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  • PCB and IC substrate supplier Unimicron Technology swung to net profits of NT$982 million (US$31.8 million) in the third quarter of 2018 from losses in the prior quarter and a year earlier. Net income for the first three quarters of 2018 came to NT$952 million, with EPS arriving at NT$0.64.
  • NAND flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics has announced net profits increased 13.5% sequentially to NT$1.4 billion (US$45.4 million) for the third quarter of 2018. EPS for the quarter came to NT$7.12.
  • SK Hynix has developed 16Gb DDR5 DRAM, which the company claims is the industry's first DDR5 to meet the JEDEC standards, according to the company.
  • China's Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) has started delivering samples of its 64-layer 3D NAND chip with volume production likely to kick off in the third quarter of 2019, according to sources familiar with the matter. The company also plans to move directly to the 128-layer generation with volume...
  • The world's top-15 semiconductor companies are forecast to see their combined sales climb 18% in 2018, according to IC Insights, which estimated the overall semiconductor industry will register a 16% increase this year. Nine of the top-15 companies are expected to post double-digit sales gains in 20...
  • DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology has unveiled plans to buy back as many as 120 million of its own shares starting November 13. The new stock repurchase program will be implemented in two phases.
  • Peter Shu, chairman for Transcend
    DRAM and NAND flash memory prices will continue their downward trend for at least another year, according to Peter Shu, chairman for memory module firm Transcend Information. The chip prices have started falling fast since the fourth quarter.
  • Taiwan-based pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) has claimed its DRAM technology design is entirely different from Micron Technology's.
  • SK Hynix has announced the development of its 1Ynm 8Gb DDR4 DRAM memory. The chip delivers 20% improvement in productivity compared to its previous-generation 1Xnm counterpart and also more than 15% improvement in power consumption.
  • Macronix International has reported October consolidated revenues increased 3.9% sequentially to NT$3.89 billion (US$126.9 million), while Winbond Electronics' consolidated sales fell 3.8% on month to NT$4.16 billion.
  • With demand growth failing to catch up with that of supply, NAND flash contract prices are set to register a double-digit sequential decline in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to DRAMeXchange.
  • Taiwan-based United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced plans to buy back common shares from the Taiwan stock market for the "interests" of its shareholders.
  • DRAM prices will be under downward pressure in 2019, with the memory ASPs forecast to fall as much as 20%, according to DRAMeXchange.
  • DRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.73 billion for October 2018, down 15.7% on month but up 32.6% on year.
  • Advantech showcasing innovations
    NAND flash solution provider Phison Electronics during a recent forum hosted by Advantech in Suzhou, China, announced its latest high-speed SSD storage controller chips will support Advantech's new edge computing smart software platform.
  • Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$122.7 billion during the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 4.1% over the previous quarter and 13.8% more than the third quarter of 2017, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
  • SK Hynix has launched what the company claims is the world's first 96-layer 512Gb CTF (charge trap flash)-based 4D NAND flash based on its TLC (triple-level cell) arrays, using 3D CTF design paired with the PUC (peri. under cell) technology. The company will start the early stage of mass production...
  • UMC dismisses charges from the US
    United Microelectronics (UMC) has maintained that the latest trade secret theft charges brought against it by US authorities are "virtually the same" as the ones that Micron Technology had filed against it previously in a civil complaint, but that the Taiwan-based foundry house is taking the allegations...
  • Taiwan-based Silicon Motion Technology, dedicated to supplying NAND flash controllers for SSDs and other solid state storage devices, expects its 2018 revenues from SSD controllers to surge 35% on year, higher than 30% estimated earlier, with the robust growth momentum likely to last into 2019, according...
  • With the US banning exports to Jinhua Integrated Circuit, United Microelectronics (UMC) will suspend its R&D assistance to the China-based DRAM firm until further notice, according to the Taiwan-based foundry chipmaker.
  • With the US newly banning exports to China DRAM maker Jinhua Integrated Circuit on national security concerns, Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) production subsidiary in Fujian will likely have its first orders for DRAM chips delayed, according to industry sources.
  • Winbond
    Winbond Electronics saw shipments of chips built using 38nm process technology ramp up substantially to account for 24% of the chipmaker's total DRAM sales in the third quarter of 2018. The company expects to start producing chips using a newer 25nm process node in the fourth quarter.
  • Micron executive VP of global operations
    Micron Technology will focus on technology transitions during fiscal year 2019, with the company's DRAM fabs in Taiwan set to transition to more-advanced 1y/1znm process technologies, according to Manish Bhatia, executive VP of global operations for the US memory chip vendor.
  • Cypress Semiconductor announced recently the company has entered into a joint venture with SK hynix system ic, a foundry spin-off of SK Hynix.
  • Micron opens backend fab in Taichung
    Micron Technology has announced the opening of a new plant in Taichung, central Taiwan that will be dedicated to providing backend services for the manufacture of DRAM memory.

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