With foundries TSMC (TSM) and UMC expecting lower Q3 utilization rates, semiconductor wafer...

|By:, SA News Editor

With foundries TSMC (TSM) and UMC expecting lower Q3 utilization rates, semiconductor wafer suppliers won't be able to raise prices as expected. That's a negative for MEMC (WFR), which has been relying on strong semiconductor wafer demand to offset weak solar wafer sales, and another sign of soft demand for chip companies in general.