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SPIL to restart backend services for DRAM

Aug 18, 11:21

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will restart its backend services for the manufacture of DRAM memory to satisfy demand from China, according to industry sources.

SPIL

Micron advances semiconductor R&D capabilities with new Boise facility

Aug 17, 22:02

Micron Technology has announced the opening of a new facility which will play a critical role in the company's research into breakthrough new memory and storage technologies of the future. When fully equipped, the new building will nearly double Micron's cleanroom space dedicated to R&D in Boise,...

Server DRAM revenues among top-3 suppliers surge 30% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 17, 10:57

Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology generated a combined US$4.43 billion in server DRAM revenues in the second quarter of 2017, up 30.1% from the about US$3.4 billion the top-3 suppliers collectively posted in the prior quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

VGA RAM prices hike over 30% in August

Aug 16, 14:06

August quotes for RAMs used in VGA graphics cards have risen to US$8.50, up by 30.8% from US$6.50 in July. Both RAM industry leaders Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have allocated part of their VGA RAM production capacities to producing memories for servers and handsets, fueling the price rally.

VGA RAM in serious shortages

Toshiba says court order will not affect memory operations

Aug 16, 13:50

Toshiba has been ordered by a US court to resume Western Digital's access to certain Toshiba's databases, but this order will not affect the operations of its memory chip unit - Toshiba Memory (TMC), according to the Japan-based vendor.

DRAM best-growing IC in 2017, says IC Insights

Aug 16, 11:23

Five out of the 33 IC market segments tracked by IC Insights will outpace the 16% growth forecast for the total IC market in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the market research firm.

Powerchip posts EPS of NT$1.59 for 1H17

Aug 15, 10:09

Contract chipmaker Powerchip Technology has announced net profits increased 17.6% on year to NT$3.63 billion (US$119.7 million) in the first half of 2017. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.59.

DRAM contract prices to continue growth in 3Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 11, 11:37

DRAM contract prices, which began to rise in the second half of 2016, continue their growth in the second half of 2017. Prices are set to continue rising in the third quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

Phison posts record 2Q17 profit

Aug 11, 10:50

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported net profits of NT$1.59 billion (US$52.5 million) for the second quarter of 2017, up 24% sequentially and hitting a record high. EPS for the quarter came to NT$8.07.

Taiwan IC industry output value drops in 2Q17, says TSIA

Aug 10, 14:36

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated output value of NT$572.6 billion (US$18.9 billion) in the second quarter of 2017, down 4.8% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial...

Taiwan IC industry output value drops in 2Q17

Samsung announces 1Tb V-NAND memory

Aug 10, 11:41

Samsung Electronics has announced a 1Tb vertical NAND (V-NAND) memory chip. The arrival of the chip in 2018 will enable 2TB of memory in a single V-NAND package by stacking 16 1Tb dies.

Samsung 1Tb V-NAND

Macronix intros new OctaFlash to power instant-on applications

Aug 8, 20:53

Macronix International has announced its new Ultra-OctaFlash Memory designed to meet the growing demand for "instant-on" performance and real-time system responsiveness in automotive, industrial and consumer applications. The series was initially launched in 2015.

Winbond revenues rise 13.39% on year in July

Aug 8, 16:02

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.999 billion (US$132.44 million) for July 2017, representing a 0.6% increase on month and 13.39% increase on year.

Taiwan memory chipmakers July revenues increase

Aug 7, 20:29

Mask ROM and flash specialist Macronix International has reported July revenues increased 18.7% sequentially while specialty DRAM and flash chipmaker Winbond Electronics' July revenues grew 0.6%. Meanwhile, DRAM firm Nanya Technology saw its July revenues increase 2.5% on month.

Global chip sales increase in 2Q17, says SEMI

Aug 7, 14:57

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$97.9 billion during the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 5.8% over the previous quarter and 23.7% more than the second quarter of 2016, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to grow 10.2% in 2017, says Gartner

Aug 4, 14:22

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2% to US$77.7 billion in 2017, according to Gartner. This growth rate is up from Gartner's previous forecast of 1.4%, due to continued aggressive investment in memory and leading-edge logic which is driving spending in wafer-level...

Toshiba to invest in new fab without SanDisk

Aug 4, 10:00

Toshiba will invest in Fab 6 of its Yokkaichi operations in Mie (Japan) alone, after failing to reach an agreement with manufacturing partner Western Digital (formerly SanDisk) on the joint investment, according to the Japan-based vendor.

Memory supply to remain tight in 3Q17, says Transcend

Aug 4, 09:17

Supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory chips is expected to remain tight through the third quarter of 2017, according to memory module firm Transcend Information.

Micron executive skeptical about UFS

Aug 3, 11:16

While UFS has held much hype as being the successor to eMMC providing greater performance, it has yet to be seen if the mobile market as a collective whole has embraced this technology, according to Robert Bielby, senior director of Automotive at Micron Technology.

Micron eMMC NAND flash

IC Insights revises 2017 IC market forecast to 16% growth

Aug 2, 14:30

Entering the second half of 2017, it is clear the IC industry is on course for a much stronger upturn than was initially forecast in January, according to IC Insights. The research firm now expects the IC market to increase 16% in 2017, due to exceptional growth in the DRAM and NAND flash memory mar...

Nanya mulls developing 10nm DRAM technology in-house

Aug 2, 13:26

Nanya Technology has licensed 1x and 1y DRAM technologies from Micron Technology, and is mulling developing a 10nm process in-house, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM manufacturer.

Nanya expressing interest in developing DRAM technology in-house

Nanya unveils new HQ

Aug 1, 21:53

Nanya Technology has unveiled its new headquarters consisting of a new fab, in which the Taiwan-based DRAM maker invested a total of NT$55.7 billion (US$1.84 billion).

New Nanya HQ

Silicon Motion 2Q17 sales increase slightly, 3Q sales to decrease

Aug 1, 21:41

NAND flash device controller supplier Silicon Motion Technology saw its second-quarter revenues increase slightly on quarter driven by growth in sales of the company's SSD and eMMC solutions. However, revenues for the third quarter are set to register a slight sequential decrease due to rising prices...

Silicon Motion SSD controller sales surge over 50% sequentially in 2Q17

Samsung semiconductor revenues eclipse Intel's, says IHS

Aug 1, 14:47

Analyzing the data from a financial analyst perspective looking only at the top line, Samsung has captured the number one position. By looking closer at the actual revenues generated by the individual companies from the sale of their own products, a slightly different and more interesting picture emerges,...

GlobalWafers strikes deal with Samsung, says report

Jul 31, 14:40

Taiwan-based GlobalWafers has signed a 2-3 year deal with Samsung Electronics under which GlobalWafers will provide Samsung a certain amount of silicon wafers at no fixed purchased price, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Winbond nets NT$0.28 per share for 2Q17

Jul 31, 09:23

Winbond Electronics, a memory chipmaker specializing in niche-market DRAM and flash memory, has reported net profits for the second quarter of 2017 reached a nine-quarter high of NT$990 million (US$32.7 million). EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.28.

ChipMOS Shanghai obtains backend orders for NOR flash from XMC

Jul 28, 15:22

ChipMOS Technologies (Shanghai), a joint venture between Taiwan-based ChipMOS and Tsinghua Unigroup, has obtained backend orders for NOR flash memory from Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing (XMC), according to industry sources.

Intel reports record 2Q17 revenues of US$14.8 billion

Jul 28, 15:20

Intel has reported second-quarter revenues of US$14.8 billion, up 9% on year. After adjusting for the Intel Security Group (ISecG) transaction, second-quarter revenues grew 14% from a year ago. Operating income was US$3.8 billion, up 190% on year, and non-GAAP operating income was US$4.2 billion, up...

Winbond to spend NT$6.28 billion on equipment

Jul 27, 22:59

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a provider of specialty DRAM and flash memory, has announced plans to budget an additional capex of NT$6.28 billion (US$207.7 million) for buying new equipment. The investment will be made starting the third quarter of 2017.

Samsung chip biz drives overall profit growth in 2Q17

Jul 27, 21:13

Samsung Electronics has posted a record KRW14.07 trillion (US$12.6 billion) in operating profits for the second quarter of 2017, while revenues increased 20.1% sequentially to KRW61 trillion.

TSMC, UMC offer higher prices to secure wafer supplies

Jul 27, 15:09

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) have recently secured 1-2 year supply contracts with Shin-Etsu and Sumco and offered higher prices than other foundry chipmakers to ensure sufficient wafer supplies, according to industry sources.

Shanghai forms CNY50 billion IC industry investment fund

Jul 26, 21:38

The city government of Shanghai, China recently introduced a CNY50 billion (US$7.4 billion) IC industry investment fund aimed at cultivating and supporting the local leading enterprises, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Toshiba transfers Phison shares to memory unit

Jul 26, 14:39

Toshiba has transferred its partial stake stake in Phison Electronics to its memory unit, Toshiba Memory (TMC), according to the Taiwan-based memory device controller supplier.

Value of semiconductor industry M&A deals slows dramatically in 1H17, says IC Insights

Jul 26, 08:57

The historic flood of merger and acquisition agreements that swept through the semiconductor industry in the past two years slowed to a trickle in the first half of 2017, with the combined value of about a dozen transactions announced during the six-month period reaching just US$1.4 billion, according...

PTI optimistic about 3Q17

Jul 25, 21:46

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) expects its sales to peak in the third quarter, and remains optimistic about the outlook for the fourth quarter.

Silicon wafer shipments remain at record highs, says SEMI

Jul 25, 20:31

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments remained at their highest recorded quarterly level in the second quarter 2017, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SK Hynix delivers another quarter of record results

Jul 25, 13:19

SK Hynix saw its revenues, operating profits and net profits reach record-high levels for the second consecutive quarter in the second quarter of 2017.

NOR flash supply to remain tight in 2018, says Macronix president

Jul 24, 21:56

Supply of NOR flash memory is expected to remain tight in 2018, as demand will continue to outpace supply, according to Macronix International president CY Lu.

Macronix president CY Lu

Macronix to expand 12-inch fab capacity; 2Q17 profits surge

Jul 24, 15:50

Taiwan-based Macronix International, a manufacturer of mask ROM and NOR flash memory, has disclosed plans to invest a total of NT$1.79 billion (US$58.9 million) to expand its 12-inch fab capacity.

Korea chipmakers looking to expand foundry biz

Jul 21, 14:41

Samsung Electronics, Dongbu HiTek and SK Hynix have stepped up their foundry business expansions, which will as a group pose a threat to the existing major dedicated foundry houses.

Samsung increases production of 8GB HBM2

Jul 20, 22:24

Samsung Electronics has increased the production volume of its 8GB high bandwidth memory-2 (HBM2) to meet growing market needs across a wide range of applications including AI, high-performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics, network systems and enterprise servers.

Samsung 8GB HBM2

Powerchip, Zentel to appeal patent ruling favoring Toshiba

Jul 20, 22:04

Powerchip Technology and Zentel Electronics will file an appeal against a Taiwan IP court patent dispute ruling in favor of Toshiba, according to the Taiwan-based companies.

STMicro extends lead time for 32-bit MCUs

Jul 20, 15:12

STMicroelectronics has extended delivery lead times for 32-bit MCUs due to strong demand, according to industry sources. The MCU vendor has also informed its customers that it plans to stop taking orders temporarily after July, said sources.

Leading MCU suppliers have recently extended delivery lead times for 32-bit MCUs

Unigroup Guoxin scraps plan to acquire Yangtze Memory

Jul 19, 15:05

Unigroup Guoxin, a unit of Tsinghua Unigroup, has terminated plans to take over Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC), according to Tsinghua Unigroup. The decision will have no impact on the operation and development of YMTC, Tsinghua Unigroup claimed.

IC Insights predicts record annual ASP growth rates for DRAM, NAND flash

Jul 18, 22:22

Sales of both DRAM and NAND are expected to set record highs in 2017, according to IC Insights. In both cases, the strong annual upturn in sales is being driven almost entirely by fast-rising ASPs.

Macronix launches AEC-Q100 full compliant NAND flash memory

Jul 18, 15:51

Macronix International has launched an AEC-Q100 Grade 2/3 compliant NAND flash memory product. The company added its NAND flash memory has passed all the stringent AEC-Q100 reliability standards, to become the first AEC-Q100 full compliant NAND flash product supplier for automotive applications.

Nanya nets EPS of NT$2.35 in 2Q17

Jul 18, 15:31

Recognized gains from the sale of Micron Technology shares boosted net profits at Taiwan-based Nanya Technology, which surged 96.9% sequentially to NT$6.45 billion (US$212.4 million) in the second quarter of 2017. EPS for the quarter reached NT$2.35.

Global NOR flash supply turning tight amid growing demand

Jul 18, 10:58

The global NOR flash memory market is reversing from a state of oversupply due partly to significantly growing adoption of AMOLED panels and touch display driver ICs (TDDI) for mobile phones, and increasing demand from the automotive electronics and industrial controllers sectors. The NOR flash market...

Toshiba develops 3D flash memory with TSV technology

Jul 14, 15:48

Toshiba has announced development of its BiCS flash three-dimensional (3D) flash memory utilizing through-silicon via (TSV) technology with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology. Shipments of prototypes for development purposes started in June, and product samples are scheduled for release...

Toshiba 3D NAND flash with TSV

Semi content in electronic systems forecast to set new record in 2017, says IC Insights

Jul 14, 14:54

The global electronic systems market will grow only 2% to US$1,493 billion in 2017, while the worldwide semiconductor market is expected to surge by 15% to US$419.1 billion, according to IC Insights.

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