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  • Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have both been hit by unstable yield rates of their 18nm process technologies for server DRAM production, particularly production for high-end server chips, according to industry sources.
  • Samsung Electronics has started using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to develop 1ynm DRAM memory, according to a report by News1 Korea.
  • Macronix likely to see its second-quarter revenues outpace the guidance
    Macronix International, a supplier of mask ROM and flash memory, is likely to see its second-quarter revenues outpace the guidance given in April, according to company chairman Miin Wu.
  • Macronix chairman Miin Wu
    Speculation circulated recently that Macronix International had been approached by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) about a potential tie-up in the semiconductor business, has been refuted by Macronix chairman Miin Wu.
  • IC60 series activities kick off
    When Texas Instruments' new engineer Jack Kilby invented the world's first IC in 1958, no one could imagine that 60 years later, ICs have deeply rooted in Taiwan, now the world's most crucial IC design and production base. But if without the government's strong backing from the very beginning, Taiwan's...
  • Winbond Electronics will start constructing a new fab in Kaohsiung
    DRAM and flash memory maker Winbond Electronics will start constructing a new fab in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan in September followed by equipment move-in slated for 2020.
  • nand
    NAND flash prices will continue to drop in the third quarter of 2018 as suppliers scale up their 3D NAND chip output, according to industry sources.
  • Winbond W25N01JW
    Winbond Electronics has announced the introduction of the W25N01JW, a high-performance, 1.8V serial NAND flash memory IC delivering a new high in data-transfer rates: 83MB/s via a quad serial peripheral interface (QSPI). The new high-performance serial NAND technology also supports a two-chip dual...
  • Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$37.6 billion for the month of April 2018, an increase of 20.2% from the April 2017 total of US$31.3 billion and 1.4% more than last month's total of US$37.1 billion, according to SIA.
  • Silicon wafer company GlobalWafers has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.78 billion (US$160.6 million) for May 2018, up 30.2% on year and 4.3% sequentially. Revenues totaled NT$23.27 billion for the first five months of 2018, rising 31.8% from a year earlier.
  • Winbond Electronics has reported flat sequential growth in May revenues, while Macronix International's revenues grew 9.8% on month.
  • Memory module firm Adata Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.96 billion (US$99.3 million) for May 2018, up about 20% sequentially and 16% on year. Sales of its DRAM products surged 39% on month to nearly NT$2 billion in May.
  • Supermicro president and CEO Charles Liang
    NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is growing exponentially in application to server and storage solutions, with its adoption volume estimated to expand by three-folds in 2018 over 2017 and further shoot up 5-10 folds in 2019, according to Charles Liang, president and CEO of the US-based Supermicro,...
  • DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.33 billion (US$279.6 million) for May 2018 which hit a monthly record for the second consecutive month.
  • Memory module maker Team Group expects to list on the mainboard of the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) as early as the end of 2018.
  • Taiwan-based backend service company Lingsen Precision Industries is expected to see its sales climb to their peak for 2018 in the third quarter driven by robust demand for MEMS sensors, light sensors and NOR flash memory, according to industry sources.
  • Acknowledging robust demand for datacenter and servers, backend firm Formosa Advanced Technologies (FATC) will expand production capacity for DDR4 burn-in and testing, according to the company.
  • The IC industry in Hefei is one of the fast-growing IC industry clusters in China. In less than three years, a total of 129 IC companies including fabless firms, foundries and backend houses have set up operations in Hefei, building a complete supply chain locally.
  • Etron Technology chairman Nicky Lu
    Taiwan-based IC designer Etron Technology, dedicated to application-driven buffer DRAM chips and system on chips, has newly ventured its low-power, high bandwidth memory chip solutions into the AI (artificial intelligence) application market, allowing the company to cash in on ever-growing demand for...
  • Revenues of the global NAND flash industry dropped 3% sequentially to US$15.74 billion in the first quarter of 2018, when a seasonal slowdown in demand dragged down the memory prices, according to DRAMeXchange.
  • Officials from China's Anti-Monopoly Bureau of Ministry of Commerce have recently held a meeting with Micron Technology to "express concerns" about continued price increases for PC DRAM products, according to DRAMeXchange.
  • Nanya president Lee Pei-ing
    Nanya Technology expects to start shipping 8Gb DDR4 memory for server applications in small volume in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to company president Lee Pei-ing.
  • Growth in DRAM bit demand will outpace bit supply growth in 2018, according to Wu Chia-chau, chairman for chipmaker Nanya Technology.
  • China's IC industry output value grew 20.8% from a year earlier to CNY115.29 billion (US$18.1 billion) in the first quarter of 2018, according to statistics released by the China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA).
  • Toshiba Memory (TMC) announced recently it had decided to start constructing a new fab for BiCS FLASH, the company's proprietary 3D flash memory, in Kitakami (Iwate prefecture, Japan) in July 2018.

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