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Samsung posts record Q1 profit helped by memory chips

Samsung Electronics has posted 9.9 trillion won in operating profits for the first quarter of 2017 - a rise of 48.3 percent from last year, the company said. It is the firm's second-highest profit ever on record, and was largely achieved by its chip business, which contributed nearly two-thirds, or 6.32 trillion won. Samsung's high-density chips allowed for higher average sale prices, despite a slower demand due to seasonality. The South Korean tech giant is a leader in DRAM and NAND, both in market share and commercial technology levels, and soaked up a demand for datacenters, enterprise SSDs, and flagship smartphones.

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KKR to buy Hitachi unit valued at $2.3 bln

U.S. buyout firm KKR said it has agreed to buy Hitachi Ltd's chip-making equipment and video solution unit in a deal valuing the company at $2.3 billion, its second purchase of a Hitachi unit. After completing the acquisition of Hitachi Kokusai Electric, KKR will spin off the chip-making equipment unit, retaining 100 percent ownership of that business. It will sell a 40 percent stake in the video solutions business to Hitachi and a Japanese investment fund, Japan Industrial Partners Inc.

więcej na: www.dailymail.co.uk

UMC sees weakening demand at 28nm

United Microelectronics Corp. said sales of its most advanced technology node have slipped for a third time under strong competition. The company’s 28nm process fell to 17 percent of overall sales in the first quarter of this year compared with 22 percent in the fourth quarter last year. It’s been a bumpy ride for UMC. The company has seen its portion of overall sales from 28nm decline on a quarterly basis for the third time since ramping up the process technology nearly three years ago, according to company reports.

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Nokia reports slowing sales decline as network market recovers

Finnish network equipment maker Nokia reported a slowing rate of sales decline, saying the global networks market was showing signs of recovery. Nokia and its rivals, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei Technologies, have struggled in recent years as telecom operators' demand for faster 4G mobile broadband equipment has peaked, and upgrades to next-generation 5G equipment are still years away. Nokia said the business momentum was now improving: first-quarter network sales fell 6 percent from a year earlier to 4.9 billion euros ($5.3 billion), compared with a decline of 14 percent in the previous quarter.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

China's Didi said near deal to become most valuable Asia startup

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is near an agreement to raise at least $5 billion in a deal that would make it the most valuable startup in China, according to people familiar with the matter. The round may close as soon as this week and would lift Didi’s valuation to about $50 billion, up from a previous $34 billion after its acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc.’s China business, said one of the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private.

więcej na: www.bloomberg.com

GlobalWafers seeing robust semiconductor wafer demand

Demand for semiconductor-grade silicon wafers has been robust, which expects the market to see tight supply through the end of 2018. The market shortage will continue to drive up wafer prices, said GlobalWafers. Prices for mainstream 12-inch wafers, for example, will continue to rise 5-10% quarterly. GlobalWafers also anticipated that wafer prices will see larger growth in the second half of 2017 than in the first half, as the ongoing shortage will become more acute in the second half of the year.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

SK Chairman visits Japan to acquire Toshiba’s chip business unit

SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won crossed the Korean Strait on April 24 to acquire Toshiba’s memory business division which will determine the fate of the group. Chey flew to Japan as his first overseas trip since his four-month travel ban was lifted. He is expected to meet executives of Toshiba to discuss SK Hynix Inc.’s intention to acquire the Japanese firm’s chip business. Some sources said that Chey may consider meeting officials from U.S. Western Digital, which has been requesting Toshiba for exclusive rights to a takeover negotiation.

więcej na: www.businesskorea.co.kr

Researchers built a microprocessor with a 2D semiconductor

Researchers at Tu Wien in Austria have developed a microprocessor that uses 2D molybdenum disulfide as the semiconductor. "2D" materials are materials built out of a thin layer of atoms - sometimes they’re a single atom thick. There are a bunch of reasons this is a good idea for electronics: a chip that thin can be transparent, flexible, and use less power than a traditional silicon chip.

więcej na: www.theverge.com

Powertech posts almost 19% fall in profits for Q1

Powertech Technology posted a nearly 19 percent sequential decline in net profit for the first quarter, mostly due to sluggish DRAM chip demand for PCs and smartphones due to a seasonal drag. Net profit fell to NT$1.17 billion (US$38.8 million) in the quarter ending March 31, compared with NT$1.44 billion in the final quarter of last year, the company said. That translated into EPS of NT$1.50, a decrease from the previous quarter’s EPS of NT$1.84. The Hsinchu-based company expects a mild pickup in smartphone demand and modest growth in the PC sector to stimulate revenue growth this quarter.

więcej na: www.taipeitimes.com

Canon raises annual profit outlook on Toshiba medical unit acquisition

Canon lifted its full-year operating profit forecast after reporting strong first-quarter results on the back of earnings from a medical equipment unit it bought from Toshiba Corp last year. The camera and printer maker forecast profit of 270 billion yen ($2.43 billion), up from 255 billion yen estimated in January. It reported profit of 228.9 billion in the previous twelve months. The upbeat outlook suggests Canon's strategy to diversify has begun to reward the company after the $5.8 billion acquisition of the Toshiba unit and the $2.8 billion takeover of Swedish video-surveillance firm Axis AB.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

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