TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C
Mar 25, 22:32
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources.
Xintec to list on Taiwan OTC on March 30
Mar 25, 21:53
Image sensor packaging house Xintec will be listed on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at a tentative price of NT$42 (US$1.34) per share on March 30, according to the company.
TSMC to post flat to 5% revenue growth in 2Q15
Mar 24, 22:20
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to post revenue growth of 0-5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed mainly by rising output for 20nm chips, according to industry sources.
Hua Hong, eMemory partner to develop MCUs for IoT
Mar 24, 20:43
Hua Hong Semiconductor and eMemory Technology have jointly announced they will further strengthen their strategic partnership and work together in the field of microcontrollers (MCU), including the extension of their current technology cooperation to the 90nm node and in-depth cooperation in development...
Former SMIC CEO to set up 12-inch wafer plant in Shanghai
Mar 24, 15:26
Richard Chang, former CEO of China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), reportedly will set up a new firm in Shanghai for producing 12-inch silicon wafers, according to a China-based cena.com report.
Rockchip licenses Arteris interconnect IP for RK series
Mar 24, 15:18
China-based chip developer Rockchip has extended its use of Arteris FlexNoC fabric IP as its on-chip communications backbone for its complete RK series of application processor SoCs, according to the two companies.
Picosun and NCTU establish joint ALD research facility in Taiwan
Mar 24, 14:31
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan, and Picosun Oy, a provider of atomic layer deposition (ALD) solutions for global industries, have established a joint industrial ALD research laboratory that will focus on next-generation micro- and optoelectronics using ALD technology.
Qualcomm vying for chip orders from Samsung
Mar 23, 23:26
Qualcomm, which is believed to have lost processor orders for the Galaxy S6 series smartphones from Samsung Electronics, is vying for orders for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, according to industry sources.
Taiwan February unemployment rate down on month, year, says DGBAS
Mar 23, 23:23
Taiwan had 428,000 jobless citizens in February 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.69% which dropped by 0.02 percentage point on month and by 0.40 percentage point on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on March 23...
Taiwan to cut power pricing 7.34%, says MOEA
Mar 23, 11:46
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will have state-run Taiwan Power Company reduce electricity prices from an average rate of NT$3.1139 (US$0.099)/kWh currently to NT$2.8852/kWh, decreasing 7.34%, to reflect drops in international fuel prices. Adjusted pricing to take effect on April 1, 2015,...
Taiwan semiconductor makers unaffected by water shortages
Mar 20, 16:24
Taiwan-based chipmakers including foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC), memory maker Inotera Memories, and IC packaging house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) have said that measures will be taken to make sure their production lines will...
Chipbond reports record revenues and profits for 2014
Mar 19, 22:46
LCD driver IC packaging and testing house Chipbond Technology has reported net profits of NT$2.55 billion (US$81 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$17.68 billion for 2014. Both figures marked record highs.
Tongtai Machine 1Q15 sales expected to rise 5-10%
Mar 19, 22:37
Taiwan-based Tongtai Machine & Tool, a provider of PCB drilling and routing equipment, is expected to post revenue growth of 5-10% on year in the first quarter of 2015, according to market watchers. The company has seen clear order visibility through the third quarter.
Digitimes Research: Samsung to adopt MediaTek APs for smartphones
Mar 18, 22:12
Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung's smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor's product lineup.
Gudeng expects to post double-digit growth in 2015 sales
Mar 18, 22:05
Taiwan-based Gudeng Precision Industrial, a semiconductor front-end equipment manufacturer specializing in mask solution products and wafer handling equipment, expects its revenues to register a double-digit increase in 2015.
Ardentec 2014 profits soar 43%
Mar 17, 19:53
Semiconductor wafer testing service provider Ardentec has reported net profits of NT$1.21 billion (US$38 million) for 2014, up 43.3% on year, while consolidated revenues climb to a record high of NT$5.83 billion. The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$2.65.
Faraday to downsize capital 40%
Mar 17, 19:51
Taiwan-based Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and silicon IP provider, has disclosed plans to downsize its capital by 40%.
Recovering economies driving industrial semiconductor market growth, says IHS
Mar 16, 22:01
The industrial semiconductor market will post a 9.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next several years as revenues rise from US$34.8 billion in 2013 to US$55.2 billion in 2018, according to IHS. Increased capital spending by companies and continued economic growth, especially in the US...
Aurona enters supply chain of IC backend houses
Mar 16, 15:10
Taiwan-based Aurona Industries, a manufacturer of phenolic resins laminates, disclosed recently that the company has entered the supply chain of semiconductor assembly and test services providers. Aurona serves mainly the PCB and IC substrate industries.
Win Semi looks to flat performance in 1Q15
Mar 16, 12:11
Win Semiconductors expects to report flat sequential growth in first-quarter revenues, with gross margin maintained at the levels during the second half of 2014. The GaAs pure-play foundry credited its particularly strong first quarter to a favorable product mix.
UMC broadens 55nm eFlash platform with Faraday silicon IP
Mar 16, 10:56
Faraday Technology, a fabless ASIC/SoC and IP provider, and IC foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced the availability of a set of low power consumption fundamental IPs developed for UMC's 55nm low-power (LP) embedded flash process. These IPs are designed to simultaneously meet both low-power...
TSMC affiliate Xintec to list on OTC in end-March, says report
Newswatch - Mar 12, 22:53
Image sensor packaging house Xintec, an affiliate of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), will list on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at the end of March 2015, according to a recent Chinese-language Apple Daily report.
KYEC to post double-digit revenue growth in 2Q15, says report
Stockwatch - Mar 11, 15:03
King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) is expected to post a double-digit sequential increase in consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2015, according to a recent Chinese-language Apple Daily report. Sales generated from the mobile communications and car electronics sectors will be the key...
Equipment supplier Scientech optimistic about performance in 2015
Mar 10, 20:36
Semiconductor equipment distributor Scientech is optimistic about its performance in 2015, citing clear order visibility for its wet-process packaging equipment for 12- and 8-inch wafers, as well as front-end wet-process equipment for the production of LEDs.
Inotera buys equipment from Hermes Microvision
Stockwatch - Mar 10, 20:22
DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has announced the acquisition of a batch of production equipment from Hermes Microvision (HMI) for NT$934.63 million (US$29.7 million).
TSMC February revenues fall 28% on month
Mar 10, 15:56
Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$62.65 billion (US$1.99 billion) for February 2015, down 28.1% on month but up 33.8% on year.
ASE reports on-year increase in February revenues
Stockwatch - Mar 10, 15:13
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.982 billion (US$601.61 million) for February 2015, representing a 18.72% drop on month and 16.86% increase on year.
UMC, VIS report decreased February revenues
Stockwatch - Mar 9, 21:53
IC foundries United Microelectronics (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have reported sequential decreases in consolidated revenues for February 2015 of 6.4% and 3.9%, respectively.
ASE grabs SiP module orders for iPhone 6S and 7, says report
Stockwatch - Mar 9, 21:50
A recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report quoted sources from Apple's supply chain as saying that Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has obtained assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules used in the iPhone 6S and 7 devices, which are slated for launch at the...