|Semi market forecast revised up 15%|
Just as strength in the memory chip market drove the broader chip market last year, the same trend is holding true early in 2018. IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) dramatically increased its forecast for DRAM sales growth to 37 percent from 13 percent and lifted its forecast for NAND sales growth to 17 percent from 10 percent.
|Samsung to expand NAND fab in China|
The South Korean tech giant plans to start the construction to expand the facilities in Xian later this month, with Kim Ki-nam, the head of Samsung's crucial chip business, participating in the groundbreaking ceremony with Chinese provincial officials.
|U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.2 percent in February|
The Labor Department said Wednesday that the February increase in its producer price index was half January's 0.4 percent gain. Producer prices, which show inflation before it reaches consumers, have risen 2.8 percent over the past year.
|Intel now has interest in acquiring Broadcom|
Intel has been working with advisors since late last year to formulate an acquisition strategy to offset Broadcom's bid, which if ultimately successful would further redraw a semiconductor industry landscape already undergoing drastic changes.
|Reliability is life-and-death on autonomus driving chips|
The landscape is rapidly changing. Traditionally, semiconductor companies designed chips for automotive electronics using older, mature technology nodes. But with the rapid rate of innovation and consumer demands, automakers are leaning to semiconductor companies that specialize in consumer electronics to accelerate innovation in this industry.
|Littace outsed CEO Billerbaeck|
The company largely missed out on the broad run-up in tech stocks since the Great Recession. Lattice's share price rose 32 percent during Billerbeck's tenure; during the same period, an index of 30 other chip stocks (not including Lattice) rose nearly 240 percent.
|Fab equipment spending to rise 5% in 2019|
The report said China is expected to be the main driver of fab equipment spending growth in 2018 and 2019, increasing yearly spending by 57% in 2018 and 60% in 2019 to support fab projects from both multinationals and domestic companies.