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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts book-to-bill ratio of 1.04 in April, says SEMI

May 22, 15:23

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted US$1.57 billion in orders in April 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.04, according to SEMI.

IC Insights releases top-20 semiconductor suppliers in 1Q15

May 21, 21:32

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers including three pure-play foundries and four fabless companies in the first quarter of 2015.

2014 banner year for global industrial semiconductors, says IHS

May 21, 11:04

Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues totaled US$40.4 billion in 2014, up from US$34.3 billion in 2013, according to IHS. The 18% increase follows solid growth of 13% in 2013, a decline of 3% in 2012 and 12% growth in 2011. The strong performance achieved in 2014 represents the highest annual...

Adata to spend up to NT$5.56 billion on stock buyback

Stockwatch - May 20, 15:48

Memory module maker Adata Technology has announced the company will buy back shares worth up to NT$5.56 billion (US$182 million) and give them to employees.

Nanya enjoys brisk orders for LPDDR2 DRAM, says report

Stockwatch - May 20, 15:13

Nanya Technology has landed a pull-in of orders for low-power DDR2 DRAM chips which will buoy the company's performance in the second half of 2015, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Powerchip obtains NT$15 billion syndicated loan

May 20, 14:36

Foundry chipmaker Powerchip Technology has signed a three-year, NT$15 billion (US$491.9 million) syndicated loan contract with a banking consortium, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: South Korea memory-IC industry output value rises 31% in 1Q15

May 19, 22:01

The production value of South Korea's memory chip industry soared 31% from a year earlier to almost KRW13 trillion (US$11.9 billion) in the first quarter of 2015, according Digitimes Research.

ESMT, Etron enter Taiwan top-10 IC design houses in 1Q15

May 19, 16:04

Memory-IC design companies Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) and Etron Technology both broke into Taiwan's top-10 IC design houses in the first quarter of 2015.

Silicon wafer shipments increase in 1Q15, says SEMI

May 19, 15:57

SEMI has reported that worldwide silicon wafer area shipments registered increases of 3.4% sequentially and 11.6% on year in the first quarter of 2015.

Winbond, Macronix dismiss speculation over likely acquisition targets

Stockwatch - May 18, 21:49

Winbond Electronics and Macronix International are reportedly being targeted by China-based venture capital firm SummitView Capital for acquisition. In response, both Taiwan-based firms claimed they have no knowledge about the speculation.

Phison nets NT$4.52 per share for 1Q15

Stockwatch - May 18, 21:48

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, a provider of NAND flash device controller ICs, has reported a net EPS of NT$4.52 (US$0.15) for the first quarter of 2015 compared with NT$4.15 a year earlier.

China venture capital firm may target Macronix, Winbond for acquistion, says paper

Newswatch - May 18, 15:48

China-based venture capital firm SummitView Capital may switch its acquisition targets to Macronix International or Winbond Electronics as its attempt to buy US-based memory chip design house Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) may block by a tender offer from Cypress Semiconductor, according to a Chinese-language...

Cypress enters race to buy ISSI

May 14, 22:15

Cypress Semiconductor announced on May 13 that the company has made an offer to buy Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) for US$19.75 per share in cash.

DRAM maker Inotera expects better market conditions in 2H15

May 13, 21:27

DRAM market conditions will be better in the third quarter of 2015, recovering from the bad first half of the year, according to Charles Kau, chairman for Inotera Memories.

TSMC to make SSD controller chips for Apple, say sources

May 13, 15:28

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, in addition to recent orders from Marvell Technology and Phison Electronics, according to industry sources.

Global 1Q15 DRAM revenues fall 7.5%, says DRAMeXchange

May 12, 22:06

Sales in the global DRAM market in the first quarter of 2015 fell 7.5% from the fourth quarter of 2014 on lower chip prices and weak end-market demand, according to DRAMeXchange.

Nanya looks to draw strategic partners

May 12, 21:43

Nanya Technology expects to draw strategic partners through fund raising, and is confident that its profits for 2015 will remain impressive, according to company chairman Wu Chia-chau.

Nanya chairman Wu Chia-chau

Memory module maker Adata reports decreased sales for April

Newswatch - May 12, 14:10

Memory module maker Adata Technology has reported revenues of NT$1.715 billion (US$55.78 million) for April, decreasing 17.23% sequentially and 31.75% on year due largely to seasonal factors.

Transcend Information revenues decline in April

Stockwatch - May 11, 16:38

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.103 billion (US$68.44 million) for April 2015, representing a 7.03% drop on month and 3.28% drop on year.

New Apple Watch has lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price, IHS teardown reveals

May 8, 11:12

The Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple phone IHS Technology has researched, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS. The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport by IHS estimates that the actual hardware costs are only about 24% of the manufacturer's suggested...

Winbond reports decreased April revenues

May 8, 11:07

Winbond Electronics saw its April revenues decrease 3.2% sequentially. Despite a cautious outlook for the second quarter, the company expects improvements to its product and customer mix to maintain its gross margin.

PTI reports increased April revenues

Stockwatch - May 7, 22:33

Memory packaging and testing specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced April consolidated revenues grew 2.8% sequentially to NT$3.375 billion (US$109.7 million).

Commentary: Huali Microelectronics sets new milestone for entering memory chip segment

May 7, 14:43

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), a 12-inch wafer foundry under the China-based Shanghai Huahong Group, has reached a milestone by snapping up foundry orders from Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a NOR flash memory chip supplier.

Winbond reportedly to place orders with China 12-inch foundry

May 6, 21:55

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics will likely place orders with Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), a 12-inch wafer foundry in China, according to industry sources.

Taiwan DRAM makers post mixed April results

May 6, 21:49

Nanya Technology saw its April revenues decline 4% sequentially while fellow DRAM company Inotera Memories' sales increased 1.3% on month.

Global 1Q15 semiconductor sales rise 6%, says SIA

May 5, 22:27

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$83.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015, up 6% from a year ago, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Transcend 1Q15 sales down, but gross margin up

May 4, 22:00

Memory module maker Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015 declined about 9.8% from a year ago to NT$6.13 billion (US$199.5 million). Gross margin rose 1.8-percentage points on year to 21.3% in the first quarter, however, thanks to strong shipments of...

Macronix, Etron reportedly looking to tap MCP memory market

May 4, 12:06

Taiwan-based Macronix International and Etron Technology are both looking to step into the market for MCP (multi chip package) memory solutions, and are approaching potential partners for the supply of related chips, according to industry sources.

Macronix looks to grow revenues from NAND flash memory

May 4, 12:05

NOR flash memory specialist Macronix International is looking to grow revenues generated from its new NAND flash product line which includes MCP (multi-chip package) and eMMC solutions, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

China unlikely to develop home-grown DRAM technology within five years, say Nanya and Inotera

May 4, 12:03

Responding to China's ambitions to step into the memory industry, Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology both believe that it is unlikely China can develop home-grown DRAM technology within at least five years.

Winbond posts slight sales growth in 1Q15; cautious about 2Q

May 4, 10:28

Specialty DRAM and NOR flash memory chipmaker Winbond Electronics has reported revenue growth of 2% sequentially for the first quarter of 2015. For the second quarter, the company set a cautious tone citing weaker-than-expected demand for TVs as well as continued slow demand for mobile phones.

Winbond enjoys more favorable customer and product mix

Samsung reports decreased profits for 1Q15

Apr 30, 13:38

Samsung Electronics has reported net profits of KRW4.63 trillion (US$4.35 billion) for the first quarter of 2015, down 38.2% from the KRW7.49 trillion of a year earlier. Meanwhile, revenues for the first quarter reached KRW47.12 trillion, down 11% on quarter.

Macronix losses improve in 1Q15

Apr 29, 21:30

Macronix International, which specializes in the manufacture of NOR flash and mask ROM memory chips, saw its net losses reduce to NT$357 million (US$11.4 million) in the first quarter of 2015. Net EPS for first-quarter 2015 came to negative NT$0.10.

Nanya nets NT$2.61 per share for 1Q15

Apr 28, 21:54

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has reported net profits of NT$6.29 billion (US$206 million), or NT$2.61 a share, for the first quarter of 2015. The profits were 26.6% lower than the prior quarter's levels.

Inotera 1Q15 profits drop to 7-quarter low

Apr 28, 15:45

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has reported net profits of NT$7.27 billion (US$238 million) for the first quarter of 2015 - the lowest since the second quarter of 2013.

SSD, eMMC controllers drive Silicon Motion sales growth in 1Q15

Apr 28, 15:25

NAND flash device controller supplier Silicon Motion Technology has reported slight sequential growth in net sales for the first quarter of 2015, driven by rising sales of client SSD controllers and stable growth in sales of eMMC chips.

Silicon Motion to acquire China PCIe SSD firm

Apr 27, 21:54

Silicon Motion Technology has announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems, a China-based supplier of enterprise-class PCIe SSD and storage array solutions.

SK Hynix 1Q15 profits soar

Apr 23, 15:28

SK Hynix has reported net profits of KRW1.3 trillion (US$1.2 billion) on consolidated revenues of KRW4.8 trillion for the first quarter of 2015. Profits and revenues saw on-year increases of 61% and 29%, respectively.

Phison to establish subsidiary in China

Apr 23, 11:12

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has disclosed plans to set up a subsidiary in Hefei in China's Anhui Province for a total of NT$569 million (US$18 million), according to the company.

Memory related device suppliers to break into Taiwan top-10 IC design houses in 2015

Apr 23, 11:07

More memory-related device suppliers including Silicon Motion Technology, Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) and Etron Technology are expected to break into Taiwan's top-10 IC design companies, which have long been dominated by LCD driver IC firms, in 2015.

China building home-grown DRAM industry, to pose threat to existing leaders in 2017

Apr 23, 10:41

China is stepping up efforts to establish its own DRAM industry, which will likely pose a threat to the current industry leaders such as SK Hynix and Micron Technology in 2017, according to industry sources.

dram

Taiwan chipmakers unaffected by earthquake

Apr 21, 15:56

Taiwan-based chipmakers including foundries TSMC and UMC, and IC packager ASE have said that their operations have not been affected by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the eastern coast of Taiwan before noon on April 20.

Global semiconductor market increases 9% in 2014, says IHS

Apr 21, 15:14

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew by 9.2% in 2014, coming in just slightly below the 9.4% growth estimated previously, according to IHS. The year ended on a strong note with the fourth quarter showing 9.7% year-over-year growth.

Is Japan losing its influence in global semiconductor market?, asks IC Insights

Apr 20, 15:10

In 2014, there were only two Japan-based companies – Toshiba and Renesas – among the top-10 semiconductor suppliers. Assuming the NXP/Freescale merger is completed later in 2015, IC Insights has forecast that Toshiba will be the lone Japan-based company left in the top-10 ranking.

PTI to post sales growth through 3Q15

Apr 20, 14:45

Memory packaging and testing house Powertech Technology (PTI) is expected to post sequential revenue growth through the third quarter of 2015, according to market observers.

PTI, FATC post mild revenue increases in 1Q15

Apr 17, 11:04

Memory packaging and testing houses Powertech Technology (PTI) and Formosa Advanced Technologies (FATC) have reported on-year increases of 2.2% and 6.8%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pricier to build, cheaper to buy than comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus, says IHS

Apr 15, 21:43

The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS.

Powerchip reportedly to set up 12-inch wafer fab in China

Apr 14, 11:32

Powerchip Technology will partner with the Hefei city government to set up a joint-venture fab in the capital city of China's Anhui Province, according to industry sources. The JV fab will manufacture 12-inch wafers and provide foundry services mainly for driver ICs.

Digitimes Research: Samsung semiconductor capex to reach record high in 2015

Apr 13, 15:53

Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics is expected to reach an all-time high of US$15 billion in 2015, making the company's capex the world's highest in the semiconductor industry for the sixth straight year since 2010, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, SK Hynix's...

Transcend 1Q15 SSD sales approach total for 1H14

Apr 13, 15:21

Transcend Information saw its cumulative 2015 shipments of SSD (solid state drive) products through March reach nearly the total shipped in the first half of 2014, according to the Taiwan-based company.

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