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Macronix expects return to profitability in 2H15

Jan 30, 14:40

NOR flash memory maker Macronix International expects to return to profitability in the second half of 2015, according to company president CY Lu.

Memory suppliers account for more than 60% of 300mm wafer capacity, says IC Insights

Jan 29, 19:45

IC Insights has published a ranking of the industry's largest IC manufacturers in terms of installed 300mm wafer start capacity in 2014. Included in the list are four companies from North America, four from Taiwan, two companies from South Korea, and one from Japan (two companies tied for the number...

SK Hynix posts record earnings for 4Q14 and 2014

Jan 28, 22:14

Memory chipmaker SK Hynix has reported record profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the full year.

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.

Inotera set profits and revenues records in 2014

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.

SanDisk reportedly looking for mobile DRAM supplier

Jan 26, 23:20

SanDisk is reportedly looking for a partner in Taiwan to secure a steady supply of mobile DRAM memory, with Nanya Technology being identified as the target.

Inotera on schedule to transition to 20nm process technology

Jan 26, 23:19

Inotera Memories is making progress in transitioning to a newer 20nm node technology, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM memory maker.

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.

IC market CAGR rebounds but growth remains below 30-year average, says IC Insights

Jan 22, 15:51

Judging from the IC market size at the beginning and end of each decade since the 1980s and the corresponding CAGR for each 10-year period, IC Insights has recognized the importance of the endpoints chosen for each CAGR and how they can easily sway the data to look very good or simply mediocre.

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.

Macronix targets wearable devices with expanded flash portfolio

Jan 21, 10:46

Macronix has launched a new family of wide-voltage, ultra-low-power NOR flash memory products designed for wearable devices.

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.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase 0.8% in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 19, 10:43

Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% to US$65.7 billion in 2015, according to Gartner.

DRAM capacity rises from slump, says SEMI

Jan 15, 23:25

SEMI has forecast a favorable outlook for DRAM as bit demand rises, improving selling prices in 2013 and 2014.

Adata December revenues up, Transcend down

Stockwatch - Jan 13, 14:58

Consolidated revenues at Adata Technology increased 7.9% sequentially in December 2014 while fellow memory module company Transcend Information saw its December sales decrease 2.4% on month.

Inotera, Nanya report increased revenues for December

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 23:02

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have reported increases in December consolidated revenues from the previous month of 6.8% and 1.6%, respectively.

Kingston uses Marvell controllers for PCIe SSD

Jan 12, 11:10

Kingston Technology has adopted Marvell's controller ICs for its high-end PCIe SSD series set for launch in February 2015, according to the memory module vendor.

Winbond 2014 sales rise 15%

Stockwatch - Jan 9, 14:37

Chipmaker Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.14 billion (US$98.3 million) for December 2014, down 2.6% on month but up 17% on year. Consolidated sales for the year totaled NT$37.99 billion, rising 14.7% from 2013 levels.

Samsung to post lower sales and profits for 2014

Jan 8, 21:21

Based on the company's guidance for the fourth quarter, Samsung Electronics is set to post a sales decline in 2014.

Macronix December sales drop 12%

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 07:42

Macronix International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.68 billion (US$52.4 million) for December 2014, down 11.7% on month but up about 0.2% on year.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grow 7.9% in 2014, says Gartner

Jan 7, 11:08

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$339.8 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from US$315 billion in 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 11.7% during the period.

Silicon Motion reportedly grabs SSD controller orders from Intel, SanDisk and Micron

Jan 7, 10:56

Silicon Motion Technology, a developer of NAND flash device controllers, has obtained orders for SSDs from Intel, SanDisk and Micron Technology, according to industry sources. New orders are expected to boost significantly Silicon Motion's overall shipments of SSD controllers in 2015.

Global semiconductor sales through November outpace 2013 level, says SIA

Jan 6, 10:53

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for November 2014 reached US$29.7 billion, an increase of 9.1% from a year ago when sales were US$27.2 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the previous month, November sales represented a slight 0.1% decrease.

Silicon Motion reportedly hires former SK Hynix executive

Jan 6, 10:51

Silicon Motion Technology, a designer of NAND flash memory controllers, has reportedly hired a former SK Hynix senior VP to develop new strategies for the company for the next 5-10 years.

Toshiba reportedly in talks with Nanya to form strategic alliance

Dec 31, 11:11

Toshiba has approached Nanya Technology to discuss about a potential partnership, and proposed a US$1 billion offer to invest in the Taiwan-based company, according to industry sources.

Server DRAM chips to drive memory industry growth in 2015, say sources

Dec 30, 11:41

Server DRAM chips will serve as a growth driver of the memory industry in 2015 and account for 40% of the total output of DRAM chips, according to an estimate of industry sources.

Macronix sampling NOR chips for IoT, says report

Stockwatch - Dec 24, 10:53

NOR flash chipmaker Macronix International has begun sampling its low-power solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and is looking to go into mass production in 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Korea and Taiwan companies control 56% of global 300mm fab capacity, says IC Insights

Dec 24, 10:48

South Korea- and Taiwan-based chip companies are well known for manufacturing prowess when it comes to efficiently fabricating huge amounts of IC wafers. Most of the IC industry's biggest fab facilities are located in these two countries. Because of their fab operation and wafer fabricating expertise,...

Global semiconductor market set for strongest growth in four years in 2014, says IHS

Dec 23, 11:02

Worldwide semiconductor market revenues are on track to achieve a 9.4% expansion in 2014, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010, according to IHS.

Toshiba and SK Hynix end lawsuit, to expand collaboration

Dec 22, 10:54

Toshiba and SK Hynix have settled all outstanding claims between the companies, including a lawsuit brought by Toshiba against SK Hynix concerning trade secrets. The pair is also looking to expand their existing relationship, and will work together to jointly develop nanoiimprint lithography (NIL).

Embedded memory module maker InnoDisk eyeing IoT, Big Data applications

Dec 19, 15:16

Taiwan-based NAND flash and industrial DRAM memory module provider Innodisk will further expand its production lines for industrial DRAM products for IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data applications, according to company president Randy Chien.

NAND flash contract prices see modest drop in 1H December, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 18, 22:03

Early December contract prices for NAND flash memory stayed flat or dropped by up to 2% in the first half of December, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices are set to continue their slide through the first quarter of 2015.

Inotera buys equipment for NT$1.72 billion

Stockwatch - Dec 17, 11:12

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has purchased a batch of production equipment from Tokyo Electron for about NT$1.72 billion (US$54.7 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

ChipMOS expects to hit high-end of 4Q14 guidance

Dec 11, 22:10

ChipMOS Technologies, a provider of outsourced semiconductor assembly and testing services, expects its fourth-quarter revenues to come in at the high-end of its guidance.

Micron in talks to revise supply deal with Inotera

Dec 11, 22:02

Micron Technology is still in talks with Formosa Plastics Group over a possible revision of its supply agreement with Inotera Memories, and no consensus has been made, according to industry sources.

Transcend November sales drop 9%

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 10:51

Consolidated sales at memory module firm Transcend Information declined 9.2% on month to NT$2.27 billion (US$72.6 million) in November 2014.

Micron trying to renegotiate supply deal with Inotera, sources say

Dec 9, 11:30

Micron Technology has approached Formosa Plastics Group to renegotiate its supply agreement with Inotera Memories and purchase price, in an attempt to increase its share of Inotera's operating income, according to industry sources.

Macronix November sales fall 20%

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 11:25

Consolidated sales at mask ROM and NOR flash chipmaker Macronix International declined 20.4% on month in November, due mainly to a seasonal slowdown in chip orders for games consoles.

Inotera, Nanya November sales drop on month

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 11:09

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have reported sequential decreases of 1.9% and 1.5%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for November 2014.

Global NAND flash output value to rise more than 10% in 2015, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 5, 14:56

Output value for the global NAND flash memory industry will rise 12% to US$27.6 billion in 2015, thanks to shrinking manufacturing costs on the supply side and growing demand for embedded MMC (eMMC) and solid-state drives (SSD), according to DRAMeXchange.

DRAM spot prices hit more than 7-month low, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 4, 21:19

DRAM spot prices continue to fall with prices for mainstream DDR3 4Gb chips dropping to US$3.74, the lowest since April 17, according to DRAMeXchange.

Micron, PTI partner for assembly and packaging services in China

Stockwatch - Dec 3, 22:10

Micron Technology and Powertech Technology (PTI) have entered into a series of agreements forming the basis of a long-term strategic relationship for assembly and packaging services in Xian, China, according to the companies.

SSD products for sustainable growth: Q&A with Phison chairman Khein-Seng Pua

Dec 3, 15:15

NAND flash chip controller maker Phison Electronics has seen its sales grow robustly in 2014. And under the leadership of its chairman Khein-Seng Pua, the company has initiated a restructuring plan, dubbed "Phison 2.0" that will drive it to focus on SSD products for sustainable growth.

Phison chairman Khein-Seng Pua

Cypress and Spansion to merge

Dec 2, 14:35

Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion have signed a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately US$4 billion. The post-merger company will generate more than US$2 billion in revenues annually, according to a joint announcement.

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