Supply chain
Highlights of the day: TSMC expands partnerships to satisfy orders

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has expanded its cooperation with partners as a measure to satisfy its clients. It has placed orders with Teradyne for more test equipment and teamed up with MA-tek and iST over the IC analysis field in a bid to fulfill its rapidly rising orders. Meanwhile, Compeq expects TWS earbuds and handsets to have increasing demand for boards that will last until the end of first-half 2020.

TSMC places test equipment orders with Teradyne: TSMC has placed orders for several hundred sets of test equipment with Teradyne, and will install the tools at the foundry's new advanced backend plant in northern Taiwan, according to industry sources.

TSMC teams up with MA-tek, iST on advanced IC analysis: Robust orders for advanced fabrication and packaging services at TSMC have prompted the foundry to team up with Materials Analysis Technology (MA-tek) and Integrated Service Technology (iST) to satisfy the ensuing strong demand for IC materials analysis (MA), failure analysis (MA) and reliability analysis (RA), allowing the two Taiwan-based major IC analysis and inspection laboratories to embrace lucrative operations in 2020, according to industry sources.

Compeq to see strong board shipments for handset, TWS applications in 1H20: Taiwan-based PCB maker Compeq Manufacturing is expected to see strong shipment momentum for handset-use HDI boards and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbud-use rigid-flex boards that will persist into the first half of 2020 and boost the firm's performance on year during the period, according to industry sources.

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