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SSD and eMMC prices to rise 15% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 24, 14:15

Prices of SSD and eMMC devices will continue to rise in the second quarter of 2017 due to tight supply of NAND flash chips, according to DRAMeXchange.

Taiwan maintains largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity, says IC Insights

Feb 24, 11:07

Taiwan led all regions/countries in wafer capacity with 21.3% share, a slight decrease from 21.7% in 2015 when the country first became the global wafer capacity leader, according to IC Insights.

PTI to deal out cash dividend of NT$4 for 2016

Feb 23, 09:47

Powertech Technology's (PTI) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$4 (US$0.13) cash dividend per share for 2016, when the company saw its net profits climb to a 6-year high of NT$4.84 billion.

Memory module maker Apacer to hand out cash dividend of NT$2.40 for 2016

Newswatch - Feb 22, 21:30

Memory module maker Apacer Technology plans to deal out dividends of NT$2.40 in cash for 2016, the company's highest in 10 years.

Toshiba to begin mass production of 64-layer, 512-gigabit 3D flash in 2H17

Feb 22, 18:19

Toshiba has unveiled the latest addition to its line-up of BiCS flash 3D flash memory with a stacked cell structure, a 64-layer device that achieves a 512-gigabit (64-gigabytes) capacity with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology.

TSMC reportedly to join bid for stake in Toshiba memory business

Feb 22, 13:45

Toshiba is looking to spin off its flash memory business with plans to sell more than half of the planned separate entity to one or more than one company, and reportedly will initiate a new process of the stake sale.

Server DRAM prices rise nearly 40% in 1Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 22, 10:48

Contract market prices of server DRAM modules have risen nearly 40% on average from the same point in the prior quarter, and will continue their growth in the second quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

Taiwan IC production value to rise 5.8% in 2017, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 21, 15:34

The production value of Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, will increase 5.8% in 2017 reaching NT$2,591.6 billion (US$84.1 billion), according to forecast made by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics and...

China and Taiwan fabs gearing up for next-gen memory production

Feb 21, 10:51

China- and Taiwan-based pure-play foundries are partnering with their fabless clients to fabricate next-generation memory types, such as 3D NAND, MRAM and ReRAM, while memory chipmakers are developing the next-generation technologies in-house.

Taiwan IC production value rises 8.2% in 2016, say TSIA and IEK

Feb 20, 15:40

Taiwan's IC industry, consisting of designers, manufacturers, packaging and testing houses, generated production value of NT$2,449.3 billion (US$79.5 billion) in 2016, increasing 8.2% on year, according to data compiled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and Industrial Economics...

Walton net profits surge in 2016

Feb 20, 14:29

Memory-IC backend specialist Walton Advanced Engineering has reported net profits for the fourth quarter of 2016 hiked almost 200% sequentially to NT$317 million (US$10.3 million), which also marked the highest quarterly total.

Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending, says IC Insights

Feb 17, 14:04

Intel continued to top all other chip companies in R&D expenditures in 2016 with spending reaching US$12.7 billion, according to IC Insights. Intel's R&D spending represented 22.4% of its semiconductor sales for the year.

MStar co-founder joints Tsinghua Unigroup, says report

Newswatch - Feb 16, 22:27

Steve Yang, co-founder of MStar Semiconductor, has been hired by Tsinghua Unigroup to lead Yangtze River Storage Technology's R&D teams, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. Yangtze River Storage is a subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup committed to developing...

Global 4Q16 mobile DRAM revenues surge 20%, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 16, 22:17

Global sales of mobile DRAM grew about 20% sequentially to US$5.51 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, thanks to a seasonal pick-up in demand for smartphones, according to DRAMeXchange.

NOR flash prices to rise through end-2017, says Macronix president

Feb 15, 21:51

NOR flash memory prices are set to grow 5-10% in the first quarter of 2017, and will likely rise through the end of the year, according to Macronix International president CY Lu.

Macronix to expand 12-inch fab capacity, says president

Toshiba now willing to sell majority of memory business

Feb 15, 16:38

Toshiba share prices continued to drop on Wednesday as the fallout from the write off of its nuclear energy business in the US continues and the company has now indicated that it is willing to sell off a majority of its memory business. The company has lost about US$8 billion in market cap since Dec...

Global DRAM revenues increase 18% in 4Q16, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 14, 18:25

Sales in the global DRAM market surged 18.2% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2016, driven by a seasonal pick-up in demand for mobile DRAM and rising contract market prices for PC DRAM memory, according to DRAMeXchange.

Macronix losses narrow in 2016

Feb 14, 18:11

Taiwan-based Macronix International, a maker of flash and mask ROM memory, saw its losses narrow a substantial 94% from a year earlier in 2016 thanks to growth in sales generated from all its product lines.

Toshiba delays earnings announcement

Feb 14, 16:29

Multiple media reports out of Japan are indicating that Toshiba has surprised investors by delaying the announcement of its quarterly earnings amid fears that the company will report losses topping US$6 billion for its nuclear business in the US. The company's share price was down 8% for the day.

Micron ramping up 1Xnm chip production, says executive

Feb 14, 10:49

Micron Technology's wafer plant in Taichung, central Taiwan is scaling up its output of DRAM chips built using 1Xnm process technology, and will have more than half of its total production capacity manufactured using the newer node sometime in the second half of 2017, according to factory site director...

Micron to offload NOR flash business, says report

Stockwatch - Feb 13, 15:13

Micron Technology is reportedly seeking buyers for its NOR flash memory business, as the US memory vendor intends to concentrate its resources in the more-profitable DRAM and 3D NAND flash areas, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Micron starts making 1Xnm DRAM in Taiwan, says report

Newswatch - Feb 13, 11:25

Micron Technology's factory site in Taichung, central Taiwan is already producing DRAM chips using 1Xnm process technology, and will have all its production capacity using the newer node in early 2018, factory site director KC Hsu was quoted as saying in a recent report by Taiwan's Central News...

Nanya January revenues down

Feb 10, 15:44

DRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported January consolidated revenues decreased 4.6% on month to NT$4.07 billion (US$131.1 million).

New iPhone to enter production early, say sources

Feb 10, 14:24

Makers in the iPhone supply chain will start delivering parts and components for production of the next-generation iPhone series later in the first quarter of 2017, earlier than the schedule in previous years, according to industry sources.

Toshiba starts construction of new fab and memory R&D center

Feb 9, 14:56

Toshiba has started construction of a new semiconductor fabrication facility and a memory R&D center at its Yokkaichi operations in Mie (Japan), the company's main memory production base.

PTI reports revenues down in January 2017

Stockwatch - Feb 8, 15:51

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.389 billion for January 2017, representing a 4.33% drop on month but a 14.67% increase on year.

SK Hynix joins bid for Toshiba flash business

Feb 8, 12:27

SK Hynix has thrown its hat in the ring to bid for a stake in flash memory maker Toshiba.

Winbond to roll out in-house developed DRAM technologies

Feb 8, 10:50

Winbond Electronics has been engaged in the development of 3Xnm and 2Xnm DRAM technologies, which will start to bear fruit in the second half of 2017.

Winbond president Tung-Yi Chan

Winbond January revenues down, Macronix up

Feb 7, 21:52

Winbond Electronics' consolidated revenues fell about 2% sequentially and 1% on year to NT$3.42 billion (US$110 million) in January 2017, while Macronix International's revenues increased 4.2% on month and 29.8% from a year earlier to NT$2.185 billion, according to the companies.

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

Feb 7, 14:03

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 3% in 2016 when compared to 2015 area shipments, while silicon revenues increased by 1% on year, according to SEMI.

Adata January revenues increase

Feb 7, 11:06

Memory module firm Adata Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$2.51 billion (US$81.2 million) for January 2017, up 10.7% on month and 37.5% on year.

Testing company Sigurd likely to post 10% revenue growth in 2017

Feb 7, 11:00

IC testing company Sigurd Microelectronics' revenues for 2017 are expected to increase 10% on year to set a new record high, according to market watchers.

Winbond to spend NT$1.14 billion on equipment

Stockwatch - Feb 6, 13:31

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a provider of specialty DRAM and NOR flash memory, has announced plans to budget an additional capex of NT$1.139 billion (US$36.9 million) for buying new equipment. The investment will be made starting the first quarter of 2017.

DRAM spot prices hit 18-month high, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 3, 15:54

DRAM spot market prices have risen to an 18-month high, with prices for 4Gb DDR4 chips reaching US$3.347, according to DRAMeXchange.

Global semiconductor sales climb to record US$339 billion in 2016, says SIA

Feb 3, 14:00

The global semiconductor industry posted sales of US$338.9 billion in 2016, the highest-ever annual sales, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Walton to post up to 5% revenue decrease in 1Q17, says report

Stockwatch - Feb 3, 13:59

Memory-IC backend specialist Walton Advanced Engineering is expected to see its first-quarter revenues buck their typical seasonal patterns, thanks to a ramp-up of orders placed by Micron Technology, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Global Unichip rolls out ASIC solutions for SSD

Feb 2, 15:18

Taiwan-based Global Unichip, a fabless ASIC design house, has rolled out its complete portfolio of solid state drive (SSD) ASIC solutions that cover application-specific front end design capabilities, advanced node design flow experience, robust manufacturing management, and a production-proven IP...

Panasonic, UMC team up for 40nm ReRAM

Feb 2, 14:54

Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions (PSCS) announced recently it had reached an agreement with pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) on the joint development of mass production process for next-generation 40nm resistive random access memory (ReRAM).

China MIC 2025 results for ICs likely to fall short of its goals, says IC Insights

Feb 2, 13:33

China's government has a long-term goal to become self-sufficient with regards to IC devices. Its "Made in China 2025" (MIC 2025) plan was published by the China State Council in May of 2015. The milestones in MIC 2025 are for China to be 40% self-sufficient in IC devices in 2020 and 70%...

Samsung and Apple remain top global semiconductor customers, says Gartner

Feb 2, 10:43

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top-two semiconductor chip buyers in 2016, representing 18.2% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$61.7 billion of semiconductors in 2016, an increase of US$0.4 billion from 2015.

SK Hynix 4Q16 profits rebound above KRW1 trillion

Jan 26, 14:10

SK Hynix saw its operating profits surge to KRW1.54 trillion (US$1.33 billion) in the fourth qurter of 2016, while net profits also grew above KRW1 trillion.

DRAM prices to continue rally

Jan 26, 10:27

DRAM prices will rally through the second quarter of 2017 to reflect ongoing tight supply, according to Pei-Ing Lee, president for Nanya Technology. It is likely prices will start to show stability in the third quarter.

DRAM prices will rally through the second quarter of 2017

Winbond buys equipment for NT$3.32 billion

Stockwatch - Jan 26, 10:23

Winbond Electronics, a memory chipmaker specializing in specialty DRAM and flash chips, has disclosed two purchases of machinery for NT$3.32 billion (US$105.9 million).

Nanya posts EPS of NT$7.33 for 4Q16

Jan 25, 23:11

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has announced net profits surged to NT$20.06 billion (US$639.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, with EPS reaching NT$7.33 compared with NT$0.51 in the prior quarter and NT$0.77 a year ago.

Silicon Motion posts record revenues and profits for 2016

Jan 25, 11:17

Revenues at Silicon Motion Technology climbed to a record US$556 million in 2016, up 54% on year, while net profits (non-GAAP) also reached a record US$130 million. The company's diluted earnings per ADS reached US$3.64 for the year.

Winbond nets NT$0.23 per share for 4Q16

Jan 24, 21:54

Winbond Electronics, a memory chipmaker specializing in specialty DRAM and flash memory, saw its fourth-quarter net profits climb to the peak for 2016 at NT$871 million (US$27.8 million). EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.23.

Samsung chip business posts record operating profits for 4Q16

Jan 24, 15:07

Samsung Electronics has reported operating profits of KRW9.22 trillion (US$7.9 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2016 - the highest in 13 quarters - while its semiconductor business posted record profits of KRW4.95 trillion.

NOR flash prices rise, says report

Newswatch - Jan 23, 22:18

NOR flash prices are set to rise 5-7% sequentially in the first quarter of 2017, following more than four years of declines, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

PTI 1Q17 sales to beat seasonal patterns, says president

Jan 23, 21:47

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) expects its performance during the first quarter of 2017 to be stronger than the seasonal pattern seen historically, said company president JY Hung at a January 23 investor meeting.

Semiconductor M&A reach peak in 2015-2016, says IC Insights

Jan 20, 14:50

More than two dozen acquisition agreements were announced by semiconductor companies worldwide in 2016, with a combined value of US$98.5 billion compared to the record-high of US$103.3 billion in purchases struck in 2015, when over 30 deals were reached, according to IC Insights.

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