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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]

ProMOS exits flash card business

Jul 15, 11:06

Memory chipmaker ProMOS Technologies has recently completed the sale of its stake at Putian Maode Technologies (Chongqing), a China-based joint venture specializing in flash memory...

DRAM maker PSC does not rule out future partnership with Taiwan Memory, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 13, 16:53

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has softened its attitude towards the government-led Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) project, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

Nanya and Inotera unlikely to secure NT$20-30 billion fund from government, says official

Jul 10, 16:56

The goal of establishing Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) should not be seen as an opportunity for local Taiwan DRAM chipmakers to apply for government funding, according to Taiwan's Economic...

DRAM maker PSC to gain fund injection from PTI and Kingston

Jul 10, 12:36

Powertech Technology (PTI) and Kingston Technology will jointly loan Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) a total of US$125 million, according to a PTI filing with the Taiwan...

Heavy debts may force PSC to exit DRAM business, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 9, 16:52

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), which has just received the nod from bondholders for resetting the conversion price for its ECBs due June 17, 2009, still has debts worth...

Production capacity key to DRAM survival, says Inotera president

Jul 9, 12:21

Taiwan-based DRAM makers should optimize capacity at their 12-inch fabs, which is the key to their survival in the global memory industry, according to Charles Kao, president of Inotera...

Nanya, Inotera sales down in June

Jul 8, 16:50

DRAM makers Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories have reported larger revenue declines on year for June 2009, with the former ending its run of sequential growth.

Samsung said to be subsidizing DRAM operations with NAND flash profits

Jul 7, 17:02

Samsung Electronics has made efforts to provide NAND flash prices that maintain profitability in contrast to its DRAM pricing strategy, according to industry sources in Taiwan. The...

PSC adjusts ECB conversion price to NT$5.25 per share

Newswatch - Jul 6, 11:10

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has reset the conversion price of its US$157.85 million euro convertible bonds (ECBs) at NT$5.25 (US$0.16) per share, the company has anno...

PSC says DRAM ASP and shipments up in June

Jul 6, 10:17

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced unaudited net sales of NT$2.12 billion (US$64.51 million) for June 2009, up 40.9% from May's NT$1.51 billion. The Taiwan-based...

Winbond remains open to Taiwan DRAM industry consolidation, says chairman

Jul 3, 15:45

Winbond Electronics still remains open to the ongoing consolidation in Taiwan's DRAM industry, according to company chairman Arthur Chiao.

Elpida says partnership with PSC remains strong despite its withdrawal from PSC board

Jul 1, 10:01

Elpida Memory has stated that its current relationship with Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) remains the same, despite its exit from PSC's board of directors.

Elpida exits from PSC board

Jun 30, 14:47

Elpida Memory has quietly withdrawn from the board of directors of Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), its strategic partner in Taiwan. Industry sources have indicated that...

PSC allowed to reset ECB conversion price; to cut capex

Jun 29, 11:06

DRAM chipmaker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) gained approval to reset the conversion price of its US$157.85 million worth of euro convertible bonds (ECBs) during its recent...

PSC HQ

DRAM maker Nanya raises over NT$12 billion

Jun 26, 16:39

Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology on June 26 announced that it has raised additional capital of NT$12.22 billion (US$371.31 million) through private placement.

Winbond moving toward reliance on NOR flash, specialty DRAM

Jun 23, 16:35

Winbond Electronics has been transforming its product mix through phasing out standard DRAM and maintaining NOR flash and specialty DRAM as a focus, according to company president...

Tung-Yi Chan, president of Winbond Electronics

PSC says bondholders agree to reset terms

Stockwatch - Jun 22, 16:37

Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced that it has received consent from at least 90% of its bondholders, which is sufficient to allow it to reset the conversion...

ProMOS expects slow DRAM bit growth worldwide in 2009

Jun 22, 15:35

The worldwide DRAM bit growth rate will decelerate to less than 16% in 2009, compared to 50-60% in 2008 and 90% in 2007, according to ProMOS Technologies. Despite the conservative...

PTI tougher on payment terms for DRAM customers

Jun 22, 14:35

Taiwan's Powertech Technology (PTI), a memory packaging and testing specialist, has tightened the payment terms for its Taiwan-based DRAM customers to mitigate against the impact...

Taiwan DRAM makers to apply for government funding soon

Jun 19, 17:10

The soon-to-be established Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), along with technology partner Elpida Memory of Japan, is expected to have its decision makers finalize a proposal to apply...

PSC refutes rumors it plans to reduce stake in Rexchip

Jun 19, 14:46

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has dismissed rumors that it may have to lower its stake in Rexchip Electronics, or hand over one of its 12-inch fabs to the joint venture,...

Nanya gets approval to cut capital

Newswatch - Jun 18, 13:38

Nanya Technology has received approval from Taiwan's Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) to reduce its capital by 66.43% to NT$15.76 billion (US$479.03 million). The DRAM maker...

PSC shares to be downgraded for not settling its ECB issue on time

Newswatch - Jun 18, 11:30

Shares of Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) will be downgraded to a category that requires full delivery in cash on June 19 as the DRAM maker is unable to complete the process...

ProMOS seeking partnerships for restructuring

Jun 17, 15:15

ProMOS Technologies has drafted a restructuring plan to strengthen its operations, according to industry sources. The DRAM chipmaker plans to divide its facilities at the Central...

DRAM prices expected to approach US$2 in 4Q09, says Transcend chairman

Jun 17, 14:15

DRAM prices stand a good chance of approaching US$2 in the fourth quarter, surpassing cost levels, according to Peter Su, chairman of memory module maker Transcend Information. As...

ProMOS to sign supply agreement with Elpida, sources say

Jun 17, 11:53

ProMOS Technologies will sign a DRAM supply agreement with Elpida Memory soon, forming a partnership that may be key to success of the Taiwan government-led Taiwan Memory Company...

ProMOS facilities at CTSP

Inotera recent equipment purchases total more than NT$3 billion

Stockwatch - Jun 15, 16:33

Inotera Memories, a DRAM joint venture between Taiwan's Nanya Technology and Micron Technology of the US, has recently announced three separate equipment purchases from Applied Materials...

DRAM maker ProMOS cuts 550 jobs

Newswatch - Jun 15, 10:13

DRAM chipmaker ProMOS Technologies has recently laid off about 550 employees working at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), where it owns two 12-inch fabs, according to a Chinese-language...

SPIL interested in Taiwan Memory investment

Jun 12, 15:13

IC backend supplier Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has expressed interest in investing in the government-led Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) project, which is seeking investment...

SPIL chairman Bough Lin

PSC resumes talks on ECB conversion price reset

Newswatch - Jun 10, 13:38

DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is again in talks about the possibility of resetting the conversion price of its US$150 million worth of euro convertible bonds...

Winbond running smoothly on 65nm DRAM process

Jun 9, 16:38

Winbond Electronics has said commodity DRAM production at its 65nm process node is progressing with yield rates on the rise. Annual production capacity is expected to reach 8,000...

DRAM contract prices expected to up double-digits in June, says Nanya

Jun 3, 14:34

DRAM contract prices are poised for a double-digit gain in June, according to Pei-Lin Pai, spokesperson for Nanya Technology. Nanya has raised the contract price of its chips, said...

Pei-Lin Pai, vice president of Global Sales & Marketing and spokesman of Nanya

Kingston playing supportive role in Taiwan DRAM rescue: Q&A with company co-founder John Tu

Jun 3, 10:46

Kingston Technology, the US-based memory module maker who has long been a supportive partner for Taiwan's financially-distressed DRAM makers during difficult times, intends to play...

Kingston co-founder John Tu

DRAM prices may return to cost levels in 3Q09, says A-Data chairman

Jun 3, 10:46

DRAM prices stand a good chance of returning to cost levels in the third quarter of 2009, but they may not stay there for too long before falling again, according to Simon Chen, chairman...

Simon Chen, chairman of A-Data Technology

Nanya to raise NT$30 billion for migration to 50nm

Jun 2, 12:51

The board of directors at DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has approved a plan to raise more than NT$15 billion (US$464 million) through a private placement at the end of June. Backed...

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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.

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    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.

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    Intel, Micron sampling 25nm 8GB NAND flash

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    Photo: Company, Feb 3.

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    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

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