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  • TSMC and Globalfoundries Vie to Supply 14nm/16nm Process Technologies

    Globally leading chip vendors are choosing between Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), generally recognized as the world's leading pure silicon foundry of Taiwan, and Globalfoundries Inc. (Its own website: GLOBALFOUNDRIES is based in Silicon Valley with manufacturing operations in Dresde... Full Story

    Published: 2015/05/25

    Taiwan's Display Panel Maker Innolux Ends Q1 with Impressive Performance

    Taiwan-based Innolux Corp., the island’s top-2 display panel maker by shipment, ended Q1 of this year with impressive performance, hence further improving its financial health to lay sound foundation for more sustainable development amid thriving market demand for large-sized, high-definition displ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/05/25

    Contract Prices of DRAM to Fall 14% in Q2: DRAMeXchange

    Market consultancy DRAMeXchange forecasts contract prices of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to fall 14 percent sequentially in the second quarter, to be steeper than the 11-13 percent drop in the first quarter. The consultant ascribes the Q2 price contraction mostly to weaker-than-expected ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/05/13

    Chinese Govt. Fund Enables Aggressive IC Plan to Threaten Taiwan's Industry

    MediaTek Inc., reportedly Taiwan’s most profitable IC design house also recognized as mainland China’s biggest wireless-chip supplier, earned after-tax net income of sub-NT$5 per share in the first quarter, its worst profit result in eight quarters, due to underselling competition from China's home... Full Story

    Published: 2015/05/12

    Global Tablet PC Market May Have Peaked on Continuous Shipment Drops

    Growth of the global market for tablet PC may have peaked, based on the continuously declining shipments seen by market research institutes. According to the latest report by International Data Corp. (IDC), a U.S.-based market research firm, global tablet PC shipments totaled only 47.1 million unit... Full Story

    Published: 2015/05/12

    TSMC Chairman Confident of Foundry's Becoming Vital Supplier of IoT Ecosystem

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang says in the company’s 2014 annual report that the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry can serve as the vital supplier of the fundamental building blocks of the semiconductor’s “Next Big Thing”, or the next breakthrough which he refer... Full Story

    Published: 2015/05/05

    Gartner Cuts 2015 Forecast of Global Semiconductor Sales Growth

    Gartner Inc., recognized as a world leading market consultancy, forecasts global semiconductor revenue to increase 4 percent year on year, to US$354 billion by 2015, down 5.4 percent in growth it had projected in the first quarter. Gartner’s research vice president Bryan Lewis attributes such do... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/30

    Hon Hai Verifies Reported Partnership with NEC on Cloud

    Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, generally recognized as the world’s No.1 electronics contract manufacturer, has verified recent reports regarding its partnership with NEC of Japan on setting up cloud-computing business in mainland China and elsewhere in Asia, albeit declining to provide details. ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/30

    Smartphone Lens Maker Largan of Taiwan Finishes Q1 with Phenomenal EPS of NT$32.86

    Apparently immune to seasonal factors, Taiwan-based Largan Precision Co., Ltd. (whose share price leads the Taiwan market), reportedly the world’s largest supplier of camera lenses for smartphones by market share, finished the first quarter of this year with impressive EPS (earnings per share) of N... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/29

    Silicon Foundry TSMC Remains Taiwan's No.1 R&D Spender in 2014

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), recognized as the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry, again was Taiwan’s No.1 R&D spender last year with such outlay totaling NT$56.8 billion (US$1.83 billion), according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Throughout last year, the island’s ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/29

    TSMC to Cut Capex in 2015 and Issues Weak Q2 Forecasts

    At a recent institutional-investor conference, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), reportedly the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry, issued weaker-than-expected forecasts for its second-quarter finances and announced reduction in capital expenditure for this year. The company estimate... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/23

    Catcher Technology Score EPS of NT$23.52 in 2014 From Mainly iPhone 6 Boom

    Similar to many other subcontract makers in Taiwan that ride the iPhone 6 wave, Taiwan-based Catcher Technology Co., Ltd., reportedly the island’s largest maker of metal cases for ICT (information and communication technology) devices by capacity and size, scored EPS (earnings per share) of NT$23.5... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/16

    ASE to Invest US$100-200 Bn. to Double SiP Capacity Over Three Years

    Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) Inc., reportedly the world’s No.1 pure chip assembler, will invest NT$100-200 billion (US$3.22-6.45 billion) to double its system-in-packaging (SiP) production capacity over three years to double revenue in three to six years, according to company chairman a... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/15

    TSMC to Increase 2015 Capex to US$ 13 Bn.

    Capital equipment suppliers say Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), reportedly the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry, will hike its capital expenditure this year to US$13 billion from the originally planned US$12 billion to solidify its leadership in the industry. In response to such ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/15

    Korea Joongang Daily: China Plans to Venture into DRAM Manufacturing

    According to Korea Joongang Daily, China’s No.1 printed circuit board (PCB) maker, BOE Technology Group, plans to venture into dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturing backed by government support as is often the case with many Chinese sectors, triggering fears that the global market could... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/13

    TSMC Sets up Volume Production of IoT Devices This Year

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), reportedly the world’s No.1 manufacturer of built-to-order chips, will begin to set up volume production capacity for chips designed for Internet of Things applications (IoT) this year after building an integrated IoT ecosystem encompassing microproces... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/13

    UMC Outpaces TSMC in 12-inch Fab Project in China

    Equipment suppliers say United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the world’s No.2 pure silicon foundry, will begin to provide foundry service at its 12-inch silicon-wafer fab in Xiamen, China by 2017, earlier than the 12-inch fab project planned in China by the bigger Taiwan Semiconductor Ma... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/13

    ASE to Encase Apple Watch S1 Chips with SiP Process

    Industry executives say Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), reportedly the world’s No.1 dedicated chip assembler, has won the contract to encase the S1 processors for Apple Watch using the system-in-packaging (SiP) process, which enables more functions to be integrated into the watch whi... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/08

    Hon Hai and Pegatron Set New Highs in Feb. Revenue

    Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. and Pegatron Corp., Apple’s top-two contract assemblers, saw their revenues for February 2015 hit new highs although the figures dropped from a month earlier due to less workdays in the month interrupted by the Chinese New Year break. Hon Hai had consolidated rev... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/02

    TSMC A9 Contracts Surge: Report

    Equipment suppliers say Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has received a surge in Apple contracts for the A9 processors, the brain of the iPad and iPhone mobile devices. To fill the orders, the world's No.1 pure contract-chip supplier is accelerating a plan to boost foundry capacity ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/02

    TSMC's Feb. Revenue Down 28% MoM; Up 33.8% YoY

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), currently the world’s No.1 contract chipmaker, announces having net revenue of NT$62.64 billion (US$2.02 billion US$1:NT$31) in February this year alone, sinking 28.1% from the previous month whereas gaining 33.8% year on year. Industry executives a... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/02

    Hon Hai's 2014 Consolidated Net Income Up to New High of US$4.21 Bn.

    Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. announced making over NT$56.7 billion (US$1.82 billion) in consolidated after-tax net income in the final quarter last year, or NT$3.85 per share, up 66.3 percent quarter on quarter and 33 percent year on year (YoY). The Q4, 2014 net income helped swell the compa... Full Story

    Published: 2015/04/02

    LED Packager Everlight Predicted to be Most Profitable Again in 2015

    Industry executives predict Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., reportedly the world’s No.1 LED packager by volume, to make at least NT$6 per share in after-tax net income on projected revenue of NT$35-36 billion (US$1.12-1.16 billion) this year, making it Taiwan’s most profitable LED maker for anothe... Full Story

    Published: 2015/03/02

    Smartphone Lens Maker Largan to Build Factory in Central Taiwan to Vie for Bigger Market Share

    Largan Precision Co., Ltd., recognized as the world’s biggest manufacturer of smartphone lenses with share prices on the TAIEX of Taiwan sometimes eclipsing US$82 to be the most costly on the island, has announced to begin building a factory sometime in the first quarter for some NT$20 billion (US$... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/17

    TSMC Raises Investment at CTSP on Environmental Assessment Approval

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), recognized as the world’s biggest pure silicon foundry, has announced scaling up its investment at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) to NT$700 billion (US$22.58 billion) after its NT$500 billion (US$16.12 billion) expansion project at the park pas... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/17

    Compal of Taiwan Looks to Attaining 2015 Revenue Exceeding NT$1 Trillion

    As the global 3C (computer, communication and consumer electronic) industry is expected to stay buoyant due to continuously growing popularity of smartphones and other mobile Internet devices, Compal Electronics Inc., world’s top-2 laptop ODM (original design manufacturer) by shipment and a leading... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/16

    Nanya and Inotera Post Huge Profit in 2014

    Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories Inc., both subsidiaries of the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), together posted an estimated NT$74 billion (US$2.38 billion) in after-tax net income last year, setting new highs in both companies’ history. Inotera estimates its after-tax net income at ove... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/12

    AU Optronics, Innolux and MediaTek of Taiwan Plan to Hire 6,000-plus Workers in 2015

    AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), Innolux Corp., MediaTek Inc., Acer Inc., and Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan have announced total recruitment of over 6,000 workers this year, with LCD-panel giants AUO and Innolux needing a combined 3,500 engineers, chip design house MediaTek some 2,000 engineers, and bra... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/10

    Chip Assembler Siliconware's Net Income Hits 7-Year High

    Chip assembler Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. saw after-tax net income for 2014 surge 99.1 percent year on year to a seven year high of NT$11.73 billion (US$378.41 million), or NT$3.74 per share. The company had 2014 total revenue of NT$83.07 billion (US$2.67 billion), increasing 19.... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/09

    DRAM Prices Forecast to Drop Over 5% QoQ in Q1

    Industry executives forecast dynamic random access memory (DRAM) prices to slump over 5% quarter over quarter in Q1, 2015, deeper than in Q4, 2014, due to low season factor. Although the declines will impact sales at Taiwan’s DRAM chipmakers including Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories ... Full Story

    Published: 2015/02/09

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