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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

SEMICONDUCTORS

TSMC revenue rises 11%

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday reported consolidated revenue of NT$98.26 billion (US$3.2 billion) for the first two months of the year, an increase of 10.9 percent from the same period last year. The scale of revenue covers 71 percent of the company’s operational prospects of NT$138 billion for the first quarter of the year, with a small gap of NT$39.8 billion to fill this month to reach the goal, the company said. TSMC added that it anticipates first-quarter sales to be higher than expected. Sales for last month were NT$46.83 billion, down 9 percent from the month before, but up 13.7 percent from a year earlier, TSMC said.

SERVICES

High rank for data centers

Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan are the top three locations in the Asia-Pacific region when it comes to suitability for setting up new and outsourced data centers, according to technology research firm IDC. The firm’s Asia-Pacific Data Center Index evaluates 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, for suitability regarding setting up new data center locations and also outsourcing work to centers that already exist in those countries. The factors that put these countries at the top of the rankings are energy costs and bandwidth availability, IDC said on Wednesday last week, citing the results of its recently published Asia-Pacific Data Center Index.

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