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Semiconductor Research (SR)

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Established in 2000, the department of Semiconductor Research focuses on the supply chains of memory and semiconductor products (e.g. DRAM, NAND Flash, eMMC, SSD, servers and datacenters) and provides industry-related information, including accurate market quotes, in-depth analysis of capital and production capacity developments, far-sighted predictions of market trends, and insightful research reports.





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  • Ken Kuo

    Senior Research Vice President

    Ken Kuo, AVP of DRAMeXchange, is in charge of DRAM market analysis with emphasis on the supply side of the industry.  He holds B.S. degrees in Software Engineering and Communication.  He has over 10 years of experience in the IC industry and 8 years in the DRAM industry. Before joining DRAMeXchange, Ken worked at Murata Manufacturing Co., Hirose Electronic, and Buffalo Technology.

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    Name:Ken Kuo

    Position:Senior Research Vice President

    Research Areas:DRAM, Server DIMM, Consumer DRAM

    Professional Experience:

    ASUS
    Murata
    Buffalo JP

    Academic Background:

    Chinese Culture University’s Information and Communications Technology program

    Ken Kuo, AVP of DRAMeXchange, is in charge of DRAM market analysis with emphasis on the supply side of the industry.  He holds B.S. degrees in Software Engineering and Communication.  He has over 10 years of experience in the IC industry and 8 years in the DRAM industry. Before joining DRAMeXchange, Ken worked at Murata Manufacturing Co., Hirose Electronic, and Buffalo Technology.


  • Avril Wu

    Research Vice President

    TrendForce Research Vice President Avril Wu has well over a decade of professional experience specializing in various aspects of memory product research. Prior to her 10-year tenure with TrendForce, Avril had worked with an established memory company for more than two years, also covering the same sector. Despite focusing on the DRAM market initially, Avril extended her expertise in 2019 to include NAND Flash as well, meaning she is currently more than qualified to cover the entire memory sector.

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    Name:Avril Wu

    Position:Research Vice President

    Research Areas:DRAM Supply Chain & Related End Markets (PC DRAM, Server DRAM, Mobile DRAM and Smartphones)

    Professional Experience:

    ASUSTeK
    SK Hynix

    Academic Background:

    Master of International Management, School of Business Administration, Portland State University
    MBA, National Taiwan University

    TrendForce Research Vice President Avril Wu has well over a decade of professional experience specializing in various aspects of memory product research. Prior to her 10-year tenure with TrendForce, Avril had worked with an established memory company for more than two years, also covering the same sector. Despite focusing on the DRAM market initially, Avril extended her expertise in 2019 to include NAND Flash as well, meaning she is currently more than qualified to cover the entire memory sector.


  • Mia Huang

    Research Manager

    Huang previously worked in procurement for prestigious tech companies. She currently analyzes DRAM supply chain and end markets at TrendForce.

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    Name:Mia Huang

    Position:Research Manager

    Research Areas:Mobile DRAM, Smartphone

    Professional Experience:

    Buffalo

    Academic Background:

    Bachelor’s Degree, Ming Chuan University

    Huang previously worked in procurement for prestigious tech companies. She currently analyzes DRAM supply chain and end markets at TrendForce.


  • Mark Liu

    Research Manager

    Prior to joining TrendForce, Liu worked for four years as a semiconductor industry analyst at related industry. Liu’s research encompasses the entire DRAM and NAND Flash supply chains.

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    Name:Mark Liu

    Position:Research Manager

    Research Areas:Datacenter, Server DRAM, Server CPU & Related Server Supply Chain

    Professional Experience:

    Analyst, related industry

    Academic Background:

    MSc., Marketing Management, De Montfort University

    Prior to joining TrendForce, Liu worked for four years as a semiconductor industry analyst at related industry. Liu’s research encompasses the entire DRAM and NAND Flash supply chains.


  • Forrest Chen

    Research Manager

    Forrest is an industry veteran who possesses considerable research expertise across the entire MLCC market, including applications of end products. Before joining TrendForce, Forrest took on various managerial roles overseeing component procurement throughout 24 years in the electronics industry, during which he also conducted long-term market observations and investigations into the supply chain and supply/demand of active and passive semiconductor devices.

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    Name:Forrest Chen

    Position:Research Manager

    Research Areas:MLCC

    Professional Experience:

    Kinpo Electronics, Project Manager (6 years)
    Kinpo Electronics, Purchasing Director(5 years) 
    Compal Electronics, Purchasing Director of PCBG Key Components(8 years)
    Compal Electronics, Purchasing Director of Electronics(5 years)

    Academic Background:

    National Taipei University of Technology

    Forrest is an industry veteran who possesses considerable research expertise across the entire MLCC market, including applications of end products. Before joining TrendForce, Forrest took on various managerial roles overseeing component procurement throughout 24 years in the electronics industry, during which he also conducted long-term market observations and investigations into the supply chain and supply/demand of active and passive semiconductor devices.


  • Ben Yeh

    Analyst

    Prior to joining TrendForce, Ben worked in Quanta Computer’s procurement center. He specializes in analyzing eMMC and NAND Flash markets.

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    Name:Ben Yeh

    Position:Analyst

    Research Areas:NAND Flash and eMMC

    Professional Experience:

    Quanta Computer

    Academic Background:

    B.A., Department of International Business, College of Commerce, National Chengchi University

    Prior to joining TrendForce, Ben worked in Quanta Computer’s procurement center. He specializes in analyzing eMMC and NAND Flash markets.


  • Bryan Ao

    Analyst

    Ao focuses on demand trends of NAND Flash storage solutions used by server OEMs, data center operators, and AI or edge computing service provider. He previously worked in an electronic component distributor specializing in mobile device memory solutions and SSD controller ICs.

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    Name:Bryan Ao

    Position:Analyst

    Research Areas:Enterprise SSDs, NAND Flash Market

    Professional Experience:

    Broker for electronic components

    Academic Background:

    MBA, Fox School of Business at Temple University

    Ao focuses on demand trends of NAND Flash storage solutions used by server OEMs, data center operators, and AI or edge computing service provider. He previously worked in an electronic component distributor specializing in mobile device memory solutions and SSD controller ICs.


  • CY Yao

    Senior Analyst

    Yao has seven years of experience as a technology news journalist providing in-depth reporting on topics such as EDA, processors, MCU and analog components. As a member of TRI’s semiconductor team, Yao investigates competition strategies in the semiconductor sector, tracks developments in chip design/applications and assembles valuable databases.

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    Name:CY Yao

    Position:Senior Analyst

    Research Areas:Co-opetition Strategy of IDM and Fabless, Chip Design, Various End-Applications

    Professional Experience:

    TrendForce Senior Analyst in the department of semiconductor research
    CTIMES, Senior journalist

    Academic Background:

    B.B.A, Hsuan Chuang University

    Yao has seven years of experience as a technology news journalist providing in-depth reporting on topics such as EDA, processors, MCU and analog components. As a member of TRI’s semiconductor team, Yao investigates competition strategies in the semiconductor sector, tracks developments in chip design/applications and assembles valuable databases.


  • Joanne Chiao

    Analyst

    Joanne’s research focuses on foundry market analysis, including production capacity, technological development, and customer demand.

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    Name:Joanne Chiao

    Position:Analyst

    Research Areas:Foundry

    Professional Experience:

    TrendForce, 2017 - present

    Academic Background:

    Bachelor’s Degree, Department of Statistics and Information Science, Fu Jen Catholic University

    Joanne’s research focuses on foundry market analysis, including production capacity, technological development, and customer demand.


  • John Wang

    Analyst

    Focuses on the developments and trends of compound semiconductors and the semiconductor packaging and testing industry; previously worked in research and development of related technologies at Innolux and ITRI.

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    Name:John Wang

    Position:Analyst

    Research Areas:Compound Semiconductors and the Semiconductor Packaging and Testing Industry

    Professional Experience:

    Innolux Corporation, Technology and Development Engineer
    Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Associate Researcher

    Academic Background:

    B.S., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University
    M.S., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University

    Focuses on the developments and trends of compound semiconductors and the semiconductor packaging and testing industry; previously worked in research and development of related technologies at Innolux and ITRI.


  • Guan-Wei Tseng

    Analyst

    Guan-Wei’s research covers a wide variety of semiconductor design-related markets, including fingerprint sensors, TDDI, TWS, MEMS sensors, and HMI. He worked as an engineer for TSMC prior to joining TrendForce.

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    Name:Guan-Wei Tseng

    Position:Analyst

    Research Areas:Semiconductor design, fingerprint sensors, TDDI, TWS, MEMS sensors, HMI

    Professional Experience:

    TSMC engineer

    Academic Background:

    M.A., Graduate Institute of Manufacturing Technology, NTUT

    Guan-Wei’s research covers a wide variety of semiconductor design-related markets, including fingerprint sensors, TDDI, TWS, MEMS sensors, and HMI. He worked as an engineer for TSMC prior to joining TrendForce.


  • Caron Ju

    Analyst

    With research expertise spanning both DRAM and NAND Flash industries, Caron specializes in advanced technology development as well as server/enterprise territories. Prior to joining TrendForce, Caron spent three years overseeing sales and channel management of DRAM/SSD products at ADATA, a major supplier of memory modules.

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    Name:Caron Ju

    Position:Analyst

    Research Areas:DRAM, NAND Flash

    Professional Experience:

    ADATA Technology

    Academic Background:

    B.A., Department of Money and Banking, College of Commerce, National Chengchi University

    With research expertise spanning both DRAM and NAND Flash industries, Caron specializes in advanced technology development as well as server/enterprise territories. Prior to joining TrendForce, Caron spent three years overseeing sales and channel management of DRAM/SSD products at ADATA, a major supplier of memory modules.


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