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GlobalWafers' CEO Hsu predicts tight wafer supply ahead 11/5/2018
Demand for 8-inch and 12-inch wafers has been quite strong. GlobalWafers has signed long-term supply contracts with customers, most of which will remain valid through 2020. Contracts for large-size wafers now command 80-90% of her company's existing capacities.
UMC endicted on funneling Micron DRAM technology to China 11/5/2018
The case traces its roots back to last year, when Micron filed a civil suit against UMC and Fujian Jinhua alleging theft of its trade secrets and other misconduct after Taiwan authorities filed criminal indictments against UMC and three of its employees.
DRAM prices dropped over 10% in October 11/2/2018
According to the data compiled by industry tracker DRAMeXchange, the average price of DDR4 8 Gb, used mostly in PCs, reached US$7.31 per unit as of the end of October, down 10.7 percent from $8.19 posted a month earlier.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES setup Avera as a design house to help customers 11/2/2018
Avera offers flexible ASIC business engagement models that give clients the ability to supplement in-house resources with the level of support needed from experienced chip design, methodology, test and packaging teams
Samsung cautions slow growth on memory 11/2/2018
Samsung said it would cut its 2018 semiconductor capex to about 24.9 trillion won (about $22.6 billion), a decline of about 9% from last year’s total of 27.3 trillion won.
UMC pulled out of Fujian Jinhua project after Whitehouse's ban on technology transfer 11/2/2018
The U.S. government on Monday cut off U.S. firms from supplying Fujian Jinhua following allegations that the Chinese fab stole intellectual property from U.S. semiconductor company Micron Technology.
China trade war will be felt when shipment of MCU pulls back on Christmas Season 11/1/2018
Impact of the US-China trade conflicts can be judged from sales performance at the upcoming shopping festivals in the two countries.
Toshiba offers Bluetooth 5 for automotive applications 11/1/2018
The TC35681IFTG is based on an arm Cortex-M0 CPU and is compliant with Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) core specification 5.0. It will be used in a number of automotive applications including Remote Keyless Entry (RKE), On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.
China's manufacturing slows 11/1/2018
The purchasing managers' index of the National Bureau of Statistics and an industry group, the China of Logistics and Purchasing, fell to 50.2 from September's 50.8.
PTT Trade Pact moves on without the U.S. 11/1/2018
The deal is aimed at streamlining trade and slashing tariffs to facilitate more business activities between member nations with a combined population of nearly 500 million people and GDP of $13.5 trillion.
Apple launched redesigned iPad Pro 10/31/2018
The new 2018 iPad Pro, the tablet now comes with narrow bezels that ruled out the Home button to make place for Face ID that is located on the top bezel.
Winbond concerns about state of global economy to affect memory market 10/31/2018
The Hsinchu-based company offered the conservative guidance after posting record quarterly net profit for last quarter on the back of non-core operation profits.
Cypress partners with SK Hynix on SLC NAND 10/31/2018
The JV will manufacture and sell Cypress' existing single-level cell (SLC) NAND products and will continue to invest in next-generation NAND products, according to Cypress.
Trump administration halted technology export to China's Fujian Jinhua 10/31/2018
The controls imposed Monday on Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. reflect concern Chinese competition could drive American technology suppliers out of business.
Walmart to enhance checkout with apps and electronics 10/30/2018
The program will be slowly rolled out in coming weeks and will be available in all Walmart locations by Black Friday.
TI to build new 300mm fab in Texas 10/30/2018
The company will likely decide the location in the next year. One of the sites being considered is TI-owned land in Richardson.
Micron opens new back-end plant in TaiChung 10/30/2018
With the backend plant coming online, the US vendor will hire an additional 1,000 people in Taiwan in 2019.
Semiconductor equipment Book=to-bill down 10/30/2018
Since peaking in May at $2.7 billion, monthly equipment billings have declined by 23%. However, 2018 tool billings remain well ahead of last year's record pace.
Cadence offers 112G SerDes design 10/29/2018
The IP delivers the power, performance and area (PPA) efficiency required to build high-port density networking products for next-generation cloud-scale and telco datacentres.
Globalfoundries mOfifies JV terms with Chengdu Semiconductor on changing market 10/29/2018
The two firms plan to continue building a world-class FD-SOI ecosystem, including creating local technology infrastructure and bringing in more IP vendors and EDA partners, making Chengdu a center of excellence for FDXTM technology and thereby enabling local market adoption and demand generation.
Fujitsu to sign development partnership with Ericsson on 5G base stations 10/29/2018
The two will jointly develop equipment used in 5G base stations, with Fujitsu bringing its miniaturization and energy-saving expertise to the table. Marketing of the stations will benefit from Ericsson's international sales channel.
Intel overcomes 10nm process 10/29/2018
“We’re still very much reinforcing and reaffirming our previous guidance that we believe that we’ll have 10 nm shipping by holiday of 2019,”
SK Hynix pessimistic on NAND outlooks 10/26/2018
SK Hynix saw its DRAM ASPs rise by a mere 1% sequentially in the third quarter, while NAND flash ASPs fell 10% on quarter.
Wingtech from China wants to take over Nexperia, a spun off from NXP Semiconductors 10/26/2018
The plan to take control of Nexperia, a semiconductor component maker that was spun off from NXP Semiconductors , is subject to regulatory approval including from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Startup Atmosic Technologies to sample low power Bluetooth chips 10/26/2018
The company, led by a team of Atheros founders, initially targets a handful of markets such as keyboards and mice, remote controls and wearables.
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