Taiwan's top-three IC foundries are seeing a weak third quarter with their combined revenues set to decrease and 3.7 per cent on year.
But revenues up
Chipmaker TSMC has warnedthat its revenues for the fourth quarter will experience a sequential decline, however its bottom line has been saved by the fact that the US dollar is doing well against the Taiwan currency.
China and TaiwanIC foundries gearing up
IC foundries based in China and Taiwan are all gearing up for a huge growth in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.
Building its own power plant
Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is thinking of generating electricity in-house.
Fings ain't what they used to be
Semiconductor companies are planning a round of lay-offs in the Far East as sales start to dry up.
Stop nicking our secrets
TSMC has won a court ruling that will prohibit a former employee from leaking trade secrets to Samsung.
Nvidia sorted sorta
TSMC has mentioned that it will be looking to commence production using its 16nm process in the third quarter now it looks like it is happening.
Scanners not ready for UltraViolet
TSMC has talking about using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for its advanced 10nm process technology but it does not look like it will happen, however it might be ready for 7nm.
Promises an aggressive ramp-up
TSMC president and co-CEO Mark Liu has announced his outfit has begun volume shipment of chips based on its 16-nm FinFET manufacturing process.