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  • Semiconductor sales increased in May
    The global semiconductor industry posted May sales of US$35 billion, up 1.5% sequentially, according to Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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    Memory module maker Adata Technology saw revenue generated from its SSD sales climb nearly 70% on year to NT$966 million (US$32.8 million) in June 2020.
  • ITRI
    Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has been engaged in the development of next-generation non-volatile memory technologies, such as ferroelectric RAM (FRAM) and spin-orbit torque magnetic random-access memory (SOT-MRAM), for more than 10 years, and has transferred the technologies...
  • The company expects DRAM prices to rise in 3Q20
    DRAM maker Nanya Technology saw its revenue slide to a four-month low of NT$5.32 billion (US$180.4 million) in June, but revenue for the second quarter climbed 14.4% sequentially to NT$16.49 billion.
  • MOEA officials encouraging materials and equipment suppliers to invest in Taiwan
    Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is urging international material and equipment makers to invest in Taiwan where demand for semiconductor equipment, especially from the wafer foundry sector, is expected to surge in the next few years.
  • Kioxia
    Delivering a glimpse into the future of data center architectures, Kioxia America has demonstrated an E3.S full-function development vehicle in conjunction with a leading server OEM. It said this breakthrough enterprise and datacenter SSD form factor (EDSFF), also known as E3, is designed to maximize...
  • Samsung is striving to overtake TSMC in the foundry sector
    TSMC is the clear leader in the semiconductor foundry sector, and Samsung is keen to close the gap. The Korean giant reportedly plans to skip the 4nm node and jump directly from 5nm to 3nm in a bid to beat the Taiwanese rival in the tech...
  • SK Hynix HBM2E
    SK Hynix has announced the mass production of HBM2E DRAM, which was introduced in August 2019.
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    NAND flash contract prices are expected to hold flat in the third quarter of 2020, but prices for 3D 3bits/cell (TLC) NAND chips have come under increasingly downward pressure due to a further slowdown in consumer SSD demand, according to industry sources.
  • Samsung leads the smartphone memory market
    Samsung Electronics maintained its lead in the smartphone memory market with 50% revenue share in the first quarter of 2020, followed by SK Hynix and Micron Technology, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron captured almost 84% revenue share in the global smartphone memory market...
  • The Japanese memory vendor has completed the acquisition of Lite-On's SSD unit
    Kioxia has completed its takeover of Lite-On Technology's SSD business - Solid State Storage Technology - and its affiliated companies today (July 1), according to the Japan-based memory solutions provider.
  • Micron has reported impressive sales
    Micron Technology has announced results for its third quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended May 28, with revenue registering increases of 13% sequentially and 14% on year.
  • Taiwan has 22% of the world's wafer capacity
    As of December 2019, Taiwan led the world in wafer capacity with about 22% of worldwide capacity installed in the country, according to IC Insights. Taiwan surpassed South Korea in 2015 to become the largest capacity holder after having passed Japan in 2011.
  • MediaTek sees robust demand from many sectors
    MediaTek has booked more capacities at foundries and backend service providers for the second half of 2020. MediaTek is seeing robust demand not only for its smartphone chips, but also its other offerings. As far as chip supply is concerned,...
  • Kioxia is set to close its acquisition of Lite-On Tech's SSD unit
    Kioxia (renamed from Toshiba Memory) is expected to complete its takeover of Lite-On Technology's SSD business in early July, according to industry sources.
  • GlobalWafers chairperson Doris Hsu
    GlobalWafers will not see a peak season in 2020, according to Doris Hsu, chairperson for the silicon wafer manufacturer.
  • Top semiconductor firms still enjoyed robust sales despite the pandemic
    Defying a decline in market revenue, the world's top-10 semiconductor suppliers managed to generate revenue growth of 2.1% in the first quarter of 2020, as they benefitted from a COVID-19-driven increase in PC and server sales, according to Omdia.
  • China is keen to raise its IC self-sufficiency
    The year 2020 may become the watershed in the evolution of global supply chains with regionalization and demassification in high gear posing major changes to the world, and the semiconductor sector will play a pivotal role in the process, with China likely to embrace a new opportunity for its IC industry...
  • The automotive IC market is set for strong growth
    The automotive IC market is forecast to register a strong growth of 9.7% CAGR by 2024, according to IC Insights.
  • Team Group warns of uncertainty in 2H20
    Memory module house Team Group expects to post flat sales growth in 2020, but is aware of demand uncertainty that may emerge later this year due to a fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing.
  • NOR flash prices are expected to fall in 2H20
    NOR flash ASPs went up about 5% sequentially in the first quarter and have registered another on-quarter rise of 10-20% in the second quarter, but are likely to fall in the second half of 2020 as end-market demand decelerates and inventory starts swelling in the supply chain, according to DRAMeXchan...
  • New games consoles to be launched later this year will boost demand for NAND
    The games console market is expected to see vendors launch new devices, intensifying competition against each other later this year. The keen competition means strong demand for NAND flash to support the consoles' large storage. Meanwhile,...
  • Kioxia PM6
    Kioxia America has launched what it claims is the industry's first 24G SAS SSDs for server and storage applications.
  • Upcoming game consoles will boost demand for NAND flash
    With Sony and Microsoft set to soon roll out their next-generation game consoles featuring high-speed and large-capacity SSDs, NAND flash demand for game console applications will be picking up starting the third quarter, according to industry sources.
  • AMD, Nvidia and Intel reportedly are looking to delay the launch of their next-generation products
    The competition between Nvidia, AMD and Intel is intensifying, with the vendors playing a highly strategic game concerning the launches of their next-generation CPUs and GPUs. Even their supply chain partners have seen difficulties keeping...

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