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IC Insights raises 2016 IC market forecast to positive

Oct 20, 15:54

IC Insights has raised its 2016 IC market forecast to 1% growth from negative 2%, and its 2016 IC unit volume shipment growth rate forecast from 4% to 6%. A large portion of this revision is due to a strengthening DRAM market, according to the research firm.

Winbond orders equipment for NT$617 million

Stockwatch - Oct 20, 10:48

Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty and mobile DRAM, and flash memory for code storage, has disclosed about NT$617 million (US$19.6 million) worth of production equipment it bought from KLA-Tencor.

Winbond to start producing chips on 3x-nm process in 4Q16, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 18, 16:12

Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker Winbond Electronics will begin volume production of memory chips on a 3x nm process in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing company president Tung-yi Chan.

China to produce 3D NAND chips as early as end-2017

Oct 18, 11:19

Yangtze River Storage Technology (YRST) will start operating China's first 12-inch fab for the manufacture of NAND flash and DRAM memory at the end of 2016, and is expected to produce the region's first homegrown 3D NAND flash memory a year later, according to industry sources.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues to dip 0.9% in 2016, says Gartner

Oct 17, 21:42

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$332 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015, according to Gartner. This represents two consecutive years of revenue decline, which has happened only once in history. But the outlook for the semiconductor market is improving.

Silicon wafer shipments to rise through 2018, says SEMI

Oct 14, 15:39

Polished and epitaxial silicon shipments will come to 10.44 billion square inches in 2016, up 2% from about 10.27 billion square inches in 2015, according to SEMI.

NAND flash prices on the upswing, says DRAMeXchange

Oct 14, 11:08

A shortage of NAND flash memory will become more acute in the fourth quarter of 2016, due to surging demand for smartphones and SSDs, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices of NAND flash wafers and memory cards will "certainly be on an upswing" through the end of 2016, while prices of eMMC, eMCP...

Samsung slashes earnings guidance for 3Q16

Oct 13, 11:21

Samsung Electronics has slashed its profit guidance for the third quarter of 2016 by 33%. The announcement was made one day after the company disclosed it had halted production of the Galaxy Note 7 and stopped sales of the device.

Global DRAM module sales decline 10% in 2015, says DRAMeXchange

Oct 13, 11:01

Global DRAM module sales totaled around US$7.9 billion in 2015, down 10.4% from US$8.8 billion a year earlier, according to DRAMeXchange.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to dip 0.3% in 2016, says Gartner

Oct 13, 10:43

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decrease 0.3% to US$64.6 billion in 2016, according to Gartner. This is up slightly from the estimated 0.7% decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

India market: Phison partnering with Moser Baer, Sahasra

Oct 12, 15:47

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is partnering with Moser Baer and Sahasra Electronics, India's two largest electronics manufacturers, to expand its business in India, according to Phison chairman Khein Seng Pua.

Nanya president expects better DRAM market conditions in 4Q16

Stockwatch - Oct 12, 14:45

DRAM market conditions in the fourth quarter of 2016 will be better than those in the third quarter, and the outlook for the first quarter of 2017 is also positive, according to Pei-Ing Lee, president for Nanya Technology.

Samsung announces mass production of 14nm chips for wearables

Oct 11, 20:47

Samsung Electronics has announced mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, which the company claims is the industry's first mobile application processor (AP) designed specifically for wearable devices with 14nm FinFET process technology.

Samsung 14nm AP for wearables

Inotera to delist from TSE on December 6

Oct 11, 14:56

Inotera Memories will be delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on December 6, the date when its acquisition by Micron Technology becomes effective, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.

Macronix, Winbond post revenue growth for September

Oct 11, 11:10

Non-PC memory specialists Macronix International and Winbond Electronics both enjoyed revenue increases in September.

Inotera says deal with Micron to complete by December

Stockwatch - Oct 5, 14:37

Inotera Memories expects its share-swap deal with Micron Technology of the US to complete by December.

Global semiconductor sales rise 3.5% in August, says SIA

Oct 4, 11:17

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28 billion for the month of August 2016, an increase of 3.5% compared to the previous month's total of US$27.1 billion and an uptick of 0.5% over the August 2015 total of US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.

DRAM contract prices to rise nearly 30% in 4Q16, says DRAMeXchange

Oct 4, 11:15

DRAMeXchange expects DRAM contract prices to rise nearly 30% in the fourth quarter of 2016, thanks to stronger-than-expected notebook demand.

Nanya to invest NT$50 billion over next 2 years, says president

Sep 30, 11:13

Taiwan-based DRAM maker Nanya Technology is looking to invest a total of NT$50 billion (US$1.6 billion) over the next two years to "enhance its product value rather than market share," according to company president Pei-Ing Lee.

Nanya president Pei-Ing Lee

DRAM spot prices hit 7-month high, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 30, 11:12

DRAM spot market prices have risen to a 7-month high with prices for 4Gb DDR4 chips reaching US$2.02, according to DRAMeXchange.

Taiwan IC industry to increase 7% in 2016, says TSIA chairman

Sep 30, 11:08

Although the worldwide IC industry output value will decline 2.4% in 2016, the output value of Taiwan's IC industry will maintain growth, according to Nicky Lu, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).

TSIA chairman Nicky Lu

Kingston affiliate buys 70% of Innostor

Sep 29, 09:34

Kingston Technology's flash controller affiliate ASolid Technology has acquired as high as 70% of fellow controller company Innostor Technology for NT$60 million (US$1.9 million).

Micron CEO visits Taiwan to meet Formosa executives

Sep 27, 10:16

Micron Technology CEO Mark Durcan has paid a visit to Taiwan to meet executives at Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) raising speculation that Micron's planned acquisition of Inotera Memories could materialize.

Value of semiconductor industry M&A agreements already over US$50 billion, says IC Insights

Sep 23, 15:29

After an historic surge in semiconductor merger and acquisition agreements in 2015, the torrid pace of transactions has eased (until recently), but 2016 is already the second-largest year ever for chip industry M&A announcements, according to IC Insights.

Phison board approves consolidation of company and offshore units

Sep 23, 10:38

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics' board of directors has approved plans to obtain 100% of its offshore business Everspeed and all the units under Everspeed including Memoryexchange. The transfer process will be completed by September 30, according to the flash device controller firm.

Toshiba expands 24nm SLC NAND flash lineup to address industrial applications

Sep 22, 22:09

Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its family of 24nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory solutions. The new 16Gb BENAND is housed in an industry-standard 48-pin TSOP package, and offers a combination of high read/write performance, effective write endurance (using 8-bit BCH error...

Innodisk memory modules verified for Apollo Lake CPUs

Newswatch - Sep 21, 15:07

Industrial memory module maker Innodisk is expected to see its revenues hit a new high in September as its DDR3L 1866 memory module has been verified for Intel's Apollo Lake platform. Meanwhile, its car-use SSD products have received E-Mark certification from the EU, according to a Chinese-language...

iPhone 7 materials costs higher than previous versions, IHS says

Sep 21, 14:47

The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 7 equipped with 32GB of NAND flash memory carries US$219.80 in bill of materials costs, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Inotera provides update on acquisition by Micron

Stockwatch - Sep 21, 10:59

Inotera Memories has provided an update on the progress of its share-swap deal with Micron Technology, under which the US firm will buy all the shares it does not own in the Taiwan-based affiliate.

China-based GigaDevice reportedly buys plant from Memoright

Sep 20, 15:08

Beijing-based GigaDevice Semiconductor has reportedly taken over a Memoright plant located in Wuhan, which could pave the way for the China-based NOR flash vendor to step into the SSD and embedded storage field.

Rising NAND flash prices to buoy related suppliers 3Q16 performance

Stockwatch - Sep 20, 00:42

A recent rally in NAND flash prices will buoy sales and profits at related companies including module makers Adata Technology and Apacer Technology, and flash controller IC designer Phison Electronics in the third quarter of 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio stays above parity, says SEMI

Sep 19, 14:55

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.03 in August 2016, having been above parity for nine months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.

Global 2Q16 semiconductor equipment billings increase 26%, says SEMI

Sep 14, 14:57

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$10.5 billion in the second quarter of 2016, according to SEMI. The billings figure was 26% higher than the prior quarter, and 11% above the level a year ago.

Global 2Q16 NAND flash market posts 3.4% increase, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 14, 11:31

Revenues of the global NAND flash industry increased 3.4% sequentially to US$8.55 billion in the second quarter of 2016, according to DRAMeXchange.

Western Digital, Unisplendour form joint venture

Sep 9, 13:53

Western Digital and Unisplendour, a part of China's Tsinghua Unigroup, have announced the launch of their previously-announced joint venture.

IC Insights cuts IoT semiconductor market forecast

Sep 9, 10:54

IC Insights has trimmed back its semiconductor forecast for Internet of Things system functions over the next four years by about US$1.9 billion, mostly because of lower sales projections for connected cities applications (such as smart electric meters and infrastructure), according to the market research...

Global semiconductor sales rebound in July, says SIA

Sep 9, 10:49

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.1 billion for the month of July 2016, an increase of 2.6% compared to the previous month's total of US$26.4 billion.

Winbond August revenues up, Macronix down

Sep 8, 11:15

Non-PC memory specialist Winbond Electronics saw its August revenues increase 1.3% sequentially while fellow company Macronix International's revenues registered a 1.6% on-month decrease.

Nanya August revenues up, Inotera down

Stockwatch - Sep 8, 10:58

DRAM maker Nanya Technology saw its August revenues climb to a 7-month high, while Inotera Memories' revenues fell 6.1% on month.

Fab equipment spending trending upwards in 2016 and 2017, says SEMI

Sep 7, 13:44

SEMI has published an August update of its world fab forecast report, which shows increased equipment spending, reaching 4.1% on-year in 2016 and 10.6% in 2017.

DRAM contract prices to rise over 10% in 4Q16, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 7, 12:21

DRAM and NAND flash memory prices are forecast to increase in the fourth quarter of 2016, with contract prices for DRAM set to rise more than 10% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange.

DRAM prices to rise in 4Q

Phison posts record August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 6, 14:49

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, which supplies controller solutions for memory devices, has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$4.45 billion (US$141.8 million) for August 2016.

Fujitsu licenses Nantero technology to produce NRAM

Sep 5, 14:43

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor have reached an agreement with US-based Nantero to license Nantero's technology for NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes, and to conduct joint development towards releasing a product based on 55nm process technology, according to the Japan-based...

Memory-IC design house AP Memory launches tender offer for rival Zentel

Sep 5, 10:55

Taiwan-based mobile-DRAM design specialist AP Memory Technology has announced plans to acquire 50-100% of local rival Zentel Electronics, which is focused more on specialty DRAM products for consumer electronics, networking devices and PC peripherals.

DRAM contract prices continue to rally, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 2, 11:39

DRAM contract prices continued their growth in August with prices for 4GB modules reaching as high as US$14, according to DRAMeXchange.

Kingston becomes largest shareholder of OSE

Aug 30, 11:11

Memory module vendor Kingston Technology has obtained additional shares of Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) transferred from OSE founder and chairman Eugene CY Duh and his wife Mei-Shou Yang, and become the largest shareholder of the Taiwan-based packaging and testing company.

SSD adoption in notebooks to top 50% in 2018, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 30, 11:09

DRAMeXchange has maintained its estimate given earlier in 2016 that the adoption of SSDs in notebooks would exceed 30% in 2016. The proportion is forecast to reach 56% in 2018, according to the research firm.

Longsys promotes SDP model to boost SSD sales

Aug 26, 10:11

Shenzhen Longsys Electronics is promoting its SATA-disk-in-package (SDP) model to boost consumer SSD sales in emerging markets, according to industry observers.

China firms set to expand presence in global NAND flash market, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 26, 10:05

China-based companies are set to expand their presence in the global NAND flash market dramatically thanks to the region's push to establish a homegrown NAND flash industry and the huge domestic market, according to DRAMeXchange.

US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio rises, says SEMI

Aug 24, 13:50

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15 in July 2016, having been above parity for eight months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.

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