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Report: Elpida, Taiwan chipmakers to integrate

Posted: 13 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM maker  semiconductor industry  tie-up 

Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. will integrate its operations with three Taiwan DRAM makers in an attempt to survive severe slumps in demand and prices, reports the Nikkei business daily.

Elpida, the world's No. 3 DRAM maker, will tie up with Powerchip Semiconductor Corp., ProMOS Technologies Inc. and Rexchip Electronics Corp., the Nikkei said.

The integrated entity would be the world's second-largest DRAM maker after South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. It also would be the first integration of a Japanese chipmaker with foreign firms, the Nikkei said.

The deal would likely allow Elpida to tap the financial assistance Taiwan is considering for its ailing semiconductor industry, the report said, without citing sources.

Elpida may also apply for help from an industry rescue plan being considered by the Japanese government, it said.

Elpida President Yukio Sakamoto is expected to sign a basic agreement with the Taiwan chipmakers and the Taiwan government on Wednesday, the Nikkei said on its website.

Elpida and Powerchip already have a tie-up agreement, which operates under the Rexchip name.

While details have yet to be worked out, the integration will likely be achieved by setting up a holding company that would control Elpida and Rexchip, the Nikkei said.

Powerchip and ProMOS, Taiwan's No. 3 DRAM maker, would probably come under the umbrella of Rexchip, it said.

The companies aim to finalise details and make an official announcement by the end of this month, with the goal of integrating operations by March 31, 2010, the Nikkei said.

EE Times

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