2016 and production to kick off in the second, but is worried that short water supply will delay the schedule, according to company CEO Lin En-ping.

HiSilicon ramps orders to Taiwan foundry, backend service companies, says report

Newswatch - Feb 1, 14:26

China-based chipset vendor HiSilicon Technologies has increased wafer and IC packaging/testing orders at Taiwan-based foundry and backend service companies as it plans to ramp output of chips for its parent company, Huawei, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

ASE posts 19% profit decline in 2015 despite record revenues

Feb 1, 10:07

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has reported net profits for 2015 declined 18.8% to NT$19.19 billion (US$576.2 million), with EPS coming to NT$2.51 compared with NT$3.07 a year earlier.

SPIL swings to loss in 4Q15

Jan 29, 16:05

IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) slipped into the red in the fourth quarter of 2015, with revenues falling 3.1% from a year earlier.

Taiwan 4Q15 economic growth estimated at -0.28%, says DGBAS

Jan 29, 14:56

Taiwan's on-year economic growth for fourth-quarter 2015 is estimated at -0.28%, downward adjusted by 0.77pp from a previous forecast in November, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 29, 11:10

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7% of the market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$59 billion of semiconductors in 2015, an increase of US$0.8 billion from 2014.

ChipMOS shareholders approve Tsinghua investment

Jan 29, 10:55

Shareholders of ChipMOS Technologies have approved the company's plan to sell a 25% stake to China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup. ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) has announced that the required greater than 50% of shareholders of ChipMOS Technologies (ChipMOS Taiwan) have voted in person or by proxy...

VIS expects 1Q16 revenues to rise 7-12% sequentially

Jan 28, 16:24

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) expects its first-quarter revenues to increase 6.7-12.2% sequentially with gross margin rising above 30%.

UMC buys equipment from Lam, Tokyo Electron

Stockwatch - Jan 28, 10:08

United Microelectronics (UMC) has purchased a total of NT$1.96 billion (US$58.4 million) worth of equipment from Lam Research and Tokyo Electron for its 12-inch wafer fab in Xiamen, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

SPIL seeing orders shift away

Jan 28, 10:07

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has seen some of its clients shift orders to other OSAT companies, and estimated more than NT$30 billion (US$893 million) worth of orders will be affected due to a potential acquisition of it by rival Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE).

UMC expects flat performance in 1Q16

Jan 28, 10:02

Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics (UMC) expects its wafer shipments to stay flat sequentially in the first quarter of 2016, while softness in wafer ASPs will be offset by favorable NT dollar-US dollar exchange rate shifts.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, says SEMI

Jan 27, 15:25

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.34 billion in orders worldwide in December 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.99 means that US$99 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

HMI seeing weak 1Q16, but expects growth to restore starting 2Q

Stockwatch - Jan 26, 19:13

Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) expects to post a weak first quarter of 2016, but sales will return to a sequential growth track starting the second quarter.

Sony acquires LTE chipmaker Altair Semiconductor

Jan 26, 16:15

Sony announced on January 26 that it has reached an agreement with Altair Semiconductor and its major shareholders to acquire the company. The purchase price is US$212 million, and Sony expects to complete the acquisition in early February 2016.

Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights

Jan 26, 15:38

Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.

ASE-SPIL merger might result in orders loss, says report

Jan 25, 21:51

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) acquisition of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will be a positive for other IC assembly and test services companies, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Order visibility prior to Lunar New Year remains unclear, say Taiwan IC designers

Jan 25, 21:49

Taiwan-based IC design houses have expressed caution about the first quarter of 2016 citing unclear order visibility. Customers are still reluctant to place orders despite the approach of the Lunar New Year, according to sources at the companies.

TSMC orders equipment worth NT$7 billion

Stockwatch - Jan 25, 21:41

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced two purchases of machinery equipment and engineering facilities for a total of NT$7.09 billion (US$211.5 million) from Dacin Construction, Fu Tsu Construction and Topco Scientific.

Taiwan December manufacturing production index down on year, says MOEA

Jan 25, 11:52

Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2011 as base year) of 105.76 for December 2015, increasing 3.43% on month but decreasing 5.52% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Taiwan December unemployment rate down on month, up on year, says DGBAS

Jan 22, 10:36

Taiwan had 453,000 jobless citizens in December 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.87% which dropped 0.04pp on month but rose 0.08pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on January 22.

Pure-play foundries put capex focus on 10nm processes, says Applied executive

Jan 22, 09:57

The 2016 capex focus of pure-play IC foundries will be on 10nm process technology, according to Applied Materials Taiwan president Erix Yu. About half of the foundries' combined capex for the year will be spent on their respective 10nm process nodes.

Applied Materials Taiwan president Erix Yu

ChipMOS Bermuda, ChipMOS Taiwan to merge

Jan 22, 09:55

ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) has announced plans to merge with its 58.3%-owned subsidiary ChipMOS Technologies (ChipMOS Taiwan), with ChipMOS Taiwan to be the surviving company.

Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of nearly US$4.8 billion in 2015, says MOEA

Jan 21, 14:57

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 3,789 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$4.797 billion in 2015, respectively increasing 5.93% and decreasing 16.87% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on January 20.

Semiconductor R&D growth slows in 2015, says IC Insights

Jan 21, 14:52

Semiconductor industry spending on research and development grew by just 0.5% in 2015, which was the smallest increase since the 2009 downturn year and significantly below the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% in R&D expenditures during the last 10 years, according to IC Insights.

Vesper collaborates with Globalfoundries to deliver piezoelectric MEMS microphones

Jan 21, 14:09

Vesper has announced it is collaborating with Globalfoundries to deliver what the companies claim is the world's first commercially available piezoelectric MEMS microphones for smartphones, wearables, automobiles, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other high-volume markets.

Taiwan December export order value down on month, year, says MOEA

Jan 21, 11:08

Taiwan received export orders worth US$38.81 billion in total in December 2015, decreasing 4.8% on month and 12.3% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

SPIL engineer probed over suspected data theft

Jan 21, 11:06

Taiwan's Investigation Bureau has received a request from Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) to investigate an engineer suspected of stealing confidential company data.

ASE, SPIL set to report robust profits for 2015

Jan 20, 14:44

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is expected to see its 2015 profits hit the second-highest level in the company's history, while fellow packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) profits will stay high at 2014 levels, according to industry sources.

HMI 2015 profits fall 28%

Jan 19, 16:12

Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) has posted net profits of NT$2.32 billion (US$69.1 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$6.65 billion for 2015, representing decreases of 8% in revenues and 28% in profits.

VIS capacity utilization rate to rebound to 90% in 1Q16, says report

Stockwatch - Jan 18, 16:25

Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) will see its capacity utilization rate rebound to 90% in the first quarter of 2016 and boost further to 100% in the second quarter, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

TSMC expects to launch 5nm node 2 years after 7nm

Jan 18, 10:30

TSMC will be ready to roll out its 5nm process technology two years after the launch of its 7nm node, according to the pure-play foundry.

TSMC chairman Morris Chang is confident that the company will lead the 10nm foundry market segment

Certification service provider IST reports strong earnings for 2015

Newswatch - Jan 15, 15:41

Certification service provider Integrated Service Technology (IST) has reported net profits of NT$67 million (US$2 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, down 27.7% on quarter but up 440% on year. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$1.45.

HMI posts EPS of NT$10.81 for November and December

Stockwatch - Jan 15, 15:07

Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) has posted net profits of NT$766 million (US$22.8 million) for November and December, with EPS coming to NT$10.81.

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