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  • Holtek showcases 32-bit MCUs for IoT

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  • Maanshan Electronics Expo to open on October 30

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    Before Going to Press | 9h 54min ago

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  • AUO announces management adjustments

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  • GLT reports record-high revenues for 3Q15

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  • Taiwan sees decreased September export value, says MOF

    Before Going to Press | 10h 45min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Nichia tops LED packaging firms in 1H15 revenues

    Before Going to Press | 10h 46min ago

  • Yageo, Chilisin report increased September revenues

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Commentary: China DRAM industry set to rise

Oct 7, 16:12

China's DRAM industry is set to take a big step forward as its state-backed technology conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup has successfully raided a senior executive from Taiwan's DRAM industry.

Nanya names new president

Oct 7, 11:22

The board of directors of Nanya Technology has approved the resignation of Charles Kau, and appointed Pei Ing Lee to replace him as president effective October 6, 2015, according to the Taiwan-based DRAM maker.

Phison to post record 3Q15 revenues, says report

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 20:31

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics is expected to see its third-quarter revenues top NT$10 billion (US$306 million) and reach the company's highest quarterly figure on record, thanks to robust shipments for SSDs, and eMMC/eMCP devices, according to a Chinese-language Commercial...

PTI reports increased September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 6, 16:15

Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.71 billion (US$113.5 million) for September 2015, representing increases of 3.7% sequentially and 7.2% on year.

Inotera chairman reportedly to be hired by Tsinghua Unigroup

Oct 5, 22:22

Rumors have been circulating in Taiwan's semiconductor industry that Charles Kau, who works both as Inotera Memories chairman and Nanya Technology president, will be hired by China's Tsinghua Unigroup to support the establishment of the region's DRAM industry sector.

Global semiconductor sales decrease slightly in August, says SIA

Oct 5, 22:05

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$27.7 billion in August, down 0.5% from the previous month when sales were US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.

Upgraded components in iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple an extra US$16 per device, says IHS

Oct 1, 10:07

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost US$16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus. The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16GB of NAND flash memory costs US$231.50, according to IHS.

M&A activity continues through uncertain business climate, says IC Insights

Sep 29, 10:01

In July 2015, IC Insights examined the huge surge of M&A activity in the IC industry during the first six months of 2015. In just the first half of 2015, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of US$72.6 billion, which was nearly 6x the annual average for M&A...

Server DRAM prices down 15%, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 21, 15:11

Average contract prices for server DRAM chips have fallen 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, due to weak demand, according to DRAMeXchange.

Recent executive changes at chipmakers

Sep 18, 11:31

There were executive changes recently at chipmakers including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), United Microelectronics (UMC) and Micron Technology, which have drawn some market observers' attention to their business strategies and future customer orders.

Samsung launches 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM

Sep 16, 12:21

Samsung Electronics has announced that it is mass producing 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile DRAM chips based on its 20nm process technology.

Samsung 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM built using 20nm process technology

Companies maximize 300mm, 200mm wafers; slow progress on 450mm, says IC Insights

Sep 14, 10:52

Worldwide capacity by wafer size was dominated by 300mm wafers in 2014, and is forecast to continue increasing through 2019, according to IC Insights.

Adata August revenues up, Transcend down

Stockwatch - Sep 14, 10:44

Adata Technology saw its August 2015 revenues increase 6.9% sequentially while fellow memory module company Transcend Information's revenues decreased about 9% on month.

NAND flash oversupply to persist through 1Q16, says DRAMeXchange

Sep 10, 21:40

Late August contract prices for NAND flash memory saw the largest decline in the last three months, due to disappointing demand despite the back-to-school season, according to DRAMeXchange. Demand from downstream module makers and distributors to replenish the chip inventories prior to China's National...

Equipment spending slows but still positive in 2015 and 2016, says SEMI

Sep 10, 15:44

Front-end fab equipment spending (including new, used, and in-house) is projected to increase 5% in 2015 to US$37 billion, and rise another 6.6% in 2016 to US$39.4 billion, according to SEMI. Data indicates that some companies still plan to increase equipment spending in the second half of 2015, compared...

Global July chip sales drop slightly, says SIA

Sep 8, 15:38

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors were US$27.9 billion for July 2015, a decrease of 0.9% from July 2014 when sales were US$28.1 billion. Global sales from July 2015 were 0.4% lower than the June 2015 total of US$28.0 billion.

Macronix, Winbond report increased August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 7, 22:06

Non-PC memory chipmakers Macronix International and Winbond Electronics have reported sequential increases in consolidated revenues for August 2015 of 2.5% and 3.9%, respectively.

Nanya August revenues up, Inotera down

Stockwatch - Sep 7, 21:51

Nanya Technology saw its August revenues increase around 2% sequentially while fellow DRAM company Inotera Memories' revenues fell nearly 5%.

PTI reports increased August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 7, 16:13

Memory packaging and testing specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.58 billion (US$109 million) for August 2015, representing growth of 3.3% sequentially and 1.5% on year.

Asia-Pacific to dominate IC sales across system categories in 2015, says IC Insights

Sep 4, 15:46

Asia-Pacific's grip as the dominant market for IC sales is forecast to strengthen in 2015 with the region expected to account for 58.9% of the US$295 billion IC market, according to IC Insights. The forecast market share represents an increase of 0.5pp over the 58.4% share that the Asia-Pacific region...

IC demand unlikely to pick up until 2Q16, says TSIA chairman

Sep 4, 10:46

Nicky Lu, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA), has expressed caution about the semiconductor market in the second half of 2015. Demand is unlikely to pick up substantially until the second quarter of 2016, Lu said.

Nicky Lu, Etron chairman and chairman of TSIA

SEMICON Taiwan 2015: Inotera, Applied and HMI positive about semi industry outlook

Sep 2, 11:26

Inotera Memories, Applied Materials and Hermes Microvision (HMI) are all positive about the prospects of the global semiconductor industry although they have different views about short-term market trends.

Scott Meikle of Inotera

Digitimes Research: China eyeing acquistions to advance IC processes

Sep 1, 10:52

More advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes and more production capacity for special processes are likely to emerge in China during the country's 13th five-year economic plan period which ranges from 2015-2020 thanks to equity investment from the National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment...

SEMICON Taiwan 2015 to kick off with more than 700 exhibitors

Aug 28, 10:38

The 20th annual SEMICON Taiwan tradeshow will kick off on September 2 and run through September 4 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall. The show will host more than 700 exhibiting companies with more than 1,400 booths.

Digitimes Research: China government to support development of MCUs, CPUs, memory chips

Aug 26, 11:09

The China government will support local IC-design companies' development in the MCU, CPU,FPGA, MEMS and memory chips sectors through acquisitions during its current five-year economic plan running from 2015-2020, accordingto Digitimes Research.

BOE receives government support to enter IC design industry

Aug 21, 16:13

Panel maker BOE Technology has received support from the China government enabling it to step into the IC design industry. In addition to LCD driver ICs, DRAM and flash memory chips will also be target sectors, according to industry sources.

North America semiconductor equipment industry posts July book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, says SEMI

Aug 21, 14:46

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.59 billion in orders worldwide in July 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that US$102 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed...

ASMedia obtains USB-IF certification for USB 3.1 host controllers

Aug 20, 21:09

USB device controller supplier ASMedia has received USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) certification for its ASM1352R-series USB 3.1 host controller ICs, according to the company.

Oversupply likely to put NAND flash prices under pressure, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 19, 21:13

NAND flash prices will be under downward pressure later in the second half of 2015 due to oversupply, according to DRAMeXchange.

Startups and small electronics companies offer semiconductor vendors fast and stable growth, says Gartner

Aug 19, 20:35

Semiconductor companies need to diversify their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations that offer fast and stable growth, rather than relying on big deals from large customers that are in a constant state of flux, according to Gartner. Startups and small electronics companies...

Macronix gearing up for automotive flash memory

Aug 19, 15:35

Macronix International has expanded its flash offerings to include solutions for automotive electronics, and aims to break into the world's top-two automotive NOR flash chipmakers in the next three years, according to company chairman Miin Wu.

Macronix chairman Miin Wu

MediaTek buys ISSI Taiwan subsidiary to enable acquisition of ISSI by Uphill

Aug 19, 11:32

The acquisition of US-based Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI) by China's Uphill Investment is expected to run more smoothly after ISSI's Taiwan subsidiary Chingis Technology is taken over by MediaTek, industry observers believe.

Digitimes Research: Production value of Korea memory chip products stays flat in 2Q15

Aug 18, 21:14

The production value of memory chips in Korea totaled KRW1.313 trillion (US$12 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 1% from the previous quarter, affected mainly by a low bit growth of DRAM and NAND flash chips from SK Hynix, according to Digitimes Research.

Global mobile DRAM revenues rise 7.7% in 2Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 17, 19:33

Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to US$3.85 billion in the second quarter of 2015, according to DRAMeXchange.

Global DRAM revenues continue slide in 2Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 17, 19:30

Global sales of DRAM declined another 4.8% sequentially to US$11.4 billion in the second quarter of 2015, due to further drop in chip prices, according to DRAMeXchange.

Taiwan IC production value slips 2.6% in 2Q15

Aug 14, 14:49

Taiwan's IC production value slid 2.6% sequentially to NT$555.9 billion (US$17.3 billion) in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Etron to spin off logic IC units

Aug 14, 14:44

Niche-memory design specialist Etron Technology has announced plans to spin off its USB controller IC and 3D image sensor businesses into two wholly-owned separate companies. The move is to keep its talent and enhance product line depth.

Adata slips into the red

Aug 13, 15:38

Memory module maker Adata Technology swung to net losses of NT$266 million (US$8.3 million) in the second quarter of 2015 on sluggish PC demand and falling chip prices.

Samsung announces mass production of 256Gb, 3D V-NAND flash memory

Aug 12, 11:09

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing 256Gb, three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) arrays for use in solid state drives (SSDs), according to the company.

Adata, Transcend post revenue growth in July

Stockwatch - Aug 11, 11:46

Memory module firms Adata Technology and Transcend Information have reported sequential increases in July consolidated revenues at 3.9% and 6.7%, respectively.

Winbond, Macronix report increased July revenues

Aug 7, 15:15

Non-PC memory chipmakers Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported sequential increases in consolidated revenues for July 2015 of 2.7% and 1.6%, respectively.

Phison revenues hit record high in July

Newswatch - Aug 7, 11:50

NAND flash controller chip maker Phison Electronics saw its revenues increase 21% on month and 8.7% on year to a record high of NT$3.317 billion (US$104.8 million) in July, the company has reported.

4GB DDR3 contract prices to fall below US$20 in 3Q15, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 7, 10:07

Contract prices for 4GB DDR3 modules averaged US$20.5 in July compared with US$24 in June, representing a 15% fall, according to DRAMeXchange. Prices are set to drop below US$20 in the third quarter.

Nanya July revenues rise, Inotera flat

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:04

Nanya Technology saw its July revenues increase 2.4% sequentially while fellow DRAM company Inotera Memories' revenues stayed almost flat.

PTI reports flat revenues for July

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:01

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported July consolidated revenues of NT$3.47 billion (US$109 million), up 0.8% on month.

Samsung cuts Intel's semiconductor sales lead to 16% in 2Q15, says IC Insights

Aug 6, 15:30

Samsung's growth rate in the second quarter of 2015 put the company closer to catching Intel and becoming the world's leading semiconductor supplier, according to IC Insights.

SanDisk, Toshiba announce 256Gb, 48-layer NAND chips

Aug 5, 15:54

SanDisk has announced its 256Gb 3-bit-per-cell (X3) 48-layer 3D NAND chip and the start of 3D NAND pilot line operations in Yokkaichi, Japan in conjunction with its partner, Toshiba.

Samsung cutting DRAM capacity to halt price falls, says report

Newswatch - Aug 4, 15:26

Samsung Electronics has scaled down its output for PC DRAM while keeping its August contract prices unchanged, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The move is expected to prevent PC DRAM prices from falling further.

Global chip sales rise 2% in 2Q15, says SIA

Aug 3, 21:02

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$84 billion in the second quarter of 2015, rising 1% sequentially and 2% on year, according to SIA.

Winbond 1H15 profits soar 65% beating market estimates

Aug 3, 15:48

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics, a manufacturer of specialty DRAM and flash memory chips, has reported net profits for the first half of 2015 jumped 64.6% from a year earlier to NT$1.8 billion (US$57 million). EPS for the six-month period came to NT$0.49 beating market estimates.

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