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  • Global 3Q17 NAND flash market grows 14% on quarter, says DRAMeXchange

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  • Xiaomi appoints former MediaTek co-COO as investment partner

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  • Smartphone panel prices stay flat in November

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  • Digitimes Research: Global smartphone shipments to reach over 1.5 billion units in 2018

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  • Gemtek building up LoRa base stations in Beijing

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  • Car-use LED lighting demand to boom in China

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Samsung to unseat Intel as top semiconductor supplier in 2017, says IC Insights

Nov 21, 12:59

For the first time since 1993, the semiconductor industry is expected to witness a new number 1 supplier, according to IC Insights.

Automotive electronics to see strongest growth through 2021, says IC Insights

Nov 17, 15:58

Automotive electronic system sales are forecast to rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% from 2016 through 2021, which is the highest among six major end-use system categories, according to IC Insights.

Server DRAM prices to rise in 4Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Nov 17, 11:15

Server DRAM contract prices for the fourth quarter of 2017 are forecast to rise 6-10% sequentially as demand continues to outpace supply, according to DRAMeXchange. Major suppliers are set to see their server DRAM revenues reach the highest levels for the year in the fourth quarter.

Samsung overtakes Intel as semiconductor leader in 3Q17, says IHS

Nov 16, 11:29

In the second quarter of 2017, Intel remained the market leader in pure semiconductor revenues, generated by the sale of its own products, according to IHS Markit. But the leadership changed in third-quarter 2017.

Samsung huge chip capex for 2017 shows move to defend its memory dominance

Nov 16, 11:20

After spending US$11.3 billion in semiconductor capex last year, Samsung announced that its 2017 outlays for the semiconductor group are expected to more than double to US$26 billion. The company's US$26 billion in 2017 outlays will be more than Intel and TSMC combined, according to IC Insights.

Globalfoundries, Fudan to deliver next generation dual interface smart card

Nov 16, 10:53

Globalfoundries (GF) and Fudan Microelectronics Group have announced they have produced a next generation dual interface CPU card, using GF's 55nm low power extended (55LPx) technology platform. GF's 55LPx platform has the capability to integrate multiple functions onto a single chip that results in...

Nanjing gaining momentum to become semiconductor hub in China

Nov 15, 14:29

Nanjing is gaining momentum to become a "chip city" in China, as many semiconductor firms have newly announced plans to set up operations in its Jiangbei New Area, including China's Solomon Systech, and US-based leading EDA players Synopsys and Cadence, according to industry sources.

China IC firm sets milestone with rollout of 3D NAND flash

Nov 15, 14:16

Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC) under the Tsinghua Unigroup has successfully developed 32-layer 3D NAND flash chips, marking a new milestone and major technological breakthrough in China's memory-chip industry, according to industry sources.

YMTC has unveiled 3D NAND flash memory

Phison UFS controller validated by Qualcomm, Hisilicon

Nov 14, 14:00

Phison Electronics' new PS8313-series Universal Flash Storage (UFS) controller has been validated by Qualcomm and HiSilicon Technologies for their smartphone chip platforms, according to the NAND device controller supplier. Phison expects its new UFS solutions to drive its overall eMMC controller business...

SSD products and eMMC controllers drove Phison's 3Q17 profit to a record high

Global 3Q17 DRAM revenues climb 16.2%. says DRAMeXchange

Nov 14, 10:43

Sales in the global DRAM market surged 16.2% sequentially to a record US$19.18 billion in the third quarter of 2017, when contract prices of various DRAM products rose by about 5% on average, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices were driven up by a seasonal pickup in demand coupled with limited growth...

Micron unveils 32GB NVDIMM technology

Nov 14, 09:33

Micron Technology has announced a new 32GB NVDIMM-N offering twice the capacity of existing NVDIMMs, providing system designers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with new flexibility to work with larger data sets in fast persistent memory.

Micron 32GB NVDIMM-N

Intel, Micron increase 3D XPoint manufacturing capacity with IM Flash fab expansion

Nov 14, 09:31

Intel and Micron Technology have announced the completion of an expansion to Building 60 (B60) at the IM Flash facilities in Lehi, Utah. The expanded fab will produce 3D XPoint memory media, a building block of Intel Optane technology that includes Intel Optane memory for clients, the recently announced...

PTI October revenues rise 24% on year

Nov 9, 11:55

Memory-IC backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$5.53 billion (US$183.3 million) for October 2017, up 24.2% on year but down 0.8% on month.

iPhone X costs Apple US$370 in materials, says IHS Markit

Nov 9, 11:54

Teardown engineers at IHS Markit have completed their preliminary physical dissection of the new Apple iPhone X and found that the model A1865 version of the smartphone with 64GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of US$370.25.

Macronix revenues rise 67.7% on year in October

Nov 8, 15:58

Macronix International has announced consolidated sales for October 2017 came to NT$4.143 billion (US$137.22 million), a decrease of 0.2% from the previous month of NT$4.150 billion. Compared to the same period of NT$2.471 billion in 2016, the consolidated revenues of October increased 67.7% in 2017...

Winbond revenues rise 21% on year in October

Nov 8, 15:51

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.491 billion (US$148.75 million) for October 2017, representing a 4.07% increase on month and 21.06% increase on year.

Toppan gearing up support for migration to 7nm, 5nm

Nov 7, 11:12

Toppan Printing is gearing up for its foundry customers' migration to 7nm process technology in 2018 and 5nm process in 2019, according to the Japan-based photomask vendor.

Kinsus posts record October revenues

Nov 7, 11:08

IC substrate supplier Kinsus Interconnect Technology saw its October revenues climb to a record high of NT$2.48 billion (US$82.3 million).

Nanya posts revenues growth for October

Nov 7, 11:05

Nanya Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.07 billion (US$168.1 million) for October 2017, up 9.2% sequentially and 32.7% on year.

Wafer test specialist CHPT optimistic about performance in 2018

Nov 6, 09:52

IC testing solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) has expressed optimism about its sales prospects for 2018 due to stable orders for application processor (AP) test solutions, significant increase in the number of customers for logic IC probe cards, and active deployment in the satellite...

Walton 3Q17 profits hike

Nov 3, 14:44

Memory-IC backend specialist Walton Advanced Engineering has reported net profits for the third quarter of 2017 reached NT$248 million (US$8.22 million), which already exceeded the NT$153 million posted for the two quarters of the year.

Supplies of mature IC parts to remain tight in 2018, say sources

Nov 2, 15:03

The supply of some IC parts and components, including wafers, passive components, and DRAM, MOSFET and NOR flash chips, will remain tight in 2018 due to the absence of capacity ramps by major suppliers, according to industry sources.

SK Hynix to expand DRAM production capacity in China

Nov 2, 11:20

SK Hynix recently struck a deal with China's city government of Wuxi to expand its DRAM production capacity locally with total investment estimated at US$8.6 billion, according to China's local media reports. The additional capacity, when operational, will increase SK Hynix's DRAM output from Wuxi...

DRAMeXchange predicts higher DRAM bit growth in 2018

Nov 2, 11:14

With Samsung looking to expand production capacity, the global bit growth of DRAM in 2018 is projected to reach 22.5% compared with 19.5% in 2017, according to DRAMeXchange.

Micron intros industrial microSD cards for surveillance

Nov 1, 22:22

Micron Technology has announced a full portfolio of edge storage solutions for video surveillance that will enable new deployment models and reduce total cost of ownership for both commercial and enterprise use cases. The new industrial-grade microSD products will leverage Micron's 3D NAND technology,...

Samsung capex to reach KRW46.2 trillion in 2017

Nov 1, 22:17

Samsung expects capital expenditure (capex) for 2017 to be approximately KRW46.2 trillion (US$41.5 billion), a significant increase from 2016. Capex for the semiconductor and display businesses will be KRW29.5 trillion and KRW14.1 trillion, respectively.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales, says SIA

Nov 1, 13:52

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$107.9 billion in the third quarter of 2017, marking the industry's highest-ever quarterly sales and an increase of 10.2% compared to the previous quarter, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Samsung posts record operating profit for 3Q17

Oct 31, 16:50

Samsung Electronics has announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017, reporting revenues of KRW62.05 trillion (US$55.5 billion), compared to KRW14.23 trillion for the same period last year. Operating profit for the quarter reached a record KRW14.53 trillion, compared to...

China firms to invest CNY18 billion to develop 19nm DRAM technology

Oct 31, 15:00

China-based GigaDevice Semiconductor and Hefei RuiLi Integrated Circuit Manufacture (formerly Hefei ChangXin IC) will team up to develop 19nm DRAM process technology for the production of 12-inch wafers at a total investment of CNY18 billion (US$2.71 billion), a move widely seen to usher in a new stage...

China's DigaDevice and Hefei Ruili IC to jointly develop 19nm DRAM

Silicon Motion SSD solutions sales hike 50% in 3Q17

Oct 30, 11:08

NAND flash device controller supplier Silicon Motion Technology saw sales of its enterprise and industrial SSD solutions increase approximately 50% sequentially in the third quarter, though sales of its other product lines all registered sequential decreases.

Micron runs foundries smartly with AI, big data

Oct 27, 15:22

Emerging technologies, such as cloud, mobile, and social media, have driven exponential growths in global data, propelled information system reforms, and supported business transformation. To promptly respond to market developments, an increasing number of manufacturers are optimizing processes, capabilities...

Micron optimizes its overall performance through AI and big data solutions

Supply of high-density NOR flash to remain tight in 2018, says Macronix chairman

Oct 27, 13:52

The supply of high-density NOR flash memory will remain tight through 2018, while the low-density market segment will be affected by China-based suppliers' new capacities, according to Macronix International chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Winbond 3Q17 profits hike

Oct 27, 11:50

Specialty DRAM and flash chipmaker Winbond Electronics has reported net profits of NT$2.08 billion (US$68.9 million) for the third quarter of 2017, which already exceeded the total for the first half of the year.

Macronix net profits hit 7-year high in 3Q17

Oct 27, 11:00

Mask ROM and flash chipmaker Macronix International has reported net profits of NT$2.12 billion (US$70.2 million) for the third quarter of 2017, hitting a seven-year high, with EPS reaching NT$1.20.

Backend houses expect rising memory demand for servers and datacenters

Oct 26, 10:42

IC backend houses have expressed optimism about memory demand for servers and datacenter applications, which require high-bandwidth and high-density memory devices. The memory demand growth outlook is more promising than the logic IC one.

SK Hynix posts record revenues, earnings for 3Q17

Oct 26, 10:37

SK Hynix saw its revenues, operating profits and net profits reach record-high levels for the third consecutive quarter in the third quarter of 2017.

Global semiconductor sector to see 4.5-5.5% CAGR in next decade, says Morris Chang

Oct 24, 15:11

The global semiconductor sector will grow 2-3pp more than the global GDP expansion and see a 4.5-5.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the next 10 years, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to perform even better than the sector's average to reach 5-10% growth, according to...

TSMC chairman Morris Chang (far right) and guest speakers at the forum

PTI expects another quarter of record revenues in 4Q17

Oct 24, 13:51

Robust demand for flash memory chips will buoy further sales performance at Powertech Technology (PTI) in the fourth quarter of 2017, said the memory backend specialist at an October 23 investors meeting. PTI expects to post another sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter.

Smartphones and other mobile devices continue to boost memory chip demand

IC makers maximize 300mm, 200mm wafer capacity, says IC Insights

Oct 20, 10:19

With the prospects of large 450mm wafers going nowhere, IC manufacturers are increasing efforts to maximize fabrication plants using 300mm and 200mm diameter silicon substrates. The number of 300mm wafer production-class fabs in operation worldwide is expected to increase each year between now and...

IC Insights raises 2017 IC market forecast to 22% growth

Oct 19, 14:28

IC Insights has raised its IC market growth rate forecast for 2017 to 22%, up 6pp from its previous estimate of 16% growth.

Kingston marks 30th anniversary

Oct 18, 16:05

Founded on October 17, 1987, US-based Kingston Technology has just marked its 30th founding anniversary in a capacity as the world's largest independent maker of DRAM modules. Its co-founders John Tu and David Sun have both attributed the firm's success to great contributions by employees and cooperative...

Adata pre-tax profits hike 110% in 3Q17

Oct 18, 14:45

Memory module firm Adata Technology has reported pre-tax profits of NT$835 million (US$27.7 million) for the third quarter of 2017, up a robust 110% sequentially, while operating profits increased 26.4% on quarter to NT$373 million.

Nanya net profits rise 32% in 3Q17

Oct 18, 14:35

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has reported net profits of NT$8.57 billion (US$283.9 million) for the third quarter of 2017, up 32.1% sequentially, while consolidated revenues increased 5.3% on quarter to NT$13.29 billion.

Nanya ramping 20nm process output

Oct 18, 14:15

Nanya Technology has started volume shipments of 20nm 4Gb DDR3 chips, and is scheduled to enter mass production of 20nm 8Gb DDR4 chips in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker.

Pei-Ing Lee, president for Nanya

SEMI forecasts record silicon wafer shipments

Oct 17, 15:01

Worldwide shipments of polished and epitaxial silicon wafers are forecast to total 11.448 billion square inches in 2017, exceeding the market high set in 2016, according to SEMI.

Toshiba discloses further investment in 3D NAND flash facility

Oct 16, 15:37

Toshiba announced recently its board of directors had approved a further investment by Toshiba Memory in production equipment for Fab 6 at its Yokkaichi operations in Mie (Japan).

Toshiba reportedly suspends NAND flash production in Japan

Oct 16, 12:37

Toshiba recently suspended NAND flash production at its Japan facilities for a few weeks due to ransomware attacks on its computer network, according to sources at channel distributors. The incident could tighten global NAND flash supply.

Samsung vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon to resign

Oct 16, 11:05

Samsung Electronics has announced vice chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon plans to resign as the head of the company's device solutions business and will not seek re-election as a member of the board of directors and the chairman of the board when his term ends in March, 2018. Kwon will also resign as the CEO of...

Gartner raises 2017 chip market growth forecast again

Oct 13, 10:56

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$411.1 billion in 2017, an increase of 19.7% from 2016, according to Gartner. This represents the strongest growth since the 2010 recovery from the financial crisis when revenue increased by 31.8%.

Mobile DRAM prices to rise 10-15% in 4Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Oct 13, 10:49

Average prices for mobile (LPDDR) DRAM products are expected to rise 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to DRAMeXchange. Major suppliers have intentionally raised mobile DRAM prices to narrow the price gap between mobile DRAMs and other DRAM products, while mobile DRAM demand...

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