With the application of 96-layer BiCS4 flash memory and HMB host memory buffer technology, BG4 SSD has excellent performance in performance, capacity and energy consumption ratio.
Samsung mass produced 6th generation V-NAND (3bit, or TLC) chip based on a 136-layer with a single die of 256GB (32GB) in June and SSD based on the NAND chip in July.
TSMC has released a large-scale recruiting plans to accelerate the development of the 5/3nm Process. More than 3000 new employees covering semiconductor equipment, R&D, process, process integration engineers and production line technicians will be recruited in Hsinchu.
SK hynix has developed 128-layer 4D NAND flash successfully, which is already in mass production. SK hynix has unveiled its plans that 800+ layer NAND flash is expected to be available in 2030 when SSD with capacity of 100 to 200TB can be produced easily.
TSMC CFO He Limei point out there will be no transfer of order in the short term. In the long run, it depends on how long the trade war lasts. She also expressed that the revenue of TSMC in the second half of 2019 will be better than 2018 owing to strong demand. 5nm production by 2020 is just around the corner.
Samsung which has already experienced hardship and become the leading company has frustrated Samsung's foundry business in the face of Japan's export restrictions on South Korea. Faced with the pressure of sharp decline in profits, whether it can hold the throne of the semiconductor industry this year is full of challenges for Samsung.
Toshiba unveils a new SSD called XFMEXPRESS which is a new form factor technology for NVM Express with small size. Users can easily replace their hard drives themselves with it.
Samsung create a process kit called GAA, which will be used in 3 nanometers process and even more sophisticated manufacturing processes. Samsung is said to be one year ahead of global fountain-foundry TSMC in GAA technology and two to three years ahead of Intel.
Chen Libai, president of A-DATA Technology, pointed out that many Chinese manufacturers indeed come to Taiwan to purchase goods in order to avoid the trade conflict impact between Japan and Korea. That confirms the rebound of memory price.
Since the first half of year, there are still many inventories of South Korean memory makers and many uncertainties owing to the trade war between China and America and the Japan’s export restriction to South Korea, which have caused Samsung Electronics to delay investment.