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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]

DRAM demand remains weak, say Taiwan makers

May 26, 16:55

DRAM contract prices kicked off growth momentum in the first half of May, as demand from PC OEMs picked up as they prepare to launch new models in the second half of 2009, according...

Taiwan IC production value falls 41% in 1Q09, IEK says

May 22, 12:25

Taiwan's IC production value slid 41% on year to NT$202.3 billion (US$6.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2009, with the manufacturing sector experiencing the largest drop, according...

Home-grown IP crucial to future of Taiwan high-tech industry, says Macronix president

May 19, 17:08

Development of home-grown IP and key technologies will play a decisive role in allowing Taiwan's high-tech industry to keep pace with foreign rivals, said Chih-Yuan Lu, president...

President Ma visiting Macronix headquarters

Nanya and Hynix to hike DRAM contract prices for 2H May

May 19, 16:48

Nanya Technology and Hynix Semiconductor plan to raise DRAM contract prices for late May 2009 in light of expected growing global demand for PCs, according to industry sources in...

PSC to cautiously resume DRAM production, expects Windows 7 to lift demand

May 18, 16:17

Memory chipmaker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) is set to resume production at a gradual pace, but still believes that a level of DRAM chip shortages is likely to occur...

PSC chairman Frank Huang

Taiwan DRAM makers scaling up production

May 15, 17:05

Taiwan's Inotera Memories, Nanya Technology and Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) have recently increased output, as they expect prices to continue its rally in the third...

PSC fails to secure agreement to reset bond conversion price

May 14, 11:17

DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has failed to secure consent for its plan to reset the conversion price of its US$150 million zero coupon convertible bonds from...

DRAM maker PSC seeks to reset ECB conversion price

May 7, 16:05

DRAM chipmaker Power Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) said it will seek to receive approval from its shareholders to reset the conversion price of its US$150 million worth of euro...

Taiwan DRAM makers see narrower losses in 1Q09

May 4, 15:40

Taiwan-based computer-memory chipmakers Inotera Memories, Nanya Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), ProMOS Technologies and Winbond Electronics saw their combined...

Nanya expects transition to DDR3 to accelerate in 2H09

May 4, 15:04

The transition to DDR3 will be sped up by the upcoming launch of PCs with DDR3 in the second half of 2009, according to Pei-Lin Pai, spokesperson for DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technolog...

spokesperson Pei-Lin Pai

Government to reduce Taiwan Memory investment to only one-third

Apr 30, 12:26

Taiwan's economics minister Chii-ming Yiin has reaffirmed that the government will definitely follow through with its plans to found Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), but revealed that...

Winbond losses expand in 1Q09

Apr 29, 11:43

Winbond Electronics, one of Taiwan's struggling computer-memory makers, suffered expanded losses in the first quarter of 2009 due to weakening ASP of commodity DRAM, losses from its...

Samsung said to push DDR3 by offering low prices

Apr 28, 17:15

Samsung Electronics has recently offered low pricing for its 2GB DDR3 parts to some first-tier PC vendors, making its DDR3 module just US$1 more expensive than a 2GB DDR2 module,...

Elpida losses expand in fiscal 2008

Apr 27, 17:01

Japan's Elpida Memory has announced preliminary consolidated financial results for its fiscal 2008 ended March 31, 2009 and plans to release actual results on May 12. The memory chipmaker...

ProMOS gets final nod for NT$3 billion syndicated bank loan

Apr 27, 14:29

ProMOS Technologies has announced that a syndicate of banks has finalized an NT$3 billion (US$89 million) loan, which will enable it to buy back its convertible bonds.

MOEA denies Hsuan is considering resigning from Taiwan Memory project

Apr 27, 11:21

Taiwan's economics minister Chii-ming Yiin on Friday (April 24) dismissed speculation that John Hsuan is considering quitting his role in the government-led Taiwan Memory Company...

John Hsuan

A-Data and Phison to raise capital via private placements

Apr 24, 16:50

Both DRAM and NAND flash spot markets have recently shown more active transactions, which may encourage more memory specialists to initiate capital expansion plans to shore up their...

Reports of memory market recovery greatly exaggerated, says iSuppli

Apr 24, 10:40

Many memory chip suppliers are attempting to paint a more optimistic picture of the business by talking up a potential market recovery, according to iSuppli. However, while overall...

Taiwan DRAM makers question government rescue plans

Apr 23, 15:22

Taiwan's struggling DRAM chipmakers have recently re-voiced concerns for their competitiveness, saying that the Taiwan government's rescue plans have so far resulted in little more...

DRAM maker Rexchip reportedly migrates to 65nm

Apr 23, 11:59

Rexchip Electronics, a DRAM-manufacturing venture between Elpida Memory and Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), has just converted almost all of its 12-inch chip production...

ProMOS may sell 12-inch fabs to Taiwan Memory, sources claim

Apr 21, 17:05

ProMOS Technologies will likely spin off its 12-inch wafer fabs to assist in establishing Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), which has been identified as a government-led project to overhaul...

ProMOS

ProMOS still waiting for bank approval for syndicated loan

Stockwatch - Apr 21, 15:04

ProMOS Technologies has yet to finalize a syndicated bank loan for NT$3 billion (US$90 million) that it needs to redeem convertible bonds.

Formosa Plastics to fully back Nanya capital expansion, say sources

Apr 20, 12:26

The Formosa Plastics Group, the parent company of Taiwan's DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology, will subscribe to new Nanya shares through a private placement, according to company sou...

DRAM chipmaker Nanya to downsize capital by 66%

Apr 17, 16:52

Taiwan's Nanya Technology plans to reduce its paid-in capital by 66% to strengthen its financial structure, and will simultaneously issue a total of no more than eight billion new...

Foxconn reportedly considering investing in Taiwan Memory

Newswatch - Apr 17, 14:57

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is said to be considering investing in Taiwan Memory Company (TMC), according to a Chinese-language report featured on cnYes.co...

Taiwan Memory to submit application for national budget with Micron-Nanya camp to follow suit

Apr 15, 11:02

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) plans to submit an application to the government for a budget of no more than NT$30 billion (US$891 million) from the National Development Fund (NDF) before...

Inotera

Elpida CEO to visit ProMOS and Winbond for partnership talks

Apr 13, 11:58

Yukio Sakamoto, president and CEO of Elpida Memory, will pay another visit to Taiwan this week looking to forge trilateral cooperation with ProMOS Technologies and Winbond Electronics,...

Micron-Nanya camp to build IP for Taiwan DRAM, asking support from government

Apr 10, 15:28

The Micron-Nanya camp has similar goals to those of the Taiwan government in respect to restructuring the island's memory-chip industry, according to CJ Wu, chairman of Nanya Technology...

Nanya chairman CJ Wu

PSC willing to discuss cooperation with Micron-Nanya camp

Apr 10, 14:14

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has said that it is open for discussions about possible cooperation with the DRAM camp formed by Micron Technology, Nanya Technology and...

Micron and Nanya pull out of Taiwan Memory

Apr 9, 17:15

Micron Technology and Nanya Technology, along with their joint venture Inotera Memories, have announced that they will not participate in the formation of Taiwan Memory Company (TM...

Winbond says talks to join Taiwan Memory are ongoing

Stockwatch - Apr 8, 15:41

Taiwan's Winbond Electronics, a computer-memory chipmaker that has progressively switched its business focus to specialty DRAM and NOR flash, has responded via a company filing with...

DRAM maker PSC loan repayment extension approved

Newswatch - Apr 8, 11:03

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced via a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) that it has been granted an extension on repayments of existing bank...

PSC collateralizes Rexchip shares in exchange for fund injection from Kingston

Apr 6, 12:25

Memory chipmaker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has collateralized its stake in Rexchip Electronics in exchange for funding worth NT$2 billion (US$60.4 million) from memory...

Taiwan Memory to secure IP from Elpida, targeting mobile DRAM

Apr 3, 13:58

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) will secure key IP rights from memory chipmaker Elpida Memory to jointly develop new DRAM chips used inside mobile phones, according to John Hsuan. TMC...

Taiwan Memory to buy 10% stake in Elpida, sources claim

Apr 3, 12:32

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) will initially purchase a 10% stake in Elpida Memory, in exchange for the Japan memory chipmaker's patent rights, industry sources familiar with the TMC-Elpida...

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