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Tsinghua Unigroup seeking investment in SK Hynix, says report

Nov 27, 12:31

According to China's, state-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup intends to buy a stake in South Korea-based SK Hynix for around CNY30 billion (US$4.7 billion).

Samsung starts mass production of 128GB DDR4 modules for enterprise servers

Nov 26, 21:51

Samsung Electronics has announced that it is mass producing the industry's first TSV DDR4 memory in 128GB modules for enterprise servers and data centers.

Global 3Q15 NAND flash market posts 2% growth, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 25, 10:54

The worldwide NAND flash memory market posted revenues of about US$8.5 billion in the third quarter of 2015, representing an only 2.4% sequential increase, according to DRAMeXchange.

Targeting Taiwan IC sector: Q&A with Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo

Nov 23, 12:02

China-based Tsinghua Unigroup is currently riding high in the global semiconductor industry with a series of acquisitions totaling over US$10 billion in the past two years. Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo visited Taiwan recently after his company struck a deal to acquire a 25% stake in backend...

Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo

US fab tool book-to-bill ratio slips in October, says SEMI

Nov 23, 11:03

The SEMI book-to-bill ratio for US manufacturers of semiconductor equipment slid to 0.98 in October 2015 after having stayed above parity for three straight months.

Innodisk 3Q15 revenues and profits rise

Nov 20, 10:40

Taiwan-based Innodisk, which develops and manufactures industrial-class storage products, has announced net profits of NT$176 million (US$5.41 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$1.2 billion for the third quarter of 2015. Net EPS for the quarter came to NT$2.84.

Macronix Quad SPI NOR flash chips power Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

Nov 20, 10:32

Macronix International has announced a new high-performance Quad SPI NOR flash series - dubbed MX66U51235FME - for the Xilinx 7 series and UltraScale FPGAs. These FPGA's are geared towards the aerospace and defense, industrial, and public safety applications.

Taiwan semiconductor production value to rise 4% in 2016, says IEK

Nov 18, 11:14

Taiwan's semiconductor industries are expected to generate total production value of NT$2.34 trillion (US$71.3 billion) in 2016, up 4.1% on year, according to the Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK) under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Global 3Q15 mobile DRAM sales rise 18%, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 16, 11:07

Mobile DRAM revenues amounted to about US$4.55 billion in the third quarter of 2015, up 18% from US$3.85 billion in the prior quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

Digitimes Research: Korea memory chip production value hit record high in 3Q15

Nov 13, 15:21

The production value of memory chips, including DRAM and NAND flash devices, in Korea hit a new high of KRW13.92 trillion (US$11.8 billion) in the third quarter of 2015, compared to the previous high of KRW13.17 trillion reached in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research.

Strong US dollar to shave 4pp off of top-20 growth rate in 2015, says IC Insights

Nov 12, 10:36

The world's top-20 semiconductor companies' sales are forecast to be flat in 2015, 1pp higher than the growth rate expected for the total worldwide semiconductor industry, according to IC Insights. But using the 2014 exchange rates per US dollar, the combined top-20 semiconductor suppliers are forecast...

Inotera names new chairman

Nov 10, 16:14

The board of directors of Inotera Memories has appointed Pei Ing Lee to replace Charles Kau as chairman effective November 10, 2015, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.

Transcend reports on-year decline in October revenues

Stockwatch - Nov 10, 15:47

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.198 billion (US$67.02 million) for October 2015, representing a 4.97% increase on month and 12.02% drop on year.

Global DRAM revenues fall 1% in 3Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 10, 15:24

DRAM ASPs continue to fall due to oversupply in the market, but suppliers have moved to allocate more of their available capacities to produce non-PC DRAM chips - mainly mobile DRAM - to prevent further losses. As a result, the global sales of DRAM slid only 1.2% sequentially in the third quarter of...

Tsinghua Unigroup to raise CNY80 billion for memory plant and acquisitions

Nov 9, 11:36

China-based Tongfang Guoxin Electronics, an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, has announced a planned CNY80 billion (US$12.59 billion) private placement project, a step toward building itself as a semiconductor giant in China.

Auto IC market to display strongest growth through 2019, says IC Insights

Nov 9, 11:11

From 2014 through 2019, the automotive IC market is forecast to increase at an average annual growth rate of 6.7%, highest among the six major end-use IC applications (computer, consumer, communications, automotive, industrial/medical and government/military), and greater than two points more than...

Winbond reports increased October revenues

Stockwatch - Nov 9, 10:52

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.385 billion (US$103.6 million) for October 2015, representing increases of about 5% on quarter and 5.7% on year.

Macronix reports sequential decline in October revenues

Stockwatch - Nov 6, 16:08

Macronix International Company has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.923 billion (US$59.2 million) for October 2015, representing a 1.34% increase on month and 19.4% drop on year.

DRAM makers Nanya, Inotera post mixed October results

Nov 6, 15:04

Nanya Technology saw its October revenues increase 6.3% on month while fellow DRAM company Inotera Memories' revenues decreased 2.1%.

Mobile DRAM prices to fall at slower pace in 4Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 5, 11:51

Rollouts of new smartphone models will stimulate demand for mobile DRAM memory in the fourth quarter of 2015, with the chip prices falling at a slower pace, according to DRAMeXchange.

DRAM contract prices fall nearly 10% in October, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 5, 11:49

DRAM contract prices fell almost 10% in October with prices for mainstream 4GB DDR3 modules averaging US$16.75 compared with US$18.50 in September, according to DRAMeXchange.

Global semiconductor sales increase 1.5% in 3Q15, says SIA

Nov 4, 11:19

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$85.2 billion in the third quarter of 2015, up 1.5% sequentially but down 2.8% on year, according to SIA.

Taiwan to review ban on Chinese investment in local IC design sector

Nov 3, 11:14

Taiwan will asses the feasibility of lifting a ban on investments by China-based firms in the local IC design industry, according to officials from Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC).

Inotera to appoint new chairman

Nov 2, 20:33

Inotera Memories will hold a regular board meeting in mid-November to elect a new chairman to replace Charles Kau, according to a company's post on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Macronix losses improve in 3Q15

Oct 29, 16:22

Macronix International, which specializes in the manufacture of NOR flash and mask ROM memory chips, saw its net losses reduce to NT$949 million (US$29.2 million) in the third quarter from losses of NT$1.22 billion in the second quarter. Net EPS for the third quarter came to negative NT$0.27.

PTI expects steady growth in 4Q15

Oct 28, 22:12

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) expects to deliver steady growth in the fourth quarter of 2015, and is optimistic about its business outlook for first-quarter 2016, according to company president Hung Jia-yu.

Charles Kau remains Inotera chairman, says company CFO

Oct 28, 11:41

Charles Kau is still the chairman of Inotera Memories, and there has been no change to the post, said company CFO Peter Shen while hosting an October 27 investors meeting to discuss Inotera's third-quarter 2015 financial results.

Inotera 3Q15 profits decline, revenues slide

Oct 27, 15:48

Inotera Memories has announced net profits of NT$5.77 billion (US$178.4 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$14.49 billion for the third quarter of 2015, representing on-year declines of 50.3% in profits and 28.5% in revenues.

Winbond posts revenue and profit decreases for 3Q15

Oct 27, 15:26

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty DRAM and flash memory chips, has reported on-year decreases of 4% and 24%, respectively, in revenues and profits for the third quarter of 2015.

IC Insights cuts 2015 IC market forecast to negative

Oct 26, 15:11

IC Insights has lowered its 2015 IC market forecast from 1% growth to negative 1%, citing a slowing China economy, strong US dollar, and falling DRAM ASPs.

SanDisk, Toshiba to jointly make 3D flash memory

Oct 22, 15:56

SanDisk and Toshiba have announced the start of equipment installation in the New Fab 2 facility at Yokkaichi Operations and their entry into definitive agreements for joint manufacturing of 3D NAND and investment in the fab.

SK Hynix posts revenue and operating profit growth in 3Q15

Oct 22, 15:47

South Korea-based memory chip vendor SK Hynix saw its revenues and operating profits increase in the third quarter of 2015, thanks to rising sales generated from the mobile device segment and a weakness in the local currency.

Western Digital announces acquisition of SanDisk

Oct 22, 14:54

Western Digital and SanDisk on October 21 announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock.

Marvell, Longsys partner to make SSDs

Oct 22, 11:14

Shenzhen Longsys Electronics has announced it is partnering with chip provider Marvell to manufacture SSDs, and will set up a production line for SSDs at its packaging plant in Suzhou.

Samsung Xian fab generates CNY11.51 billion in January-August output value, says China paper

Oct 20, 15:18

Samsung's 12-inch wafer fab in Xian, China generated a total of CNY11.509 billion (US$1.81 billion) in the first eight months of 2015, according to China-based newspaper Xian Daily.

Marvell strengthening competitiveness in SSD controller market

Oct 19, 21:08

Marvell has accelerated its transition to 28nm process production for its SSD controller chips, while partnering with China-based Longsys Electronics to expand its market presence in China, according to market sources.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decrease 1% in 2015, says Gartner

Oct 19, 15:52

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 1% to US$63.9 billion in 2015, according to Gartner. This is a down from the 2.5% growth predicted in Gartner's previous quarter's forecast. The forecast for 2016 is unchanged at a 3.3% decline over 2015.

Powerchip fab construction to begin in China

Oct 19, 15:46

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new 12-inch wafer fab in Hefei, China, in which Taiwan's Powerchip Technology is investing, will take place on October 20.

Worldwide semiconductor sales to fall in 2015, says Gartner

Oct 13, 16:02

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$337.8 billion in 2015, a decline of 0.8% from 2014, according to Gartner. This is the first decline in revenues since 2012 when the market declined 2.6%.

Cadence announces memory model for LPDDR5

Oct 13, 14:39

Cadence Design Systems has announced the Cadence Memory Model for the LPDDR5 standard. This new verification IP (VIP) product enables engineers to verify that system-on-chip (SoC) designs are compliant with the JEDEC interface standard, and that they can operate correctly in a system with the actual...

Nanya to raise capital for 20nm transition

Oct 13, 11:17

Nanya Technology plans to raise capital and draw strategic partners by the end of 2015, according to company president Pei Ing Lee.

Nanya president Pei Ing Lee

Inotera, Nanya report decreased September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 12, 15:29

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have both reported revenue decreases for September 2015.

Toshiba, SanDisk reportedly among takeover targets of Tsinghua

Oct 8, 11:27

Industry sources have suggested that SanDisk and Toshiba, which jointly develop NAND flash technology, are both being targeted for acquisition by China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup.

Macronix, Winbond post flat September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 7, 22:16

Non-PC memory chipmakers Macronix International and Winbond Electronics both saw their September revenues stay almost flat on month.

Commentary: China DRAM industry set to rise

Oct 7, 16:12

China's DRAM industry is set to take a big step forward as its state-backed technology conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup has successfully raided a senior executive from Taiwan's DRAM industry.

Inotera chairman Charles Kau

Nanya names new president

Oct 7, 11:22

The board of directors of Nanya Technology has approved the resignation of Charles Kau, and appointed Pei Ing Lee to replace him as president effective October 6, 2015, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.

Phison to post record 3Q15 revenues, says report

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 20:31

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is expected to see its third-quarter revenues top NT$10 billion (US$306 million) and reach the company's highest quarterly figure on record, thanks to robust shipments for SSDs, and eMMC/eMCP devices, according to a Chinese-language Commercial...

PTI reports increased September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 16:15

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.71 billion (US$113.5 million) for September 2015, representing increases of 3.7% sequentially and 7.2% on year.

Inotera chairman reportedly to be hired by Tsinghua Unigroup

Oct 5, 22:22

Rumors have been circulating in Taiwan's semiconductor industry that Charles Kau, who works both as Inotera Memories chairman and Nanya Technology president, will be hired by China's Tsinghua Unigroup to support the establishment of the region's DRAM industry sector.

Global semiconductor sales decrease slightly in August, says SIA

Oct 5, 22:05

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.7 billion in August, down 0.5% from the previous month when sales were US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.

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