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Rescuing the DRAM industry
  • The DRAM industry accounts for about 10% of global semiconductor revenues, and chronic oversupply and diminished demand has led to a near collapse in the industry, with related shock waves affecting growth in the semiconductor and related equipment markets.

    In Taiwan, the government has been eyeing a rescue package for struggling DRAM players, but consolidation in the industry is expected to continue.

    Last update: Thursday 27 December 2012 [377 news items]

Commentary: Global 2013 PC DRAM market a three-horse race

Dec 27, 12:07

With Micron Technology's merger with Elpida Memory set to complete, and second-tier players looking to turn their focus away from the PC memory market, the number of commodity DRAM...

Digitimes Research: Elpida bankruptcy to have long-term negative impact on Taiwan DRAM industry

Mar 5, 16:30

The short-term impact of Elpida Memory's bankruptcy on Taiwan-based DRAM chipmakers might be mixed. However, none of the Taiwan companies, which are second-tier suppliers in the global...

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Taiwan reiterates call for cooperation among non-Korean DRAM firms

Feb 29, 16:37

The Taiwan government has reiterated its push for some form of cooperation among US, Japan- and Taiwan-based DRAM chipmakers, according to Tu Chi-chun, director general of the Industrial...

Commentary: Financially-strapped Taiwan DRAM makers have difficulties migrating to sub-20nm processes

Dec 27, 09:39

Taiwan-based DRAM makers will find themselves at a disadvantage to migrate their production to 20nm and below processes, as they struggle to preserve cash for the expenses needed...

Commentary: Elpida's plan to combat competition from Samsung

Oct 12, 10:37

Elpida Memory has plotted a three-year plan to raise its competitiveness in the global DRAM market and counter the threat from Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources in...

Elpida president Yukio Sakamoto

ProMOS to resume normal stock trading on October 26

Sep 13, 16:07

ProMOS Technologies is set to resume trading under normal conditions on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on October 26, following measures to reduce its capital, according to the DRAM...

TIMC to gain government subsidies for NAND flash development

Jun 30, 12:23

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has approved the subsidization up to 40% for Taiwan Innovative Memory Company's (TIMC's) research and development efforts in NAND flash,...

Samsung capacity ramp aims at NAND flash strength, say Taiwan DRAM makers

May 28, 16:41

Taiwan-based DRAM makers believe that Samsung Electronics is more ambitious in widening the gap with its nearest competitor in the NAND flash market, instead of further strengthening...

Samsung 2010 chip capex hints at upcoming boom in PCs, say Taiwan DRAM makers

May 18, 15:04

Samsung Electronics' recently-unveiled capex plans for its memory-chip business in 2010 suggest that the memory chip vendor has foreseen a return to boom times in the PC sector, according...

Rexchip starts trading in Taiwan stock market

Newswatch - Apr 20, 10:01

Rexchip Electronics, a 64%-held subsidiary of Japan's Elpida Memory, began trading on Taiwan's Emerging Stock Board (ESB) today (April 20).

PSC to downsize capital; ProMOS expected to follow suit

Apr 13, 10:34

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has revealed plans to downsize its capital by NT$34.38 billion (US$1.09 billion), or 38%, to NT$56.09 billion. ProMOS Technologies is also...

PSC to start delivery of 40nm NAND flash chips in 2H10

Apr 8, 14:25

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is set to kick off shipments of its 40nm NAND flash chips in the second half of 2010, according to company chairman Frank Huang. Its flash...

Elpida announces plan to draw investment from Kingston

Apr 6, 14:25

Elpida Memory's board of directors has approved plans to issue new shares and convertible bonds worth a total of US$200 million to Kingston Technology. Elpida said the funds would...

ProMOS, Rexchip ramping production on 63nm for Elpida DDR3 chips

Mar 30, 14:55

ProMOS Technologies has started trial runs on 63nm for Elpida Memory DDR3 products, while Rexchip Electronics is set to significantly ramp up chip production using the same node prior...

ProMOS to announce sale of 12-inch fab to Macronix in early April, say sources

Mar 30, 12:23

ProMOS Technologies is set to announce the sale of a 12-inch wafer fab to Macronix International Company (MXIC) in early April, according to industry sources. The income from the...

Nanya to issue new shares

Mar 29, 17:03

Nanya Technology's board of directors has approved the issuing of up to two billion shares at NT$10 (US$0.31) par value per share. The issue is subject to approval by its shareholders...

ProMOS sells equipment for NT$724 million

Stockwatch - Mar 25, 16:11

ProMOS Technologies has issued a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) disclosing a transaction worth around NT$724 million (US$23 million) to dispose of unused equipment...

DRAM industry now in three-year cycle of profitability, says DRAMeXchange

Mar 24, 14:33

DRAMeXchange believes the DRAM industry has entered its profitable years following unprofitable 2007-2009. The research firm in its recent research report pointed out a combination...

Micron says no plans to expand DRAM capacity for 2010

Mar 23, 11:02

Micron Technology has said it has no intention to expand DRAM capacity in 2010, echoing recent remarks made by Samsung Electronics and Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC). Micron...

Samsung and PSC both urge on DRAM capacity control

Mar 17, 10:38

Oh-Hyun Kwon, Semiconductor Business president at Samsung Electronics, made an appeal at the GSA Memory Conference on March 16 to DRAM makers to avoid seeking capacity expansion blindly...

Oh-Hyun Kwon, Semiconductor Business president at Samsung Electronics

Inotera to recruit over 300 employees, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 15, 16:57

DRAM maker Inotera Memories is planning to add an additional 300-400 employees - mostly engineers and R&D staff - which is equivalent to about 10% of its global workforce, according...

Contract quotes for DDR3 and DDR2 chips remain high in early March

Mar 11, 12:13

Contract quotes for 1Gb DDR3 memory have increased to between US$2.41 and US$2.69 in the first half of March, driving the price of 2GB DDR3 modules to US$41.50-43, according to DRAMeXchange...

DRAM maker PSC says 2010 capex to top NT$10 billion

Mar 10, 11:56

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), Taiwan's second-largest DRAM maker in 2009 by revenues, has set a capex goal of NT$10-11 billion (US$315-346 million) for 2010, according...

Nanya to ramp 12-inch output to 50,000 wafers by year-end 2010

Mar 4, 11:50

Nanya Technology plans to ramp up wafer starts at its 12-inch fab from the current 30,000 units to 50,000 units by year-end 2010, according to Jih Lien, president of Taiwan's largest...

Taiwan government will not inject funds into TIMC, says economics minister

Mar 4, 10:36

The Taiwan government has decided to not inject funds into Taiwan Innovative Memory Company (TIMC), and TIMC, as a privately held company, will have to decide its own future, according...

Taiwan's economics minister Shih Yen-shiang

Taiwan economics minister to meet DRAM makers

Mar 3, 10:51

Taiwan's economics minister Shih Yen-shiang will meet officers of 10 DRAM memory-related companies including Nanya Technology, Inotera Memories, Rexchip Electronics and ProMOS Technologies...

Taiwan's economics minister Shih Yen-shiang

ProMOS set to ink deal to sell 12-inch fab

Newswatch - Mar 1, 16:09

DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies has recently made the decision to sell its 12-inch (300mm) wafer fab located at the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) to mask ROM and NOR flash maker Macronix...

DDR2 contract quotes down 2-5% for 1H February, but DDR3 parts up

Feb 11, 11:04

Contract quotes for DDR2 chips have declined 2-5% for the first half of February, pushing the price of 2GB DDR2 modules to US$38-41, according to DRAMeXchange. Meanwhile, prices for...

Micron and Nanya intro 42nm DRAM process, working on 3Xnm

Feb 9, 09:38

Micron Technology and Nanya Technology have unveiled their co-developed 2Gb DDR3 chip using copper-based 42nm DRAM process technology, and said they are also working on a 30nm-class...

42nm 2Gb DDR3

Rexchip goes public, eyes emerging stock listing in 1Q10, says paper

Newswatch - Feb 5, 14:45

Rexchip Electronics, a DRAM-manufacturing joint venture between Elpida Memory and Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), has become a public company and is looking to be listed...

Equipment lead-time constraints good for DRAM industry, says PTI chairman

Feb 5, 10:30

With delivery lead times for immersion scanners extending, supply from upstream DRAM makers will not grow substantially until the fourth quarter of 2010, according to DK Tsai, chairman...

PTI chairman DK Tsai

Quotes for DDR2 chips may surpass DDR3 parts in 2H10, says A-Data executive

Feb 4, 16:12

Prices for DDR2 chips are likely to drift higher and may even top quotes for DDR3 parts in the second half of 2010 due to DRAM makers relocating production to DDR3 chips, according...

A-Data chairman Simon Chen

Rexchip names new chairman

Feb 2, 12:25

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced its president Brian Shieh has resigned and taken over the chairman post of Rexchip Electronics, PSC's joint venture with Elpida...

Samsung announces 2Gb DDR3 using 30nm-class technology

Feb 1, 16:31

Samsung Electronics has announced its first 30nm-class DRAM memory has just successfully completed customer evaluations, in 2Gb densities. With DDR3 SDRAM becoming the predominant...

DRAM revenues up 42% on quarter in 4Q09; non-Korean players gain share, says DRAMeXchange

Feb 1, 14:35

Global DRAM revenues grew 42% sequentially to US$8.682 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009, buoyed by a rebound in chip ASPs and output growth, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung...

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  • Samsung+4Xnm+4Gb+DDR3

    Samsung 4Xnm 4Gb DDR3

    Samsung Electronics has announced it has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's first 4Gb DDR3 device using 40nm-class process technology. Production of the 4Gb DDR3...

    Photo: Company, Feb 25.

  • Micron%2C+Nanya+co%2Ddevelop+2Gb+DDR3+using+42nm+process

    Micron, Nanya co-develop 2Gb DDR3 using 42nm process

    Micron Technology and Nanya Technology have announced that they have jointly developed a 2Gb DDR3 memory device using their new copper-based 42nm DRAM process technology. The new...

    Photo: Company, Feb 10.

  • Intel%2C+Micron+sampling+25nm+8GB+NAND+flash

    Intel, Micron sampling 25nm 8GB NAND flash

    Intel and Micron Technology have jointly introduced a 25nm NAND flash production process technology, which they say provides a more cost-effective path for increasing storage capacity...

    Photo: Company, Feb 3.

  • Hynix+44nm+2Gb+DDR2+for+mobile+applications

    Hynix 44nm 2Gb DDR2 for mobile applications

    Hynix Semiconductor has developed 2-gigabit (2Gb) low-power DDR2 DRAM for mobile applications such as smartphones and tablet PCs, with volume production slated for the first half...

    Photo: Company, Jan 14.

  • Samsung+NAND+flash+with+DDR+interface

    Samsung NAND flash with DDR interface

    Samsung Electronics has kicked off mass production of its 30nm-class, 32Gb, multi-level-cell (MLC) NAND memory with an asynchronous DDR interface. The company began shipping initial...

    Photo: Company, Dec 4.

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