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Tech Industries Remain Unharmed after South Korea’s Recent Earthquakes

15 Sep

South Korea’s Gyeonjgu area was struck by two massive earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.8 on Sep. 12th. The quakes are reportedly the strongest in Korea’s history. (more…)

Taiwan, China Continue to Lead Increase in Foundry Capacity, Investment: SEMI

16 Jul

SEMI said in its latest World Fab Forecast that foundry capacity in 2015 has exceeded memory capacity to become the largest segment in the semiconductor industry and that Taiwan and China are expected to continue to lead the growth. (more…)

IC Insights Cuts 2016 Semiconductor Market Growth Estimate to -1%

12 Jul

Based on IC Insights’ latest report, it’s projected that the global semiconductor market growth will show a 1% decline in 2016. The weakened momentum is the result of the global market’s slow economic growth and the impact of UK’s EU exit, said IC Insights. (more…)

Tsai Vows to Aid Local Semiconductor Industry

4 Mar

During a visit to the Hsinchu Industrial Park Thursday, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen pledged to help Taiwan’s semiconductor industry maintain its competitive strengths, local media media reported. (more…)

TSMC Cash Dividend Expected to Rise following Morgan Stanley’s Overweight Rating

21 Feb

Morgan Stanley upgraded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) from equal weight to overweight in a Feb. 18 report and moved the price target from NT$135 (US$4.06) to NT$168, on lower capital intensity and expected higher cash dividend. (more…)

Taiwan’s Presidential Candidates Speak Out Against SPIL Share Sale Plan

16 Dec

The presidential candidates of Taiwan’s two largest political parties spoke out Tuesday against Siliconware Precision Industries’ planned sale of stock to Beijing-based Tsinghua Unigroup, Taiwanese media reported. (more…)

TrendForce Expects Fabless IC Industry to Continue Struggling in 2016 with Revenue Projected to Drop 4.1% Year on Year

11 Dec

Slowdown in the end market has made 2015 a difficult year for the fabless IC industry. According to global market research firm TrendForce, revenue generated by fabless IC industry worldwide for the entire 2015 is estimated around US$80.52 billion, down 8.5% year on year. (more…)

Samsung Starts Mass Producing Industry’s First 128-Gigabyte DDR4 Modules for Enterprise Servers

26 Nov

Samsung Electronics has announced that it is mass producing the industry’s first “through silicon via” (TSV) double data rate-4 (DDR4) memory in 128-gigabyte (GB) modules, for enterprise servers and data centers. (more…)

Spreadtrum Predicts Revenue in 2015 to Reach US$1.45 Billion

12 Nov

Chinese mobile device chipmaker Spreadtrum Communications said Wednesday its revenue would increase more than 20% year-on-year to US$1.45 billion in 2015. (more…)

SEMI Announces Continued Annual Growth for Silicon Shipment Volumes

20 Oct

SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period of 2015–2017. The results show polished and epitaxial silicon shipments totaling 10,042 million square inches in 2015; 10,179 million square inches in 2016; and 10,459 million square inches in 2017. Total wafer shipments this year are expected to exceed the market high set in 2014 and are forecast to continue shipping at record levels in 2016 and 2017. (more…)