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Hardware Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

  • TOKYO, June 10- Western Digital Corp plans to raise its offer for Toshiba Corp's prized semiconductor unit to 2 trillion yen or more, a person familiar with the matter said, marking a last-ditch effort to clinch a deal that both companies consider vital. Toshiba had set a 2 trillion yen threshold for the sale. Toshiba has been favoring a rival bid from U.S. chipmaker...

  • *State-backed fund in talks with Bain Capital- sources. TOKYO, June 9- Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was not convinced by Western Digital Corp CEO Steve Milligan's effort to win its backing for the U.S. tech firm's revised bid for the Japanese conglomerate's highly prized chip unit. Some sources see Western Digital, which jointly operates a key flash memory chip...

  • BRUSSELS, June 9- EU antitrust authorities opened an investigation on Friday into Qualcomm's $38- billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, ratcheting up pressure on the U.S. smartphone chipmaker to offer concessions to address their concerns. The European Commission listed a raft of concerns about the combined company's ability and incentives to squeeze out...

  • *State-backed fund in talks to team up with Bain Capital- sources. TOKYO, June 9- Toshiba Corp said on Friday it wasn't convinced by an effort by Western Digital Corp CEO Steve Milligan to win the Japanese conglomerate's backing for the U.S. tech firm's bid for Toshiba's highly prized chip unit. The Japan- backed consortium is competing with U.S. chipmaker Broadcom...

  • TOKYO, June 9- Bain Capital and a Japanese state-backed fund are in talks about teaming up to bid for Toshiba Corp's prized chip unit, sources familiar with the matter said. The U.S. private equity firm would replace rival KKR& Co LP as the main partner of the state-backed fund and would be a minority investor in the consortium under the plan being discussed, one of the...

  • *Bain, Western Digital in group led by Japan state fund- sources. SAN FRANCISCO/ TOKYO, June 9- Bain Capital is replacing rival KKR& Co LP in a Japanese government-led consortium bidding for Toshiba Corp's prized chip unit, two sources familiar with the matter said. The consortium, led by state-backed Japan Innovation Network Corp and also including Western Digital...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ TOKYO, June 9- Private equity firm Bain Capital is replacing rival KKR& Co LP in a Japanese government-led consortium that also includes Western Digital Corp to bid for Toshiba Corp's chip unit, sources familiar with the matter said. Bain would be a minority investor, said one of the sources. Western Digital, which jointly operates a key flash memory...

  • *Broadcom-led offer seen most attractive due to price- source Western Digital/ Japan investors have offered less- sources. TOKYO/ SAN FRANCISCO, June 8- Toshiba Corp aims to name a winner for its prized semiconductor business next week, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, as a row with one of the bidders over the sale appeared to escalate.

  • *Foxconn chairman says Apple, Amazon to "chip in funds". TOKYO, June 5- Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc will join Foxconn's bid for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business, the Nikkei business daily quoted Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou as saying on Monday. Taiwan's Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has also partnered with its Japanese unit Sharp...

  • TOKYO, June 5- Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc will join Foxconn's bid for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business, the Nikkei business daily quoted Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou as saying on Monday. Taiwan's Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has also partnered with its Japanese unit Sharp Corp in its bid. Foxconn is not seen as a frontrunner in...

  • TAIPEI, June 3- Taiwan stocks edged lower in a special session on Saturday as investor sentiment remained cautious after the market's climb last month to a 17- year high. Cathay Financial Holding, parent company of Taiwan's biggest life insurer, slipped 0.1 percent. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.054 to T $30.063 per U.S. dollar.

  • TAIPEI, June 2- Chipmakers switched focus at Taiwan's top tech fair this week with bets on new areas such as driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, shifting away from smartphones where intense competition has pushed down components prices. The Computex Taipei event, now in its 36th year, has historically been a central venue for...

  • *Western Digital may invest in new Japan memory plant- source. *Western Digital CEO to visit Japan next week- source. Western Digital, which jointly operates Toshiba's main chip plant located in Yokkaichi, western Japan, has argued that the unit cannot be sold without its consent and has demanded exclusive negotiating rights.

  • TOKYO, June 1- Western Digital is considering fresh investment to build another flash memory chip plant in western Japan in an effort to show its commitment to the country, a source familiar with the matter said. The California- based company is embroiled in a dispute with business partner Toshiba Corp over plans to sell the Japanese firm's prized semiconductor...

  • TOKYO, June 1- Toshiba Corp has moved some of the assets of its memory chip unit back to the parent company in a bid to ward off Western Digital Corp's legal claim that the Japanese conglomerate cannot sell the unit without the U.S. partner's consent. Western Digital, which jointly owns a semiconductor plant with Toshiba in Japan, sought international arbitration...

  • TOKYO, June 1- Toshiba Corp has moved some of the assets of its memory chip unit back to the parent company to ward off Western Digital Corp's legal claim that the Japanese conglomerate cannot sell the unit without the U.S. partner's consent. Western Digital, which jointly owns a semiconductor plant with Toshiba in Japan, sought international arbitration in mid...

  • TOKYO, May 29- Western Digital Corp may join a consortium of Japanese government money and KKR& Co LP to bid for Toshiba Corp's chip unit, backing away from an earlier demand for an immediate majority stake, two sources familiar with the matter said. The consortium is expected to be the favored bidder for the world's second biggest producer of NAND memory chips, as...

  • *Adding capacity to existing Xi'an 3 D NAND facility an option. SEOUL, May 29- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it is considering adding NAND memory chip production capacity at its manufacturing base in China amid an industry-wide boom that will likely fuel record sales for memory suppliers. Samsung, the world's biggest memory chip maker by...

  • *Firm considering adding capacity in Xi'an. *Samsung makes 3 D NAND chips in Xi'an. Samsung, the world's No.1 memory chip maker, has already invested $7 billion in the Xi'an facility to make 3 D NAND memory chips.

  • SEOUL, May 29- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it is considering adding memory chip production capacity at its manufacturing base in China amid an industry-wide boom. The firm is considering adding capacity at its facility in Xi'an but no specifics, including the potential investment amount and what products it will make with the...