TSMC plans on investments worth up to 28 billion dollars this year. This would be its largest expenditure ever. On the 14th, TSMC Chief Financial Officer Wendel Huang said in a conference call for the fourth quarter of 2020, “We will spend 25 billion dollars to 28 billion dollars of… Read More »TSMC plans to invest up to $28 billion in 2021
South Korean Hanmi Semiconductor achieved its historical best results last year. Sales of 255.7 billion won and operating profit of 66.4 billion won last year. This is an increase of 114.6% in sales and 361.1% in operating profit from the previous year. Separately for the fourth quarter, sales were 77.5… Read More »Hanmi Semiconductor increased operating profit by 361.1% yoy.
Deficit of chips necessary for driving displays, affected the enlargement of TV panels in 2020. Display driver ICs can be also used for monitors, and panel makers often prefer monitor panels segment to improve profitability. Major panel makers in the second half of last year tended to prefer large-sized products… Read More »Display’s driver chips in deficit
The Advanced Lithography Conference organized by the International Association of Optical Engineering (SPIE) will take place online from February 22 to 26, US time. SPIE is the world’s most prestigious conference in optoelectronics. Lithography is a key process that can reduce the line width of semiconductor circuits. The SPIE Advanced… Read More »Advanced lithography conference coming soon
A power outage took place at the UMC Taiwanese foundry. About half of UMC’s 200mm wafer production capacity was affected by power outages. Automotive electronic semiconductors production line has been affected. The UMC power outage is expected to aggravate production disruptions, while the auto industry is struggling due to a… Read More »Power outage at UMC may aggravate problems with automotive semiconductors supply
Exynos 2100 is a system-on-chip (SoC) combining a central processing unit (CPU), graphics processing unit (GPU), and a 5G communication modem into one chip. It will be installed on Samsung Electronics’ strategic smartphone Galaxy S21 series, which will be unveiled this month. Produced by applying the 5 nanometer (nm) extreme… Read More »Samsung Exynos 2100 (SoC)
Chinese semiconductor self-sufficiency rate is forecast to be at 25% in 2025. This is far below China’s 2025 semiconductor self-sufficiency target of 70%. Last year, the self-sufficiency rate was at 15%. In the global semiconductor market worth $145 billion, the number of semiconductors produced in China by Chinese companies was… Read More »China’s progress on self reliance in semiconductor industry
Media speculate about Taiwan TSMC building a new factory in Japan. TSMC avoided an immediate answer to the question of whether it was true or not. Taiwanese media, including the Taiwan Yonhap News Agency, reported on the 5th that TSMC is considering a plan to build a Japanese factory. They… Read More »Will TSMC build a plant in Japan?
In 2020 technological rivalry between the US and China intensified, and a coronavirus epidemic raged around the world. We look back at major events in 2020 in the global semiconductor industry, month by month. January Kioxia’s president changed Yasuo Naruke, the president of Kioxia, retired due to illness and Nobuo… Read More »2020 – a year review in semiconductors industry
South Korean semiconductor etching equipment company APTC has successfully commercialized the new polysilicon etching equipment’LEO WH’, which has significantly improved performance compared to the previous one. Last generation ‘NARDO M’equipment, which can etch metal layers other than polysilicon, also started to generate its first sales. The company’s sales are expected… Read More »APTC will supply new generation etching equipment to SK Hynix