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Highlights of the day: TSMC expanding 5nm capacity

TSMC is fast expanding capacity for 5nm process to meet strong demand from a host of heavyweight clients, including Apple, AMD and MediaTek. The foundry house's capacity for 5nm process is expected hike by one third in second-half 2021 compared to that in the last quarter of 2020. MediaTek has also obtained more capacity support from TSMC for chip production at 6nm and 7nm to facilitate its 5G ...

Taiwan 2021 economic growth may reach 5%, says TIER

Thanks to unexpected strong demand arising from the coronavirus pandemic and the US raising tariffs on China-made products, Taiwan's manufacturing industries, especially high-tech ones, have gained significant growth momentum, and Taiwan's 2021 GDP will grow by over 4% and likely by 5%, according to Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER).

Taiwan PCB makers to embrace bright prospects for 2021

Taiwan-based PCB makers are expected to see their combined output value grow further in 2021, driven by strong demand for IC substrates, HDI boards and flexible PCBs, according to market sources.

TPK to see 1Q21 revenues grow 5-10% sequentially

Touch panel modules maker TPK Holding, after seeing its 2020 net profits climb to a three-year high of NT$1.03 billion (US$37 million), expects its first-quarter 2021 revenues to grow 5-10% sequentially thanks to strong demand for large-size tablet and notebook applications.

Wistron, Chunghwa Telecom team up to tap 5G, AI service sectors

Wistron Group has forged a strategic alliance with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to jointly tap business opportunities arising from proliferating 5G and AI applications.

K&S expects miniLED backlight applications to grow exponentially

Singapore-based semiconductor packaging equipment vendor K&S has seen strong influx of orders for wire bonders for logic ICs and memory chips with delivery lead times extending to 6-9 months, and is optimistic that equipment demand for miniLED backlight applications may grow exponentially starting in 2021.

Phison puts increased focus on non-CE apps

Phison Electronics, which specializes in flash storage devices and controller ICs, has put increased focus on enterprise, automotive and industrial applications while lowering sales generated from the consumer electronics sector as a proportion of company revenue to 30%.

Kioxia breaks ground for new 3D NAND wafer fab

Kioxia held a groundbreaking ceremony for a semiconductor fabrication facility, dubbed Fab 7, at its factory site in Yokkaichi, Japan on February 24. The facility will be dedicated to the production of 3D NAND flash memory.

Global government IT spending to grow 5% in 2021, says Gartner

Worldwide government IT spending is forecast to total US$483 billion in 2021, an increase of 5.1% from 2020, according to Gartner.

MediaTek wins more TSMC support to boost 5G chip shipments

MediaTek has obtained sufficient 6nm and 7nm process capacity at TSMC, which will allow the mobile SoC specialist to boost its 5G chip shipments in 2021, according to industry sources.

CyberLink upbeat about facial recognition applications

Digital multimedia software solution developer CyberLink is upbeat about the prospects of facial recognition applicaitons, according to company chairman and CEO Jau Huang.

TSMC 5nm process capacity to top 120,000 wafers monthly in 2H21

TSMC is poised to scale up its 5nm process manufacturing capacity to 105,000 wafers monthly in the first half of 2021, up from 90,000 units in fourth-quarter 2020, with plans to further expand the process capacity to 120,000 units in the second half of this year, according to industry sources.

Delta Electronics to deal out dividend

Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has disclosed it will distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$5.50 (US$0.20) for 2020.

Lite-On Tech to hike capex 47% in 2021

EMS provider Lite-On Technology plans to budget NT$5 billion (US$178 million) in 2021 capex, increasing 47% from 2020, mainly for a new factory in southern Taiwan and overseas capacity expansions, according to company president Anson Chiu.

Samsung begins mass production of datacenter SSD for hyperscale environments

Samsung Electronics has announced mass production of its most advanced line of datacenter SSDs - the PM9A3 E1.S - which fully complies with the Open Compute Project (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD Specification to satisfy the rigorous demands of enterprise workloads.
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