With the coronavirus starting to widely spread in many countries outside of China, the semiconductor industry has grown concerned that its performance may be influenced; however, in China, the upstream supply chain there has gradually picked up their paces in production resumption with IC design houses expect their shipments to rise in March. Meanwhile, VisEra, a subsidiary of TSMC is setting up a new color filter plant in Taiwan and is striving for orders from Sony.
Spread of coronavirus beyond China to impact 2020 semiconductor market: The spread of coronavirus beyond China is now a challenge that the global semiconductor market is facing this year.
Taiwan IC designers eyeing shipments upturn in March: With labor return rates recovering in China, Taiwan-based IC design houses are expected to see shipments start picking up in March as the impact pressure of the coronavirus outbreak on fulfillment of orders was already largely eased in February, according to industry sources.
VisEra to build new color filter plant to serve Sony: Color filter (CF) maker VisEra Technologies, a subsidiary of TSMC, will establish a new plant in Longtan, northern Taiwan and is eyeing new orders from Sony, according to industry sources.