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Cautious Q4 ahead for Taiwan's IC sector

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Despite an increase in sales during August and expectations of growth being

maintained during September, it doesn't seem to be all rosy for LCD driver IC

design houses as the fourth quarter is set to arrive.

Taiwan-based LCD driver IC design houses are treading a cautious path much in

line with a fear of what the fourth quarter of 2009 would bring to their

doorsteps. One reason being said as the basis of the fear is that customer

demand might most probably hit a slow lane owing to seasonality issues.

According to a DigiTimes report, IC design houses in Taiwan might get their

act together and begin to adjust orders to foundries as the market is entering

the low season in October. It is also being foreseen by the industry that

packaging and testing prices might nose dive, which in turn might help improve

profits in the fourth quarter.

It has been found that it has been a good August mouth for many players in

the scene. For instance, large-size driver IC maker Raydium Semiconductor posted

record revenues of $24.65 million during the month, thereby seeing an increase

of 7.7 per cent sequentially. Novatek Microelectronics and Orise Technology

posted month-high revenues for the year during August, it has been reported.

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