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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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