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IC makers maximize 300mm, 200mm wafer capacity, says IC Insights

Oct 20, 10:19

With the prospects of large 450mm wafers going nowhere, IC manufacturers are increasing efforts to maximize fabrication plants using 300mm and 200mm diameter silicon substrates. The number of 300mm wafer production-class fabs in operation worldwide is expected to increase each year between now and...

IC Insights raises 2017 IC market forecast to 22% growth

Oct 19, 14:28

IC Insights has raised its IC market growth rate forecast for 2017 to 22%, up 6pp from its previous estimate of 16% growth.

Kingston marks 30th anniversary

Oct 18, 16:05

Founded on October 17, 1987, US-based Kingston Technology has just marked its 30th founding anniversary in a capacity as the world's largest independent maker of DRAM modules. Its co-founders John Tu and David Sun have both attributed the firm's success to great contributions by employees and cooperative...

Adata pre-tax profits hike 110% in 3Q17

Oct 18, 14:45

Memory module firm Adata Technology has reported pre-tax profits of NT$835 million (US$27.7 million) for the third quarter of 2017, up a robust 110% sequentially, while operating profits increased 26.4% on quarter to NT$373 million.

Nanya net profits rise 32% in 3Q17

Oct 18, 14:35

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has reported net profits of NT$8.57 billion (US$283.9 million) for the third quarter of 2017, up 32.1% sequentially, while consolidated revenues increased 5.3% on quarter to NT$13.29 billion.

Nanya ramping 20nm process output

Oct 18, 14:15

Nanya Technology has started volume shipments of 20nm 4Gb DDR3 chips, and is scheduled to enter mass production of 20nm 8Gb DDR4 chips in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker.

Pei-Ing Lee, president for Nanya

SEMI forecasts record silicon wafer shipments

Oct 17, 15:01

Worldwide shipments of polished and epitaxial silicon wafers are forecast to total 11.448 billion square inches in 2017, exceeding the market high set in 2016, according to SEMI.

Toshiba discloses further investment in 3D NAND flash facility

Oct 16, 15:37

Toshiba announced recently its board of directors had approved a further investment by Toshiba Memory in production equipment for Fab 6 at its Yokkaichi operations in Mie (Japan).

Toshiba reportedly suspends NAND flash production in Japan

Oct 16, 12:37

Toshiba recently suspended NAND flash production at its Japan facilities for a few weeks due to ransomware attacks on its computer network, according to sources at channel distributors. The incident could tighten global NAND flash supply.

Samsung vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon to resign

Oct 16, 11:05

Samsung Electronics has announced vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon plans to resign as the head of the company's device solutions business and will not seek re-election as a member of the board of directors and the chairman of the board when his term ends in March, 2018. Kwon will also resign as the CEO of...

Gartner raises 2017 chip market growth forecast again

Oct 13, 10:56

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$411.1 billion in 2017, an increase of 19.7% from 2016, according to Gartner. This represents the strongest growth since the 2010 recovery from the financial crisis when revenue increased by 31.8%.

Mobile DRAM prices to rise 10-15% in 4Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Oct 13, 10:49

Average prices for mobile (LPDDR) DRAM products are expected to rise 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to DRAMeXchange. Major suppliers have intentionally raised mobile DRAM prices to narrow the price gap between mobile DRAMs and other DRAM products, while mobile DRAM demand...

Global semiconductor sales increase 4% in August, says SIA

Oct 12, 10:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$35 billion for the month of August 2017, an increase of 4% compared to the previous month's total of US$33.6 billion and a 23.9% jump over the August 2016 total of US$28.2 billion, according to SIA.

Winbond revenues up in September

Oct 11, 16:59

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.316 billion (US$142.75 million) for September 2017, representing a 1.91% increase on month and 18.84% increase on year.

Macronix revenues soar 46.5% in September

Oct 6, 15:58

Macronix International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.15 billion (US$136.68 million) for September 2017, representing a 20.68% increase on month and 46.52% increase on year.

Nanya revenues rise 32.8% in September

Oct 6, 15:57

Nanya Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.644 billion (US$152.95 million) for September 2017, representing a 6.71% increase on month and 32.83% increase on year.

Plant construction geared up at major China memory bases

Oct 2, 16:05

China's three major memory production bases, Wuhan, Fujiang and Hefei, are seeing construction of DRAM and NAND flash manufacturing plants moving into high gear, with the No. 1 plant of Wuhan's Yangtze Memory Tech (YMTC) already topping out in late September, according to industry sources.

Yangtze Memory Tech (YMTC) holds a topping-out ceremony for a new plant

Toshiba seals JPY2 trillion deal with Bain group

Sep 29, 11:50

Toshiba announced on September 28 the company had signed a deal to sell its memory-chip business - Toshiba Memory - to a group led by Bain Capital for about JPY2 trillion (US$18 billion).

FATC sells partial stake in Nanya

Sep 28, 10:40

Memory backend house Formosa Advanced Technologies (FATC) has announced the sale of part of its stake in chipmaker Nanya Technology, and expects to recognize a gain of NT$162 million (US$5.34 million) from the sale.

NAND flash to reach supply-demand balance in 2018, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 28, 10:39

The global NAND flash market will shift away from undersupply and reach a supply-demand balance in 2018, when supply bit growth is forecast to reach 42.9%, according to DRAMeXchange.

Micron posts revenue and profit growth for fiscal 4Q17

Sep 27, 19:51

Micron Technology has announced revenues for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 climbed to a record high of US$6.14 billion, which represented increases of 91% from a year earlier and 10% sequentially.

DRAM transition to EUV for sub-10nm node remains a financial challenge

Sep 27, 15:59

Major DRAM chipmakers will continue to use multiple patterning exposure techniques for their 1x/1y nodes, but a question mark is still hanging over the prospect of their switch to extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology for the manufacture of sub-10nm chips, according to industry sources.

Winbond to break ground on new 12-inch fab in mid-2018

Sep 27, 14:11

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty DRAM and NOR flash memory, expects to break ground on a new 12-inch wafer plant at the Kaohsiung Science Park (KSP), southern Taiwan around the end of second-quarter 2018 or the middle of the year. The new plant will go into operation by...

Samsung ready to mass produce MRAM chips using 28nm FD-SOI process

Sep 26, 11:32

Samsung Foundry will soon be ready to enter mass production of magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) chips built using 28nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology, according to Korea media reports.

Beijing, Shanghai IC sectors prospering

Sep 25, 15:30

The flourishing IC industries in Beijing and Shanghai has been pushing forward China's overall IC industry development, enabling the rapid rise of China in the global marketplace. Development of both IC sectors in Beijing and Shanghai is also being backed by the "National Semiconductor Industry Development...

Robust memory, panel demand to drive Supreme sales growth in 2H17

Sep 22, 12:35

Taiwan-based Supreme Electronics, a major IC distributor for Samsung Electronics, is expected to report strong results for the second half of 2017 driven by rising memory prices and strong OLED panel demand, according to industry sources.

Supply of 12-inch silicon wafers to stay tight through 2019

Sep 22, 11:11

The global supply of 12-inch silicon wafers will further tighten over the next two years, when new fabs in China are set to come online, according to industry sources.

12-inch wafer supply to remain tight through 2019

Tokyo Electron optimistic about etching equipment demand for 3D NAND, FinFET

Sep 22, 10:32

Etching equipment demand for the manufacture of 3D NAND flash memory and FinFET chips is expected to grow in 2018 and 2019, according to Tokyo Electron, which expects its share of the global etching equipment market to reach 30% by 2020.

Tokyo Electron eyeing larger share of global etching equipment market

Nanya slashes Micron holdings to 2.55%

Sep 22, 10:28

Nanya Technology has shed more than half its stake in Micron Technology since June 2017, reducing its holdings in the US company to 2.55%.

DRAM bit growth to reach 19.6% in 2018, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 21, 11:01

Global DRAM bit production will grow just 19.6% in 2018, as major suppliers intend to slow down the pace of their capacity expansions and technology migrations for chip price stability, according to DRAMeXchange.

Toshiba agrees to sell memory-chip unit to Bain Capital-led consortium

Sep 21, 10:33

Toshiba has agreed to sell its memory-chip business to KK Pangea, a special purpose acquisition company formed by a Bain Capital Private Equity-led consortium. The decision was made at Toshiba's board of meeting on September 20.

NAND flash supply to stay tight til end-2017, says Phison chairman

Sep 20, 13:23

The supply of NAND flash memory is expected to remain tight through the end of 2017, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman of flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics.

Intel provides 10nm updates, plan for 10nm FPGA

Sep 20, 10:49

Intel has provided updates for its 10nm process and plans for 10nm FPGAs, as well as the availability of its 64-layer 3D NAND for data center applications. The disclosures were made during a recent company event held in Beijing, China.

MJC striving for more orders for logic chips from Taiwan

Sep 19, 11:02

Specializing in the manufacture of wafer probe cards for testing DRAM and flash memory chips, Micronics Japan (MJC) has recently put increased focus on its logic IC testing business and will be striving for more orders from Taiwan-based fabless chipmakers.

MJC looking to expand probe card business in non-memory fields

GigaDevice signs wafer supply contract with SMIC

Sep 19, 10:36

China-based GigaDevice Semiconductor, a maker of flash memory devices and microcontroller (MCU) chips, has signed a strategic agreement on the supply of wafers worth about CNY1.2 billion (US$183.7 million) with Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), according to industry sources.

Talent counts most in China IC development, says former SMIC CEO

Sep 18, 14:32

The most critical key to achieving a breakthrough in the development of China's semiconductor industry rests with talent, instead of funds, markets or government policy support, according to Richard Zhang, founder and former CEO of China's largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International...

Richard Zhang, former CEO of SMIC

Acquiring Lexar will not create brand-OEM conflict, says Longsys

Sep 18, 12:41

The Lexar brand that Longsys acquired from Micron Technology will focus on high-end NAND flash devices, and customers of Lexar and Longsys' OEM business will not overlap, according to Cai Huabo, chairman for the China-based flash storage company.

Longsys chairman Cai Huabo

IC Insights finds continued adversarial relationship between DRAM buyers and suppliers

Sep 15, 12:27

The DRAM market has been historically the most volatile of the major IC product segments, according to IC Insights, adding that the average selling price (ASP) for DRAM has more than doubled in just one year. IC Insights' latest forecast indicates the 2017 price per bit of DRAM will register a greater...

SEMICON Taiwan 2017: Brewer Science showcasing innovative materials for EUV and 3D IC manufacturing

Sep 14, 13:44

With the semiconductor-manufacturing industry needing the high computing power that can only be achieved through advanced node logic and memory, as well as the heterogeneous-integration capabilities that require advanced-packaging innovations, Brewer Science has invested in developing specialty materials...

Fab equipment spending to increase 37% in 2017, says SEMI

Sep 14, 10:49

Fab equipment spending for 2017 is forecast to increase 37% to reach a record high of about US$55 billion, according to SEMI.

Toshiba signs MoU to sell memory business to Bain Capital-led consortium

Sep 13, 15:22

Toshiba announced on September 13 that the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bain Capital Private Equity, the lead member of a consortium currently bidding to acquire Toshiba Memory (TMC), memorializing the parties' intent to negotiate a mutually satisfactory definitive...

China to enhance local memory industry development

Sep 13, 14:36

The China high-end IC Alliance (CHICA), which was set up by China's National Semiconductor Industry Investment Fund (known as the Big Fund) earlier in 2017, is looking to add another sub-alliance to promote and enhance the development of China's local memory industry.

SEMICON Taiwan 2017: Focus on IoT, AI, smart applications

Sep 13, 14:28

The 22nd annual SEMICON Taiwan trade show has kicked off in Taipei, running from September 13-15, with this year's theme focusing on IoT, AI, smart manufacturing, smart transportation and smart medtech.

SEMICON Taiwan enters its 22nd year

Semiconductor industry records best second quarter in 3 years, IHS says

Sep 12, 15:17

Despite a slightly down first quarter, the semiconductor industry achieved near record growth in the second quarter of 2017 posting a 6.1% growth from the previous quarter, according to IHS Markit. Revenues came in at US$101.4 billion, up from US$95.6 billion in the first quarter of 2017. This is the...

Global semiconductor equipment billings hit record in 2Q17, says SEMI

Sep 12, 14:55

Worldwide billings for semiconductor manufacturing equipment reached US$14.1 billion in the second quarter of 2017, exceeding the record level set in the first quarter, according to SEMI.

NAND flash market to top US$65 billion in 2020, says report

Sep 12, 10:45

The NAND flash market is forecast to top US$65 billion in 2020, up from US$40 billion in 2017, according to data from a ChinaFlashMarket.com report.

CFMS (China Flash Market Summit) 2017

Transcend Information revenues drop in August

Sep 11, 16:15

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.717 billion (US$57.21 million) for August 2017, representing a 3.47% drop on month and 4.33% drop on year.

Toshiba to break ground for new memory fab in 2018

Sep 11, 14:21

Toshiba has announced subsidiary Toshiba Memory has selected Kitakami City in Japan's Iwate prefecture as the next location to expand its flash memory operations. Construction of the fab is targeted to begin in 2018.

China market: Marvell SSD controller shipments jump

Sep 8, 14:41

Marvell's SSD controller shipments have hiked in China thanks to strong demand from Kingston Technology, Shenzhen Longsys Electronics and Lite-On Technology. Cumulative shipments of Marvell's 88SS1074-series SSD controllers already surpassed 50 million units over the past 18 months.

Taiwan memory chipmakers see August revenues increase

Sep 7, 15:59

Mask ROM and flash specialist Macronix International has reported August revenues surged 19.5% sequentially while specialty DRAM and flash chipmaker Winbond Electronics' August revenues grew 5.9%. Meanwhile, DRAM firm Nanya Technology saw its August revenues increase 1.3% on month.

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