Inotera, Nanya November sales rise on-year
Dec 6, 14:33
Taiwan-based DRAM maker Inotera Memories saw its November revenues soar 117.3% from a year ago while revenues at Nanya Technology grew 33.7% on year, according to financial data released by the companies.
Global 2013 semiconductor revenues to rise 5.2%, says Gartner
Dec 5, 17:09
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are set to total US$315.4 billion in 2013, a 5.2% increase from US$299.9 billion in 2012, according to Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues are expected to increase 6.2%, a significantly better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue...
Toshiba to acquire assets of OCZ for US$35 million
Dec 4, 15:51
Toshiba has entered into an agreement with OCZ Technology to acquire substantially all of OCZ's SSD business, according to the Japan-based company. The transaction will be completed through a sale and auction process pursuant to Section 363 of the US Bankruptcy Code, and subject to approval by the...
Semiconductor sales recover in 2013, says IHS
Dec 4, 11:00
Following a 2.5% decline in 2012, the global semiconductor market has regained its footing in 2013 with revenues set to expand by nearly 5% because of the strong performance of the memory sector, according to IHS.
Late November DRAM prices rise, says DRAMeXchange
Dec 3, 10:52
DRAM contract prices edged up in the second half of November, with prices for mainstream 4GB modules rising about 3% to US$33 on average, according to the latest data from DRAMeXchange.
DRAM bit growth to decelerate, say sources
Dec 2, 21:46
Global DRAM bit production will grow only 25-30% in 2014, with the additional capacity to be driven only by chipmakers' technology transition, according to industry sources.
Global NAND flash output value to rise 13% in 2014, says DRAMeXchange
Nov 29, 14:10
Output value for the global NAND flash industry is forecast to rise 13.3% to US$28 billion in 2014, thanks to the increased adoption of solid-state drives (SSD) among PCs and mobile devices, as well as more stable NAND chip prices, according to DRAMeXchange. That would mark a second straight year of...
OCZ to file for bankruptcy; announces offer from Toshiba to purchase assets
Nov 29, 11:35
OCZ Technology, which specializes in providing high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, has announced that on November 25, 2013, it received notices that Hercules Technology Growth Capital took exclusive control of the company's depository accounts at Silicon Valley...
Micron savors success in scaled-down DRAM market, says IHS
Nov 25, 10:19
Having emerged as one of the winners in the game of semiconductor survival that has characterized the memory market, US-based Micron Technology now is reaping the rewards with the company attaining surging revenues in its DRAM line, according to IHS.
NAND flash contract prices to fall through end-2013, says DRAMeXchange
Nov 21, 15:27
Contract prices for NAND flash memory fell 5-7% in the first half of November, due to weaker-than-expected demand for end-market products, as well as device manufacturers' reluctance to purchase components, according to DRAMeXchange. With no sign of improvement, prices are set to continue their decline...
Transformation: Q&A with ChipMOS chairman and CEO SJ Cheng
Nov 20, 15:54
ChipMOS Technologies is among very few firms that have transformed themselves successfully and are no longer influenced by the volatile memory market. Once known as a packaging and testing firm specializing in memory chips, ChipMOS has diversified its offerings to include backend services for LCD driver...
Sony nears breakeven point on PlayStation 4 hardware costs, says IHS
Nov 20, 15:16
For the past seven years, Sony has offered various revisions of the PlayStation 3 console, many of which were sold at a loss. However, with the new PlayStation 4, Sony has produced a design whose component and manufacturing costs are starting out lower than its price tag – paving the way for...
Inventory of eMMC devices rises, say sources
Nov 19, 11:48
The inventory of eMMC devices has risen along with an increase in NAND flash inventory, prompting chip vendors to sell the embedded memory for a low price, according to industry sources.
Micron announces development of parallel processing architecture
Nov 19, 10:48
Micron Technology has unveiled the development of a new computing architecture. The automata processor is an accelerator that leverages the intrinsic parallelism of memory and aims to advance computing capabilities in areas such as bioinformatics, video/image analytics, and network security which pose...
Global 3Q13 DRAM output value rise 9%, says DRAMeXchange
Nov 14, 16:10
Worldwide DRAM output came to US$9.3 billion in value during third quarter of 2013, up 9% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung Electronics continued to lead the global DRAM market with a 37% share in the third quarter.
Focus on enterprise SSD: Q&A with OCZ CMO Alex Mei
Nov 14, 15:59
OCZ Technology shifted its corporate focus away from legacy DRAM memory modules in 2011, and has since built on its expertise in high-speed memory to become a leader in the design and manufacturing of solid state drives (SSDs). The year 2012 was another year of transition for the company, which moved...
Walton reports flat October performance
Nov 7, 12:30
Memory-IC packaging and testing firm Walton Advanced Engineering has announced consolidated revenues of NT$800 million (US$27.2 million) for October 2013, flat compared to the prior month's level, but up 14.7% from a year ago.
Winbond October sales rise 6%
Nov 7, 11:14
Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty DRAM (SDRAM), mobile DRAM and NOR flash memory, saw its October sales rise on growth in certain product ASPs and shipments.
IC Insights expects big changes in 2013 chip ranking
Nov 7, 11:12
IC Insights expects significant changes in the ranking amongst the top-20 semiconductor suppliers this year compared to 2012 rankings. Later this month (November 2013), the market research firm will disclose its preliminary ranking of the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in 2013.
Nanya, Inotera October sales surge
Nov 6, 14:46
Taiwan-based DRAM memory maker Nanya Technology saw its consolidated revenues surge 81.7% from a year earlier in October 2013, while revenues at Inotera Memories jumped 105.1% on year.
Toshiba launches embedded devices using second-generation 19nm process
Nov 4, 12:45
Toshiba has announced the launch of new embedded NAND flash memory modules integrating NAND chips fabricated with 19nm second-generation process technology. The module is fully compliant with the latest eMMC standard, and is designed for a wide range of digital consumer products including smartphones,...
PTI 3Q13 results miss expectations, cautious about 4Q
Nov 1, 13:51
Packaging and testing house Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced net profits of NT$604 million (US$20.59 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$9.35 billion for the third quarter of 2013, with the earnings and sales falling 33.3% and 1.1%, respectively, on quarter. The net sales for the third...
SK Hynix develops 6Gb LPDDR3 for mobile devices
Oct 30, 11:20
SK Hynix has developed 6-gigabit (6Gb) low-power DDR3 (LPDDR3) using 20nm-class process technology. The new mobile memory solution is designed for premium mobile devices, according to the chipmaker.
Rexchip ramping up mobile DRAM output in 4Q13, says report
Newswatch - Oct 28, 16:12
Taiwan-based Rexchip Electronics, which is now owned by Micron Technology as a result of the US chipmaker's acquisition of Elpida Memory, has scaled up its mobile DRAM capacity to meet growing demand for mobile devices in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a recent Commercial Times re...
Toshiba gearing up for low-cost eMMC solutions
Oct 28, 11:06
Toshiba will launch low-cost eMMC solutions for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphones and tablets around the end of the fourth quarter, 2013, according to sources at memory makers.
Samsung 3Q13 operating profits rise 26% to new record
Oct 25, 15:06
Samsung Electronics saw its operating profits increase about 26% on year to more than KRW10 trillion (US$9 billion) in the third quarter of 2013, buoyed mainly by significant growth in profits generated from its semiconductor division.