|TSMC sales dropped in 1st quarter|
The global smartphone market is saturated, TSMC’s sales this year could be affected, as its chips used in smartphones and related devices account for about 50 percent of the company’s total sales.
|Memory prices to decline gradually in 2018|
High-end flash memory chips, which are widely used in smartphones, dropped nearly 5 percent in the fourth quarter - some analysts now expect the industry’s growth rate will fall by more than half this year to 30 percent.
|IC Insights forecasts analogue IC market to grow|
Report forecasts that revenues for analogue products—including both general purpose and application-specific devices—will increase by a CAGR of 6.6% to $74.8 billion in 2022 from $54.5 billion in 2017.
|Fujitsu offers die shrinked 2 Mbit FRAM|
Die shrink offers a series of technical advantages. The maximum operating frequency has been increased from 25 MHz up to 40 MHz at 3 V supply. The device consumes max 2.0 mA active current at 40 MHz.
|TSMC reports higher than expected revenue|
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co yesterday posted a 10.1 percent growth in revenue for last quarter to NT$277.57 billion (US$9.38 billion), surpassing its projection.
|Intel/Micron announced folding of IM Flash JV|
In a joint statement issued Monday (Jan. 8), Intel and Micron said they would "work independently" on future 3D NAND after completing development of their third generation of 3D NAND late this year and into 2019.