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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.
IN THE NEWS
Thursday 27 December 2012
Commentary: Global 2013 PC DRAM market a three-horse race
With Micron Technology's merger with Elpida Memory set to complete, and second-tier players looking to turn their focus away from the PC memory market, the number of commodity DRAM...
Monday 5 March 2012
Digitimes Research: Elpida bankruptcy to have long-term negative impact on Taiwan DRAM industry
The short-term impact of Elpida Memory's bankruptcy on Taiwan-based DRAM chipmakers might be mixed. However, none of the Taiwan companies, which are second-tier suppliers in the global...
Wednesday 29 February 2012
Taiwan reiterates call for cooperation among non-Korean DRAM firms
The Taiwan government has reiterated its push for some form of cooperation among US, Japan- and Taiwan-based DRAM chipmakers, according to Tu Chi-chun, director general of the Industrial...
Monday 27 December 2010
Commentary: Financially-strapped Taiwan DRAM makers have difficulties migrating to sub-20nm processes
Taiwan-based DRAM makers will find themselves at a disadvantage to migrate their production to 20nm and below processes, as they struggle to preserve cash for the expenses needed...
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Commentary: Elpida's plan to combat competition from Samsung
Elpida Memory has plotted a three-year plan to raise its competitiveness in the global DRAM market and counter the threat from Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources in...
Monday 13 September 2010
ProMOS to resume normal stock trading on October 26
ProMOS Technologies is set to resume trading under normal conditions on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on October 26, following measures to reduce its capital, according to the DRAM...
Wednesday 30 June 2010
TIMC to gain government subsidies for NAND flash development
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has approved the subsidization up to 40% for Taiwan Innovative Memory Company's (TIMC's) research and development efforts in NAND flash,...
Friday 28 May 2010
Samsung capacity ramp aims at NAND flash strength, say Taiwan DRAM makers
Taiwan-based DRAM makers believe that Samsung Electronics is more ambitious in widening the gap with its nearest competitor in the NAND flash market, instead of further strengthening...
Tuesday 18 May 2010
Samsung 2010 chip capex hints at upcoming boom in PCs, say Taiwan DRAM makers
Samsung Electronics' recently-unveiled capex plans for its memory-chip business in 2010 suggest that the memory chip vendor has foreseen a return to boom times in the PC sector, according...
Tuesday 20 April 2010
Rexchip starts trading in Taiwan stock market
Rexchip Electronics, a 64%-held subsidiary of Japan's Elpida Memory, began trading on Taiwan's Emerging Stock Board (ESB) today (April 20).
Tuesday 13 April 2010
PSC to downsize capital; ProMOS expected to follow suit
Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has revealed plans to downsize its capital by NT$34.38 billion (US$1.09 billion), or 38%, to NT$56.09 billion. ProMOS Technologies is also...
Thursday 8 April 2010
PSC to start delivery of 40nm NAND flash chips in 2H10
Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is set to kick off shipments of its 40nm NAND flash chips in the second half of 2010, according to company chairman Frank Huang. Its flash...
Tuesday 6 April 2010
Elpida announces plan to draw investment from Kingston
Elpida Memory's board of directors has approved plans to issue new shares and convertible bonds worth a total of US$200 million to Kingston Technology. Elpida said the funds would...
Tuesday 30 March 2010
ProMOS, Rexchip ramping production on 63nm for Elpida DDR3 chips
ProMOS Technologies has started trial runs on 63nm for Elpida Memory DDR3 products, while Rexchip Electronics is set to significantly ramp up chip production using the same node prior...
Tuesday 30 March 2010
ProMOS to announce sale of 12-inch fab to Macronix in early April, say sources
ProMOS Technologies is set to announce the sale of a 12-inch wafer fab to Macronix International Company (MXIC) in early April, according to industry sources. The income from the...