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SEMICON Taiwan 2015: Inotera, Applied and HMI positive about semi industry outlook

Sep 2, 11:26

Inotera Memories, Applied Materials and Hermes Microvision (HMI) are all positive about the prospects of the global semiconductor industry although they have different views about short-term market trends.

Digitimes Research: China eyeing acquistions to advance IC processes

Sep 1, 10:52

More advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes and more production capacity for special processes are likely to emerge in China during the country's 13th five-year economic plan period which ranges from 2015-2020 thanks to equity investment from the National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment...

SEMICON Taiwan 2015 to kick off with more than 700 exhibitors

Aug 28, 10:38

The 20th annual SEMICON Taiwan tradeshow will kick off on September 2 and run through September 4 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall. The show will host more than 700 exhibiting companies with more than 1,400 booths.

Digitimes Research: China government to support development of MCUs, CPUs, memory chips

Aug 26, 11:09

The China government will support local IC-design companies' development in the MCU, CPU,FPGA, MEMS and memory chips sectors through acquisitions during its current five-year economic plan running from 2015-2020, accordingto Digitimes Research.

BOE receives government support to enter IC design industry

Aug 21, 16:13

Panel maker BOE Technology has received support from the China government enabling it to step into the IC design industry. In addition to LCD driver ICs, DRAM and flash memory chips will also be target sectors, according to industry sources.

North America semiconductor equipment industry posts July book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, says SEMI

Aug 21, 14:46

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.59 billion in orders worldwide in July 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that US$102 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

ASMedia obtains USB-IF certification for USB 3.1 host controllers

Aug 20, 21:09

USB device controller supplier ASMedia has received USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) certification for its ASM1352R-series USB 3.1 host controller ICs, according to the company.

Oversupply likely to put NAND flash prices under pressure, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 19, 21:13

NAND flash prices will be under downward pressure later in the second half of 2015 due to oversupply, according to DRAMeXchange.

Startups and small electronics companies offer semiconductor vendors fast and stable growth, says Gartner

Aug 19, 20:35

Semiconductor companies need to diversify their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations that offer fast and stable growth, rather than relying on big deals from large customers that are in a constant state of flux, according to Gartner. Startups and small electronics companies...

Macronix gearing up for automotive flash memory

Aug 19, 15:35

Macronix International has expanded its flash offerings to include solutions for automotive electronics, and aims to break into the world's top-two automotive NOR flash chipmakers in the next three years, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

MediaTek buys ISSI Taiwan subsidiary to enable acquisition of ISSI by Uphill

Aug 19, 11:32

The acquisition of US-based Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) by China's Uphill Investment is expected to run more smoothly after ISSI's Taiwan subsidiary Chingis Technology is taken over by MediaTek, industry observers believe.

Digitimes Research: Production value of Korea memory chip products stays flat in 2Q15

Aug 18, 21:14

The production value of memory chips in Korea totaled KRW1.313 trillion (US$12 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 1% from the previous quarter, affected mainly by a low bit growth of DRAM and NAND flash chips from SK Hynix, according to Digitimes Research.

Global mobile DRAM revenues rise 7.7% in 2Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 17, 19:33

Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to US$3.85 billion in the second quarter of 2015, according to DRAMeXchange.

Global DRAM revenues continue slide in 2Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 17, 19:30

Global sales of DRAM declined another 4.8% sequentially to US$11.4 billion in the second quarter of 2015, due to further drop in chip prices, according to DRAMeXchange.

Taiwan IC production value slips 2.6% in 2Q15

Aug 14, 14:49

Taiwan's IC production value slid 2.6% sequentially to NT$555.9 billion (US$17.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Etron to spin off logic IC units

Aug 14, 14:44

Niche-memory design specialist Etron Technology has announced plans to spin off its USB controller IC and 3D image sensor businesses into two wholly-owned separate companies. The move is to keep its talent and enhance product line depth.

Adata slips into the red

Aug 13, 15:38

Memory module maker Adata Technology swung to net losses of NT$266 million (US$8.3 million) in the second quarter of 2015 on sluggish PC demand and falling chip prices.

Samsung announces mass production of 256Gb, 3D V-NAND flash memory

Aug 12, 11:09

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing 256Gb, three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) arrays for use in solid state drives (SSDs), according to the company.

Adata, Transcend post revenue growth in July

Stockwatch - Aug 11, 11:46

Memory module firms Adata Technology and Transcend Information have reported sequential increases in July consolidated revenues at 3.9% and 6.7%, respectively.

Winbond, Macronix report increased July revenues

Aug 7, 15:15

Non-PC memory chipmakers Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported sequential increases in consolidated revenues for July 2015 of 2.7% and 1.6%, respectively.

Phison revenues hit record high in July

Newswatch - Aug 7, 11:50

NAND flash controller chip maker Phison Electronics saw its revenues increase 21% on month and 8.7% on year to a record high of NT$3.317 billion (US$104.8 million) in July, the company has reported.

4GB DDR3 contract prices to fall below US$20 in 3Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 7, 10:07

Contract prices for 4GB DDR3 modules averaged US$20.5 in July compared with US$24 in June, representing a 15% fall, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices are set to drop below US$20 in the third quarter.

Nanya July revenues rise, Inotera flat

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:04

Nanya Technology saw its July revenues increase 2.4% sequentially while fellow DRAM company Inotera Memories' revenues stayed almost flat.

PTI reports flat revenues for July

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:01

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported July consolidated revenues of NT$3.47 billion (US$109 million), up 0.8% on month.

Samsung cuts Intel's semiconductor sales lead to 16% in 2Q15, says IC Insights

Aug 6, 15:30

Samsung's growth rate in the second quarter of 2015 put the company closer to catching Intel and becoming the world's leading semiconductor supplier, according to IC Insights.

SanDisk, Toshiba announce 256Gb, 48-layer NAND chips

Aug 5, 15:54

SanDisk has announced its 256Gb 3-bit-per-cell (X3) 48-layer 3D NAND chip and the start of 3D NAND pilot line operations in Yokkaichi, Japan in conjunction with its partner, Toshiba.

Samsung cutting DRAM capacity to halt price falls, says report

Newswatch - Aug 4, 15:26

Samsung Electronics has scaled down its output for PC DRAM while keeping its August contract prices unchanged, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The move is expected to prevent PC DRAM prices from falling further.

Global chip sales rise 2% in 2Q15, says SIA

Aug 3, 21:02

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$84 billion in the second quarter of 2015, rising 1% sequentially and 2% on year, according to SIA.

Winbond 1H15 profits soar 65% beating market estimates

Aug 3, 15:48

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty DRAM and flash memory chips, has reported net profits for the first half of 2015 jumped 64.6% from a year earlier to NT$1.8 billion (US$57 million). EPS for the six-month period came to NT$0.49 beating market estimates.

Silicon Motion to offer solutions for 3D XPoint devices

Jul 31, 16:04

Silicon Motion Technology, a Taiwan-based company engaged in the design and development of NAND flash device controller solutions, will reportedly provide controller chips for SSDs utilizing 3D XPoint memory technology developed jointly by Intel and Micron Technology.

Silicon Motion expects to deliver another year of record sales

Jul 30, 11:13

Silicon Motion Technology expects to post revenue growth of 22-27% in 2015. Revenues hit a record level of US$289 million in 2014.

Tsunami of M&A deals underway in 2015 chip industry, says IC Insights

Jul 30, 10:41

In just the first half of 2015 alone, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of US$72.6 billion, which is nearly 6x the annual average for M&A deals struck during the five previous years (2010-2014), according to IC Insights.

Intel and Micron claim breakthrough memory solution

Jul 29, 15:46

Intel and Micron Technology have jointly announced 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process...

PTI looks to moderate growth in 3Q15

Jul 29, 11:33

Powertech Technology (PTI) expects to post another moderate growth in revenues for the third quarter of 2015, with improvement in gross margin.

Inotera raises capex for 2015

Jul 29, 11:30

Inotera Memories has raised its capex budget to NT$57 billion (US$1.81 billion) for 2015, and reiterated plans to convert 80% of its total wafer start capacity to 20nm process technology by the end of the year.

DRAM makers Inotera, Nanya see 2Q15 profits shrink

Jul 28, 16:28

Taiwan-based DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology both saw their profits decline more than 30% sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, due mainly to falling product ASPs.

Toshiba develops 2 new process technologies for MCUs, wireless ICs

Jul 27, 15:48

Toshiba has announced the development of a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analog power process. The new process technologies were developed for low-cost applications such as microcontrollers (MCU),...

Macronix reports another quarter of losses

Jul 27, 14:47

Mask ROM and NOR flash chipmaker Macronix International has reported another quarterly loss, and net losses widened to NT$1.22 billion (US$39 million) in the second quarter from losses of NT$357 million in the first quarter.

SK Hynix posts revenue and profit decreases in 2Q15

Jul 23, 14:58

SK Hynix has reported sequential decreases in revenues and profits for the second quarter of 2015, due mainly to falling prices for its memory chips particularly PC DRAM.

Micron, Tsinghua once in tie-up talks, say sources

Jul 22, 21:36

Micron Technology and China's Tsinghua Unigroup had been negotiating about a possible tie-up in the commodity DRAM business, but failed to reach a consensus, according to industry sources.

Mobile DRAM prices to fall on excess smartphone inventory

Jul 22, 20:39

Prices for mobile DRAM memory are set to fall substantially due to excess smartphone inventory, according to sources at memory makers.

DRAM contract prices to fall further, says DRAMeXchange

Jul 21, 22:03

DRAM contract prices discontinued their six-month rally in November 2014, and have fallen since, according to DRAMeXchange. Growing chip supplies, coupled with weak PC sales and decelerating smartphone demand, have caused the prices to continue falling.

Commentary: Why Micron Technology is being targeted for acquisition

Jul 16, 14:55

China-based state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup has signaled interest in buying US-based Micron Technology, a leading DRAM and NAND flash chip supplier, for US$23 billion, a deal which a number of parties have said is not possible.

Digitimes Research: Tsinghua Unigroup acquisition of Micron faces difficulties, but is a must for China for further development

Jul 15, 22:16

According to a Wall Street Journal report on July 14, China's Tsinghua Unigroup is planning to spend US$23 billion (or US$21 per share) to acquire US-based Micron Technology. The amount is higher than the China government's China National Semiconductor Industry Investment Fund's scale of CNY120 billion...

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 2.5% in 2015, says Gartner

Jul 15, 21:50

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5% in 2015 reaching US$66.1 billion, according to Gartner. The prediction is down from the research firm's previous estimate of a 4.1% increase.

Chip equipment spending to continue growth through 2016, says SEMI

Jul 15, 15:17

SEMI has forecast that the total semiconductor equipment market will grow 7% in 2015 reaching US$40.2 billion, and expand another 4% to US$41.8 billion in 2016. Following strong growth of 18% in 2014, the equipment market is poised to continue to expand for the next two years, SEMI noted.

Micron boosts data center storage security with new SATA SSD featuring enterprise data encryption

Jul 14, 15:41

Micron Technology has announced a new encryption-enhanced solid state drive (SSD) for read-centric data center workloads, accelerating the transition from legacy hard disk drives (HDDs) to higher-performance flash-based storage. The M510DC combines a suite of firmware data protection features with...

Inotera, Nanya report decreased revenues for 2Q15

Stockwatch - Jul 13, 16:09

Revenues at DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology continued to fall in June 2015 dragging down their revenues for the second quarter.

Gartner cuts 2015 chip market growth forecast again

Jul 10, 10:21

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The prediction, however, is down from Gartner's previous estimate of a 4% increase.

Adata June revenues rise, Transcend flat

Stockwatch - Jul 9, 15:54

Adata Technology saw its June revenues increase 2.9% sequentially while fellow memory module company Transcend Information's revenues stayed flat on month.

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