NAND Flash Prices Drop Again; Capacity Plans Could Lead to Oversupply

Contract prices of NAND flash products have decreased in the first two quarters of 2018 due to the traditional off-season, and capacity expansion of 64/72-layer 3D NAND flash, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Further price declines are expected in the third quarter (Q3), although a bit moderated, until the fourth quarter (Q4), when steeper…

Electronics Counterfeiters Capitalize on Component Shortages

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Unfortunately, the real beneficiaries of the current long-term and lasting component shortages are counterfeiters. “Current estimates for the annual loss to the electronics industry due to counterfeit components is north of $5 billion,” said Creative Electron CEO Bill Cardoso in an article on EPSNews sister publication EBN.  “With…

Prices for DRAMs Continue to Climb while NAND Flash ASPs Drop

Prices for DRAMs, with the exception of graphics applications, has increased by 3 percent to 6 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, resulting in a 5.4 percent increase in global DRAM revenue. Graphics DRAMs experienced the largest price hikes, increasing by 15 percent in Q1. “Most PC…

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Micron Fab Interruption May Lead to Tighter DRAM Supply in Q2

In late March, Micron reported that its production facility Micron Memory Taiwan (formerly Rexchip) experienced an interruption of nitrogen gas supply due to the malfunctioning of the gas generation system located outside the facility, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Although the equipment has been fixed, the facility is not expected to return to full…

Vishay MLCCs

Vishay Offers Alternatives to EOL MLCCs

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is offering a number of multilayer chip capacitors (MLCCs) that may be used as alternatives for end-of-life (EOL) commodity parts. Several component manufacturers have recently announced EOL product change notifications (PCNs) for select NPO, X7R and X5R ceramic capacitors. “A lot of customers don’t realize we manufacture these parts unless they are in…

Cree CEO Gregg Lowe

Cree Buys Infineon’s RF Power Business

Cree, Inc. has acquired Infineon Technologies’ RF Power Business for approximately $426 million, which strengthens its position in radio frequency (RF) gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) technologies. The acquisition is expected to expand the Cree Wolfspeed business unit’s growth opportunity in the wireless market as the industry transitions to 4G and 5G networks. Cree…