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Rescuing the DRAM industry
  • The DRAM industry accounts for about 10% of global semiconductor revenues, and chronic oversupply and diminished demand has led to a near collapse in the industry, with related shock waves affecting growth in the semiconductor and related equipment markets.

    In Taiwan, the government has been eyeing a rescue package for struggling DRAM players, but consolidation in the industry is expected to continue.

    Last update: Thursday 27 December 2012 [377 news items]

Winbond posts first profit in 11 quarters

Jan 29, 16:49

DRAM maker Winbond Electronics, which has diversified its product mix to include niche DRAM, NOR flash and GDDR, has announced net income of NT$342 million (US$10.7 million) on revenues...

Elpida sees first net profits in nine quarters

Jan 28, 15:49

Computer-memory chipmaker Elpida Memory has reported net profits of 21.1 billion yen (US$234 million) for fiscal third-quarter ended December 31, 2009, representing a return to profitability...

Inotera to raise NT$25 billion through syndicated loan

Jan 27, 10:21

Inotera Memories, a DRAM-manufacturing venture between Micron Technology and Nanya Technology, will manage another fund raising plan for a syndicated loan of NT$25 billion (US$780.15...

Charles Kao, president of Inotera Memories

PSC dismisses report on Rexchip shares buyback

Stockwatch - Jan 26, 11:47

DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has indicated that it is not the source of a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report saying it will...

DRAM contract prices flat in 2H January, says DRAMeXchange

Jan 26, 10:37

Contract quotes for 2GB DDR2 modules have remained unchanged at US$41 for the second half of January, and the price of 2GB DDR3 parts also remained flat at US$41, DRAMeXchange data...

Taiwan DRAM makers see delays in immersion litho delivery

Jan 25, 15:28

Growing delivery lead times for immersion scanner equipment is likely to interrupt Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories' planned technology transition to sub-50nm in 2010, according...

Nanya cautious about 1Q10 as ASPs decline

Jan 22, 16:05

Nanya Technology, currently Taiwan's top DRAM maker by revenues, has expressed concerns that it may see ASPs drop sequentially in the first quarter of 2010 due to weakness in DDR2...

Nanya mulling plans to expand DRAM capacity, sources claim

Jan 21, 12:20

Nanya Technology will likely raise its capex budget for 2010 to top NT$20 billion (US$627 million), up from the company's most recent estimate of NT$19 billion, according to industry...

PSC and Inotera post profits for 4Q09

Jan 21, 11:29

DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has posted its first profit in 11 quarters, while rival Inotera Memories has also reported profits for the fourth quarter after...

Nanya swings to profit on higher DRAM ASPs in 4Q09

Jan 20, 17:10

Nanya Technology has announced it returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2009 following 10 consecutive quarterly losses. The DRAM maker also said it will process more...

Rexchip posts second straight quarterly profit

Jan 20, 11:52

Rexchip Electronics, a 64%-held subsidiary of Elpida Memory, has announced that net profits for the fourth quarter of 2009 amounted to NT$3.5 billion (US$110 million). The DRAM producer...

Want DDR3 modules? Then take DDR2 modules as well, say Korea DRAM makers

Jan 19, 12:28

DDR3 chip prices continue to rise on strong demand, while demand for DDR2 has dropped significantly. Therefore, Korea-based DRAM makers have recently begun bundling sales of DDR3...

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Taiwan DRAM makers shifting capacity to DDR3 chips

Jan 15, 10:45

Taiwan-based DRAM makers have recently increased the pace of shifting their capacity to the production of DDR3 chips due to steep drops in contract quotes for DDR2 parts, according...

Kingston reportedly pays US$100 million for memory chips to Hynix

Jan 14, 10:58

US-based memory module house Kingston Technology has made an advance payment of US$100 million to Hynix Semiconductor for the purchase of DRAM chips and NAND flash in 2010, according...

Rexchip ramping DDR3 output

Jan 12, 16:49

Rexchip Electronics has said it is scheduled to increase its DDR3 wafer starts share to 70% and production share to 50% in the first quarter of 2010. DDR3 accounted for 40% of its...

DRAMeXchange sees strong DDR3 demand despite slow season

Jan 11, 17:05

Spot prices for 1300MHz 1Gb DDR3 chips reached US$3.01 on January 8 compared to US$2.45 on December 17, 2008, showing a 23% rise, according to DRAMeXchange. The memory price tracker...

Winbond consolidated revenues up in 2009

Jan 11, 11:09

Memory maker Winbond Electronics, which has moved to turn its focus away from commodity DRAM, saw revenues from its core business decrease 10.5% in 2009. But consolidated revenues...

ProMOS approved to extend maturity of all term loans for one year

Jan 7, 12:02

Taiwan-based ProMOS Technologies has received approval from creditor banks to extend the maturity for all its term loans for one year, effective January 1, according to the company...

Inotera set to raise NT$15 billion through rights issue

Newswatch - Jan 7, 11:03

DRAM maker Inotera Memories has set the price of its latest rights issue at NT$22.5 per share (US$0.71), and expects to raise a total of NT$15 billion to finance its technology upgrades,...

DRAM supply to remain tight in 2010, says A-Data chairman

Jan 6, 17:03

Supply of DRAM chips will remain mostly tight in 2010, according to Simon Chen, chairman of memory module maker A-Data Technology. With major producers restraining their capacity...

A-Data chairman Simon Chen

Rexchip plans IPO in 2010, says president

Jan 6, 12:17

Rexchip Electronics, which is 64%-owned by Elpida Memory, has announced plans to go public in 2010. The DRAM maker will file an application for IPO (initial public offering) in Taiwan's...

Elpida, Rexchip start 40nm era

Jan 6, 11:10

Elpida Memory recently conducted pilot production of 2Gb DDR3 chips using 40nm coupled with 6F2 process technology at its Hiroshima fab, and has raised yield rates high enough for...

Rexchip president Stephen Chen

DRAM maker PSC sales down 41% in 2009

Jan 5, 11:58

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has reported unaudited revenues of NT$31.17 billion (US$982 million) for 2009, representing a 41% decline from NT$52.83 billion in 2008....

Nanya revenues up in 2009, but Inotera down

Jan 4, 16:19

DRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported revenues of NT$42.46 billion (US$1.33 billion) for 2009, representing a 17% growth from NT$36.31 billion in 2008. However, Inotera Memories...

Micron seeking to strengthen management of Inotera

Jan 4, 15:10

Industry sources have circulated rumors that Micron Technology intends to raise its holdings in its joint venture with Nanya Technology, Inotera Memories. Inotera recently approved...

ProMOS denies layoff rumors

Stockwatch - Dec 30, 15:36

DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies has issued a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) dismissing rumors of pending layoffs, saying it currently has no plans to cut jobs.

Inotera gets approval to issue new shares in Taiwan

Newswatch - Dec 30, 13:39

Taiwan's Securities and Futures Bureau under the Cabinet's Financial Supervisory Commission has confirmed its approval of Inotera Memories' plans to issue 640 million new shares at...

Winbond expected to see profits in 4Q09

Dec 30, 11:10

DRAM maker Winbond Electronics, which has focused more on niche memory, will likely swing back to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2009 following losses for 10 consecutive quarters,...

DRAM to fall into shortage in 2H10, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 25, 10:18

The market for DRAM chips will likely face a serious shortage in the second half of 2010, according to DRAMeXchange. With suppliers having decelerated their production growth and...

TIMC might invest in Rexchip

Dec 24, 11:22

Rumors have circulated in Taiwan that Taiwan Innovative Memory Company (TIMC) may become an active player through an equity investment in Rexchip Electronics in cooperation with Elpida...

DRAM capex to hike 80% in 2010, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 23, 15:41

Combined capex at DRAM chipmakers will reach US$7.85 billion in 2010, up 80% from NT$4.3 billion in 2009, according to DRAMeXchange. Despite the significant growth, the projected...

Rexchip to ramp 40nm-class DRAM production in 2Q10, says Elpida

Dec 22, 17:00

Elpida Memory has announced that its 300mm (12-inch) fab in Hiroshima, Japan has began mass production of 40nm 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM chips, which comes just two months after the company...

Memory segment to fall by less than overall chip revenues in 2009, says Gartner

Dec 21, 11:24

Worldwide chip revenues are set to post a 11.4% decline in 2009, following 2008 when the revenues dropped 5.4%, according to Gartner. The research firm commented that 2009 will mark...

DRAM industry set to begin with good start in 1Q10, says Transcend chairman

Dec 17, 14:44

The DRAM industry is expected to move opposite to normal seasonal patterns during the first quarter of 2010, before descending to the year's lowest level in the second quarter, according...

Peter Su, Transcend chairman

Inotera to raise capital to fund process migration

Dec 16, 12:11

DRAM maker Inotera Memories plans to raise capital through issuing 640 million new shares at a tentative price of NT$18 (US$0.56) per share to fund equipment expenses for technology...

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  • Samsung+4Xnm+4Gb+DDR3

    Samsung 4Xnm 4Gb DDR3

    Samsung Electronics has announced it has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's first 4Gb DDR3 device using 40nm-class process technology. Production of the 4Gb DDR3...

    Photo: Company, Feb 25.

  • Micron%2C+Nanya+co%2Ddevelop+2Gb+DDR3+using+42nm+process

    Micron, Nanya co-develop 2Gb DDR3 using 42nm process

    Micron Technology and Nanya Technology have announced that they have jointly developed a 2Gb DDR3 memory device using their new copper-based 42nm DRAM process technology. The new...

    Photo: Company, Feb 10.

  • Intel%2C+Micron+sampling+25nm+8GB+NAND+flash

    Intel, Micron sampling 25nm 8GB NAND flash

    Intel and Micron Technology have jointly introduced a 25nm NAND flash production process technology, which they say provides a more cost-effective path for increasing storage capacity...

    Photo: Company, Feb 3.

  • Hynix+44nm+2Gb+DDR2+for+mobile+applications

    Hynix 44nm 2Gb DDR2 for mobile applications

    Hynix Semiconductor has developed 2-gigabit (2Gb) low-power DDR2 DRAM for mobile applications such as smartphones and tablet PCs, with volume production slated for the first half...

    Photo: Company, Jan 14.

  • Samsung+NAND+flash+with+DDR+interface

    Samsung NAND flash with DDR interface

    Samsung Electronics has kicked off mass production of its 30nm-class, 32Gb, multi-level-cell (MLC) NAND memory with an asynchronous DDR interface. The company began shipping initial...

    Photo: Company, Dec 4.

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