Nanya revenues drop in February
Stockwatch - Mar 6, 16:33
Nanya Technology Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.965 billion (US$126.12 million) for February 2015, representing a 0.46% drop on month and 4.67% drop on year.
Macronix reports decreased February revenues
Mar 6, 15:19
Macronix International has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.42 billion (US$45.1 million) for February 2015, down 9.6% sequentially and 1.2% from a year earlier.
Commentary: Galaxy S6 to bring significant impact on supply chains
Mar 4, 12:07
The launch of the Galaxy S6 may help Samsung Electronics revive its flagging smartphone business thanks to improvements in terms of product design and functionality. And yet, the new Galaxy smartphone may bring significant impact on the upstream supply chains.
Samsung intros 128GB UFS storage for smartphones
Mar 2, 10:37
Samsung Electronics has announced that it is now mass producing 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for smartphones. The new embedded memory's UFS 2.0 interface is the most advanced JEDEC-compliant, next-generation flash memory storage specification...
TSMC, MediaTek move up in semiconductor R&D, says IC Insights
Mar 2, 10:33
Pure-play foundry TSMC and fabless chipmaker MediaTek both moved up in IC Insights' 2014 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. TSMC increased its R&D budget by 15% in 2014 while MediaTek's R&D spending for the year climbed 29%, according to IC Insights.
JEDEC publishes eMMC 5.1 standard
Feb 25, 14:59
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has announced the publication of JESD84-B51: Embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC), Electrical Standard (5.1). eMMC v5.1 defines new features and updates for this embedded mass-storage flash memory that is widely used in smartphones and other mobile devices. Intended...
Global mobile DRAM output value rises 4% in 4Q14
Feb 17, 10:58
Output value for the global mobile DRAM industry came to US$3.61 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, representing a 27.8% of the overall output value for the DRAM industry and a 4.2% increase on quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.
Kingston to increase investment in Phison
Feb 12, 11:05
Phison Electronics, a supplier of NAND flash device controllers, has announced that memory module vendor Kingston Technology will subscribe to 10.4 million shares out of a total of 11.9 million new shares to be released by it through a private placement.
Global 4Q14 DRAM output value rises 8%, says DRAMeXchange
Feb 11, 15:31
Worldwide DRAM output came to US$12.98 billion in value during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 8.2% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung Electronics continued to lead the market with a more than 40% share.
Global NAND flash market rises 2% in 4Q14, says DRAMeXchange
Feb 10, 20:11
The worldwide NAND flash memory market posted revenues of US$8.75 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 2% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung Electronics remained the largest supplier, but its share slid 1.8pp to 27.9%.
Winbond, Macronix post mixed results for January
Feb 9, 11:03
Non-PC memory specialist Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues for January 2015 grew 8.9% sequentially while fellow company Macronix International saw its sales decrease 6.4% sequentially during the month.
PTI reports increased revenues for January
Stockwatch - Feb 5, 21:30
Consolidated sales at Powertech Technology (PTI) increased 0.8% on month and 4.2% on year to NT$3.21 billion (US$101.7 million) in January 2014.
Samsung mass producing high-density ePoP memory for Smartphones
Feb 4, 20:52
Samsung Electronics has announced that the company is mass producing ePoP (embedded package on package) memory, a single memory package consisting of 3GB LPDDR3 DRAM, 32GB eMMC and a controller. For use in high-end smartphones, the extremely-thin ePoP combines all essential memory components into a...
Winbond nets NT$0.83 per share for 2014
Feb 3, 22:19
Winbond Electronics, a memory chipmaker specializing in specialty DRAM and NOR flash chips, saw its fourth-quarter net profits increase 11% sequentially to the highest quarterly level for 2014. Net EPS for the year came to NT$0.83 (US$0.03), compared to the NT$0.06 reported for 2013.
Sony to boost production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
Feb 2, 21:53
Sony has announced plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 in order to increase production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. Sony Semiconductor also plans to reorganize and optimize its production sites as it accelerates the shifting of resources to the...
PTI profits soar in 2014
Jan 28, 15:33
Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) swung to net profits of NT$3.24 billion (US$104.3 million) from losses of NT$3.21 billion in 2013. Net EPS for 2014 came to NT$4.24.
Inotera reports record revenues and profits for 2014
Jan 28, 10:55
DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has reported net profits of NT$52.91 billion (US$1.7 billion), or NT$8.32 a share, on consolidated revenues of NT$82.57 billion for 2014. Both figures marked record highs.
Samsung reportedly to expand DRAM capacity
Jan 28, 10:52
Samsung will build additional DRAM production capacity during 2015, which may create uncertainty for the industry bit supply growth and pricing, according to industry sources.
Nanya reports strong profits for 2014
Jan 28, 10:51
DRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported net profits of NT$28.24 billion (US$908 million) for 2014, with EPS for the year coming to NT$11.77.
Spansion and Macronix reach settlement agreement
Jan 27, 21:45
Spansion and Macronix International announced on January 27 that they have settled all outstanding patent disputes and actions, including their respective complaints at the US International Trade Commission as well as District Court, inter partes review proceedings at the USPTO, and Macronix's patent...
Silicon Motion reports record 2014 sales
Jan 27, 21:28
Silicon Motion Technology saw its revenues climb to a record high of US$289 million in 2014, thanks to strong growth in sales generated from its eMMC controller business, according to the flash storage controller company.
Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers, says Gartner
Jan 23, 09:57
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17%, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$57.9 billion of semiconductors in 2014, an increase of US$3.9 billion from 2013.
Prices for 256GB SSDs to fall below US$70, says Apacer executive
Jan 22, 19:13
Prices for 256GB SSDs will likely fall below US$70 in the second half of 2015, while prices for 128GB drives will reach a sweet spot of US$40, according to Apacer Technology general manager CK Chang. With SSDs becoming more affordable, a wave of demand could be stimulated, said Chang.
PC DRAM prices to fall less than 5% in 1Q15
Jan 22, 16:11
Prices for PC DRAM are set to fall less than 5% in the first quarter of 2015, due to seasonal factors, according to industry observers. Nevertheless, there is limited room for prices to fall further for the rest of the year.
Storart growing eMMC presence in China
Jan 21, 15:15
Storart, a Taiwan-based supplier of eMMC device controller ICs, expects to ship more than one million eMMC controllers a month in 2015 as the company is expanding its market presence in China.
Worldwide semiconductor sales to rise 5% in 2015, says Gartner
Jan 19, 10:49
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$358 billion in 2015, a 5.4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. The forecast is down from the research firm's previous estimate of 5.8% growth that was given in the fourth quarter of 2014.