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  • Foreign Competitors Set Up Fabs in China and Compel Country’s Domestic Foundries to Expedite Their 28nm Production This Year, Says TrendForce
    04-10-2017 / TrendForce
    United Semiconductor Xiamen (USCXM), China-based subsidiary of major foundry UMC, is reported to begin production on the 28nm technology licensed from its parent company this second quarter. As international semiconductor companies set up fabrication plants in China, the country’s domestic foundries will face intensifying competition in terms of technology, market share and recruitment of technical personnel. According to the global market intelligence firm TrendForce, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HMLC) are the two leaders among Chinese foundries in the development of the 28nm processing. The existence of foreign-owned fabs in China will pressure these two domestic manufacturers to further accelerate their timetables for this technology. [ more ]
  • China’s IC Industry to Embark on a Major Recruitment Drive This Year as to Prepare for the Operation of New Fabs in 2018, Says TrendForce
    03-22-2017 / TrendForce
    TrendForce’s latest analysis on China’s semiconductor sector reveals that the country’s domestic IC manufacturers are affecting the movement of industry talents worldwide as they continue to aggressively headhunt for senior managers and engineers. The competition for human resource is becoming fiercer and will reach a critical point this year as numerous new fabs in China are scheduled to start production in the second half of 2018. [ more ]
  • China’s National IC Fund Will Begin to Shift Its Development Focus from Foundries to Fabless IC Design, Says TrendForce
    12-19-2016 / TrendForce
    China’s National Integrated Circuitry Investment Fund (here referred to as “National IC Fund”) has committed to invest nearly RMB 70 billion into the domestic semiconductor sector since its creation in 2015. Approximately 60% of the committed investment amount has been allocated to building semiconductor wafer fabs, according to TrendForce’s analysis. After finishing providing capital for projects related to semiconductor manufacturing, the National IC Fund is expected to concentrate its investments on the development of the domestic fabless IC design industry. [ more ]
  • Prices in DRAM Market Will Keep Rising Through 2017 as Annual Bit Supply Is Projected to Expand by Less Than 20%, Says TrendForce
    12-14-2016 / Avril Wu
    The global DRAM market has been on a roller coaster ride during 2016. Prices were on a steep slide in the year’s first half due to weak demand. However, the pickup in notebook shipments and the strong sales of Chinese branded smartphones since the start of the third quarter have not only reversed the price downtrend but also caused average selling prices of DRAM to make big jumps. Looking ahead to 2017, DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, forecasts that DRAM bit supply will expand by less than 20% annually. This growth rate will also be a new historical low for the industry. Assuming that there will be no significant weakening of demand, DRAM supply will generally remain tight next year. Thus, suppliers should continue to reap profits during the entire 2017 on account of rising prices. [ more ]
  • China’s Semiconductor Sector to Undergo Rapid Consolidation in 2017 Under Virtual IDM Model, Says TrendForce
    10-27-2016 / TrendForce
    Numerous major participants in the global semiconductor sector are engaging in deal-making to make themselves larger and more competitive. As a result, different industries within the sector will be controlled by fewer companies in the future. [ more ]
  • Four IC Industry Clusters Have Emerged in China as the Country Commences Its 13th Five-Year Plan, TrendForce Reports
    09-26-2016 / TrendForce
    The development of China’s semiconductor sector has gained new momentum in the first year of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016~2020). According to the global market research firm TrendForce, committed policy efforts and investments from the Chinese government have resulted in the formation of four IC industry clusters that are respectively located in the country’s four major regions of activities – the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, the Beijing-Tianjin Bohai Sea region and the Central-Western region. [ more ]
  • China Further Fortifies Its Semiconductor Sector With Formation of High-End Chip Alliance, TrendForce Reports
    08-08-2016 / Jian-Hong Lin
    With the government’s backing, key enterprises in China’s semiconductor sector have just established a “high-end chip alliance” that fosters the formation of a vertically integrated industry ecosystem on a national scale. The founding 27 members of this alliance include Tsinghua Unigroup, Yangtze River Storage Technology, SMIC, Huawei, ZTE and China Academy of Telecommunication Research (a branch of the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, or MIIT). “This alliance of government, academia and industry aims to create a complete ecosystem for domestic semiconductor manufacturers, said Jian-Hong Lin, research manager of TrendForce. “If successful, the alliance will create a chip industry chain starting from chip architecture to chip production, operation systems, devices, platforms and finally to the IT service market. In sum, this move is another indication of China’s ambition to transform itself from a major manufacturing country by export volume to a global manufacturing leader in terms of product quality. [ more ]
  • TrendForce: The Closing of Micron-Merging-Inotera Deal Has Delay; Further Update Will Report in Later 2016
    06-13-2016 / TrendForce
    Inotera held a brief press conference today, stating that Micron has decided to delay the schedule of merging Inotera, and the future update will be announced in later part of this year. Other than the NT$80B syndicated loan is still processing, current technical support between MMT (Micron Memory Taiwan) and Inotera has been put on hold. However, both Micron and Formosa group both stated that it is only the delay of schedule, not the end of discussion. Both parties will continuously seek for the possible solution in order to complete the transaction. [ more ]