IC Insights raises 2016 IC market forecast to positive
Oct 20, 15:54
IC Insights has raised its 2016 IC market forecast to 1% growth from negative 2%, and its 2016 IC unit volume shipment growth rate forecast from 4% to 6%. A large portion of this revision is due to a strengthening DRAM market, according to the research firm.
Winbond orders equipment for NT$617 million
Stockwatch - Oct 20, 10:48
Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty and mobile DRAM, and flash memory for code storage, has disclosed about NT$617 million (US$19.6 million) worth of production equipment it bought from KLA-Tencor.
China to produce 3D NAND chips as early as end-2017
Oct 18, 11:19
Yangtze River Storage Technology (YRST) will start operating China's first 12-inch fab for the manufacture of NAND flash and DRAM memory at the end of 2016, and is expected to produce the region's first homegrown 3D NAND flash memory a year later, according to industry sources.
Worldwide semiconductor revenues to dip 0.9% in 2016, says Gartner
Oct 17, 21:42
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$332 billion in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015, according to Gartner. This represents two consecutive years of revenue decline, which has happened only once in history. But the outlook for the semiconductor market is improving.
NAND flash prices on the upswing, says DRAMeXchange
Oct 14, 11:08
A shortage of NAND flash memory will become more acute in the fourth quarter of 2016, due to surging demand for smartphones and SSDs, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices of NAND flash wafers and memory cards will "certainly be on an upswing" through the end of 2016, while prices of eMMC, eMCP...
Samsung slashes earnings guidance for 3Q16
Oct 13, 11:21
Samsung Electronics has slashed its profit guidance for the third quarter of 2016 by 33%. The announcement was made one day after the company disclosed it had halted production of the Galaxy Note 7 and stopped sales of the device.
India market: Phison partnering with Moser Baer, Sahasra
Oct 12, 15:47
NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is partnering with Moser Baer and Sahasra Electronics, India's two largest electronics manufacturers, to expand its business in India, according to Phison chairman Khein Seng Pua.
Nanya president expects better DRAM market conditions in 4Q16
Stockwatch - Oct 12, 14:45
DRAM market conditions in the fourth quarter of 2016 will be better than those in the third quarter, and the outlook for the first quarter of 2017 is also positive, according to Pei-Ing Lee, president for Nanya Technology.
Samsung announces mass production of 14nm chips for wearables
Oct 11, 20:47
Samsung Electronics has announced mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, which the company claims is the industry's first mobile application processor (AP) designed specifically for wearable devices with 14nm FinFET process technology.
Inotera to delist from TSE on December 6
Oct 11, 14:56
Inotera Memories will be delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on December 6, the date when its acquisition by Micron Technology becomes effective, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.
Global semiconductor sales rise 3.5% in August, says SIA
Oct 4, 11:17
Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28 billion for the month of August 2016, an increase of 3.5% compared to the previous month's total of US$27.1 billion and an uptick of 0.5% over the August 2015 total of US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.
Kingston affiliate buys 70% of Innostor
Sep 29, 09:34
Kingston Technology's flash controller affiliate ASolid Technology has acquired as high as 70% of fellow controller company Innostor Technology for NT$60 million (US$1.9 million).
Micron CEO visits Taiwan to meet Formosa executives
Sep 27, 10:16
Micron Technology CEO Mark Durcan has paid a visit to Taiwan to meet executives at Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) raising speculation that Micron's planned acquisition of Inotera Memories could materialize.
Phison board approves consolidation of company and offshore units
Sep 23, 10:38
Taiwan-based Phison Electronics' board of directors has approved plans to obtain 100% of its offshore business Everspeed and all the units under Everspeed including Memoryexchange. The transfer process will be completed by September 30, according to the flash device controller firm.
Toshiba expands 24nm SLC NAND flash lineup to address industrial applications
Sep 22, 22:09
Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its family of 24nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory solutions. The new 16Gb BENAND is housed in an industry-standard 48-pin TSOP package, and offers a combination of high read/write performance, effective write endurance (using 8-bit BCH error...
Innodisk memory modules verified for Apollo Lake CPUs
Newswatch - Sep 21, 15:07
Industrial memory module maker Innodisk is expected to see its revenues hit a new high in September as its DDR3L 1866 memory module has been verified for Intel's Apollo Lake platform. Meanwhile, its car-use SSD products have received E-Mark certification from the EU, according to a Chinese-language...
Inotera provides update on acquisition by Micron
Stockwatch - Sep 21, 10:59
Inotera Memories has provided an update on the progress of its share-swap deal with Micron Technology, under which the US firm will buy all the shares it does not own in the Taiwan-based affiliate.
Rising NAND flash prices to buoy related suppliers 3Q16 performance
Stockwatch - Sep 20, 00:42
A recent rally in NAND flash prices will buoy sales and profits at related companies including module makers Adata Technology and Apacer Technology, and flash controller IC designer Phison Electronics in the third quarter of 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...
IC Insights cuts IoT semiconductor market forecast
Sep 9, 10:54
IC Insights has trimmed back its semiconductor forecast for Internet of Things system functions over the next four years by about US$1.9 billion, mostly because of lower sales projections for connected cities applications (such as smart electric meters and infrastructure), according to the market research...
Global semiconductor sales rebound in July, says SIA
Sep 9, 10:49
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.1 billion for the month of July 2016, an increase of 2.6% compared to the previous month's total of US$26.4 billion.
Winbond August revenues up, Macronix down
Sep 8, 11:15
Non-PC memory specialist Winbond Electronics saw its August revenues increase 1.3% sequentially while fellow company Macronix International's revenues registered a 1.6% on-month decrease.
Nanya August revenues up, Inotera down
Stockwatch - Sep 8, 10:58
DRAM maker Nanya Technology saw its August revenues climb to a 7-month high, while Inotera Memories' revenues fell 6.1% on month.
Phison posts record August revenues
Stockwatch - Sep 6, 14:49
Taiwan-based Phison Electronics, which supplies controller solutions for memory devices, has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$4.45 billion (US$141.8 million) for August 2016.
Fujitsu licenses Nantero technology to produce NRAM
Sep 5, 14:43
Fujitsu Semiconductor and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor have reached an agreement with US-based Nantero to license Nantero's technology for NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes, and to conduct joint development towards releasing a product based on 55nm process technology, according to the Japan-based...
Kingston becomes largest shareholder of OSE
Aug 30, 11:11
Memory module vendor Kingston Technology has obtained additional shares of Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) transferred from OSE founder and chairman Eugene CY Duh and his wife Mei-Shou Yang, and become the largest shareholder of the Taiwan-based packaging and testing company.
US fab-tool book-to-bill ratio rises, says SEMI
Aug 24, 13:50
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15 in July 2016, having been above parity for eight months in a row, according to the latest data compiled by SEMI.