The mobile market plays a role across industry, from financial results to new products.
Pricing instabilities in the DRAM market have hit Nanya Technology Co., which reported revenues of $147.2 million for June 2013, down 3.7 percent from the $152.8 million reported for May. This represents the second straight drop for the company, which reported a decrease of 4.2 percent month-over-month in May.
However, it still adds up to a 35.6 percent increase in YTD revenues compared to last year. With 55,000 wafer starts per month, Nanya focuses on consumer and low-power DRAM. It's currently pushing to roll out 30-nm process technology by 2013's fourth quarter, with a capacity of 40,000 wafer starts.
Meanwhile, Inotera, the joint venture between Nanya and Micron Technology Inc., logged $170.9 million dollars in revenues for the month, a jump of 23.9 percent compared to the $137.9 million accrued in May. First-half revenues jumped 57.3 percent year-over-year. Boasting 120,000 wafer starts per month at two interconnected 300-mm fabrication facilities, Inotera provides DRAM foundry services, with roughly 100,000 of those wafer starts using 30-nm process technology.
Elsewhere, Winbond Electronics Corp. reported June 2013 revenues of $94 million, down 5.4 percent from the $99.8 million logged in May 2013. Winbond produces serial and parallel nor flash, as well as mobile, specialty, and graphics DRAM.
While we're talking about mobile memory, Advantest Corp. just released the T5831, which can test NAND flash with high-speed ONFi (Open NAND Flash Interface) or toggle-mode interfaces, as well as managed NAND devices such as embedded multimedia cards (eMMC). The modular unit can also concurrently test mobile DRAM and NAND flash in multi-chip packages, making it a good fit for mobile electronics.
And last, Mentor Graphics has added embedded memory capabilities to its Kronos cell characterization and analysis platform. The Kronos platform generates accurate performance models for standard cells, I/Os, complex cells, and embedded memories within an advanced, integrated environment.