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Hefei Chang Xin keeps low profile but DRAM ambition remains unchanged

May 24, 16:11

Hefei Chang Xin's ambition to grow its DRAM business has seen some progress though the China-based firm has now chosen to keep a low profile. The company has been quietly renamed to Rui-li (transliterated from Chinese) Integrated Circuit, and has asked fab toolmakers to start shipping at the end of...

3S teaming up with Marvell to develop 28nm controller chips

May 23, 22:40

Solid State System (3S) has announced it is teaming up with Marvell to develop DRAM-less SSD controller solutions.

China outpaces Taiwan in IC design, backend industry output value

May 23, 15:38

The output value of both China's IC design and backend industry sectors has already outpaced that of their counterparts in Taiwan. According to the China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA), the output value of China's IC design and backend industry sectors came to CNY35.16 billion (US$5.1 billion)...

Phison still eyeing stake in Toshiba chip unit

May 22, 21:51

Phison Electronics originally planned to invest US$500 million in Toshiba's memory chip unit, but the plan has been postponed as Toshiba decided to sell more of the business' stake, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman for the Taiwan-based memory-device controller supplier.

Global 1Q17 DRAM revenues rise 13.4%, says DRAMeXchange

May 18, 21:43

Sales in the global DRAM market surged 13.4% sequentially to US$14.13 billion in the first quarter of 2017, when PC DRAM contract prices rose 30%, according to DRAMeXchange. The revenues for the quarter were also a record high.

Intel looking to bundle motherboard and memory to promote Kaby Lake

May 18, 15:53

Because of weak demand in the PC DIY market, Intel is considering bundling its Optane memory with motherboards using 200 series chipsets such as Z270, in the PC DIY channel to stimulate demand for the Kaby Lake platform. However, some retailers are pessimistic about the idea since the next-generation...

Adata steps into home robot market

Newswatch - May 18, 11:49

Memory module maker Adata Technology has stepped into the household robot market and unveiled two home robots on May 17. The company plans to take orders for its robotic products from August, with shipments slated for September.

eMemory announces security IP for IoT applications

May 17, 21:46

As Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) have become an increasingly popular security technology, eMemory has announced the launch of NeoPUF, which the company claims is a game-changing IP innovation for IoT applications.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues grow 2.6% in 2016, says Gartner

May 16, 22:29

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6% increase from 2015 revenues of US$334.9 billion, according to final results calculated by Gartner.

Sumco says new capacity to arrive in 2019

May 15, 21:59

Sumco expects its additional new capacity to come online in 2019 at the earliest, according to the Japan-based silicon wafer vendor, adding that it will enhance and optimize its existing production lines at a gradual pace.

ChipMOS expects revenue growth in 2Q17

May 12, 12:22

ChipMOS Technologies, a backend house targeting the LCD driver IC and memory chip sectors, expects rising sales generated from the LCD driver IC and mixed-signal chip sectors in the second quarter. The company also expressed optimism about demand for niche-market memory and NOR flash chips, which will...

Phison posts NT$6.50 EPS for 1Q17

May 12, 12:14

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported net profits increased 38% from a year earlier to NT$1.28 billion (US$42.4 million) in the first quarter of 2017, despite losses incurred from foreign exchange transactions.

Sumco lowering wafer shipments to XMC, say sources

May 11, 11:01

Sumco has reportedly cut its wafer shipments to Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing (XMC), and given priority to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Intel and Micron Technology, according to industry sources.

Infineon rides automotive wave into top-10 semi supplier ranking, IC Insights says

May 9, 14:57

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-10 semiconductor sales leaders excluding pure-play foundries in the first quarter of 2017. In total, the top-10 semiconductor suppliers represented 56% of the first-quarter 2017 worldwide semiconductor market of US$99.6 billion.

Innodisk sees revenues hit record high in April

Newswatch - May 9, 14:16

Industrial memory module maker Innodisk saw its revenues grow 4.6% on month and 66.3% on year to a record high of NT$546.42 million (US$18.125 million) in April.

Winbond, Macronix April revenues drop on-month

May 8, 23:03

Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported sequential decreases in April consolidated revenues of 0.4% and 15%, respectively.

PTI April revenues increase

May 8, 23:00

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.36 billion (US$144.4 million) for April 2017, up 20.7% on year and 2.1% sequentially.

YMTC 64-layer 3D NAND technology ready for mass production in 2019, says acting chairman

May 8, 15:52

Yangtze River Storage Technology's (YMTC) 64-layer 3D NAND technology will be ready for mass production in 2019, according to Charles Kau, company acting chairman and executive VP of Tsinghua Unigroup.

Charles Kau, executive VP of Tsinghua Unigroup and acting chairman of YMTC

Nanya posts revenue growth in April

May 8, 15:46

DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.32 billion (US$143.2 million) for April 2017, up 45.1% on year and about 3% sequentially.

IC distributor Supreme to post robust 2Q17 sales

May 5, 15:32

A rally in DRAM prices, as well as rising demand from China-based Oppo and Vivo, will buoy revenues at Supreme Electronics in the second quarter of 2017, according to market watchers.

Rising mobile DRAM prices to constrain growth of memory content in smartphones, says TrendForce

May 5, 15:22

A rally in mobile DRAM prices will hold back the growth of average per device memory content for smartphones in 2017, according to TrendForce. Average DRAM content in smartphones is forecast to reach 3.2GB per device in 2017, said TrendForce, which previously estimated 3.7GB.

Transcend 1Q17 profits fall

May 5, 11:20

Memory module firm Transcend Information has reported net profits for the first quarter of 2017 declined 7.9% on year to NT$574 million (US$19 million). During the quarter, the company suffered foreign exchange transaction losses of NT$570 million, which hurt its profitability.

Former TSMC engineer indicted for trade secrets theft

May 3, 14:11

A former Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) engineer has been charged with stealing secrets from the pure-play foundry.

Global semiconductor sales rise 18% in March, says SIA

May 2, 19:53

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1% compared to the March 2016 total of US$26.2 billion and 1.6% more than the February 2017 total of US$30.4 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Silicon Motion expects 2Q17 sales to rise 5-10%

May 2, 19:49

Memory controller IC supplier Silicon Motion Technology expects its revenues to increase 5-10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, with gross margin ranging from 48.5% to 50.5% and operating margin of 25.5-27.5%.

KYEC positive about 3Q17 outlook

May 2, 14:20

IC testing company King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) will see its sales hit bottom for 2017 in April, according to company chairman CK Lee. Sales will reach their peak for 2017 in the third quarter, said Lee.

Winbond planning new 12-inch fab

May 2, 14:16

Specialty DRAM and NOR flash memory maker Winbond Electronics is planning a new 12-inch wafer plant which will be located in Tainan, southern Taiwan or Singapore.

Samsung poised to become largest semi supplier in 2Q17, says IC Insights

May 2, 11:38

After nearly a quarter of a century, the semiconductor industry could see a new number-one supplier in the second quarter of 2017. If memory market prices continue to hold or increase this quarter, Samsung could charge into the top spot and displace Intel, which has held the No. 1 ranking since 1993,...

Macronix developing 3D NAND technology for SSDs

Apr 28, 15:19

Macronix International has been engaged in the development of 3D NAND technology, and expects to enter volume production of chips built using the technology for SSDs in 2018, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

Macronix reports profit for 1Q17

Apr 28, 11:47

Macronix International has reported its third consecutive profitable quarter enabling its net value per share to stay above NT$5 (US$0.17). The maker of flash and mask ROM memory expects to resume trading under normal conditions on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) in May.

PTI eyeing to become largest backend house in Japan

Apr 28, 11:44

Powertech Technology (PTI) will strive to become Japan's largest backend house following its acquisition of Micron Akita and a majority stake in Tera Probe, according to DK Tsai, chairman and CEO for the Taiwan-based company.

PTI chairman DK Tsai

Memory module maker Apacer reports increased earnings for 1Q17

Newswatch - Apr 27, 15:38

Memory module maker Apacer Technology has reported net profits of NT$107 million (US$3.552 million) for the first quarter of 2017, up 4.9% on quarter and 17.6% on year. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$1.06 compared to NT$0.93 a quarter earlier and NT$0.60 a year ago.

Nanya to ramp 20m process output

Apr 27, 12:05

Nanya Technology will start making 20nm chips in small volume in the third quarter, and will expand output to 30,000 wafer starts per month by the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM firm.

Nanya president Pei-Ing Lee expects DRAM prices to continue growth

Micron talks about its integrated global operations

Apr 26, 15:37

Micron Technology has been actively allocating its global resources to enhance its DRAM and NAND flash product lines, according to Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at the US-based memory chip vendor.

Wayne Allan, VP of global manufacturing at Micron

Realtek sees profits down in 1Q17

Apr 26, 14:35

Tight supply of memory devices, LCD panels and other key components is discouraging downstream OEMs and brand companies from placing chip orders, according to Alex Chiu, president of Realtek Semiconductor.

Micron, Microsoft announce collaboration

Apr 25, 22:17

Micron Technology and Microsoft have announced a collaboration that aims to address the major challenge of providing trusted computing models for IoT deployments in industrial, automotive and consumer environments. As digitization and adoption of Internet Protocol (IP) for sensors and devices becomes...

Ardentec breaks ground for new plant in Nanjing

Apr 25, 15:05

Taiwan-based Ardentec, which specializes in testing services for logic and memory chips, has recently broken ground for a new plant in Nanjing, China where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is also constructing a new 12-inch fab.

Adata posts EPS of NT$3.62 for 1Q17

Apr 25, 11:50

Memory module maker Adata Technology has reported net profits of NT$778 million (US$25.7 million) for the first quarter of 2017, with EPS climbing to a nearly 4-year high of NT$3.62.

SK Hynix posts record revenues and profits for 1Q17

Apr 25, 11:46

SK Hynix has reported operating profits of KRW2.47 trillion (US$2.2 billion) on consolidated revenues of KRW6.29 trillion for the first quarter of 2017, with both results hitting record-high levels. The company credited its positive performance during the quarter to rising memory chip prices despite...

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS teardown reveals

Apr 24, 20:32

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Specialty DRAM prices to rise, says AP Memory

Apr 24, 11:33

AP Memory Technology has disclosed plans to raise its specialty DRAM (SRAM) prices. The memory design house also expressed optimism about demand for IoT applications that will offset a slowdown in demand coming from the handset market.

SK Hynix intros 8Gb GDDR6

Apr 24, 10:57

SK Hynix has introduced 8Gb graphics DDR6 (GDDR6) DRAM built using the company's 2Znm process technology. The product operates with an I/O data rate of 16Gbps per pin, the company claimed. With a forthcoming high-end graphics card of 384-bit I/Os, this DRAM processes up to 768GB of graphics data per...

Several China 12-inch fabs put construction on hold

Apr 21, 11:42

Several 12-inch fab projects implemented by China-based emerging chipmakers have been put on hold raising speculation about the country's overambitious plans to revamp the local chipmaking industry.

Powerchip chairman expects long-term DRAM shortage

Apr 20, 22:20

The supply of DRAM memory is likely to stay tight for a substantial period of time, according to Frank Huang, chairman for Taiwan-based pure-play foundry Powerchip Technology.

Macronix, Winbond, Richwave benefiting from use of OLED panels

Apr 20, 12:13

Taiwan-based NOR flash suppliers Macronix International and Winbond Electronics are expected to see their revenues hit new highs in April due to increasing demand for NOR flash chips from the smartphone, IoT and autonomous car sectors, according to industry sources.

Macronix quad-SPI memory selected by STMicroelectronics for new MCU

Apr 20, 10:58

STMicroelectronics has adopted Macronix International’s flash memory solution in its new STM32L4 microcontroller (MCU) series, according to the Taiwan-based provider of non-volatile memory (NVM) semiconductor solutions.

PTI to enjoy robust demand for NAND flash

Apr 20, 10:25

Robust demand for NAND flash memory will boost revenues at packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) in the second half of 2017, according to industry sources.

Server DRAM ASP to rise over 10% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Apr 19, 16:04

Server DRAM memory ASPs are expected to rise more than 10% sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, and will continue their growth in the third quarter due to persistent tightness in supply, according to DRAMeXchange.

3D NAND flash output set to expand in 2H17

Apr 18, 21:16

The global output of 3D NAND flash memory chips is set to expand substantially in the second half of 2017, and will exceed that of 2D NAND chips in the fourth quarter of the year, according to industry sources.

4GB DDR4 contract prices to rise 12.5% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

Apr 18, 16:20

Average contract prices for 4Gb DDR4 modules will rise to US$27 in the second quarter of 2017 from US$24 in the first quarter, a 12.5% increase, according to DRAMeXchange.

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