Driven by consumer demand for tablet, smartphone, and mobile devices, Taiwanese chipmakers, LED manufacturers, and Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) firms will spend nearly $40 billion in the next two years on equipment and materials, fueling excitement for SEMICON Taiwan 2012. Held September 5-7 at the TWTC Nangang Hall in Taipei, the event is the largest showcase of microelectronics manufacturing technology in Taiwan. SEMICON Taiwan this year will feature co-located events and technology theme pavilions focusing on LEDs, IC design, MEMS, 3D-ICs, Advanced Packaging/Testing, Green Manufacturing, and Secondary Equipment. Over 30,000 visitors are expected, including buyers and engineers from the growing semiconductor, LED and MEMS industries. Visitor registration is now open at www.semicontaiwan.org.
Market growth is expected in only two regions in 2012 — Taiwan and Korea — which will be the largest markets for capital equipment in 2012. According to the 2012 mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, semiconductor equipment sales in Taiwan will increase from $8.5 billion in 2011 to $9.3 billion in 2012. Total semiconductor equipment sales worldwide are expected to reach $42.4 billion. This is an improvement from first quarter forecasts, driven by increased spending from Taiwanese foundries and OSATs. Investments from foundries are focusing on building advanced nodes capacities in order to meet strong demand for 28nm process.
"The overall Taiwan backend equipment market on the OSAT side is forecast at about $1.4 billion in 2012. Major OSATs are speeding up their advanced packaging investment in Taiwan to fulfill increased demand from mobile devices," states Terry Tsao, SEMI president of Taiwan and Southeast Asia. "The investment momentum in Taiwan could continue into 2013 especially from foundries. Both TSMC and UMC embarked on new multi-billion 300mm fab construction in the second quarter — aiming to provide sufficient capacity for 28nm and below in the years to come."
Taiwan is also world’s leader in LED manufacturing with 41 LED fabs representing over 21 percent of the world’s capacity, more than any other region (according to SEMI Opto/LED Fab Forecast report). The co-located LED Taiwan Exposition is the only event in Taiwan with a focus on LED manufacturing, attracting leading international companies including Canon, Epistar, Everlight, Fujitsu, IBM, Lite-On, Lextar, Unity Opto, Philips Lumileds, SAMPO and more. The LED Forum, co-organized with the Taiwan Optical Semiconductor Industry Association (TOSIA) will feature conference presentations from leading manufacturers and suppliers, including Brewer Science, Everlight, TSMC Solid State Lighting, and market research film Yole Développement.
Highlights of this year’s SEMICON Taiwan include:
IC Expo: The only exposition in Taiwan focusing on the most advanced technologies and solutions for the IC design supply chain — from design to manufacturing — will attract Taiwan’s growing fabless chip companies including ALi, ELAN, HIMX, MediaTek, MStar, Novatek, Pixart, Realtek, SiS, TM Technology and more. The IC Design Forum will feature presentations from ARM, ASE, Google, MediaTek, Synopsys and other industry leaders.