TSMC’s market share to be boosted by new 28-nanometer process

TAIPEI–A new cost-competitive 28-nanometer process developed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台灣積體電路) may help the world’s largest contract chip maker gain more market share, according to Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG. TSMC announced Sept. 12 that it has started mass production of the 28-nanometer High Performance Compact (28HPC) process, claiming it to be the most power- and cost-efficient solution among all 28-nanometer technologies in the foundry segment.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/18/417446/TSMCs-market.htm

TSMC see follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Some analog IC suppliers indicated that Apple aims to ship 80-100 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, and initial response to the new iPhone devices seems to be enthusiastic and could gain momentum.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140916PD212.html

Expect 2 million Android One handsets to be sold in 2014: MediaTek

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek today said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world’s second largest market for mobile phones.  The Taiwan-headquartered company has partnered with US-based tech giant Google on Android One, an initiative to provide a family of high-quality, yet affordable Android devices for consumers in emerging markets like India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42630601.cms

4G smartphone prices expected to fall to below US$100 in 1H15, say Taiwan makers

Mainly because Qualcomm has offered an inexpensive 4G chip solution to compete with Taiwan-based MediaTek and market competition for 4G smartphones among China-based vendors has been heating up, prices for a 4G smartphone have dropped to below US$200 and are expected to further slip to below US$100 in the first half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140915PD214.html

TSMC to maintain dominance: foreign brokerage

TAIPEI, Taiwan — According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank AG, TSMC (台積電) is poised to command more than 70 percent of the global market for 28-nanometer and 32-nanometer semiconductor fabrication, as the Taiwan-based sector bellwether commences mass production of its high-performance 28-nanometer variant (HPC) designed to power low- and mid-tier mobile devices.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/16/417289/TSMC-to.htm

TSMC to secure orders for Apple’s A9 chip: analysts

TAIPEI, Taiwan — As global markets await the unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 6 handset, reports indicate that analysts are expecting TSMC to secure manufacturing orders for the U.S.-based company’s upcoming A9 processor that is slated to power next year’s iPhone handset. Given its status as the bellwether of the smartphone sector, the contest to secure manufacturing orders for the processor powering each year’s iPhone handset has become the most important battle for semiconductor companies worldwide.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/09/416760/TSMC-to.htm

MediaTek August sales hit a new high

TAIPEI–MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Friday that sales hit a fresh high in August, with market analysts attributing the growth to strong demand for smartphone chips from China. Chinese smartphone brands moving to build up their inventories ahead of an expected buying spree during China’s Oct. 1 National Day holiday were behind MediaTek’s uptrend, which benefited from peak season effects.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/08/416678/MediaTek-August.htm

Semiconductor industry on display at SEMICON

TAIPEI, Taiwan — On course to enjoy the largest growth in regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures for 2014-15, Taiwan will bring this investment energy into focus on Sept. 3-5 at SEMICON Taiwan 2014. SEMICON Taiwan 2014 is expected to be the largest ever in its 19-year history, featuring 1,340 booths and reaching over 40,000 attendees and exhibitors at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (南港展覽館).

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/03/416340/Semiconductor-industry.htm

TSMC, Hon Hai, MediaTek top Q2 R&D spenders

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and MediaTek Inc. ranked as the three largest research and development spenders among the manufacturers listed on Taiwan’s main board and the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the second quarter of his year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Citing statistics, the MOEA said that the TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, spent NT$13.6 billion (US$453 million) in R&D expenses during the April-June period, topping R&D spending rankings among Taiwan’s listed manufacturers.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/08/24/415640/TSMC-Hon.htm

TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources. While the supply of wafers at TSMC is tight for the third quarter, the nearly sold-out wafer production for the fourth quarter at TSMC has placed most IC design houses in a dilemma as to whether they should queue up at TSMC for capacity.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140814PD214.html

Wafer foundry houses seeking better cooling solutions

Wafer foundry houses reportedly have been seeking cooperation with cooling module makers looking to apply cooling solutions into chips during the manufacturing process. So far the cooperation is still at an early stage and no substantial results have been achieved, according to sources from cooling module players. The sources pointed out that by packing more and more functions, mobile devices are creating heavy burdens on their processor chips and increasing power consumption. To resolve the resulting heat issue, the wafer foundry houses are considering placing cooling solutions directly into the processors.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140813PD222.html

Nvidia claims 64-bit Denver chip will outperform Apple’s A7

Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year. Nvidia shared a few more details about Denver at the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley on Monday. It’s calling it “the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.” Denver will be used in a 64-bit version of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip. It will have four Denver CPU cores and 192 Kepler graphics cores, which Nvidia says will provide PC-like performance for laptops, tablets and high-end smartphones. Like Apple’s A7 chip, Denver is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/nvidia-claims-64-bit-denver-chip-will-outperform-apples-a7/

ProMOS idle 12-inch fab is up for grabs

A number of semiconductor firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Micron Technology, Globalfoundries and Toshiba, are likely to participate in an open bid for taking over an idle 12-inch fab owned by ProMOS Technologies, according to industry sources. The 12-inch fab, located in Taichung Science Park (TSP), has been idle since March 2013 after ProMoS sold the bulk of production equipment of the fab to Globalfoundries. But the fab has completed the construction of its cleanroom and can resume operations if production equipment is reinstalled, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140811PD203.html

Qualcomm, MediaTek seeking additional 28nm PolySiON production capacity at UMC

Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources. Tight production for 28nm chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Globalfoundries’ plan to shift to its HKMG process have forced the two chipset solution vendors to seek additional capacity at UMC, the sources explained.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140805PD208.html

China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC

More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources. China-based IC design houses that have tapped TSMC for 28nm foundry capacity include HiSilicon Technologies, Spreadtrum Communications, Rockchip Electronics, Allwinner Technology and RDA Microelectronics and Datang

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140804PD201.html

Intel launches first ‘Made-in-Vietnam’ CPU

This is the fourth generation of Intel CPU which is used for desktops, laptops and mobile phones, said CT Lau, Director of Intel Products Vietnam’s assembly and test factory. Intel expects that by the end of this year, 80 percent of its CPU for desktops provided for the world market will be made in Vietnam. Intel began production in Vietnam in June 2010 with chipsets for laptops and mobile devices. It later launched Atom SoC (System on a Chip) in late 2013.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/108621/intel-launches-first–made-in-vietnam–cpu.html

Shunned By Other Countries, Chinese Tech Firm Makes British Investment

Huawei Technologies recently made an investment in XMOS, a British fabless semiconductor company and leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers. This marks the Chinese telecom device maker’s first equity investment in a British technology company. Apart from Huawei, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany and Xilinx Inc. from the U.S. also participated in the strategic investment round. The three companies invested a total of USD26 million in XMOS. XMOS’ valuation during this round of financing reached over USD100 million; however, XMOS gave no comment on the rumor.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/30/20768-shunned-by-other-countries-chinese-tech-firm-makes-british-investment

TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. In view of MediaTek’s growing share in the global entry-level to mid-range smartphone solution market, and the need to maintain a high order visibility at TSMC, the offering of more 28nm production capacity to MediaTek is an important strategy for the Taiwan-based foundry house, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140724PD208.html

Apple to become largest client for TSMC, say sources

Apple is expected to become the largest client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the Taiwan-based foundry house has begun to ramp up production of A8 processors and is likely to continue to fabricate the vendor’s A9 CPUs in 2015, according to industry sources. Although TSMC appears to have lost Qualcomm’s 14nm chip orders to Samsung Electronics, TSMC will win Apple’s A9 processor orders with its 16nm process, explained the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD214.html

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140718PD202.html