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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.

Inotera reports 4.48% on-year rise in February revenues

Stockwatch - Mar 6, 16:32

Inotera Memories has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.291 billion (US$200.1 million) for February 2015, representing a 6.7% drop on month and 4.48% increase 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.

Inspection tool maker HMI looks to 25-35% revenue growth in 2015

Mar 5, 22:13

Hermes Microvision (HMI), which provides electron beam (e-beam) inspection tools and solutions for the production of semiconductors, expects its sales to increase 25-35% in 2015 thanks to strong demand for advanced-node manufacturing.

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.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales, says SIA

Mar 3, 20:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry's highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7% from January 2014 when sales were US$26.3 billion, according to SIA.

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...

Samsung UFS embedded memory

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.

Commentary: 14nm FinFET process, Galaxy S6 crucial to Samsung semiconductor business

Feb 26, 14:00

The debut of Samsung Electronics's new flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 at the upcoming MWC 2015 will mark the world's first smartphone powered by a 14nm 3D FinFET processor and could also serve as a turning point for the vendor's semiconductor business.

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...

IDT high-speed multiplexer for DDR4 NVDIMM technology selected as preferred supplier by Micron

Feb 24, 22:03

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) recently introduced a high-speed multiplexer that expands the company's existing portfolio of DDR4 products targeting the nascent NVDIMM (non-volatile dual in-line memory module) ecosystem. Additionally, Micron Technology has selected IDT as its preferred supplier...

Consolidation needed to address oversupply in NOR flash industry: Q&A with Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Feb 24, 15:49

Macronix International, which ranks as the world's second-largest NOR flash supplier with a 19% share currently, aims to become the number one player in the sector with a 30% share within three years, said company chairman Miin Wu in a recent interview with Digitimes.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Samsung to adopt 20nm process for over 50% of its DRAM output in 2015, say sources

Feb 17, 11:01

Samsung Electronics began mass production of DRAM memory using 20nm process technology in 2014. The node technology will be adopted by the vendor for more than 50% of its overall DRAM output in 2015, according to industry sources.

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.

Market dynamics and technology hurdles reduce DRAM bit volume growth, says IC Insights

Feb 16, 16:01

DRAM bit volume grew by an average of 67% per year from 1995-2005, according to IC Insights. In the 10 years since then, however, bit volume growth has averaged 43% per year, the research firm observed.

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.

Inotera reaches new supply deal with Micron

Feb 11, 20:09

The board of directors of Inotera Memories has approved a revised supply agreement with Micron Technology, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM memory maker.

KYEC to enjoy robust growth in sales generated from MEMS testing

Feb 11, 16:09

Backend house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) is expected to see sales generated from its MEMS business increase robustly in 2015, according to market sources.

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%.

Transcend reports decreased revenues for January

Feb 10, 20:10

Memory module company Transcend Information has announced consolidated revenues of NT$2.11 billion (US$66.9 million) for January 2015, down 4.6% on month and 13.6% on year.

SK Hynix says its 8Gb LPDDR4 being adopted in new flagship smartphone

Feb 9, 21:53

SK Hynix has announced that its 8-gigabit (8Gb) low-power DDR4 (LPDDR4) memory has been adopted in a brand-new smartphone model. Built using 20nm process technology, the memory works at 3200Mbps and ultra low-voltage of 1.1V.

Inotera, Nanya report decreased revenues for January

Feb 9, 15:00

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have both reported sequential decreases in consolidated revenues for January 2015, due to falling DRAM prices.

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.

SK Hynix, Toshiba team up for nanoimprint lithography

Feb 5, 21:01

SK Hynix and Toshiba have announced they have struck a deal to jointly develop nanoimprint lithography (NIL), a candidate for the next-generation lithography technology.

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.

Global semiconductor industry posts record sales in 2014, says SIA

Feb 3, 20:21

The global semiconductor industry posted record sales totaling US$335.8 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.9% from the 2013 total of US$305.6 billion, according to SIA.

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...

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.

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