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Numonyx to move DRAM production to Hynix, ProMOS

Posted: 14 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM  embedded equipment 

Numonyx BV is planning to move its DRAM production from existing suppliers to Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in South Korea and ProMOS Technologies Inc. in Taiwan. The move is part of a strategy to supply multitechnology, multidie memory subsystems into the embedded equipment and wireless handset sectors.

Ed Doller, chief technology officer of Numonyx, said that it was vital that any supplier of flash memory into the embedded market has the ability to add RAM of various types, either through a foundry maker of memory or a relationship with a major DRAM company.

Over time there has been a steadily growing tension between DRAM and flash-memory makers as to which company gets to be the prime contractor to the handset makers, often resolved when a major IDM can manufacture both types of memory.

"Absolutely you need a RAM strategy," said Doller. "Often the choice comes down to a NOR-RAM stack versus a NAND-RAM stack. The only way you can compete is get the RAM at below market price."

Doller added that Numonyx is well-placed with a joint-venture with Hynix in Wuxi, China, that is making both DRAM and NAND flash memory. When asked why Hynix would want to encourage competition by enabling Numonyx to make flash-RAM memory stacks, Doller said: "There is the ability for us to get RAM on a cost-plus basis."

Doller said that Numonyx also has its own DRAM designs inherited from parent company STMicroelectronics. "ST designed low-density pseudo-static RAMs and synchronous DRAMs. We will manufacture them at ProMOS."

He added: "We plan to migrate RAM to Hynix and ProMOS," said Doller but declined to say from where the production would be moving.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe





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