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Micron, Elpida, Nanya lust for a DRAM hot threesome

The boys from Boise are on a roll after buying the ashes of Virtensys last week - now Idaho-based Micron is chatting up struggling Japanese memory maker Elpida and Taiwan's Nanya to form a 3-way merger. Reuters reports that talks have reached the final stage. Elpida has not been raking in enough revenue to be either profitable …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012
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DRAM it: Elpida, Toshiba may hook up

Loss-making Japanese DRAM fab fabricator Elpida is reportedly in dire straights and being pushed into an alliance with disk drive and flash-maker Toshiba by the Japanese government, sources say. That's according to tipsters who spoke to Digitimes, saying that Elpida's public debt is in danger of not being repaid, effectively …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2012
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Samsung, Micron bake 3D chips for next-gen RAM

We're hitting a memory wall, if you didn't know, and processor cores are going to be held up because DRAM can't scale up enough or ship 'em data fast enough. Samsung and Micron aim to fix that with 3D memory cubes and a consortium to define an interface spec for them. Samsung and Micron, asserting that existing 2D DRAM …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2011
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Elpida aims to issue $1bn of paper to fund re-tooling

Elpida needs to raise nearly one billion dollars to fund a transition into making memory for smartphones and tablet PCs, relying less on PC DRAM in the future. Revenues from DRAM have fallen short of what's needed and Elpida will issue new shares and convertible bonds to pay for the direction change. It's a massive amount of …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2011
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Japanese quake shakes semiconductor biz

Chip makers and the computer and electronic suppliers that depend on them are only now beginning to sort out the effect that the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan will have on their businesses. At the moment, the disaster has not caused huge supply problems for the makers of key processor, graphics card, and memory …
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Flash prices surge as electronics firms bank on post quake drought

Memory prices surged in Far East trading today amid unease over how Japan's fab industry will be affected by Friday's earthquake and tsunami and resulting power problems. Chip markets had effectively closed on Friday when the quake struck, with prices generally static or down. However, according to DRAMeXchange, spot prices for …
Joe Fay, 14 Mar 2011
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Bloated US patent holder sues 9 tech companies

An Intellectual Property-gathering outfit founded by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has thrown a patent infringement sueball at nine tech companies. Intellectual Ventures filed a lawsuit against three semiconductor vendors - Altera Corp, Microsemi Corp and Lattice Semiconductor Corp - in the US District Court of Delaware. …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2010
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Larry wants triple money back from Micron

"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose. As reported by Bloomberg, Oracle, the well-known touchy-feely company, claims Micron over-charged it when its acquired Sun business bought some $2bn of DRAM chips in the 1998 - 2002 period. In …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2010
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Samsung heading DRAMurai charge

Goliath just got bigger; Samsung expanded its lead at the top of the DRAM market last quarter, shipping more memory than anyone else and at prices above the industry average. Analyst house iSuppli characterised the quarter as one of explosive DRAM growth and said it was the best second quarter for fifteen years. The overall DRAM …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Memory shortage could spike PC prices

PCs could cost more in the months ahead because memory will be in short supply. The iSuppli trackers reckon that DRAM supply could undershoot demand because some manufacturers won't be able to get the semiconductor lithography tools they need. They note that ASML Holdings NV, the main supplier, should be able to supply 33 …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010
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DRAM makers fined €331m for euro cartel

The European Commission has fined ten memory chip makers a total of €331m - as part of the first settlement made for cartel charges. Ten chipmakers were found guilty of running a cartel in order to fix prices. The fine was cut by ten per cent in recognition of the companies' acceptance of the facts. Micron had its fine …
John Oates, 19 May 2010
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Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD

Review Patriot’s first stab at a solid-state drive went by the name of Warp and used the oft-derided JMicron 602 controller. By contrast, the new Torqx series of SSDs makes the switch to the Indilinx Barefoot controller that so impressed us when we reviewed the OCZ Vertex. Patriot Torqx SSD Patriot's Torqx: based on Indilinx' nippy …
Leo Waldock, 08 Jul 2009
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Numonyx thanks Ovonyx for the memory

Intel and STMicroelectronics JV successor Numonyx has licensed Phase Change Memory (PCM) intellectual property from Ovonyx. Numonyx, founded last year, is already developing PCM products and announced it was shipping samples of its 90nm 128Mbit PCM to customers in February 2008. PCM stores digital information as different …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2009
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Taiwan bails out memory makers

The Taiwanese government says it will bail out six indigenous DRAM memory makers and mere them into a new entity called Taiwan Memory Company, confirming months of speculation. Government officials are pursuing partnerships with either an American or Japanese chip maker, or perhaps both. The announcement of the formation of the …
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Semiconductor industry tries to re-architect itself

Comment In the face of a foundry chip glut and recession-induced demand slump the world's semi-conductor industry is experiencing shock and disruption with moves afoot for government aid, mergers and a bankruptcy. The Japanese Nikkei newspaper reports that Japan-based Elpida is going to combine with three Taiwan-based semi-conductor …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2009
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Meltdown mauls memory market

Memory makers have taken it on the chin during the ongoing Meltdown, but prices of DDR2 memory are now rising while some reports indicate that DDR3 prices are set to fall. According to memory-market watcher DRAMeXchange, DDR2 prices - which have endured a long but steady slide for well over a year - are beginning to rise as …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2009

EU raids smart card chipmakers

At least four makers of microchips have confirmed they were raided by European Commission investigators seeking information of collusion in the market for chips used in smart cards. STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies, NXP, and Renesas Technology each said they received surprise visits from investigators in late October. …
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2009
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Taiwan moves to save chipmakers

The Taiwanese government is moving closer to a $6bn bailout of the country's chipmakers who are suffering from the credit crunch and falling prices for DRAM despite production cuts. There are also rumours that the Taiwanese government could work with Japanese firms to help save its domestic chip business. Taiwan's ProMOS …
John Oates, 06 Jan 2009
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LCD makers to pay $585m for price-fixing conspiracy

Three Asian electronics manufactures on Wednesday agreed to pay a combined $585m after admitting they conspired to drive up the prices of liquid crystal display monitors that were bought by Dell, Apple, Motorola, and others. LG Display of South Korea, Sharp of Japan, and Chunghwa of Taiwan pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges …
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2008
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Memory gluttony slims suppliers

Micron announced truly appalling results for its 2008 fiscal year and its senior executives took a 20 per cent pay cut as a mark of shame. In the crazy world of DRAM and flash, gluttony is slimming - to balance sheets that is. Micron has been contributing to a glut of DRAM and NAND flash memory against a background of falling …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2008

DRAM boom-lite coming

DRAM manufacturer Elpida hopes the DRAM market will be healthier next year when a severe two year slump ends. Elpida, Japan's only DRAM vendor, made a $144m operating loss in its first fiscal 2009 quarter which finished at the end of June. It thinks it will post another thumping $144m operating loss for its second fiscal 2009 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2008
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Micron burned by cooling chip market in Q2

Micron Technology Inc yesterday posted a second quarter decline in revenue brought on by the current price erosion in memory chips and a painful "goodwill" write-off. The firm, which is the biggest memory maker in the US, saw total sales drop 11 per cent to $1.36bn for its second quarter, ended 28 February this year. Boise, …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2008
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Elpida hikes DRAM prices 20 per cent

The last time DRAM chip prices fell into a money pit, in 1999, the big four memory makers dug themselves out by working as a team over the next three years. OK, so it was price-fixing: understandable, but illegal. Samsung, Elpida, Hynix and Infineon were caught out - and in 2005 had to cough up $730m in fines. Later they dropped …
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2008
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Samsung, Toshiba join SanDisk in US antitrust probe

The US Justice Department is busy handing out more RSVPs to NAND flash memory makers, cordially inviting them to a new market-wide price fixing investigation. On Friday, SanDisk revealed the company and its CEO, Eli Harari, received a grand jury subpoena from federal district court in regard to possible antitrust violations. …
Austin Modine, 18 Sep 2007
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Sun, Unisys pledge to tailor dropped memory chip suit

Sun and Unisys both plan to file a new lawsuit against Hynix Semiconductor and six other DRAM manufacturers after a federal judge dropped a previous suit due to a lack of information from the server vendors. Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed the complaint without prejudice, giving the two companies a deadline of May 4 to re-file …
Austin Modine, 10 Apr 2007
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Samsung settles DRAM price-fixing lawsuit

Samsung will pay $90m to bring to an end lawsuits brought against it by 41 US states as a result of its role in a worldwide DRAM price-fixing cartel. It will also aid the plaintiffs in ongoing legal action against its co-conspirators. Samsung, Elpida, Hynix and Infineon were all found guilty by the US Department of Justice of …
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2007

Analyst dissects Nintendo Wii... on camera

Market watcher Semiconductor Insights has taken Nintendo's Wii to bits - a little more carefully, we presume, than the sledgehammer-wielding Canadians - to expose the next-generation console's internal workings. Handily, it filmed the process. SI's investigation revealed IBM's custom PowerPC processor codenamed 'Broadway' and …
Hard Reg, 21 Nov 2006
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Feds allege Samsung, Hynix execs fixed DRAM prices

Two Samsung executives and a senior Hynix employee have been formally charged with conspiring to fix DRAM prices worldwide between 1 April 2001 and 15 June 2002, US antitrust investigators with the Department of Justice announced yesterday. The three defendants are charged with violating the US Sherman Act. If convicted, they …
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2006
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Fourth Samsung exec pleads guilty to price fixing

A Samsung executive at the centre of a memory chip price fixing scandal has pleaded guilty and agreed to serve eight months in jail. Thomas Quinn agreed the penalty as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors. Samsung Electronics is accused by the US Government of driving up the price of memory chips used in PCs and servers, …
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Sun, Unisys sue Hynix for price-fixing

Sun and Unisys are going after South Korean memory chip maker Hynix for damages related to its role in a price-fixing cartel. The US companies jointly filed a suit Friday in the US District Court in San Francisco claiming compensation for losses incurred in DRAM purchasing. According to AP, Hynix spokesman Park Hyun yesterday …
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California to sue DRAM makers over price-fixing claims

Seven of the world's biggest memory makers today face an antitrust lawsuit from 34 US Attorneys General who claim the companies conspired "to fix DRAM chip prices, artificially restrain supply, allocate among themselves the production of DRAM chips and markets for the chips, and rig bids for DRAM chip contracts" between January …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2006
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DRAM makers to pay $160m to settle civil suits

Samsung, Hynix and Infineon have agreed to cough up $160m to a collection of small companies who sued the memory giants after the US Department of Justice launched a probe into DRAM price-fixing claims. The three DRAMurai later admitted they had taken part in a cartel to control DRAM prices in the States between April 1999 …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2006
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Three Samsung DRAMers prepare for life behind bars

The memory cartel saga continued today with three Samsung Electronics executives agreeing to go to the slammer and make amends for fixing DRAM prices. Senior manager of DRAM sales Sun Woo Lee will serve eight months, while two lower level DRAM staffers Yeongho Kang and Young Woo Lee will serve seven months. All three have plead …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Mar 2006
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Hynix staffers to plead guilty to DRAM price-fix charges

Four Hynix staffers will do time in a US jail and together pay $1m in fines after agreeing to plead guilty to US Department of Justice charges that they conspired to fix memory prices, the DoJ said yesterday. D S Kim, Hynix's General Manager, Worldwide Sales and Marketing; C K Chung, Hynix's Director, Global Strategic Account …
Tony Smith, 02 Mar 2006
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Fourth DRAM cartel member fined $84m

Elpida, a Japanese joint venture set up between Hitachi and NEC, has become the fourth memory maker to pay a penalty for fixing memory prices. The company admitted to taking part in a conspiracy to set the price it charged to customers, including Apple, Hewlett Packard, Dell and Sun, between April 1999 and June 2002. The case …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2006
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Infineon CEO plays down memory biz IPO plan

Infineon may be backing away from a plan to IPO its soon-to-be-spun-off memory products division during the second half of 2006. In an interview with German newspaper Suddeutschen Zeitung, Infineon's CEO, Wolfgang Ziebart, said that while an IPO remains the preferred outcome for the memory business' future, Infineon is not …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2005
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Taiwan's DRAM makers see fastest market growth

Taiwanese memory makers may have seen big sales gains during Q3, but they remain a long way from market leadership, according to quarterly statistics from market watcher Gartner Dataquest. Out of the top ten DRAM makers, Taiwan's Nanya, PowerChip and ProMOS all saw the biggest sequential revenue growth in Q3, Gartner's numbers …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2005
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NEC, Hitachi loosen Elpida ties

Elpida is to gain a measure of independence from co-founders NEC and Hitachi. By the end of September, its parents will have reduced their shareholdings to under 20 per cent and under 15 per cent, respectively. The scheme, announced yesterday, will see Elpida's formal fiscal connection with both parents severed. Its results …
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2005
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Hynix, Infineon winners as Q2 DRAM sales slide

Hynix once again became the world's second most successful memory maker during Q2, pushing Micron into third place on market watcher iSuppli's chart. But it was a tough period for almost all the bigger DRAMurai, as the top eight companies recorded sequential drops in revenues of up to 24 per cent, according to the researcher's …
Tony Smith, 04 Aug 2005
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Elpida samples 4GB FB-DIMMs

Elpida has begun sampling 4GB fully-buffered memory modules, a preface to volume production later in the year, the company said today. The FB-DIMM is pitched at servers, and is based on technology developed by Intel but offered as an open standard. Instead of the usual parallel memory channel bus, in which every DIMM can be ' …
Tony Smith, 02 Aug 2005
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World chip sales slide

Global chip sales slipped again in June, falling half a percentage point sequentially to $18bn, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said last night. That's the same rate of descent seen in May. Then, though, sales were up four per cent year on year - in June they were up just 0.8 per cent over June 2004's total. Second …
Tony Smith, 02 Aug 2005
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TSMC up, UMC down in Q2

TSMC, the world's biggest chip foundry, strengthened its financial position during its second quarter over the previous three-month period, though it still has some way to go to achieve the highs of Q2 FY2004. Its arch-rival, UMC, the world's second biggest foundry, proved less successful, with sales and profits down …
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005
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Elpida falls into red on weak DRAM prices

Elpida lost ¥3.30bn ($29.9m) on sales of ¥48.04bn ($434.8m) during Q1 FY2005, the memory maker said yesterday. It blamed its fall into the red on rapidly declining memory prices, which more than countered rising sales. The quarter's revenues were up 5.5 per cent on the year-ago period's ¥45.54bn ($412.2m). During June, Elpida …
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2005
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Kingston signs IBM for support

Memory maker Kingston Technologies has signed IBM to provide its customers with on-site support in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Customers signing up to KingstonCare programme will get help from IBM engineers and replacement memory should anything go wrong. The service also provides telephone support and "excellent response …
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Samsung mass produces 667MHz DDR 2 chips

Samsung has begun shipping 667MHz DDR 2 SDRAM chips, and claimed it was the first memory maker to mass-produce this type of memory. The South Korean giant is offering 256Mb and 512Mb devices now, with a 1Gb part due later this year. The chips are fabbed at 90nm, it said. According to market watcher iSuppli, DDR 2 sales …
Tony Smith, 13 Jul 2005
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Rambus unveils 8GHz XDR 2

Rambus has announced the second generation of its XDR high-speed memory technology, which the company claims will run five times faster than today's GDDR graphics memory. Dubbed XDR 2, the technology will provide initial clock speeds of 8GHz. XDR 1 operates at up to 6.4GHz. The new version of XDR incorporates four key …
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2005
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Elpida touts 'first' 2Gb DDR 2 chip

Elpida has developed a 2Gb DDR 2 SDRAM chip - the highest capacity part of its kind, it claims. However, don't expect to get hold of one until next year. The 2Gb part is the company's first 80nm chip, a process that paves the way for DDR 2 clocked at 800MHz and up. It also allows the die to be fitted inside a typical 68-pin …
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2005
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DDR 2 output jumps in April

DDR 2 SDRAM accounted for 23.5 per cent of the world's DRAM production last month, market watcher DRAMeXchange reports. This is 2.6 per cent more than the previous month, and 6.6 per cent up on the start of the year. Regular DDR output fell 2.4 per cent between March and April, but it's still the manufacturers' favourite, by a …
Tony Smith, 12 May 2005
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World chip sales continue to rise

The world's electronics manufacturers spent $18.4bn on semiconductor products during March, 2.2 per cent more than they did in February, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said yesterday. For the first calendar quarter, sales reached $55.3bn, just 0.4 per cent sequentially - Q4 2004's total was $55.1bn - though …
Tony Smith, 03 May 2005
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World chip glut halved in Q1

The world's chip makers and their customers ate into their combined stockpile of semiconductors rather more than had been forecast in the first quarter, market watcher iSuppli said yesterday. The research firm described the excess chip chow down as "undeniably a positive development for the global chip industry". The researcher …
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2005