czwartek, 26 kwietnia 2018 07:54
TSMC continues to dominate the worldwide foundry market
The top eight major foundry leaders held 88% of the $62.3 billion worldwide foundry market. The 2017 share was the same level as in 2016 and one point higher than the share the top eight foundries represented in 2015. With the barriers to entry into the foundry business being so high and rising, IC Insights expects this “major” marketshare figure to remain at or near this elevated level in the future. TSMC, by far, was the leader with $32.2 billion in sales last year. In fact, TSMC’s 2017 sales were over 5x that of second-ranked GlobalFoundries and more than 10x the sales of the fifth-ranked foundry SMIC. China-based Huahong Group, which includes Huahong Grace and Shanghai Huali, displayed the highest growth rate of the major foundries last year with an 18% jump.
więcej na: www.icinsights.com
środa, 25 kwietnia 2018 20:02
TSMC to begin 'A12' chip production using smaller 7nm process
TSMC appears to be gearing up to start production of Apple’s A12 processors using its new 7-nanometer process. This will be one of the first A-series chips to use the 7nm process. This change brings us down from the current 10-nanometer process used to produce the A11 Bionic, which is found in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X models. This brings both benefits to Apple as well as consumers as the chip can now fit into smaller places and could potentially offer increased battery life, lower heat production, and a boost in processing capacity. It was believed that TSMC would be sharing the orders with Samsung, but with the TSMC’s 7nm advantage they appear to have won over the whole order for this year’s iPhones.
więcej na: www.theapplepost.com
środa, 25 kwietnia 2018 17:57
South Korea's LG Display looks up after posting first loss in six years
South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd forecast higher panel shipments and more stable prices in the second quarter as it reported its first operating loss in six years on Wednesday, hit by a flood of supply from Chinese rivals. Sluggish sales of liquid crystal displays for TVs and investment costs of shifting production to meet growing demand for organic light-emitting diode panels also weighed on earnings in the first quarter. But CFO Don Kim said the second quarter was looking brighter, with panel area shipments expected to grow on-quarter as consumers upgraded to bigger screens to watch major sporting events. LCD panel prices should stabilize while demand for large-size OLED panels was also expected to remain strong, he added.
więcej na: www.reuters.com
środa, 25 kwietnia 2018 15:55
Apple reportedly requires price cuts for OLED panels
Apple is reportedly negotiating with Samsung Display for a reduction of the price of OLED panels as the iPhone X vendor is seeking to lower the production cost in order to ramp up sales of OLED-based models, according to industry sources. The request for price reductions comes as no surprise to the industry as the OLED panel accounts for about one-third of the total production cost of an iPhone X and has been pinpointed as a key factor contributing to the lackluster sales of Apple's first OLED model, said the sources. Apple is requiring the Korea display vendor to lower the unit price of its OLED panels to US$100, down from the US$110 in 2017, the sources indicated.
więcej na: www.digitimes.com
środa, 25 kwietnia 2018 14:02
Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew 21.6 percent in 2017
Driven by strong growth in the memory market, worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $420.4 billion in 2017, a 21.6 percent increase from 2016 revenue of $345.9 billion, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. "2017 saw two semiconductor industry milestones - revenue surpassed $400 billion, and Intel, the No. 1 vendor for the last 25 years, was pushed into second place by Samsung Electronics," said George Brocklehurst, research director at Gartner. "Both milestones happened due to rapid growth in the memory market as undersupply drove pricing for DRAM and NAND flash higher." The memory market surged nearly $50 billion to reach $130 billion in 2017, a 61.8 percent increase from 2016
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środa, 25 kwietnia 2018 11:53
SPTS Technologies honored with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018
SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries, proudly announced today that it has been awarded the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018. The award recognizes SPTS’s development of novel physical vapor deposition process solutions for Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging of semiconductor devices. Some of the advanced features and functionality developed for SPTS’s 300mm Sigma® fxP PVD system was made possible with funding assistance from a Welsh Government R&D grant.
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