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Macronix developing 3D NAND technology for SSDs

Apr 28, 15:19

Macronix International has been engaged in the development of 3D NAND technology, and expects to enter volume production of chips built using the technology for SSDs in 2018, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix reports profit for 1Q17

Apr 28, 11:47

Macronix International has reported its third consecutive profitable quarter enabling its net value per share to stay above NT$5 (US$0.17). The maker of flash and mask ROM memory expects to resume trading under normal conditions on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) in May.

PTI eyeing to become largest backend house in Japan

Apr 28, 11:44

Powertech Technology (PTI) will strive to become Japan's largest backend house following its acquisition of Micron Akita and a majority stake in Tera Probe, according to DK Tsai, chairman and CEO for the Taiwan-based company.

PTI chairman DK Tsai

Memory module maker Apacer reports increased earnings for 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 27, 15:38

Memory module maker Apacer Technology has reported net profits of NT$107 million (US$3.552 million) for the first quarter of 2017, up 4.9% on quarter and 17.6% on year. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$1.06 compared to NT$0.93 a quarter earlier and NT$0.60 a year ago.

Nanya to ramp 20m process output

Apr 27, 12:05

Nanya Technology will start making 20nm chips in small volume in the third quarter, and will expand output to 30,000 wafer starts per month by the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM firm.

Nanya president Pei-Ing Lee expects DRAM prices to continue growth

Micron talks about its integrated global operations

Apr 26, 15:37

Micron Technology has been actively allocating its global resources to enhance its DRAM and NAND flash product lines, according to Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at the US-based memory chip vendor.

Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at Micron

Realtek sees profits down in 1Q17

Apr 26, 14:35

Tight supply of memory devices, LCD panels and other key components is discouraging downstream OEMs and brand companies from placing chip orders, according to Alex Chiu, president of Realtek Semiconductor.

Micron, Microsoft announce collaboration

Apr 25, 22:17

Micron Technology and Microsoft have announced a collaboration that aims to address the major challenge of providing trusted computing models for IoT deployments in industrial, automotive and consumer environments. As digitization and adoption of Internet Protocol (IP) for sensors and devices becomes...

Ardentec breaks ground for new plant in Nanjing

Apr 25, 15:05

Taiwan-based Ardentec, which specializes in testing services for logic and memory chips, has recently broken ground for a new plant in Nanjing, China where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is also constructing a new 12-inch fab.

Adata posts EPS of NT$3.62 for 1Q17

Apr 25, 11:50

Memory module maker Adata Technology has reported net profits of NT$778 million (US$25.7 million) for the first quarter of 2017, with EPS climbing to a nearly 4-year high of NT$3.62.

SK Hynix posts record revenues and profits for 1Q17

Apr 25, 11:46

SK Hynix has reported operating profits of KRW2.47 trillion (US$2.2 billion) on consolidated revenues of KRW6.29 trillion for the first quarter of 2017, with both results hitting record-high levels. The company credited its positive performance during the quarter to rising memory chip prices despite...

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS teardown reveals

Apr 24, 20:32

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Specialty DRAM prices to rise, says AP Memory

Apr 24, 11:33

AP Memory Technology has disclosed plans to raise its specialty DRAM (SRAM) prices. The memory design house also expressed optimism about demand for IoT applications that will offset a slowdown in demand coming from the handset market.

SK Hynix intros 8Gb GDDR6

Apr 24, 10:57

SK Hynix has introduced 8Gb graphics DDR6 (GDDR6) DRAM built using the company's 2Znm process technology. The product operates with an I/O data rate of 16Gbps per pin, the company claimed. With a forthcoming high-end graphics card of 384-bit I/Os, this DRAM processes up to 768GB of graphics data per...

Several China 12-inch fabs put construction on hold

Apr 21, 11:42

Several 12-inch fab projects implemented by China-based emerging chipmakers have been put on hold raising speculation about the country's overambitious plans to revamp the local chipmaking industry.

Powerchip chairman expects long-term DRAM shortage

Apr 20, 22:20

The supply of DRAM memory is likely to stay tight for a substantial period of time, according to Frank Huang, chairman for Taiwan-based pure-play foundry Powerchip Technology.

Macronix, Winbond, Richwave benefiting from use of OLED panels

Apr 20, 12:13

Taiwan-based NOR flash suppliers Macronix International and Winbond Electronics are expected to see their revenues hit new highs in April due to increasing demand for NOR flash chips from the smartphone, IoT and autonomous car sectors, according to industry sources.

Macronix quad-SPI memory selected by STMicroelectronics for new MCU

Apr 20, 10:58

STMicroelectronics has adopted Macronix International’s flash memory solution in its new STM32L4 microcontroller (MCU) series, according to the Taiwan-based provider of non-volatile memory (NVM) semiconductor solutions.

PTI to enjoy robust demand for NAND flash

Apr 20, 10:25

Robust demand for NAND flash memory will boost revenues at packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) in the second half of 2017, according to industry sources.

Server DRAM ASP to rise over 10% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Apr 19, 16:04

Server DRAM memory ASPs are expected to rise more than 10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, and will continue their growth in the third quarter due to persistent tightness in supply, according to DRAMeXchange.

3D NAND flash output set to expand in 2H17

Apr 18, 21:16

The global output of 3D NAND flash memory chips is set to expand substantially in the second half of 2017, and will exceed that of 2D NAND chips in the fourth quarter of the year, according to industry sources.

4GB DDR4 contract prices to rise 12.5% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Apr 18, 16:20

Average contract prices for 4Gb DDR4 modules will rise to US$27 in the second quarter of 2017 from US$24 in the first quarter, a 12.5% increase, according to DRAMeXchange.

Gartner raises 2017 chip market outlook to 12% growth

Apr 17, 11:43

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to total US$386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3% from 2016, according to Gartner. The prediction is up from the research firm's previous estimate of a 7.2% increase.

DDR4 set to account for largest share of DRAM market by architecture, says IC Insights

Apr 17, 11:19

The new, higher-speed DDR4 DRAM generation gained significant market share in 2016, representing 45% of total DRAM sales, according to IC Insights.

PTI to buy Micron backend plant in Japan

Apr 17, 11:12

Taiwan-based Powertech Technology (PTI), a backend house specializing in NAND flash and DRAM memory chips, has announced plans to fully acquire Micron Akita, Micron Technology's assembly and test plant in Japan.

Developing memory technology in-house: Q&A with Tsinghua Unigroup executive VP Charles Kau

Apr 14, 14:22

The global reaction to the aggressive investment strategy adopted by China-based Tsinghua Unigroup in the semiconductor industry is mixed, and the role being played by its subsidiairy Yangtze River Storage Technology is also unclear to people outside China.

Tsinghua Unigroup EVP Charles Kau

TSMC confirms it is not bidding for Toshiba memory-chip unit

Apr 14, 11:00

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has decided to not participate in bid for Toshiba's memory-chip business, the Taiwan-based foundry has confirmed.

Alcor Micro unit to list on Taiwan OTC

Apr 13, 10:08

Alcorlink, a subsidiary of Alcor Micro specializing in computer peripherals, expects to soon list on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) market at a tentative price of NT$21 (US$0.69) per share.

NAND flash prices likely to see correction in 2Q17, says Phison chairman

Apr 12, 14:12

NAND flash prices have been inflating excessively over the past few months and are likely to correct downward later in the second quarter, according to Phison Electronics chairman Khein Seng Pua. However, prices are set to go up again in the third quarter as end-market demand surges.

Tsinghua Unigroup breaks ground for Nanjing plant

Apr 11, 10:45

Tsinghua Unigroup has recently broken ground for a memory plant in Nanjing which will be engaged in the manufacture of 3D NAND flash and DRAM chips, according media reports from China.

Nanya 1Q17 revenues rise 18%

Stockwatch - Apr 11, 10:28

Rising prices of DRAM memory boosted revenues at Nanya Technology in the first quarter of 2017, which saw a 17.6% on-year increase.

Yangtze River Storage mulling development of DRAM tech in-house

Apr 11, 10:16

Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC) is considering developing its own DRAM manufacturing technology, and may enter directly 18/20nm production, according to the China-based memory chipmaker.

Phison looking to maintain tie with Toshiba memory-chip business

Apr 10, 23:48

Phison Electronics will be seeking to maintain its tie with Toshiba's flash memory business even if the ownership of the business is transferred, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman for the Taiwan-based memory-device controller supplier.

ASE 1Q17 revenues rise 6.7%

Apr 10, 23:38

IC packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) saw its consolidated revenues increase 6.7% from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2017, while sales generated from its core IC ATM (assembly test and material) business grew 8% on year.

SK Hynix intros 72-layer 3D NAND flash

Apr 10, 15:00

SK Hynix has introduced 72-layer 256Gb 3D NAND flash memory chips based on its triple-level cell (TLC) arrays and own technologies.

Winbond posts increased March revenues

Apr 10, 11:06

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a maker of specialty DRAM and NOR flash memory, has announced consolidated revenues for March 2017 increased nearly 9% sequentially and 6.6% on year to NT$3.65 billion (US$119.3 million).

ITC investigating Toshiba over Macronix complaints

Apr 10, 11:02

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation into trade practices committed by Toshiba and certain Toshiba subsidiaries based on their alleged infringement of Macronix International's patents relating to memory products, according to the Taiwan-based provider of non-volatile...

Macronix 1Q17 revenues surge 30%

Apr 7, 15:54

Macronix International, a maker of NOR flash and mask ROM memory chips, saw its March revenues climb to a five-month high of NT$2.41 billion (US$78.8 million).

Powerchip JV fab in China ready for trial production in June

Apr 7, 10:57

Powerchip Technology's joint venture fab in Hefei, China will be ready for trial production in June 2017, according to Frank Huang, CEO for the Taiwan-based pure-play foundry.

TSMC withdraws bid for Toshiba memory-chip unit

Apr 7, 10:54

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has decided to withdraw its offer for Toshiba's NAND flash memory business leaving Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) the only Taiwan-based company in the list of bidders, according to industry sources.

Micron takes actions to protect trade secrets, says paper

Apr 6, 16:10

US-based Micron Technology has taken legal actions against former employees in Taiwan who allegedly stole the company's trade secrets and technologies to help China-based firms develop DRAM, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Adata 1Q17 revenues climb to 13-quarter high

Stockwatch - Apr 6, 11:25

Memory module firm Adata Technology saw its first-quarter 2017 revenues climb to a 13-quarter high of NT$8 billion (US$263 million). Adata has reported revenues of NT$2.79 billion for March 2017, up 62.4% on year and 3.5% sequentially. Revenues for the first quarter of 2017 represented increases of...

Global semiconductor sales rise 16.5% in February, says SIA

Apr 5, 15:24

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$30.4 billion for February 2017, an increase of 16.5% compared to the February 2016 total of US$26.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Backend firms Walton, Lingsen seeing brisk NOR flash demand

Apr 5, 15:10

Taiwan-based backend service companies Lingsen Precision Industries and Walton Advanced Engineering have both landed orders for NOR flash memory from Macronix International and Winbond Electronics, and are expected to post brisk results for the first half of 2017, according to industry sources.

2016 marks year of recovery for global semiconductor market, IHS says

Apr 5, 11:14

The worldwide semiconductor market showed signs of recovery in 2016 following a down year in 2015, according to IHS Markit. In 2016, the market posted a year-end growth rate of 2% with chip growth seen across multiple market segments. Global revenues came in at US$352.4 billion, up from US$345.6 billion...

Micron experiencing rough transition to 1xnm DRAM process, says report

Newswatch - Mar 30, 15:18

Micron Technology has faced a rough transition to 1xnm process for the manufacture of DRAM memory due to low yield rates, according to a Chinese-language report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

IC Insights more than doubles 2017 IC market growth forecast

Mar 30, 15:04

IC Insights has raised its worldwide IC market growth forecast for 2017 to 11%, more than twice its original 5% outlook. The IC research firm has made a substantial upgrade to the 2017 growth rates forecast for the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets.

Tsinghua Unigroup to obtain more funds from government

Mar 29, 11:16

Tsinghua Unigroup on March 28 announced it had signed a deal with the China Development Bank (CDB), under which the bank will provide Tsinghua Unigroup with CNY100 billion (US$14.5 billion) of financing support through to 2020.

Cypress to raise flash prices on tight supply, say reports

Mar 27, 22:18

Cypress Semiconductor is set to adjust upward its prices for certain flash products on tight supply, according to reports from Taiwan's TechNews and Economic Daily News (EDN).

Winbond to deal out 16-year high dividend for 2016

Mar 27, 15:17

Memory chipmaker Winbond Electronics' board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$0.60 (US$0.02) cash dividend per share for 2016. The planned dividend will be the highest in 16 years.

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