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MJC striving for more orders for logic chips from Taiwan

Sep 19, 11:02

Specializing in the manufacture of wafer probe cards for testing DRAM and flash memory chips, Micronics Japan (MJC) has recently put increased focus on its logic IC testing business and will be striving for more orders from Taiwan-based fabless chipmakers.

GigaDevice signs wafer supply contract with SMIC

Sep 19, 10:36

China-based GigaDevice Semiconductor, a maker of flash memory devices and microcontroller (MCU) chips, has signed a strategic agreement on the supply of wafers worth about CNY1.2 billion (US$183.7 million) with Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), according to industry sources.

Talent counts most in China IC development, says former SMIC CEO

Sep 18, 14:32

The most critical key to achieving a breakthrough in the development of China's semiconductor industry rests with talent, instead of funds, markets or government policy support, according to Richard Zhang, founder and former CEO of China's largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International...

Richard Zhang, former CEO of SMIC

Acquiring Lexar will not create brand-OEM conflict, says Longsys

Sep 18, 12:41

The Lexar brand that Longsys acquired from Micron Technology will focus on high-end NAND flash devices, and customers of Lexar and Longsys' OEM business will not overlap, according to Cai Huabo, chairman for the China-based flash storage company.

Longsys chairman Cai Huabo

IC Insights finds continued adversarial relationship between DRAM buyers and suppliers

Sep 15, 12:27

The DRAM market has been historically the most volatile of the major IC product segments, according to IC Insights, adding that the average selling price (ASP) for DRAM has more than doubled in just one year. IC Insights' latest forecast indicates the 2017 price per bit of DRAM will register a greater...

SEMICON Taiwan 2017: Brewer Science showcasing innovative materials for EUV and 3D IC manufacturing

Sep 14, 13:44

With the semiconductor-manufacturing industry needing the high computing power that can only be achieved through advanced node logic and memory, as well as the heterogeneous-integration capabilities that require advanced-packaging innovations, Brewer Science has invested in developing specialty materials...

Fab equipment spending to increase 37% in 2017, says SEMI

Sep 14, 10:49

Fab equipment spending for 2017 is forecast to increase 37% to reach a record high of about US$55 billion, according to SEMI.

Toshiba signs MoU to sell memory business to Bain Capital-led consortium

Sep 13, 15:22

Toshiba announced on September 13 that the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bain Capital Private Equity, the lead member of a consortium currently bidding to acquire Toshiba Memory (TMC), memorializing the parties' intent to negotiate a mutually satisfactory definitive...

China to enhance local memory industry development

Sep 13, 14:36

The China high-end IC Alliance (CHICA), which was set up by China's National Semiconductor Industry Investment Fund (known as the Big Fund) earlier in 2017, is looking to add another sub-alliance to promote and enhance the development of China's local memory industry.

SEMICON Taiwan 2017: Focus on IoT, AI, smart applications

Sep 13, 14:28

The 22nd annual SEMICON Taiwan trade show has kicked off in Taipei, running from September 13-15, with this year's theme focusing on IoT, AI, smart manufacturing, smart transportation and smart medtech.

SEMICON Taiwan enters its 22nd year

Semiconductor industry records best second quarter in 3 years, IHS says

Sep 12, 15:17

Despite a slightly down first quarter, the semiconductor industry achieved near record growth in the second quarter of 2017 posting a 6.1% growth from the previous quarter, according to IHS Markit. Revenues came in at US$101.4 billion, up from US$95.6 billion in the first quarter of 2017. This is the...

Global semiconductor equipment billings hit record in 2Q17, says SEMI

Sep 12, 14:55

Worldwide billings for semiconductor manufacturing equipment reached US$14.1 billion in the second quarter of 2017, exceeding the record level set in the first quarter, according to SEMI.

NAND flash market to top US$65 billion in 2020, says report

Sep 12, 10:45

The NAND flash market is forecast to top US$65 billion in 2020, up from US$40 billion in 2017, according to data from a ChinaFlashMarket.com report.

CFMS (China Flash Market Summit) 2017

Transcend Information revenues drop in August

Sep 11, 16:15

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.717 billion (US$57.21 million) for August 2017, representing a 3.47% drop on month and 4.33% drop on year.

Toshiba to break ground for new memory fab in 2018

Sep 11, 14:21

Toshiba has announced subsidiary Toshiba Memory has selected Kitakami City in Japan's Iwate prefecture as the next location to expand its flash memory operations. Construction of the fab is targeted to begin in 2018.

China market: Marvell SSD controller shipments jump

Sep 8, 14:41

Marvell's SSD controller shipments have hiked in China thanks to strong demand from Kingston Technology, Shenzhen Longsys Electronics and Lite-On Technology. Cumulative shipments of Marvell's 88SS1074-series SSD controllers already surpassed 50 million units over the past 18 months.

Taiwan memory chipmakers see August revenues increase

Sep 7, 15:59

Mask ROM and flash specialist Macronix International has reported August revenues surged 19.5% sequentially while specialty DRAM and flash chipmaker Winbond Electronics' August revenues grew 5.9%. Meanwhile, DRAM firm Nanya Technology saw its August revenues increase 1.3% on month.

Two former Micron Taiwan employees indicted for alleged trade secrets theft

Sep 7, 15:12

Two former employees of Micron Memory Taiwan (formerly Rexchip Electronics) have been indicted on charges of stealing trade secrets, according to prosecutors.

Global semiconductor sales increase 24% in July, says SIA

Sep 7, 10:51

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$33.6 billion for the month of July 2017, an increase of 24.0% compared to the July 2016 total of US$27.1 billion and 3.1% more than the June 2017 total of US$32.6 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Global DRAM module sales fall 12% in 2016, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 7, 10:46

Global DRAM module sales totaled around US$6.9 billion in 2016, down about 12% from US$7.9 billion a year earlier, according to DRAMeXchange. Falling PC DRAM prices during the first half of the year and the continuing contraction of the DIY market were the main factors behind the revenue decrease.

Winbond to set up new fab in southern Taiwan

Sep 6, 11:14

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has approved specialty DRAM and flash maker Winbond Electronics' plan to set up a new fab at the Kaohsiung Science Park (KSP), southern Taiwan.

Nanya reduces Micron holdings to 3.3%

Sep 5, 10:52

Nanya Technology continues to sell more of its holdings in Micron Technology for the purpose of increasing the company's working capital and repaying loans.

Upstream material suppliers in new iPhone supply chain to see strong growth

Sep 4, 15:09

With Apple expected to launch its new iPhone soon, Taiwan players in the US vendor's smartphone supply chain are warming up to embrace a new round of business boom, with the upstream suppliers of semiconductor and optical materials, particularly, likely to score higher business growth than industry...

Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone soon

Nanya disposes of more Micron shares

Sep 1, 14:58

Nanya Technology recently sold an additional three million shares of Micron Technology, according to company filings with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). A total of about NT$42 million (US$1.39 million) will be recognized from the sale, the company estimated.

Toshiba says talks to sell Toshiba Memory continue

Sep 1, 14:55

Toshiba has disclosed negotiations with three potential buyers for its memory chip business, Toshiba Memory, continue.

Most of 2017 capital spending will go to foundry and flash memory, says IC Insights

Sep 1, 11:28

Following a substantial increase in semiconductor capital expenditures during the first half of 2017, IC Insights raised its annual semiconductor capex forecast to a record high of US$80.9 billion for all of the year, a 20% increase from US$67.3 billion in 2016.

Micron sells Lexar to Longsys

Sep 1, 10:32

Micron Technology has agreed to sell its retail brand, Lexar, to Shenzhen Longsys Electronics, according to the China-based storage device maker. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Longsys acquires the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron

Hua Hong rolls out 95nm eNVM process

Aug 31, 15:17

Hua Hong Semiconductor has announced its latest 95nm single gate embedded non-volatile memory (95nm 5V SG eNVM) process for the production of 8-bit microcontroller units (MCU).

Advantest obtains ramp-up of orders for memory production

Aug 31, 15:01

Semiconductor testing equipment supplier Advantest has landed a ramp-up of orders from Korea- and Taiwan-based memory chipmakers, according to CH Wu, chairman of Advantest Taiwan.

Probe card demand for memory chips, high-end APs remains strong

Aug 31, 13:58

Semiconductor probe card demand for the manufacture of memory chips and high-end application processors (APs) has been strong, whereas that for the production of LCD driver ICs and low-end logic chips is relatively slow, according to industry sources.

Probe card demand rising for memory chips and high-end mobile APs

Nanya continues to dispose of Micron shares

Aug 30, 14:42

Nanya Technology has sold more of its holdings in Micron Technology with an aim to increase the company's working capital and repay loans, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker.

Taiwan IC firms enjoys robust RFIC demand

Aug 30, 14:25

RF chip demand has been growing and is expected to peak in the third quarter, which will buoy sales at Taiwan-based Richwave Technology, Rafael Microelectronics and AMIC Communication (AMICCOM) during the quarter, according to industry sources.

Western Digital to acquire Tegile Systems

Aug 30, 13:44

Western Digital has announced plans to acquire Tegile Systems, a provider of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close the week of September 4, 2017, upon satisfaction...

Samsung seeking long-term supply contracts with wafer firms

Aug 30, 13:34

Samsung Electronics is striving to sign long-term supply contracts with multiple wafer makers to ensure sufficient silicon wafer supplies for the manufacture of memory chips and logic ICs during 2018-2019, according to industry sources.

A new Samsung fab in Pyeongtaek to focus on 64-layer 3D NAND flash production

GigaDevice draws investment from China state-backed fund

Aug 30, 13:25

China-based GigaDevice Semiconductor has obtained investment from China's National IC Industry Investment Fund, commonly known as the Big Fund, according to the maker of flash memory devices and microcontroller (MCU) chips.

Commentary: Innovation is key to survival for Taiwan IC designers

Aug 29, 15:38

Due to lackluster business performances recorded by most Taiwan IC design houses in the first half of 2017, the overall production value of Taiwan's IC design industry will see only limited growth for the year despite business turnaround seen in the traditional peak season in the second half of the...

Samsung to expand NAND chip capacity in China

Aug 29, 13:57

Samsung Electronics has disclosed plans to expand production capacity at its NAND flash memory wafer fab in Xian, northwest China for a total of US$7 billion over the next three years.

Macronix completes capital reduction; shares soar

Aug 28, 11:42

NOR flash and mask ROM chipmaker Macronix International returned to normal trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on August 28 after completing a capital downsize. The company's share price today has exceeded its opening reference price set at NT$33.65 (US$1.12).

Nanya sells more stake in Micron

Aug 25, 10:58

Nanya Technology has sold more of its holdings in Micron Technology for a total of about US$35.52 million, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker.

Global mobile DRAM revenues increase 14.8% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 24, 10:17

Global sales of mobile DRAM memory grew 14.8% sequentially to US$6.21 billion in the second quarter of 2017, according to DRAMeXchange. The industry is expected to post another sequential revenue growth in the third quarter.

Semiconductor industry capital spending to rise 20% in 2017, says IC Insights

Aug 24, 10:15

IC Insights has revised its outlook for semiconductor industry capital spending to 20% growth in 2017. Spending for the first half of 2017 was already 48% greater than a year ago, according to IC Insights.

Winbond announces equipment purchases

Aug 23, 15:05

Winbond Electronics, a memory chipmaker specializing in specialty DRAM and flash memory chips, has disclosed two purchases of machinery equipment from Lam Research and Tokyo Electron for a total of about NT$3.31 billion (US$109 million).

Semiconductor market to grow 17% in 2017, says WSTS

Aug 23, 14:34

The worldwide semiconductor market is forecast to grow by 17% to US$397 billion in 2017, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS). WSTS estimated previously a 11.5% increase.

North American semi equipment industry billings slip in July

Aug 23, 11:58

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a slight 1.4% sequential decrease in billings worldwide in July 2017, according to SEMI.

China to phase in 14nm semiconductor process in 2018, says top tech master

Aug 22, 15:47

China is proceeding with systematic deployments in 14nm semiconductor fabrication equipment, process, packaging and materials, which will be fully industrialized in 2018. And the nation will render major support to the development of 5-7nm procesess and 3D memories under its 13th Five-year Development...

Ye Tianchun, director of Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Science

Global 2Q17 NAND flash market posts 8% growth, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 22, 10:51

The worldwide NAND flash memory market posted revenues of US$13.22 billion in the second quarter of 2017, up 8% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange.

Walton net profits jump in 1H17

Aug 22, 10:38

Memory-IC backend specialist Walton Advanced Engineering has reported net profits for the first half of 2017 reached NT$153 million (US$5.05 million), up robustly from only NT$17 million a year earlier. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$0.32.

Global DRAM revenues increase 17% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 21, 11:34

Sales in the global DRAM market surged 16.9% sequentially to US$16.51 billion in the second quarter of 2017, when PC DRAM contract prices rose over 10%, according to DRAMeXchange. The revenues for the quarter were also a new historical high.

SPIL to restart backend services for DRAM

Aug 18, 11:21

Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will restart its backend services for the manufacture of DRAM memory to satisfy demand from China, according to industry sources.

SPIL

Micron advances semiconductor R&D capabilities with new Boise facility

Aug 17, 22:02

Micron Technology has announced the opening of a new facility which will play a critical role in the company's research into breakthrough new memory and storage technologies of the future. When fully equipped, the new building will nearly double Micron's cleanroom space dedicated to R&D in Boise,...

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