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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]

Support from "Rich dad" crucial to play at the DRAM table, says Kingmax chairman

Dec 15, 14:46

With Korea-based players gaining a larger share of the present DRAM market, chairman of DRAM module house Kingmax Semiconductor has suggested capital and strong backing are key to...

Kingmax chairman Joe Liu

Rexchip to apply for listing in 2010, say sources

Dec 15, 11:34

Rexchip Electronics, a 64%-held subsidiary of Japan's Elpida Memory, plans to apply for listing on Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market in 2010, according to industry sources...

Winbond sees November sales soar 119% on year

Dec 10, 11:46

Niche DRAM maker Winbond Electronics has posted revenues of NT$2.12 billion (US$65.63 million) for November, up 2.8% sequentially and 119.1% on year. For the first 11 months of 2009,...

Winbond booth

ProMOS looking to draw new investors, says chairman

Dec 9, 12:29

ProMOS Technologies has contacted four potential investors, and expects to draw new funds by May or June 2010 to help smoothly ramp its chip production based on Elpida Memory's designs,...

ProMOS chairman ML Chen

Elpida upbeat on DRAM outlook; to strengthen ties with Taiwan partners

Dec 9, 10:55

DRAM prices are expected to bounce back in January 2010, according to Elpida Memory CEO Yukio Sakamoto, adding that he believes supply will run short of global DRAM demand in the...

Elpida CEO Yukio Sakamoto and ProMOS chairman ML Chen

Taiwan DRAM combined 2010 capex less than Samsung's projected budget

Dec 4, 11:48

The combined 2010 capex of four Taiwan-based DRAM makers – Inotera Memories, Nanya Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation and ProMOS Technologies – will hover...

DRAM makers Nanya and Inotera revenues hit year-high in November 2009

Dec 4, 10:57

Nanya Technology saw its November 2009 revenues increase 7% on month to NT$6.05 billion (US$188.47 million), while Inotera Memories' revenues grew 15% sequentially to NT$4.32 billion,...

Nanya and Inotera to report revenue growth in November

Dec 2, 15:35

DRAM makers Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories are expected to see November 2009 revenues hit NT$6 billion (US$186 million) and NT$4 billion, respectively, representing the highest...

PSC seeking to buy back Rexchip shares

Newswatch - Dec 2, 14:06

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has proposed talks about buying back Rexchip Electronics shares from Elpida Memory, according to industry sources. PSC's stake in Rexchip...

PSC says it earned profits in November

Dec 2, 11:39

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced net sales grew 27% sequentially to NT$5.38 billion (US$167 million) in November, the highest since July 2008. The Taiwan-based...

DRAM price outlook depressed through year-end 2009, say Taiwan makers

Dec 1, 15:12

DRAM prices are unlikely to stave off a decline in prices by the end of 2009, around when suppliers tend to unload inventory to bolster their annual financial results, according to...

Increased supply drags down DDR2 spot prices, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 30, 12:08

Average spot prices for eTT 1Gb DDR2 trended down 3.82% in one day to close at US$2.06 on November 27, whereas the branded segment also slid by 1.04% to US$2.47, DRAMeXchange data...

Taiwan DRAM restructuring hits dead end

Nov 27, 17:12

Taiwan's legislative economics committee on November 26 voted unanimously against the Ministry of Economic Affairs' (MOEA's) request for funds to invest in Taiwan Innovative Memory...

PSC to see 30-40% DRAM bit growth in 4Q09

Nov 27, 10:28

Taiwan-based Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is speeding up capacity expansion on a recovery in market demand, and its fourth-quarter DRAM bit growth is likely to reach...

PSC HQ

MOEA continues to lobby for DRAM funding, says minister

Newswatch - Nov 24, 16:48

Taiwan's economics minister Shih Yen-shiang has said the ministry will carry on efforts to lobby legislative committees for funding to support Taiwan Innovative Memory Company (TIMC),...

Taiwan DRAM sector to continue lagging behind without consolidation, says Kingston co-founder

Nov 23, 16:35

Taiwan-based DRAM makers will find they lack competitiveness against the world's bigger players in the long term, if they cannot work out efficient solutions – such as consolidation...

Kingston co-founder David Sun

DRAM prices likely to drop in December, say module makers

Nov 18, 12:24

Some DRAM module makers in Taiwan are forecasting a price correction to reflect seasonal demand in December, and have expressed caution about the near-term chip pricing.

DRAM production costs to drop significantly in 2010, say Taiwan makers

Nov 17, 14:17

With more DRAM producers progressing to next-generation production process, the competition in die shrink will cause an overall reduction in DRAM production costs in 2010, according...

MOEA to resubmit DRAM funding bid, says paper

Newswatch - Nov 16, 15:38

With a committee of Taiwan lawmakers having rejected a funding bid for the government's plan to restructure the island's DRAM sector, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has said...

ProMOS says partnership with Elpida not affected by TIMC fate

Nov 13, 11:47

The uncertain fate of Taiwan Innovation Memory Company (TIMC, previously Taiwan Memory Company) has nothing to do with ProMOS Technologies' supply agreement with Elpida Memory, according...

Taiwan legislature rejects DRAM fund bid

Nov 12, 11:40

The Taiwan government efforts to overhaul the island's memory chip industry have suffered a setback after the legislature on Wednesday (November 11) rejected a proposal to inject...

TIMC establishment

TIMC eligible for government funds, says official

Newswatch - Nov 11, 15:04

The application submitted by Taiwan Innovation Memory Company (TIMC, previously Taiwan Memory Company) for government funding has been granted initial approval, according to Taiwan's...

Nanya Technology lands NT$18 billion in syndicated loans

Nov 10, 15:21

Nanya Technology on November 9 signed on for a syndicated loan of NT$18 billion (US$554 million), with the fund earmarked for its process advancement, according to the company. The...

Samsung, Hynix continue to expand DRAM presence, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 9, 15:08

Global DRAM revenues increased 40.7% on quarter to US$5.719 billion in the third quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung Electronics' and Hynix Semiconductor's combined...

Nanya to raise NT$16 billion

Nov 6, 12:24

Nanya Technology on November 5 announced its board of directors has approved plans to raise an estimated NT$16 billion (US$491.94 million) by issuing 800 million new shares. The DRAM...

DRAM makers shift focus away from expanding capacity, says iSuppli

Nov 6, 11:41

After engaging in a massive capital spending program during the middle of the decade, the worldwide DRAM industry now has sufficient manufacturing capacity to last through 2012, causing...

Elpida and ProMOS ink partnership on DRAM

Nov 6, 10:28

Elpida Memory and ProMOS Technologies announced on November 6 the signing of a DRAM foundry agreement.

Elpida swings to operating profit in Jul-Sep 2009

Nov 5, 17:04

Elpida Memory has announced net sales for the second quarter of its fiscal 2009 (ended September 30, 2009) rose 32.1% sequentially to 95.9 billion yen (US$1.06 billion), with operating...

Elpida licensing deal with TIMC remains firm, says TIMC designated head

Nov 5, 11:36

John Hsuan, who has been tapped to set up Taiwan Innovative Memory Company (TIMC), has reiterated that the licensing terms in an agreement reached with technology partner Elpida Memory...

John Hsuan

DRAM contract prices to rise by double-digits in November, says Nanya

Nov 4, 11:06

Contract quotes for DRAM chips may continue to grow by a double-digit percentage in November, according to Pai Pei-Lin, vice president and spokesperson of Nanya Technology. Pai said...

DRAM maker PSC revenues up 63% in October

Nov 3, 16:35

Powerchip Semiconductor (PSC) has reported revenues of NT$4.239 billion (US$131 million) for October 2009, the highest since August 2008. The figure also showed a 63% growth from...

Elpida takes director-seat majority following Rexchip shuffle

Nov 3, 15:47

Taiwan-based DRAM maker Rexchip Electronics has recently reshuffled its board of directors with Elpida Memory occupying six seats and Powerchip Semiconductor (PSC) four, according...

Nanya reportedly to step into CMOS image sensor production

Oct 27, 15:12

DRAM maker Nanya Technology has been in talks with CMOS image sensor (CIS) designers Aptina Imaging, Himax Imaging, Omnivision and Pixart Imaging for the possible release of foundry...

DRAM recovery to continue into 2010, says iSuppli

Oct 23, 10:24

The DRAM industry in the second and third quarters of 2009 posted the strongest sequential growth in revenue and pricing seen in at least five years, indicating that the recent market...

DRAM contract prices continuing rally through 4Q09; shortage expected in 2010, says Nanya VP

Oct 22, 11:25

Contract quotes for DRAM chips will continue to rise in November, according to Pai Pei-Lin, vice president and spokesperson of Nanya Technology. Pai also foresees a shortage of memory...

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    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.

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    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.

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    Intel, Micron sampling 25nm 8GB NAND flash

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    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...

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