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IHS iSuppli: Semiconductor inventory issues easing except for DRAM

06 January 2012 | Fab Management
According to market research firm, IHS iSuppli the overall semiconductor industry days of inventory declined slightly in the third quarter of 2011, while DRAM stockpiles increased significantly. As calculated by the days of inventory (DOI) measure, overall semiconductor stockpiles in the third quarter stood at 81 days, down 2.5% from 83 days in the second quarter but DRAM stockpiles stood at 12.8 weeks, a 31% increase from 9.8 weeks in the second quarter of 2011. The figure is also significantly higher than the long-term quarterly average of 9.2 weeks. Read more >>

Wackerâ??s Siltronic division to shut down wafer production site in Hikari, Japan

09 December 2011 | Fab Management
Siltronic wafersWacker Chemie subsidiary Siltronic has announced plans to cease wafer production at its Hikari, Japan facility in an effort to streamline its 200mm wafer production capacities. The facility will be shut down in mid-2012, and production volumes will be transferred to its 200mm wafer plants in Singapore and Portland, Oregon, US. Read more >>

Samsung Austin Semiconductor ramps S2 fab in record time

06 December 2011 | Fab Management
Samsung Austin SemiconductorSamsung Austin Semiconductor’s 300mm automated fab, S2, has been ramped to volume production only five months after production of the first wafer. The fab has now reached the target capacity of 40,000 wspm following the initiation of the cleanroom construction in August 2010. The S2 line will be tasked with production of devices using Samsung’s low-power logic process technology at the 45nm node. Read more >>

IHS cuts semiconductor forecast to 1.2%

17 November 2011 | Fab Management
Rare to see a semiconductor forecast in this very low range, market research firm, IHS has revised 2011 figures to indicate growth of barely 1.2%, down from its previous forecast in September of 2.9%. Apparently, the lowered figure is still something the industry should take a positive considering the wider macro economics at the moment, according IHS. IHS noted that the primary market weighing down the semiconductor market is memory. DRAM, SRAM, NOR Flash memory—along with digital signal processors – are expected to generate revenue declines of 15% or more in 2011 and not much better in 2012 as all segments including NAND flash memory are projected to decline.
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Japan helps lacklustre semiconductor sales growth in August

03 October 2011 | Fab Management
Semiconductor manufacturing recovery in Japan and the subsequent boost to overall semiconductor sales helped slightly in August, according to the latest SIA monthly figures. Worldwide sales of semiconductors were US$25.03 billion in August, up 0.7% from the prior month when sales were US$24.9 billion and basically flat since June figures were released. Read more >>

Gartner warns over semiconductor inventory levels

20 September 2011 | Fab Management
Days of inventory of semiconductors are at “worrisome levels given current conditions,” according to market research firm, Gartner. The expectation is that an inventory correction is due in late 2011. Gartner also noted that average selling prices (ASPs) were tracking below trend levels, with overcapacity in the foundry industry expected to prolong the pricing weakness. Read more >>

Gartner: Semiconductor sales to decline in 2011 due rapid fall in demand

15 September 2011 | Fab Management
Excess inventory, manufacturing overcapacity and slowing demand are expected to hit semiconductor sales in 2011, according to market research firm, Gartner. Worldwide semiconductor revenue was said to have slowed and the market is set to decline by 0.1% on revenue of US$299 billion in Gartner’s revised 2011 forecast. Previously, Gartner had expected the industry to grow by 5.1% in 2011. Read more >>

SEAL project has successful first year

26 August 2011 | Fab Management

SEAL's kick-off meeting in June 2010The Semiconductor Equipment Assessment Leveraging Innovation (SEAL) project has had a successful first year of operation, reports Fries Research & Technology (FRT). FRT, along with Siltronic AG and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Systeme und Bauelementetechnologie, were praised in a 12-month report carried out by the EU and the review panel.

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STX and Aabar to bid for Hynix stake

25 August 2011 | Fab Management
Hynix SemiconductorSouth Korean conglomerate STX Group and Abu Dhabi state-owned fund Aabar Investments are to put in a joint bid for a 15% stake in Hynix Semiconductor, an anonymous source yesterday told Reuters. Read more >>

Semiconductor sales slowing

02 August 2011 | Fab Management
Global semiconductor sales in June, 2011 were US$24.7 billion, a 1.5% decline from the prior month, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association. Sales in the second quarter were down 2% compared to the prior quarter, though seasonally typical. However, global semiconductor sales in the first-half of 2011 were 3.7% higher. Read more >>