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Taiwan DRAM makers outdo foreign counterparts

Posted: 18 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Elpida  Qimonda  DRAM  Hynix  Powerchip 

Taiwanese DRAM manufacturers have reportedly been keeping up with their foreign counterparts in terms of output at their 12-inch fabs, according to industry sources. Makers from Taiwan are reportedly expanding production at their 12-inch facilities to reduce production costs by 20 per cent to 30 per cent.

Powerchip Semiconductors Corp. acquires 80 per cent of its output from its 12-inch fabs. Currently, the company has three 12-inch fab plants and reportedly plans to establish additional plants to keep up with the strong demand coming for DRAM products.

ProMOS Technologies Inc. also obtains about 80 per cent of its output from its two 12-inch fabs and is in the process of establishing its third 12-inch fab plant. Nanya extend development cooperation" target=_blank>Inotera Memories Inc. acquires all of its products from 12-inch fabs. On the other hand, Nanya Technology Corp. is still constructing its first 12-inch fab, with pilot operations slated to begin in the third quarter of next year.

According to sources, these Taiwan companies' foreign counterparts are not fully utilising their 12-inch fab capacities. Elpida Memory Inc. obtains 76 per cent of production from its 12-inch fab while Qimonda AG, 56 per cent; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, 50 per cent; Micron Technology Inc., 31 per cent; and Hynix Semiconductor Inc., 26 per cent.

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