Realtime news
IC manufacturing
  • Taiwan's export value totaled US$27.3 billion in January 2019, dropping 4.6% sequentially and 0.3% on year, while import value for the month reached US$26.39 billion, the third highest-ever monthly level with increases of 10.4% sequentially and 0.8% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF...
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has revised downward its first-quarter 2019 guidance following the completion of an assessment of all wafers recently affected by a batch of problematic photoresist material.
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported consolidated revenues fell 13.1% sequentially to NT$78.09 billion (US$2.53 billion) in January, the lowest in six months.

  • Huawei has set ambitious goals for its smartphone operations in 2019, aiming to unseat Samsung as the world's largest smartphone vendor, according to industry sources.
  • tsmc
    Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will soon kick off commercial production for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor designed for high-end smartphones, according to industry sources.
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) expects to post a revenue decline of 16-18% sequentially in the first quarter of 2019, with gross margin ranging from 20% to 22%.
  • GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors expects robust demand for 3D sensing and 5G related applications to drive its mid- and long-term business growth.
  • Taiwan's economic growth rate for fourth-quarter 2018 has been revised to 1.78%, 0.02pp higher than 1.76% preliminarily estimated in late January 2019, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
  • Robust demand for more content for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive and industrial applications will drive production of 700,000 200mm wafers from 2019 to 2022, a 14% increase, according to SEMI. The increase brings total 200mm wafer fab capacity to 6.5 million wafers per month as many...
  • GlobalWafers has disclosed revenues for January 2019 hit the third highest monthly levels in the company's history, while Formosa Sumco Technology (FST) saw its January revenues slip to an 8-month low. Meanwhile, fellow silicon wafer company Wafer Works' January revenues increased 3.1% on month.
  • Taiwan led all regions/countries in wafer capacity with 21.8% share, a slight increase from 21.3% in 2017, according to IC Insights. Taiwan first became the global wafer capacity leader in 2015.
  • Taiwan's backend service leader ASE Technology Holding has incorporated a manufacturing big data instant analysis system developed by the Digital Transformation Institute (DTI) into its die-bonding process, boosting processing efficiency by 3%.
  • Lite-On Semiconductor has set up a new business unit to combine its discrete component and power management IC offerings, the company has disclosed.
  • IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) will kick off production in small volume for satellite communication PCBs at the end of 2019, according to industry sources.
  • ASE Technology Holding, the parent company of IC packagers Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), has reported January consolidated revenues fell 10.5% sequentially to NT$33.06 billion (US$1.07 billion) with sales of its core IC assembly, testing and material...
  • IC design service company Global Unichip has reported net profits of NT$988 million (US$32 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$13.46 billion for 2018, with both results hitting record-high levels. EPS for the year came to NT$7.37.
  • Taiwan foundry houses see poor order visibility for the second quarter of 2019, as domestic and international IC design houses need more time to digest their chip inventories, according to industry sources.
  • Fading of cryptocurrency mining business hurting Taiwan supply chain
    Taiwan-based graphics card players, Nvidia and semiconductor players including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Global Unichip and Faraday Technology are expected to see their first-quarter financial results drop dramatically on year as a result of the fading of the cryptocurrency...
  • The global semiconductor industry posted sales of US$468.8 billion in 2018, the industry's highest-ever annual total and an increase of 13.7% compared to the 2017 total, according to Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
  • Epitaxial wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) has entered the supply chain for Samsung's new mobile devices featuring biometric technology slated for launch in the second half of 2019, according to industry sources.
  • Globalfoundries' recent moves have invited speculation that the US pure-play foundry may be looking for a buyer. Does Globalfoundries' majority shareholder, Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment (ATIC), intend to quit?
  • tsmc
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to kick off volume production of chips built using an enhanced 7nm with EUV node at the end of March, according to industry sources.
  • Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2018, representing 17.9% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner. Meanwhile, the top-10 OEMs increased their share of chip spending to 40.2%, up from 39.4% in 2017.
  • Camtek has announced that Chroma Ate, a Taiwan-based high precision test and measurement equipment provider, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 20.5% of the shares of Camtek, in a cash transaction.
  • iphone
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has given its cautious business and overall chip industry outlook this year, when the pure-play foundry is likely to remain the only supplier of Apple's A-series chips.

Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018

Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018

China smartphone market and industry - 4Q 2018

Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2019

Global mobile device shipment forecasts, 2019 and beyond: Smartphones, notebooks and tablets

iPhone shipment analysis and forecast, 2H18

© 2019 DIGITIMES Inc. All rights reserved.
Please do not republish, publicly broadcast or publicly transmit content from this website without written permission from DIGITIMES Inc. Please contact us if you have any questions.