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Friday 16 April 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC steps up car chip production
The carmaking industry has been plagued by components shortages for months, but TSMC says its supply of automotive chips to clients should start to improve in second-quarter 2021. But the automotive chip shortage is a structural problem where cars need more electronic components, intensifying competition between carmakers and IT firms for foundry support. And at Samsung, tight in-house foundry capacity as a result of a previous power outage hitting one of its fabs in the US is sending the Korean giant looking to outsource some of its chip production.
Friday 16 April 2021
Car vendors dealing with structural shortage of chips
Car vendors are dealing with a structural shortage of automotive chips resulting in their supply constraints, according to industry sources, who believe the impact of a recent power outage at TSMC's chip plant will be insignificant on the overall auto chip supply.
Friday 16 April 2021
Samsung reportedly looking to outsource memory controller production
Samsung Electronics is looking to outsource the production of its memory controllers amid tight capacity at its own foundry, according to market sources.
Friday 16 April 2021
TSMC expects auto chip shortage to greatly improve starting 2Q21
The ongoing shortage of automotive chips will be greatly reduced starting the second quarter of 2021, according to pure-play foundry TSMC.
Friday 16 April 2021
TSMC reportedly raises quotes for mature processes
TSMC has adjusted upward its quotes for mature processes, prompting suppliers particularly LCD driver IC firms to also raise their chip prices, according to industry sources.
Thursday 15 April 2021
Taiwan LCD driver IC firms to post profit gains in 2Q21
Taiwan-based LCD driver IC suppliers have already notified their customers about price hikes of 10-20% or more for their TDDI and other DDI chips starting April, and are poised to post significant profit gains in the second quarter, according to industry sources.
Thursday 15 April 2021
ICs play bigger role in Taiwan exports
ICs accounted for a record-high 35.5% of Taiwan's total exports in 2020, indicating Taiwan-based chipmakers are increasingly critical to the country's economy, according to Digitimes Research.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Highlights of the day: MiniLED applications gaining momentum
Apple is expected to soon unveil a miniLED-backlit iPad Pro, and its miniLED supply chain is ready to expand shipments, having improved yield rates. In the semiconductor sector, supply for packaging tools has been extremely tight, with equipment vendors reluctant to expand production, wary of possibly a lurking bubble in the market. And MediaTek is keen to maintain its leadership in the 5G phone market segment. The IC vendor has stepped up purchases of BT substrates for use in its 5G mobile SoCs to make sure it has enough supply.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
US companies hold 55% of worldwide IC market in 2020, says IC Insights
US companies held a 50% share of total IDM sales and a 64% share of fabless sales worldwide in 2020, capturing 55% of total IC sales worldwide last year, according to IC Insights.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
MediaTek steps up BT substrate purchases
MediaTek has stepped up its purchases of BT substrates for use in its 5G mobile SoCs from suppliers including Unimicron Technology and Kinsus Interconnect Technology, as part of its efforts to expand presence in the 5G handset AP market, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Arcadyan expects revenues to hit new high in 2021
Networking device maker Arcadyan Technology expects its revenues to hit a new high in 2021, driven mainly by its enhanced product and customer portfolios despite the adverse impacts of rising production costs resulting from component shortages.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Taiwan chipmaking material distributors to embrace strong 2021
Semiconductor material distributors including Topco Scientific, Topco Technologies and Wahlee Industrial, and IC packaging materials distributors Chang Wah Electromaterials (CWE) and Niching Industrial are all poised to enjoy a strong 2021, according to industry sources.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC confident about US fab project
TSMC chairman Mark Liu took part in a White House-hosted online meeting of the world's semiconductor powerhouses on Tuesday. After the meeting, Liu reiterated the Taiwan-based foundry house's commitment to building a wafer fab in the US state of Arizona. The semiconductor supply chain has been troubled by shortages for months, with major Taiwanese IC vendors set for another wave of price hikes in second-quarter 2021. Development of microLED applications have been gaining momentum, and commercialized products may be available as early as year-end 2021.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
Worldwide semiconductor revenue logs 10.4% surge in 2020, says Gartner
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled US$466.2 billion in 2020, an increase of 10.4% from 2019, according to Gartner.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
Nvidia CEO introduces software, silicon, supercomputers at GTC 2021
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has unveiled the company's latest innovations covering autonomous machines, AIs, chips, supercomputers and software during his presentation at GTC 2021.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
IC distributors see chip demand surge for TWS devices
Chip demand for true wireless studio (TWS) devices has started picking up substantially, particularly for active noise-cancelling (ANC) chips, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC distributors.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
Major Taiwan IC design houses to hike prices in 2Q21
MediaTek and Elan Microelectronics both plan to raise their chip prices by 10-20% to reflect rising foundry costs starting May 1, while fellow IC design company Realtek Semiconductor will also hike its chip prices by over 20% later in the second quarter, according to industry sources.
Monday 12 April 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC may spend even more this year
TSMC is scheduled to hold its investors' conference later this week. Market observers speculate that the foundry house may disclose plans to revise upward its capex budget for 2021, judging from the fact TSMC has recently vowed to spend US$100 billion on capacity expansions in the next three years. ODMs Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics are optimistic about their notebook shipment growths in second-quarter 2021, but remain wary of components shortages undermining their shipments for full-year 2021. Shortages of audio+LAN chips from Realtek have been described as one of the major factors stalling production for many end-market devices, including Chromebooks.
Monday 12 April 2021
Realtek Ethernet chip shortages not to have much impact on automotive supply chain
The short supply of automobile-use Ethernet chips from Taiwan-based Realtek Semiconductor is unlikely to result in significant impacts on the global automotive supply chains, according to industry observers.
Monday 12 April 2021
ESMT expects gross margin to rise above 20% in 1Q21
Niche-market memory IC design house Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) has reported March revenue hit a record high of NT$1.91 billion (US$67.1 million), and expects its gross margin to rise above 20% in the first quarter of 2021.
Monday 12 April 2021
Realtek facing delivery pressure for audio+LAN chips
Network and communication IC supplier Realtek Semiconductor reportedly is currently unable to fulfill its orders for audio+LAN chips from a number of clients, affecting the production of end-market devices such as Chromebooks, according to industry sources.
Monday 12 April 2021
Wi-Fi 6E chips to bring business for test, certification labs in 2H21
Chipmakers are set to roll out Wi-Fi 6E chip solutions in the second half of the year, bringing new business opportunities for IC test and certification labs including Sporton International.
Friday 9 April 2021
MCU firm Megawin eyeing return to profit in 2021
Taiwan-based MCU company Megawin Technology is looking to return to profitability this year, when revenue is likely to more than double that in 2020, according to market sources.
Friday 9 April 2021
Backend houses see order visibility for CIS, sensor chips through 4Q21
Backend houses continue to enjoy strong demand for processing IP camera chips and CMOS image sensor (CIS) chips, with their order visibility clear through the fourth quarter of 2021, according to industry sources.
Friday 9 April 2021
IC and material distributors to embrace strong profit growth in 2021
Taiwan-based IC and material distributors are expected to see their profit growths this year outperform revenue increases, as shortages of IC parts and materials are sending prices up, according to industry sources.