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Winbond, Macronix January revenues rise on year

Feb 5, 16:31

Non-PC memory chipmakers Winbond Electronics and Macronix International have reported on-year increases in consolidated revenues for January 2016 of 1.2% and 7.3%, respectively.

Inotera, Nanya report increased January revenues

Feb 5, 15:00

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have reported on-month increases in January 2016 revenues of 1.1% and 5.5%, respectively.

KYEC reports increased January revenues

Feb 4, 21:29

IC testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.43 billion (US$43.2 million) for January 2016, up 1% sequentially and 2.5% on year.

Inotera announces execution of share swap deal with Micron

Feb 4, 12:40

Inotera Memories has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to conduct a share swap transaction with Micron Semiconductor Taiwan (MST). After closing of the transaction, Inotera will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, and will delist from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Toshiba to buy land to expand flash memory production

Feb 3, 21:35

Toshiba is looking to expand production of its proprietary BiCS flash 3D memory by acquiring 150,000 square meters of land in Japan's Mie prefecture, according to the company.

PTI nets NT$5.20 per share for 2015

Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:26

Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported net profits of NT$5.04 billion (US$150.4 million) for 2015, up 13.9% on year and hitting the highest levels in five years. EPS for 2015 came to NT$5.20 compared with NT$4.24 a year earlier.

Global semiconductor sales top US$335 Billion in 2015, says SIA

Feb 2, 14:53

The global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling US$335.2 billion in 2015, a slight decrease of 0.2% compared to the 2014 total, which was the industry's highest-ever sales total, according to SIA.

Tsinghua Unigroup to build own DRAM fab, says report

Feb 2, 12:14

China's state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup reportedly plans to build its own DRAM fab and invite Micron Technology to be a shareholder of the fab, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA), which cited market rumors.

Winbond nets NT$0.90 per share for 2015

Feb 1, 10:14

Winbond Electronics, a memory chipmaker specializing in specialty DRAM and NOR flash chips, has reported Net EPS for 2015 climbed to a 5-year high of NT$0.90 (US$0.03).

Silicon Motion 4Q15 revenues hit record high

Newswatch - Feb 1, 10:09

Silicon Motion saw its revenues grow 3% sequentially to a record high of US$98.04 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, while net income (non-GAAP) decreased to US$19.68 million or $0.55 per diluted ADS from a net income of $20 million or $0.57 per diluted ADS a quarter earlier.

Macronix expects return to profitability in 2H15

Jan 29, 15:28

Macronix International expects to return to profitability in the second half of 2016, according to company president CY Lu.

Enterprise demand for flash storage to pick up and help chip prices to drop, says NetApp executive

Jan 29, 12:11

Commenting on demand for flash-based storage, NetApp's vice president of Product, Solution & Services Marketing, Lee Caswell believes the adoption of flash-based storage by large enterprises will increase, helping NAND flash memory prices to drop.

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 29, 11:10

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7% of the market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$59 billion of semiconductors in 2015, an increase of US$0.8 billion from 2014.

Macronix posts another year of losses

Jan 28, 21:00

Macronix International, which specializes in the manufacture of NOR flash and mask ROM memory chips, has reported net losses of NT$4.19 billion (US$124.7 million) for 2015. Losses for the year, however, improved from the losses of NT$6.45 billion posted for 2014.

Inotera, Nanya post revenue and profit drops in 2015

Jan 27, 15:57

Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have both reported revenue and profit declines for 2015, as a result of falling DRAM ASPs.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, says SEMI

Jan 27, 15:25

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.34 billion in orders worldwide in December 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, according to SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.99 means that US$99 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product...

Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights

Jan 26, 15:38

Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.

SK Hynix reports revenue and profit growth for 2015

Jan 26, 15:01

SK Hynix has announced consolidated revenues for 2015 increased 10% to KRW18.8 trillion (US$558.9 million) while operating profits grew 4% to KRW5.3 trillion. Net profits for the year came to KRW4.3 trillion, up 3% from 2014 levels.

Samsung announces mass production of 4GB HBM2 DRAM

Jan 21, 10:56

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of 4GB DRAM package based on the second-generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) interface for use in high-performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics and network systems, as well as enterprise servers, according to the company.

Winbond orders equipment from UIS

Stockwatch - Jan 21, 10:24

Specialty memory specialist Winbond Electronics has purchased a batch of machinery and engineering equipment from cleanroom constructor United Information Systems (UIS) for about NT$1.1 billion (US$32.9 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

PTI shareholders approve planned investment from Tsinghua Unigroup

Jan 15, 14:28

Shareholders of Powertech Technology (PTI), a Taiwan-based memory backend specialist, have approved a private placement plan to raise additional capital at a provisional meeting on January 15. The plan is to introduce China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup as the largest shareholder of the company.

Nanya completes NT$11.68 billion rights issue

Jan 14, 21:43

Nanya Technology has raised NT$11.68 billion (US$348 million) from a rights issue commenced recently, according to the DRAM chipmaker.

Kingston to buy NT$3 billion worth of Nanya shares, says report

Jan 13, 22:09

Memory module vendor Kingston Technology has subscribed to NT$3 billion (US$89.8 million) worth of new shares released by DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology through a private placement, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Phison reports record 2015 revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 11:06

NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.18 billion (US$1.12 billion) for 2015, up 12.4% on year and hitting a record high.

Transcend reports decreased December revenues

Stockwatch - Jan 11, 15:47

Memory module maker Transcend Information has reported revenues of NT$2.15 billion (US$64.3 million) for December 2015, down 7.5% on month and 2.9% on year.

Inotera, Nanya report increased December revenues

Jan 11, 15:25

DRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya technology have reported sequential increases in December 2015 revenues of 8.4% and 5.6%, respectively.

Winbond December revenues fall 5%

Jan 11, 10:39

Specialty memory specialist Winbond Electronics has announced consolidated revenues of NT$3.15 billion (US$94.1 million) for December 2015, down 4.9% sequentially but up 0.3% on year.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues decline 1.9% in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 8, 15:16

Worldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$333.7 billion in 2015, a 1.9% decrease from 2014 revenues of US$340.3 billion, according to Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenues increased 0.2%, which was more than the overall industry's growth. The top 25 vendors accounted for 73.2%...

Macronix posts 7% revenue decrease in 2015

Jan 7, 15:10

Macronix International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.93 billion (US$628 million) for 2015, representing a 6.6% decrease compared with the NT$22.41 billion posted for 2014.

Adata revenues up sequentially in December

Newswatch - Jan 6, 22:18

Memory module maker Adata Technology has reported revenues of NT$1.829 billion (US$54.96 million) for December 2015, up 6.68% on month but down 22.96% on year.

Global semiconductor sales dip slightly in November, says SIA

Jan 6, 21:21

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28.9 billion for November 2015, 0.3% lower than the previous month's total of US$29.0 billion and 3% down from the November 2014 total of US$29.8 billion, according to SIA.

Micron president to resign

Jan 5, 10:51

Micron Technology has announced that company president Mark Adams will resign for personal health reasons. He will remain with the company until February 1, 2016, to support the transition.

Nanya Technology to issue 320 million new shares at discount

Newswatch - Dec 24, 15:44

Nanya Technology has set the price of 320 million new shares to be released soon at NT$36.50 (US$1.11) per unit. The price represents a discount of 26.34% compared to the company's closing price of NT$49.55 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on December 24.

Inotera orders equipment from Applied Materials

Stockwatch - Dec 23, 11:06

DRAM maker Inotera Memories has purchased a batch of production equipment from Applied Materials for around NT$734 million (US$22.3 million), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Samsung to mass produce 18nm DRAM in 2Q16, says Korea media

Dec 22, 00:13

According to South Korea's Digital Times, Samsung Electronics will start mass production of DRAM chips built using 18nm (1x) process technology in the second quarter of 2016.

Nanya fundraiser reportedly to attract Kingston, Adata, says paper

Stockwatch - Dec 21, 16:02

Memory module firms Kingston Technology and Adata Technology are looking to participate in DRAM maker Nanya Technology's upcoming capital increment plan, according to a recent Chinese-language Liberty Times report. Nanya will issue up to 320 million ordinary shares to raise cash.

Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of over NT$1.9 trillion, says MOST

Dec 18, 12:00

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.92 trillion (US$58.53 billion) during January-October 2015, growing 2.48% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Commentary: Is Micron investment in Inotera a good buy?

Dec 18, 11:04

Micron Technology has offered a deal to make Taiwan-based Inotera Memories a wholly-own subsidiary. Micron, which holds a 33% stake in Inotera, is offering to buy the remaining outstanding shares of the local DRAM maker for NT$130 billion (US$3.96 billion).

DRAMeXchange sees a slight DRAM oversupply for 2016

Dec 18, 10:24

The global DRAM supply will outgrow demand only slightly in 2016, and the memory prices will continue their downward trend, according to DRAMeXchange.

Tsinghua Unigroup looking to invest in Phison China subsidiary, says report

Dec 16, 19:44

China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup intends to acquire a 51% stake in Taiwan-based NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics' subsidiary in Hefei of China's Anhui Province, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Semiconductor equipment sales to slip in 2015, says SEMI

Dec 15, 16:13

Worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will decrease 0.6% to US$37.3 billion in 2015, according to SEMI. But in 2016, nominal positive growth is expected resulting in a global market increase of 1.4%.

Nanya to invest up to NT$31.5 billion in Micron

Dec 14, 23:13

Taiwan-based Nanya Technology has announced plans to invest up to NT$31.5 billion (US$958 million) in Micron Technology to acquire the US firm's equity. The planned investment has been approved by Nanya's board of directors.

Micron to acquire Inotera remaining shares

Dec 14, 16:13

Micron Technology and Inotera Memories have signed an agreement for Micron to acquire Inotera's remaining shares for consideration worth NT$30 (approximately US$0.92) per share, according to the US memory chipmaker.

SEMI cuts forecast for 2015, 2016 fab equipment spending

Dec 9, 20:21

SEMI has lowered its forecast for the global 2015 semiconductor fab equipment spending growth to 0.5% from the 5% estimated previously. The industry association also revised downward its growth projection for 2016 fab equipment spending to 2.6% from 6.6%.

Transcend Information posts increased revenues for November

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 15:49

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.322 billion (US$70.7 million) for November 2015, representing a 5.67% increase on month and 2.44% increase on year.

Winbond November revenues up on year

Dec 8, 10:59

Winbond Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.31 billion (US$100.6 million) for November 2015, down 2.3% on month but up 2.6% on year.

Inotera, Nanya report decreased November revenues

Stockwatch - Dec 7, 16:08

November revenues at both Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology declined reflecting continued falls in DRAM chip prices.

Global semiconductor sales increase in October, says SIA

Dec 7, 11:14

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$29.0 billion for the month of October 2015, 1.9% higher than the previous month's total of US$28.4 billion and 2.5% lower than the October 2014 total of US$29.7 billion, according to SIA. The Americas market posted 3.9% growth compared to last month, leading...

Inotera orders NT$2.55 billion of equipment

Stockwatch - Dec 4, 11:12

Inotera Memories recently announced two separate equipment purchases from KLA-Tencor and Tokyo Electron totaling about NT$2.55 billion (US$77.8 million).

IDM IC sales growth likely to outpace fabless in 2015, says IC Insights

Dec 4, 10:56

In 2010, for the first and only time on record thus far, IDM semiconductor sales growth (35%) outpaced fabless semiconductor company sales growth (29%), according to IC Insights. Since very few fabless semiconductor suppliers participate in the memory market, the fabless suppliers did not receive much...

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