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Looking in-depth at the latest developments in production, sales, product design innovation, and technology advancements, as well as overall supply capabilities of Taiwan’s major export industries, these reports focus on machinery, auto parts, hardware, furniture, lighting and hardware etc. to keep global buyers and readers informed and better prepared to do business with Taiwan suppliers.

TSMC Brings Patented Packaging Technology to Altera's 20nm Chips

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), world’s major pure foundry, and Altera Corp., a world leading vendor of programmable chips, have announced cooperation to bring TSMC’s patented, fine-pitch copper bump-based packaging technology to Altera’s 20nm Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs. Altera is th... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/24

TSMC Reports Strong March Revenues

Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has announced consolidated net revenue of NT$49.9 billion (US$1.6 billion) for March, surging 6.7% from a month earlier and 13.2% year on year, which are slightly better than expectations. The March result helped swell the compa... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

TSMC Solar and Sunshine PV Both Plan Capacity Expansions

While TSMC Solar Ltd., a subsidiary of foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), said it will triple output capacity to 120 megawatts of solar modules in the third quarter from current 40 megawatts, Solartech Energy Corp.-held Sunshine PV Corp. is working on a plan to boost capac... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

TSMC's Chang Sees Next Window of Opportunity for Semiconductor Industry

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Morris Chang believes the semiconductor industry’s next window of opportunity lies in Internet of Things (IOT), wearable devices, and intelligent home systems, with such opening only accessible to manufacturers that have developed three advanced te... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

SEMI: LED Capex to Recover in 2014 on Promising Lighting Market Outlook

After two years of declines since 2012, the global market for LED capital equipment will rally this year, again with China driving the biggest demand fueled by investments by chipmakers from Taiwan and China itself, according to Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI). The U.S.-... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/10

Samsung, Intel, TSMC to Account for Over Half of Semiconductor CapEx in 2014

According to market consultancy IC Insight, which tracks the semiconductor industry, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Intel Corp., and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) are predicted to account for 51.8% of total semiconductor industry capital expenditures (capex) this year. Samsung an... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/08

TSMC Chairman Morris Chang: IOT to Drive World's Semiconductor Industry in Future

With smart handheld devices increasingly popular with consumers to have broadening applications, the Internet of Things (IOT) is expected to emerge as one of the world’s most profitable industries to drive the semiconductor sector in the future, said Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor M... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/03

SEMI Statistics Show Chip Industry Expands for 5th Straight Month in Feb. 2014

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill (B/B) ratio of 1.00 worldwide in February 2014 with received orders totaling US$1.29 billion, according to Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI), a U.S.-based consortium of international suppliers ... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/01

Google's Android Wear to Benefit Taiwanese Hardware Partners

Google Inc. has ventured into the promising segment of wearable electronic devices by unveiling a new platform, Android Wear, in late March. This is likely to bring lucrative benefits to a number of Taiwanese electronics manufacturers that are included on Google’s hardware partner list, though comp... Full Story

Published: 2014/03/28

Organizations Forecast Taiwan's Semiconductor Industry Revenue to Exceed NT$2 Trillion at Yearend

Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is likely to generate revenue totaling NT$2.09 trillion (US$69.9 billion) this year, up around 11.1% from last year mostly thanks to steady demand from makers of PCs and smartphones, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economi... Full Story

Published: 2014/03/28

MediaTek Aims at World's No.2 With Aggressive R&D Staff Expansion

MediaTek Inc. plans to increase the number of its R&D staff to 11,500 worldwide this year from 2013’s 9,500, aiming for the No.2 spot in the global handset-IC design industry from No.3 it snatched last year. Qualcomm International Inc. leads currently while Broadcom Corp. is the No.2 in this fie... Full Story

Published: 2014/03/12

Profits Hit Record Highs at Taiwan's Embedded PC Makers

Profits hit record highs at most of Taiwan’s leading makers of embedded PCs, or industrial PCs, last year mostly thanks to market recovery in the United States and Europe. Advantech Co., Ltd., a major player in Taiwan, earned NT$7.26 per share while Ennoconn Corp., a subsidiary of the Foxconn Te... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/25

Asustek's Branded Operation Nearing Profitability After Restructuring

Asustek Computer Inc.’s branded operation saw revenue hit record high of NT$421.3 billion (US$14 billion) last year after spinning it off from its contract-manufacturing service in 2011. Its after-tax net income for 2013 was NT$21.4 billion (US$715 million), or NT$28.9 per diluted share, down 4%... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/24

Taiwan Government Sets Ambitious Goal for Its 4G Industry

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) targets this year to inspire the island’s handset and emerging telecom-industry supply chains to invest over NT$12 billion (US$4 billion) in crucial 4G technologies, so as to sharpen manufacturers’ competitiveness to vie for the estimated NT$750 billion (US$... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/11

TSMC's 2013 Revenue and Earnings Hit New Highs

Last year, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) earned NT$188.1 billion (US$6.2 billion), or NT$7.26 per diluted share in after-tax net income on consolidated revenue of NT$597 billion (US$19.9 billion), with net income rising 13.1% from the previous year to hit a new high along with the t... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/27

Nanya Technology and Inotera Report Strong Biz Results for December 2013

Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) makers Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories Inc., both under the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), reported strong earnings and sales for Decembers 2013, mostly thanks to supply shortage after a fire at SK Hynix Inc.’s factory in Wuxi, China in September 2013,... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/16

Hon Hai Announces Multimillion U.S. Dollar Investment Plan in Pennsylvania

The Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou recently announced the group will invest US$40 million over the next two years in R&D, automation, and expansion in Pennsylvania as the group's first step into the U.S.'s high-end manufacturing industries. The investment shows the group's support for US Preside... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/08

Two TSMC Executives Picked to Head Chunghwa Telecom and Acer

Both Rick Tsai and Jason Chen, two former Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) executives, will take up top positions on Jan. 1, 2014 at Chugnhwa Telecom Co., Ltd. and Acer Inc., respectively. While Acer announced on Dec. 23 to take on Chen as president and chief executive officer, Tai... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/24

Top executives of Taiwan's IT heavyweights to attend CES 2014

Top executives of Taiwan’s information-technology heavyweights will attend CES 2014, to be staged Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, U.S. as the world’s No.1 consumer electronics show. While Chairman Terry Guo of the Hon Hai Group and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jason Cheng of Pegatron Corp., both contra... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/23

Survey Shows Taiwanese Seniors Aged 60-64 Spend the Most Online

While Taiwanese people aged 30-39 account for 76.2% of the island’s online shoppers in a survey, seniors aged between 60 and 64 have the strongest purchasing power of all the surveyed groups, according to the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) of the Taiwan Cabinet. The commi... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/19

Asus Leads Global Market for Touchscreen Laptops in 1st Half of 2013

Despite touchscreen laptops having failed to revive the global PC industry as expected before, world’s major brands are still promoting such products actively, with Taiwan-based Asus shipping 1.651 million units to occupy 26.3% of the segment in the first half of 2013 to lead among its counterparts... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/12

LCD TVs to Regain Steam in 2014 on Brighter Economic Prospects

After declining in 2013, the global market for LCD TVs is expected to regain steam in 2014 mainly on optimistic economic outlook in developed nations, according to WitsView Technology Corp., a Taiwanese LCD market research firm. WitsView estimates global LCD TV shipment at approximately 203 mil... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/12

IDC: Global PC Shipment Forecast to Drop 10% in 2013

After witnessing lukewarm global market for PCs in the third quarter of 2013, International Data Corp. (IDC), a U.S.-based market research institute, has further cut its annual growth forecast of global PC shipment for 2013 to negative 10.1% from minus 9.7% announced earlier, the worst performance ... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/09

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