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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 finance minister stays mute over pending DRAM consolidation plan

Mar 5, 12:41

The announcement of the Taiwan government-led DRAM consolidation plan, which has been postponed from the originally-scheduled date of February 28, is due to concerns over significant...

Taiwan Economics Minister Chii-Ming Yiin

Elpida said to board Taiwan Memory, with UMC executive taking helm

Mar 5, 11:14

The Taiwan government's pending consolidation plan for the island's struggling memory chip industry will be unveiled later this week, at the earliest, with the introduction of Taiwan...

John Hsuan, vice chairman emeritus of UMC

Micron and Elpida talk over joint technology development, but reach no consensus, Inotera executive says

Mar 4, 17:12

Michael Sadler, executive VP of Inotera Memories, has confirmed that Micron Technology had been in talks with Elpida Memory about technology co-development, but no consensus had been...

ProMOS extends ECB early tender offer

Mar 4, 11:21

ProMOS Technologies has announced that the early tender offer period for its convertible bond buyback has been extended by 10 more working days to 14:00 (UTC) on March 17, 2009. The...

ProMOS told to reveal ratio of bondholders accepting buyback offer

Mar 3, 17:30

Taiwan's over-the-counter (OTC) stock market has demanded cash-strapped DRAM chipmaker ProMOS Technologies disclose the ratio of bonholders who have agreed to sell back their convertible...

Elpida objects to capacity sharing with Micron for Taiwan Memory

Mar 3, 17:02

Although Japan's Elpida Memory and Micron Technology of the US are eagerly looking to work with the Taiwan government's planned state-run memory company (Taiwan Memory) in light of...

KYEC and PTI claim no affect from Spansion bankruptcy filing

Mar 3, 15:24

Taiwan's memory packaging and testing houses King Yuan Electronics Company (KYEC) and Powertech Technology Incorporated (PTI) have filed statements via the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE)...

NOR flash giant files for bankruptcy

Mar 2, 10:21

Spansion, the world's largest pure-play provider of flash memory solutions, today (March 2, 2009) filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy...

PSC, Synopsys and Nikon collaborate on 42nm flash memory

Feb 27, 15:48

Taiwan memory chipmaker Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) has recently formed a joint collaboration with electronic design automation (EDA) provider Synopsys and Nikon on...

DRAM maker ProMOS reaffirms ECB redemption

Feb 27, 14:31

ProMOS Technologies has released a statement to further clarify its loan extension announcement made recently (February 25). The cash-strapped DRAM chipmaker reiterated that over...

Micron agrees to release DRAM technology to Taiwan

Feb 27, 10:45

The Formosa Plastics Group, parent company of Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories, has assured the Taiwan government that Micron Technology will release more than 2,500 patents...

ProMOS allowed to extend bank loan repayments for one year

Feb 26, 16:16

Taiwan's DRAM chipmaker ProMOS Technologies has revealed that it has been allowed to extend repayments on existing bank loans for one year under a government assistance program.

Micron still seeking a role in Taiwan DRAM consolidation, sources say

Feb 26, 12:21

Micron Technology president and COO Mark Durcan is expected to talk to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) officials soon in a last-ditch effort to seek a part in the government-led...

Taiwan government-backed memory operation reportedly to source funds from Nanya parent company, and technology from Elpida

Feb 25, 12:26

The Taiwan government is considering inviting the Formosa Plastics Group, the parent company of Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories, to co-fund a planned state-run operation called...

Qimonda reiterates concrete talks with potential buyers

Feb 24, 17:02

Germany-based Qimonda has confirmed that it is in "concrete" talks with numerous international parties that have expressed interest in acquiring its assets. In addition,...

DRAM maker ProMOS asks bondholders to accept discount

Feb 24, 12:19

Financially distressed DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies has recently announced that its offer to buy back its outstanding zero coupon convertible bonds (CBs) will expire March 21, looking...

DRAM makers PSC and Inotera trim workforce

Feb 24, 11:11

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), one of Taiwan's financially troubled DRAM makers, has cut 200-300 jobs, or less than 5% of its workforce, after the Lunar New Year holidays,...

ProMOS offers to buy back bonds, but says it has not enough money

Feb 20, 11:49

ProMOS Technologies has announced an offer to buy back US$335 million worth of convertible bonds (CBs), but maintained that it will only have less than NT$3 billion (US$8.66 million)...

Taiwan government planning to set up new DRAM company, say sources

Feb 20, 11:36

The Taiwan government plans to establish a new DRAM company to be named either Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) or Taiwan Memory Inc. (TMI), according to industry sources. Taiwan's Ministry...

Chintay Shih

CRM mulling acquisition of 6-inch wafer fabs in China

Newswatch - Feb 19, 11:11

Hong Kong-listed China Resources Microelectronics (CRM), which has been said to be considering taking over Qimonda, has revealed that it is in talks about acquiring 6-inch wafer manufacturing...

ProMOS yet to reach agreement with bondholders, stock to be downgraded

Stockwatch - Feb 18, 15:04

Despite an agreement with banks for a new loan, ProMOS Technologies has yet to work out a deal with bondholders for redeeming its ECBs, prompting market regulators to decide to downgrade...

Banks OK ProMOS NT$3 billion loan

Feb 17, 10:45

A consortium of nine Taiwan banks have agreed to extend a syndicated loan of NT$3 billion (US$87.5 million) to DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies, which is facing a cash crisis. The agreement...

Micron-Nanya supporter to depart from Taiwan economics ministry

Feb 16, 15:15

Pushing for the consolidation of the local DRAM industry and technological transfers from foreign players, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Afairs (MOEA) has seen two separate camps...

ProMOS deadline for ECB redemption postponed to next week

Stockwatch - Feb 16, 13:56

ProMOS Technologies has been granted an extension on the deadline to redeem its ECB, according to a company February 13 filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). The DRAM maker...

Elpida-led DRAM camp to win Taiwan government aid, sources claim

Feb 16, 11:35

Japan's Elpida Memory and its Taiwanese partners reportedly will emerge as the winning camp in a race to receive support from the Taiwan government, which is seeking ways to forge...

Taiwan government sets budget of NT$70 billion for DRAM consolidation plan

Feb 13, 17:18

Taiwan's Economics Minister Chii-Ming Yiin has said that a budget from the National Development Fund, under the government's rescue plan for the island's ailing DRAM industry, will...

ProMOS responds to media reports of severe financial troubles

Stockwatch - Feb 13, 14:45

ProMOS Technologies issued a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) to respond to Taiwan media reports claiming that it will likely fail in its bid to secure a syndicated loan...

Micron announces co-development with Nanya, updates 34nm NAND process

Feb 12, 14:27

Micron Technology has announced that it has jointly developed a low-power DDR2 (LPDDR2) DRAM technology with Nanya Technology for mobile and consumer applications, with initial die...

Micron mobile low-power DDR2

ProMOS still negotiating loan with banks

Feb 12, 11:29

DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies is still negotiating with banks over a syndicated loan of NT$5 billion (US$147 million), promising to provide NT$15 billion worth of production equipment...

ProMOS headquarters

Nanya and Inotera submit proposal for consolidation of Taiwan, Japan and US DRAM makers

Feb 12, 11:01

Nanya Technology and its joint venture with Micron Technology, Inotera Memories, have jointly submitted a proposal to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) seeking to consolidate...

Elpida CEO Yukio Sakamoto

Qimonda approaches Formosa Plastics for takeover, paper says

Newswatch - Feb 11, 11:49

The Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan's largest petrochemical business group to which Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories belong, has been approached by Qimonda over the possibility...

Taiwan government says no decision to invest in Elpida

Feb 10, 11:30

A Taiwan official has dismissed a report that claimed the Taiwan government had decided to invest in Japan-based Elpida Memory in an effort to save the local DRAM industry.

Winbond open to DRAM consolidation, says company executive

Feb 9, 14:26

Winbond Electronics is open to possible consolidation in Taiwan's DRAM industry, according to company vice chairman and deputy chief executive officer (CEO) Ching-Chu Chang.

Elpida posts fifth straight quarterly loss

Feb 6, 16:38

Japan's Elpida Memory, the world's third-largest computer memory chipmaker, posted a fifth straight quarterly loss as a result of market erosion. The company said that an accelerated...

DRAM maker PSC January sales up 22% sequentially, slashes jobs

Feb 6, 15:35

Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) saw its January sales grow 22% sequentially, despite having a 70% drop on an on-year basis. The DRAM maker said 50 jobs have been cut in...

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  • Samsung+4Xnm+4Gb+DDR3

    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.

  • Micron%2C+Nanya+co%2Ddevelop+2Gb+DDR3+using+42nm+process

    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.

  • Intel%2C+Micron+sampling+25nm+8GB+NAND+flash

    Intel, Micron sampling 25nm 8GB NAND flash

    Intel and Micron Technology have jointly introduced a 25nm NAND flash production process technology, which they say provides a more cost-effective path for increasing storage capacity...

    Photo: Company, Feb 3.

  • Hynix+44nm+2Gb+DDR2+for+mobile+applications

    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.

  • Samsung+NAND+flash+with+DDR+interface

    Samsung NAND flash with DDR interface

    Samsung Electronics has kicked off mass production of its 30nm-class, 32Gb, multi-level-cell (MLC) NAND memory with an asynchronous DDR interface. The company began shipping initial...

    Photo: Company, Dec 4.

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