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  • Acer will compete in PC market to the last, says CEO

    IT + CE | 4h 32min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments in 1Q15 down 35.3% on quarter

    IT + CE | 4h 36min ago

  • Over 60 million iPhone 6s to be shipped in 2Q15, say Taiwan makers

    Mobile + telecom | 4h 40min ago

  • Global handset demand likely to disappoint in 2015, say Taiwan IC design houses

    Bits + chips | 4h 42min ago

  • Silicon Motion to acquire China PCIe SSD firm

    Bits + chips | 4h 45min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers small- to medium-size panels drop over 19% in 1Q15

    Displays | 4h 47min ago

  • CSOT launches new 8.5G fab estimated to bring over US$3 billion a year in revenues

    Displays | 4h 49min ago

  • MediaTek reportedly uses TSMC 20nm process to manufacture 10-core chip solutions

    Bits + chips | 5h 2min ago

  • Policies are more important than facilities for Taiwan to promote art innovation, says Acer founder

    Before Going to Press | 5h 14min ago

  • Acer prefers profitability to PC shipment growth, says founder

    Before Going to Press | 5h 18min ago

  • Tainergy to issue 50 million new shares to raise capital

    Before Going to Press | 5h 24min ago

  • Asustek, Samsung, LG looking to in-house developed operating systems for smart watches, say Taiwan makers

    Before Going to Press | 5h 26min ago

  • Netronix to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$5.00

    Before Going to Press | 5h 30min ago

  • Taiwan market: Samsung to launch entry-level tablet Galaxy Tab A

    Before Going to Press | 5h 30min ago

  • Silicon Motion to acquire China PCIe SSD firm

    Before Going to Press | 5h 34min ago

  • Largan to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$51.00

    Before Going to Press | 5h 35min ago

  • AUO talks up business strategy in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 5h 35min ago

  • PV system vendors, China and Taiwan makers cooperate to develop PERC Mono Like solar cells

    Before Going to Press | 5h 36min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers small- to medium-size panels drop over 19% in 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | 5h 43min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC design industry output value to rise 14.3% in 2Q15

    Before Going to Press | 5h 44min ago

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SK Hynix 1Q15 profits soar

Apr 23, 15:28

SK Hynix has reported net profits of KRW1.3 trillion (US$1.2 billion) on consolidated revenues of KRW4.8 trillion for the first quarter of 2015. Profits and revenues saw on-year increases of 61% and 29%, respectively.

Phison to establish subsidiary in China

Apr 23, 11:12

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has disclosed plans to set up a subsidiary in Hefei in China's Anhui Province for a total of NT$569 million (US$18 million), according to the company.

Memory related device suppliers to break into Taiwan top-10 IC design houses in 2015

Apr 23, 11:07

More memory-related device suppliers including Silicon Motion Technology, Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) and Etron Technology are expected to break into Taiwan's top-10 IC design companies, which have long been dominated by LCD driver IC firms, in 2015.

China building home-grown DRAM industry, to pose threat to existing leaders in 2017

Apr 23, 10:41

China is stepping up efforts to establish its own DRAM industry, which will likely pose a threat to the current industry leaders such as SK Hynix and Micron Technology in 2017, according to industry sources.

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Taiwan chipmakers unaffected by earthquake

Apr 21, 15:56

Taiwan-based chipmakers including foundries TSMC and UMC, and IC packager ASE have said that their operations have not been affected by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the eastern coast of Taiwan before noon on April 20.

Global semiconductor market increases 9% in 2014, says IHS

Apr 21, 15:14

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew by 9.2% in 2014, coming in just slightly below the 9.4% growth estimated previously, according to IHS. The year ended on a strong note with the fourth quarter showing 9.7% year-over-year growth.

Is Japan losing its influence in global semiconductor market?, asks IC Insights

Apr 20, 15:10

In 2014, there were only two Japan-based companies – Toshiba and Renesas – among the top-10 semiconductor suppliers. Assuming the NXP/Freescale merger is completed later in 2015, IC Insights has forecast that Toshiba will be the lone Japan-based company left in the top-10 ranking.

PTI to post sales growth through 3Q15

Apr 20, 14:45

Memory packaging and testing house Powertech Technology (PTI) is expected to post sequential revenue growth through the third quarter of 2015, according to market observers.

PTI, FATC post mild revenue increases in 1Q15

Apr 17, 11:04

Memory packaging and testing houses Powertech Technology (PTI) and Formosa Advanced Technologies (FATC) have reported on-year increases of 2.2% and 6.8%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pricier to build, cheaper to buy than comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus, says IHS

Apr 15, 21:43

The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS.

Powerchip reportedly to set up 12-inch wafer fab in China

Apr 14, 11:32

Powerchip Technology will partner with the Hefei city government to set up a joint-venture fab in the capital city of China's Anhui Province, according to industry sources. The JV fab will manufacture 12-inch wafers and provide foundry services mainly for driver ICs.

Digitimes Research: Samsung semiconductor capex to reach record high in 2015

Apr 13, 15:53

Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics is expected to reach an all-time high of US$15 billion in 2015, making the company's capex the world's highest in the semiconductor industry for the sixth straight year since 2010, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, SK Hynix's...

Transcend 1Q15 SSD sales approach total for 1H14

Apr 13, 15:21

Transcend Information saw its cumulative 2015 shipments of SSD (solid state drive) products through March reach nearly the total shipped in the first half of 2014, according to the Taiwan-based company.

DRAM makers Nanya, Inotera post mixed March results

Apr 13, 14:45

Nanya Technology saw its March revenues increase 2.9% on month while fellow DRAM company Inotera Memories' revenues decreased 5.6%.

Inotera Memories reports decline in revenues for March 2015

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 16:26

Inotera Memories has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.551 billion (US$177.84 million) for March 2015, representing a 11.77% drop on month and 21.12% drop on year.

Global 2014 semiconductor revenues rise 7.9%, says Gartner

Apr 8, 21:26

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$340.3 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from 2013 revenues of US$315.4 billion, according to final results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7%, which was more than the overall industry's growth.

Winbond, Macronix report increased March revenues

Apr 7, 16:13

Non-PC memory chipmakers Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported on-year growth in consolidated revenues for March 2015 of 9.45% and 0.6%, respectively.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February 2015, says SIA

Apr 7, 14:26

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for February 2015 reached US$27.8 billion, up 6.7% from a year earlier when sales were US$26.0 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

US firms capture bulk of IDM and fabless IC sales, says IC Insights

Apr 7, 11:58

US companies held a 55% share of the total worldwide IC market in 2014, which includes sales from IDMs and fabless IC companies, according to IC Insights. The total does not include foundry sales.

Phison poised to expand SSD business

Apr 2, 11:08

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is looking to expand its SSD operation in 2015, according to company chairman Khein-Seng Pua.

Specialty DRAM specialists ESMT, Etron report profit growth for 2014

Apr 2, 10:35

Memory IC design house Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) saw its net profits soar 67.6% on year in 2014, while profits at Etron Technology climbed to a 4-year high.

Micron raises NAND flash quotes

Apr 1, 21:31

Micron Technology has raised its prices for NAND flash memory amid short supply from SanDisk, according to industry sources.

Commentary: China moves step forward to developing DRAM technology with ISSI buyout

Apr 1, 14:36

China imports up to US$200 billion worth of chips a year, an amount which is higher than comparable figures for imports of crude oil and raw materials. Since memory chips account for a high portion of its total IC imports, it offers a good reason for China-based Summitview Capital and other investors...

Foundry chipmaker Powerchip developing SoC for IoT

Mar 31, 10:45

Taiwan-based Powerchip Technology is developing a single-chip solution integrating embedded flash memory and ARM-based processors, targeting Internet of Things (IoT), according to industry sources.

Inotera puts capital reduction plans on hold

Mar 30, 10:49

Inotera Memories has put on hold plans to cut its capital, according to Charles Kau, chairman for the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.

Intel, Micron unveil new 3D NAND flash memory

Mar 30, 10:46

Intel and Micron have jointly announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology. This new 3D NAND technology, jointly developed by the companies, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables...

3D NAND Die with M.2 SSD

Inotera board approves NT$34.4 billion for transition to 20nm

Stockwatch - Mar 26, 22:27

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories' board of directors on March 25 approved a budget of NT$34.4 billion (US$1.1 billion) for transitioning the company's production node to 20nm process technology.

NXP and Globalfoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Mar 25, 15:39

Globalfoundries and NXP Semiconductor have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM), which has resulted in production of 300mm prototype wafers on Globalfoundries' 40nm process technology platform, according to the companies. Volume production is expected in 2016 at its...

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...

Taiwan government lab announces self-powered solution for IoT

Mar 20, 15:14

Taiwan's National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL) has developed a self-powered solution designed for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Taiwan NDL develops a self-powered solution for IoT

Transcend 2014 profits climb to 5-year high

Mar 16, 21:54

Memory module company Transcend Information has reported a net EPS of NT$8.67 (US$0.27) for 2014, up 16.8% on year and hitting the highest level in five years. The company plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$7.80 for 2014.

Peter Shu, chairman for Transcend Information

11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015, says IC Insights

Mar 13, 16:12

Eleven product categories, led by automotive special purpose logic, DRAM, and automotive application-specific analog devices, are expected to exceed the 7% growth rate forecast for the total IC market in 2015, according to IC Insights.

National Instrument transforms Taiwan office to independent company

Mar 13, 15:59

National Instrument has announced it has transformed its branch office in Taiwan to become an independent company starting March and expects the company to achieve 20-40% on-year revenues growth in 2015 as its entry into the supply chains of semiconductor packaging and testing players in Taiwan starts...

Rise in Ultra HD TV penetration to drive DRAM market growth, says Nanya president

Mar 13, 15:27

The global DRAM market will register sequential growth in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by the rising penetration rate for Ultra HD TVs and set-top boxes (STBs), as well as demand created by car electronics applications, according to Nanya Technology president Charles Kau.

Nanya to pour NT$40 billion into technology transition

Mar 13, 10:45

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology plans to invest a total of NT$40 billion (US$1.3 billion) to transition its production to a 20nm process node, according to company president Charles Kau. The investment will be made over a period of 2-3 years, said Kau.

Nanya president Charles Kau

Winbond intros 2 new high-density flash devices

Mar 12, 22:52

Winbond Electronics has announced an expansion of its flash product portfolio with the introduction of a new family of high-density SpiFlash memories. The new family, the W25N-series, achieves both the high-performance read of NOR flash and the fast program-and-erase attributes of NAND flash in a small...

Fab equipment spending to rise in 2015, says SEMI

Mar 11, 20:51

Worldwide fab equipment spending, which increased almost 20% in 2014, will rise 15% in 2015, according to SEMI. Growth will slow to only 2-4% in 2016, however, said SEMI.

Micron to expand NAND flash fab in Singapore

Mar 10, 20:34

Micron Technology recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the expansion of its NAND flash memory fabrication facility in Singapore, according to the US memory vendor.

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).

Transcend revenues fall in February

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 15:30

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.76 billion (US$5.58 million) for February 2015, representing a 16.56% drop on month and 13.67% drop on year.

Winbond revenues increase on year in February

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 15:24

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.041 billion (US$96.25 million) for February 2015, representing a 11% drop on month and 7.96% increase on year.

Nanya revenues drop in February

Stockwatch - Mar 6, 16:33

Nanya Technology Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.965 billion (US$126.12 million) for February 2015, representing a 0.46% drop on month and 4.67% drop on year.

Inotera reports 4.48% on-year rise in February revenues

Stockwatch - Mar 6, 16:32

Inotera Memories has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.291 billion (US$200.1 million) for February 2015, representing a 6.7% drop on month and 4.48% increase on year.

Macronix reports decreased February revenues

Mar 6, 15:19

Macronix International has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.42 billion (US$45.1 million) for February 2015, down 9.6% sequentially and 1.2% from a year earlier.

Inspection tool maker HMI looks to 25-35% revenue growth in 2015

Mar 5, 22:13

Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, expects its sales to increase 25-35% in 2015 thanks to strong demand for advanced-node manufacturing.

Commentary: Galaxy S6 to bring significant impact on supply chains

Mar 4, 12:07

The launch of the Galaxy S6 may help Samsung Electronics revive its flagging smartphone business thanks to improvements in terms of product design and functionality. And yet, the new Galaxy smartphone may bring significant impact on the upstream supply chains.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales, says SIA

Mar 3, 20:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry's highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7% from January 2014 when sales were US$26.3 billion, according to SIA.

Samsung intros 128GB UFS storage for smartphones

Mar 2, 10:37

Samsung Electronics has announced that it is now mass producing 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for smartphones. The new embedded memory's UFS 2.0 interface is the most advanced JEDEC-compliant, next-generation flash memory storage specification...

Samsung UFS embedded memory

TSMC, MediaTek move up in semiconductor R&D, says IC Insights

Mar 2, 10:33

Pure-play foundry TSMC and fabless chipmaker MediaTek both moved up in IC Insights' 2014 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. TSMC increased its R&D budget by 15% in 2014 while MediaTek's R&D spending for the year climbed 29%, according to IC Insights.

Commentary: 14nm FinFET process, Galaxy S6 crucial to Samsung semiconductor business

Feb 26, 14:00

The debut of Samsung Electronics's new flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 at the upcoming MWC 2015 will mark the world's first smartphone powered by a 14nm 3D FinFET processor and could also serve as a turning point for the vendor's semiconductor business.

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