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.

  • 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 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'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+HQ
    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...
  • John+Hsuan+and+Taiwan%27s+newly%2Dappointed+economic+minister
    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...
  • 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

    Wednesday 9 September 2009
    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

    Thursday 3 September 2009
    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

    Thursday 3 September 2009
    Simon+Chen%2C+chairman+of+A%2DData+Technology
    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...
  • 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

    Wednesday 2 September 2009
    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

    Monday 31 August 2009
    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...
  • Taiwan-based Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) saw wider losses on both sequential and annual bases in the second quarter of 2009.
  • ProMOS+HQ
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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

    Wednesday 19 August 2009
    PSC+HQ
    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...
  • 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 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 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,...
  • 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+chairman+Bough+Lin
    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...
  • 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+HQ
    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...
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