5 DRAM Trends to Watch in 2015

Memory chip makers have never had much problem selling lots of DRAM, but making money at it hasn’t always been easy. According to TrendForce, 2014 will be one year that’s been profitable for the memory market, and if it’s up to vendors, 2015 will be as well. Tier-one manufacturers, benefiting from the global smartphone boom,…

Doing Business in Korea, Part 2

Smith & Associates – which is celebrating its 30th year in business this week — opened its office in Seoul in 2000. Although electronics behemoths such as Samsung, LG and Hynix are headquartered in Korea, Choon Byun, Smith’s president for Asia-Pacific, said relationships still matter when it gets down to buying and selling components. In…

Doing Business in Korea, Part 1

For many tech workers in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region is just that—a region. Global electronics companies, of course, have figured out that each country within this vast region is unique. Within the distribution industry, independents such as Smith & Associates set up shop overseas more than a decade ago to expedite trade in electronics.…

Memory on Allocation at America II

It has been years since the “A” word – allocation – has been used in association with a widely-used commodity component. On Friday, however, one of the industry’s largest independent distributors, America II Electronics, announced it was putting its memory inventory on allocation. The move is related to the recent fire at the SK Hynix…

Proposed Settlement Reached in DRAM Price-Fixing Class Action

The Plaintiffs in class actions filed in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec claim that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. (“Samsung”) and Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Hynix Semiconductor America Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing America, Inc. (“Hynix”), and numerous other DRAM manufacturers conspired to fix the…