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7,249 comment(s). Last comment by howardmark 6 hours ago

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 3 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Ok, let's put our money on bet.
I suggest you to try to short STX which is listed on Nasdaq. Their main revenue (>80%) is coming from HDD. Instead, I will long Dufu & STX, see who's return is higher in the next 5 years. If what you said is valid, you should be very profitable by shorting STX.

The cost per GB of a large capacity HDD is cheaper by 7x or even more than a large capacity SSD.
So when you think SSD will replace HDD in data center?
Do you know >80% of data in the hyperscale conventional data center are stored in HDD?

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 3 weeks ago | Report Abuse

You believe in what the predictors are saying, but too blind to see what's the "CURRENT TREND". What I witness is that nearline HDD is going to recover throughout this whole calendar year. This is align with what Western Digital and Seagate are guiding.
For your information, Western Digital manufactures NAND flash memory as well.

gooman

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Posted by gooman > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

stock market reflects a view of the economy six months in advance,

Posted by howardmark > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Souljabooii, the more you promote, the more it drops, obviously the market doesn't buy your view. It doesn't care. The market is forward looking. Cut loss to preserve your capital.

Posted by Superich > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

From Souljabooii's posts, I can see that he is merely expressing and sharing his views of HDD future based on his research which I found very informative. Readers are free to draw their own judgement and why the fuss??

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

TSMC just guided their Capex will be 28-32 billion USD in this year compared to ~30 billion USD last year. Most of their capex will be used to expand their AI related segment. The current bottleneck of Nvidia AI accelerator is the advanced packaging that is used to package the HBM DRAM by using CoWos technique (2.5D packaging). Lots of OSAT, even foundaries like TSMC, Samsung and Intel are expanding their advanced packaging factories.
https://investor.tsmc.com/english/quarterly-results/2023/q4

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Slowly but surely the money will be poured to the equipment manufacturers then further down to the precision metal manufacturers.

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

the thing is all the big factory build their own factory. so, it will have limited opportunity.

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

when you are as big as tsmc. you would want to make things yourself to control the cost.

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

and if packaging is the way forward, they will build their own factory to have more designs down the 5-10 years road. and not rely on 3rd party..

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

its crazy to depend his 5-10 years fortune on 3rd party company.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

I have no idea why the stock plunged from RM1.94 to the current price.
But I guess the real reason behind the plunge is due to the sluggishness of the Q4'23 earnings report. Institutions maybe already access the QR report and decided to dump the shares.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Wait... You mean TSMC wants to build the equipment by themselves?
Do they have the capability?
Why Apple chose to use ICs from other companies instead of building all by themselves?

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Do you really understand how difficult it is to build an equipment like the ASML EUV?
Why US ban China from buying high end EUV from ASML?
Why AMAT, KLA, LAM and etc are still there but not slaughtered by TSMC expansion?

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Control cost is by having a lot of suppliers. The more they are, the cheaper it will be the equipment. FYI, companies like ASML has no competitors in their league. The price of a EUV can go up to 500 million USD just for one equipment. This industry is not a "commodity" or any "low barrier to entry industry". The amount of patents and intellectual properties are insane and I don't think in any near future, TSMC will be able to build their own equipment, especially the EUV machine.

gooman

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Posted by gooman > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

kobay!

KPH5328

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Posted by KPH5328 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

thanks for your sharing Souljabo, more than 76% of its revenue is generated from the
HDD segment as per AR2023, appreciate if you could shed some lights how TSMC Capex would have spillover effect to precision maker like Dufu, no doubt data center expansion has to support growth in AI & others which will benefit Dufu.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

TSMC is just a benchmark. It shows that the semicon industry is reviving again.
The capex guided by TSMC is mainly to expand their manufacturing capacities for AI chips (Nvidia, AMD and etc). Therefore, we can expect that the money will be channelled to a lot of front-end to back-end (CoWos capacity) equipment manufacturers. The equipment manufacturers will look for precision metal players to manufacture the modules (precision parts). Other than TSMC, big players like ASE and Amkor are also expanding to provide advanced packaging (2.5D) services.
This year will be a HUAT year for all the semicon players (not so huat for automotive)...
Logic, Memory, Analog, Sensors... The market will be hotter once Intel introduces their AI PC...

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Nearline HDD is mainly used in the conventional data center. AI data center has a lot of issues to solve, power is one of them. FYI, GPU is very power intensive. Hence, you will see headlines like Microsoft is proposing to use nuclear energy for their AI data center and etc... In general HDD uses more power than NAND flash (SSD), so I don't think it will be the main storage that will be used in the AI data center. It will be benefitted by the trend, because generative AI will create a lot of new contents. The new contents have to be stored, and nearline HDD is the most economical way to store these data. This is guided by Seagate in their earnings call, I don't have the details and firm answer for this.

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

No one can replace ASML. But TSMC can replace advanced packaging factories. And they wanted to do that. Due to US ban on China Etc reason.

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

What happened after 1nm and they cannot go lower.. They will start stacking chips.. this is where advanced packaging is important for future. And TSMC definitely will build their own advanced packaging factories.

nicholas99

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Posted by nicholas99 > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

probably because lack of contracts and jobs.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

I would say the fabless players will look for more than one supplier...
NO ONE WILL WISH TO RELY 100% on TSMC.
They will place order with other OSAT players like ASE/AMKOR.
No doubt that TSMC will further expand their advance packaging capacities, but do they wish to take orders from chips that are 10nm and below? Keep in mind that the margin is so low, and saturated with China players in this region...

Posted by NatsukoMishima > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Dufu , kobay both PE only worth around 10 ! Higher is overvalue , sorry to say that is the truth !

Posted by NatsukoMishima > 2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Vstecs better than all these stocks !

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Some suppliers went bust during this HDD recession. WDC and STX mentioned that this recession hurt their supply chain gao gao. Hence, I am very confident that WDC and STX will not terminate their contracts with Dufu. A good relationship with its customer is also a moat.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

If the hyperscaler is asking for more HDD, WDC and STX also mentioned there is a supply issue due to unhealthy supply chain. Keep in mind that Toyota once shut down their factory due to insufficient disk space. This shows how important is a 'cheap but large capacity storage devices'.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

All the local OSAT players are getting more orders from China. Customers are looking for a more resilient supply chain instead of focusing all their resources in China. This will benefit our local OSAT players, as well as equipment and precision metal players.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

The semiconductor industry is definitely going to revive in this second half of this year. There is no turning back, we all are using more digital devices.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Notion HDD revenue rebounded from 16million last quarter to 23million this quarter...

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

That's a 45% increase in HDD revenue...

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Huge pump after QR revealed. Get in the ship before it sails.

Tanleechoo

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Posted by Tanleechoo > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Ok jump in today

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Notion just got pumped 44%...

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Take profit...

gooman

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Posted by gooman > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

HDD is now on the verge of entering a new phase of growth, thanks to breakthrough technology aimed at increasing its capacity.
This technology is the ultimate form of energy-assisted recording aimed at improving recording density, known as Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR).
Seagate Technology in the United States plans to start mass production of 3.5-inch HDDs for data centers using HAMR by the end of March 2024. The recording
capacity per disk (per platter) is 3TB, and they have developed a product with a capacity of 30TB, named Exos Mozaic 3+, by incorporating 10 disks.

gooman

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Posted by gooman > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) is a groundbreaking technology designed to significantly increase the storage capacity of hard disk drives (HDDs). By using a laser to temporarily heat a small area of the disk, HAMR enables the magnetic recording of data on much smaller regions than was previously possible, leading to a dramatic increase in data density. This technology allows for the potential creation of HDDs with capacities far exceeding current limits, aiming towards drives with 20TB of storage and beyond, with projections reaching up to 100TB by around 2030. HAMR technology operates by focusing a laser's heat on the disk surface, which reduces the coercivity of the material, making it more susceptible to magnetic changes. Once the area cools down, the data is securely stored with high fidelity. Despite the advanced nature of this technology, it is designed to be compatible with existing HDD form factors, ensuring that it can be integrated into current systems without necessitating significant changes to hardware configurations. This compatibility extends to the anticipated running costs of HAMR drives, which are not expected to be significantly higher than those of traditional HDDs, as the laser used in HAMR requires only a small amount of power. The development of HAMR technology by companies like Seagate marks a significant milestone in data storage technology, aiming to meet the growing demand for higher capacity storage solutions in data centers and other applications where massive data storage is essential.

gooman

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Posted by gooman > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Seagate Will Release 30TB HAMR Hard Drives in Early 2024
https://www.guru3d.com/story/seagate-will-release-30tb-hamr-hard-drives-in-early-2024/

Despite the decreasing cost of SSD storage, HDDs are expected to remain the preferred option for mass storage in data centers for the foreseeable future due to their capacity advantages. Reflecting on the evolution of storage capacities, Seagate's progress is noteworthy, considering they reached a milestone of 16 terabytes only in 2018, and are now poised to double that capacity.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Last Friday sell off was to price in the poor performance of its peers. Dufu is quite unique in the supply chain, its metal stamping division takes semiconductor parts, automotive, life sciences and etc. But its main product is the spacer ring, which I anticipate the recovery has definitely started since January of this year.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Notion HDD segment does base plates, spacers, disk clamp... But dufu is spacer pure play company.

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 1 week ago | Report Abuse

Dufu has ~40% spacer ring market share. Just take notion HDD segment as a reference, we can anticipate a somehow modest recovery...

Posted by Souljaboiiii > 6 days ago | Report Abuse

What is going on? Why not yet publish the QR?

Posted by sharkdododo > 4 days ago | Report Abuse

Finally turnaround! 2024 quarter should be better. Even bad result trading at only pe of 35.

Tanleechoo

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Posted by Tanleechoo > 4 days ago | Report Abuse

Co prospect for 2024 should be improving

Posted by sharkdododo > 4 days ago | Report Abuse

Agree. Western and seagate result recovering as well.

Posted by NatsukoMishima > 4 days ago | Report Abuse

Vstecs , ranhill better than this !

Posted by howardmark > 6 hours ago | Report Abuse

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-3d-nanoscale-optical-disk-memory.html

This should be the last nail on the coffin for dufu. Run run run!!! Don't be in denial. Technology obsolescence for dudu is inevitable.

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