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Foundry chipmaker Powerchip developing SoC for IoT

Mar 31, 10:45

Taiwan-based Powerchip Technology is developing a single-chip solution integrating embedded flash memory and ARM-based processors, targeting Internet of Things (IoT), according to industry sources.

Inotera puts capital reduction plans on hold

Mar 30, 10:49

Inotera Memories has put on hold plans to cut its capital, according to Charles Kau, chairman for the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.

Intel, Micron unveil new 3D NAND flash memory

Mar 30, 10:46

Intel and Micron have jointly announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology. This new 3D NAND technology, jointly developed by the companies, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables...

Inotera board approves NT$34.4 billion for transition to 20nm

Stockwatch - Mar 26, 22:27

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories' board of directors on March 25 approved a budget of NT$34.4 billion (US$1.1 billion) for transitioning the company's production node to 20nm process technology.

NXP and Globalfoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Mar 25, 15:39

Globalfoundries and NXP Semiconductor have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM), which has resulted in production of 300mm prototype wafers on Globalfoundries' 40nm process technology platform, according to the companies. Volume production is expected in 2016 at its...

Taiwan semiconductor makers unaffected by water shortages

Mar 20, 16:24

Taiwan-based chipmakers including foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC), memory maker Inotera Memories, and IC packaging house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) have said that measures will be taken to make sure their production lines will...

Taiwan government lab announces self-powered solution for IoT

Mar 20, 15:14

Taiwan's National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL) has developed a self-powered solution designed for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Taiwan NDL develops a self-powered solution for IoT

Transcend 2014 profits climb to 5-year high

Mar 16, 21:54

Memory module company Transcend Information has reported a net EPS of NT$8.67 (US$0.27) for 2014, up 16.8% on year and hitting the highest level in five years. The company plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$7.80 for 2014.

Peter Shu, chairman for Transcend Information

11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015, says IC Insights

Mar 13, 16:12

Eleven product categories, led by automotive special purpose logic, DRAM, and automotive application-specific analog devices, are expected to exceed the 7% growth rate forecast for the total IC market in 2015, according to IC Insights.

National Instrument transforms Taiwan office to independent company

Mar 13, 15:59

National Instrument has announced it has transformed its branch office in Taiwan to become an independent company starting March and expects the company to achieve 20-40% on-year revenues growth in 2015 as its entry into the supply chains of semiconductor packaging and testing players in Taiwan starts...

Rise in Ultra HD TV penetration to drive DRAM market growth, says Nanya president

Mar 13, 15:27

The global DRAM market will register sequential growth in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by the rising penetration rate for Ultra HD TVs and set-top boxes (STBs), as well as demand created by car electronics applications, according to Nanya Technology president Charles Kau.

Nanya to pour NT$40 billion into technology transition

Mar 13, 10:45

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology plans to invest a total of NT$40 billion (US$1.3 billion) to transition its production to a 20nm process node, according to company president Charles Kau. The investment will be made over a period of 2-3 years, said Kau.

Nanya president Charles Kau

Winbond intros 2 new high-density flash devices

Mar 12, 22:52

Winbond Electronics has announced an expansion of its flash product portfolio with the introduction of a new family of high-density SpiFlash memories. The new family, the W25N-series, achieves both the high-performance read of NOR flash and the fast program-and-erase attributes of NAND flash in a small...

Fab equipment spending to rise in 2015, says SEMI

Mar 11, 20:51

Worldwide fab equipment spending, which increased almost 20% in 2014, will rise 15% in 2015, according to SEMI. Growth will slow to only 2-4% in 2016, however, said SEMI.

Micron to expand NAND flash fab in Singapore

Mar 10, 20:34

Micron Technology recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the expansion of its NAND flash memory fabrication facility in Singapore, according to the US memory vendor.

Inotera buys equipment from Hermes Microvision

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 20:22

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has announced the acquisition of a batch of production equipment from Hermes Microvision (HMI) for NT$934.63 million (US$29.7 million).

Transcend revenues fall in February

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 15:30

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.76 billion (US$5.58 million) for February 2015, representing a 16.56% drop on month and 13.67% drop on year.

Winbond revenues increase on year in February

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 15:24

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.041 billion (US$96.25 million) for February 2015, representing a 11% drop on month and 7.96% increase on year.

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...

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