Intel’s at a Memory Crossroads — Again

Intel is at memory business crossroads, again. According to The Wall Street Journal, the semiconductor industry giant is selling its NAND flash unit to SK Hynix for $9 billion. Besides NAND flash chips, the deal encompasses Intel’s solid-state drive business and wafer operations, including Intel’s fabrication facility in Dalian, China. Intel’s love and hate relationship with…

Fab Capacity Stretched: Uptick in Sight?

For an industry that’s been in the doldrums since the 2009 recession, the words “strained capacity at chip players across the industry” are, ironically, welcome. The electronics components market has enjoyed an extended period of ample supply, and only a shortage or an unexpected surge in demand will spur the market into proactive purchasing for…