The notebook market next year may not be as strong as in 2020, but Acer remains optimistic, expecting a wave of replacement demand in the consumer sector in 2021. The 5G era may not have taken off to a flying start in 2020 because of...
UMC hopes to settle US trade secret lawsuit soon
United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) has said that it has submitted a proposal for settling soon a business espionage lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) against the company.
Winbond Electronics has started ramping up its NOR flash shipments for new-generation smartphones equipped with OLED displays since August, with clear order visibility extended to the first quarter of 2021, according to industry sources.
Silicon Motion Technology has announced a new portfolio of PCIe 4.0 NVMe 1.4 controller solutions to address performance, mainstream and value SSD applications. The portfolio consists of SM2264 for performance, SM2267 for mainstream and SM2267XT for value DRAM-less client SSDs.
Memory backend firm PTI to see orders drop from Intel
With Intel agreeing to sell its NAND flash and storage business including a manufacturing plant in China's Dalian to SK Hynix, Taiwan's memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI), now with 10% of its revenues contributed by Intel, will have to adjust and enhance its customer mix to offset...
Taking over Intel's NAND flash business including its manufacturing facility in Dalian, China will boost SK Hynix' market share and also sales generated from the China market, according to market sources.
Micron uMCP5 ready for mass production
Micron Technology has announced the launch of uMCP5, which the company claims is the industry's first universal flash storage (UFS) multichip package with low-power DDR5 DRAM.
Display driver IC backend specialist Chipbond Technology and memory modules backend and EMS service provider Orient Semiconductor Electronics (OSE) have formed a long-term strategic alliance to supplement each other in memory backend services and develop new-generation packaging solutions which will...
PC memory supply falls short of demand
The supply of PC memory chips and devices has already fallen short of demand, with the tight supply unlikely to ease until the first quarter of 2021, according to sources in Taiwan's memory industry.
Dialog Semiconductor and Globalfoundries have entered into an agreement in which Dialog licenses its conductive bridging RAM (CBRAM) technology to Globalfoundries, according to the companies. The resistive ram (ReRAM)-based technology was pioneered by Adesto Technologies which was recently acquired...
SK Hynix to acquire Intel NAND memory biz
Intel and SK Hynix have signed an agreement under which the latter would acquire the former's NAND memory and storage business for US$9 billion, according to the companies.
Innodisk launches 96-layer 3D TLC SSD lineup
SSD developer Innodisk has rolled out its new 96-layer 3D TLC device lineup for enterprise and industrial applications, and is gearing up for end-market demand recovery next year.
Global silicon wafer shipments on track for growth
Global silicon wafer shipments are set to increase 2.4% on year in 2020 after falling 6.9% in 2019, with growth continuing in 2021 and 2022, according to SEMI.
Many IC components have been in short supply due to insufficient foundry support. Now foundry houses are asking their fabless IC clients to book well in advance for capacity for 2021 to make sure they have enough support. The components...
Memory module houses see demand in China disappoint
Despite a continued rally in memory spot market prices, channel distributors in China continue to see disappointing SSD and DRAM module sales, according to sources at memory module makers.
Nanya posts nearly 50% fall in 3Q20 profits
DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has reported net profit of NT$1.61 billion (US$56.4 million) for the third quarter of 2020, down 49.9% on quarter and 26.9% on year. EPS for the quarter came to NT$0.52.
Nanya Technology has decided to defer NT$5 billion (US$174.6 million) of its planned capex this year to 2021, according to the DRAM chipmaker.
Demand for high-end CIS components has weakened in the wake of the US trade sanctions against Huawei. But suppliers are ramping up CIS shipments to the midrange segment to meet growing demand from other Chinese handset vendors, such as...
Memory spot prices have been rising with the rally set to continue until at least the end of October 2020, according to Simon Chen, chairman for memory module house Adata technology.
TSMC, with clients lining up eagerly for a share of its capacity support, has reported record sales for Septmber. The foundry house's 7nm and 5nm manufacturing capacity has been falling short of demand, and TSMC is likely to raise
Micron Technology is constructing a new plant in Taichung, central Taiwan with equipment move-in already kicking off. Construction of the plant, dubbed A3, is set to complete by the end of 2020.
Macronix sees September revenue surge
Macronix International, a maker of mask ROM and flash memory, saw its September revenue climb 47.9% sequentially to a 12-month high of NT$4.66 billion (US$162.6 million).
Highlights of the day: DRAM ASP not to fall
Following Kingston Technology's recnet move to raise prices for standard DRAM products, fellow module makers now believe DRAM ASP is unlikely to fall in fourth-quarter 2020 and have now started resuming puchases. The handset market is...
The development of China's homegrown semiconductor industry is taking shape, according to Charles Kau, who has just resigned as executive VP of global operations for Tsinghua Unigroup.
Global notebook shipment forecast, 2021 and beyond
Notebook shipments are expected to grow over 20% on year in 2020 thanks to demand from stay-at-home activities in the wake of...
Taiwan LCD monitors – 2Q 2020
Taiwan's second-quarter 2020 PC monitor shipments grew 24.8% sequentially.
Global tablet market – 2Q 2020
Second-quarter 2020 global tablet shipments amounted to 39.65 million units, surging 60.5% from a quarter ago and 21.4% from...
Outbreak impact: China smartphone and AP shipments
The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in labor shortages and shipment disruptions in China's supply chain, but Digitimes Research...
Coronavirus impact special report: Mobile devices
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted production and weakened consumer confidence, with all ICT sectors bracing for major declines...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020
Digitimes Research estimates that global server shipments moderately declined 1.4% in 2019 but will turn to show positive growth...