Taiwan IC backend houses to expand production 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'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,...
Intel to cut PC processor prices in 2H20
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.
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.
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 NeoFuse IP verified for UMC 28nm HV process
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.
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.
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...
Fab toolmakers expect strong 2020
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 eyeing OLED, mini/micro LED markets
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.
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 says no plans for US fab
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.
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...
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 slight revenue decrease in 1Q20
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.
Fab toolmakers see demand from China surge
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 scaling up 14nm chip output
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 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...
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.
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, STMicro strike 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.
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 optimistic about 2020
Spirox, which distributes IC packaging and testing equipment, expects to see its revenues climb about 50% to a nearly 10-year high in 2020.
Taiwan handsets – 3Q 2019
Taiwan makers shipped 14.21 million handsets in third-quarter 2019, up 3% sequentially but down 34.8% on year.
Taiwan LCD TVs – 3Q 2019
Taiwan's TV maker shipped a total of 7.39 million LCD TVs in the third quarter, up 3.2% sequentially.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 3Q 2019
Taiwan PC monitor shipments continued to grow on-year in the third quarter of 2019 at 5.8% to arrive at 23.73 million units.
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020
Digitimes Research estimates that global server shipments moderately declined 1.4% in 2019 but will turn to show positive growth...
Mini/micro LED: Challenges and opportunities in the display industry
Mini LEDs and micro LEDs are expected to become improved backlighting solutions that can significantly enhance displays' quality...
Global LCD panel shipment forecast, 2020 and beyond
Global small- to medium-size LCD panel shipments are estimated to drop from 2020 to 2024, while large-size ones will continue...