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Germany's Infineon to buy Cypress in 9-billion-euro deal

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'With this transaction, we will be able to offer our customers the most comprehensive portfolio for linking the real with the digital world,' Infineon chief executive Reinhard Ploss says in a statement

Chip giant TSMC says WannaCry behind production halt

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

TSMC says some of its computer systems and equipment in its Taiwan plants were infected on August 3 during software installation. The incident is expected to cause shipment delays and cut third-quarter revenue by 2%.

Next-generation chips for upcoming iPhones now in production – report

May 23, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The new chip could be the first to use a 7-nanometer design, smaller than the 10-nanometer chips in today's flagships

APPLE. A customer touches the screen of the last year's iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in California, USA. The next Apple flagship may be using a 7-nanometer chip, which would make it the first commercial device to sport one. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


Apple to switch from Intel chips to self-designed ones by 2020 – report

Apr 03, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Intel shares dive as news of Apple's planned shift comes out

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016.  Apple revealed its new line of MacBook Pro laptops as well as a new Apple TV app. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Phoenix Semiconductor seals deals for Clark plant expansion

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The expansion project involves the construction of a manufacturing building a 1 000 square meter warehouse and an expansion power utility building

EXPANSION SEALED. Welcron Hantec will undertake construction works and services for the Phase 2 expansion project. Rappler file photo

Phoenix Semiconductor to proceed with Pampanga facility expansion

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The new facilities will mainly cater to the company s new clients other than its major customer Samsung

RECOVERY PATH. Phoenix Semiconductor expects the global semiconductor industry to continue on its recovery path in 2017. Rappler file photo

Phoenix Semiconductor unfazed by Samsung Galaxy Note7 global recall

Oct 13, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Philippine based memory semiconductor chip manufacturer tells the local bourse that it does not produce semiconductor devices for the troubled Note7

UNTROUBLED. PSPC says it is not 'in any way' affected by the product pull-out of Samsung. Rappler file photo

Taiwan's TSMC to get iPhone 7 revenue boost – analyst

Jul 14, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Industry watchers say TSMC is believed to be producing the A10 chip for Apple s iPhone 7

epa05349568 A picture made available on 07 June 2016 shows a sign of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, in Tainan, south Taiwan, 26 May 2016. On 07 June 2016, TSMC Chairman Morris Chang told a shareholders' conference in Hsinchu, west Taiwan, that TSMC will reach 5-10 percent growth in 2016 despite weak global economy which is dragging down the semiconductor industry. Chang called the up-coming 7-nonameter manufacturing process a competition with two major players, TSMC and South Korea's Samsung. TSMC saw its 2015 revenues rise 10.6 percent and profits up 16.2 percent from 2014 respectively. EPA/DAVID CHANG

Samsung flags big jump in profit on strong S7 sales

Jul 07, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The South Korean electronics giant predicts an operating profit of 8 1 trillion won 7 billion in April June

epa05174908 A member of the security staff next to a poster of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on 22 February 2016. The Mobile World Congress will run from 22 to 25 February 2016. EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ

Apple suppliers, Taiwan stocks boosted on iPhone 7 reports

May 23, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Apple reportedly ordered at least 72 million units of the iPhone 7 according to a Taiwanese newspaper

epa04590278 Customers come out of an Apple Store in Beijing, China, 28 January 2015. Reports stated that Apple Inc. revenue in the fiscal first quarter ended 27 December in Greater China, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, rose 70 per cent from a year earlier to 16.1 billion dollars (14.1 billion euro). Apple is pushing to increase to 40 stores in Greater China by the middle of the year 2016. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Top chipmaker TSMC's first-quarter profit plunges

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:01 PM

The world s biggest tailor made microchip maker by revenue says first quarter net income fell to Tw 64 78 billion 2 0 billion down 18 from a year earlier and in line with previous guidance

TSMC. A photo dated November 2, 2012 and made available on December 7, 2015 of the logo of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (TSMC) at its headquarters in Hsinchu, western Taiwan. File Photo David Chang/EPA

Taiwan chipmaker TSMC posts record profits for 2015

Jan 14, 2016 - 8:25 PM

TSMC is the world s biggest contract microchip producer and is known to be a supplier to Apple

TSMC. A photo dated November 2, 2012 and made available on December 7, 2015 of the logo of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (TSMC) at its headquarters in Hsinchu, western Taiwan. File Photo David Chang/EPA

Phoenix Semiconductors suffers slump demand, delays Clark expansion

Jan 01, 2016 - 7:05 PM

As a result of the slump demand Phoenix Semiconductors Philippines delays expansion of its manufacturing facility at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga

DELAYED. The P1-billion ($21.25-million) initial public offering of PSPC was supposed to fund its Clark facility’s expansion project

PH exports down again in October

Dec 10, 2015 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED Exports performance in the succeeding months is also anticipated to remain weak NEDA s Arsenio Balisacan says

GROWTH FACTOR. The recovery of shipments of electronic products that grew by 7.3%, on the back of stronger exports in semiconductors which grew by 11.7% offset the overall drag in PH exports growth in October 2015.

PH 'father of semiconductors' shows APEC what innovation can do

Nov 22, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Dado Banatao grew up walking barefoot to school and ended up a Silicon Valley innovator At APEC 2015 he proves the innovation equation for inclusive growth

Aquino: 'I'm the most convenient excuse' for flight delays

Oct 23, 2015 - 9:36 PM

In a forum the President says efforts are continuing to solve the traffic and congestion issues in the country s major gateway

CAUSE OF DELAY. President Benigno S. Aquino III quips during an open forum in the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI) Foundation, Inc. 14th CEO’s Forum on Friday, October 23, 2015 that he is told that he's the "most convenient excuse" why flights at the country's main gateway get delayed. Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino: 'Corruption really is not tolerated'

Oct 23, 2015 - 9:10 PM

The challenge is for us to continue weeding out these people and not just tolerating the situation the President tells members of the semiconductor and electronics industries

Q & A. President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions directed to him during the open forum in the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI) Foundation, Inc. 14th CEO’s Forum at the Grand Ballroom of The Bellevue Hotel in North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City on Friday October 23, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH exports decline anew in August

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:41 PM

This marks the 5th consecutive month of negative export growth in 2015

SHARE. Components / devices (semiconductors) has the biggest share of 33.5% among electronic products and grew by 8.6% to $1.72 billion in August 2015 from $1.58 billion in August 2014. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Sony to up image sensor production, restructure devices segment

Oct 07, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation will be established to improve production of Sony s image sensors

SONY. A exterior view of the Sony headquarters building in Tokyo, Japan, July 30, 2015. File Photo by Christopher Jue/EPA

PH exports continue to fall in July

Sep 10, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Easing commodity prices worldwide could dampen export revenue prospects in the near-term, the NEDA chief says

SLOWDOWN. Exports of semiconductors are expected to slow down in the fourth quarter of the year owing to weak orders from the EU (European Union), China, and Japan, NEDA says. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Philippine electronics body abandons 2015 growth target

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:33 PM

SEIPI slashes its full year growth projection due to the downturn in major market China

SLOWER GROWTH. The Philippines saw electronics export earnings in 2014 to increase by 9.02% to $61.81 billion, much higher than SEIPI's slashed 2015 growth target

Texas Instruments to expand its Clark Freeport facility

Aug 30, 2015 - 8:04 PM

The semiconductor firm plans to invest 10 million for a new state of the art distribution center as it ramps up shipments to 1 9 million semiconductor units this quarter

PH exports continue decline in June

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Weak external demand continues to affect the country’s external trade performance

SEMICONDUCTOR. Semiconductors, which has the biggest share in Philippine exports at 33.3% among electronic products, increased by 16.9% to $1.76 billion in June 2015. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Electronics, semiconductor 2015 growth forecasts lowered to 3-5%

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:31 PM

SEIPI originally forecasted exports to grow by 5 7 and attributed the lower projections to weak demand in China Europe and Japan

What businessmen want to hear from Aquino's final SONA

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Business leaders weigh in on what they consider the biggest success and failure of the Aquino administration with less than a year to go before a new leadership steps in

SPELL OUT PLANS. Businessmen would rather hear President Benigno Aquino III’s future plans during his last SONA rather than his achievements. Illustration from Shutterstock

Use tech to scale up CSR

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Groups in the Corporate Social Responsibility space should not think of technology as something that s isolated from what s happening in the world today says technopreneur Manny Ayala

PH exports fall in April, lowest in 2 years

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Fragile global economic conditions among others pulled down Philippine exports growth in April says the National Economic and Development Authority

Exports 2015 target retained despite slow PH growth

Jun 03, 2015 - 7:50 PM

Philippine exporters say the next quarters will be better mainly because of seasonal global demand

BEST DECISION. "The Philippines is the best business decision as location for electronics," DILG Secretary Mar Roxas says. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Business losses: Papal visit's unintended consequences

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Malacañang’s idea to declare a holiday when Pope Francis visits the Philippines has an unintended consequence to the business sector

SEMICONDUCTOR WORKERS. The Philippines aims to go beyond merely assembling semiconductors and other electronic exports and enter the high-value stage of designing and inventing electronics. File photo by AFP

The 'top 5' wishes of PH business for 2015

Jan 08, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Philippine business movers and shakers wish for peace risk mitigation rise of e commerce energy solutions and non politicized government decisions for 2015

LEADING THE COUNTRY. Business leaders share their wishes to improve the country's economic standing this year and even after President Benigno S. Aquino III's term ends in 2016.File photo from Malacanang Photo Bureau

Vietnam seen as PH’s electronics exports rival

Dec 18, 2014 - 8:42 PM

This is due to Vietnam s lower electricity rates and better port condition

ELECTRONICS EXPORT. The country's electronics industry is seen to hit the $100-billion mark in 2015. File photo by AFP.

PH export growth seen to exceed 2014 target – DTI

Dec 09, 2014 - 12:25 PM

Philippine export revenues are also expected to breach the 100 billion mark in 2015

Phoenix Semiconductor’s share price jumps 7.9% in PSE debut

Dec 02, 2014 - 1:02 PM

The Korean semiconductor firm says it will use the proceeds from its initial public offering to expand its current production facility

SEC approves P10.5B of IPOs, follow on offering

Oct 13, 2014 - 12:31 PM

SSI Group Xurpas and Phoenix’s initial public offerings plus Del Monte’s follow on offering are approved en banc by the Securities and Exchange Commission

Business groups to participate in energy reserve program

Sep 14, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Senator Serge Osmeña says the President may no longer need emergency powers to solve the looming power crisis if the Interruptible Load Program becomes successful

POWER SUPPLY. A service vehicle drives past the head office of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), 14 January 2003 in Manila, the flagship of the business group of the influential Lopez family in the Philippines. Meralco is marking its centennial this year but the Lopez group of companies, which include light, water and entertainment firms, is still trying to recover from the effects of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. AFP PHOTO/Romeo GACAD

SEC approves Phoenix Semiconductor's P2.65-B IPO

Jun 24, 2014 - 8:15 PM

The semiconductor manufacturing firm will use the proceeds to purchase machinery and production equipment

Exports barely grow in April

Jun 10, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Exports rose just 0 8 a marked slowdown from the double digit rates recorded in the previous months

File photo by AFP

Aquino: Next president should continue reforms

May 01, 2014 - 4:01 PM

President Benigno Aquino III gives the unsolicited advice two days after Vice President Jejomar Binay topped an independent poll on potential presidential aspirants

US firm says 20 employees on missing Malaysia plane

Mar 09, 2014 - 8:25 AM

Among the Freescale Semiconductor employees aboard Flight MH370 were 12 people from Malaysia and another 8 from China

MISSING PLANE. The arrival board at the Beijing Airport showed the flight MH370 in red text. It was the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, which lost contact with air traffic authorities on March 8, 2014. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Semiconductor firms: Truck ban, power rate hike threats to growth

Feb 27, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Rising power costs and Manila s truck ban threaten any possible modest growth for the semiconductor industry this year notes SEIPI

GROWTH THREATS. A staff of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines shows in their Manila office on December 10, 2008 computer chips manufactured by foreign semiconductor firms in the country. Romeo Gacad/AFP

PH exports down in 2013, up in 2014 — group

Oct 21, 2013 - 4:14 PM

The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines Inc SEIPI expects merchandise exports to decline by 10 to 12 this 2013

SLOW DEMAND. Philippines' electronics and semiconductor industries are feeling the brunt of the global slowdown in demand. Photo by AFP

PH July exports growth slows down

Sep 10, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Exports rose to 4 84 billion in July

INDICATOR. The performance of the exports sector, particularly the electronics industry, indicates how vulnerable the Philippines is to global economic weakness. Photo by AFP

Dado Banatao: Technology innovator

Aug 01, 2013 - 6:32 PM

I don’t think we ever retire we just move on from one task to another says Dado Banatao

Taiwan's TSMC gets orders from Apple: report

Jun 30, 2013 - 9:41 PM

US tech giant Apple forged a microchip production agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TSMC earlier this month

PEZA-registered investments jump 89% in Jan-May

Jun 05, 2013 - 6:35 PM

Investments registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority amounted to P74 B in January to May 2013

STELLAR GROWTH. Investments registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority post a 89% increase in January to May 2013. Photo by AFP

Google joins open authentication group

Apr 24, 2013 - 1:51 PM

Google joins the board of directors for the Fast Identity Online Alliance

GOOGLE JOINS FIDO. Google joins the Fast Identity Online Alliance for better authentication standards. Screen shot from FIDO Alliance website

Feb exports post biggest fall in 14 mos

Apr 10, 2013 - 10:20 AM

UPDATED Demand for the main export item electronics remains weak

WEAK EXPORTS. The Philippines posts a decline in export earnings in February 2013. Photo by AFP

Exports fall for first time in 5 months

Mar 12, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Main export group electronics fall at the steepest rate since November 2011 due to weak global demand

Electronics sector calls for lower power costs

Feb 13, 2013 - 9:51 PM

Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in the Philippines Inc says lower power costs are vital to the recovery of the electronics sector in 2013

POWER COSTS. High power costs could hamper the recovery of the local electronics sector. Photo by AFP

Cirtek bucks electronics industry downtrend

Jan 22, 2013 - 1:21 PM

Laguna based semiconductor manufacturer Cirtek Holdings Philippines Inc says its earnings grew by double digits last year defying industry trend