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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]

Nanya and Inotera 2010 capex to rise

Oct 22, 10:41

Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories plan to increase their capex for 2010 to accelerate their process advancement, according to the companies. Both Taiwan-based DRAM makers have...

PSC stands chance of turning a profit in 4Q09, says chairman

Oct 21, 14:52

DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is likely to return to profit in the fourth quarter of 2009, if DRAM prices remain above US$2, according to company chairman Frank...

PSC seeks government funding for new NAND flash company

Oct 21, 11:28

Taiwan-based DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has developed its in-house NAND flash technology portfolio, and has submitted an application for government funding...

PSC chairman Frank Huang

Taiwan government confirms TIMC and PSC submitted applications for aid

Stockwatch - Oct 21, 10:16

In addition to Taiwan Innovation Memory Company (TIMC, previously called Taiwan Memory Company), Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has also submitted a restructuring plan...

Nanya and Inotera may not apply for government funding

Oct 20, 15:04

Taiwan-based Nanya Technology and its joint venture with Micron Technology, Inotera Memories, may be forced to withdraw their application for government funding following the sudden...

Taiwan government urges DRAM makers to apply for funding as deadline draws near

Oct 16, 17:07

Officials from the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under Taiwan's Economics Ministry have issued a statement urging the local DRAM makers to actively support the development of...

Elpida sees operating profit in fiscal 2Q09

Oct 16, 16:18

Elpida Memory has announced preliminary results indicating that consolidated revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 rose 32% sequentially to 96 billion yen (US$2.97 billion),...

Inotera and Nanya announce machinery purchases

Stockwatch - Oct 15, 12:18

DRAM makers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have recently spent NT$8.28 billion (US$257 million) and NT$1.26 billion, respectively, on new equipment, according to company filings...

PSC mulls buying back Rexchip shares from Elpida, say sources

Oct 15, 11:42

Taiwan-based DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is mulling the possibility of buying back a portion of the Rexchip Electronics shares it has sold to Japan-based...

Elpida acquires more Rexchip shares from PSC

Oct 15, 10:47

Elpida Memory on October 14 announced that it has acquired a larger shareholding in Rexchip Electronics in order to strengthen the management of the consolidated subsidiary's operations...

Qimonda sets up IP licensing group

Oct 13, 15:46

Qimonda has announced the establishment of Qimonda Licensing, a company responsible for the licensing and exploitation of its worldwide patent portfolio. The IP licensing company...

Taiwan DRAM makers stepping up output to cash in on DDR2 price hikes

Oct 13, 14:37

As 1Gb DDR2 prices have been rising toward US$2.50, Taiwan-based DRAM makers have immediately hiked their production in an attempt to turn their operations profitable, according to...

Rexchip breaks even in 3Q09, says PSC

Oct 6, 15:51

Rexchip Electronics may have broken even in the third quarter of 2009, according to Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) vice president and spokesperson Eric Tang. The joint...

Taiwan Memory on track to tap niche market; commodity DRAM not a focus, says Hsuan

Oct 6, 14:41

John Hsuan, who has been tapped to set up Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), has said the TMC project has been implemented as scheduled and will not be interrupted by recent complaints...

John Hsuan of TMC

Nanya and Inotera September 2009 sales return to on-year growth track

Oct 5, 16:50

Nanya Technology saw September 2009 revenues return to an on-year growth track ending its run of drops since March 2007, while Inotera Memories also reported on-year revenue growth...

Commentary: US government action spells trouble for TMC and Elpida

Oct 5, 16:50

The restructuring process of Taiwan's ailing DRAM industry, led by the government-backed Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), is likely heading into a storm now that the US government has...

DDR2 price rally may last no more than six months, says analyst

Oct 1, 12:00

Prices of DDR2 chips will continue to enjoy a rally and probably surge over those quoted for DDR3 parts, but the honeymoon period is expected to last for six months at best before...

Winbond procures US$23 million worth of equipment from Qimonda

Stockwatch - Oct 1, 10:18

Taiwan-based memory chipmaker Winbond Electronics has acquired US$23 million worth of equipment from Qimonda, which filed for bankruptcy in January, according to its filing with the...

DDR2 spot prices hit US$2 earlier than expected

Sep 28, 11:41

Recent spot prices for DDR2 1Gb 800MHz chips climbed to US$2, according to DRAMeXchange. The growth momentum accelerated faster than previously expected, and may enable upstream memory...

Samsung boosting DDR3 output, expects tightness to ease soon, says exec

Sep 23, 11:14

Samsung Electronics is aggressively ramping up production of DDR3 chips, according to Oh-Hyun Kwon, president of the company's semiconductor business. As a result, current chip shortages...

Oh-Hyun Kwon, president, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics

Taiwan DRAM makers see operations generate net inflow of cash

Sep 22, 17:02

Taiwan-based DRAM makers Inotera Memories, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) and ProMOS Technologies have had their business operations turning from net outflow into inflow...

ProMOS to partner with Taiwan Memory, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 18, 14:53

ProMOS Technologies, which has long been speculated to join the formation of Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), is expected to soon call off its compulsory unpaid leave policy and announce...

Taiwan new economic minister says no change in DRAM overhaul plan

Sep 17, 10:51

Taiwan's new economic minister Shih Yen-shiang has remarked that the government's direction of restructuring the island's capacity-driven DRAM sector will continue to follow what...

Winbond says no consolidation talks recently

Sep 16, 11:57

Winbond Electronics is striving to phase out standard DRAM production, and has recently not been approached about participating in either Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) or the Micron-Nanya...

Winbond HQ

Cabinet reshuffle may leave Taiwan Memory in limbo, say DRAM makers

Sep 14, 11:15

Taiwan's recent cabinet reshuffle may create uncertainties and challenges for the newly-established Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), seen as a government-led project to overhaul the island's...

John Hsuan and Taiwan's newly-appointed economic minister

Taiwan DRAM makers still struggling as competitors turning a profit

Sep 10, 12:18

Hynix Semiconductor will be the second among DRAM makers to swing back to profitability in the third quarter of 2009, followed by Micron Technology and Elpida Memory in 2010, according...

Winbond revenues up 5% in August

Sep 9, 16:52

Taiwan's Winbond Electronics, which is shifting its focus away from standard DRAM, has posted an on-year revenue growth for the second straight month in August 2009. On a sequential...

Nanya and Inotera see better August

Sep 3, 16:04

DRAM maker Nanya Technology has announced revenues of NT$3.65 billion (US$111 million) for August 2009, and saw the on-year growth improve to negative 8% compared to double-digit...

A-Data draws investment from KYEC

Sep 3, 15:22

Logic IC and memory testing house King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) has announced it plans to subscribe to 600,000 shares out of a total of 12 million new shares to be released...

Simon Chen, chairman of A-Data Technology

DRAM maker PSC revenues down more than 47% on year in August

Sep 3, 12:12

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced revenues for August 2009 slid 47.57% on year to NT$2.64 billion (US$80 million), showing improvement compared to revenue drops...

DDR2-DDR3 crossover draws near

Sep 2, 11:27

The crossover between DDR2 and DDR3 pricing may take place soon, and is expected to benefit Taiwan's struggling DRAM makers in the short term, according to market sources.

ProMOS loss narrows in 2Q09

Aug 31, 16:10

DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies has announced a net loss of NT$2.38 billion (US$72 million) for the second quarter of 2009, showing significant improvement compared to losses of NT$8.59...

PSC loss widens in 2Q09; to sell more Rexchip shares to Elpida

Aug 31, 10:55

Taiwan-based Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) saw wider losses on both sequential and annual bases in the second quarter of 2009.

ProMOS to see positive cash flow in 3Q09

Aug 28, 11:07

ProMOS Technologies may start generating positive cash flow in the third quarter of 2009, as DRAM pricing has rebounded to over US$1.50, according to company sources. The Taiwan-based...

ProMOS HQ

Strong bit growth and weak capex to favor NAND flash suppliers, says IC Insights

Aug 28, 10:22

The flash memory market is setting up for a dramatic shift in the supply-demand balance - one that will greatly favor NAND flash memory suppliers in the next several years, according...

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    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.

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    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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