Japan fund makes late move to thwart Hon Hai in Sharp battle: Sources

JapanTimes of India — TOKYO: A Japanese state fund is making a final effort to secure a takeover of Sharp as the ailing electronics maker considers a higher $5.8 billion offer from Taiwan’s Foxconn, criticising the composition of the company’s board, sources said. Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) officials are taking issue with two of Sharp’s board members who they believe have a conflict of interest as they represent a fund that holds preferred shares in the electronics company, according to the sources familiar with the fund’s complaint.


Nanya to raise capital for 20nm transition

TaiwanDigi Times — Nanya Technology plans to raise capital and draw strategic partners by the end of 2015, according to company president Pei Ing Lee. The new fund will mainly go towards converting the DRAM maker’s 12-inch production to 20nm process, said Lee. Kingston Technology and a Taiwan-based DRAM module firm have expressed interests in participating in Nanya’s upcoming capital increment plan, industry sources have revealed.


China unlikely to develop home-grown DRAM technology within five years, say Nanya and Inotera

TaiwanResponding to China’s ambitions to step into the memory industry, Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology both believe that it is unlikely China can develop home-grown DRAM technology within at least five years. China might be able to gain access to proprietary technologies through technology licensing, but building a certain scale of production capacity would still require a period of time, the Taiwan-based DRAM makers commented.


Nanya Technology to seek strategic partnership

TaiwanTAIPEI — Nanya Technology Corp. (南亞科), one of Taiwan’s leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip suppliers, has decided to seek a strategic partnership to secure new investment in the development of the company’s high-end technology process. Nanya intends to spend NT$40 billion (US$1.27 billion) over the next two to three years to develop the sophisticated 20 nanometer process and plans to raise NT$10 billion to NT$20 billion of that through a rights issue and strategic partnership later this year.


Nanya to pour NT$40 billion into technology transition

TaiwanDRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology plans to invest a total of NT$40 billion (US$1.3 billion) to transition its production to a 20nm process node, according to company president Charles Kau. The investment will be made over a period of 2-3 years, said Kau. Nanya will initially have half of its overall production capacity enter 20nm production, Kau noted. Nanya currently runs a 12-inch wafer fab capable of producing 60,000 units a month.


Inotera, Nanya report decreased revenues for January

TaiwanDRAM chipmakers Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology have both reported sequential decreases in consolidated revenues for January 2015, due to falling DRAM prices. Consolidated sales at Inotera slid 2.5% on month to NT$6.74 billion (US$213 million). The figure also represents a decline of 6.6% compared to the same period in 2014Inotera indicated that the result for January 2015 might be revised as its major customer was unable to provide final pricing figures before the January sales results were published.


Nanya reports strong profits for 2014

TaiwanDRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported net profits of NT$28.24 billion (US$908 million) for 2014, with EPS for the year coming to NT$11.77. Nanya posted net profits of NT$8.57 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, hitting a quarterly record. EPS for the three-month period stood at NT$3.56. Nevertheless, Nanya’s consolidated revenues slid 5.2% sequentially to NT$12.41 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, due to a shipment decrease of 2.8% and a 4.8% fall in DRAM ASPs.


Toshiba reportedly in talks with Nanya to form strategic alliance

Toshiba has approached Nanya Technology to discuss about a potential partnership, and proposed a US$1 billion offer to invest in the Taiwan-based company, according to industry sources. Alternatively, Toshiba may end up buying US$1 billion worth of production equipment for Nanya and outsouce production to the Taiwan-based DRAM maker, the sources said.


Nanya ranks as No. 4 mobile DRAM supplier in Q3

TAIPEI–Nanya Technology Corp., one of Taiwan’s leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers, has been ranked the world’s fourth largest mobile DRAM supplier in the third quarter of this year by DRAMeXchange. The research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp. said that Nanya posted US$62 million in mobile DRAM sales in the July-September period, up 98 percent from a quarter earlier.


Nanya still 4th-largest global mobile memory chip supplier

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Nanya Technology Corp. (南亞科技) retained the title of the fourth-largest mobile memory chip supplier in the world in the first quarter of this year, a research report said Friday. In the report, DRAMeXchange, a DRAM chip research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce, said, however, that Nanya’s global market share fell to 1.3 percent from 1.4 percent seen a quarter earlier.