DRAM & NAND Dominate 2020 IC Market

The IC market has demonstrated “remarkable resilience” in the face of a pandemic-driven global economic downturn, reports IC Insights, with 21 of 33 IC product categories experiencing positive growth. Coming as no surprise, each of the top-five IC product categories in terms of sales all have ties to computing or communication applications. With estimated sales…

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…

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DRAM Contract Prices Remain Under Pressure; NAND Poised for Rebound

DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, reports that following the Toshiba outage in mid-June, the Japanese government announced that it will be controlling South Korea-bound exports of three key materials used in the manufacturing of semiconductors, smartphones and panels, causing module manufacturers in the memory industry downstream to give higher quotes. However, since DRAM and NAND Flash…

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…