IC manufacturing
  • Apple to adopts scissor switch keyboards for new notebooks and iPad
    Apple reportedly is looking to adopt scissor switch keyboards in its new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and new iPads slated to be available later in 2020 and the strategy should benefit their Taiwan-based component suppliers. Meanwhile, hinge...
  • IC backend houses to expand capacity
    Taiwan-based IC backend houses plan to implement their capacity expansion projects in 2020 to satisfy growing demand for more complex chip designs and high-end testing, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan saw economic growth of 3.38% in 4Q19
    Taiwan's economic growth rate, on-year growth in GDP, for the fourth quarter of 2019 is preliminarily estimated at 3.38%, 0.34 percentage point higher than the 3.04% forecast in November 2019 and the highest quarterly level since the third quarter of 2018, according to the Directorate General of Budget,...
  • Ongoing Intel CPU shortages prompt PC OEMs to increasingly adopt AMD's chips
    Intel is expected to initiate price cuts on its PC processors in the second half of 2020 to defend its market dominance, according to sources at PC makers.
  • Taiwan semiconductor production value reaches NT$2.6 trillion in 2019
    The production value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry reached NT$2.6 trillion (US$86.713 billion) in 2019, according to science and technology minister Chen Liang-gee.
  • FTC issues green light for WPG's investment in WT
    The Fair Trade Commission has newly ruled that IC distributor WPG can carry out its open tender offer to acquire 30% of ordinary shares of its peer WT Microelectronics (WT) purely as a "financial investment" operation, without having to apply for a merger permit.
  • eMemory announced the availability of NeoFuse IP
    Taiwan-based eMemory has announced the availability of NeoFuse IP qualified on United Microelectronics' (UMC) 28nm high-voltage (HV) process for OLED display applications, with key customers already taping out related chip designs.
  • MOEA announces December export order values
    Taiwan received export orders worth US$43.78 billion in total in December 2019, decreasing 1.7% on month but increasing 0.9% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on January 20.
  • ASE deepening deployments in car sector
    Despite global automotive semiconductor market being dominated by IDMs in Europe, the US and Japan, Taiwan's backend service leader ASE Technology Holding has been strengthening its deployment in auto-use IC components packaging, having teamed up with many international firms including Japan's Rohm...
  • Guden is reportedly a supplier of TSMC
    With TSMC - the world's top pure-play foundry - anticipating record-high capex levels this year, semiconductor equipment vendors particularly those engaged in TSMC's supply chain are gearing up for strong sales in 2020, according to industry sources.
  • LCD equipment makers are eyeing opportunities from the OLED and micro/mini LED sectors
    Taiwan-based LCD equipment makers could return to a growth track in 2020 by shipping more of their equipment for the manufacture of OLED and mini LED-backlit panels after ending 2019 with decreased revenues, according to industry sources.
  • Intel CPU shortages to remain throughout 2020
    Intel CPU shortages are expected to persist through 2020, with the entry-level segment bearing the brunt. Chromebook vendors are expected to adopt more AMD processors for their devices. In the semiconductor sector, TSMC expects the...
    The global IC foundry market is forecast to increase 17% in 2020, outpacing the overall semiconductor sector's 8% growth, according to TSMC CEO CC Wei. TSMC will continue to see its sales increase outperform the overall IC foundry market growth this year, said Wei.
  • TSMC CEO CC Wei (left) and chairman Mark Liu (right)
    In response to reports indicating Washington has increased its pressure on TSMC to have a plant in the US for the fabrication of high-security products, the Taiwan-based foundry said that it has no such plans in the short term but the feasibility is being evaluated.
  • TSMC 7nm foundry supply remains tight
    Demand for TSMC's 7nm foundry services has been strong, with lead time for the node extending to about six months. The tight supply is expected to last throughout 2020, and Intel reportedly might also come knock on the door for TSMC's 7nm...
  • TSMC showcases InFO_PoP packaging tech at Nepcon Japan 2020
    Nepcon Japan 2020 running January 15-17 in Tokyo saw its first-day semiconductor forum steal the show with heavyweight firms TSMC and Micron shedding light on latest packaging technologies and memory solutions, respectively.
  • TSMC expects mild drop in 1Q20 sales
    TSMC expects to post revenues of between US$10.2 billion and US$10.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020, representing an about 1.4% sequential decrease. Gross margin and operation margin are estimated at 48.5-50.5% and 37.5-39.5%, respectively.
  • Chinese semiconductor firms are keen to build new production lines
    Semiconductor equipment suppliers including distributors have seen demand surge from China where a number of wafer fabs are being equipped for additional production capacity, according to industry sources.
  • SMIC has started volume production for 14nm chips
    Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has kicked off volume production of chips built using 14nm FinFET process technology at its manufacturing site in Shanghai since the third quarter of 2019, according to the China-based pure-play foundry.
  • TSMC's 7nm foundry supply remains tight
    TSMC 7nm process lead time remains at about six months, with tight supply expected to last through 2020, or even worsened in the second half of the year if speculation about Intel possibly seeking to place orders for the Taiwanese foundry's advanced processes materializes, according to industry sour...
  • Filtrafine CEO David Ho
    Taiwan-based Filtrafine, which provides filtration and purification solutions for industries demanding chemical wastewater and gas treatment, is eyeing a bigger presence in the chipmaking field where eco- or environmentally friendly manufacturing has become increasingly critical.
  • Global semiconductor sales dropped in 2019
    Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled US$418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to Gartner. Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue...
  • Rohm and ST have signed a long-term SiC wafer supply deal
    STMicroelectronics has signed a multi-year silicon carbide (SiC) wafers supply agreement with SiCrystal, a ROHM group company, according to the companies.
  • Apple reportedly is looking to launch 5G iPads
    Taiwan's backend service provider ASE reportedly will be packaging mmWave 5G antenna modules for Apple's products to be launched this year. The iPad is said to be in Apple's 5G product roadmap this year, apart from the iPhone. Apple may...
  • Spirox president Henry Kao
    Spirox, which distributes IC packaging and testing equipment, expects to see its revenues climb about 50% to a nearly 10-year high in 2020.

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