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Macronix sampling NOR chips for IoT, says report

Stockwatch - Dec 24, 10:53

NOR flash chipmaker Macronix International has begun sampling its low-power solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and is looking to go into mass production in 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Korea and Taiwan companies control 56% of global 300mm fab capacity, says IC Insights

Dec 24, 10:48

South Korea- and Taiwan-based chip companies are well known for manufacturing prowess when it comes to efficiently fabricating huge amounts of IC wafers. Most of the IC industry's biggest fab facilities are located in these two countries. Because of their fab operation and wafer fabricating expertise,...

Global semiconductor market set for strongest growth in four years in 2014, says IHS

Dec 23, 11:02

Worldwide semiconductor market revenues are on track to achieve a 9.4% expansion in 2014, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010, according to IHS.

Toshiba and SK Hynix end lawsuit, to expand collaboration

Dec 22, 10:54

Toshiba and SK Hynix have settled all outstanding claims between the companies, including a lawsuit brought by Toshiba against SK Hynix concerning trade secrets. The pair is also looking to expand their existing relationship, and will work together to jointly develop nanoiimprint lithography (NIL).

Embedded memory module maker InnoDisk eyeing IoT, Big Data applications

Dec 19, 15:16

Taiwan-based NAND flash and industrial DRAM memory module provider Innodisk will further expand its production lines for industrial DRAM products for IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data applications, according to company president Randy Chien.

NAND flash contract prices see modest drop in 1H December, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 18, 22:03

Early December contract prices for NAND flash memory stayed flat or dropped by up to 2% in the first half of December, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices are set to continue their slide through the first quarter of 2015.

Inotera buys equipment for NT$1.72 billion

Stockwatch - Dec 17, 11:12

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has purchased a batch of production equipment from Tokyo Electron for about NT$1.72 billion (US$54.7 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

ChipMOS expects to hit high-end of 4Q14 guidance

Dec 11, 22:10

ChipMOS Technologies, a provider of outsourced semiconductor assembly and testing services, expects its fourth-quarter revenues to come in at the high-end of its guidance.

Micron in talks to revise supply deal with Inotera

Dec 11, 22:02

Micron Technology is still in talks with Formosa Plastics Group over a possible revision of its supply agreement with Inotera Memories, and no consensus has been made, according to industry sources.

Transcend November sales drop 9%

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 10:51

Consolidated sales at memory module firm Transcend Information declined 9.2% on month to NT$2.27 billion (US$72.6 million) in November 2014.

Micron trying to renegotiate supply deal with Inotera, sources say

Dec 9, 11:30

Micron Technology has approached Formosa Plastics Group to renegotiate its supply agreement with Inotera Memories and purchase price, in an attempt to increase its share of Inotera's operating income, according to industry sources.

Macronix November sales fall 20%

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 11:25

Consolidated sales at mask ROM and NOR flash chipmaker Macronix International declined 20.4% on month in November, due mainly to a seasonal slowdown in chip orders for games consoles.

Inotera, Nanya November sales drop on month

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 11:09

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have reported sequential decreases of 1.9% and 1.5%, respectively, in consolidated revenues for November 2014.

Global NAND flash output value to rise more than 10% in 2015, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 5, 14:56

Output value for the global NAND flash memory industry will rise 12% to US$27.6 billion in 2015, thanks to shrinking manufacturing costs on the supply side and growing demand for embedded MMC (eMMC) and solid-state drives (SSD), according to DRAMeXchange.

DRAM spot prices hit more than 7-month low, says DRAMeXchange

Dec 4, 21:19

DRAM spot prices continue to fall with prices for mainstream DDR3 4Gb chips dropping to US$3.74, the lowest since April 17, according to DRAMeXchange.

Micron, PTI partner for assembly and packaging services in China

Stockwatch - Dec 3, 22:10

Micron Technology and Powertech Technology (PTI) have entered into a series of agreements forming the basis of a long-term strategic relationship for assembly and packaging services in Xian, China, according to the companies.

SSD products for sustainable growth: Q&A with Phison chairman Khein-Seng Pua

Dec 3, 15:15

NAND flash chip controller maker Phison Electronics has seen its sales grow robustly in 2014. And under the leadership of its chairman Khein-Seng Pua, the company has initiated a restructuring plan, dubbed "Phison 2.0" that will drive it to focus on SSD products for sustainable growth.

Phison chairman Khein-Seng Pua

Cypress and Spansion to merge

Dec 2, 14:35

Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion have signed a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately US$4 billion. The post-merger company will generate more than US$2 billion in revenues annually, according to a joint announcement.

Demand for PCIe SSDs to boom, say controller suppliers

Dec 1, 21:57

Demand for PCIe SSDs is expected to experience accelerated growth in the second half of 2015, pushing the technology transition from SATA3 to PCIe, according to industry sources.

IC suppliers gear up for automobile memory chip market

Nov 28, 10:19

With the global automobile electronics market set for strong growth in 2015, a number of semiconductor firms including Micron Technology, Spansion, Micronix International, Winbond Electronics and Silicon Motion Technologies, have begun strengthening their deployments in the segment.

ChipMOS 2015 capex to stay flat

Nov 27, 15:30

ChipMOS Technologies, which specializes in assembly and test services for LCD driver ICs and memory chips, is expected to maintain its 2015 capex at near 2014 levels, according to industry sources.

Micron, Winbond team up for serial NOR flash

Nov 27, 14:25

Micron Technology has partnered with Winbond Electronics to jointly develop serial NOR flash memory for automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, according to the US memory chipmaker.

Mobile DRAM revenues rise 6% in 3Q14, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 27, 12:24

Revenues for mobile DRAM reached US$3.46 billion in the third quarter of 2014, up 6% from US$2.27 billion in the second quarter, according to DRAMeXchange. Growth was driven by increased bit output despite a slight decline in ASPs.

Inotera orders equipment from Applied Materials

Stockwatch - Nov 27, 12:00

Inotera Memories has purchased a batch of production equipment from Applied Materials for NT$1.38 billion (US$44.76 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Geared up for car-use market: Q&A with Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Nov 25, 12:34

NOR flash memory supplier Macronix International is looking to expand its presence in the automotive market, and aims to become the largest supplier of NOR flash chips for car-use applications by 2017, said company chairman Miin Wu in a recent interview with Digitimes.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Automotive IC market to display strongest growth through 2018, says IC Insights

Nov 19, 21:38

Of the six major end-use applications for ICs, the automotive market is forecast to experience the strongest average annual revenue growth rate through 2018, according to IC Insights.

DRAM contract prices fall in 1H November, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 18, 21:10

Contract prices for mainstream DRAM memory parts fell over 3% in the first half of November, ending about six months of growth, according to DRAMeXchange.

Macronix developing flash memory for IoT and wearable devices

Nov 18, 16:09

Macronix International is now engaged in the development of memory solutions targeted at Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device applications, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Global 3Q14 NAND flash market registers 12% rise, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 11, 13:41

The worldwide NAND flash memory market posted revenues of US$8.58 billion in the third quarter of 2014, up 12.2% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung Electronics remained the largest supplier with a 29.7% market share.

Adata profit shrinks in 3Q14

Nov 10, 14:55

Memory module maker Adata Technology saw its net profit decline 67.8% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 due to unfavorable chip prices.

Transcend sees October revenues increase

Stockwatch - Nov 10, 14:06

Transcend has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.498 billion (US$83.27 million) for October 2014, representing a 17.52% increase on month and 15.41% increase on year.

Top-20 IC suppliers sales to rise 9% in 2014 , says IC Insights

Nov 10, 10:23

IC Insights has disclosed a forecast sales ranking of the 2014 top-20 semiconductor (IC and OSD – optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete) companies. It is expected to require total semiconductor sales of over US$4.2 billion to make the 2014 top-20 ranking, according to the research firm.

Macronix revenues drop on month in October

Nov 7, 14:52

Macronix International has announced its unaudited consolidated net sales for October 2014 came to NT$2.386 billion (US$79.53 million), decreasing 17.6% from the previous month of NT$2.897 billion.

Winbond reports sequential revenues drop for October

Stockwatch - Nov 7, 14:37

Winbond has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.203 billion (US$106.77 million) for October 2014, representing a 3.79% drop on month and 13.84% increase on year.

Inotera board approves NT$10 billion for process technology transition

Stockwatch - Nov 7, 10:52

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories' board of directors on November 6 approved a budget of NT$10 billion (US$326.8 million) for the purpose of transitioning to a newer 20nm process technology.

Nanya sees revenues decline in October

Stockwatch - Nov 6, 16:20

Nanya has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.155 billion (US$138.5 million) for October 2014, representing a 2.03% drop on month and 0.34% drop on year.

Inotera revenues rise in October

Stockwatch - Nov 6, 16:18

Inotera has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.909 billion (US$230.3 million) for October 2014, representing a 1.71% increase on month and 13.86% increase on year.

NAND flash controller unlikely the cause of recent iPhone 6 Plus problem

Nov 6, 14:11

Reports claimed recently that some 128GB iPhone 6 Plus users have their devices shut off without warning when downloading apps, with some users stating the phone has issues when more than 700 apps are installed. Triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory and controllers are being identified as the cause...

Etron swings to profit

Nov 4, 20:55

IC design house Etron Technology swung to net profits of NT$94.27 million (US$3.1 million) in the first three quarters of 2014 from losses of NT$62.98 million a year earlier. For the third quarter, net profits jumped 175% sequentially to NT$56.63 million.

Samsung, TSMC still competing for Apple A9 chip orders

Nov 4, 00:23

Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources.

Inotera buys equipment for NT$302 million

Stockwatch - Nov 4, 00:16

DRAM chipmaker Inotera Memories has issued a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) announcing the acquisition of factory equipment for NT$302.5 million (US$9.9 million) from Nan Ya Plastics.

Walton to buy HannStar LCM facility for NT$1 billion

Nov 3, 11:15

Memory-IC packaging and testing house Walton Advanced Engineering will take over an LCD module (LCM) factory, including cleanrooms and installed equipment, from HannStar Display for NT$1.05 billion (US$34.5 million). The move is part of Walton's plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan, according...

Macronix posts net losses of NT$1.1 billion for 3Q14

Oct 31, 10:35

NOR flash supplier Macronix International has reported a net loss of NT$1.1 billion (US$36.16 million) or NT$0.31 per share for the third quarter of 2014 even though its revenues were up 35% sequentially to NT$6.69 billion in the quarter.

Nanya profit hits all-time high in 3Q14

Newswatch - Oct 30, 11:51

Nanya Technology saw its net profit hit an all-time high of NT$7.46 billion (US$245.59 million) in the third quarter of 2014, which translated into an EPS of NT$3.11 for the quarter.

Inotera to more than double capex for 2015

Oct 30, 10:53

Inotera Memories plans to more than double its capex budget to NT$50 billion (US$1.65 billion) in 2015 from NT$22 billion projected for 2014 in order to facilitate its migration to 20nm production.

Winbond reports strong earnings for 3Q14

Newswatch - Oct 27, 10:42

Winbond Electronics has reported net profits of NT$962 million (US$31.65 million) for the third quarter of 2014, increasing 18.5% sequentially and representing the highest quarterly earnings in nearly four years.

eMemory NeoEE IP advances into automotive electronics applications

Oct 23, 11:15

Silicon IP provider eMemory has announced that it has upgraded the specifications of its MTP (multiple times programmable), low-power NeoEE IP for automotive electronics applications.

Winbond appoints ex-Nanya executive as senior VP for product development

Oct 23, 11:01

Memory IC supplier Winbond Electronics has appointed Pai Pei-lin, a former business executive of Nanya Technology, as senior vice president for product development.

Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in 5 years, says IHS

Oct 22, 16:01

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013-2019, according to IHS.

Digitimes Research: Price pressure on DRAM chips to ease in 4Q14

Oct 17, 14:06

Global DRAM bit demand growth will be higher that of bit supply growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, easing pressure on the prices of DRAM chips in the quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

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