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  1. September 25, 2013

    Tokyo Electron deal may spark further foreign takeovers

    Given the rarity of foreign takeovers in Japan, a 6 per cent premium for chip equipment maker Applied Materials of the US to...

  2. July 11, 2013

    Micron: stay disciplined

    It looked, for a moment, like the run would never end. Micron Technology, which makes memory chips, was, as of Monday, up...

  1. May 6, 2013

    Falling prices to be just a memory for chip manufacturers

    Memory chips inside smartphones and personal computers might be invisible to consumers, but that hidden role belies their...

  2. April 24, 2013

    Hynix beats forecasts as chip prices rise

    SK Hynix, one of the world’s leading memory chip producers, beat expectations as first-quarter earnings were boosted by...

  3. January 8, 2013

    Tide of change could engulf Asia’s banks

    In its most recent regulatory filing late last year, Focus Media, a Chinese advertising company listed in New York,...

  4. November 26, 2012

    Tokyo-backed fund to rescue Renesas

    An investment fund controlled by Japan’s government has agreed to rescue Renesas Electronics by buying a majority stake in...

  5. November 2, 2012

    Nomura hit by another insider trading case

    Nomura Holdings said there was a “strong possibility” it was involved in a further case of insider trading last year. The...

  6. October 30, 2012

    Insular culture blamed for Renesas woes

    A few months ago, financial advisers to Renesas Electronics, the Japanese microcontroller company, reached out to Kohlberg...

  7. September 23, 2012

    Japan fund may counter KKR’s Renesas bid

    A Japanese government-controlled investment fund and leading local companies are considering jointly investing more than...

  8. September 4, 2012

    Japan, where capital flows to yesterday’s companies

    In the next couple of weeks, bondholders will vote on the fate of Covalent Materials, the Japanese technology group formerly...

  9. August 31, 2012

    Renesas in takeover talks with KKR

    Renesas Electronics, the ailing Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, has been considering selling a controlling stake in...

  10. August 29, 2012

    KKR starts talks to buy Renesas

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is in preliminary talks to take over Renesas Electronics of Japan through a Y100bn ($1.27bn) share...

  11. August 23, 2012

    Covalent Materials confronted by critical test

    The future of Covalent Materials of Japan, the technology group formerly known as Toshiba Ceramics, faces a critical test in...

  12. August 19, 2012

    Micron / Elpida – chips cashed

    Imagine buying your closest rival for a third of what it would cost you to build more factories. And then paying for...

  13. July 30, 2012

    Fujitsu and Hitachi – IT contrasts

    Two numbers sum up Fujitsu – Y4,660 and Y295. The first is the Japanese electronics conglomerate’s share price from 12 years...

  14. July 17, 2012

    Samsung buys CSR’s mobile business

    Samsung Electronics is buying the mobile technology development business of CSR, the struggling UK chipmaker, in a $310m...

  15. July 10, 2012

    Elpida bondholders ask court to stop sale

    Bondholders of Elpida, the bankrupt Japanese memory chipmaker, have asked a Tokyo court to reject a sale to US group Micron...

  16. July 10, 2012

    Micron / Elpida – value judgment

    Rescue ahoy (almost). When US chipmaker Micron sent out a lifeline to Elpida last week by offering to buy it, the Japanese...

  17. July 3, 2012

    Asian shares boosted by easing hopes

    Asian stocks rose for a fifth consecutive session amid hopes that central banks around the world may ease monetary policy to...

  18. July 2, 2012

    Micron in Y200bn deal to buy Elpida

    Micron Technology, the US chipmaker, has agreed to acquire bankrupt Japanese rival Elpida Memory in a deal worth Y200bn...

  19. June 4, 2012

    Reshaping Japan’s tech sector a struggle

    Problems at two Japanese microchip makers highlight the potential dangers in a gathering effort to reshape the country’s...

  20. April 26, 2012

    Asian chipmakers

    Chipmakers are not all hewn from the same block. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is planning record investment to...

  21. April 6, 2012

    Chinese buyout group set for Elpida bid

    Chinese investment firm Hony Capital is teaming up with TPG, the US buyout group, to bid for Elpida Memory, the Japanese...

  22. April 6, 2012

    Samsung to post record quarterly profit

    Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest technology group by sales, said it would post a record quarterly profit while...

  23. March 25, 2012

    Elpida: Japan’s memory loss

    So. Farewell then, Elpida Memory, maker of dynamic random access memory chips. You were not dynamic enough and you probably...

  24. March 21, 2012

    US stocks edge down

    US equities fell for a second straight day as new housing data showed that existing home sales slipped in February, even as...

  25. March 1, 2012

    Improving jobs outlook lifts Wall Street

    US stocks survived a mid-afternoon oil price surge to finish the session at a post-financial crisis high as Wall Street’s...

  26. February 29, 2012

    Nikkei Average has best February in 21 years

    Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 Average enjoyed its best February in more than two decades thanks to a run of forecast-beating domestic...

  27. FT Alphaville

    February 29, 2012

    Semiconductor stocks drive Nasdaq rally

    The Nasdaq Composite index hit fresh 11-year highs as Apple shares reached record levels and semiconductor stocks continued...

  28. FT Alphaville

    February 29, 2012

    Overnight markets: Up

    Asian stocks rose on better-than- forecast industrial production data in Japan and South Korea, says Bloomberg, and the euro...

  29. February 28, 2012

    Semiconductor stocks drive Nasdaq rally

    The Nasdaq Composite index hit fresh 11-year highs as Apple shares reached record levels and semiconductor stocks continued...

  30. February 28, 2012

    Tokyo stocks climb after strong retail sales

    Asian equities were buoyed on Tuesday by renewed hopes that Greece’s current bail-out will cause no further global market...

  31. FT Alphaville

    February 27, 2012

    Elpida seeks bankruptcy protection

    Elpida, the Japanese chipmaker, has filed for bankruptcy protection on $5.56bn of debt, Reuters reports. It is the largest...

  32. February 27, 2012

    Wall St defies Europe as rally continues

    Micron Technology surged 7.7 per cent to close at an eight-month high of $8.56 after a rival computer memory maker filed for...

  33. February 27, 2012

    Elpida files for bankruptcy protection

    Elpida, Japan’s sole remaining memory chipmaker, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the latest example of a big...

  34. beyondbrics

    February 17, 2012

    Rival chipmakers soar on Elpida woes

    embed1 South Korean chipmakers headed by Samsung Electronics could be forgiven for rubbing their hands with glee at the...

  35. February 15, 2012

    Japanese exporters boosted by weaker yen

    A robust rally for Asian stocks was led by Tokyo, which continued to climb in the wake of the Bank of Japan’s unexpected...

  36. February 14, 2012

    Elpida future in doubt as debt talks stall

    Elpida, the Japanese chipmaker, said it was uncertain about whether it could continue as a business, after talks with its...

  37. February 8, 2012

    Japan lines up national chip champion

    Three Japanese semiconductor manufacturers including Panasonic and Fujitsu are in talks to merge their operations to create...

  38. February 6, 2012

    Resource sector rally lifts Asian markets

    Asian stocks were broadly higher on Monday, buoyed by data on Friday that showed the US created more jobs than expected in...

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