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  • Taiwan premier worried about lack in investment in emerging industries

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 21:20

  • China-based smartphone vendor Meitu plans to offer IPO in Hong Kong in 4Q16

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 21:19

  • Taiwan July manufacturing production index up, says MOEA

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 21:19

  • Nvidia unveils Tegra Parker mobile SoC

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 21:18

  • HTC to take part in TGS 2016

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:26

  • Innolux, AUO to showcase 100-inch TV panel, AMOLED panels at Touch Taiwan 2016

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:25

  • Digitimes Research: China mobile AP shipments increase 8% in 2Q16

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:23

  • Digitimes Research: China IC designers expected to share up to 30% of 2016 global fingerprint sensor shipments

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:17

  • Taiwan market: Acer, Chunghwa Telecom cooperate to launch smart mobile office solution

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:15

  • Vendors mostly adopt on-board memory in Apollo Lake notebooks, say Taiwan makers

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:13

  • Sharp plans to buy back TV business operations in US, Europe

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:09

  • TSMC seeing 28nm chip orders slow down

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:07

  • TSMC orders equipment for NT$7.69 billion

    Before Going to Press | Aug 23, 20:07

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Digitimes Research: China IC self-sufficiency rate to reach 40% by 2020

Aug 23, 11:26

China is set to improve the self-sufficiency rate for ICs in the nation to 40% in 2020, and could even exceed the target ratio, according to Digitimes Research.

Winbond flash chip adopted in Samsung Galaxy Note 7, says report

Aug 22, 14:24

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics has entered the supply chain for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7-series smartphones with its flash memory, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Memoright expands presence in eMCP field

Aug 22, 10:29

Memoright has grown its customer base in the handset eMCP field with monthly shipments already surpassing one million devices, according to company president Alex Kuo.

Global 2Q16 mobile DRAM revenues increase 17%, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 19, 12:35

Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 17.2% sequentially to US$3.93 billion in the second quarter of 2016, according to DRAMeXchange. Rising smartphone shipments from China-based vendors including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, as well as the overall bit supply, led to the revenue increase.

Korea DRAM firm rumored to scrap 30,000-50,000 wafers produced at 21nm

Aug 19, 11:41

A DRAM production slip-up has forced a Korea-based vendor to scrap 30,000-50,000 wafers from its 21nm node, according to industry sources.

Phison to merge subsidiaries

Stockwatch - Aug 17, 22:14

Taiwan-based Phison Electronics has disclosed plans to consolidate the company's resources by merging with two offshore subsidiaries, which have been embroiled in a US$40 million accounting fraud.

NAND flash vendors raising quotes on tight supply

Aug 17, 15:41

NAND flash vendors have increased chip prices citing strong demand for new smartphones particularly the iPhone 7 featuring up to 256GB of storage, according to industry sources. Prices will keep soaring until the fourth quarter of 2016.

MediaTek, AMD sales surge in 2Q16, says IC Insights

Aug 17, 11:09

IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-20 semiconductor suppliers in the second quarter of 2016, and identified MediaTek and AMD as the fastest-growing companies.

Micron, Silicon Motion team up for UFS solutions

Aug 17, 11:07

Micron Technology is working with its controller partner Silicon Motion Technology to develop controller solutions for Universal Flash Storage (UFS) chips, according to industry sources. The pair is already partnering for SSD controller solutions.

Winbond signs NT$12 billion syndicated loan

Aug 15, 21:44

Winbond Electronics has signed a NT$12 billion (US$382.8 million) syndicated loan agreement with 17 local banks in Taiwan, according to the memory chipmaker.

DRAM market set to fall 19% in 2016, says IC Insights

Aug 15, 10:17

The year 2016 is not expected to be a good one for the total memory market and the main culprit is DRAM, according to IC Insights. Declining shipments of desktop and notebook computers, the biggest users of DRAM, as well as declining tablet shipments and slowing growth of smartphone units have created...

Global 2Q16 DRAM revenues rise 6%, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 12, 10:41

Sales in the global DRAM market increased 6.3% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, thanks mainly to bit supply growth, according to DRAMeXchange.

Phison posts NT$9.58 EPS for 1H16

Aug 12, 09:59

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics has reported net profits of NT$1.88 billion (US$60.2 million) for the first half of 2016. EPS for the six-month period reached NT$9.58, up 4.7% from a year earlier.

Toppan Photomasks approves new advanced production capacity and technology project for 65nm to 14nm nodes in China

Aug 11, 22:16

Toppan Photomasks (TPI) has announced the approval of the next phase of investment for its recently expanded factory in Shanghai, China operated under Toppan Photomasks Company Limited, Shanghai (TPCS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TPI.

Powerchip nets NT$1.39 in 1Q16 EPS

Aug 11, 10:27

Foundry chipmaker Powerchip Technology has reported net profits of NT$3.08 billion (US$99.6 million) for the first half of 2016, down 45% from a year ago. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$1.39.

Adata 2Q16 profits fall 26.5%

Aug 11, 10:23

Memory module firm Adata Technology has announced net profits for the second quarter of 2016 declined 26.5% sequentially to NT$88.25 million (US$2.85 million). EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.41.

Micron intros mobile 3D NAND solution for smartphones

Aug 11, 10:20

Micron Technology has introduced the company's first 3D NAND memory technology optimized for mobile devices and its first products based on the UFS 2.1 standard. Micron's initial mobile 3D NAND-based 32GB solution is targeted specifically for the high and mid-end smartphone segments which make up approximately...

Inotera names new CFO

Aug 10, 11:06

DRAM maker Inotera Memories has announced the appointment of Richard Mealey-Ozawa as company CFO effective August 9, 2016.

Transcend Information sees July revenues decline

Stockwatch - Aug 9, 16:00

Transcend Information has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.769 billion (US$56.29 million) for July 2016, representing a 4.44% drop on month and 15.38% drop on year.

Taiwan memory chipmakers post revenue growth for July

Aug 9, 11:20

Specialty DRAM and flash chipmaker Winbond Electronics has disclosed revenues for July 2016 climbed to the highest since August 2010, while mask ROM and flash specialist Macronix International's July revenues soared to a 21-month high. Meanwhile, DRAM firm Nanya Technology saw its July revenues increase...

Taiwan prosecutors investigating Phison for possible accounting fraud

Aug 9, 11:08

Hsinchu district prosecutors are investigating Phison Electronics and its subsidiaries for possible accounting fraud and the accuracy of financial representations made to the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Phison investigated for possible accounting fraud

Huge 2H16 spending surge expected from Samsung, TSMC and Intel, says IC Insights

Aug 4, 15:31

IC Insights has forecast that semiconductor industry capital spending will increase by only 3% in 2016 after declining by 2% in 2015. However, driven by the top three spenders, Samsung, TSMC and Intel, capital spending in 2016 is expected to be heavily skewed toward the second half of the year.

Memory chip industry set for an uptick in 3Q16

Aug 3, 16:10

The memory chip industry is set for an upturn in the third quarter of 2016 as inventories in the market have almost been cleared in the last two quarters and price hikes have become more apparent, according to industry sources.

XMC announces establishment of Yangtze River Storage Tech

Aug 2, 11:04

Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing (XMC) has announced the establishment of Yangtze River Storage Technology (YRST), which will be formed with goverment subsidies and investments from several government-owned groups.

Memory module maker Innodisk reports decreased earnings for 2Q16, launches new products

Newswatch - Aug 1, 11:52

Innodisk has reported net profits of NT$94 million (US$2.944 million) for the second quarter of 2016, down 25.98% sequentially and 16.81% on year. EPS for the quarter stood at NT$1.50 compared to NT$2.04 a quarter earlier.

Winbond posts NT$0.18 EPS for 2Q16

Jul 29, 10:51

Winbond Electronics has performed relatively stably compared to other Taiwan-based memory chipmakers. The maker of specialty DRAM and flash memory chips has reported EPS of NT$0.18 (US$0.01) for the second quarter of 2016, and EPS of NT$0.40 for the first half of the year.

Western Digital announces 64-layer 3D NAND technology

Jul 29, 10:45

Western Digital has successfully developed next-generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS3, with 64 layers of vertical storage capability, according to the company. Pilot production of the new technology has commenced at its Yokkaichi, Japan joint venture facilities and initial output is expected later in...

Macronix remains in the red

Jul 28, 21:31

Taiwan-based Macronix International, a manufacturer of flash and mask ROM memory chips mainly for consumer electronics applications, saw its net losses improve to NT$691 million (US$21.6 million) in the second quarter of 2016 from losses of NT$891 million in the prior quarter. EPS for the most recent...

Samsung 2Q16 operating profits rise 18% on brisk smartphone sales

Jul 28, 15:11

Samsung Electronics has announced operating profits of KRW8.14 trillion (US$7.24 billion) for the second quarter of 2016, up 21.9% on quarter and 18% from a year earlier, while revenues increased 2.3% sequentially and 4.9% on year to KRW50.94 trillion.

Nanya, Inotera deals with Micron still proceeding

Jul 28, 09:49

Taiwan-based DRAM makers Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories have both reached deals with Micron Technology of the US, which will have Inotera become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Micron, and have Nanya subscribe to up to NT$31.5 billion (US$958 million) worth of new Micron shares. The deals continue...

Nanya 2Q16 profits fall

Jul 27, 21:28

DRAM maker Nanya Technology has announced net profits for the second quarter of 2016 declined 78.5% sequentially to NT$397 million (US$87.6 million) with EPS reaching NT$0.14.

Intel Dalian fab put into operation, says report

Jul 26, 14:34

Intel's 12-inch fab in Dalian has been put into operaton for the manufacture of non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM) chips, according to a ChinaNews website report.

SK Hynix profits fall

Jul 26, 13:48

SK Hynix has announced consolidated revenues increased 8% sequentially to KRW3.94 trillion (US$3.47 billion) in the second quarter of 2016 thanks to "increased product shipments beyond expectation, courtesy of memory demand recovery." However, due to falling prices of memory chips, SK Hynix'...

Silicon Motion raises 2016 revenue outlook

Jul 25, 10:34

Silicon Motion Technology has revised upward its revenue outlook for 2016 after posting record results for the second quarter.

Fab tool book-to-bill slips

Jul 22, 14:41

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.00 in June, down from 1.09 in May, according to SEMI.

Micron to acquire Cando plant

Jul 21, 22:11

Micron Technology plans to buy touch panel maker Cando's plant in central Taiwan, which will be operated by Powertech Technology (PTI) to provide the US memory vendor packaging and testing services, according to industry sources.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to drop 0.7% in 2016, says Gartner

Jul 21, 21:12

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decrease 0.7% to US$64.3 billion in 2016, according to Gartner. This is up from the estimated 2% decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

Commentary: Micron losses set to continue

Jul 19, 14:05

Micron Technology has announced that it will continue to suffer losses in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 (June-August 2016), marking three consecutive quarterly losses. The losses are expected to come despite the fact that it has begun producing DRAM chips with a 20nm process, and rivals Samsung...

Toshiba, Western Digital open new flash memory fab in Japan

Jul 18, 10:38

Toshiba and Western Digital have jointly announced the opening of a new fab in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan, which will support the conversion of the companies' 2D NAND capacity to 3D NAND.

Micron intros SLC NAND flash for IoT and automotive

Jul 15, 16:02

Micron Technology has announced its newest embedded SLC NAND flash optimized for the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive applications. Available with differing interfaces to accommodate design, Micron's second-generation serial (SPI) NAND and fifth-generation parallel SLC NAND,...

MCP product vendor ESMT landing more orders from white-box handset makers, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 15, 11:13

Memory product provider Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) has received more orders for MCP (multi-chip-package) memory products from China-based white-box handset makers for production of feature phones, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Micron likely to soon finalize deal for Inotera

Jul 14, 15:00

Micron Technology executives including CEO Mark Durcan and CFO Ernie Maddock have already arrived in Taiwan raising speculation that the US firm will finalize its planned deal to acquire DRAM firm Inotera Memories as early as tomorrow (July 15).

Inotera buys equipment from Canon

Stockwatch - Jul 13, 11:48

Inotera Memories has announced a purchase of semiconductor equipment from Canon for NT$787 million (US$24.5 million).

Nanya June revenues rise, Inotera fall

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 16:11

DRAM maker Nanya Technology saw its June revenues increase 5.7% sequentially while fellow company Inotera Memories' revenues fell 6.3% on month.

Fujian Jin Hua to break ground for new DRAM fab in mid-July, say reports

Jul 11, 16:00

Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit will break ground for a new 12-inch wafer fab on July 16, according to media reports in China. The facility will be engaged in the manufacture of DRAM products using production technology developed by Taiwan's United Microelectronics (UMC).

Global 2016 semiconductor market to fall 1%, says IC Insights

Jul 11, 10:45

The weak global economy and poor DRAM market conditions have prompted IC Insights to lower its semiconductor market growth forecast for 2016 to negative 1%, according to the market research firm.

Phison posts record 2Q16 revenues

Jul 8, 10:03

Memory device controller supplier Phison Electronics saw its second-quarter revenues climb to a record high of NT$10.46 billion (US$323.4 million).

Winbond, Macronix post mixed June results

Jul 7, 15:34

Non-PC memory specialist Macronix International saw its June revenues decrease 2.3% sequentially while fellow company Winbond Electronics' revenues registered a 1.9% on-month increase.

Adata June revenues rise

Jul 7, 14:37

Memory module maker Adata Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.88 billion (US$58.2 million) for June 2016, up 22.6% sequentially and 25.7% on year.

Global semiconductor sales up slightly in May, says SIA

Jul 7, 10:11

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$26.0 billion for the month of May 2016, an increase of 0.4% compared to the previous month's total of US$25.9 billion, but a decrease of 7.7% compared to the May 2015 total of US$28.1 billion, according to SIA.

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