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  • Taiwan market: 40% of LCD TVs sold in 2014 expected to be large-size, Ultra HD, says LG

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DRAM chip supply to fall short of demand in 3Q14, say Kingston and Nanya

Apr 23, 14:03

Memory device suppliers Kingston Technology and Nanya Technology both expect the supply of DRAM chips to fall short of demand in the third quarter of 2014 due largely to effects of peak season.

Kingston

Inotera 1Q14 earnings higher than expected

Apr 22, 22:00

Memory chipmaker Inotera Memories has reported net profits of NT$11.25 billion (US$372.13 million) for the first quarter of 2014, higher than market expectations of NT$11 billion. The earnings translated into a EPS of NT$1.85 for the quarter.

Digitimes Research: SoC technology for Ultra HD TVs to mature in 2015

Apr 21, 14:26

System on chip (SoC) solutions for Ultra HD TVs are expected to become more mature in 2015 as Ultra HD content, transmissions and display technology develop, according to Digitimes Research.

Etron chairman urges Taiwan memory chipmakers to develop customized solutions for clients

Apr 18, 15:40

Taiwan-based memory chipmakers should optimize the advantage of their design capabilities and Taiwan's manufacturing capacity to develop customized memory chips for clients, according to Nicky Lu, chairman of SDRAM maker Etron Technology.

Etron chairman Nicky Lu

Sensor hubs make big gains while enabling the future of sensing, says IHS

Apr 18, 11:26

Sensor hubs that offload tasks from power-hungry application processors and let mobile devices like smartphones and tablets run longer on a single battery charge are reaping gains thanks to the global MEMS market, with shipment growth during 2014 in triple-digit territory, according to IHS.

Micron, MediaTek likely to invest in Kingston Solutions

Apr 14, 22:02

Micron Technology and MediaTek both reportedly plan to contribute equity investments in eMMC-interface NAND device supplier Kingston Solutions (KSI), a joint venture between Kingston, Toshiba and Phison Electronics.

Transcend March revenues up on month but down on year

Apr 14, 16:09

Memory module maker Transcend Information has reported revenues of NT$2.32 billion (US$77.24 million) for March, up 13.6% sequentially but down 11.7% on year. For the first quarter of 2014, revenues totaled NT$6.8 billion, edging up 1.4% sequentially but decreasing 3.6% on year.

Memory suppliers push NAND flash sales bundled with DRAM chips

Apr 11, 12:25

Some memory device suppliers are pushing sales of NAND flash chips bundled with DRAM chips in order to help ease the oversupply of NAND flash products in the market, according to market sources.

Inotera March revenues meet market expectations

Apr 10, 21:27

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has reported revenues of NT$6.62 billion (US$220.40 million) for March, up 9.9% on month, which met market expectations for a 10% sequential growth.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grew 5% in 2013, says Gartner

Apr 7, 14:27

Total worldwide semiconductor revenues reached US$315 billion in 2013, up 5% from 2012, according to Gartner. The combined revenues of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased 6.9% during 2013. This was a better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue growth was 0.9%, and was due,...

ASE, Inotera reportedly to set up 3D IC packaging joint venture

Mar 31, 21:48

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) reportedly plans to team up with Inotera Memories to set up a joint venture for handling TSV (through-silicon via) 3D IC packaging.

Winbond to further increase capex for 2014

Newswatch - Mar 31, 11:58

Winbond Electronics plans to increase its capex for 2014 to NT$10.48 billion (US$343.91 million) from NT$8.6 billion projected earlier in the year, according to the company, which specializes in the manufacture of niche-market DRAM and NOR flash memory.

O-S-D market to pull out of 2-year slump in 2014, says IC Insights

Mar 27, 15:21

For the second year in a row, market growth in optoelectronics, sensors and actuator devices, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) was crippled in 2013 by economic uncertainty, price erosion, inventory corrections, and pockets of excess production capacity, which resulted in a 1% increase in combined...

Apacer to ramp SSD sales to Europe

Mar 27, 14:32

Having posted record high revenues of NT$9.84 billion (US$322.15 million) in 2013, memory module maker Apacer Technology will aim to boost its sales of embedded, industrial, consumer and overclocked SSDs to Europe to sustain growth, according to the company.

SSD penetration rate bound to rise in 2014

Mar 26, 16:03

The recent roll-outs of new SSDs by Kingston Technology and Memoright will help ramp up the penetration rate of SSDs in the data storage device segment, according to industry sources.

Samsung, Intel, TSMC to account for 52% of semiconductor capex in 2014, says IC Insights

Mar 26, 14:45

Samsung Electronics and Intel are each forecast to spend at least US$11 billion in semiconductor capital during 2014, and TSMC slightly less than US$10 billion. Collectively the three companies are forecast to account for 51.8% of total semiconductor industry capex during the year, according to IC...

IC market for personal computing systems to jump 6% in 2014, says IC Insights

Mar 25, 14:16

Following three consecutive years of declines, the IC market for total personal computing systems is forecast to increase 6% to US$77.7 billion in 2014 and climb another 6% in 2015 to US$82.1 billion, which will be just shy of the record-high US$82.3 billion set in 2010, according to IC Insights. A...

Capex of global semiconductor industry to reach US$62 billion in 2014

Mar 24, 22:33

Capex of the global semiconductor industry is expected to top US$62.2 billion in 2014 as increasing popularity of mobile devices has stirred demand for IC parts built by advanced processes nodes, according to an industry estimate. The industry's capex hit a historical high of US$65 billion in 2011.

Micron introduces next-generation SSD

Mar 21, 15:19

Micron Technology has announced a new personal storage class solid state drive (SSD), the M550, which is designed to meet the increasingly demanding needs of high-performance computing, ultra-thin and media/video applications, according to the company.

SSDs bracing for strong sales in 2014, says Transcend top executive

Mar 21, 12:13

SSD (solid state drive) sales are expected to enjoy strong growth in 2014 thanks to falling NAND flash prices, according to Peter Shu, chairman of memory module maker Transcend Information.

SanDisk releasing eMMC module, USB 3.0 controller chip orders to Taiwan makers

Mar 20, 21:22

Silicon Motion and Phison Electronics reportedly have landed controller chip orders for eMMC modules and USB 3.0 flash drives, respectively, from SanDisk, according to industry sources.

Transcend 2013 net profits hit 4-year high

Mar 20, 14:37

Memory module maker Transcend Information saw its net profit grow 8.5% on year to a four-year high of NT$3.2 billion (US$105.14 million) in 2013, the highest in four years. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$7.43 for the year.

Samsung Xian NAND flash plant begins commercial runs

Mar 19, 14:35

Samsung Electronics' new NAND flash plant in Xian, China reportedly has begun commercial operations, adding more pressure to the fragile NAND flash market, according to industry sources.

Micron to release more commodity DRAM packaging orders to Taiwan backend service suppliers

Mar 18, 21:37

Micron Technology reportedly plans to release more backend packaging orders for its commodity DRAM chips to Taiwan-based IC testing and packaging companies starting the first half of the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

Taiwan IC production value to grow 11.1% in 2014, say TSIA and IEK

Mar 18, 11:20

Taiwan's IC sector, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$1,888.6 billion (US$63.3 billion) in 2013, increasing 15.6% on year, and it will generate NT$2,098.1 billion in 2014, rising 11.1%, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association...

Nanya Technology to reduce capital by 90%

Mar 17, 11:03

Nanya Technology plans to cut its paid-in capital by 90% to NT$23.96 billion (US$789.85 million). The plan is subject to approval by its shareholders, who will meet to discuss the matter June 6.

Adata to deliver dividend of NT$7.07 for 2013

Newswatch - Mar 11, 15:00

Memory module maker Adata Technology has reported that its net profits grew 210% to NT$1.99 billion (US$65.67 million) in 2013. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$9.08 for the year.

NAND flash oversupply to persist through 3Q14, says DRAMeXchange

Mar 7, 13:53

Contract prices for NAND flash memory fell about 14% in February to reflect an oversupply in the market, according to DRAMeXchange. The situation will likely persist through the third quarter of 2014.

10 IC product segments to exceed total IC market growth in 2014, says IC Insights

Mar 7, 10:49

Ten product categories, led by tablet MPUs, DRAM, and handset application MPUs, are forecast to exceed the 7% growth rate forecast for the total IC market in 2014, with seven of the 10 categories forecast to enjoy double-digit growth, according to IC Insights.

Winbond February sales rise 17%

Mar 6, 21:54

Winbond Electronics, which specializes in the manufacture of niche-market DRAM and NOR flash memory, has reported consolidated sales for February 2014 increased 17% from a year earlier to NT$2.82 billion (US$93 million).

Inotera, Nanya February sales down on-month

Mar 6, 15:27

DRAM makers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have announced sequential decreases of 16.6% and 10.3%, respectively, in February consolidated sales.

OSE denies rumor of acquisition by memory module maker

Stockwatch - Mar 6, 15:25

Packaging and testing firm Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) has denied local media reports indicating that it will be acquired by a dedicated memory module vendor, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Fab equipment spending to rise 20-30% in 2014, says SEMI

Mar 6, 14:39

Semiconductor fab equipment spending is forecast to increase 20-30% in 2014, according to SEMI. The uptick to 30% depends on specific fab projects in the Europe/Mideast and Asia regions, SEMI indicated.

PTI expands customer base in logic IC field

Mar 5, 21:55

Packaging and testing firm Powertech Technology (PTI) has reportedly secured orders from application processor and networking chip developers, such as Broadcom and China-based RDA Microelectronics, gradually expanding its customer base in the logic IC field.

Global chip sales rise 8.8% in January, says SIA

Mar 5, 13:46

Worldwide sales of semiconductors for January 2014 reached US$26.28 billion, an increase of 8.8% from a year ago when sales were US$24.15 billion, according to SIA. Compared to the US$26.65 billion posted in December 2013, January sales represented a 1.4% decrease reflecting normal seasonal trends.

A win-win situation for Toshiba and OCZ: Q&A with Alex Mei, CMO of OCZ Storage Solutions

Mar 3, 10:47

As part of Toshiba, OCZ Storage Solutions is able to leverage Toshiba's NAND and combine it with its proprietary controllers, firmware and software. Toshiba's financial strength has also put OCZ in a better position to compete in the rapidly growing SSD market.

Alex Mei, CMO of OCZ Storage Solutions

PTI to pay Tessera US$196 million in patent lawsuit settlement

Stockwatch - Feb 27, 15:54

Packaging and testing firm Powertech Technology (PTI) has issued a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) disclosing it has settled a patent infringement dispute with Tessera. PTI will pay Tessera a total of US$196 million based on the settlement.

Toshiba, Canon team up for 15nm NAND flash, says report

Feb 27, 14:35

Toshiba, the world's second-largest maker of NAND flash memory behind Samsung Electronics, will work with fab-tool maker Canon to develop 15nm NAND chips with volume production slated for 2015, according to a report in the Japanese-language Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

Intel remains top semiconductor R&D spender, says IC Insights

Feb 26, 11:21

IC Insights has released its 2013 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. Intel continued to top all other chip companies, accounting for 37% of the top-10 spending and 19% of total worldwide semiconductor R&D expenditures.

NAND eMMC hits record year while NOR flash shrinks further, says IHS

Feb 25, 10:38

The global memory market presented a vivid picture of contrast in 2013 given the wildly divergent fortunes of its two main segments, with spritely NAND offset by the sobering continued downturn of beleaguered NOR flash, according to IHS.

Taiwan makers to benefit from Samsung exit from microSD card market

Feb 24, 14:56

Samsung Electronics' move to no longer manufacture microSD cards in-house will eventually benefit Taiwan-based memory module firms and related packaging and testing houses, according to industry sources.

Global mobile DRAM output value to rebound in 2Q14, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 24, 13:57

Output value for the global mobile DRAM industry will return to a sequential growth track in the second quarter of 2014, following two quarters of decreases, according to DRAMeXchange.

Walton looks to profit growth in 2014

Feb 20, 21:30

Walton Advanced Engineering, which provides packaging and testing services for memory chips, expects to report profit growth for 2014. The firm returned to profitability in 2013.

Phison braces for competition in NAND flash controller market

Feb 20, 14:36

NAND flash controller IC firm Phison Electronics will strengthen its collaboration with existing partners and explore new ones in a move to boost the company's competitiveness, according to company chairman Khein Seng Pua.

Taiwan science parks see 2013 total revenues up over 9%

Feb 20, 11:44

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$2.188 trillion (US$73.41 billion) in 2013, growing 9.15% on year, according to the National Science Council (NSC).

Micron makes gain in 4Q13 NAND flash market, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 14, 12:22

Micron Technology captured a 15.5% share of the global NAND flash market in the fourth quarter of 2013, exceeding SK Hynix' share by 3.7pp, according to DRAMeXchange.

Inotera to raise more than NT$10 billion through GDR

Feb 14, 11:11

DRAM maker Inotera Memories, the Taiwan-based production subsidiary of Micron Technology, plans to raise more than NT$10 billion (US$330 million) by issuing GDRs (global depositary receipts).

Inotera to raise more than NT$10 billion via GDR

Samsung ramping up 25nm production for DRAM

Feb 13, 22:09

Samsung Electronics is ramping up production of DRAM memory using 25nm process technology, posing a threat to Micron Technology and SK Hynix, according to industry observers.

Nanya to downsize capital by 80-90%, say sources

Feb 13, 22:03

Taiwan-based DRAM maker Nanya Technology will reduce its paid-in capital by 80-90%, according to industry sources. The move is to unload the company's accumulated losses during the 2007-2012 period.

Global DRAM output value grows for fifth consecutive quarter, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 12, 15:53

A fire at SK Hynix' China fab led to a reduction in the global DRAM output during the fourth quarter of 2013, causing memory prices to rise, and an about 5% sequential increase in output value for the industry, according to DRAMeXchange.

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