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August 13, 2014
06:16 EDTTSM, SSNLF, SMI, UMCIC vendors seeking wafer production at houses other than TSMC, DigiTimes says
More fabless IC vendors are seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC (TSM) such as Samsung (SSNLF), Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI), reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the move to seek wafer production at other foundry houses is due to extremely tight productoin at TSMC where 8- and 12-inch wafers are currently fully booked. Reference Link
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April 16, 2015
11:56 EDTUMCUnited Microelectronics downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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11:07 EDTTSMTSMC capex cut not worrisome for semi equipment makers, says Summit Research
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11:00 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue impact from 'customers’ business loss'
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10:55 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue NT$204B-NT$207B
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10:50 EDTTSMTSMC reports Q1 net income NT$78.99B vs.NT$47.9B in 1Q14
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10:15 EDTTSMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:44 EDTSSNLF, TSMApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFGalaxy S6 expected to reach 70M in sales during 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:50 EDTUMC, TSMTSMC to lag behind UMC, Powerchip to build 12-inch fab in China, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
15:05 EDTSSNLFEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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10:06 EDTSSNLFSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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06:41 EDTTSMCiti recommends Applied Materials, Lam after Intel capex cut
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06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung Taiwan mobile business general manager to resign, DigiTimes reports
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April 14, 2015
12:40 EDTSSNLFPCTEL lowers FY15 revenue to $124M-$130M from $133M-$138M, two estimates $130M
Following its March 5 acquisition of Nexgen Wireless, PCTEL (PCTI) reported in a regulatory filing earlier that on April 7, Samsung Electronics America, a Samsung (SSNLF) subsidiary, provided Nexgen and PCTEL with a notice of Samsung’s election to terminate, effective April 30, the contractor services agreement between Samsung and Nexgen. Nexgen furnishes services to Samsung under the CSA including Meridian software-based services and contract personnel. The termination applies to the CSA only and will have no effect on other agreements between Samsung and Nexgen or PCTEL. The company continues to forecast 15%-18% revenue growth over FY14 and views the Nexgen acquisition as accretive to earnings in FY15. The company has revised its overall revenue forecast for FY15 in light of reduced business with Samsung, the reduction in capital spending by AT&T (T), and a decline in new network infrastructure investment in the oil and gas market. The company has revised revenue guidance from $133M-$138M to $124M-$130M. Finally, the company and Nexgen have signed a term sheet calling for a material reduction of the total consideration paid or payable by PCTEL for the Nexgen assets, and a material reduction of the equity compensation for which John Thakkar, the founder and president of Nexgen, will be eligible. These reductions seek to align the asset acquisition costs with the revised revenue and EBITDA estimates.
10:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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10:01 EDTSMIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:46 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung to hold off release of flexible tablets in 2015, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
17:10 EDTSMISemiconductor Manufacturing downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Semiconductor Manufacturing to Underperform citing an "unrealistic" valuation and limited earnings upside potential. The firm keeps a $4.97 price target for shares.
06:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung semiconductor CapEx to reach $15B in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Samsung's semiconductor capital spending is expected to reach a record $15B in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. The company's CapEx for system ICs is expected to reach $4B, mainly to finance the commencement of its Line-17 fab in Hwasong and a buildup of its plant in Austin, Texas. Reference Link
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