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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]

Taiwan Memory not focusing on capacity, says economics minister

Apr 2, 12:24

Taiwan's economics minister Chii-ming Yiin has reiterated that the formation of Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) does not intend to build any wafer plants, but to develop a technology-independent...

Taiwan Memory to be DRAM IP company; still in talks with Micron

Apr 1, 16:45

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) will position itself as an IP company that will initially outsource production to local DRAM chipmakers, John Hsuan said today following confirmation that...

John Hsuan

Elpida chosen as technology partner of Taiwan Memory

Apr 1, 13:49

Japan's Elpida Memory, the world's third-largest DRAM chipmaker, has been selected as a strategic technology partner of Taiwan Memory Company (TMC). Details of the collaboration have...

Kingston reiterates no decision made to invest in Taiwan Memory

Apr 1, 11:45

Kingston Technology has reiterated that currently no decision has been made regarding its investment in Taiwan Memory Company (TMC). Kingston will evaluate the possibility only if...

ProMOS tender succeeds with 80% of bondholders agreeing buyback

Mar 31, 12:29

Taiwan's ProMOS Technologies has announced that the official total tender offer result, which includes both those who accepted the tender offer and those who agreed to hold to maturity,...

Announcement of Taiwan Memory partner postponed

Mar 31, 11:52

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs said on March 30 that the partner of Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) has not been decided yet, dismissing speculation that an announcement concerning...

ProMOS to release tender offer results soon

Stockwatch - Mar 30, 10:43

ProMOS Technologies has announced that the tender offer relating to its outstanding US$350 million zero coupon convertible bonds (CBs) due 2012 expired at 14:00 (UTC) on March 27,...

Commentary: Rising chip prices may undermine Taiwan Memory

Mar 30, 10:35

Taiwan downstream DRAM makers are saying that the leading DRAM vendors, Samsung Electronics, Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology and Elpida Memory, are no longer tolerating low...

Taiwan DRAM should move to integrate and develop strength in IP, says SMIC CEO

Mar 26, 16:13

Integration is shaping up to become a major trend in the semiconductor industry, and the route will also be followed by Taiwan's DRAM-chip sector, according to Richard Chang, CEO...

SMIC CEO Richard Chang

Elpida newly-founded units to raise US$469 million via private placement

Mar 26, 12:12

Japan's Elpida Memory, the world's third-largest DRAM chipmaker, has announced that two of its consolidated subsidiaries, EBS and ECM, decided at a general shareholder meetings held...

PSC chairman says DRAM shortage will occur in 3Q

Mar 26, 12:07

Frank Huang, chairman of Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), said during a press conference held yesterday (March 25) that the DRAM chip sector will experience a substantial...

PSC chairman Frank Huang

ProMOS still facing loan uncertainty

Newswatch - Mar 24, 16:58

DRAM chipmaker ProMOS Technologies has seen more than 79% of its ECB bondholders accept its tender offer, meeting the minimum ratio set by its syndicate banks in order to gain a loan...

PSC commits to cooperating with government, but gives priority to self-rescue efforts

Mar 23, 17:10

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) will follow the Taiwan government's plans for overhauling the country's DRAM industry although there is a discrepancy between the government's...

PSC chairman Frank Huang

DRAM chipmakers Nanya and Inotera gain capital support from Formosa Plastics

Mar 23, 11:50

Taiwan's Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories have received additional capital of over NT$10 billion (US$296 million) from parent company the Formosa Plastics Group, according to...

Inotera HQ

ProMOS says more than 79% of bondholders accepting buyback offer

Mar 23, 10:33

Taiwan's ProMOS Technologies has announced that as of March 23, 2009, more than 79% of bondholders (number excluding the 12% held by its syndicate banks) have indicated their intention...

Taiwan Memory to eventually consolidate DRAM makers into one entity, says premier

Mar 19, 14:54

Taiwan's premier said Wednesday that the government will eventually seek to combine all local DRAM makers into one single entity to compete with Samsung Electronics, but its present...

ProMOS extends ECB early tender offer again

Mar 18, 16:55

Taiwan's ProMOS Technologies has announced that the early tender offer period for its convertible bond buyback has been extended to 14:00 (UTC) on March 21, 2009, and the expiration...

PSC says no plan to join Taiwan Memory

Mar 18, 11:48

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), one of Taiwan's struggling DRAM chipmakers, has claimed it has no plan to participate in Taiwan Memory Company (TMC). The remark came one...

PSC completes sale of Rexchip shares

Stockwatch - Mar 18, 09:55

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has announced the sale of 79.25 million Rexchip Electronics shares at a per-share price of NT$11.17 (US$0.33) to Elpida Memory. PSC will...

Kingston says no plan to invest in TMC

Mar 17, 15:10

Kingston Technology has dismissed speculation that it plans to acquire 5-10% of a new DRAM company that the Taiwan government is setting up, saying it would not commit itself to investing...

Rexchip is now Elpida's consolidated subsidiary

Mar 16, 17:11

Elpida Memory today announced that it has acquired a portion of the shares its strategic partner Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) owned in Rexchip Electronics, a Taiwan-based...

PSC asking workers to take one-week unpaid furloughs, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 16, 14:11

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) plans to implement a new phase of cost-cutting measures starting from March 20, according to a Chinese-language cnYES.com report.

Kingston to invest in Taiwan Memory, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 16, 12:29

Kingston Technology may take up a 10% stake in Taiwan Memory, the new DDRAM company that the Taiwan government is planning, the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported...

Qimonda still seeking buyers

Mar 16, 11:39

Qimonda, which on January 23 filed for insolvency, said in a recent statement that talks with potential investors regarding a solution to keep the company in operation will continue...

Elpida and PSC initiate new partnership talks

Mar 12, 16:06

Japan-based DRAM maker Elpida Memory has initiated a new round of cooperation talks with its Taiwan-based counterpart Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) after the Taiwan government...

DRAM maker Nanya to gain funding from parent company, sources say

Mar 12, 11:31

The Formosa Plastics Group has decided to pour a substantial amount of capital, in the form of equity investment or loans, into its subsidiary Nanya Technology, one of Taiwan's struggling...

DRAM downturn no longer oversupply-driven, say memory makers

Mar 11, 14:23

The downturn faced by memory-chip suppliers is no longer driven by oversupply, since overall transaction volumes in the DRAM spot market have remained poor. Even if DRAM chip supply...

Taiwan Memory not committed to bailing out DRAM makers, says designated company chair

Mar 11, 11:18

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) will request no more than NT$30 billion (US$867 million) from the government to carry out a mission to bring about "fundamental restructuring"...

John Hsuan, chairman of Taiwan Memory

Memory module makers gain on reduced upstream supply

Mar 9, 12:12

Downstream memory specialists have benefited from positive NAND flash spot prices, and more stable DRAM pricing. Taiwan's memory-module suppliers A-Data Technology and Transcend Information...

Commentary: Investor confidence still key to Taiwan Memory success

Mar 9, 11:31

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) and its appointed chairman John Hsuan are already in its mission to consolidate Taiwan's DRAM chipmakers and establish home-grown memory technology. However,...

Memory-module maker Transcend to relocate production on optimism over Taiwan Memory

Mar 6, 15:39

Memory-module maker Transcend Information is preparing to shift its production base back to Taiwan, and will set up a new plant with a production capacity of 7.7 million modules per...

Transcend chairman Peter Su

Taiwan Memory to complete DRAM consolidation efforts in three phases

Mar 6, 15:06

Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) will require three phases to complete its mission of consolidating the island's memory-chip sector, as well as allowing the establishment of home-grown...

John Hsuan, chairman elect of Taiwan Memory Company (TMC)

Winbond remains open to DRAM consolidation

Stockwatch - Mar 6, 12:15

Winbond Electronics has reiterated that the company stays flexible in the government's consolidation plan and keeps a close eye on the progress.

Formosa Plastics and Nanya look to participate in Taiwan Memory

Mar 6, 12:05

The Formosa Plastics Group, parent company of DRAM makers Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories, is prepared to pursue talks with John Hsuan, chairman elect of Taiwan Memory Company...

MOEA confirms Taiwan Memory plans

Mar 5, 17:54

In a late afternoon announcement, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has confirmed the government's intentions to establish a new memory manufacturing company based in Taiwan...

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    Photo: Company, Feb 25.

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    Photo: Company, Feb 10.

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