DRAM Prices Continue to Surge

Contract prices of PC DRAM modules are expected to rise nearly 40 percent on average, sequentially, in the first quarter of 2017, and continue to climb in the second quarter, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. In addition, capacity expansion by suppliers won’t impact the market until the second half of 2017, resulting in worsening…

Five Semiconductor Suppliers Hold 41% of Global Market

Big semiconductor companies are getting bigger. Vigorous M&A activity in 2015 and 2016 has reshaped the landscape of the semiconductor industry, with the top companies now controlling a much greater percentage of market share, reports IC Insights. Not including foundries, IC Insights forecasts five semiconductor suppliers — Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and SK Hynix –…

Samsung Expands Recall of Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

Washington – Recall Summary Name of Product: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones Hazard: The lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers. Remedy: Refund, Replace Consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note7 devices, including Note7 devices received as replacements in the previous…

Questions for other Electronics Makers from the Samsung Note 7 Debacle

Samsung Electronics Inc. needs to resolve its Galaxy Note 7 battery problem urgently. That message should be going out to the Korean OEM and semiconductor supplier from all players in the electronics supply chain irrespective of their competitive position against the company. The entire industry is getting a black eye each day the Note 7…