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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]

KYEC announces Taiwan Memory investment

Newswatch - Aug 21, 10:33

Logic IC and memory testing house King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) announced on August 20 that its board of directors has approved the investment in Taiwan Memory Company (TMC)...

Taiwan Memory approved to locate at HSP

Newswatch - Aug 20, 15:46

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), which recently completed its registration with the Commerce Department of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), has obtained official approval...

DRAM maker PSC scaling up production

Aug 19, 10:44

DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has increased production to 80,000 wafers per month, up from 40,000 units in the second quarter, according to industry sources...

PSC HQ

DRAM module maker PQI to issue CBs, new shares

Stockwatch - Aug 17, 15:39

DRAM module maker Power Quotient International (PQI) plans to issue five-year domestic convertible bonds (CBs) worth no more than NT$600 million (US$18.2 million) to strengthen its...

Micron set to ramp 40nm production at end of 2009

Aug 17, 15:32

Micron Technology is scheduled to kick off volume production using 40nm process technology at its 12-inch wafer fab in Singapore at the end of 2009, according to the company. The...

Taiwan Memory may fail, says Inotera executive VP

Aug 17, 15:04

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), a Taiwan government-funded memory company partnering with Japan-based Elpida Memory, may not succeed in revitalizing Taiwan's ailing memory-chip industry,...

MediaTek clarifies speculation on Taiwan Memory investment

Newswatch - Aug 17, 12:06

Speculation circulated last week in Taiwan that MediaTek planned to invest NT$1 billion (US$30.36 million) in Taiwan Memory Company (TMC). In response, MediaTek has said that its...

SPIL board approves investment in Taiwan Memory

Aug 14, 10:24

Packaging and testing house Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has announced its board of directors on August 13 approved plans to invest in Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), making...

SPIL chairman Bough Lin

DDR2 spot prices to reach US$1.50 or beyond, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 13, 15:13

Spot prices for DDR2 1Gb chips are expected to reach US$1.50 or even higher in the second half of 2009 because of tighter supply, according to DRAMeXchange. Pricing has trended upward...

Winbond inks GDDR licensing deal with Qimonda

Aug 13, 10:13

Winbond Electronics has entered into a license, sale and purchase agreement regarding GDDR products with the insolvency administrator of Qimonda. Under the deal, Winbond will acquire...

Winbond HQ

Winbond July revenues up, outperforming domestic peers

Aug 11, 15:20

Winbond Electronics saw its revenues return to a growth track in July 2009, after posting on-year drops for 26 straight months. The Taiwan-based DRAM maker outperformed its domestic...

DDR3 prices up by double-digits in 1H August, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 10, 15:58

The average contract price of 1Gb DDR3 chips has continued to rally to US$1.50 in the first half of August, up 11.9% sequentially, according to data gathered by DRAMeXchange. Thanks...

Inotera loss narrows in 2Q09, on track to migrate to 50nm

Aug 7, 11:57

Inotera Memories, a joint venture between Micron Technology and Nanya Technology, saw its net loss for second-quarter 2009 narrow to NT$4.11 billion (US$125 million) compared to a...

Inotera president Charles Kao

Nanya reports narrower loss for 2Q09 with ASPs up 31%

Aug 6, 16:11

Nanya Technology has announced revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009 increased 31% sequentially to NT$8.09 billion (US$247 million), with the net loss narrowing to NT$6.55...

DRAM prices unlikely to go beyond US$2 in near term, says Transcend chairman

Aug 6, 10:15

DRAM prices are unlikely to rise beyond US$2 in the near term meaning Taiwan-based DRAM makers will be unable to raise new funds to migrate into next-generation 50nm, according to...

Transcend chairman Peter Su

DRAM revenues up 27% in 2Q09, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 5, 14:01

DRAM revenues grew 27.1% sequentially to US$4.04 billion in the second quarter of 2009, when the average price at the contract market went up by 23%, according to DRAMeXchange, which...

MOEA confirms financial-aid application submitted by Taiwan Memory

Aug 5, 11:58

An application on behalf of Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) has been submitted to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) seeking government funding, according to Taiwan's vice economic...

John Hsuan

Winbond set to exit standard DRAM business, to add GDDR line

Aug 5, 11:06

Winbond Electronics plans to lower its sales proportion from standard DRAM to 10% in 2010, and gradually phase out the business, according to company president Tung-Yi Chan. The Taiwan-based...

Winbond president Tung-Yi Chan

Winbond seeking to enter licensing agreement with Qimonda for graphics DRAM

Aug 4, 16:50

Winbond Electronics announced on August 4 that its board of directors has approved a proposal to enter a product transfer and technology licensing agreement with Qimonda for licensing...

Nanya and Inotera post double-digit sequential revenue growth in July

Aug 4, 15:31

DRAM makers Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories have posted double-digit sequential revenue growth for July 2009, thanks to rising chip ASPs and improved shipments.

Nanya set to resume normal stock trading

Newswatch - Jul 29, 12:12

Nanya Technology is expected to resume trading under normal conditions on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on August 26, following measures to reduce its capital, according to the...

Samsung to raise DDR2 prices, sources claim

Jul 28, 15:10

Samsung Electronics is mulling raising the quote for its 1Gb DDR2 chips to US$1.50, as it is revising its pricing strategy, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

PSC to receive NT$450 million loan from ASE

Stockwatch - Jul 27, 10:13

IC packaging and testing house Advanced Engineering Semiconductor (ASE) has announced that its board of directors has approved a NT$450 million (US$13.7 million) loan to DRAM maker...

ProMOS terminates partnership with Hynix

Jul 24, 10:28

ProMOS Technologies issued a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on July 23 stating that its agreement with Hynix Semiconductor on 54nm DRAM manufacturing has been terminated...

ProMOS HQ

Taiwan government still calling for consolidation among DRAM makers

Jul 23, 15:04

The Taiwan government will continue to push local DRAM makers to develop in-house technologies, and expects players to eventually consolidate into one or two camps, according to Tu...

Tu Chi-chun, director general of the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under Taiwan's economics m

DRAM maker Inotera soliciting equity investment from Intel, say sources

Jul 23, 11:29

Inotera Memories, a joint venture between Micron Technology and Nanya Technology, is currently soliciting equity investment from Intel through its planned issuance of global depositary...

Inotera HQ

Taiwan DRAM makers may gain access to state funds along with TMC

Jul 22, 11:06

Officials from the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under Taiwan's economics ministry on July 21 met with local DRAM makers to spell out requirements to access state funds. The...

Nanya to raise DRAM contract prices by 5-10%, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 20, 14:58

Nanya Technology plans to raise DDR2 contract prices by 5-10% in July after concluding negotiations with PC OEMs, a Chinese-language Econonic Daily News report cited company...

Taiwan DRAM makers aim to restore capacity in 2H09

Jul 20, 11:47

Taiwan-based DRAM makers Inotera Memories, Nanya Technology and Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) have been actively looking for funding to restore production capacity, pinning...

Inotera announces net loss for 2Q09

Newswatch - Jul 17, 10:42

Inotera Memories has announced a net loss of NT$4.11 billion (US$124.73 million) for the second quarter of 2009, narrowing from a loss of NT$5.31 billion for the first quarter. However,...

Inotera to issue GDRs to fund 50nm transition

Jul 17, 09:53

Inotera Memories' board of directors has decided to issue GDRs equivalent to a total of up to 800 million stocks in order to raise around NT$10 billion (US$303.81 million). The funding...

Winbond remains cautious about expansion

Jul 16, 14:45

Winbond Electronics, a Taiwan-based DRAM maker that has diversified its products to include niche memory and NOR flash, has said its capital spending for 2009 may be less than its...

Taiwan DRAM makers to keep capex low for 2009

Jul 16, 11:28

Taiwan DRAM makers are expected to keep their capex budgets low for 2009, even as the industry recovers from a prolonged slump, according to market watchers. Nanya Technology and...

Winbond signs NT$3.7 billion syndicated loan

Jul 15, 15:17

Winbond Electronics, a Taiwan-based memory chipmaker, on July 15 announced that it has signed a NT$ 3.7 billion (US$112.2 million) three-year syndicated loan agreement with nine banks...

Inotera reschedules 2Q09 investors conference

Stockwatch - Jul 15, 12:19

Inotera Memories has announced the company's second-quarter investors conference will be held on August 6, according its company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). Along...

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    Photo: Company, Feb 25.

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    Photo: Company, Feb 10.

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    Photo: Company, Jan 14.

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