1.Memory Markets Poised for Major Changes as Covid-19 Weighs on Demand(EET India 2020-07-24）
Prior to COVID-19 outbreak, 2020 was shaping up to be a strong recovery year for the DRAM and NAND markets, with both expected to emerge from downturns that had persisted through much of the past two years. Although the situation surrounding the pandemic remains extremely fluid, it will certainly be a headwind to any recovery.
In addition, in its DRAM Quarterly Market Monitor – Q2 2020, Yole affirms, in the DRAM business, market equilibrium was sought via significant capital expenditure cuts in 2019. Between 25% and 30%, according to Mike Howard, VP of DRAM and Memory Research, part of the Semiconductor, Memory & Computing division at Yole. “And as late as Q3-19, plans existed at suppliers to reduce capital expenditure by as much again in 2020. Both Micron and Samsung are expected to introduce products based on 1z technology by 2020; SK hynix will follow. The most advanced DRAM node by 2025 is expected to be 1 beta”, he adds.
2. 库存回补停滞 DRAM价逐季跌(工商时报 2020/07/06 )
根据集邦科技及模组厂消息，6月标准型DRAM合约价与5月持平，8GB DDR4模组报价维持在28.5美元，第二季累计涨幅逾11％，主要是受惠于笔电及平板等需求转强。不过，6月利基型DRAM合约价则较5月下跌1～5％，其中x16规格4Gb DDR4颗粒均价跌至1.82美元，x16规格8Gb DDR4颗粒均价亦滑落至3.66美元，第二季底合约价反而低于第一季。
3.存储器发展趋势解读 业界：DRAM优于NAND(台湾经济日报 2020-07-08)
针对DRAM和储存型快闪存储器（NAND Flash）这两大存储器后市，业界普遍有“DRAM优于NAND Flash”的共识。
业者指出，今年第2季NAND Flash市场稳定，价格小幅上扬，不过，从市场近一、两个月的反映来看，支撑第2季NAND Flash市况的笔电及资料中心等重要需求来源，第3季恐面临库存调节压力，因此从需求端来看，第3季力道并不强劲。
市场研究机构集邦咨询（TrendForce）预估，第3季NAND Flash市场将转为供需平衡，主要产品价格将出现持平或微幅下跌。业者预期，在各家供应商供货节制下，今年第3、4季NAND Flash需求不强，预料价格可能小幅修正，以下半年来看，DRAM价格走势将优于NAND Flash。
1.Micron Technology Enablement Program Launched(storagereview 2020-07-16)
Micron launched what they’re calling a Technology Enablement Program (TEP) for their still in development DDR5 DRAM sticks. We covered the expected specs of DDR5 when Micron announced that they’d begun sampling their new product in January. Micron has remained a major producer of semiconductor products, including DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) and flash drives.
Micron is trying to bring together a broad array of companies interested in the development and applications of DDR5 DRAM through their Technology Enablement Program (TEP). If successful, this will allow them to hit the ground running as soon as they begin mass production and shorten the time to market for this newest generation of random-access memory (RAM). Companies that enroll in the program will gain access to several advantages. The most important and exciting is early access to DDR5 component and module samples as they become available. TEP members will also have access to technical resources such as datasheets, electrical, thermal, and simulation models. All of this should help speed up commercial product development and platform design. Micron is looking beyond just technical development with their program. They are also looking to include retailers, distributors, and even IP (intellectual property) resellers in their program.
1. 加速业界采用DDR5,美光推出“技术应用支援计划” （工商时报 2020-07-16）
美光科技（Micron）宣布一项全面性计划“技术应用支援计划”（Technology Enablement Program，TEP），该计划将提供技术资源、优先取得产品，以及和生态系统伙伴的接洽机会；并协助设计、开发和认证搭载DDR5（现今技术最先进的DRAM）的次世代运算平台。
2.Intel 7nm Delayed By 6 Months; Company to Take “Pragmatic” Approach in Using Third-Party Fabs(AnandTech 2020-07-23)
While today second quarter earnings report from Intel represented a high-water mark for the company amid booming sales and revenues, unfortunately not everything disclosed today was good news from the company. As part of Intel’s quarterly earnings presentation, the company announced that their under-development 7nm manufacturing process has suffered a six month delay due to a defect in the process. As a result, the first consumer products aren’t due until at least late 2022, leaving Intel with 10nm as their best in-house manufacturing process for the next couple of years.
Unfortunately for Intel, developing their 7nm process has not gone to plan. As revealed in today’s call, 7nm yields are roughly a full year behind schedule – that is, Intel expects it to take another year to get yields to where they wanted them for Q2 of 2020. As a result, the company has needed to push back the bulk of its 7nm product schedule by 6 months. The first 7nm client CPUs are now not expected before late 2022 or early 2023. Meanwhile the first 7nm server part is not expected until the first half of 2023.
2.英特尔再推迟7nm芯片上市时间 彻底落后AMD 7nm产品(网易科技 2020-07-24)
3.Delay in Intel’s 7-nm Chip Release Bad News for Samsung’s Memory Business（BusinessKorea 2020-07-27）
Intel’s announcement last week that it will delay the release of a 7nm process-based microprocessor by about six months is expected to negatively affect Samsung Electronics, which is the world’s number-one DRAM and NAND flash memory maker.
Intel’s slump is a negative factor for memory semiconductor makers such as Samsung Electronics. Cloud business companies such as Microsoft and Amazon increase their purchases of DRAMs and NAND flashes that will run together with new CPUs for servers. With a recent surge in “untact demand” due to the spread of the new coronavirus, Intel’s release of a new CPU could fuel another super cycle for memory producers. SK Hynix benefited from increased demand for chips stemming from an increase in untact services. The share of DRAMs for servers in its sales rose close to 50 percent in the second quarter of 2020. On the other hand, due to the delay in Intel’s release of state-of-the-art CPUs, Samsung Electronics and others will have to make money by increasing sales of mobile DRAMs for smartphones.
4.SK Hynix Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results(BusinessKorea 2020-07-23)
SK hynix Inc. announced on July 23 financial results for its second quarter 2020 ended on June 30, 2020. The consolidated revenue of second quarter 2020 was 8.607 trillion won while the operating profit amounted to 1.947 trillion won, and the net income 1.264 trillion won. Operating margin for the quarter was 23 percent and net margin was 15 percent.
For DRAM, although weak demand of mobile customers continued, SK hynix managed to expand sales of both server and graphics products as demand and price of these markets remained stable. Consequently, both DRAM bit shipment and average selling price increased by 2 percent and 15 percent QoQ, respectively.
For DRAM, SK hynix will expand 1Ynm mobile DRAM sales in order to improve profitability, and timely supply LPDDR5 DRAM products to the market which has begun the full-fledged adoption of this product. At the same time, the Company will focus on expanding the sales of high-capacity server products larger than 64 Gigabytes (GB), and proceed with the full-scale mass-production of 1Znm DRAM products.
日前，深圳金泰克推出骁帅系列内存，采用合肥长鑫存储新一代颗粒，引用真正的国内芯片，首批发布DDR4 8GB 2666MHz，后续增加DDR4 16GB 2666MHz，DDR4 8GB/16GB 3200MHz系列产品。
1.Samsung Leads Semiconductor Paradigm Shift with New Material Discovery(Samsung 2020-07-06)
Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) have unveiled the discovery of a new material, called amorphous boron nitride (a-BN), in collaboration with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and the University of Cambridge. Published in the journal Nature, the study has the potential to accelerate the advent of the next generation of semiconductors.
The newly discovered material, called amorphous boron nitride (a-BN), consists of boron and nitrogen atoms with an amorphous molecule structure. While amorphous boron nitride is derived from white graphene, which includes boron and nitrogen atoms arranged in a hexagonal structure, the molecular structure of a-BN in fact makes it uniquely distinctive from white graphene.
Amorphous boron nitride has a best-in-class ultra-low dielectric constant of 1.78 with strong electrical and mechanical properties, and can be used as an interconnect isolation material to minimize electrical interference. It was also demonstrated that the material can be grown on a wafer scale at a low temperature of just 400°C. Thus, amorphous boron nitride is expected to be widely applied to semiconductors such as DRAM and NAND solutions, and especially in next generation memory solutions for large-scale servers.
2.三星发现新材料 有望用于DRAM和NAND等解决方案(Samsung 2020-07-06)